Thursday, January 11, 2007

Hand Embroidery and Beading

I am feeling quite nervous about this set of cards that I have been working on. It will be the first time that I have participated in a swap with the Surface Design group. First time swapping on a group is always difficult as you don't yet have a feel for what sort of thing is expected. I only know that this group seems to be for more advanced stitchers and you are expected to spend more time thinking about the design of your cards.

To top it all off I have gone for a non traditional construction method on these cards which I just hope will be acceptable to the other swap members.

Ever since I saw the article in the Fall 2005 edition of QA mag by Julia Caprara, I have been itching to have a go at some eyelet stitching. This swap on Surface Design is Hand Embroidery and beading so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give it a go.Here are the results. I've made four hand stitched cards in the same way just using different coloured threads and yarns.I stitched over a background of coarse hessian fabric. Lots of eyelets, some french knots and added a few beads here and there, you can't spot the beads in the pictures too well though.As the eyelet stitching created quite a lot of bulk on the back as well as the front. I decided to mount them straight onto a card backing missing out the layer of Timtex that I usually add to the middle of my cards.I had great fun making these and even though I was only covering a relatively small area each took several hours to stitch. It was a great excuse to sit in front of the TV and catch up with some of my favourite shows!

11 comments:

Purple Missus said...

I think you've done really well here. The colours are glorious, particularly second one down - love it.

Joanna van said...

Those are really great Angela! You've got nothing to be nervous about. I hope you receive some that are just as lovely as yours. Love all the colors.

Joanna

Sue B said...

Nervous? Good grief, don't be nervous, these are awesome! You're making me wish I was in this swap too. Wonderful colors. I really like what you've done here.

Micki said...

These are fabulous. I think you did an excellent job!

Helen in the UK said...

Love these cards - absolutely perfect for a hand embroidery and beading swap. I'm sure everyone will be delighted :)

StegArt said...

Wow Angela, you did a wonderful job. I know the other swappers in your group will love them. I know I would.

Anna Nowicki said...

Angela - the texture is great - I love chunky! Anna

Melusine said...

They are charming. You are as bad as me for doing the same thing a number of times changing colours or backgrounds just to see what happens.

Dy said...

These are really beautiful

MargaretR said...

I just love these, every single one of them.

Dianne said...

I love all of these!! They are really beautiful...