"Great discussion. And applicable also to things like table napkins that will be seen from both sides. Any suggestions on how to make the beginnings and endings as invisible as possible and yet strong enough to go through many launderings? …"
"Sarah, they are terrific. What a great idea. But have you sliced a bit from the front and back of the dolly peg to make those surfaces flat? The pegs I find here are round, although they'd still work wouldn't they. I can see myself making…"
"Hi Yvette, I'm in Australia too so I'll follow up on your two sources. Many thanks. I've bought other fabric from Colourstreams but wasn't aware they did felt. And I've not tried the second seller, so I'm delighted. I…"
"I've had no luck finding real wool felt so would be very interested in hearing where others find it. The ones I've found that are called 'wool' actually have more synthetic in them than wool. V nasty to sitch on."
"Wow, Wayne, this is stunning. I love your sophisticated colours. And, like everyone else, I'm in awe of your satin stitch. How do you get the edges so perfect? (Practice, practice, practice?) Brilliant work. Warmest regards, Suzy in Melbourne"
Early textiles, ethnic textiles and hand embroidered textiles. I'm particularly interested in 16th and 17th century embroidery, clothing and domestic textiles.
Where did you learn your textile skills?
For embroidery, I did a very short course at the Royal School of Needlework in London, then I taught myself from books and looking at other people's work. I learned patchwork quilting in New York in the 70s and taught myself needlepoint. But my skills are in dire need of a brush-up.
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I make clothes, have designed costumes and cannot walk past a fabric shop, a book shop, or anywhere that sells embroidery threads without going in. I used to teach quilting and needlepoint but that was a long time ago and I am now so rusty that I squeak when I pick up a needle.
Am hoping to improve my embroidery so that next year, when I have a little more time, I can begin some of the projects that are racketing around in my head.
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I don't think you've missed anything - I think this is the first time I've mentioned my health on Stitchin' Fingers.
I have two lives - being ill, and doing embroidery. Doing embroidery keeps me sane (as well as my cats and my friends and the Internet).
If you'd like to talk about the effects the illness has had on me (rather than embroidery) I'm quite happy to - but I think it better not to on an embroidery thread :-) My e-mail is a_velvet_clawATyahooDOTcomDOTau
As I said in a comment below, it all depends whether you want to be historically accurate or not, and if you're not in the SCA, that's entirely your choice :-)
I've had a moderately severe neurological disease for 13 years now - I was retired from work on medical grounds when I was 27. Unfortunately, no cure. But the illness has given a lot of time to discover myself, and also learn embroidery and calligraphy and illuminations! (I wasn't very artistic before then - I was all Maths/Computer Science)
No, I didn't see the follow up comment. Aren't Blogs awful for tracking and reporting comments! I've got a Firefox add-on called "Co-comment" which will save links to all the posts I've commented on, then show all the other comments.
But I make so many comments - it's a morass!
Colour Catcher! I shall go look! Tho I'm not used to washing my embroidery. It usually has gold in it *grin* but I have an ache to do a Long and Short stitch after the two projects I'm currently working on are finished.
Thanks so much for your interest in my work. On my dolls, I cut the body shape first, then I add the face which has been embroidered ahead of time. Even though I may make several faces at one sitting and try to make them consistent, they always turn out slightly different from one another, which is probably a good thing, giving them each their own personality. I usually start out with a very rough sketch of a design. I cut shapes, flowers, etc...and start placing them on the doll's body....when I'm pleased with how it looks, I start stitching them in place. I like to experiment with new stitches and fibers and also try to recycle using old lace, fabric and other notions.
I have lots of wool fabric from my years of rug hooking; some of which I hand dyed myself, some I purchased that way and some I use as it.
Hopefully this will help you get started with your creations and I look forward to seeing them!
Hi! I don't have any photos but if you visit stef-Francis.co.uk you can see on her gallery good examples of the braided silk. I love it in a stitch that lays mostly on the surface unbroken. It pulls through fine. Rae dyes the yarns now so you can contact her at Www.raesrags.etsy.com
thank you Suzy.......I lived in Victoria all my life and sometimes I really miss it....Melbourne is a terrific city......but my daughter has made her home in Brisbane & my mother came from Nth Qld originally, so I'm settling in nicely......very keen to find out what's where up here......probably not 'til the NY though.