Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lumps and Bumps . . .


. . . workshop for West Country Embroiderers.  Not a very elegant title!  I can't remember now if it was my creation or our programme secretary's when we were discussing what I was going to do!  Also known as 'calico gardens' or just textured stitches.  Traditionally it is done all in creams, on calico . . .
(no prizes for composition for the above, but it does include a lot of different ways of doing this work)


. . .but I thought - why not colour? and stitched a red tree . . .

. . .closely followed by an undersea sort of scene in blues . . .


. . . and a doodle in greens and pinks.

Another element I like to include in this is doing 'normal' stitches, like cross stitch, herringbone, and then wrapping them, buttonholing along them or weaving across them.
Oversewing objects that don't generally get included in embroidery is another option.  Guess the objects.  No prizes!

Varying thick /thin threads is rather fun too.  (Knotted cretan stitch)
Unfortunately I didn't get to take photos of people's work this time.  Sorry everyone!

13 comments:

Trekky said...

Beautiful work, love the textures.

Ella said...

So beautiful!!!

Melissa said...

That cream piece is amazing!!!

I love it. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Hi, love the tree. How very like you not to stick to the cream!!! Made me laugh to see all the wild colour bursting out. love daughter four! (leila likes them too)

Mandy said...

Fascinating how the colours alter the textures and how they are seen. What a good idea to not limit yourself to cream. It certainly gives you some interesting samples and finished pieces.
Thanks for sharing your work. I certainly learn a lot from seeing it.

Cat said...

I love seeing your work...such a difference from all that I do, and so like what I use to do...I remember learning embroidery from my mom many moons ago, and still have the equipment. I need to set my crocheting aside for a bit and do something with the embroidery. I know I don't leave you comments, but love your site (I rarely comment on any) and wanted you to know that you inspire me. So, I am awarding you the Sunshine Award for being such a bright and cheerful spot in the blog world. If you want to accept it and post it on your blog, come on over to my site and pick up the badge. And, again, thanks for your inspiring work!

Pattie said...

Stunning work !!

Jesson said...

wow very nice and interesting photos

rinks said...

ur work is beautiful and inspiring!!

kids bedding said...

soooooo beautiful

Janne said...

I love your embroidery, especially the cream. I am guessing the unusual items in your embroidery are pumpkin seeds. I love unusual and quirky ways of using things.

Caroline B said...

Lovely work!

NEEDLEWINGS said...

OMG, these are gorgeous! Love the colors!