News / Anatomical

  • What a difference a day makes…

    Well this is embarrassing. Ten days since my last post. Pfft. First of all lets deal with this here silk ribcage, which will go into the Midsummer Collection and which I completed on Wednesday. Then I gots some explaining to do. I filled in the rest of the shape with my fine fine machine weight silk, chose a couple of other warmer shades for the spine and added some french knot spiny processes and (you probably can’t see this but) some subtle shading lines on the under edge of each rib. Then I spent some time outlining the ribs in...

    Read more →
  • Ribcage Redux

    So I realise I’ve not been keeping up my one-new-design-a-week typical blogging schedule this last 2 weeks ish. This is not only because of the wonderful and long longed for distractions of things like this picture – the honestly really real life beach covered in snow and topped with azure sky scene at the (almost) bottom of my street WHERE I NOW LIVE. Sigh. It’s also not only because of distractions like Ice Cream Sundaes (yes capitalised because they are Sundaes of God-like status in my house), a soothing balm-slash-reward enjoyed slightly too frequently since moving to the seaside (FYI...

    Read more →
  • Second Skull Re-Do

    So as with the 3/4′s Skull, let’s do a little compare and contrast…That’s the new version, and here’s the original prototype: Hmmm. The differences = single strand instead of 2-ply cotton, same colour palette, but honestly the curves of the stitches this time are SO much better. VERY pleased with this re-do! here’s the step-by-step: You can see I’m still having a little trouble with my transfer bleeding on this finer fabric. I took more care to make sure the eyes were squarish, and the cheekbone contouring too.   Not a very good pic (aren’t they all) but showing you...

    Read more →
  • Friday Shop Update...part one

    The sale is now finished! Boo! But this guy is up for sale! yay! Come back tomorrow – for the new and improved Mother Eagle experience! ;)  

    Read more →
  • The Red Death

    I have thought about doing a full skeleton for ages, but obviously not something that can be executed well on a teeny scale. But as soon as I looked at my new doilies I knew the time had come. I started in the normal way – found the ideal skeleton illustration, sized it up and traced him. I knew transferring it would be a one-shot thing as there would be no way I could reposition such an intricate image. Unfortunately it didn’t go well, and I ended up with a legless skeleton. Sigh. In my mind’s eye he was to...

    Read more →
  • I dont know if I can part with you...

    …But I will *wipes away tear*. No seriously, there is this weird thing with the rib cages; every time I embroider one it is never a sure thing – I always feel like it might not turn out that great and I have all sorts of bumpy problems, and then lo and behold it turns out great and becomes my best ever. Look at the shiny! The pay-off from the silk floss being so tricksy. It is so pretty. I am very proud. I guess all artists go through anxiety about sending their creations into the world, and with embroidery...

    Read more →
  • Groan.

    Groan is how I feel today. I might be feeling less groan had I not been robbed earlier, but there you go. Also groan because I spent a lot of hours embroidering over the weekend – more than I expected – and doing other stuff too, and ran out of time to blog, so I am actually blogging LIVE today! As opposed to being terribly organised and pre-writing and scheduling my posts. This embroidery KICKED MY ASS this weekend and I only finished it past 10 last night, so I am having to just tell you about it now. It...

    Read more →
  • Friday Shop Update

    Framed Human Heart Silk Embroidery in Miniature, on Antique Lace Doily, One Of A Kind, £95 So happy to be able to share with you the first of my new, one-of-a-kind, miniature-embroidered antique lace doilies, framed and ready to hang! This classic Mother Eagle anatomical heart in silk is in my shop now – it can never be replicated, so once it’s gone, it’s gone! 

    Read more →
  • Is my heart really in this?

    I am someone who thinks change is good. I love a good change. I think in this life I have found that saying YES to the Universe is the best way, rather than trying to keep everything the same! And that is a poncey way of saying I made something new this week. So I had a couple of small, 6″ squareish cotton (it might be linen) lace doilies, and I took my little heart design and transferred the design to the centre with my transfer heat pen. This doily is about 50-odd years old. As the doily was just...

    Read more →
  • Bone Disaster!

    So it turns out not ALL vintage 1950s cotton pillowcases are created equal when it comes to upcycling them for embroidery fabric. There I was happily working through my latest batch of new designs I had transferred to my roller frame. Couple days later… ‘hmmm’, I thought, ‘it appears this permanent iron-on transfer pen is fading!’ But my stitch pit is right in front of the window and we have just had our 4 days of summer, so maybe I thought, I have been lax in covering up my work and have myself to blame for the sun bleaching. Well,...

    Read more →