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  • Teeny Tiny Hot Cakes

    Happy Solstice! Happy Christmas! Happy New Year! Happy, er, Chinese New Year! I missed sharing all these things with you blog! Ah well, here’s some updates: I’ve been making more mini button badges!   What do you think? They debuted on Facebook and seem super popular! I am really enjoying pushing myself to create things of equal quality to my regular work but even smaller. It’s an interesting process too as (some of you will know) everything I do is a ‘first attempt’ (I do a lot of planning). But with the execution of buttons, it’s been a little random...

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  • What next?

    So. What next. Being that we have just had recently had the astrological events of summer solstice (in the northern hemisphere) and a Super Moon, I thought at this mid point it would be good to take stock of where I am so far this year – Mother Eagle speaking. It’s been nice now that the weather here is warm, to be ‘free’ of any embroidery commitments, and be able to do other things, projects, pottering around the house etc. But I have to say I have missed the focus that embroidery gives me and also quite relieved to find...

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  • Pink Elephant

    So.  Pretty! I am really enjoying this final moth in the triptych. I rarely get to use such girly colours (as much out of choice as incidence) and there’s something about the graphic simplicity and symmetry that’s pleasing. Not much progress to show you, but it’s stitching up very quickly. So far it’s all split stitch and satin stitch in variegated cotton perle. This is pretty much all the pink and purple done so all that’s left is the greeny browny. And another thing! I just wanted to do a bit of an update as far as Mother Eagle business...

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  • I have to tell you something…

    Consider this post a preemptive strike; an anticipatory explanation if you like, as to why my Facebook updates and blog posts *may* become slightly sporadic, as my embroidery time is interrupted. I don’t really blog about my personal life, I’m just not that into documenting ME, but sometimes life and work become inextricably entangled and so exposition is necessary. And I also suspect it brings us closer, oh invisible readers of mine. Let me explain and begin at the beginning: Some of you may remember that back in November 2011 me and the mister (for these decisions can never take...

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  • Creative Conundrums and Poisonous Plants

    It’s 2013 and we’re all still here! This feels like a special year. This is the first year I have ever begun where Mother Eagle is the business I want it to be, with no fear or anxiety that it’s not quite me, not quite right. For a while now I have been gripped with the desire to create a series of embroidered jewellery designs based on magical and poisonous (sometimes both) plants and trees. Mother Eagle would have these in her garden, and in the woods around her, know them well and use them wisely. Many years ago I...

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  • Winter Solstice – Out with the old and in with the new.

    As I look out of my window I see not the world descending into fire and brimstone, not do I see rogue planets crashing into us. Not even alien saviours or horsemen of the apocalypse. Just rain. The world has not literally ended. However, in my house on the winter solstice, I always like to remember what, in my book, this time of year is really all about. What our actual ancestors in this country did to mark this time of year (although midwinter rites are practiced all over the world in every country), and where many many Christmas traditions...

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  • My life’s work…

    Well, not my whole life, but the last 2 year’s worth of embroidery work all in one place! I just added an archive page to my website which you can view here which is a pictorial list of all my embroidery work in chronological order, starting with the latest. Longtime readers of my blog may recognise this as a version of the Gallery page I used to have at my wordpress blog, which I have now deleted, to keep everything in one place. All the photos link to the blog post where I explain how I made the piece. It’s...

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  • Last Ordering Dates For Christmas

      Everyone always says to me this time of year ‘uhh don’t you LIKE Christmas or something?’ Why yes, yes I love Christmas. IN DECEMBER. It annoys me so much in the UK that before Halloween has even passed all the shops are full of Christmas window displays and the TV is jingle bloody bells all the way. I always think it must be better in the States because you have Thanksgiving to come first so by the time it’s done then it really is ‘proper’ Christmas time. Aaaaanyways. Here are the FINAL ordering days I can accept for both...

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  • How I Make Embroidered Jewellery – Step by Step

    Stage 1 – find the inspiration! I said yesterday that in conjunction with launching my new site, I’ve also raised my prices. I’ve had this idea for writing a post like this, a bit of a ‘day in the life’ of one of my embroidered pieces, for a while and so I thought I would combine it with explaining why it costs what it costs to buy something from me. Now, this isn’t going to be a ranty, self justification post on the issue of pricing handmade. I’ve written about it before. I’ve written guest posts about it. I feel...

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  • An Introduction to my New Mother Eagle Website!

    My new Mother Eagle website opened yesterday. I am very proud. It took a lot of work and a lot of time, and let’s be honest, a bit more money than I really have right now. I also made a rookie mistake when I realised on Saturday that to transfer my domain – madebymothereagle.com – from my WordPress blog to my new store would actually take up to one week so it wouldn’t be ready for yesterday’s launch. sigh. BUT it’s totally worth it. I love how it looks, and more importantly how it works. It is a secure, smooth,...

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