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  • Vintage needlework goodies

    Hey y’all. Finally catching up with myself today after an ‘out of sorts’ kinda week. Spending the day designing new jewellery motifs so will be back to sharing my work in progress soon. In the meantime, thought I would share some amazing vintage embroidery guides and pattern books given to my mum recently. Obviously I love looking at all the designs, but the really fascinating thing is the social window it provides, and how obviously important needlework was in the home back then. Sit back and enjoy, stitching geeks! (click on the pics for bigger versions) These magazines are from...

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  • Tiny Femur

    This is what I made this week. In fact I managed to get the whole bone done on Sunday afternoon. Well, I mean I started it about 3pm and finished at Midnight. I’m an idiot. It was intense. My hands hurt for 2 days. I just get completely drawn in to the one by one by one approach to this kind of canvaswork. So anyway, then I did the black background over the following couple of evenings, all in all I estimate 15 hours of work, not including making the pattern. Sorry about the greenish glow. Maybe it's a side...

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  • Little skulls

    Just finished this morning…well, I was stitching the blue background until about midnight last night, then got up this morning and trimmed him and set him in the brooch. That was a tricksy affair I can tell you. Overall I like him, as a first attempt. He has over 1600 stitches afterall ;) So here’s what I learnt: Should have stitched the background before I did the outline to see what I REALLY needed to outline; I ended up covering some of the line with the blue because of this, which meant the canvas was getting pretty tight in places....

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  • Miniaturise this!*

    I finally found what, to me has been like the Holy Grail. Seriously, I have actually been searching for these for about 2 years. Jewellery pendant frames. In fact, if you read my last post you’ll know about my recent quest on the road of life. Well, perhaps if I had found these 2 years ago, things might look a bit different. But everything happens for a reason and this is now, so here we go. This also meant I have done something I’ve been promising and threatening for a long time. I finally got my original Skull in profile...

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  • Look at that handsome gentleman.

      I have actually had this finished for quite a while. But you see it’s not FINISHED finished. Not to my slightly psychopathic standards of finish. I still have yet to complete all the very very many little black Xs that will provide the background for my eternal muse. So there it is. Cast aside like so much else obsessed over and fallen-out-with craft. I think now with the nights drawing in the mood might strike me to fill some hours up with that. We’ll see. Do you like it?

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  • Taking shape

    Hello all…er, few. It’s THE most busy and stressful time of my life right now, hence the LOOONG gap, but fear not, my needle is not resting idle, and turning rusty. Cross stitch, same grey pallette as my original skull pillow, it’s nice to get back to the lovely calming rhythm of little x’s. Although this is a smaller scale than my original, and you can see at the top of the pics my wonderful contraption gifted my my guru, which allows me to stitch in this dull Yorkshire winter without going blind. So I stitch two-handed using my fanny...

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  • And now, a return to the classics.

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  • Candy Skull

    I guess you could call this one ‘second in a series’. Somewhere around the millionth stitch of the black and grey skull I began fantasising about all the delicious juicy colours in my bag of threads. Being still Death’s head-obsessed, the Mexican candy skull was an easy choice. Basically I approached this one in exactly the same one as the first; found the image, traced it onto graph paper, this time more consciously thinking about the size I wanted the finished cushion to be (bigger), then coloured the pattern. Hooray colouring with colours! And so to work…MUCH quicker to complete...

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  • Rest your head here, my dear

    This was my first ‘serious’ embroidery project. Somewhere in the middle of doing my ‘Hope’ anchor pillow, I realised I really wanted to, and could, make my own designs. Wow! And so set about looking around for a great image I could make into a pattern. My mum had given me a plastic bag FULL of cotton floss in all imaginable shades, so I wanted to make use of them. Being that I am a teensy bit obsessed with skulls and bones, it didn’t take me long to figure out what I wanted to make. When I found this, classic Grey’s Anatomy-style...

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  • Hello World is as good a title as anything I guess.

    So here it is, my blog; threatened and thought about and procrastinated for so long (which is NOT like me), so after stressing for ages about the look of the bloody thing, here we finally are. Hello! I think my first post will serve to set out the short history, such as it is, of Mother Eagle. I’ll try to leave the bird and egg metaphors to a minimum. Once upon a time, not so very long ago I was stuck in a job I pretty much hated and as always, dreamt of life as an unfettered, free self-employed person....

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