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  • The Full Moon

    The composition so far! The next and final moth is the Elephant Hawlmoth – so pretty it might be fake. But it’s not. Here’s how the Spanish Moon Moth came together: I completed all the finer detail and paler colours in silk, then it was just a case of filling in in satin stitch the main wing parts. I had the perfect variegated shade: Ta da! Some more detail… At his point I really wanted a ‘feature stitch’ and given the contrast in texture between the smooth irridescant wings and the fluffy body, thought a fuzzy Turkey Rug knotted stitch...

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  • Atlas Moth – Last Week’s Progress

    Hello! I’m writing this post in a slight rush to get out the door for work but as I’m off tomorrow and will be doing more embroidery I didn’t want TOO much time to elapse before I shared more WIP pics! As you can see, as usual I am building this design up in stages, finer detail and blocking lines first. This has a dual purpose too, of giving me a line to anchor later satin stitch work to a sold line. If that makes sense! At this point I switched from split stitch to french knots as the wing...

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  • 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...

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  • Stumpwork Willow Branch

    I know I seem to always say this, but I’m really pleased with the way this one turned out. When I had decided on the construction I thought that as it was going to be so simple, it might not be so effective. I also wasn’t sure about how the detached woven picots would behave as willow leaves, and whether they would give that twirly, tendril-like appearance. They are in fact infinitely poseable. I wanted to achieve with this piece that soft, falling, almost ethereal quality that white willows have in the spring. And I’m also really happy that it...

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  • Shopping, Silk and Disastrous Accidents

    I realise I’m late to the party on this one as the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate was last month, but it’s just been swans swans swans, slip, fall, break wrist, feel like crap. Yep that’s right. I slipped on some invisible ice on Monday and cracked my radial styloid dontcha know. Kind of the most annoying thing an embroiderer/massage therapist could do. Except no small mercy it was my left wrist not my right and now I have my spiffy purple cast on (and there it will stay for SIX WEEKS), my fingers still have full movement so...

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