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  • Making the Mandrake

    I had fun making this little chap. I knew instantly exactly how I wanted to create it. I was going to blog this in two goes but life is crazy at the moment so it’s a one hit wonder. Hope you like it! I bought some special silver plated copper wire. It’s 0.2mm thick and to be honest probably slightly too thin to be flexible yet firm enough to be controlled easily. But the stuff I had already was too thick and I ended up with this: Just a bit too chunky. So I made this little wire mandrake frame...

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  • Skull #3

    In the third and final piece of the Skull set, I thought we’d do a little compare and contrast again. Here’s the first version of this design I did: And here’s the second version: It’s really nice to see the evolution of each one and to look back on the work to see how I’ve improved technically. I mean, this picture’s so awful I’m not sure it was even worth including but there you are. I think the main improvement has been for the increased sensitivity I’ve had for the natural contours of the skull. Thinking more about the highlights...

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  • Old Favourites and New Twists

    I’m so excited about all the new product development I’ve been doing. Some new things and some tweaking of old things. First, here’s the new: New custom birch frames for embroidered jewellery. **Disclaimer  – I know I know. I always say this, but I just AM comfortable putting quick and dirty camera phone pics on my blog, and saving up my glamour shots for a proper photo shoot day when I get the proper DSLR out. Photography bores the shit out of me. Soz. And I celebrated with setting the three new Poisonous Toadstools into them. I rubbed natural soft...

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  • Zombie Skull

    Be honest, that wins the award for the best blog post title you saw today, yes? I had printed up another skull face pattern like the one I did here and as I was contemplating doing it, a feeling like ‘pfft I don’t feel like doing more bones’ took me. Shock horror, I know. ‘What is wrong with me!?’ I thought. I was trapped in a place between responsibility to my business plans and creative motivation. Then a notion gripped me, like the icy death grip of a zombie’s bony hand around my ankle. Or something. Zombie skull! Variegated silk,...

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  • More blood suckers...and a secret

    It seems I’ve had a subliminal theme going on… I wanted to branch out in my skullish endeavours, and within one of my fave books from the fabulous Dover Books publishers, was this little chap. ‘Ooo I like you’, I thought. But I didn’t actually look up what creature this skull belonged to. Can you guess? VAMPIRE BAT! Sigh. Sooo perfect. Maybe he and the Vampire squid will be friends… Can’t wait to get him mounted up! And here’s the secret…If you haven’t already become a fan of Mother Eagle on Facebook, make sure you do! All next week I...

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  • This weekend's spoils

    Happy Monday peeps! I estimate I stitched for about 21 hours this weekend! I call that a good one, aching wrists, swollen handed obsessive that I am. Here’s some of what I have to show for it: Made a little partner to go with bucktooth, this time a 3/4 view.  As you can see I was less heavy handed with the colour choices as the previous, so the shading has worked out nice and subtle. This little guy will definitely make it into the new Mother Eagle jewellery collection (I will make an announcement about that soon!). Tune in tomorrow...

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  • Mini skull 2.0

    For Friday 13th once again I return to my perpetual muse. This time in split stitch. Once again, my shading leaves much to be desired. I need to not be so heavy handed with my darker colours. BUT…I love this little guy. And his bucktoothed grin.

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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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  • New old directions

    It’s been a couple of weeks of soul searching. Life. Creativity. Career. The big questions, you know? Ultimately I had to face up to some personal truths. Basically I haven’t been honest with myself. I don’t wanna sound all tree hugger here (even though I am a bit of a tree hugger) but the journey back to myself which I thought I had kinda completed in the whole giving-up-slaving-for-the-man-for-life-of-creative-freedom, is in fact, not really over. I had diverted off the path. Tempted away by ‘the man’ type promises.  If  this was Little Red Riding Hood and I was, er, Hood,...

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