Saturday, January 28, 2012

Embroidery Hoop Wall Art

Besides dolls, I've been trying my hand at embroidery (with varying degrees of stitch work), both as part of a grander quilt and also as singular pieces for wall art.
On a side note, I can't believe I went so long sewing without using embroidery hoops! I probably could have saved myself a lot of hand cramps, the last 3 months alone have been much aided by using these primitive wooden circles.

In any case, here are the pieces:

This is really about as Valentinesy as I get,

The butterfly is a salvaged scarf remnant that was then re-sewn onto off white silk and beaded,


Some of you would recognize the bunny under the tree, it was the first work example and is a little cleaned up now,


This one is two love birds in a tree, "Tying the Knot",


I got such a positive reception from my spider placed on my other branch piece,  I decided to make a dedicated hoop-framed spider- branch piece. This one is a nice oval shape,


This is actually the cotton spider I had up in my Etsy store, I took down the listing and decided to put it in a permanent home. The silk spider I am still reserving for my own uses.
It almost looks happier,

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Sisters

The past month has been speeding by and though I've seemed pretty quiet, I've been getting a lot of things done on the "business-end" of things.

I'm anxiously awaiting my shipment of printed materials to arrive so I can start offering prints/post cards and stickers (yay stickers!). Included in there will be my first-ever artist business cards. It's very official of me, I know ;), even if they are miniMoos haha.

And, I've also been sewing/crafting almost every day in preparation for a spring Etsy store update and possible vendor sales. One of my major goals last year was to take part in more real-life events as an artist/vendor and I was determined to make that happen this year, updates on that later as they come.

For now, I want to show you the (finally) finished Siamese Sisters:



I wish I had a miniature widow's walk to display them. If I choose to keep them, at least for a while, it might be an appropriate excuse to splurge on an old doll house and make renovations.




Going through my work the past year, I realized I really love rococo era wigs and beaded headdresses.



This was one of my first attempts at embroidery, which I can literally call, "a shipwreck".




The petticoat and bloomers make her dress deliciously poofy.