At the beginning of the year, I noticed incredibly beautiful embroidery on Instagram. It was Spider Chrysanthemum, embroidered by famous needlework expert Trish Burr. The author announced pre-order for her Book of embroidered flowers and I bought it right away. Then I forgot about that and was very surprised when I got it. It was like a dream! That’s why I’d like to share my joy with you.
So this is The Kew Book of Embroidered Flowers written by Trish Burr and created in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This folder edition is complete with all reusable iron-on transfers you need, safely stored inside the front pocket.
The book contains several very useful sections like What is needle paonting? or Anatomy of a Flower, or Useful advice before you start, and only after them, there are the projects themselves: from simple to complex. There are eleven beautiful embroideries in the Book, reworking of botanical artworks from Kew’s Art Collection. Focusing mainly on long-and-short stitch and Trish’s delicate, considered use of silk shading, the book clearly illustrates all the stitches needed, and gives thorough advice on preparation and choosing fabrics and threads – including a handy thread conversion chart. In one word, this book is perfect if you want to star your adventure with embroidery, which I an going to do in the near future. So wish me luck!
There was a beautiful sunny day on Sunday here, in Warsaw, and we had the impression that the summer had come back. It is an unexpected pleasure to get such a gift from nature in October. What’s more, I signed up for the workshop with Michalina Mruczek on this day, so the day was going to be wonderful. Michalina’s embroidery I admire on Instagram for a long time. The workshops took place in the centre of Warsaw, in Nowy Swiat street, in Zaradne, where I felt like at home. Coffee, tea, meringue – all this creates a very friendly workshop atmosphere. At the start, we got from Michalina Belfast linen fabric, a hoop, 3 needles, Instruction with examples of stitches, patterns for embroidery, mouline Anchor and hand-dyed mouline from Kasia Michalina explains all the secrets of embroidery very precisely and still shows everyone exactly how and what to do. My work – in pictures.
Here you can see how our class looked like before the workshops and pay attention – on the table are beautiful Michalina’s works! As I wrote in one of the previous posts, I have a kit from Michalina and I am going to use it! So, wait for the result 🙂
I like to share with you a new cross stitch pattern created by Serafima Abramova – Mushroom House. Isn’t it cute?
As I promised – the 8th part Of East Asian Sal is ready and presents flowers in many shades of blue colour. This time I tried to stitch more on the frame. It is slightly complicated stitching on the sides but fortunately quite simple in the center. This is the result.
Some update on 3D Cottage Sal, the first part – Cottage Front is ready. There are 2 pictures here. The first presents the Cottage Front without back stitch, the next one – completed piece. So you can compare, how back stitch brings stitching to life.
One more element to the Cats through Time Sal, this time this gentelman is the last one. After I wash and iron the embroidery, I’ll show you the whole thing, but in the meantime, just this one fragment even without a frame.
On 11 October 2018, a meeting of the Jury of the VII edition of the Inspired by Colour competition organised by P.H. “SK”, a representative of the DMC brand in Poland and the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź took place. 216 works by 130 authors from all over Poland were admitted to the competition. An award was granted in the Debut category. In the Personal Inspirations category, 3rd, 2nd and 1st place was awarded. Additionally, the CMW awarded two distinctions. The works were also awarded by regional representatives of the DMC brand, Wena Desing publishing house, haberdashery stores Jola from the Tricity, Internet shop, online coricamo shop, online bow shop and haberdashery shop A Guzik from Warsaw. Congratulations to all the awarded persons. The exhibition of all competition entries can be seen in the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź until 11.11.2018.
This post is not accidental, because one of my works – Irys – received two awards. I am very grateful to the organizers of this competition, who gave me the opportunity to see a lot of beautiful works, which you can see by following the link below. In addition, I would like to thank the talented painter Oksana Gatalskaja , the author of this beautiful Irys, according to which the designer Anna Kuznietsova made the pattern. Thank you!
Inspired by Colours
Happy me 🙂
In spring I embroidered Taurus painting from the Zodiac Signs series as a birthday present for my friend. I bought the diagram in the Etsy shop at Satsuma. The pattern is very clear, colours are wonderful, I enjoy each cross. Probably the Taurus on a black canvas would look better, but I already have problems with my eyes, for this I sew on the white evenweave with DMC thread. This is the result.
This was my first attempt to place the embroidery in the hoop and I must say that I am very pleased with the result. I watched a lot of tutorials how to do it on youtube and here are a few more photos of the back of this embroidery. I used white fetr to hide the back side of embroidery (unfortunately, I haven’t got an ideal back side of my cross stitich).
This was my first kit I’ve bought, because peonies were my mum favourite flowers. It was my mother, who taught me to cross stitch, embroider, knit and crochet. In memory of my mum I cross stitch these beautiful flowers.
The producer of the kit is Riolis Ltd., from Moscow, Russia riolis
The author of the pattern is an artist Anna Petrosyan.
The kit contais:
- easy instruction in different languages: Russian, English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian;
- multicolour chart (I prefer black and white charts, so it was some new experience for me);
- 14 count white Zweigart Aida fabric (now I’ll change it to evenweave, but remeber, it was my first kit);
- Anchor stranded thread (20 colours);
- threads sampler;
- a needle (a very thin and a very good needle).
The work is made with:
- 1-strand cross-stitich;
- 2-strand cross-stitches;
- 3-strand cross stitches;
- tapestry stitch of 1 strand;
- back stitch with 1-strand stitch;
- back stitch with 2-strand stitches.
What is more, 7 combined colours are used in this pattern. Thus, it was not as easy, as it seems to be, but the effect is worth the work I’ve done. Finished size 15 3/4” x 11 3/4” or 40 x 30 cm.
A year and 20 days – it took me so many time to complete this beauty. Have to say that it was a year of pure pleasure, I enjoyed every stitch, even back stitch in two strands 🙂 The author of the pattern is very talented designer Anna Kuznietsova
Stitched on Murano 32 count Evenweave DMC thread.