09 October 2018

Beading the Blues

It's time to get some projects finished off! Before I start anything new, I am determined to complete the embroidery on Antique Society Silk Violets, Summer of Love challenge (aka: SFSNAD Challenge), and Wild Child. Wild Child, the Japanese bead embroidery project, requires the most work so I've been focusing on it when I have a spare moment. (I'm also preparing to teach the stumpwork hedgehog piece over the next couple of months.) At the moment--with Wild Child--it's all about outlines and the blues.

In the last episode of Wild Child, I was working on adding some surface embroidery. I've completed most of that and have returned to beading. There are lots of elements to be outlined, lots and lots of elements!

Japanese bead embroidery showing beaded outlined leaf and needlepainting

02 September 2018

Remembrance Poppy Pin - Free Pattern and Instructions

This is the pattern I created, along with some basic instructions, to make the Remembrance Poppy Pin. If you stitch a poppy, please send me a link/photo. I would love to see what you do, especially variations. Feel free to adjust the pattern, threads, etc. Most importantly, have fun!

Red embroidery remembrance with stitching completed. Ready to be cut and mounted in a pin setting.

30 August 2018

Remembrance Poppy Pin

Armistice Day, 11 November 2018, will be the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The Flanders poppy, a brilliant red flower, is an oft-used symbol of this horrific conflict. In several countries, paper poppies are sold in the autumn to raise money for veterans' causes.

Silk and cotton threads surround a paper remembrance poppy