Saturday, 3 August 2013

So what did I do?

Referring to this blog post, here is a report on what I made on World Embroidery Day, 30 July 2013.

Firstly I worked on the  'woolly worm' for my second wrist warmer.

Secondly I made another stumpwork portrait. It is such a long time since I made one I had a really good time. Here she is, a lady all dressed up for autumn chill:












The lady who introduced me to this event, Ingalill, stitched in public together with her friends and it caused a lot of attention, many stopped by to have a look and the local newspaper was there to write an article.

Also in the town of Tranås, the local press came to report. Please, notice (in the picture) that in Sweden you are never far from a cup of coffee! Well, you know I have written at lenght about Swedish coffee culture, so that is not surprising!

 Now, did you engage in embroidery on World Embroidery Day in some way and, if so, what did you do?

23 comments:

  1. Your stumpwork portraits are fantastic–so full of character! Have you thought of turning them into dolls, or puppets?

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth
      No, I prefer to have them on a flat surface (I can hide a million sins on the back). I have however, made a number of full figure portraits.

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  2. You have celebrated the day beautifully, your little lady is lovely , I like the hair!I had forgotten about the world embroidery day, I will have to remember for next time!

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  3. Thank you,
    The 'hair' is actually felting wool that I have tugged and tweaked to make it look windswept.

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  4. Absolutely fabulous you must have great patience to do the hand work you do.

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    1. Thank you.
      Actually these portraits are so much fun to make you never think of the time or the 'effort' it takes to make them.

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  5. You stumpwork lady is so pretty, I whish I could stitch a face like that! I'm sure you already know I stitched my Portuguese stem stitch sampler on World Embroidery Day.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words,
      I find it very difficult to control the look of these stumpwork ladies, they just become! Some are pretty, some are wild, or elegant or sulky...
      You contributed with great stitches on WED, and documented and blogged about them as well. I appreciate all the hard work you do and share with the rest of us.

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  6. wonderful caricature such a kind face.

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    1. It is such a thrill; you never know what the face will look like while you are working, and then all of a sudden you see the personality. Of course you can 'tame her mane' or 'let her hair down' when you style her hair, but the face is difficult to control.

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  7. I love your ladies hair. I have started to go grey. When I do maybe I can make my hair that colour?

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    1. I think that would look great on you; if anyone could get away with such vibrant hair dye, it must be you. What will Charlie say?

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  8. a great lady, you have given her a wonderful face Queenie. I did some hardanger as you had told us it was World embroidery day, back to the patchwork for now but have to also finish the 5 mats I am doing

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  9. Thank you, Margaret
    Working on Hardanger was just the thing for World Embroidery Day, and I understand you are now working hard on the patchwork project. A bit of both is good for variety.

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  10. The stumpwork portrait is amazing! I did stitch on the 30th - I think I did my little TAST sample, then worked on the English paper piecing hexagons. (Every day is embroidery day at my house!)

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    1. Of course every day is embroidery day! One feel so much better after a little stitch therapy!

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  11. So charming!! Do you ever name these stump work beauties?

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    1. Yes, I do name some of them; if you look at the Stumpwork Ladies tag at the top you will find Mrs Prim and Dame Astrakhan.
      Now what should I name this lady? Miss Loden? Her coat resembles an Austrian Loden coat.

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  12. Your stumpwork lady looks gorgeous Queenie. Love the lady's hair and wish I'm young to have that hair color:) .I started working on a Hardanger runner and a surface embroidery pattern for a needle book on World embroidery day .

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    1. Thank you Anita,
      I don't think you need to be young to have that hair colour - only brave!
      Good to hear people are stitching on WED all over the place! Keep up the good work on the rest of the 364 days of the year!

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  13. I love your stumpwork lady! I didn't quite get round to doing embroidery on that day, in fact I've not done any for a while [tut tut], but I will get back to it because I like embroidery.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, I bet you like her hair best ; )
      Someone said, Every day is Embroidery day, so that means that you can stitch whenever you want to! Have fun, that is what counts.

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  14. Your stumpwork lady is amazing!! Can feel life in her. Great job queenie..

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