Sunday, 3 April 2016

Two cards

I made two more birthday cards. One is embroidered and made without a plan, but I used Sharon B's crazy quilting templates (well worth investing in, and enjoyable to use):

The other card was another stumpwork portrait:
I haven't made a stumpwork portrait in a long time and it was, as always, so interesting to see it grow. 
The veil is made of a stretchy fabric, and if the pin is removed the lady's face, and hair, will be revealed 


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  1. Your postcards are beautiful.

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    1. Isn't it fascinating how much more you notice the eyes when the rest of the face is behind a veil?

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  3. Your cards are wonderful! Your stumpwork portrait is amazing. Gorgeous work! I love Sharon's templates - thanks for the idea of using them on a curve.

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    1. Thank you! It is always fun to make stumpwork portraits as you never know what a personality you will get!
      Sharon's templates are SO useful! Just play around and you can make the most amazing designs.

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  4. such talent with your stump work and revealing too, goo to see you blogging on a sunday. The card with Sharon`s templates is so good too, reminds me I bought her second set to keep the first company but have not used it yet maybe a play later this week

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    1. Don't miss the fun of using Sharon's templates - the result will be great!
      I was very pleased with this portrait, but adding the veil was a bit fiddly.

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  5. The first card of stitches is so bright and beautiful. I love the mystery of the veil over the face. She looks a little surprised to be unveiled. Both views lovely. I have missed your stumpwork ladies.

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    1. The embroidered card was just a 'scribble' with the needle!
      Yes, I guess the lady was a bit surprised, but I wanted to show her flaming hair.
      I have missed making portraits, too and hope to make another one shortly!

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  6. Nice to see your work, the lady - a veiled lady - a delicate theme though in Europe- discussed over and over again.

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    1. Yes, it is a topic of discussion! Throughout history and culture there have been ways to show or hide one's hair or face. The fascinating thing with these two pictures is that when the face is half hidden, the eyes are much more noticable.

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  7. Both are so nice and are going to make someone very pleased.

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    1. Thank you, Julie.
      The first card was a work in haste and although the second took much longer it was made in an instant!

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  8. Love your new stumpwork lady!

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    1. Thank you. I stitched the eyes differently from many of the other portraits but the eyes are very striking, especially when the rest of the face is behind the veil.

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  9. Beautiful, creative cards!

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. How are you enjoying Shikoku?

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  10. They make great cards Queenie.

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    1. Thank you. They are very different, though, but were equally fun to make.

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  11. Lovely work. I really like your stumpwork lady.

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    1. Thank you, Lilian.
      How is your crafty world? Busy?

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  12. I LOVE your stumpwork! I treasure mine... Let's see... Didn't I name her Blanche? Your card is so cute! I really wish you'd do a tutorial as I don't think I'm going to get to Tokyo on a regular basis.

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    1. Thank you, Tanya, you are always so full of encouragement. Yes, I loved making Blanche because she has that embroidered collar.
      Actually I have a number of photos prepared for a tutorial, I just haven't had the time to write up the text. Once I have done that I'll hold an online tutorial. Before that I need to get hold of more free time. Today was another TOUGH day!

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