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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Multi-colour

Going through my pile of magazine clippings, a small multi-colour checkered piece and that inspired this. Satin stitched squares. Quite meditative to make, but I don't think I'll take it much further than this for now. Not sure what I'd make with it. Although this one is in the final stages of being turned into a brooch. Maybe.

And it just occurred to me that it kind looks like those coloured things that decorated military folks wear on their jackets when they are not wearing their actual medals. Anyone know what they are called?

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scribbled by Carina 11/11/2009 01:46:00 PM


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Friday, October 23, 2009

It's Friday, yay!

Something I'm working on. Maybe a new pattern. Is it too late for a Halloween pattern? ;-) Notice that 'glow in the dark' embroidery thread there? It feels different than the normal DMC thread. But it works the same, of course. And it does glow in the dark! Something like that can make me downright giddy. It's the little things, eh? ;-)

And look, oh! I finally found a place to buy this fabric for a price that wasn't too ridiculous. And even more important: not charging an arm and a leg to post it to England from the UK.

I am often tempted to buy fabric from shops on Etsy, because the price is lower than overhere. But then I look at the shipping costs that most people quote for sending 1 yard overhere and it seems ridiculously high. $10-13 for a single yard! Maybe it's just laziness? They know an envelope of a certain size costs, regardless of the number of yards in it and so that is the price they use. Maybe they can't be bothered to figure out how much 1 yard would be to send. So, often I don't buy anything because the shipping is more than that coveted yard costs in itself!

Well, I guess it's a good thing or I'd go broke from buying fabric. ;-)

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scribbled by Carina 10/23/2009 06:30:00 PM


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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lefthanded Small Stitches

Good news, everybody! Hooray! I have finally got my act together and finished the 'leftie' version of the Small Stitches ebook. It is available now in the shop.

It is essentially the same book as the 'rightie' one. But all the instruction photos are reversed so they should match what you see when you are working on the stitches. The feedback I've had on this version of the book (from a southpaw) has been very positive, so I hope this book will be useful for lefthanded embroiderers.

Sister Diane of Craftypod kindly did a review (thank you!) of the book when I had first released it (into the wild). I completely forgot to mention it here, because it was while we were on holiday in Denmark. So if you'd like to read the review of the book (before you buy it, he he ;-) ) head on over to Craftypod.

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scribbled by Carina 10/20/2009 01:46:00 PM


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Monday, October 12, 2009

Marigold Sugar Skull pattern

Hola! It's a new pattern! I bet you can tell where the inspiration for this one has come from. Mexico and Dia de Los Muertos. It is called Marigold Sugar Skull. Hope you like it. :-)

Actually, to be honest, a lot of my embroidery is inspired by folklore type embroidery. Stylised natural elements with lots of colour. This one has a bit more 'natural' or maybe pictoral elements. The skull and the large flowers.

Years ago I went to an exhibition of Frida Kahló's paintings and they made a big impression on me. An interesting thing about them is that most are quite small. But I guess that's only natural, since she made a lot of them in bed. At that exhibition they had also made a Dia de Los Muertos shrine which was very beautiful. Lots of candles and flowers. Yellow and orange flowers. Marigolds. So there is the inspiration for the flowers. And it is such a lovely, happy colour. :-)

I think it is interesting how Mexicans (and other South American countries too?) celebrate the dead. But in a non creepy way. Celebrating the life and love of friends and family. That is beautiful. I think other countries/cultures could learn from that...

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scribbled by Carina 10/12/2009 02:30:00 PM


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Friday, October 02, 2009

Leafy stitches

So I wasn't quite done with the leaves yet. I wonder if I'll ever be. Aren't leaves just one of the most amazing things ever? The come in any shape, size and colour you can possibly imagine. And probably some you can't. Do you have a favourite leaf?

Dear Universe, thank you for the leafy abundance! xo

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scribbled by Carina 10/02/2009 01:48:00 PM


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Monday, September 28, 2009

Cozy + Posy

I am finally able to 'unveil' another couple of embroidery patterns (in the wee shop: here and here). I made the embroideries some time ago, but I have only now got round to turning them into patterns. I guess some things take time, eh? ;-)

I really love these. I love it when something is heavily embroidered. That feeling of running your hands over a stitched surface. So lovely. Do you like the names? It's fun to think up names. I don't want my patterns to just have a number - how boring would that be? I hope the names tell a story; even if the pattern itself is abstract... Does that make sense?

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scribbled by Carina 9/28/2009 03:25:00 PM


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Monday, August 31, 2009

Small Stitches - with love

Happy Monday, everyone! Wow, I am absolutely excited about my news today: I have written an e-book! I've been working on it for the past month and half and now it is finally done so I can share this news with you. The book is called "Small Stitches Booklette" and it is an introduction to embroidery stitches. You can get the book here.

You know I love embroidery (you DO know that, right?!) and I hope that this little book will help others to discover the joy of stitching. Embroidery isn't just cross stitch, it can be anything you can possibly imagine. I think maybe that is what I love the very most: that it is so versatile; there's a type of embroidery to suit everyone!

I've made a page for the book where you can read more about the details, like what stitches you can learn from the book and sneak peeks at a couple of pages and some of the patterns and images. The book includes 9 patterns for you to have fun with. Atleast I hope they will be fun!

Yes, that leaf there is filled with like a gazillion French knots, which is a great way to perfect your 'knotting' skillz. This is one of the patterns in the book, along with 2 other leaves. And guess what! Because autumn is right around the corner, you can download a page with those 3 leaves in 2 sizes for your own foliage-related stitching fun. Yay!

I am going to make a 'leftie' version of the book too, it's almost ready, but it may not be completely done until we come back from holiday. However, if you want this version of it, buy it and let me know in a note to seller to hurry up already with that 'south paw' version - that should speed things up! ;-)

I hope people will be inspired by the book and take the patterns to places I can't even imagine. Embroidery is fun! And although it is time consuming, it is also a great pleasure to work on. And the more you work on it, the easier and quicker it will be! :-)

This is one of the patterns in the book and it is also available on its own, because it is goes with some of the other patterns I've done. I reaaaaaally love it! It is called Pompeii Arabesque, because when I had finished stitching it, it really reminded me of some of the frescos we saw in Pompeii. You can find it right here.

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scribbled by Carina 8/31/2009 03:42:00 PM


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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Closeup

On the slopes of Mons Vesuvius...

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Herb patterns

I am so happy to finally be able to tell you that my herb embroidery patterns are now available. I really don't know why I have been so slow with these - they have been ready for a little while!

But anyway, here they are! Five of them: sage, oregano, parsley, chervil and basil. Available in the shop, of course. This week only (until Sunday) you can buy one and get one free, just quote "gimme some free herbs" in note to seller and let me know which free herb you want. :-)

I love them to bits. So far I have embroidered them on tea towels and placemats. I could also see them looking really lovely on a table cloth. But that's a bigger project so that's not going to happen right now... ;-)
I have worked them in either white or some variation of green, but I think it would be pretty to use other colours. Maybe red on pink or white on blue. I guess that's one of the best things about embroidery; it's so versatile. Changing the colour of the size of thread makes for so many different expressions.



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scribbled by Carina 8/18/2009 07:13:00 PM


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Monday, August 03, 2009

Wip colour

Say what? Nah, I don't do cross stitch. Not me. Nope. Nuh uh. But I am trying to use up bits of embroidery thread... ;-)

Another wip. I started this several months ago, but then never really got anywhere because I had to take a crochet break because of my thumb being weird. Anyway, I did a couple of rows yesterday and this morning I tried it on the bed. Too big. Like... waaay too big, hanging off the sides of the bed with about a foot to spare on each side.

What the heck do I do now? I am considering frogging it and starting over a bit smaller. But considering that each row takes around 45 minutes..yeah, that's not gonna happen! So I am thinking that maybe I'll just fold the surplus at the side, sew it to the 'back' of the blanket and then keep going like it's a smaller blanket. What do you reckon? What would you do? Any crochet 'rescue' ideas out there?

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scribbled by Carina 8/03/2009 07:16:00 PM


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Friday, July 24, 2009

Bird embroidery patterns

Oh me! Oh my! I am all a-twitter with joy because I can finally show you my bird patterns! I do hope you like them - they have been so much fun to make. And I suspect that I am not entirely done making birdie patterns. Because, well, you know, there's like a million different birds out there!

They are available in pairings like you see them in the images: lady duck (what is mrs duck called?) and robin; macaw and flamingo; gull and puffin. You have to be seriously coldhearted not to love that little puffin guy. Just look at him!

Can't you just imagine them all on a quilt? Maybe with even more birds! Because, I am not done with the birds yet, remember? Or how about all in a row in embroidery hoops? They are all available in the shop.

And! There's more: a free penguin pattern for your stitching pleasure. Yay! You can download it by rightclicking on this link and then 'save link' or simply click on the image below and then save the pdf file you are taken to.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Stitch memory

This is a shot from my parents' living that I took when we were last in Denmark. Flowers from their garden. I made the cushion covers. I only just noticed how well they go with that vase.. :-)

The embroideries on the cushions are made from a couple of my sketches from Rome. I can only recommend embellishing cushions (or other things) in this way. You don't even have to use drawings. You could just use a picture from a holiday. It will give you enjoyment twice: while working on the embroidery you'll be taken back to that time and place and afterwards you get to live with your memories in a tactile form. Not buried in a photo album. ;-)

Eventually I will get similar ones made for us as well. One day. For now I'll enjoy seeing these when we visit my parents. Which isn't that far away now, less than 7 weeks. I can live with that.

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scribbled by Carina 7/23/2009 09:22:00 AM


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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pink stitches

Of course I have done some embroidery in between everything else. Of course I have. Just a simple thing. No idea, no planning ahead. Just stitching.. relaxing...

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scribbled by Carina 7/22/2009 09:54:00 PM


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Friday, July 17, 2009

Stitchin' Summer Garden

There is something nice about working on something that is symmetrical. It is calming, meditative. Well, most embroidery is. Except for cross stitch, it makes me nauseuos, strangely.

And have you noticed that I am actually using a fairly limited palette here? I find that really challenging! I have to really restrain myself from using every single colour in my thread stash. :-) Anyone else have that 'problem'?

Although, obviously symmetrical should be used loosely when looking at my sample there. It's a wee bit lopsided at the bottom. The pattern, of course, isn't lopsided. But feel free to make it so, if you desire. ;-)

Available here (4 available) and here (2). :-)

Oh and before I forget, I finally got a Flcikr group up and running for those of you who feel like showing off some Polka & Bloom stitchin'! Go join here.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

I want to run off to a tropical island!

Jeez, I totally overslept! I hate it when that happens - it feels like most of the day has vanished already. I better get going and run some errands.

I just wanted to remind any interested parties that if you buy the Tropical Island pattern with any other pattern between now and Sunday you get the cheaper one half price. :-)

Ok, really gotta get going now!

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Happyscape winners!

Sorry I didn't post about the winners of the Happyscape embroidery pattern yesterday. I was just absolutely exhausted - been doing too much lately! Too many ideas, too many patterns, not enough chocolate!

Anyway! The new pattern now has a name! Happyscape Tropical Island. Noone suggested exactly that combination, but there were a few with island or tropical. The name popped into my head after reading Kelly's comment, so one pattern goes to her, and another one goes, completely randomly, to Karin. Congratulations, ladies! Congratulations to all of you for making so many wonderful suggestions!

And thank you, all, for supporting my patterns in one way or the other. That is really unexpected and very, very muchly appreciated.

The new pattern is, of course, available in both the Artfire and Etsy shop (more in Artfire). Buy this pattern with any other pattern this week (July 7 - 12) and the cheapest one will be ½ price. :-)

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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Cycle patterns

It's the beginning of July and that means that I will actually be watching the telly in the afternoon (I rarely have the telly on when I'm on my own). Why, you ask? Because it is time for the Tour de France! Hooray! I don't really care about sports in general. But Le Tour? That I can get into. And have been for many years.

Not sure why, exactly. Maybe it's because it is awe inspiring to think that these guys cycle some 3,000 kilometres in less than 3 weeks. And not only that, but they climb some rather steep mountains in the process. That is pretty cool, I think!

So, my new embroidery patterns are inspired in a small way by Le Tour, although most of the cycles I've drawn up are probably less than ideal for participating in Le Tour. But how cool would it be if someone entered on a penny farthing?!

There are 2 patterns, Freewheelin' and Keepin' Steady. Each has 3 cycles. Freewheelin' is old skool lady's bike, racer and a tandem. Keepin' Steady is a bit more adventurous: unicycle, penny farthing and tricycle (based on the ones I remember from my child hood).

Now, not only are the patterns inspired by Le Tour, but also by my sweet husband. This year Tony is participating in the London to Southend bike ride (60 miles/100 kilometres) for the British Heart Foundation. He's pretty cool, huh? Funny thing is, when he did it last year; immediately afterwards he said 'never again'. But shortly after he said that he was doing it this year after all! ;-)

So, for the rest of July (the bike ride is on July19), the proceeds from both of the cycle patterns will be donated to the BHF. I hope you will help me (and Tony) support this very worthy cause.

Get them here: Artfire & Etsy.

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

There's a tomato on my tomato plant!

Some new patterns are in the work. Quite cute! More about them tomorrow - right now we're off to visit Tony's parents. Escaping this flat in the late afternoon is always a good thing this time of year!!

PS - buy anything from either my Artfire or Etsy shop today and tomorrow and get an exclusive embroidery pattern for free. Yay! :-)

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

I've been making stuff today!

Today was a lot more creative than last Thursday. I actually made something! Yay! I spent a good chunk of time on the sofa, working on some more embroidery. At long last a new Happyscape embroidery. It 'only' took me a couple of months! ;-)

I used some silver dmc thread in this, and it reminded me why I rarely use that. It is so tricky to thread into the needle. It is stiff and it splits and is generally not very cooperative! Any tips for using silver or other metal threads? I would like to use the silver one more, but I just can't be bothered when it frustrates me so much!

Anyway, this Happyscape doesn't actually have a name yet. The other one is called Spring, but this new one... not sure. The only thing I've thought of, and I'm not sure if I like it, is 'Happyspace - the desert island'. Probably because of the shells. Who knows.

So. Help! Leave a comment with a suggestion for the name and I'll send a random commenter + the Chosen One the pattern (once I get it done, that is, heh!) - I'll pick the name + winners on Monday.

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