I took several years off from painting, once I felt I had painted enough squares there wasn’t a subject matter that inspired me until I started embroidering the Scandinavian graphic floral motifs as seen here in a recent curtain.

The first board was an exercise in getting familiar with the tools and process. I had many lovely memories of using the pallet knife while painting little squares of color.

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These daisies were inspired by a greeting card.

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24 graphic flower motifs from Scandinavian Needlecraft by Clare Youngs embroidered in cotton craft yarn on white cotton fabric.

The 28″ x 20″ curtain as seen in the daytime, backlit. The fabric is lightweight enough to let in the outside light and billow easily in the breeze.

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At night with artificial light.

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Cotton craft yarn in warm and cool blues. The packaged Prism yarn came in a variety of Aquamarine blues. (As seen in the final image of this post.) I ran out of yarn while stitching this project, so over-dyed white and cream colored yarn. It turned out a medium Cerulean – similar to a denim blue, as seen in the motif to the right, the single outline to the left and the double outline below it.

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Scroll motifs with french knots in 6 strands of DMC floss on a polyester blend table cloth and napkins

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24 scroll motifs and over 2000 French knots in cotton craft thread in pink, peach, yellow, green, cream and white on a polyester blend 50″ square table cloth. 

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I made two versions of the same Bento Box for the bicycle in outdoor fabric with velcro closure and straps. The first has seams to the inside, which makes the box bulky and less stable, though still plenty functional – both get used all the time.

 

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This version has seams on the outside which allows the box to hug the frame better. There is also an inside pocket with velcro closure.

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The is a detail photo of the Eivor cushion from IKEA

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I used the printed design as inspiration for an embroidery in cotton craft thread. First with single lines,

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then with outlines in contrasting colors.

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Embroidered book marks – the first in cotton craft yarn on cotton cloth, then sewed to paper, the motif is a calligraphy scroll with added French knots, similar to those in this book

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In wool yarn stitched onto water color paper. All the book marks have paper backing, machine stitched to the fronts, hiding the wrong side of the hand stitching.

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In acrylic knitting yarn.

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This is a floor grate in the St. Pothin church in Lyon France. I used the motif as inspiration for these embroideries.

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In over-dyed variegated Tencel yarn on cotton cloth.

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In hand dyed wool on cotton cloth.

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Various motifs in variegated Tencel yarn.

This one was inspired by a scroll on page 97 of Oprah magazine September 2010 .

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These motifs were inspired by those in Scandinavian Needlecraft by Clare Youngs.

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More motifs in the same Tencel yarn as above, after over-dying the yarn.

These two are based on calligraphy scrolls, with added French knots.

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These three are based on scrolls and motifs in the book Let’s Bring Back by Lesley M. M. Blume.

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This embroidery has been stitched onto one my blank books, I believe it is based on a Scottish botanical motif..

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Hand dyed wool yarn on cotton cloth, Art Nouveau Roses, as seen here on the blog A Moveable Feast, from a post on July 22, 2010.

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Cotton craft yarn on cotton cloth, the first was inspired my motifs on vintage fabric,

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and this snowflake was inspired by one previously stitched from Scandinavian Needlecraft, originally posted here

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I purchased 2 white tops in a lovely rayon fabric from H&M and combined them to make a dress. 

Here is the original top – in black.

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I used the square bodice detail seams to insert a pocket on the skirt front.

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Here is the collection of  DMC embroidery floss colors that I had on hand. Since I needed brighter colors and larger quantities of each color for projects I have in mind, I decided to over-dye the lot.

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I wound skeins of similar colors, tying the ends of the floss strands together in knots.

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I over-dyed the skeins in Procion Fiber Reactive dye. The dark reds were dyed in yellow to get orange. The pinks were dyed in red. The yellows were dyed in yellow. The golds were dyed in orange. The blues were dyed in yellow to get green.

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To protect a powder coated metal table I made an elastic table cozy and sewed one of my hand embroideries on top for embellishment.

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I cut a circle 4″ wider than the table top out of cotton muslin, turned under 1″ for a casing then sewed around leaving an opening through which to thread elastic. I put the cover in progress on the table to adjust the tension of the elastic, trimmed off the excess elastic, sewed the ends of the elastic together, then sewed the opening shut. 

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A quick, easy and functional project. Adding the embroidery on top has transformed this casual table into a highlight of the room. It is also interesting to note that the embroidery I chose for this was previously one of my least favorites, but now it is just the opposite.

This is a favorite J. Jill top, I have it in two colors and wear them all the time.

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I made a pattern from this top and sewed two versions of  it by reusing the fabric from 3 long sleeve cotton v-neck pullovers in orange, yellow and green for the first, and two white cotton men’s polos for the second. Bodice front and back are pieced below waist to add length. 

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The front and sleeves are cut out of a ribbed knit and the back is out of pique. The sleeves are pieced to add fabric for 3/4 length. On both tops buttons are vintage, button facings are backed in cotton twill tape.

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