Thursday, July 21, 2011

Brigg's Cottage Embroidery and My Tattoo

I've been working on this embroidery the last few weeks and am glad to have it done.  There is a lot of thread piled onto this piece of fabric, it's so thick on the area of the cottage that it almost won't fold over!  I used a lot of different brands of threads, including a lot of over-dyeds and thoroughly enjoyed the stitching of it!
Ok, in my last post I showed a picture of me with some  family members and you could see a little bit of my tattoo.  I promised to post a better picture of it, so was able to get hubby to take a good picture.  But first, I want you to see the old one that's underneath the new one, because I think the tattoo artist did such a good job of hiding it.  I never really liked the old tattoo and you can probably agree that it wasn't all that nice.
It was supposed to be a cat but people were always asking me what it was.  A badger?  A fox?  A goblin?
Here's my new one and I really love it!  It was done by Erik at Lakeview Tattoo here in Petoskey.  I think you can agree that this one looks like a CAT!  I love the roses, too, and my favorite part of the kitty is his eyes, don't they look real?
On a less happy note, my son-in-law Joe was badly injured on his motorcycle last week and is in the hospital.  He was going 60 mph when a car pulled out of a driveway in front of him.  He has many shattered bones and will be a long time healing so any good thoughts or prayers you could send his way would be appreciated! 
Thanks so much for visiting again, I'm always so happy to have you drop in!


Annie said...

That stitching is so rich and luscious! Love it!

I really would never have expected you to go for a tattoo like that. Funny how you infer a blogger's personality from their stitching alone!

Sending good thoughts to Joe. I'm so sorry to hear something like this.

sana said...

Beautiful stitch. I clicked a screen and I spread and watched it.
And wonderful tattoo!!
I am so sorry to Joe having had a hard experience. I send a heart of the encouragement to him from Japan.

Nancy said...

Your cottage embroidery is gorgeous! I love the way you did the flowers and stones, but the entire piece is just beautiful! I always love to see what you embroider.

Your new kitty is very realistic looking, and yes, the eyes look very real.

I'm sorry to hear about your son-in-law, and I do hope his recovery goes smooth.

Deepa said...

ooh...I love,love that cottage!! Is it a kit? wow!!
So sorry about Joe,hope and pray he recovers soon.

Karen said...

Deepa, No, it wasn't a kit, I found the pattern at Hoop Love Vintage Patterns on Flickr, although when I searched for it there recently could not find it. If you would like a copy of it--{it's in the public domain because it's so old} let me know--email: and I will be glad to send you one. Thank you for good wishes for Joe!

Ann said...

Lovely embroidery Karen, lots of different beautiful stitches in it.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Your embroidery is very nice - used to do some crewel, but not in ages. The entire time I was reading about your old tattoo, I was thinking - his eyes look like human eyes - that's why people don't realize what it is. The new one is much nicer. Sending hopes for quick recovery for the SIL.

Teaberry Cottage said...

Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm absolutely amazed with your embroidery. It's gorgeous. Sending prayers your way for Joe~

Kathleen From Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Your stitching is just wonderful! It makes the cottage come to life! Love your new cat tat! Hope that Joe heals quickly! blessings,Kathleen

dixiesamplar said...

Very nice kitty "tat"!! LOL!

Love your sweet cottage piece...lovely work, Karen.

We are sending all our thoughts to your SIL and family...hope he has a speedy and complete recovery!!

Happy Stitchin'

Siobhan said...

Saying prayers for your SIL! What a scary thing to have happen.

Your cottage piece is amazing--such detail and dimension from the embroidery.

Solstitches said...

Wow! Your cottage embroidery is stunning. What a lot of work has gone into it. The cottage roof, stone wall and the steps look so real.
I'm sure I already admired this on Flickr?
I would really love to attempt something like this although not sure my embroidery skills are up to it.
I hope your SIL is doing OK.


Meari said...

Wow, sending positive vibes out for your SIL. I hope he has a speedy recovery.