Monday, August 13, 2012

Another Cottage Embroidery and Swan Lake Sampler

I just finished this embroidery using a pattern from the HoopLove Flickr group.  I used several different flosses as well as some pearl cottons.  It's kind of whimsical and not very realistic but I like how it turned out.  I know that this type of cottage is usually painted white but I just felt like making it pink!
If you noticed the little yellow flower button, it's there because I completely missed doing a flower in that spot and didn't notice it was missing until I was pressing the embroidery and at that point I didn't feel like putting it back in the hoop to add another flower.  So I will have to add one later or just sew the button on.
Those yellow flowers are done with a new stitch I recently learned, I don't remember what it's called but it's very easy to do.
I used rows of outline stitch to fill in the house and herringbone stitch for the roof.
Close up of the garden.  Now for those of you who might be tired of looking at my embroidery here is a cross stitch from a couple of years ago.
It's Swan Lake Sampler by Examplars from the Heart, one of my favorite designers.  It's done entirely in Vikki's Hand Dyed Silks which are such a pleasure to use.
I put in initials for my husband and me and the J's are for our daughter and son-in-law.
The satin stitch at the bottom was done with "Moon-called Sea" my favorite of Vikki's colors I think mostly because I love the name!
I wanted to tell you about a contest that I entered  the covered bridge embroidery in from my last post.  The Flickr group New Embroidery with Vintage Patterns.  I was very lucky to win prizes from two wonderful sponsors for the category it was in.  Emily at The Floss Box provided an excellent book with a lot of creative ideas as well as several of the patterns that she designed herself.  And Vicki at The Pattern Bee let me choose 3 sets of vintage patterns!  Here are just a few of them:
 The contest was lots of fun and I was so thrilled to win these prizes!  Thank you Emily and Vicki!
That's it for now, thanks for stopping by again, I appreciate it!  
We will be waiting patiently for your next visit!

9 comments:

Krista said...

Your embroidery is gorgeous! That is something I will have to try someday. I usually stick with cross stitch :) Love that swan lake piece, the variegated colors look great in that one, love the color you used for the lake. Very cute kitties waiting at the door :) Have a great day!

Krista said...

Your embroidery is gorgeous! That is something I will have to try someday. I usually stick with cross stitch :) Love that swan lake piece, the variegated colors look great in that one, love the color you used for the lake. Very cute kitties waiting at the door :) Have a great day!

Nurdan said...

Cottage Embroidery and Swan Lake Sampler as well as the cats look fantastic!

The Cottage Embroidery is the most striking piece and attracting the attention indeed!

Greetings,
Nurdan

Penny said...

I don't often use the word stunning, but that it the word that comes to mind when I see your embroidery! Just beautiful! Lovely sampler stitching too! Sometimes I buy a particular thread because I love the name. :) What sweet little kitties!

Solstitches said...

Karen you do the most fabulous embroideries. I'm not surprised that you won a prize!
I love your pink cottage with all those glorious flowers in their various stitches.
As for your cross stitch it is beautiful. That design is fabulous and I love the colour palette. I hope you will show more of your older x stitch pieces some time.
Margaret

Marcy said...

Your pink cottage is so delightful and its garden is beautiful! I love all the flowers and colors.

Barbara said...

Karen, your cottage and flower garden embroidery is exquisite, such beautiful work.....love the cats too :)

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Tired of looking at your embroidery??.........NEVER! I love how you embroidered the cottage. My husband's grandmother had a stucco house with flowers all around it. It was so pretty. Congrats on winning the patterns.

Rose Victorien said...

que de merveilles
c'est vraiment très beau
rose