Saturday, January 12, 2013

Some Recent Embroideries

When I happened to run across the pattern for this vintage design, I knew I had to have it.  I was thrilled to find that it was available to buy from a seller on Etsy.  I used a variety of variegated flosses, mostly DMC.
It looks like a cheerful place to live, doesn't it?
I didn't stitch it exactly like the original, but I think it still has a definite vintage look to it.

Now, here are a few of one of my other favorite subjects for embroidery;  baskets with flowers.
 This embroidery was done with a selection of Needle Necessities threads that I have in my collection.  This is a brand of floss that is no longer available, although the company was bought by Threadworx and I believe they reproduce pretty much the same colors themselves.
More baskets:
If you haven't guessed it yet, I love pink and blue!
Except for the black on the butterfly, I embroidered this whole design with Caron Watercolors.  I just started using these threads recently and I love them!  They are nice and thick and come in a myriad of colors.
Last basket, this one was done with Rainbow Gallery's Rainbow Tweed.  It's a soft and slightly fuzzy thread that works well for embroidery.  I really love working with various types of threads, I think it makes embroidering just that much more exciting when I can experiment instead of always using the same old thing!  How about you, do you like to try different threads that are new to you?  If so, I would love to hear about your thread experiences!
Thank you for stopping in for another visit, I appreciate it!

10 comments:

Nurdan Kanber said...

Your embroideries are looking just gorgeous. "Home sweet home" is striking on the eyes as a lovely vintage embroidery. It is indeed a cheerful work! (very well done)

As per the other floral designs, they are so very lovely. You' ve used pastel colours palette which make them more prettier.

I like to challange with different types of threads as you do! It is more fun for me :)

All the best

Tracey said...

Beautiful work! I love the vintage look of the first piece. They are all beautiful though!

Annie said...

Wow! You may not be blogging so often, but your fingers sure are busy! Beautiful work. Takes me back to the type of things we did when I was kid. Just love the beautiful colors and stitches.

Nancy said...

Hi Karen,
All of your embroideries are so pretty, and yes, the cottage looks like a cheerful place to live.

I am stitching the Blackbird Designs stockings using a combination of floss and silks that I already have and loving it!

What kind of fabric do you use for your embroideries?

Penny said...

You embroider so beautifully! Really love the Home Sweet Home piece. It does look like a cheerful place to live - very spring like. :)

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Such beautiful work! I usually use DMC, but was sent a large box of floss from a friend. It had Anchor and JP Coats. They are pretty much as good as DMC. I also embroidered and embellished clothing once for a designer in Boston. She had me do the embroidery on silk pieces, which meant I had to use silk floss. It was beautiful and shiny, but often would fray in the middle of stitching. It also will not hold a knot very well.

Solstitches said...

All of your embroideries are delightful Karen. I can see why you had to have the cottage design.
It's gorgeous. I especially love the dear little bird table.
The basket with the butterfly is so pretty also.
I never fail to be inspired when I see your beautiful work.
Margaret

Deepa said...

Karen,
How have you been doing? The cottage embroidery is as usual gorgeous!!I am in awe of your color choices. How do you decide on the colors for your piece?

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Hi, just dropped back by to say hello and to see what's stitchin!

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Hi Karen -

Just visiting from Flickr! You have a really beautiful blog :) I love how you stitched the roof of your cottage, and the lovely little flower garden in front! I think your the way you finished it is lovely too; the lace is the perfect touch! You have a gorgeous sense of colour ;)