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September 2006
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Last day of September September 30th, 2006

South African pink plant

Detail 101 – One Hundred and One September 29th, 2006

101 is a special number for me and I chose this project to start on day 101 for that reason…pity I haven’t got time to tell you about it tonight but I have a big day coming and I will tell you about both after the weekend…In the meantime I will leave you with this detail of my crazy quilted garden.

bottom left corner of garden

Convolvulus Cneorum September 29th, 2006

Convolvulus Cneorum

Day 100 – Stumpwork Legs and the Full Picture September 28th, 2006

Stumpwork Legs
When I showed this sampler to my sister before she looked at anything else she lifted the skirt and said “yep, they’re thin enough”, as if it couldn’t be a self portrait if I had made fat legs lol.

I made the legs with a pipe cleaner, I threaded it into a piece of tubular knitted floss to look like black stockings and I made the boots from scraps of soft Leather.

In this detail you can also see how I have hemmed the skirt and stitched it to the background down the sides…

I got the crinkles in the skirt by wetting the fabric, twisting it tightly and letting it dry before untwisting it…The little black top is Needlelace.

And here is the completed Sampler…I have sized the image to be the exact size of the Sampler.

The Stumpwork Sampler

And that is the 100th detail in the 100 days and with it I would like to send up 3 Cheers for Sharon and her wonderful ideas…Hiphip Hooray, Hiphip Hooray, Hiphip Hooray Thank you Sharon.

And thank you to everyone that has been a part of the 100 days…everybodies participation and enthusiasm has been wonderfull.

And stay tuned for detail 101 because from me the details haven’t finished…they may not be every day as the first one hundred have been but I still have a lot of work left to document.

Cuttings September 28th, 2006

I love that plants can be grown from cuttings because it means that we can have memories of friends in our gardens…Last year Sharon gave me a cutting from her mini Pink Carnation and this is my cuttings first flower.

Mini Pink Carnations

Day 99 – Stumpwork Head September 27th, 2006

Stumpwork Head

The Stumpwork Face is made like soft sculpture dolls…I made a padded oval shape and then I used tiny stitches, pulled tightly, to shape the face…The eyes are a blue french knot and brown straight stitches, the mouth is red back stitch with paint to add extra shading.

I used strands of my own hair, including a few of the grey ones, to finish the head…I had strands about 20″ long, I used a short quilting needle, doubled the hair and tied the ends…I started each strand on the front near the bottom and edges so that there is some hair ends in the finished piece, I came up very near where I went down…the stitches on the back are tiny so as to waste the least amount of the hair …the stitches on the front are quite long but they sort of criss cross each other holding each other in place and helping to build up the thickness…I finished each strand with a quilters knot with the tails on the front…

Heuchera – Coral Bells at Night time September 27th, 2006

Pink Fronds

I have been trying to get a photo of these delicate little flowers for the last couple of weeks and haven’t managed to get them in the right light when there is no wind..tonight I decided to try something different and have taken it with the flash on what is a pitch black night.

Day 98 – Stumpwork Hands September 26th, 2006

Tonights detail is a Stumpwork hand…I think that because of my combined loves of embroidery, applique, miniatures and whimsey it was inevitable that I would fall in love with stumpwork as soon as I saw it but it was the stumpwork hands that truely captivated me…Magnified as it is in my detail it is not the most glamorous of hands, it is even somewhat clunky but you don’t see that when you see how small it is, to help you the piece of linen in the hoop is 1″ square, what you see is a cute little hand with fingers that can be posed, I think that it is incredibly detailed for such a small size.

See below the image for how to make these stumpwork hands…I painted the hands after making them and used nail polish as the finishing touch…I attached it to the hoop by stick the thumb through the loop of the charm and wiring a finger to the hoop, leaving the wire exposed as a ring on the finger…the needle in last nights hand was the eye end of a size 12 quilting needle.

Stumpwork Hand

To make a stumpwork hand, first make 5 fingers…

Make fingers by wrapping flesh coloured thread around a piece of beading wire…I glued the start end to the wire for ease of handling.

stumpwork hand step 1

Fold the wire in half and carry the thread to the fold end.

stumpwork hand step 2

Wrap the thread back towards the cut end of the wire, glue to hold in place.

stumpwork hand step 3

When you have 5 fingers hold 2 side by side and wrap thread around once, add an index finger and wrap thread around twice, then add the little finger and wrap the thread around several times before adding the thumb and continue winding thread towards the wrist…Look at your own hand to get rough proportions of finger length and placement.

Purple Erysimum September 26th, 2006

Purple Erysimum

Day 97 – Stumpwork Sampler – some modern touches September 25th, 2006

Stumpwork Sampler

Up until this point on the sampler all the stitches are from Stumpwork Books, tonights detail includes a couple of other techniques that I thought could be included with traditional stumpwork.

The first of them is Punch Needle.

Also up until this point I had written down the names of all the stitches but neglegted to add the last few so I am not sure what stitch the gold thread is but have looked at several stitches that it could be and I think that it is Braid Stitch but worked looser than the instructions in the link.

To the right is a Stumpwork hand…more about stumpwork hands tomorrow night.

Felt provides a nice texture that can have finer detail embroidered onto it.

A Shi Sha would make a nice Sun. From memory I think that this was the first shi sha that I had cut from a CD, I like the idea of combining the very old and the very new…To cut CD’s warm an old CD in hot water and use heavy duty scissors to cut to shape, some CDs cut better than others, so you may have to try a few to get a good cutter and use the part of the blades that are furthest from the point of the scissors.

I used Cross Stitch for my name and the year.