My period of distraction has morphed into this dog-walking plant-carrying lady. She stands about seven inches tall. I think the dog looks happy at the prospect of a walk as long as the lady disposes of the plant before they set off.
It’s been a strange couple of days stitchingwise. Having been all enthusiastic over the stumpwork portraits, I suddenly find myself unwilling to begin another just yet and can’t figure out why but with fingers twitching to do something, yesterday I began making a little doll based on Salley Mavor’s Felt Wee Folk. I am only using her methods as a jumping-off point so my version will be bigger (and less professional) but embroidering the jacket yesterday kept me busy for a while and was relaxing to do. If I finish this little person and she looks half decent, I’ll post more photos.
I found these Crafter’s Commandments yesterday on the side bar of this blog during an internet trawl.
I had not come across these before and I have to admit to being particularly guilty of number 11! What about you?
I don’t have friends in my area who embroider and the only embroidery group locally is a branch of the Embroiderer’s Guild whose membership I talk myself out of applying for at least every other month. I also peruse online sewing communities but have never applied to join any – until this morning, when I took the plunge and applied to join Stitchin’ Fingers which has nearly eight thousand members.
I decided to join because they have a stumpwork group and if you read my blog on a regular basis you’ll know that I’m more than slightly enthusiastic about that form of stitching and whilst the group members seem to favour flora, fauna, and bugs as their subjects I reckon there’s room for little old me and my iffy portraits and whatnot. However… I have yet to receive an email welcoming me or denying my membership. Fingers crossed for a ‘welcome’ one!
A visit to a charity shop yesterday resulted in the aquisition of this little travel steam iron. I’ve been contemplating buying one for ages and this one seems like brand new!
It took a while but my first (and possibly last) full length stumpwork portrait is finished at last. Had she been a real character, she wouldn’t have been allowed to wear flowers in her hair during a working day but she didn’t start off being a maid and I liked them so they remained. Artistic licence and all that. She measures approximately 10 inches from head to toe. More time and effort were spent on the outfit and accesssories than were spent on the stumpwork face but once I’d decided to make it full length, I had to complete the self imposed challenge. (Click on the image to see it in more detail.)
I gave myself a week’s respite from the latest stumpwork portrait as I wasn’t happy with the body shaping or the costume but over the weekend I made a hand to wrap around the broom that the lady will hold. The broom was the first thing I made for this latest stumpwork piece and I might finesse it a bit yet.