Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Who's a pretty ghoul then?

Just having a bit of fun in anticipation of Halloween!

The season is changing. The leaves are beginning to turn, berries are ripening in the hedgerows, it's cooler and it's getting dark earlier. Thoughts turn to the autumn and winter festivals that cheer us up in those darker months. Well, mine do anyway, and I made this:

Here's a close-up of the stitches:

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Cretan and herringbone. And I'm still fixed on that trellis stitch from an earlier "Stitch Explorer".

I've been taking part in Sharon B's Stitch Explorer Challenge. Find out all about it here. This month's stitch or technique is pattern darning.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Hear the buzz!

A little bit more work on the bee.

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I've added some beads. And the little bit of 'armour plating' that they have on their backs. (A piece of needlefelted fabric with trellis stitch around it). It's not anatomically correct, but I do want it to have 'the look' of a bee. I'm not sure about that hair around the armour plating - that part of their bodies is hairy but somehow it seems to spoil the line of the thing. On the other hand, I do want it to be a sparkly jewel of a bee with a slight 'cartoon' flavour, like the flies I made.

It's the legs giving me problems at the moment. I've made two felted balls for the pollen sacs for the back legs. Now I need to think for a bit more!