Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tea Towel Stitching

So the Craftster Tea Towel Tour that I mentioned a few posts back is well underway! I've already completed my first two designs for the other swappers and thought it was a good time to share.

My first design was for PearliePie, who requested a "wild west saloon" themed tea towel to use in her home bar. Her home bar (called Fat Can Candie's : ) has a wild west meets punk rock theme. Isn't that the coolest? Anyhow, I decided to stitch a buffalo image from one of my favorite online resources for embroidery designs, Andrea Zuill's Badbird blog. (The Badbird shop is a favorite of mine on Etsy, too):


I was very pleased with how this turned out. My favorite part? The little berries made from french knots of variegated thread.

Next, I received my good friend Rita's apron. I felt a lot of pressure on this one, because Rita is an amazing stitcher and all-around talented and crafty person, and I really wanted to pick a special design for her. Her theme is "kawaii / cute / anthropomorphic things" (yeah, I had to look them up, too : )

(By the way, Rita's celebrating the grand opening of her shop, Mochi Studios! Head on over there and show her some love.)

I searched high and low for inspiration and actually had several ideas, but knew that I found the perfect idea when I looked at another of my favorite Etsy shops, beethings. I fell in love with a series of prints featuring tanager birds atop smiling pieces of fruit.

Because I thought it was proper etiquette, I reached out to the artists and shop owners -- Jeff and Shay -- and asked permission to stitch their designs.Fortunately for me , they obliged! In fact, I think they were a bit tickled to see what I would do.

And here's what I did:


I had a bit of a time with this one, mostly because I tried to do some satin stitching and ... well, my satin stitching leaves a lot to be desired. I also had a rough time with their eyes ... I kept making them either too big or too small. Overall, though, I'm happy with the result.

And here's Rita's apron so far, on its way to the next stitcher:


This swap's a lot of fun, but the biggest challenge is that it's so fast-paced. You have one week to turn around each item from the time you receive it until you have to send it along. I think I have to learn to keep it simple and not bite off more than I can chew!

18 comments:

  1. Is there nothing you can't do? Both of those are very nicely done, far better than what I can, and tried, to do.

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  2. You are doing lovely work...my DH loved the bison...you might inspire him yet!

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  3. all adorable. I love tea towels.

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  4. Yep...satin stitching can be a bear....but you did a great job....luckily you did it in dark colors....hides anything you don't want anyone to see really well. That apron is going to be fabulous and the bison....way cool!:)

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  5. I've seen your buffalo in person and it's terrific! Your french knots are perfect! I'm with you on satin stitching. I just do not have the patience for it. You did a good job on yours!

    It is a fast paced swap!

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  6. Your embroideries are beautifully stitched! Thank you so much for the cute birdes perching on the fruit for my apron! They're so precious! And thanks for showing some love for Mochi Studios!! <3

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  7. You do great work! You should give yourself more credit. I know my stitches leave something to be desired.

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  8. Oh, embroidering...the next frontier. Maybe one day I'll be adventurous enough to try, but for now, I will just live vicariously through you and others! Beautiful work.

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  9. Didn't you just recently start doing embroidery? These are fantastic! And about the quick turn-around, look at it this way - you'll get yours back lickety split!

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  10. They both look GREAT! What fun themes and your stitching is very nicely done!

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  11. Your stitching is very nice..You've done a beautiful job...

    Hugs and God Bless,

    ^A^ngel

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  12. They are both fantastic! Well done!!

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  13. i love what you did for both of them john. that buffalo is awesome. and those fruits are just too darn sweet. i need to pop over and check out that shop!

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  14. hi! you did such a great job with the tanagers. thanks so much for mentioning beethings!

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  15. Your stitching is lovely! (I know just what you want to hear!) You are one talented guy!
    Love the tea towels, and the buffalo, how original, and the apron is going to be wonderful!

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  16. Your work is lovely...great stitches on the tea towels.

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