Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Misfit Quilters Hoop Swap

Posting a bit of embroidery today! I recently participated in the Misfit Quilters Hoop Swap, in which we swapped completed pieces of embroidery, completely mounted in their hoops and ready for hanging. The Misfit Quilters is a fun bunch of sewists, quilters, and swappers that I chat with often over on Twitter. I was in the mood for both a swap and to work on some embroidery, so this came around at the perfect time.

First, let me show off the fabulous piece I received from my partner, Christine (@creationsforems):

Misfit Embroidery from @creationsforems

I absolutely love this piece! The pattern, the colors, the stitching -- everything is just perfect and so me. When signing up for the swap, I listed Cate Anevski as one of my favorite artists and embroidery pattern designers. I was quite literally jumping up and down when I saw that Christine stitched up one of my favorite patterns, Ghostly Paisley.

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Thanks so much, Christine! This piece has earned a prominent spot in my sewing room. It's sure to inspire me every day when I look at it!!

Ninja vs. Pirate

Here's the piece I stitched up for my partner, Ella. In her swap preferences, Ella indicated "I love tuxedo cats, bellydance, pirates, kraken, and ninjas...but I'm cool with whatever excites ya!" That was great direction and a lot to work with, but to be honest none of those things are in my usual bag of tricks, so it was a bit out of my comfort zone.

So imagine my delight-slash-relief when I came across this great pattern on the Urban Threads site! Who would've guessed that I could hit 2 of the requested images in one single pattern?

Ninja vs. Pirate

It was a lot of fun to stitch, and I am glad that Ella seemed to really enjoy it.

Have you been enjoying any hand embroidery lately? I'd love to see it!

12 comments:

  1. I'd never know you were out of your comfort zone. That's incredible!

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  2. You know what else is great about Urban Threads? Their Steampunk section. They even have some steampunk fabric from Spoonflower over there now!

    Love both of these pieces here today.

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  3. Super cool! And I love the name of your group, "Misfit Quilters!" If you ever start a "Misfit Stitchers" lemme know! (I'm a neighbor--I'm in Durham, NC.)

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  4. I'm pretty new to embroidery- I'm currently doing the BirdieStitches BOM, and I can see myself getting better with the regular practice. I'm on the road this weekend enjoying some of my husband's basketball games, and it is a perfect take along project. Your creations, both given and received, are wonderful!

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  5. Those stitched up patterns are fantastic!!

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  6. Those are both fantastic/amazing!

    I've never properly learned to embroider, but I've been kind of... winging it on a few projects lately. The most recent are the Matryoshka dolls of My Sparkle fame. I bought my felt online and forgot to get any hair-coloured stuff, so my first attempt was this purple-haired punkish version. I freehanded the skull and it shows, but I still love it anyway. Next up, a half dozen traditional(ish) ones.

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  7. I am thrilled you like it! You made a fabulous hoop also, kind of neat to make something we probably would not make for ourselves

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  8. Both are lovely! I absolutely adore the ninja and pirate though! :)

    xoxo Kim

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  9. Gorgeous embroidery all around! I will say though that the image I have of you jumping up and down so excited over your embroidery is priceless! That is just sweet!

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  10. Score on the embroidery! Christine is a sweetheart. :) Can't wait for the next swap!

    Love the pirate/ninja one, too. My boys would love that - thanks for the link.

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