Monday, 11 August 2008

Painting with Thread

the button thief

Or my feeble attempts at embroidery.

I have harped on an on about my inability to sew anything more complicated than a button so this weekend I decided to do something about it. I bought a little booklet on beginning embroidery, a hoop, some needles, and some embroidery thread. I looked through the book, ignored the patterns, grabbed a pencil and doodled Olwyn and the notorious button thief, and let fly with needle and thread.

Well perhaps not so easily as that, as the back looks quite horrific, but I'm still quite proud as these are the first bits of textile art I have ever done. In school I opted for pottery, art, and mirror etching over home ec. I already knew how to cook and clean, and take care of animals, so really didn't see the point of having to carry around a flour sack baby. So I never learned more than the replacement of lost buttons.

Little Owlwyn

oh and here is a picture of my greenhouse bounty, a purple pepper, 2 red chilies, some red and yellow tomatoes, and a mini cucumber.

12 comments:

KittyKat said...

Love that bird, don't suppose you could knock a small one up for an eager 5 year old to attempt, could you?

Hells said...

I love it. Who can't sew?!?!?

Apryl said...

*blush* thank you...

kittykat-- (ranting right?) I could try and sort something out for you if you want... best go get packing again before M' grumps at me any more!

JEM said...

you big silly embroidery is lovely !!!!!

and does my partner have a blog so i can see what sort of stuff she likes pleaseeeeeeeeee!!!!

Cass said...

Apryl I passed the tree of happiness to you, hope you don't mind

Chloe said...

Apryl!
Its brilliant!
How can you say that you can't sew!
Its brilliant. I love it.

mushroommeadows said...

I love your embroidering!

yummy veggies, by the way!

MyBigMouth said...

Just found your blog,I enjoyed reading thru it.
Hey...I'm a Californian also!
Don't sweat the embroidery thing.I'm fairly new at it as well,it does get easier and yours already looks great!

Frizbe said...

you gotta sneek that greenhouse to your new gaff you know!

Apron Thrift Girl said...

I think all of your embroidery is lovely. I especially love the poisoned apple tree. Very cool and unique idea.

jillytacy said...

Your embroideries are so cute! I find it's very relaxing to sit on the couch and stitch at night. Plus at the end of a relaxing couple of hours you have something to show for it!

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