From My Home to Yours

I'm working on a piece as part of an ongoing project by my friend Kim Kwee. It's called From My Home To Yours, which takes inspiration from Martha Stewart (read more here). She sent me a kit with assorted supplies, and now I have to complete the project! The box contained an apron, some thin wool yarn in a bunch of colors, a piece of a t-shirt, ribbon, and a drawing of a sandwich.

I'm not totally sure how everything is going to come together yet, but so far I'm appliqueing the letters from the shirt onto the pocket of the apron. Luckily there was some thread that matched the t-shirt color really nicely. I actually made the t-shirt for Kim a long time ago, so that's added another interesting layer to the piece.

A use for the sandwich drawing is still to be determined. I might use it as a pattern and embroider the image on the apron, or stitch the paper directly on to the apron.

It's taken me awhile to get started on it (sorry Kim) but now that I have started, it's a fun and challenging project!


The Original Conjuring Cat

Here's my finished embroidery from the Edward Gorey illustration stitch along. I really like the way it turned out. I felt like I was getting behind (the next illustration stitch along is starting this month), but the little cats didn't take nearly as long to fill in as the big one.

Since this illustration is from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, here's a bit of T.S. Eliot's poem "Mr. Mistoffelees" for you:

His manner is vague and aloof,
You would think there was nobody shyer--
But his voice has been heard on the roof
When he was curled up by the fire.
And he's sometimes been heard by the fire
When he was about on the roof--
(At least we all heard that somebody purred)
Which is incontestable proof
Of his singular magical powers:
And I have known the family to call
Him in from the garden for hours,
While he was asleep in the hall.
And not long ago this phenomenal Cat
Produced seven kittens right out of a hat!

Check out the Flickr page for more great Gorey embroideries!


The Adventuress

I just came across Audrey Niffenegger's book The Adventuress in the library. It's beautifully illustrated, and this image in particular stood out to me. It's the ghost of the Adventuress with Maurice, the cat she gave birth to (doesn't that make you want to read the book?). I'd love to turn it into an embroidery, maybe for a future illustration stitch along?


Swap roundup on Mr. X Stitch

There was a roundup of the Tiny Things Swap on Mr. X Stitch recently. My bumblebee was featured along with a bunch of other awesome stitching. See the two part post here and here. I'm excited to participate in the next swap, Blinded by Science!