Michele Carragher & Taking Your Time

I still can't stop thinking about Michele Carragher's beautiful costume embroidery, especially the animals on Sansa's wedding gown from Game of Thrones. She has some great shots of them on her website, but I wish I could see them in person and check out the detail even more closely. Here are my two favorite pictures:

After doing some stitching with metallic thread recently on my own Game of Thrones-inspired embroidery, I can appreciate her skills even more than before. She says on her site that one of her embroidered appliqu├ęs took 42 hours. I like to see results quickly when working on a project and sometimes tend to speed through them, but looking at Michele's work reminded me of the rewards of taking your time. I've already pulled out stitches a few times on my direwolf to get them "just so". Here's the first of many in-progress shots. I kind of want to keep track of how many hours this embroidery takes; I think I've spent about 6-8 hours on it so far (it features a dragon and a lion as well as the direwolf).

Direwolf WIP

I wouldn't begin to compare my work to Michele's but hopefully taking take more time to practice and get it right will bring my skills up to her level...someday. Hey, I can dream (and work).


Bits and Pieces

I recently participated in yet another Phat Quarter swap. It's really fun to get a surprise embroidery piece in the mail! This time the theme was Amuse Bouche, similar to the Tiny Things one from last year where we made something small. I got a super cute little book about Paddington Bear made by Noodle-Bug.

Amuse-Bouche Swap

I made a lightning bolt patch for Lockedinthepark (who was my partner in the opposite direction for the Tiny Things Swap). I didn't get the greatest picture since I was in a mad dash to get it to her at least close to the deadline.

lightning bolt patch

On this one I used some sturdy fabric from an old pair of pants and stitched the outline in a coral color. Then I filled it with little dashes of color, including neon yellow and gold (hard to see in the picture). The finishing touch was a tiny L for Lockedinthepark and Leslie.

Now that I've finished with stitch a longs, holiday cards, and swaps for the time being, I am finally working on some ideas I've had on my mind for a while. I just started a Game of Thrones themed embroidery, which I wrote about wanting to do in this post. I was re-inspired by Cherry and Cinnamon's post on Michele Carragher, who does embroidery on the costumes for the Game of Thrones TV show. Here's a peek:

Lion and wolf


Illustration Stitch a Long Updates

Since my last post on this subject, I finished two embroideries for the Illustration Stitch a Long. The first was this simple black outline of Quentin Blake's Matilda (from the Roald Dahl book).


I even framed her for my desk at work.

Matilda in frame

My next piece to complete was my Dr. Seuss embroidery. I was a little tired of doing black outlines, so I decided to mix it up and use colored wool thread instead. The colors aren't quite the same as the original, but I like the way it came out.

Pinkish cat

I really like Paternayan wool yarn and have done quite a few embroideries with it, but I had heard it was being discontinued. I recently found out that the Saco River Dye House is going to start producing it, so I'm happy that I don't have to hoard my stash!

Pinkish cat detail