Sunday, 7 February 2010


Needleweaving changed my life .............. well kind of.  A needlewoven carnation (I'd never even heard of needleweaving) was on the agenda at the first ever adult embroidery class I ever attended.  Then came the woven picot leaves and raised chain band stems.  Here is that very sample from those first few weeks all those years ago.

Over the following weeks, I learnt various other raised embroidery & stumpwork techniques.  They were just perfect to frame a photo of our daughter as a bridesmaid.  I call this my first real creative embroidery project (sorry that the photos aren't so clear)

So there it is ................. the day that changed my life.  There will be some of this on the "Journey" quilt.  I think that's enough of the past for now ................. I have some serious tidying up to do then to sort out some threads to start embroidery.

Thankyou for all your comments ladies, they are very much appreciated and I will make some time to respond to them all personally this week ............... it's hard work trying be creative, blog & read all the blogs that I'd like to read - I like to read them all properly!!!


Chris said...

Your work is beautiful and so inspiring.

Lauri said...

Just beautiful! I've tried BE and you have an amazing amount of patience

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Anonymous said...

Oh my the needlewoven carnations are fantastic!!! Oh I love them.

You said you learned them in class, is the instructions for them in any book that can be purchased? I would love to use them in a crazy Quilt!

Your work is stunning. Thank you so much for sharing:):)

Ann Flowers

Erica said...

I have done some stumpwork but nothing like this.Beautiful! Did you use silk threads?

Mermaid's Purse said...

Thankyou for your lovely comments everybody - I used coton a broder for all the carnations and stumpwork - the needlelace hydrangeas are crochet cotton.

Nicki Lee said...

OMG! These are just GORGEOUS! You work is very inspiring - makes me want to pick up a needle this very minute. Thank you for sharing. For sure I will have to add you to my favorites so I can keep up with your beautiful work.

Aamanee Aaqilah said...

pls dr,can u explain me how to do the stem part in the work

Mermaid's Purse said...

Aamanee, the stem is "Raised Chain Band" stitch

Sarah said...

I've never seen or heard of this before....lovely! Thank you for sharing