This isn’t exactly a big reveal, as these stitches have been my blog’s header for months, but I think it’s about time I got to writing about one of my most ambitious embroidery projects ever.
When Janeal, one of my best friends from high school, won my most recent giveaway, she asked me to do something with her ultrasound. After weeks of thought about it and consultations with my stitchiest friends, I decided to just dive in and do a cross-stitch interpretation of the first picture of her son.
This is an example of the pattern I made and used to create the piece. It was really a pretty huge undertaking. Hundreds and hundreds of stitches made out of seven different shades of gray. It took up 100% of my spare time over about three weeks – and I really loved doing it. Every time I finished a section, I felt great about myself, and I was happy to do it for such a dear old friend.
Ah! The wee one’s sweet little head. That’s his profile, looking up. Kind of hard to tell when you haven’t stared at it for days and days in a row. I was able to give this to Janeal the day after she gave birth, which was pretty tender for me. I’m still/always so in awe of childbirth.
After finishing that piece, I tried to turn this image of fetus-Grady into a cross-stitch pattern, but it just wasn’t working out as well. I think I need to scan it. But I thought if I could do it twice I could turn it into a thing for the shop; custom ultrasound embroideries. They’d be pretty ridiculously expensive, but I think they’re just lovely. I really like the texture of cross-stitch. It’s a lot of work, and the weight of the work sticks with it, I think.
This morning I added another piece to my shop!
I really love this piece. It’s just calm, calm, calm. Here’s the description from the listing:
This intricate embroidery is of river chickweed; a common weed in North America and Eurasia that I find incredibly beautiful, despite (or because of) its pervasiveness. The embroidery of the weed is based on an old botanical sketch of it.
Atop the weed I embroidered and painted “no expectations” in blue. For me, this makes the piece incredibly calming and sweet.
The fabric is a vintage very-light blue chambray. It is stitched in 100% cotton embroidery floss and the text is filled in with acrylic paint. It is framed in a simple vintage oak frame, measuring 9×11 inches. The stitching itself measures about 6.25×7.25 inches.
The back of the frame is cardboard with spots to hang the piece from nails, but no prop to stand it up on a flat surface.
Please feel free to ask me if you have questions about this or any other piece! Thank you for looking.
As of just about two minutes ago, The Psychodelicate is a real live Etsy shop! Here are some of my favorite pictures of new items. Click the pictures to find the listing!
Right now there are eleven gorgeous items in the shop – it’s fewer than I’d like, but such is life. There are several new items (mostly embroidery) that will be ready for posting in the next couple weeks, but didn’t quite make my August 1 deadline. As Seth Godin would say, I needed to ship it.
I love love love these garlands!
So! What’s next? A whole lot more embroidery. Inspired by words, nature, and vintage needlework. I can’t wait to share it with you! I’ll try to have two new pieces framed, photographed and listed by tomorrow morning.
Because it’s too damn hot to sit any other way. Also: Sneak preview of something I’m working on for the shop! While I was trying to get a bird’s eye camera shot of myself (no easy task, I tell you), somebody snuck up between my legs for a surprise hug.
What a sweetheart.
What a brilliant idea for a present. Weddings, birthdays … yet another “10 cool embroidered things” post that makes me want to embroider portraits of my friends. By Laura Hartrich on flickr.
I am obsessed with this. The colors are perfect, and I’ve long been hoping to do some embroidered eyelets. By Recycled by Hyena on flickr.
I heart snarky cross-stitch. By Stitch Out Loud on flickr.
Cate Anevski did a whole series of these adorable “Facebroideries.” You should check them out.
This message is probably impossible to give to a person, right? You have to find it on your own? In any case, I love it. By Rosie Geissler on flickr.
It’s no secret that I love lady-bits inspired embroidery and art. The colors of this one are magnificent. By ScarletTentacle on flickr.
This piece, also by ScarletTentacle, is an interpretation of a friend/boyfriend/family member/whatever’s doodles, and I love that idea. I can’t wait to embroider the pictures Grady draws. (Perhaps I already should? She does draw quite a bit already.)
I think this is intended to be a skirt embellishment, but I love the way it works in the hoop. I’d just put this straight up on my wall. By ginamatarazzostuff on flickr.
LOVE. By Urban Threads on flickr.
More vaginae! All shapes and sizes by ScarletTentacle on flickr. (Note: Technically the plural of “vagina” can be “vaginas” or “vaginae.” Until now I’ve always used “vaginas,” but I think “vaginae” may need a comeback. It’s just such a cool-looking word.)
Eep! I can’t believe I forgot to put this together on Sunday like I usually do! Ah well, better late than never. This week’s imaginary shopping spree is at the shop of embroidery legend Jenny Hart; Sublime Stitching. These are mostly pattern transfers; so while the pictures are of finished products, I just want to imaginary-buy the patterns.
Top to bottom, left to right:
- Animal Kingdom transfer by Ryan Berkley
- Under the Sea transfer by Jenny Hart
- Stitchable Stationary
- Tattoo your Towels transfer by Jenny Hart
- Forest Friends transfer by Jenny Hart
- Pirates Ahoy! transfer by Jenny Hart
- Carbon transfer paper sheets
- Vital Organs transfer by Jenny Hart
- Wedding Wishes transfer by Jenny Hart
Also, I’m thinking of adding a new thing to posts, inspired by the brilliant Robbie of knitxcore. He adds a little “coming up” section to his posts, and I really like it. It gets me super excited about his upcoming content. But, if it bugs you guys let me know. One man’s awesome blog idea is another girl’s mistake. So, with no further ado …
- How not to be engulfed in weeds
- More shawlette release parties
- An official announcement!
- The atheist visits a bit of Mormon history and accidentally flashes people
I’ve been embroidering away in preparation for the etsy shop’s grand opening (which will be in mid-July, with any luck), and I’m just too excited about what I’m doing to keep it to myself.
You can’t tell from this intentionally over-edited shot, but these poppies have some pretty magnificent detail. If I do say so myself. This is just one-half of the finished piece – the other half modernizes this old-school design (which I made myself, based on a Dover botanical sketch) and gives it some context. I seriously can’t wait to show it to you.
Counted cross-stitching with tear-away for the first time. I can’t see the working fabric. My thread is the same color as the tear-away. The pattern is complicated even if it were on aida.
But I am committed! I love the idea I’m working on! I will just have to deal with feeling nauseous for the rest of the project.
I would love to stitch this sweet little fox. Found via Bohemian Musings.
“Self at Sea” by childrenplayingwithfire at flickr. Incredible. Seriously, seriously incredible.
“Fairy Child” by fav_orite.things on flickr. My favorite things about this piece are the wonderful color choices and the detail of the satin stitch. So meticulous.
Cutey-cute little bike pattern found via A Beautiful Mess.
An unfinished piece by Relaxolotl on flickr. I love embroidery pieces inspired by prints.
Elephant by Poppy and Lime on flickr. This is tooooo perfect.
This! This! I love it! I am always confused about what the etiquette is if you want to use an artist’s work as an embroidery design. Permissions etc. give me anxiety.
Cackle of Rads by queendotmatrix on flickr.
Kendra’s Owl by shemp3 on flickr. Adorable.
I love the use of variegated thread here. By verachita on flickr.
- I just realized that my last three posts are basically just pictures of me and Grady. But mostly me. Whoops, I’m self-centered.
- Fun thing: Wear the nightgown that I’m wearing in my last post and play King Lear in the storm scene. “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! (twirl) rage! (swirl) blow! (whisk your skirt around like a bullfighter’s cape)“
- I don’t want to toot my own horn, but if someone (anyone) were to hop on gchat right now I’m pretty sure we’d have an excellent conversation.
- One of the best parts of my day (behind all of the magic of motherhood, naturally) is to see what is the album of the day over at Amazon’s MP3 store. Lately they’ve been sucking. But maybe tomorrow it will be something wonderful for only three dollars!
- The next three bullets are my favorite bits of conversation from today.
- Me: Do you believe in hell? // Cade: (giggles)
- Me: (to Grady) We got the big one! // My dad: Osama bin Laden? // Me: No, Grady’s giant booger!
- Cade: I like how you completely ignore me most of the time. // Me: (silence. staring elsewhere.)
- This is absolutely not an appropriate amount of bullets. But I’m so sleeeeeeeeepy.
- Projects I have in progress for the store: yellow star garland, 3 freeform embroideries, a slew of infant/toddler tights, various knit/crochet/embroidery patterns, a couple turban-headbands.
- Personal projects I have in progress: too many to count. Seriously.
- Personal projects that are sitting on the chair/table right next to me: quilt, nudie self-portrait embroidery, spaceman/eyepatch Dick Cheney embroidery (designed by the brilliant Bryan Gomm), JR’s Christmas present for last year, 3 doilies I’m hoping to use as tattoo inspiration, 2 brand new paint-by-numbers.
- I NEED TO STOP STARTING PROJECTS. Seriously. Focus on the store, then focus on finishing everything else. Jeez louise.
- I’m going to post this without editing because I’m sleepy and lazy. Goodnight my darlings.