I’ve had this idea brewing for a while now of this series I wanted to do I’m calling “Bugs in Jars”.
I’m using vintage insect illustrations as a guide and coming up with a series of embroideries that will include some dimensional stumpwork.
Here’s a peek at some progress shots for my first in the series.
The wings in this one are rimmed with wire – which is honestly my least favorite part of any handwork. It’s the most tedious and eye crossing work.
But once you cut them out, the result is totally worth it!
I’m using a mix of wool and cotton threads for all of these and I am so super excited how it’s all coming together!
I recently completed one of my first commissions this year and I’m so in love with how it turned out.
The quote was a request from the customer and this is a gift from her to her parents on the eve of her wedding day.
One of my long term stitching goals has been to learn how to do “stumpwork.” There is a long history of this type of dimensional embroidery and if you look back at some of the traditional stumpwork embroideries from the 17th and 18th century you would be amazed. They used golden thread and beads and all sorts of things to create these absolutely amazing embroidered scenes with so much texture.
My first project was to create a stumpwork butterfly.
It was actually a pretty simple process for something that looks so complicated. I learned a ton and made gobs of mistakes along the way, but for my first little attempt I was pretty impressed with myself!
I ended up using a mini hoop and turned my little butterfly into a happy magnet!