Saturday, May 2, 2009

A 7 $ Hat and Experiments on Wool Embroidery

Today I bought a palm straw hat for 5 Euros, that's about 7 $. It was decorated with a string of kawry shells which I intend to use for my witch gown. I sewed a ribbon of an old indonesian print fabric instead, because it is not Safari elegance I'm aiming at. Husband had to take pictures of me. He did what he could. I'm wearing a polymere clay necklace and a very, very old jacket.













I don't like white spots shining through the surface of an embroidery (I don't do cross stitch either unless it covers the surface completely). Now I'm experimenting with an embroidery linen which I got as a present from the other Eva. As my embroidery wool is a little too thin to cover this linen, I tried to add more threads, then added threads in a contrasting colour. Maybe it will end up looking like an afghan, knit out of leftovers. I don't mind. I rather think of a quilt showing different patterns. I used some kind of weaving technique and pulled threads through the embroidered stitches which allows to use a great part of the material upon the surface of the piece instead of embellishing the reverse side.

10 comments:

ArtSparker said...

I like the color contrast between the olive and blue thread. A good way to discover what works with color.

ger said...

Ascotverdächtig... And this dense, patchworklike way of embroidery is very appealing...

Rayna said...

Seeing that picture of you makes me smile. Thank you -- I needed a smile today.

Guzzisue said...

looks like the perfect summer hat to me :-)

Diane said...

I always felt the same way about the white showing through with my cross stitch. I found my self using smaller count fabric with more strands of thread. I like three strands of floss on 18 count. I never did much needlepoint though. I find yours just beautiful! I love how youjust make it up as you go. Very creative :)

jude said...

great effect. like a little woven quilt.
and great hat!

debg said...

Looks great, both the needle point and the hat! I've done a second stitch over the first stitch at times when I could see too much white.

Mr Lee said...

Very pleased to come here.Your blog always give us a good feeling.
Bless our friend!

Judy said...

love your new hat! did you make your polymer clay necklace? it is wonderful!!!!

xo

Eva said...

I had those polymer necklaces on Etsy, but sold only one of them. Should I put them back?