Archive for December, 2009

Bookmarks are nice things, books are better

December 30, 2009

Here’s a quick present for a friend I stitched up last night


I like making presents for friends. I put lots of thought into them because my friends mean a lot to me and keeping friends is important. If there’s one thing that this year has taught me it is that friends are completely indispensable. I’ve also learnt to distinguish between genuine friends, and friends that are just there because no-one else is. I appreciate the latter, but I love the first.

This is a super girly present for a male friend. Who likes mime. But he also likes beautiful things, so I hope it’s well received.

The backing fabric is one I bought aaaaages ago and if I were a good blogger, which I’m not, I’d link you to a past post showing you the entire curtain. I made it into a dress, gave up halfway through the making of it, and that’s been hanging in my wardrobe for over a year now. No longer, I cut a rectangle from it so Pierrot could be reunited with his song.

I’m going back to Kingston this afternoon. Hopefully I will still update whilst over there. Fingers crossed!


Back to Earth with a Bang

December 21, 2009

Remember me? I don’t.

Life got a bit funny, things got a bit hard-The Royal School of Needlework suprised me a little. But I’m ok now. I’m living in a house with internet (this is like a dream!) and I’m happier. Since I’ve got the internet, I’m going to be around more, I promise.

The astute amongst you might notice I’ve changed my header. I’m re-doing this blog now. I’ve finally admitted to myself I’m not as twee as I like to think I am and I’m celebrating that. I wear boots and I swear. It’s fun, especially in the Royal School of Needlework.

This piece has a story or two- it was originally stitched for the NSFW Phat Quarter swap on Flickr. It’s based on a painting of Sappho (doing what she does best, other than writing poems) by Édouard-Henri Avril. I wanted to create something that whilst being NSFW for the easily offended, it’s less something dirty and more something to be celebrated. Sex isn’t bad or disgusting. It’s not something to be shyed away from- it’s beautiful. And so, I give you embroidered cunnilingus:


I embroidered this in many public places, on many trains- although perhaps I enjoyed this most on the tube train to the Knit and Stitch Show. Sat amongst school friends and a tutor it was a good way to introduce myself. A stranger, also on her way to the show, joined in with the fun and complimented me on my stitching too.
A little while after finishing, and whilst I was saving up the money for postage, my Mother laid her greedy eyes upon it and fell in love. After pleading me and guilt tripping me with such lines as “You wouldn’t be eating if it wasn’t for me. YOU WOULDN’T EVEN BE ALIVE IF IT WASN’T FOR ME!” I relented and agreed to give it to her and Dad for Christmas. And I wonder why I turned out weird. I’ve now got to make something else to send to Jojobooster, and I hope she forgives me.

Technical aspects:
Stitched on a pre stitched pillow case I bought from a charity shop, I only did the women and the ‘Sappho’. When have I ever bothered to stitch a flower? I matched the colours, in more ways than one. It’s a quilted piece and done in chain and backstitch.

I’ll leave you with that for a little while.