I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
~Author Unknown

Sharing a common thread with those who love the art of hand embroidery

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Thistles and leaves, as well as a few small creatures.........

have now come to life, thanks to my needle and thread............
and a lot of inspiration and a little imagination.
(click onto the photo for a better view)

As you remember, in my last post, I decided to embroider a Long Horn Beetle,
 

I then decided to make the flowers into thistles..............

the leaves were quite large, so instead of completely filling them in, I just focused on the inside .........
 

I had to add a spider web.............I see them all of the time out in my garden flowers............

the thistle, started out like this..............

I then embroidered the pod, working the detached buttonhole stitch for filling in and texture..........

I then worked the Turkey stitch for the thistle petals........

and gave it a good trim............

and it all started with this.................

all because of a lovely beetle who landed on my arm!
Now..............it's time for you to be inspired................go out and find some inspiration and let your imagination and your hands....................
breathe life into something!
Let me know...............I would love to hear!


15 comments:

Bev C said...

Just beautiful Kathleen,

Happy stitching.
Bev.xoxo

ina said...

Great idea!Another wonderful work from you.

Laurie said...

It turned out so beautiful Kathleen, you make it look so easy. It's amazing the inspiration you can find from the little moments in life.

papel1 said...

Trimming the turkey stitch for the Thistle looks wonderful.
Judy

Nurdan Kanber said...

You amaze me more every time!
You are a great master!
I loved your embroidery and pattern - it looks so alive!
All my very best!

lil red hen said...

I couldn't do this, but I love seeing your work! It's beautiful! I did make a quilt once and added ladybugs, spiders, and butterflies; it was a garden inspired pattern.

Hindustanka said...

lovely, lovely work! i like the idea so much:)

Nicola said...

Beautiful. You inspire me.

Patty H. said...

I love the thistles! You do such beautiful work.

Tammy said...

I love the way those thistles turned out! Your stitching is always so gorgeous! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Tammy

Marianne said...

Kathleen, I love, love, love your thistle design, and oh how carefully you detailed even the antennas of the beetle! I haven't been on the computer much so I'm trying to catch up a bit.

Your vintage hankies are such a delight. I enjoy such things so much.

You are most creative and inspiring. Sending you hugs and love,
Marianne xox

Marie said...

I LOVE this! Your work is amazing! Thanks for including the info on which stitches to use for such a project. I would love to create some beautiful stitched works of art! Good luck with the knitting too, by the way.

jill said...

I started out visiting your zinnias, and then saw your thistle and had to have a peek. Wow. Your attention to detail is so amazing. Another beautiful creative Kathleen.

blessings, jill

Mini said...

Totally love how you draw inspiration from your surroundings. You are so creative!

Penny said...

I love it!