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Monday, June 14, 2010

I won this embroidery pattern giveaway from Rosamaria earlier this year (I'm too embarrassed to go back and see how long it's been!). She and her sister started up this darling etsy store, Mi hermana y yo, that sells bags, pillows and embroidery patterns. I got to pick my favorite embroidery pattern and I went with the Frida Kahlo pattern (of course, as I'm a big Frida/Mexico fan). The embroidery pattern came with three designs, and so far I've stitched up the first design in the set.
Frida Kahlo
I patterned my Frida after this photograph and my favorite part of this design is all of the flowers in her hair and, of course, the unibrow. I think I stitched her nose around 8 times before stopping the madness and calling it good. I'm planning on turning this piece into a tote bag to house one of my crafting WIPs, so stay tuned!

It's been quite a while since I've done any embroidery, but I think it's such a fun warm weather hobby. I still want to do some more embroidery this summer and I even have a few Sublime Stitching patterns ironed on to some tea towels and in my crafting queue already (I'm thinking the Sexy Librarian pattern is definitely appropriate now considering my new degree). Plus, I still want to stitch up this adorable buffalo pattern.

first woven scarf
I finished up my first woven scarf on Saturday night. I'm glad to have my practice scarf out of the way as the sloppy selvedge edges and uneven tension are bothering me a bit. At least now I know what I need to improve on for the next project, right?
first woven scarf
(All of the details for this project are in my ravelry project page if you're interested).

15 comments

  1. Even with sloppy selvages (really, I wouldn't have even noticed if you hadn't said so) it's one pretty scarf. Love the texture! I also love that unibrow :)

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  2. The scarf is beautifully! And really, I think that's about as straight of selvedges as one can get on a rigid heddle. When you wash it, you'll never be able to tell. I'm actually about to sit down and thread my heddle - I've been avoiding it all day .

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  3. I LOVE the scarf and honestly for a first project you're pretty bloody picky! I think the tension looks amazingly even. I WANT A LOOM!!!

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  4. Your scarf is beautiful. You have such a broad array of skills! The embroidery looks like it was fun, too.

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  5. what a beautiful job you did with that pattern! and those flowers in her hair is my fav too. Many thanks for the link to my shop, you are so sweet :)
    You scarf is amazing! I love it!! and the colors are fantastic!

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  6. I love the scarf! I think it looks amazing! What a great talent. I really like the Frida embroidery. That uni-brow is classic! I love her. I can't wait to see what you make with this. I think a bag would be adorable.

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  7. Beautiful scarf! It's not that bad at all. But I understand what you mean since I am just as picky about my own work. Mine is all wonky, but it's part of the learning process. Not sure if this will help (cause mine is not perfect), but my teacher has us double the warp threads on the first two strands and the last two strands. I asked her why last week, and she says it helps newbie weavers with keeping the selvedge straight.

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  8. i *love* your frida embroidery!!
    and how fun is that scarf? amazing work!!
    you have so many talents.

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  9. Wow, this is great. You have patterned your Frida embroidery from the real photograph. That’s cool! I also like the scarf; the embroidery was very nice and precise. I love its color, too.
    Bordado Punto de Cruz!

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  10. I've been doing the embroidery-thing too this week. It is a good warm-weather craft. And Sublime Stitching is a great book, but I've started to draw my own designs (slightly better than stick people - but not much!). And your weaving is lovely. It's very much a learning process no matter what project you undertake. My mother's been at it for years and year -- and she still struggles with some patterns.

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  11. Great job on the embroidery! The woven scarf is AMAZING!! I think it looks great!

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  12. Your scarf is gorgeous! And the embroidery is cute. Great job with both.

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  13. your scarf looks beautiful. especially for a first attempt!

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  14. Have to agree with everyone else, great scarf! Also, love the flowers in Frida's hair.

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  15. I love Frida too! You did a wonderful job stitching her up. So pretty!

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