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Monday, January 25, 2010

Stitched Portraits

I remember trying my hand at embroidering when I was a little girl….I loved the old pillow cases with embroidered flowers, or crocheted edges………then I figured out at that tender age, I had no talent or patience for such things and would rather spend my time outside jumping off hay stacks and splitting my tongue……….I should have realized right then, that a needle prick would heal much faster and the embroidering skills would endure me much longer.  Live and Learn.

Check Out Girl took my breath away when I visited her. 4271898639_1123c60210_b I was skyping with Cindy from Skip to my Lou (who will also be with me at Bloggy boot Camp) when she told me to check out Check Out Girl.  Both of us marveled at the exquisite talent, photo after photo.  Then Cindy said to me “you should feature her”  ………like she had to say anything……I had her in my FFF (future feature file) so fast, it made Marion Jones looks slower than her pre-steroid days.

I noticed while exploring Melissa’s site, how relaxed I was feeling.  It was like a good book………you just don’t want it to end.  Photo after photo was a  treat full of the most amazing little pieces of art………so original.

Can you imagine having this?  4260066150_9ec5ba8387_bOr better yet……giving this as a gift?  Let’s just say, none of my friends were this talented for my wedding.  Love’em anyway. Do you think she has everyone on her Facebook inviting her to every event of theirs in hope of receiving a stitched gift?  Melissa, I’m having my son’s 11th birthday party in Feb if you’d like to come.  4260089186_f093c86ea8_bI bet this made Grandma cry!  A felted portrait of all her grandkids.4188294568_5b93560442_bThe initials have meaning……they do.  She said they do.

Showing us the process is so interesting.  4194660817_2fe64a5b0b_bShe’s got a couple of full tutorials…….start with a blank canvas.4131331556_6533e4090b_oDraw out your shaped pieces…….yea…..she lost me right there.4131336136_249254168e_b Lay them out……..4130568391_676960dffb_o       Start to stitch……..4131331370_1e1e50f4c6_o

A bit of detailing…….4130522289_8603ebfaed_oMore detailing…….4130523523_c6f132b01c_oTah-Dah!!!!4131203686_deeab83735_b

     How about a simpler project? 

I can do that……I can cut out circles of felt….got it.3821114349_9dbce6744f_o Wheee…….I on my way……..I can lay them out too.  Don’t you love how little circles make flowers?  That always surprises me.3821114565_e4226b3987_oThen stitch them on……….lost me.  Can I use glue?3821921200_f06093785d_o  Here’s something a little different than her felt portraits…..The detailing is amazing.4273834573_5cd9755a36_bI’m obviously late to the party, because it looks like Marta beat me to the punch bowl……. again…..Martha featured her on HER website.  Picture 1

Before you count Melissa as unapproachable because of your outragous talent……..she likes thrifted stuff too.  She got this couch FREE!!!  We should let her in the club.

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Grab a cup of joe………or cocoa and head over to Melissa’s.  It will be the best time spent.  While you’re there….leave her a comment to make me look good.  (remember……it’s all about making me look good)

Tomorrow----Get Your Craft On Link up.  Wheee!

23 comments:

sissie said...

Wow, beautiful stuff to look at, but I'm with you, I could never do that, I would not have the patience.
I'll go visit her right now and I will sing your praises!

Sissie

Nancy Sabina said...

This is a perfect feature for me! I've just started learning to embroider and she is so motivating and inspiring! Thanks for pointing me to her!

Frogs-n-Butterflies said...

This is seriously cool! I'm so going to have to do this! *sigh* another thing to add to the neverending list of 'things to do' :) Awesome talent here! Thanks for the feature!!!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

This is sooo neat! Going to visit her...

Carmen said...

Wow! I am impressed! Beautiful creations! I honestly do not have the patience for this. Really, I don't.

Mama Thompson said...

Those are amazing!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Wow. I'm nearly speechless...these are amazing and perfectly adorable! Janell

Shell in your Pocket said...

What amazing talent!

sandy toe

Aimee Cotton Bogush said...

Woa! Amazing! I seriously love that teddy bear one. And, thank you for your delightful write up. Still chuckling! "Can I use glue?" LOL- keeping it real ;-)

Kari @ Ucreate said...

I'm speachless!!
What a FABULOUS craft!

SoBella Creations said...

Wow Beautiful work!

Amanda said...

That is so cute! I am totally not crafty, but I love to see what others can do.

Julia Writer said...

Those are just beautiful and a very unique style. I love them, thanks for sharing :)

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

So cute and very original! LOVE!

Mia said...

So cute!!! Love the grandkids idea!

Gina said...

Those are amazing! I wish I had the patience, maybe when my kids are older.....but like you, I'd much rather do glue. I'll have to go check her out!

Kristen, The Pajama Mama said...

i would love to try this-love that she shows you how!

winterpeachblog said...

Wow! I love the family portrait one. How cool is that?

Ashleigh said...

This stuff is really cute! Must get felt....now.
Thanks for your ever-inspiring finds!

Crystal said...

Simply amazing. Definitely something I will have to try my hand at when I'm snowed in, living in Nebraska next year ;) And I want that couch. How come I never find thrift deals THAT good!! =)

Something Special said...

I love your site/blog. My daughter is just learning how to embroider and I will tell her about your site. Come say hi at my creative blog if you have the time. I will be having a fun give-away soon. p.s. I love the use of felt you do. You really are very amazing. I think I will try some of that kind of stitchery too.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Wow! Amazing pieces of work! I especially love that first one!

Adrianna said...

This is so beautiful & meaningful. I wish I could do something like that. I would love to make an ever growing family portrait to hang on the wall.