Embroidered ladybird beetles {Art}

Last year I fell so in love with bumble bees that I embroidered one (in fact I posted a new bumble bee embroidery only a few weeks ago!) and thought that as I’ve been captivated by the ladybird beetles why not sew one and add it to my ever expanding collection of insect needlework (in the end I created two!)

Up close the beetles are tiny – the seven spot one is about 1 1/2 inches tall and the two spot is even smaller!

I usually start by roughly drawing onto the calico and then its all sewn free hand using a single strand of coloured floss at a time onto a hoop and then sewn in teeny tiny little stitches. I’ve tried to sew them to look as round as possible – they’re quite small and only took a couple of hours to create. Needlework is so soothing and I find its a really good stress/anxiety reliever.

I wanted these ladybirds to be slightly smaller than my butterflies so the two spot one is in a 3 inch hoop and the seven spot is in a 4 inch.

Do you like them? I’d love some feedback on these pieces.

Thank you for visiting have a great week.

Another Embroidered bumble bee {Art}

Hello friends, I hope the week treated you well!

A short but delicate art post this week…I’ve embroidered a new bumblebee! Very much like the one I created last year but the wings are in a different position.

The hoop it’s in is six inches in diameter and sewn with the tiniest of stitches using eco friendly cotton floss, I love the fact that the wings can be made to look  a little more realistic just by sewing the threads in different directions.

The bumblebees this year have been extra fluffy and this photograph has been my inspiration for the piece.

I’m really pleased with it and its been lovely studying the bees again! What do you think? I’d love some feedback.

Thank you for visiting have a great week.

Embroidered Large white butterfly {Art}

Hello friends! A new butterfly embroidery this week. I’m really happy with the Large White butterfly one frame (that I posted last week!) and I particularly love this type of butterfly – they’re so beautiful but because the caterpillars eat cabbages humans consider them a pest.

So I decided to embroider one similar to my Holly Blue.

After roughly drawing four wing shapes onto calico I coloured them in with the closest matching threads I had and once finished I attached the wings to the body and created a backing canvas with the butterflies name in a hoop with plain calico. The stitches are so tiny!

This one is a little bigger than the Holly blue butterfly that I posted a couple of weeks ago and is about 4 1/2 inches across.

The body of the butterfly has a crocodile clip sewn on so that I can attach the butterflies to plants around the house! I’ve got a few more of these on the way and am thinking of putting them on my etsy…maybe.

What do you think? I’d love some feedback on this piece.

Also, if you want to check out the Holly Blue butterfly embroidery its HERE

Embroidered Holly Blue butterfly {Art}

This week I thought I’d post a new embroidery, when I saw the Holly Blue butterfly and was able to take some photographs of it (that I posted last week!) I knew that I wanted to create a piece of art about this insect.

So I decided to embroider one similar to the bee I did last year, but instead of being a flat piece I want to try and make it a little more three dimensional. 

I started by roughly drawing four wing shapes onto calico and then filled them in with as similar coloured threads as I could find. Once I’d sewn all four wings I carefully cut them out and edged them. I then drew a body and after I’d coloured it in, attached the wings to it before putting the butterfly onto an embroidery hoop with plain calico and sewed the name of the butterfly underneath it.

I’m really pleased with this piece and love how the wings stand out from the fabric, its kind of like a pinned butterfly, only made of cotton and ya know not…real!

What do you think? I’d love some feedback on this piece.

p.s if you want to the what the butterfly looks like my photography post is HERE

Autumn leaves {Art}

This weeks theme is leaves and nature and greenery, I’ve sat and embroidered a little sampler of leaf designs, not sure when they’ll come in handy but you never know and it looks quite pretty.

The sampler itself only took an hour or so to finish. The hoop its in is six inches across and sewn in variously sized stitches, Its all sewn free hand using coloured cotton floss at a time onto a natural (and excitingly) eco friendly, recycled calico!

I’ve also been experimenting with watercolours and my set of Arteza brush pens to try and bring more green and nature inside for the winter, they don’t take long to do, but look really effective against a white wall – my funny little brain likes to pretend its alchemy!

I’ve always thought that yellow was my favourite colour, but at the moment a lot of my art is green.

Embroidered bumblebee {Art}

Hello friends, I hope the week treated you well!

To relax, get my brain into the right space and bee a little bit more zen I’ve sat quietly and embroidered myself a little bumble bee. Its all sewn free hand using a single strand of coloured floss at a time onto a natural (and excitingly eco friendly, recycled calico!) It’s been so lovely to study the photos of bees from the garden…as we have at least five types of bee I might sew one for each.

The hoop its in is six inches across and sewn in tiny stitches, I love the fact that the wings look realistic by sewing the threads in different directions.

I absolutely love embroidery, its so soothing and you really feel that you’ve achieved something when a project is finally finished.

Thank you for visiting have a great week.