Wednesday, April 29, 2015


I have a close friend who has a pet hedgehog.  I made this for that family.

Hedgehog about 2 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide
 The pattern comes from page 119 of Mary Waring's An Embroidery Pattern Book (Plate LVII).  I found the pattern on Pintangle. And I wrote about the book (and all the links I could find to it) here.

I used 2 strands of DMC floss in the following 3 colors:
840, 841, and 842
and Anchor 276 (the lightest shade).
I blended the colors by using 1 strand of 2 different colors. The body is worked in French knots with elongated tails. This is the technique that Gay Ann Rogers used for Elizabeth's hair.

The nose and eye are Delica beads I have labeled as 002.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Soutache necklace finished

I finished this some time ago and never blogged about it.  I decided the focal needed an edging. First I tried with the 15 hex beads I used in the focal. The date on that picture is early February. But they were too irregular. I set the piece aside until I could come up with something I liked better. I know I wore the piece in late February.

Edging test with size 15 hex beads - ugh

I liked this edging much better