Thursday, April 23, 2009

thursday = embroidery

finally...its done!





I have been looking for a colorful black forest type clock while thrifting for some time but with no luck - so one day I got impatient and decided I'd just have to make one.

I went online & found images of real clocks I liked, than combined all the features I liked into one clock, which I drew in illustrator. I cut out all the colored fabric, than appliquéd it onto the brown fabric - stretched the whole thing on a 14" hoop {largest I've ever used & not as awkward as I thought it would be} then embroidered the detail in. I used foam core to back the whole thing, then finally added the clock mechanism. from the very tip of the house to the bottom of the lowest pinecone "weight" it is 24" - the house is 11.5" from top to bottom & 10.5" across.

it was a very satisfying project & I'm really happy with the way it turned out. hopefully my next project won't take so long to complete {this one didn't need to take as long as it did...I just kept being interrupting by other things} and there will be more crafty things being posted here than there have been lately.

of course it wouldn't be thursday without a vintage embroidery sample:


and, for a great round up of more embroidery patterns check out one pretty thing too :)

happy stitching!

49 comments:

Mrs Juzzie Green said...

Bravo! That is amazing and inspiring!

La Mañosa said...

Wow, I love your clock! What a great and beautiful project. Thanks for the birdie embroidery--it's very sweet!

Anonymous said...

You are my embroidery hero.
Karen

AlwaysInspired said...

That clock is amazing! I love it!

angeltreats said...

That is absolutely beautiful, fantastic job. I would so love that in my house!

Anonymous said...

As someone else once wrote to you - "Sweet Mother of all things Fabulous"! It looks fantastic and when they find out about it in the Black Forest region of Germany they may give up their wood for fabric. Great job.
Sister Sue

barncat said...

Beautiful clock, wonderful idea! I loved looking at all the details you put into it!

susanc said...

Wow! I would never have thought to do that - you are one creative lady!

this chickadee said...

totally adorable and beautifully stitched. über fantastich.

kawaii crafter said...

it's absolutely exquisite, and look at that attention to detail, just brilliant

Casey said...

It's amazing!!

Ashley said...

Wow! Gorgeous.

Tracey said...

That is truly amazing! I too have been looking for a cuckoo clock while thrifting. Beautiful job with all the details!

dawn said...

At first glance I couldn't figure out what the clock had to do with embroidery. That is an amazingly beautiful piece.

TSCHAU TSCHÜSSI said...

awesome! i have to post it! wow!

Heather said...

Oh Gina- it is WONDERFUL!! You are SO creative and imaginative!

Alison said...

What a fantastic clock. Clever you.

Glenda said...

Oh wow, that is full of creative goodness!! My dad and stepmom would love that -- they have a lot of clocks :). I love how colorful you made it. Bravo!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I love that one of the pp's said, "Sweet Mother of all things Fabulous." That pretty much sums it up. AMAZING and super inspiring as I approach the half way point in my "Days of the Week" boxer embroidery project. I needed to see something awe-inspiring to keep my motivation up. And thanks so much for the shout-out! I just love coming by here on Thursdays! Well, every day actually.

Kristi said...

Wow! This is so...WOW!!! I am speechless.

Ashlee said...

That might be the sweetest handmade thing I have ever seen.

Thea said...

Your clock is superb!

Larissa said...

Great Scott!
that's all I'm sayin.
(awed silence)

Allie said...

That is amazing and oh so darling!!! That has to be the best embroidered thing I've ever seen. You are the embroidery queen!
And thanks for the darling bird, he's so cute!

myboringblog said...

That clock is gorgeous! And so much work and creativity. I have a cuckoo clock I purchased in Germany but I would definitely want to make an embroidered clock as well.

Martha said...

Wow -- What a clever girl you are! I am blown away by the whole idea of this, the design, the execution....it's just pretty fabulous.

Jill McDonald said...

Love IT!
Worth the wait & the hard work...

Halo Hill said...

How darling is your clock! I love it. Oh, I see you adore Marie Claire Idees. I subscribed for a short time, but it's kind of over my budget in American dollars. Love it though. Love your blog!

Sheila

Jeanne E. said...

Your clock is fabulous and very inspiring! Thank you for sharing. I adore your blog. :0)

Angela said...

That is simply AMAZING!!

Leslie said...

Wow, that's beautiful! Great job!:)

Anonymous said...

Oh My Gosh! This is absolutely the cutest! Your blog is awesome, and you are awesome to share your talents with the world.

Monica

Geek+Nerd said...

GASP! This is gorgeous!

Jessie said...

UH-MAZE-ING!!!!!! you never cease to inspire!!

Merc said...

Holy Schneikies, that clock is the bomb!! It is just so sooo neato! What a fantastic creation. Congrats on making your vision come to life!

Mom's Sewing Vault said...

I *never* would have thought of that, and it's *absolutely* amazing!

Ashwini said...

Hi,
I am Ashwini,and I am a regular visitor to your site.I really look forward to the embroidery patterns you present on the web-site.
I also loved your embroidery clock a much.I have a couple of doubts about the clock.Could you please answer those,I will really appreciate the help.Where can I ask the doubts?here itself or the email will be fine?please let me know,and thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful ideas
--Ashwini

Jen said...

Oh my goodness! Your clock is amazing and whimsical and lovely all at once! Lovely work...You are so inspiring to watch.

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Your clock is fabulous and very inspiring! Thank you for sharing. I adore your blog. :0)

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I love this! So cute and creative!

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Ansley Bleu said...

It is sooo lovely. I have been wanting one too. Maybe I will do this with felted knitting. What clock works did you use? I have had a hard time finding any that were quality.

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