Thursday, May 14, 2009

thursday = embroidery

seriously, I don't know what possesses me sometimes...I decided we needed a big, embroidered deer head for above the mantle.

I used this vintage transfer:


to make this:


he's about 36" tall & 29" wide and is backed with 1/2" foam core.

I used #3 coton perle done in a chain stitch, which you can kind of see here:


I screwed up the eyes but I'm trying not to beat myself up about it too much...

moving on to today's vintage embroidery samples, which are from superior #125:


you can see the envelope & get more samples here.

happy stitching!

29 comments:

elizabeth said...

Holy wow! Great job! YOu think of the craziest things. (I mean crazy-good.)

Missy Ann said...

So full of the win it hurts.

I'm going to be smiling all day.

Larissa said...

whoa. how stinkin long does it take you to make stuff like that? i must be the slowest embroiderer in the world. Also, I nominated you for an award because you are so cool.
http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2009/05/loud-skirts-and-major-awards.html

Alli said...

This is fantastic! Love it!

AlwaysInspired said...

Oh! My hubby would love that. Maybe it would be more of a hit than the felt taxidermy I made for him.

Skulleigh said...

OMG, that has the awesomesauce. I love it! If I made it, I'd be tempted to put real (shed) antlers on it!

Megan said...

FFFFTTTTT!!!!!!! Lawd!

Lindsey said...

that's huh-larious! I love it!

Anonymous said...

Thursday is my favorite day. I find myself looking forward to Thursday all week just to see what you have done! Thank you so much for the inspiration and the bright spot in the week.
Karen

NAB said...

I'm so Jealous! I would love to have that up on my wall!

Geek+Nerd said...

That's crazy awesome! How did you attach it to the foam core?

reilly said...

Holy crap, how amazing! That is such a good idea that um, hi, I'm going to have to steal one day.

Who's B? said...

I simply adore this. I love the look of the trophy head, but cannot stand in the same room as the real this. Faux-tastic!

bronwen said...

Serious talent there girl!!

I really want to do something like this for my brother!
Thanks for posting it!

Francie Horton said...

oh wow that is amazing! love it so much.

Denise Felton said...

Totally brilliant! I just put a link to this post on my blog. I hope it brings you a few new admirers.

Denise
http://needlework.craftgossip.com

bettyninja said...

I love it! Very funky and original!

Anonymous said...

I like it- could I maybe get a moose for my birthday?
Mern

Allie said...

That's incredible - and sure beats the tar out of a moth-eaten, stuffed head! Thanks for the stitcheries too!

Ashley said...

You are my personal hero. :)

Muddlepud said...

That's awesome. I come from a family full of hunters. I am not carrying on the tradition. Wonder what they'd think if I bragged about the rack I have hanging over my mantle and it was this! ;)

Nan Jaeger said...

luv it! This is what I'd have if I had a hunting lodge, since I'm no hunter and never could be. I know a few hunters I'd like to give this to ;O)

Threeundertwo said...

You are brilliant. I don't really see a problem with the eyes.

Stacey B said...

I would buy that deer head in a SECOND! Absolutely love it.

Casey said...

it's amazing!!

Martha said...

Okay..the fabulous clock and now this! It's amazing -- you have created a whole new craft of embroidered accessories for the home. I can't wait to see your next project.

MrsKamorri said...

I haven't read the other comments (and am a first time reader here) but I have to say that if I had an embroidered deer head above the mantel (had I a mantel) I would want him to have EXACTLY that "are you kidding me?" expression in his eyes! Seriously, his eyes just scream "what the HECK are you saying to me? are you for real?" and what more could you want an embroidered deer to say with his eyes? He doesn't even have eyebrows but he is raising one anyway. I love it!!

Amy said...

Okay, this deer is awesome!

Zane Wooder said...

Thankfully it's not a real deer head. I feel so bad for those deers. Just sitting there enjoying life minding their own business. Next thing you know their head is hanging on someone's ceiling.

-Zane of ontario honey