Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Rose Topiary Stitchery
Hi and thanks for visiting my little Blog :-)
I thought I would show you one of my Stitcheries that I finished a little while ago. The stitchery combines my "other two loves" which are decorative painting and embroidery. It comes as a kit designed by Libby Richardson from ArtSmart Craft Cottage (Australian company but there are stockists all over the world if you look at their website) and is called "Standard Rose Stitchery" - the design is printed on calico and you also receive the 3 ceramic rose buttons (for the topiary), but you supply the paints, stranded cotton embroidery threads, needles, hanger (I bought my hanger from EBay) and fabric and it comes with instructions on how to do the panels/borders.
The images are painted with a mix of JoSonya acrylic paints and JoSonya Textile medium and is simple enough for a painter with limited experience to do, then you simply add the embroidery. The best thing about the embroidery is that it uses simple stitches like backstitch, french knots and lazy daisy so it is something you can do and watch TV at the same time and not mess it up! I added a gold bee charm which didn't come with the kit - just needed a "little something" to finish it off. I have no connection to ArtSmart Craft Cottage - but have been a regular customer over the years and did a fabulous workshop with Libby a long time ago at a Craft Show.
Hope you like it! Don't forget you can click on the picture for a closer look. See you again soon.....
Kit: Standard Rose Stitchery by ArtSmart Craft Cottage
Your own supplies: Anchor stranded cotton, embroidery needles, JoSonya Acrylic paints, JoSonya Textile medium, sewing thread, sewing machine, assorted co-ordinating material scraps, rotary cutter and cutting board (optional but it's easier than hand-cutting!), bee charm (optional), wire hanger