Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Pagan Embroidery 1

It is not easy to find embroidery related to pagan symbols. Even the patterns available are scarce and most of the time quite expensive. I found some freebies in pagan symbols and I decided to make them and, why no, sell them in my Etsy shop. For the moment they are only five but I will extend the collection and have so much more in the next weeks.

I started for the most important symbols for any Pagan, the Horned God and the Triple Goddess. They are embroidered over Aida 14 count cream with black thread and mounted on white felt.

Another Triple Goddess symbol is the Goddess Spiral, which represents the Goddess in Her three aspects: Maiden, Mother and Crone. It is done in Aida 14 count with golden thread mounted on white felt.

One I like too much is Hekate's Wheel or Hekate's Strophalos, which is a symbol specific of the goddess Hekate, Goddess of the darkness in Her Crone aspect related with the New Moon. It is embroidered in one of Her colours, black, and mounted over purple felt.

Finally, because we are in the dates around Lammas, I started a series of banner called Wheel of the Year Banners. I will prepare one for each one of the Sabbats. I decide to mount as a banner so you can hang it in the front of your Altar.

All of these embroideries can be order from my Etsy shop. They are completly customizable and will be made specially for you.

As usual, comments are welcome.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

July's finished Jobs

I am quite happy with the projects I have finished this month. As usual, I finished less than what I planned in advance but I don't think I will never finish what I plan.......

I did these three small cushions in hardanger, in white, green and red. I love hardanger but I don't know why I didn't do for a while.

I did a small cushion of summer season. The patter is a freebie from Happiness is CrossStitching.

Other two small things I did in cross stitch is a lavender bag and a key fob with the breast cancer ribbon. It is funny that I forgot to put the key ring and finally I have a small pillow instead a key fob.....

Finally I would like to show you this small pincushion in blackwork with a strawberry design.

Do you like them? All comments are welcome.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Blogger Behind.......Ipnot

When I saw first time this blog I was impressed and still I am every time I visit it. It is amazing how with only French knots Ipnot can do so realistic things as a pizza, a tomato, etc.
I decided that Ipnot, the blogger behind the blog with the same name, Ipnot, was a very good starting point for my new interview section, The Blogger Behind.

Tell us something about you.
I am Japanese embroidery artist. I am making embroidery works with the French Knot stitch only. As in the art of stipple painting, I use my needle like a paint brush and I stitch one knot at a time.

How and when did you start crafting?
I have been making handicraft arts for 5 years already. But only about 4 years ago I started to make embroidery.
First I wasn’t into embroidery. Instead, I made clay accessories. But 4 years ago I saw an embroidered bear in a magazine. Then I told myself I will make one. I want to try embroidery because when I was a child my grandmother liked to do embroidery. Then I saw how to do it and I was curious about it. After seeing the embroidered bear in the magazine, I tried it. I really had a lot of fun and I decided to stop doing clay accessories and just focus on embroidery.

How often do you craft?
I craft almost every day. But sometimes I can’t embroider engaged with another job. Since I am the happiest when I am embroidering, I want to embroider as long as time permits.

Where do you get inspiration?
I can get inspiration anytime anywhere. I always keep my eyes open. I touch a lot of arts in libraries, museums, solo exhibitions, art works at SNS, art related TV and so on.

Why do you craft? How did you learn?
Embroidery is my life work. I have spent my childhood surrounded by very creative and crafty people who have inspired me. I was drawn to embroidery because my grandmother used to do it and made it look very relaxing and enjoyable. So I tried it and enjoyed it myself. Since then, I started my own projects and it doesn’t feel like work.
I learned embroidery by myself.

What do you do when you are suffering a creative block to unblock?
If that happens, I go to a museum to appreciate art and I get creative input. And then, I keep doing embroidery without thinking deeply.

What are the crafting tools that you cannot live without?

The crafting tools that I cannot live without are needles and thread.

Thank you Ipnot for your time and all the best for your future projects.

Friday, 7 July 2017

New Section on Sunday: The Blogger Behind

From next Sunday I am going to start a new section in my blog, The Blogger Behind. This section will consists in interview to people having a blog in anything related with crafts as embroidery, knitting, sewing, cooking, soap making, candle making, etc. 
I have already few interviews programmed but if you want to take part feel free to contact me or leave a comment.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Small Cushion Tutorial

Today I am going to explain how to make a small cushion. I am sure most of you know how to do it, but when I started to make finitions of my embroideries (and even now) I found very useful the tutorial people published in the web and I need to say that they are still very useful as obviously it is not possible to know all what you want and we are continuously learning.

The first thing is obviously choose and embroider the design we want. Once it is done we cut the embroidered fabric in a square of the desired measures plus 1 inch each side. For example if you want your cushion to be 4 inches you should cut a square 5 by 5 inches. Cut another square in the fabric you chose for the back of the same size as the embroidered fabric.

Hold with pins both squares right sides facing. Sew by hand or machine following the backstitch line leaving a small portion opened.

Trim the edges leaving half an inch from the sewing line and turn it around pushing the corners.

Fill with toy stuffing and sew the opened side with hidden stitches.

Our small cushion is ready!!!!

I hope you find useful this tutorial. Don’t doubt in asking if you have any question and please send me the picture of your finished cushion. Enjoy!!!!!! 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Traditional Embroidery Sampler 2

I finished the second part of my sampler with a bit delay. It is being very hot these days and it is difficult to take the needle and embroider...... Anyway, I could do the second tutorial video Rosario Montoro has in her YouTube channel. In tutorial I did two type of herringbone stitches (in blue and violet). 

I am not really sure about the name of the violet one, if you know how is it call tell me in the comments, please. The problem is the videos are in Spanish......

The third stitch I learnt in this tutorial is the Half-Chevron Stitch. It is a very easy and nice stitch.


These are the three stitches I learnt this time. It is nice to see how my sampler is advancing, it looks great now. See you in the next post.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Spicy Parsley Soup

I remember when I was a girl and my mum made that soup for me in the cold winter. I cannot forget the taste and I have been always scared of reproducing my mum's recipe as I thought the taste was going to be different.

But I decided to prepare and I was really amazed: it was tasting even better than I remember. It was delicious. I decided to share it with you.

Ingredients (for 2 people)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 4 potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 good parsley bunch
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Cumin seeds
  • Saffron
  • Black peppercorn
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil


Add some olive oil in a saucepan. When it is warm add the onion and fried until transparent. Add the pepper and the tomato, both diced. Let the mixture fried for a while. When the mixture is fried, add the potatos diced and the parsley. Fry for a while.

In the meantime, in the mortar mash the garlic cloves, cumin seeds, saffron, peppercorn and salt. Add to the vegetables, stirr well and cover with water.

Let it boil until the potatoes are tender. Blend it and decorate with some parsley.

Ready to eat.

Enjoy and if you like let me know in the comments.