The embroidered ‘Cell Series’ by Laura Katherine McMillan are Machine and Hand Embroidery in Petri Dishes.
This cross stitch project went by amazingly fast. Got the pattern from Cross Stitcher magazine issue 282 / August 2014. It’s called “Cat Napping” and was designed by Lucie Heaton. I changed the oranges, as I am picky, and used 28 count evenweave as that is what was readily available in craft stores near me. The design calls for 20 count evenweave for a design size of 28cm x 30cm, so mine is a touch smaller but will still make a cute pillow for my baby nephew. Well, he is like 20 months now but he will always be my baby nephew, even when he is 40.
As always, I made a ton of mistakes, but I am learning better how to blend them in and not take myself too seriously. It’s great therapy - I just turn on funny podcasts and stitch away. Good times.
Great work! Embroidery is my favorite therapy.
Here’s a terrible picture of my current work in progress, the colors will get lighter as I progress outward. When I’ve got all the width and height I want I think I’ll try to round off the edges.
Sorry I went so long without posting. I was out of town quite a bit for a wedding and then visit my best e-mail friend. Seeing my work and my patterns hanging on someone else’s wall was SO surreal (we became friends when she commissioned a pattern). I’ve been a bit bleah about Tumblr because the friend who made me love it isn’t my friend anymore and you know, complex associations blah de blah blah.
Anonymous said: Hi, would you mind trying to explain how you stitched the embroidery you're working on now? I often struggle with filling large parts in the same color and it mostly looks uneven... Thanks!
I use long-and-short stitch for awkwardly shaped or large fills. There’s a nice tutorial here (they’re more organized than I am, and thus neater, but I’ll probably always be a bit of a lazy stitcher). Here are some other pieces I’ve used it on.
Notebook (circa 1840). Small notebook covered in white moire silk, embroidered with polychrome silk, and silver, gold, blue metallic beads.
Image and text courtesy MFA Boston.