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    Wednesday
    Feb102010

    Embroidered | Just Dream Mandala 1.4

    "It's quite possible to leave your home for a walk in the early morning air
    and return a different person- beguiled, enchanted."
    - Mary Chase

    More progress shots...

    Learn about the origins of the Just Dream mandala in Part 1 + Part 2 + Part 3. It's funny that a girl who cannot use a sewing machine without crying would learn embroidery.

    Since my last update, I embroidered a red center using a new-to-me stitch and a bunch of swirlies radiating outward. Three swirlies to go, and then I'll re-evaluate and decide what's next! You can see my first project at Threaded Doodles.

    I admire those that can take control of a sewing machine, guide soft cotton fabric through metallic nozzles and flaps as silky knot-and-break-proof-thread streams smoothly along the assorted paraphenalia that comprises the monster machine. But back to the world of needles and floss, cotton and color. If you sew, check out Hanna's How to Sew Stripe Paper from Create + Live Happy. I guess it would be crazy to try that freehand, but I've been experimenting with sewing on paper and it's a new "twist" on fun.

    Check out the finished Just Dream mandala!

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    Reader Comments (8)

    This is turning out beautifully! Love all the little swirls and color! You've got a real knack for
    this handi work! Beautiful stitches!

    02.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEden

    This is beautiful!! Sewing machines and embroidery are different - sewing on paper is easier- more stability with paper. Love all the bright color. I did a lot of Embroidery as a child, animals, samplers, we used to embroidery on clothing as well- especially denim shirts and jeans- good memories!

    02.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

    Well, look at YOU!!! Your mandalas are gorgeous, but you've taken them to a new level and have really raised the creative bar with your beautiful embroidery. Hugs, Terri xoxo

    02.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerri@PringleHill

    It looks beautiful. Don't know if you've come across http://handembroiderynetwork.blogspot.com - in their right sidebar they link to their "stitch a day" posts - very useful :-)

    I'm making a start on machine sewing...slowly. I did sew lots of toilet paper tubes for our Christmas advent calendar - that was fun :-) Ruined the needle though!

    02.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam

    *Eden, Thank you for your positive feedback! It's really the only crafty thing I do - and it's such fun to see the design come alive!
    *Carol, I remember doing cross-stitch and making hook-rugs! I'd like to embroider on a torn pair of jeans but it's intimidating me for some reason...
    *Terri, You are so wonderfully supportive, thank you!
    *Sam, I do enjoy the Hand Embroidery Netwk, and also some stitch videos I found on the web. I have to SEE the stitch in action... seeing it in a diagram doesn't help as I am directionally challenged:)

    ~ Tammy

    02.10.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

    This is really beautiful. Mandalas are so pretty and interesting, and I like that you're doing one in embroidery. You've inspired me ... I might have to try my hand at doing one ..... nancy

    02.10.2010 | Unregistered Commenternancy t.

    I like it!!!

    02.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

    That turned out GORGEOUS!

    02.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLizbeth

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