Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hand: Cake or Death Embroidery

See, I promised I'd post crafts soon! This is the "big project" I've been working on, which I'm really quite proud of it.

This is a quote from Eddie Izzard's "Dress to Kill" stand-up show, which I was originally going to embroider onto an apron. It got a little more involved -- which made me hate the idea of it getting gunked up with batter -- so now it's going in a frame on my kitchen wall.

This is the first semi-original piece I've ever embroidered (as opposed to cross stitch). I designed the piece, drew the cupcake myself, and adapted Sublime Stitching's "Tattoo Your Towels" for the banner and daggers (I changed the design of the dagger handles a bit). It was a lot of fun to stitch!

The piece is roughly six inches tall by seven inches wide, and everything except the banner is filled in with satin stitch or long-short stitch. I'm not entirely thrilled with how the long-short stitching came out, but for my first time trying it, I think it came out okay! I also braved the metallics again to give the daggers a little shine around the edges. All in all, I'm really happy with it.

If you haven't seen Eddie Izzard before, you should definitely check him out. He goes beyond your standard stand-up comedy, mostly because of his amazing storytelling abilities. He can embody any number of characters in the same sketch, just by changing his voice and body posture. It's amazing to watch:


Brook said...

oh my gosh you did such an amazing job!!! I LOVE IT!!! everything looks perfection!

Rachel said...

oh my GOD that is jaw dropping! love eddie izzard!! god girl, that cupcake is seriously amazing!

Sherezada said...

Thank you both so much! :D

Dana said...

Perfect! I choose cake.

Sherezada said...

Well, we're OUT of cake!

Knit - R - Done said...

You are really gifted with your stitching abilities. My satin stitch looks like a run in a stocking.

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