Sunday, 5 February 2012

Circus Alphabet and hand-painted pegs

Hi all! Haven't been here for a while but coming back as I always do, with some new arty-farty pieces :) This is what I've been working on for the past few weeks:

Two weeks ago I finally started to stitch that gorgeous Emily Peacock's circus font alphabet I've kept my eye on for so long. Got the proper threads, nice canvas, printed out the charts and ready...steady... GO! I decided to make a mantlepiece bunting with the words on it: Home, Sweet Home. With these vibrant, trendy font, the garland will definitely make a statement :) So far I've stitched two letters on a soft creamy evenweave:



The stitched pieces will be trimmed down and probaby sewn on a different background and ultimately hung using wooden pegs on a natural jute string forming sort of a washing line. Such is the vision, at the moment :) May change it if something better pops in my head, but not sure yet..
These letters are quite sizeable, circa 9cm x 9cm. I do realize it's gonna take a while before the whole bunting letters are stitched. If I keep on stitching this design with the speed I'm stitching now (roughly one letter per week) I may be ready by summer :)
Another letter "M" has started to arise on my stitiching frame:


I'm hoping to finish it off by the end of the next weekend, fingers x x x! :)

Now, my next new creation: dotted wooden pegs painted with acrylic paints, actually I finished them today afternoon!




These are to be used on my future washing line with the circus font words, creating sorta casual  and sorta  folky effect :)

As I'm working on some new things at the moment, I'm also working on my red-white festive cushion sampler in the background. Although my new circus letters draw me away from it, there's been some progress with this one too since I last showed it on the blog. Not much to go, really, one side of a frame to fill up with Christmas trees and snowflakes plus some loose random dots within the heart frame. Then the stitch is finished and I'm left only with finding a proper festive fabric to make the cushion cover :) Need to get a grip and finish it off. Tired of a long season of stitching in red and desperate for some fresh vibrant colours.

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18 comments:

  1. Your pegs are lovely - so many gorgeous colours and I love spotty things. The circus letters are smashing. Hope you have a good week.

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  2. Martha, I really do not like cross stitch but you are so close to converting me... your work is fantasticly pure :)

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    1. Roz, a while ago I did think myself that cross stitch is boring and for grannies but it changed when I started buying cross stitch magazines with all those gorgeous designs! it's all about the attitude! :)Do convert, please :) would love to see some of yours cross stitch :)

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    2. Can be great, best with modern designs some of the old ones are very dated and although sewing them is fun they clog up the drawers as no real use for them. Those circus letters are fab I can't wait to find a pattern.
      A crafty fan

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  3. I love the cross stitching!The pegs are divine,really.What a fabulous idea!

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  4. Lovely, dotty pegs. Much better than the standard pegs you get in stores. Had to pin them on Pinterest :-)

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  5. You have the patience of a saint, I love x stitch but find it takes so long. Love the letters they are stunning and the pegs are so fun.

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  6. Lots of envy coming your way. I used to love cross stitch but just haven't got time or patience (or sight!) for it anymore!
    Love the dolly pegs too!

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  7. Martha what absolutely beautiful work you do. It is really amazing. Your dolly pegs too as so sweet! Mich x

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  8. The cross stitch is looking great and the pegs are really cute, cant wait to see all the finished letters. x

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  9. Love those home sweet home letters - they're going to look amazing as bunting. And those dotty pegs are just *gorgeous*!!!

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  10. Spotty dots are very popular at the moment and I'm not surprised. They look really good, I love the bold colours. Your cross stitch is beautiful as always, I love the circus font.

    Jan x

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  11. wow your stitching is so neat and looks absolutely lovely. Look forward to seeing the finished pieces x

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  12. Your stitches are sooo neat and regular, not like mine at all. lol. I can't wait to see them all completed, it will look beautiful. As for those gorgeous pegs, well, what can I say except I wish they would be hanging on my clothes line, give the neighbours something to talk about wouldn't it.

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  13. All very awesome! I love the pegs, and always your stitching. And now I can see you on FB! I spend entirely too much time there.

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  14. All your work is incredible! I love the colours and patterns that you use. The pegs are so colourful but that red & white cover and the letters are amazing!!

    Ali x

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