Sunday, January 6, 2019

Embroidery: Initials (2017 Onward)













Disappearing ink marker, felt or scrap fabric, and bamboo hoops in addition to thread, needle, and scissors are all you need to whip up a quick gift for a friend or family member!  I hand write with traditional cursive, but if you fancy modern calligraphy go with what you love most.

This blog entry is the sharing of designs for inspiration, not a tutorial on embroidery or the many ways to construct hoop-art.  You'll find these how-to videos aplenty on YouTube, I promise!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Embroidery: Names + Words





Disappearing ink marker, felt or scrap fabric, and bamboo hoops in addition to thread, needle, and scissors are all you need to whip up a quick gift for a friend or family member!  I hand write with traditional cursive, but if you fancy modern calligraphy go with what you love most.

This blog entry is the sharing of designs for inspiration, not a tutorial on embroidery or the many ways to construct hoop-art.  You'll find these how-to videos aplenty on YouTube, I promise!

Embroidery: Felt Shapes (2017 Onward)






Cutting out shapes and pinning to fabric, and then embroidering to hold the shape(s) in place and add decorative details, create a bold look!  These pieces can remain in a hoop (like the above "Matt & Julie"), or use a hoop to stitch the piece and put in a picture frame (like what happened with the jeep above).  You could also transform the piece into a decorative pillow!  When using felt, find a brand that can be washed easily.

This blog entry is the sharing of designs for inspiration, not a tutorial on embroidery or the many ways to construct hoop-art or applique.  You'll find these how-to videos aplenty on YouTube, I promise!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Pet Capes! (New Dec 2018: Bird Cape!)


Update November 2017: 

Pet cape pattern above is best for medium-large sized dogs. 

For cats and small dogs, suggested product alteration:

  • Use pattern above for shape, but trim off pattern 2 inches all sides.  Cape can sometimes slip off to the side--if the cape is too long the cat will trip/step on it.  (No change to the diamond shape upper left.)

To continue to allow the pattern to be free:

  • For personal use only, please.
  • Not for re-sale (any pet capes you make, or the pattern itself).
  • You may email me if you have any questions: beckoline@gmail.com


Tips for cutting and stitching cape together:
(Scroll to end of post and click "Read More")



Example of Cat Cape Shorter Length (November 2017):

Miko

Monday, July 31, 2017

Red Chile Pepper // Sketchbook Tutorial

Scroll to the bottom for detailed step-by-step instructions.

To view artwork completed within this sketchbook, please visit blog Sketch New Mexico





Steps 1-2: Folding the paper before dying the paper.

[1] 18x24" lightweight drawing paper.

[2] Use a traditional bone folder to fold each sheet of paper twice.
// First fold results in 18x12".
// Second/last fold results in 9x12".

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Shine Bright Like a Simon (New Fall 2018: Cat Cross-Stitch)

Updates:
- Simon's cat face cross-stitch (Fall 2018)
- Bonus at bottom: Zardoz cross-stitch (December 2017)

When I met my husband Dan back in 2004, he had a 4-year-old cat named Simon.  We later adopted two of his real brothers from another litter, Tyler and Charlie.  

Simon passed away in 2014, so I had a good ten years as his Mom.  Soon afterward I designed and began cross-stitching a tribute based off of a Rihanna song "Shine Bright Like a Diamond".  

I had to put aside this project and some others during some subsequent moves to Hershey, PA, and later to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I reside now.  I recently finished this project and reused a frame we already had.  


The "blurple" (somewhere between blue and purple) cross-stitch fabric and the thread are from supplies my Mom and I had through the years.  My Mom taught me how to cross-stitch from patterns when I was a kid, and as an adult I have fun making up my own (more silly) designs.  





I also went through Dan and I's vast photo collection to put together a 2-minute video of Simon photos.  Other pets make cameo appearances.  Today we still have Simon's brother Charlie (mostly white with orange ears and an orange tail), a little black dog named Zorro, and a hermit crab named Gartok.




New Fall 2018: Cat Cross-Stitch
Collaboration with Dan

Dan suggested Simon's face be added to the "Shine Bright Like A Simon".  
With graph paper, he designed his second cross-stitch pattern.  




Dan worked from this photo of Simon, Thanksgiving 2004:


Side-note: Dan's first cross-stitch pattern was of Sean Connery and the floating head 
in the 70s movie "Zardoz".  I cross-stitched his pattern, and we gifted to my parents (December 2017) because it was their first movie date together.  
It's framed and sits proudly in their living room to this day...
#seanconnery



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CD Shadow Box



In May of 2004 I was inching closer to graduating Tyler School of Art for Painting/Drawing/Sculpture.  One particular late evening, I was driving back to my apartment and listening to my Eagles CD.  "Desperado" busted out of my speakers, and I belted out the lyrics.  At the end of the song, I prayed to God - asked the Universe, to let me meet my match soon because I was ready again to give love a shot.  I met my now-husband a week later.



Do you have a CD with a powerful memory?  Maybe it's the first CD you ever purchased, or just a CD of your favorite band?  With most of us saving our CD's in digital format nowadays, why not frame one (or several) CDs in a shadow box? 







Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Thanksgiving Table Runner (2011- )























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I was inspired by an article from Country Living Magazine entitled, "Stitching Together a Tradition".  Instead of having people sign their names or comments onto a tablecloth, I decided to create a table runner with Thanksgiving colors (oranges, browns, yellows) and embroider the year "2011" in one of the blocks.  Each year I plan to embroider a new year in a different block.  In the center of the table runner, I traced my right hand and traced my husband's hand with an orange fabric marker with brush tip.  Also with the fabric marker, I added other details to create the childhood version of a turkey.  For the heart, I used Microsoft Word to create a heart symbol, printed onto paper, and traced the heart with the same orange fabric marker.  I then embroidered by hand along the lines of the fabric marker, with thread the same color as the fabric marker used. 


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Madame, Monsieur



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I created this set as a gift to my husband, and he had the great idea to hang over the main bathroom door near the entrance to our house, since the bathroom is decorated with other items from our travels.  I purposely had chosen white frames to match well with the crown modeling.  If you don't have the space to hang over a doorway (our first floor has 9' ceiling height), you could hang your versions anywhere you please, possibly even one hung above the other.  We both traveled together to Paris for a week in March 2011, so this set reminds us of that great trip.  You could also use "Mister"/"Misses" for English, or the words in another language dear to your heart. 

Images 3-4 show detail of how the words are stitched (not with the standard cross-stitch "x") on cross-stitch fabric.  I then sewed a fabric border, and before framing, hemmed the edges to ensure the fabric border will never fray.  Good to hang these away from direct sunlight to avoid fading over the years.  These would be a great gift to yourself or as a wedding or anniversary gift to another couple.  If you don't want to frame them, you could also make into decorative pillows.

Stitch Letter Patterns to spell out: "Monsieur", "Madame"!
Click on letter to enlarge.