Sunday, 25 November 2012

A Christmassy swap

We are having a little handmade ornament swap in the LMQG this month. It's a secret swap, which is always fun. Right up until the moment when you have a panic attack just before handing over your item. Please tell me I'm not the only one.

Anyway, when I saw this completely adorable angel I knew it was perfect. I cut out all the little bits of felt before I went to Market and then carried them all the way there and back again without actually taking the bloody thing out of my bag. Unsurprisingly.


I really hope my partner likes it. Not least because that gold thread is a total pain in the arse to work with. Seriously, it had me swearing. If anybody knows of a decent gold embroidery thread (that isn't DMC) then please let me know. You never know when I might get the urge to stitch up a whole load of tiny haloes.

25 comments:

  1. Awww so sweet! Looks fab Charlotte :)

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  2. Instead of stitching with the gold thread you could couch it - same effect but without the splitting and pulling...

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  3. Looks lovely.
    For thread.. I'd recommend kreinik or rainbow gallery. The latter is the better one, but also the more pricey one. I've probably got a some of each lying around, I could send you some to try if you'd like

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  4. Step away from the gold - I had a nasty mishap last year - never again!
    Great hoop though x

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  5. Can't help with the thread, but it's sure cute!

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  6. believe it or not it isn't the thread inasmuch as how you take it off the spool. If you take it off one way it curls and curls but if you take it off the other way it doens't.

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  7. Lovely angel Charlotte! Despite being a seasoned embroiderer, I still despise working with gold thread. I have wrecked a couple of otherwise lovely items because of gold thread mishaps. I have been known to substitute a golden yellow embroidery thread instead.

    I have heard that using beeswax as thread conditioner makes metallic thread behave itself so that it is easy to work with. I have no idea why I have never tried this myself as it makes sense that this should work.

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  8. Hahaha, I've had the same probs with dmc metallic thread (my original obsession was cross stitch). Like nic said, kreinik thread is waaay less swear-word-inducing. It can help to use one strand metallic with one strand of normal floss, too :o)

    She's gorgeous though!

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  9. Definitely not Gutermann either. The metallic stuff sucks! Great ornament!

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  10. So sweet! I like the little beads too.

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  11. Love the hoop! But I have used gold embroidery thread before and it is a total b**ch to use. No suggestions of alternative brands here.

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  12. It's gorgeous! Yup, metallic thread can be a right s*d to work with - would couching be easier?

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  13. I love the idea of you carefully working away on this innocent angel, swearing like a sailor! I've used gold thread before and it is awful to work with, i recall the air being blue too. :)

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  14. There is no way she won't like it, it is so cute!

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  15. The angel is beautiful - I haven't tried gold thread before but I think we can only get DMC here anyway!

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  16. This is completely adorable! Nice work! I'm no help with the gold thread though.

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  17. Oh yes, that gold thread is a complete PITA! Looks good though :o)

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  18. So very sweet! And please let me know if you find an answer to the gold thread thing - I was tearing my hair out too when I tried metallic!

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  19. So great to see how this turned out, Charlotte! Fab to read everyone's tips re: metallic thread too, it looks gorgeous but it can be SUCH a pain to stitch with.

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  20. Looks great Charlotte, I'm sure your partner will love it!

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thanks for making my day!