Have you heard of Maricor/Maricar? They are amazing. Surely you've seen their Cookie Monster embroidery on Pinterest? And I love all their text embroideries too - gorgeous!
What about the incredibly talented Chloe Giordano? If you have a few hours, go drool over her Tumblr page!
The Smallest Forest, besides doing some really cool stuff herself, has a regular installment that she rightly calls "über embroiderers".
I really love crewel embroidery, but I didn't want to do a typical old-fashioned flowery design. I wanted to do a little wall-hanging for my daughter's room, so I went with one of her favourite animals - turtles. I was inspired by this turtle print from the lovely Etsy shop twoems. Since the frame I will be using has a surface area of 12 x 12", I drew the turtle up to fit those dimensions.
I sketched out the turtle, and then went over the lines with a black sharpie.
I taped my drawing to the window, and then put the 17" square, ironed and zig-zagged piece of linen twill over top.
Using my blue Frixon pen, I traced the drawing onto the fabric.
I ordered a pretty selection of Appletons crewel wool and some linen twill from this shop in the UK. It was like Christmas when it arrived! I dumped it out and had a little fun experimenting with some colour groupings.
Now all I have to do is decide on my colour palette. If I use a restrained two or three colour palette (plus tones of these three) I think it could look quite modern, but honestly I'm tempted to use all the colours and let the 70's shine through! I mean - it's a kid's room - why hold back?
My cutting table is a reflection of what's going on in my brain on any given day. Sometimes it's neat and tidy with just one project on it. Lately it's been like this - masking tape, yarn and knitting needles, coloured pencils, crewel yarn… my brain is so full of ideas right now I've had a hard time sleeping this week! Does this happen to you?