Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Embroidery with Nails

This embroidery is for SharonB's Stitch Explorer 2009. This month's challenge was to incorporate something you don't usually use in your embroidery. So I chose to use small nails. First I stamped my blue cotton background with various leaf stamps in different shades of blue and turquoise. I used stamps with maidenhair fern and ginkgo leaves. Then I arranged the nails in this swirl pattern. I just love curves - my favorite CQ seam treatments are the ones that curve, twist and twine. I stitched over the nails using ribbon floss, then added the sequins and beads. This was really fun!