Behind the Scenes, Tantalizing Textiles

Starting a New Business

Hello Crafters!

It’s been such a long time since my last post and I’m hoping to get back into the habit of posting every week again. For now though, I’ll update when I can and I’ll try to alternate between behind the scenes posts and DIY posts.

To kick things off again, I’ll be starting with a behind the scenes post because I have some awesome news! My friend, The Imperial Stitch, and I have embark on a new adventure together! We’ve started a small business called The Splendiferous Laboratory and we have an Etsy shop.

Right now we’re focusing on what we’re really good at, cross-stitch for her, free-hand embroidery for me, and we’ve made some cute needle minders that we’ve already put up for sale. I’ve really gotten back into embroidery and I’m having so much fun coming up with new designs on the fly. I want to share the cute pieces I’ve made so let’s get started!

Winter Wonderland

This was the piece that I completed after we first started talking about starting up the Lab. It’s not what I would consider my best work, mostly because I’m very self critical, but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

The inspiration for this was the winter weather everyone up north was experiencing. Here in Florida we don’t get much stereotypical winter weather, but the idea of snow covered hills has always appealed to me. I did my best to channel it into this piece, and I want to continue experimenting with layering felt to give my embroidery depth.

Yule Tidings

My second piece was definitely inspired by the holiday season. The bright red felt was the perfect background for some holiday spirit and I used some gold and cream twine from Michael’s to embroider the text.

When I got to the holly berries, I was originally planning on embroidering them like I did the leaves. Before I got started, I finished up a friend’s present and found the faceted crystal beads in my bead stash. As soon as I saw them I knew they were going to be the perfect addition!

This is now one of my favorite pieces!

Unicorn Magic

If you ask any of my friends, they’ll tell you that my favorite animal is the unicorn, so it comes as no surprise to them that my first animal piece was of this magical creature. I used a glitter felt for the background and tried out the Pearl Cotton thread by DMC.

I also used DMC Coloris thread for the mane and tail and DMC Light Effects metallic thread for the horn. I’m so happy with how this piece looks now that it’s finished and framed…but metallic threads are my least favorite to work with!

Reciprocated Giraffe

The most recently finished piece is this cute giraffe that I finished during the week of Valentine’s Day. Since everything around me was full of heart decorations, it didn’t take much to convince me to give this cutie heart shaped spots. Also, I got to make the joke, “you’ve heard of a reticulated giraffe, now meet my reciprocated giraffe!” Let me tell you, that cracked me up!

I used DMC Pearl Cotton for the outline and the spots for this beauty, and I have to say that I think I love the Pearl Cotton. It’s so easy to use, has a great look on the finished pieces, and it doesn’t split as much as the regular six strand embroidery thread.

That’s what I’ve been up to since my last post. What have you crafters been up to? Have you completed and cool crafts in the past few months? Let me know in the comments below!

Impulsively yours,
Brandie

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