Marian Alison (@marianalison) β€” I love embroidery, crochet, knitting & crafts. Coping with autoimmune conditions. I enjoy GB, yoga, films, music, pets & wildlifeπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸˆπŸ’πŸ•―πŸŽ“πŸŽΆπŸš˜πŸŽ­πŸ™πŸ»β˜•οΈπŸŒΎ
Sorry if you don't like these little creatures! But he's only little.
🌾 The web
Sorry if you don't like these little creatures! But he's only little. 🌾 The web was stitched using Guttermann thread, but one strand of any fine, smooth, silver thread would do. 🌾 The long silver stitches were made first, stitching one straight stitch from some surrounding leaves. The inner spokes of the web were stitched next, followed by whipping each spoke from the centre of the web, working outwards. With whipped stitch, the needle doesn't pierce the fabric, only at the start and the end. 🌾 The little spider was stitched in straight stitch with DMC black cotton thread. He measures approximately 0.5 cm. Any bigger, and he wouldn't be allowed in my home! 😜 #handembroidery#stitched#handstitched#embroideredspiderweb#embroideredspider#guttermann#guttermannthread#dmc#dmc thread #whippedstitch#straightstitch#silverthread#autumnpicture#autumnembroidery#slubsilk#spideronaweb#modernembroidery#contemporaryembroidery#inthehoop#wip#fernleaf#embroideredfernleaf#embroideredfern#embroideredleaf#needlework#metallicembroidery#metallicthread
19.02.2019 18:46:24
This week I enjoyed another craft workshop by @buttonsbecca where we learnt tech
This week I enjoyed another craft workshop by @buttonsbecca where we learnt techniques for making flowers from paper, tissue, card etc. 🌸 All of Becca's workshops are relaxed, friendly and fun while we learn new skills. 🌸 I'm the one with little black cats (of course) on my @whitestuffuk green & white striped top. #beccabuttons#craftliverpool#craft#merseysidecrafts#crosby#waterloo#waterlooliverpool#roastcoffeeandkitchen#paperflowers#tissueflowers#cardflowers#craftworkshop#workshop#ukcrafters#liverpoolcrafters#3dflowers#blackcattop#whitestuffuk
15.02.2019 20:54:38
Photo 2 of making a stumpwork Autumn leaf.
🍁 My last photo and tutorial explains
Photo 2 of making a stumpwork Autumn leaf. 🍁 My last photo and tutorial explains how to attach the wire when it has been bent to the leaf shape, how to lightly pad the leaf, and how to attach the leaf's midrib. 🍁 Now the final stitching takes place. I used satin stitch as the space either side of the midrib is small. The stitches need to be at opposite angles on each side of the central (midrib) wire, just as the veins make a V shape on a real leaf. I used a single strand of variegated thread. 🍁 Make each stitch start close next to the midrib wire and finish close next to the outer wire, with no space left at all. 🍁 If this was a large area that I was stitching, I would use long and short stitch to fill in the space as satin stitch works best on smaller spaces. 🍁 When stitched, using small, sharp scissors, cut around the leaf shape. Cut close to the buttonhole stitch very carefully, without cutting into your stitches. If you accidentally cut your stitch, it can be neatly repaired. As with everything, practise makes perfect! 🍁 Carefully thread the wires through the fabric that you want to attach the leaf to. Bend them backwards underneath this fabric and secure them with a few stitches. Cut the wires to approximately 2 cm. 🍁 You can bend your leaf into shape, raised slightly above the fabric. 😬 Please ignore in the photo, my practising of Palestrina stitch! πŸ˜† #stumpworkembroidery#stumpwork#3dembroidery#raisedembroidery#paddedembroidery#embroideryart#stitching#handembroidery#handstitching#embroidery#needlework#britishembroidery#britishstitchers#embroiderytutorial#howtodostumpwork#howtoembroider#handstitched#stumpworkleaf#leafembroidery#embroideredleaf#embroideredleaves#buttonholestitch#overcaststitch#satinstitch#longandshortstitch#variegatedthread#wiredembroidery#cakewire#floristwire
10.02.2019 23:59:55
Showing the stages of stumpwork embroidery in making an autumn leaf.
🍁 Photo 1:
Showing the stages of stumpwork embroidery in making an autumn leaf. 🍁 Photo 1: A green wire was bent into a leaf shape, and tacked onto the fabric with variegated thread. A second wire was tacked down the centre for the leaf's midrib. Don't cut the wire ends off, keep them as they are essential to attach the leaf to the fabric of the final embroidery. 🍁 The leaf was padded slightly by stitching inside the shape in a direction that is different from the direction of the final stitching, which I haven't started on this photo. 🍁 Buttonhole stitch was worked around the edge, over the wire and the tacking stitches, and through the fabric. The stitches need to be worked closely so that the wire doesn't show through at all. The midrib was stitched with overcast stitch to secure this wire and cover it. Florist or cake wire can be used. If brown wire had been available I would have used it, but I made sure no wire was visible. 🍁 My next photo will show the stumpwork embroidery completed. #stumpworkembroidery#stumpwork#handembroidery#embroidery#needlework#britishstitchers#jacobean#jacobeanembroidery#leafembroidery#embroideredleaf#stumpworkleaf#howtodostumpwork#howtoembroider#variegatedthread#paddedembroidery#raisedembroidery#learnembroidery#fineembroidery#embroideryart#embroiderytutorial#overcaststitch#buttonholestitch
10.02.2019 23:12:59
@florenceandfox held a super craft workshop today, my first for making a Liberty
@florenceandfox held a super craft workshop today, my first for making a Liberty of London fabric word. 🐻 The shop is a super venue, selling many different types of gifts, home décor and cards. Tracey made us all feel at home and it's great to be part of a group of like-minded crafters, learning a new skill. 🐻 I loved this workshop and have put my Relax decoration over the bed in a spare bedroom - and it might just help me to relax after yoga tomorrow! 🐻 @florenceandfox will be holding more of this workshop, and a range of other ones, to learn all sorts of crafty skills. Check out the shop in St. John's Road, Waterloo, L22. #libertyfabric#libertyoflondon#fabricwordart#fabricwords#wordplayfabric#relax#craftword#craftywords#florenceandfox#craftworkshop#teddy#liverpoolcraft#liverpoolcrafts#waterloocrafts#craftyincrosby#liverpoolcrafters#newskill#newskills
05.02.2019 20:08:57
What a wonderful week for watching snow fall outside while reading both these em
What a wonderful week for watching snow fall outside while reading both these embroidery magazines indoors! πŸ“– Photos 2-7 show the interesting contents of the February/March issue of Stitch, available in good newsagents in GB or through subscription. (Issued 6 times per year.) πŸ“– Photos 8-10 show the wonderful embroideries in Inspirations magazine, issue 101. (Issued 4 times per year.) πŸ“– Both magazines contain templates for designs, clear instructions, photos and diagrams to help you to create or improve your embroideries. You can order kits from Inspirations to make the individual projects if you prefer. πŸ“– My favourites coincide with the editor's picks in Stitch, shown on photo 7: I want to learn to embroider a hairstyle, and I love making stumpwork flower petals. There's so much else to read in addition. Just the job for a cold January and February. β„οΈπŸŒ¨β˜ƒ #embroiderymagazine#stitchmagazine#inspirationsmagazine#handembroidery#stumpwork#stumpworkembroidery#blackwork#needlework#handstitching#embroidery#countedthreadembroidery#ribbonwork#jacobeanembroidery#fineembroidery#beadwork#metallicembroidery#embellished#pincushion#amaryllis#giraffe#howtoembroider#embroiderytechnique#broderie#britishstitchers
31.01.2019 17:10:53
Lucy, our pretty 23 year old tortoise, enjoying looking at a new piece of paper
Lucy, our pretty 23 year old tortoise, enjoying looking at a new piece of paper at the back of her tank. 🐒 Our pet shop had sold out of pet wallpaper and just had this strip of 20 cm wide. I'll check online as it all needs replacing because it fades. 🐒 Lucy is mostly toilet trained and keeps her tank dry and clean. πŸ˜‡ She was tiny when we bought her, aged 4 years old. (She came from a reputable pet shop and we have her legal documents). 🐒 As I moved around the house I took her with me (in her own tray: a cat litter tray), so she had different objects to look at. If she went to the toilet while she was in her tray, I would put her on the floor while I cleaned it, and she would scamper away. She learnt that her tray is a toilet before going for a walk! 🐒 Since then, every morning I put her in her tray, on paper. Most days she uses her toilet then enjoys a walk around, keeping her heated tank clean and not smelly. 🐒 Operant conditioning! 🐒 Lucy is from Turkey, where their winters are warmer than England's, so she doesn't hibernate outside or our winters would kill her. In summer she enjoys being in our garden or walking in a pen on the grass when I can't check her whereabouts. #hermanntortoise#hermanntortoisesofinstagram#lucythetortoise#tortoiseshell#operantconditioning#tortoise#tortoiselife#tortoiselove#tortoisesofinstagram#aroomwithaview#hermantortoise#hermantortoisesofinstagram#newwallpaper#wallpaper#britishpets#lucy#mypet#terrarium#toilettrained#reptile#exoticpet
28.01.2019 15:54:17
Free hand embroidery, including laid work.
πŸ„ A while ago I tried various embroid
Free hand embroidery, including laid work. πŸ„ A while ago I tried various embroidery techniques, and decided that I would make a free-style embroidery picture, rather than just practise and discard it. πŸ„ There are lots of variations in this crescent shaped embroidery. Although the embroidery is quite fine, it's one of those embroideries that you can just pick up and work on, which makes a pleasant change from a planned piece. #contemporaryembroideryart#contemporaryembroidery#handembroidery#needlework#abstract#abstractembroidery#pinks#laidwork#inthehoop#wip#crescent#beadwork#freestyleembroidery#freehandembroidery#handstitching#ukstitchers#embroideryuk#needleworkuk#modernembroidery#modernneedlework#net#cord#beads#sequins#seedbeads#petitebeads#buglebeads#britishembroideries#silkfabric#chatelainestitching
07.01.2019 16:04:56
Do you collect ORTs?
πŸŽ„ On the right is my jar of left-over threads (ORTs) from e
Do you collect ORTs? πŸŽ„ On the right is my jar of left-over threads (ORTs) from embroidery in 2018. πŸŽ„ On the left is my jar of ORTs from knitting & crochet in 2018. πŸŽ„ I use ORTs to stuff little handmade items: toys & hearts, etc. πŸŽ„ (They should never be put out for birds as threads can tangle round baby & adult birds' legs, with tragic results.) πŸŽ„ I'm starting new ORTs jars for this New Year. πŸŽ„ ORTS = old, raggedy threads. #orts#threads#embroideryorts#embroideryort#knittingorts#leftoverthreads#leftoverthread#crochet#knitting#handembroidery#embroiderythread#crochetwool#knittingwool#crochetthread#knittingthread#crochetyarn#knittingyarn#knittinguk#crochetuk#embroideryuk#ukknitting#ukcrochet#ukembroidery#yarn#wool#thread#leftovers#ortjar#2018orts#2019orts
02.01.2019 15:25:31
Photo 1: Knitted cowl.
Photo 2: Crochet scarf, and Millie says 'Happy New Year'!
Photo 1: Knitted cowl. Photo 2: Crochet scarf, and Millie says 'Happy New Year'! 😻 πŸŽ„ This week's Woman's Weekly magazine contains both these patterns, one on each side of the page. They're both simple patterns to follow. πŸŽ„ I'm knitting the cowl in camel 🐫 (very light brown) and it's growing quickly. πŸŽ„ If I were to crochet the scarf, I would prefer it to be daintier, so I would make the tension smaller by using finer wool and a finer crochet hook. πŸŽ„ Woman's Weekly was published only yesterday, so there should be plenty in the shops for the next few days. #knittedcowl#crochetedscarf#crochetscarf#patternscarf#scarfpattern#crochetpatterns#crochetpattern#knittedpattern#knittingpattern#knittedcowlpattern#cowl#scarf#womansweeklypattern#womansweeklycraft#womansweeklycrochet#womansweeklyknittingpatterns#womansweeklyknitting#onlyinbritain#womensmagazine#instaknitters#instaknittersuk#instacrocheters#instacrochetersuk
01.01.2019 16:06:39
Wishing you a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year!
Best wishes from Marian. xx
Wishing you a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year! Best wishes from Marian. xx πŸŽ‰πŸ’πŸŽ„πŸ’•πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§...more
31.12.2018 11:22:12
Having completed some projects before Christmas, and being busy entertaining fam
Having completed some projects before Christmas, and being busy entertaining family and friends, etc., I've missed my embroidery and seeing the colours of threads. πŸŽ„ So, I was looking at wips (work in progress) including this bargello needlework. I can do a row or two while watching TV as the pattern is simple to stitch. Any more, and the firm, coarse canvas makes the skin on my fingers sore! πŸŽ„ β˜‘οΈ TIP: If you find this, loosen one edge of the canvas from the frame, as I do, but check the canvas doesn't distort as you stitch. πŸŽ„ I'm still making my 'Home Sweet Home' sewing box with contents, by Carolyn Pearce, but I need to sit at a table and focus carefully, with it being fine surface embroidery. πŸŽ„ Bargello is stitched on canvas with a 'low count' which means there are fewer threads to count to an inch than in finer canvas. πŸŽ„ Appletons wools are perfect for Bargello, but this time I'm using Paterna Persian pure wool yarn. #bargelloembroidery#bargello#handembroidery#persianwool#paterna#paternawool#appletons#appletonswool#purewool#wool#pink#pinks#zigzags#zigzag#needleandthread#woolenthread#woolenthreads#handstitching#blockstitch#hellobargello#bargellohello#bargelloneedlepoint#projectinprogress#wip#pip#workinprogress#needlework#handstitched#needlepoint#bargellove
29.12.2018 16:41:43
πŸŽ„ Wishing everyone a restful Boxing Day!
πŸŽ„ I'm looking forward to having 14 of o
πŸŽ„ Wishing everyone a restful Boxing Day! πŸŽ„ I'm looking forward to having 14 of our family for the afternoon and evening with lots of chatter, laughter and food to eat. A day to feel thankful. πŸŽ„ #boxingday#Christmas#familytime#homeinterioruk
26.12.2018 08:52:50
Wishing you all a peaceful and happy Christmas! xx
#christmasday #christmasday20
Wishing you all a peaceful and happy Christmas! xx #christmasday#christmasday2018#Christmas
24.12.2018 22:46:23
Smiley whales: Mother and Baby.
🐳 My grandson saw this wool for sale and asked m
Smiley whales: Mother and Baby. 🐳 My grandson saw this wool for sale and asked me if he could learn how to knit. Thinking that it would also develop his hand and finger skills and maybe help improve his writing, I bought a pair of small knitting needles and the wool. 🐳 He did much better than I expected, although I did keep telling him to pull his wool tight. He soon got the rhythm. Although I did most of the knitting, you can't see where he did the knitting, which has to be good - especially for an eight years old boy! πŸ˜† 🐳 Photo 2 shows the pattern's picture. 🐳 Photo 3 shows the knitting patterns booklet. #whales#jeangreenhowedesigns#jeangreenhowepattern#jeangreenhowe#knittedtoy#knitting#handknitting#knittingwool#knittedwhales#handmade#childrensknitting#knittedanimals#knitted#knittedsealife#sirdar#doubleknitting
18.12.2018 19:39:57
Zenbroidery threads
🌈 I bought these rainbow coloured threads for the first time
Zenbroidery threads 🌈 I bought these rainbow coloured threads for the first time. They arrived with multi-coloured sequins and beads, and clear floss to stitch them onto the fabric. 🌈 The thread is similar to Perlé thread, although I haven't stitched with it, yet. 🌈 I'm unsure whether to stitch a crewel work design or whether to stay with the zen embroidery designs or not. Maybe a mandala? #Zenbroidery#zenembroidery#zen#zenbroiderythreads#newthreads#embroiderythreads#mandalaembroidery#mandala#mandalas#perlethreads#rainbowcolours#rainbowthreads#multicoloured#crewel#crewelembroidery#handembroidery#handstitching#needlework#embroiderythreads#modernembroidery#cottonthreads#freeformembroidery#freeformstitching#designworkscrafts#rainbowcord
17.12.2018 21:33:09
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