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csziggy

(34,164 posts)
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 03:13 PM Mar 2021

Finally finished a needlework project

It's been in the works since fall of 2011 when I took this class in Naples, Florida at the Embroiderer's Guild of American National Seminar. The design and class were by Marsha Papay-Gomola.



Technically, this is called "stumpwork" and involves padding some parts and making detached elements, some with wire inside so they can be adjusted and shaped. All the macaws and some of the leaves are padded, some leaves and the butterfly are soft detached elements, most leaves are wired.

The bright birds make me happy!

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Finally finished a needlework project (Original Post) csziggy Mar 2021 OP
It's wonderful! CrispyQ Mar 2021 #1
just beautiful. the Satin Stitch is one of my favorites. Trueblue1968 Mar 2021 #67
excellent work! markie Mar 2021 #2
Just lovely. blm Mar 2021 #3
that is beautiful. I love the leaves!! demigoddess Mar 2021 #4
Beautiful work! You must have so much patience, too. Ocelot II Mar 2021 #5
The beads for the bellies of the spiders are dark red csziggy Mar 2021 #9
That's just beautiful. Ohiogal Mar 2021 #6
That is really lovely. I can't imagine how many hours you've spent on this project. Arkansas Granny Mar 2021 #7
Some people keep track of their hours - I don't csziggy Mar 2021 #10
Beautiful . Srkdqltr Mar 2021 #8
Just really fantastic KT2000 Mar 2021 #11
I've got to put my initials and the date on, then off to the framer's. csziggy Mar 2021 #53
Very nice work. TreasonousBastard Mar 2021 #12
Absolutely stunning, and a testament to your wonderful skills! Guilded Lilly Mar 2021 #13
Beautiful! pandr32 Mar 2021 #14
Wow!!! colorado_ufo Mar 2021 #15
Great artistic talent Dakota Flint Mar 2021 #16
The design is not mine csziggy Mar 2021 #54
Wow... Escurumbele Mar 2021 #82
Really is beautiful. I love it. You are very talented and very patient. judesedit Mar 2021 #17
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us. n/t TygrBright Mar 2021 #18
This is exquisite!!! Beautiful piece. You should be very proud of it. I esp. like japple Mar 2021 #19
That is beautiful needlework! Ilsa Mar 2021 #20
Great job! Display it with pride! Wounded Bear Mar 2021 #21
Brilliant! So many hours, so much precision: so much satisfaction, I'm sure. Oldem Mar 2021 #22
I wish I had your talent. Beautiful. n/t Paper Roses Mar 2021 #23
What's known as "high quality work performed by an extremely knowing hand". marble falls Mar 2021 #24
Amazing work tiredtoo Mar 2021 #25
This makes me happy too! I love it! NurseJackie Mar 2021 #26
I've been stitching for most of my life csziggy Mar 2021 #55
Gorgeous! SheltieLover Mar 2021 #27
This is beautiful. 3D crewel work. Irish_Dem Mar 2021 #28
I love the spider and web! Skittles Mar 2021 #29
Stunning! Roy Rolling Mar 2021 #30
It's beautiful! I especially love the spiders. Super well done Ziggy! MLAA Mar 2021 #31
You have created an heirloom. BarbD Mar 2021 #32
That goes on tomorrow csziggy Mar 2021 #56
Beautiful! Outstanding! Walleye Mar 2021 #33
The bright birds make me happy, too! This is really, really good work! PatrickforB Mar 2021 #34
Wow! Martin68 Mar 2021 #35
Wonderful! I can well imagine perfessor Mar 2021 #36
so pretty,,,, I have to ask a couple of questions,,,, KarenS Mar 2021 #37
The design is about 7.5" x 5.25", so small csziggy Mar 2021 #57
Gorgeous!nt Trueblue Texan Mar 2021 #38
Gorgeous!nt Trueblue Texan Mar 2021 #39
Wow not fooled Mar 2021 #40
Those were a PITA but I like them now that they are done. csziggy Mar 2021 #58
Wow! That's stunning! LNM Mar 2021 #41
Holy cats!! This is amazing! Duppers Mar 2021 #42
Good Heavens that's beautiful work! calimary Mar 2021 #43
Yes, it will be framed. csziggy Mar 2021 #59
GOOD. Hang it where they can't jump up from something nearby! calimary Mar 2021 #85
THey don't seem to bother things on the wall csziggy Mar 2021 #86
That is gorgeous! hermetic Mar 2021 #44
That is absolutely wonderful. wendyb-NC Mar 2021 #45
This makes me happy, too lillypaddle Mar 2021 #46
Lovely! Rebl2 Mar 2021 #47
That is stunningly beautiful! Silver Gaia Mar 2021 #48
It's beautiful! I've been working on a large needlepoint of "Magnolias & Irises" by LC Tiffany catbyte Mar 2021 #49
I've got the charts for that design and another Tiffany window csziggy Mar 2021 #60
That's why I'm so careful. Growing up, we had a huge Siamese cat named Koko. Mom had brought catbyte Mar 2021 #62
Yes, cats and dogs will swallow all sorts of things csziggy Mar 2021 #63
Wow! That is just beautiful! Took my breath away!! 7wo7rees Mar 2021 #50
It's 7.5" by 5.25" - not big at all csziggy Mar 2021 #61
Oh my! That is amazing! PA Democrat Mar 2021 #51
The bird nibbling at the berry makes it come to life even more eleny Mar 2021 #52
I have read about Stumpwork... emmacom Mar 2021 #64
This is absolutely wonderful! mrsadm Mar 2021 #65
Astounding and gorgeous and beautifully done. fierywoman Mar 2021 #66
Very, very nice! happy feet Mar 2021 #68
Wow. BumRushDaShow Mar 2021 #69
Absolutely Exquisite n/t Dalai_1 Mar 2021 #70
What a spectacular piece of work! Vinnie From Indy Mar 2021 #71
Exquisite! niyad Mar 2021 #72
It's gorgeous. area51 Mar 2021 #73
It's a work of art. Silver1 Mar 2021 #74
That is stunning! And well worth the wait! Greybnk48 Mar 2021 #75
That's beautiful cziggy. Fla Dem Mar 2021 #76
So beautiful, thank you for sharing. onecaliberal Mar 2021 #77
Absolutely gorgeous! h2ebits Mar 2021 #78
Marsha Papay-Gomola taught you very well indeed! BobTheSubgenius Mar 2021 #79
Well done...The leaves look so real. Escurumbele Mar 2021 #80
Do you ever use French knots? BobTheSubgenius Mar 2021 #81
Yes, I did a piece that was an English knot garden viewed from above csziggy Mar 2021 #84
It's beautiful ☺️ seta1950 Mar 2021 #83
wow!! - It's Fabulous dem in texas Mar 2021 #87

CrispyQ

(37,082 posts)
1. It's wonderful!
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 03:16 PM
Mar 2021

I love the little spiders & their webs, too! Last summer we had the most amazing huge web in the corner of our yard, strung from bush to fence.

csziggy

(34,164 posts)
9. The beads for the bellies of the spiders are dark red
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 03:35 PM
Mar 2021

But the way they reflect the light makes the red show up with that glint of red and the rest very dark. I think it's kind of cool.

Ohiogal

(32,931 posts)
6. That's just beautiful.
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 03:29 PM
Mar 2021

I especially like the plant leaves at the bottom right. They remind me of my favorite Hostas.

I can barely sew a button on so I’m very impressed with your talent and patience!

csziggy

(34,164 posts)
10. Some people keep track of their hours - I don't
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 03:38 PM
Mar 2021

I really don't want to know how much time I devote to my needlework. It's my zen activity - I concentrate on the work and not on other things. The rule is - no news while I am stitching. That would make me too tense and I'd mess up the work!

KT2000

(20,691 posts)
11. Just really fantastic
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 03:42 PM
Mar 2021

There is so much to see and incredibly well done. I hope the next stop is the framer's.

csziggy

(34,164 posts)
53. I've got to put my initials and the date on, then off to the framer's.
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 12:00 AM
Mar 2021

I always sign and date my pieces and I intend to put a card on the back of each with the designer, materials, and other notes.

csziggy

(34,164 posts)
54. The design is not mine
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 12:04 AM
Mar 2021

My original design from years ago is this one:



But I have been learning new skills. I do have some other original designs that I need to do before my hands and eyes give out.

japple

(10,107 posts)
19. This is exquisite!!! Beautiful piece. You should be very proud of it. I esp. like
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 04:24 PM
Mar 2021

the little spiders. The 3-D effect is striking. Thanks for sharing.

Ilsa

(61,868 posts)
20. That is beautiful needlework!
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 04:25 PM
Mar 2021

I wish I had time to work on a project like this. I used to spend time on embroidery, but haven't in years. You may have inspired me to find a small project!

csziggy

(34,164 posts)
55. I've been stitching for most of my life
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 12:08 AM
Mar 2021

I have some pillow cases I stitched at six - iron on designs with simple stitches. Then in college in the 1970s I mostly did needlepoint and went to the American Needlepoint National Seminar in 1990 which introduced me to silk and metal on canvas. Then I studied Japanese embroidery for five years and joined the Embroiderer's Guild of America which got me into stitching with all sorts of techniques.

The simple answer to your question is over sixty years.

Roy Rolling

(7,042 posts)
30. Stunning!
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 05:12 PM
Mar 2021

The white background makes the work that much more outstanding. Just beautiful, and such a long labor of love. And it shows! Well done!

csziggy

(34,164 posts)
56. That goes on tomorrow
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 12:10 AM
Mar 2021

I like to take pictures before and after the signature and date and couldn't wait to post a picture!

PatrickforB

(14,737 posts)
34. The bright birds make me happy, too! This is really, really good work!
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 05:25 PM
Mar 2021

Thank you for sharing this wonderful stumpwork art.

perfessor

(278 posts)
36. Wonderful! I can well imagine
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 05:27 PM
Mar 2021

... the many hours of enjoyment while you were crafting it, and the many hours of enjoyment you and others will receive while it is on display.

Cheers!

KarenS

(4,319 posts)
37. so pretty,,,, I have to ask a couple of questions,,,,
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 05:27 PM
Mar 2021

What is the size of this piece? What are you going to do with it? I love the birds too
What an accomplishment !!

csziggy

(34,164 posts)
57. The design is about 7.5" x 5.25", so small
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 12:13 AM
Mar 2021

I'll have to make a space on my walls to hang it. I've gotten to the point where I am running out of wall space, especially since my husband found a stash of posters from the 60s and 70s that he wants to hang. I think those will go on the walls along the staircase since there is no room anywhere else.

csziggy

(34,164 posts)
58. Those were a PITA but I like them now that they are done.
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 12:15 AM
Mar 2021

Had to wrap two different sized beads with thread, keeping it nice and smooth. Then pull the little tufts of thread (after brushing them to untangle the threads) into the middles without pulling through.

calimary

(82,701 posts)
43. Good Heavens that's beautiful work!
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 05:43 PM
Mar 2021

And those leaves and berries and macaws - in "3-D"! They literally just pop off the page toward you, not to mention how they rise from the fabric!

SO well done. The leaf detail is so intricate - LOVE the spider web details, too.

Just GORGEOUS!

I hope you're gonna have it framed. This should hang in a place of honor where everybody can see and admire it!

csziggy

(34,164 posts)
59. Yes, it will be framed.
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 12:17 AM
Mar 2021

The designer and instructor had hers finished as a handmade box - part of the class. But with cats and on a farm the delicate work would not survive the exposure.

It will go to the framer this week.

calimary

(82,701 posts)
85. GOOD. Hang it where they can't jump up from something nearby!
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 02:41 PM
Mar 2021

As a cat person myself, I know what damage all those little claws can do!

csziggy

(34,164 posts)
86. THey don't seem to bother things on the wall
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 02:46 PM
Mar 2021

I was nervous about hanging a bell pull my Mom stitched. It's very long and has this enticing tassel on the bottom. We ended up hanging it with the top almost at the ceiling. There's no furniture underneath so they would have to jump over 3 feet to get to the tassel. So far they haven't even noticed it.

wendyb-NC

(3,475 posts)
45. That is absolutely wonderful.
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 05:53 PM
Mar 2021

It is beautiful to look at, an eye catcher and conversation piece. The colors are so joyful.

It's sounds intricate to make, but finished it is an amazing, work of art. Thanks for sharing it.

Silver Gaia

(4,634 posts)
48. That is stunningly beautiful!
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 06:13 PM
Mar 2021

I haven't done any needlework in many, many years, but I used to enjoy painting with thread. I understand what went into this. Your work is inspiring to me. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing!

catbyte

(34,890 posts)
49. It's beautiful! I've been working on a large needlepoint of "Magnolias & Irises" by LC Tiffany
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 07:22 PM
Mar 2021

for almost 5 years, lol. Every time I get the bag out of the closet to work on it, my cat, Sammy, comes running to attack the yarn. I have to keep stopping. She's got some sort of kitty radar because she will bolt up out of a sound sleep, sigh. It's large. I got it off of eBay and was a vintage needlepoint kit that came from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here's the pic that came with it:

csziggy

(34,164 posts)
60. I've got the charts for that design and another Tiffany window
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 12:20 AM
Mar 2021

Intended for cross stitch, but I'll do it in needlepoint.

My cats are learning that when I am stitching, they have to stay away. I just have to make sure all threads, orts, and needles are put away when I am not working. I've read horrible stories about what eaten threads do to cats' intestines.

catbyte

(34,890 posts)
62. That's why I'm so careful. Growing up, we had a huge Siamese cat named Koko. Mom had brought
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 12:48 AM
Mar 2021

out her sewing kit for some reason and walked away from the basket for a minute. When she got back she couldn't find her big darning needle and Koko was looking suspicious. My folks took him to the vet immediately, fearing the worst. I still remember that x-ray of Koko's stomach with that huge darning needle in it. Luckily, he had swallowed its blunt end first so there was no damage. The vet operated on him that day and he recovered well. I've been paranoid about cats and needles ever since. That's why I put it away when Sammy comes around even though tapestry needles are blunt.

csziggy

(34,164 posts)
63. Yes, cats and dogs will swallow all sorts of things
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 12:55 AM
Mar 2021

When I was a kid in 4-H we got to tour the state veterinary lab. They had a big display of things pets had swallowed. Not only needles, thread, yarn, but coins, keys, and all sorts of objects. Ever since I have been very careful about what my pets can get hold of. I keep having to fuss at my husband since he leaves hair bands around - he's still has his long hippy hair even though he'd going bald on top. He looks a bit like Ben Franklin!

Take care for Sammy!

7wo7rees

(5,128 posts)
50. Wow! That is just beautiful! Took my breath away!!
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 07:29 PM
Mar 2021

10 year masterpiece! Just one question and someone else asked, how large is it?

I would love a larger pic. It's just truly breathtaking. IMHO.
Ms 7wo7rees

csziggy

(34,164 posts)
61. It's 7.5" by 5.25" - not big at all
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 12:28 AM
Mar 2021

I don't like to post larger images online - 1024 pixels on the longest side is my standard size to post.

eleny

(46,166 posts)
52. The bird nibbling at the berry makes it come to life even more
Sun Mar 7, 2021, 09:32 PM
Mar 2021

And how about that spidey? Thanks for the smile today.

BumRushDaShow

(134,294 posts)
69. Wow.
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 08:36 AM
Mar 2021

That takes me back to when I was a kid (I still have an unfinished embroidery piece in a bag in my closet). It was one of the earliest needlework types I taught myself along with cross-stitch, and would do it along with knitting. Right after college, I ended up getting into petit point on 20 mesh but that's been almost 40 years ago and I briefly morphed into doing some lace crochet with cotton thread or embroidery thread (for doilies) and even contemplated trying tatting but never got far with that. I did end up revisiting cross-stitch again about 15 years ago when I made a Tunisian crochet baby blanket for one of my nieces that had a pattern of tiny flowers and panel borders done as a cross-stitch decoration.

Considering that years ago I was surprised to see sewing machines with embroidery settings, I was wondering if people were still doing hand-embroidery anymore. Like most crafters, I have a stack of unfinished things sitting around too and I am happy to see that you got back to this one. The 3D effect is perfect.

Beautiful!!!!

Silver1

(721 posts)
74. It's a work of art.
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 10:22 AM
Mar 2021

It's a work of art ... there's just no other way to put it. Just beautiful!

I would love to look at it every day.

Greybnk48

(10,269 posts)
75. That is stunning! And well worth the wait!
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 11:17 AM
Mar 2021

I used to embroider in the 70's, and did a lemon tree with padded lemons on a stretched canvas. Nothing like the work you've done here. Many hours and perfect stitches produced this. Brava!

Fla Dem

(24,603 posts)
76. That's beautiful cziggy.
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 11:37 AM
Mar 2021

Afraid I don't have the patience or eyesight to do an intricate project like that. It definitely took patience and skill.

BobTheSubgenius

(11,668 posts)
79. Marsha Papay-Gomola taught you very well indeed!
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 12:59 PM
Mar 2021

You also must have a lot of talent with things of this nature. The colours, workmanship and details are all amazing!

BobTheSubgenius

(11,668 posts)
81. Do you ever use French knots?
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 01:39 PM
Mar 2021

Thinking about your work brought to mind a piece I saw in the 70's. A young American woman did it to fill time while in jail in Italy.

It used shiny white thread on a navy blue background, and was of a young woman in 3/4 face (if that's a term - neither profile nor full face) with long, flowing hair trailing out behind her. The hair gradually broke up near the ends, and became stars in a night sky.

It must have taken forever. I would never have had an idea that such a technique existed, let alone that the piece was composed of them. It was in the description.

csziggy

(34,164 posts)
84. Yes, I did a piece that was an English knot garden viewed from above
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 02:27 PM
Mar 2021

And all the hedges were French knots. It took forever, but my technique for knots improved massively.

The picture of the young woman sounds beautiful! I'd bet the white shiny thread was either silk or rayon. Rayon would be very shiny, silk has more of a sheen rather than a shiny effect.

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