Friday, January 13, 2017

Embroidered Ladybug for Ginny

I wanted to create something special for my friend Ginny who loves ladybugs and this is what I made. I'm so glad I researched what ladybugs look like close up because otherwise I would've drawn a simple red circle with black spots! They are far more interesting looking than that.
 
It had to be on a heart shaped leaf, of course, because this is a long time dear friend we're talking about!  I used chain and split stitches for the leaf veins and blanket stitched the edges together. Love, love, love the blended wool felt. It is about 7" in size. I love how it turned out and Ginny did, too!
 


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Interview on Cat Lady Confidential


Today I was featured on a lovely blog called Cat Lady Confidential. I talk about my cat mosaics and embroidery, as well as the beautiful cats in my life, past and present. Read it here.  Thank you for the interview, CLC!

Me and Christopher

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy 2017!

The end of 2016 found me learning embroidery and I am so looking forward to playing with this technique more and more this year! I have a few new books on embroidery techniques and creating softies that I've been pouring over and I can't wait to try some new fun stitches. I finished my first project of 2017 just yesterday but can't post it yet because it is a gift. I will post soon, hopefully.

My intention this year is to try other new art forms for me, such as building with clay, ceramics and carving stamps. Also, lots and lots of drawing in my sketchbook!  What are your creative plans for this year?

Red keeps me company in all my creative pursuits



Thursday, December 29, 2016

Embroidered Ornaments on Felt

I had fun creating these ornaments for gifts this Christmas.  I bought some beautiful blended wool felt in gorgeous colors and love it. I even added beads to one of the ornaments which was tricky but worthwhile.

I plan on experimenting more with the beads as well as creating more "softies," especially animals and maybe dolls, too, we'll see!



Friday, December 16, 2016

Published in Glass Patterns Quarterly

Several months ago I was asked by the editor of Glass Patterns Quarterly Magazine to create a mosaic tutorial for their winter edition and I just received my copy! There are four pages of step by step instructions to create this 10" stained glass mosaic titled "It's Cold Out!" It includes  a list of all of the materials you will need, plus many, many color photos illustrating the process. Also included is a full size pattern. 

Look, I'm on the cover, too!  You can buy the magazine or download the pattern directly from their web site here. If you make it, please share with me - I'd love to see your version!

Full size pattern and color coded

Easy instructions!




Sunday, December 11, 2016

New Embroidery Designs - Cats

Where Are You Going?

I finished this one that I had posted earlier.  Not sure where the funky guy came from, but I kinda like his strangeness.  It's called "Where Are You Going?" and is 6".
 
This second one called "Devoted" is 4".  The split stitch and chain stitch seem to be my go-to stitches.  I love them.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChristineBrallier
 
 
Devoted
 
 


 


 

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hand Embroidered Kitty Ornaments!

 
I'm having a great time embroidering some small ornaments for Christmas. I love these little frames, they're very festive. It's so fun to see my drawings come to life in embroidery! You can find these ornaments and other art in my Etsy Shop.

Hope you like them!