Arraiolos Revisited

NeysaArraiolo 03YEARS ago (2007 in fact) this stitch dilettante got interested in, and tried out the techniques for stitching Arraiolos rugs in long-armed cross stitch. Mostly, I think, because I’ve loved long armed cross for a long time. I stitched a small sample in plain old embroidery floss on 14 count aïda cloth. Which is most definitely not the traditional method!

Strange as it seems to me, that Arraiolos post is one, if not THE most popular post on this blog.

While I’m still interested in these rugs, I have long since acknowledged my lack of commitment to any project quite that big. So I never actually went looking for the real supplies to make one. I am told they are very difficult to find in the US – requiring ordering directly from Brazil or Spain.

The other day I got a comment and email from one of my readers, Neysa Miller. She has finished more than one of these lovely pieces of artwork! (I’m in awe right there…). You can see them on her blog, Random Thoughts. She’s kindly offered to teach the technique, and possibly obtain supplies from Brazil if people are looking for them. Please go look at her work. It’s lovely!

 

Frames for Embroidery – Part 3

And more frames! Today We’ll talk about The Millenium Frame, and plain old stretcher bars.   The Millenium Frame This frame comes with a great reputation. And it’s handmade in the UK by Needle Needs. Read the great review by Mary Corbet for better details! I haven’t gotten my hands on one yet. Cons –…

Frames for Embroidery – Part 2

And I’m back with part 2 of this discussion! This is growing fast! Scroll Frames A scroll frame consists of two dowels where you attach your fabric, and two bars that the dowels screw into. They get their name from the fact that you can wrap excess fabric around the rods and scroll the design…

Frames for Embroidery – Part 1

No, not the kind you put on your wall. Sorry. Maybe we’ll talk about those later (makes note). No, today I’m thinking about the kind you use to hold your fabric steady while you stitch. There are LOTS of options! Let’s look at some of them. Three this post, and another three types next post,…

Flattering Clothes – Part 2

Now I know that going out and hiring someone to make or alter all your clothing can be expensive. If you do it yourself, it is expensive in time and energy to learn the new skill. But I think it’s worth it, especially for those of us who are larger, and don’t fit in “normal”…