The Hand Embroidery Blues

Hello everyone! 

No, I really don't have "the blues." 
I've just been doing free hand embroidery while listening to some jazzy/blues by 
(If you care to listen, this is their rendition of Black Coffee)
( always have the option to click pause/stop on my sidebar)

So, back to the embroidery.
Lately, I've been inspired by lavender...again.
Our mild weather as of late has been ideal for my lavender container plant.

I also find so much inspiration on the internet!
If I get stuck for an idea I just "Google" whatever it is I'm looking for and there it is.

In these pieces I used the french knot, stem stitch and back stitch on linen fabric.

If I don't know how to do a certain stitch I can usually find a helpful video on YouTube.

I haven't decided what to do with these pieces yet.
Possibly a pillow?  
The hydrangeas are rather small, so maybe I could incorporate them into a fabric tag or I might try a decorative cuff.  What do you think? 

Thanks for dropping by.
I hope you are rested from the Christmas holiday rush and ready for a New Year! 

See you soon, 


Susan said…
Beautiful! My grandmother was always embroidering something, and this post brought back fond memories of sitting in her upstairs sewing room & taking advantage of the great light that filtered into her windows. Such lovely flowers! I think the lavender is my fav.
TexWisGirl said…
these are beautiful, becca! my favorite is the middle one. love the naturalness to them all!
Just beautiful! You really make me want to take up embroidery. Have a Happy New Year!
Anonymous said…
You make everything you touch gorgeous! Love all of these.
These are so lovely, Becca! I love the colors and have always loved the effect using French knots! Love the music, too! Hope you have a wonderful 2012! XO
GardenOfDaisies said…
Becca, your embroidered floral pieces are beautiful! Seeing your flowers makes me want to get out the floss and get to work on a new project too. Hope you have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Unknown said…
Such pretty stitching. I am sure it is very relaxing while listening to music.
Your french knots look wonderful. I love to do those..

Hope all is well with you!

Hugs, Linda
Bohemian said…
What Beautiful Work you do! Whatever you Create from these amazing pieces of Stitched Art is sure to be Magnificent!

Happy New Year from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian
These are so the lavender of course! I need to relearn to embroidery! I think these would be lovely pillows! Happy New Year! ♥
RURAL said…
There is a breathtaking beauty to not just the embroidery, but the photography...sigh. Thanks for lifting my spirits, and putting beauty in front of my eyes.

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Linda said…
Beautiful work, I too love to embroidery, but never have tried my hand at free-styling.
So pretty! I love embroidering. So relaxing.
Diane said…
Beautiful! I love this art form.
Lisa Graham said…
You work magic with needle and thread Becca. Are they too small to put in a pretty frame and place somewhere in your home? A pillow is a great idea too!
sandra said…
I love your embroidered flowers! I am doing crazy quilting with all the fun types of stitches but right now crocheting has consumed me...such a relaxing way to add joy to a day!
Beautiful handwork. I wish I had more time for such because it seems to be a dying art. Hope you have a blessed 2012.
WrightStuff said…
I'm sure I can smell that lavender ;)
Unknown said…
These are gorgeous.I just love lavender! I used to enjoy embroidering myself, but haven't done it for years now, seeing yours tempts me to get my cottons out again!!! Such lovely photos.
ELK said…
you have an AMAZING "garden" seeing all those artistic stitches!!
Happy 2012 to you!
Gillian Olson said…
Beautiful work Becca, I really love the blue flowers.
Absolutely gorgeous stitchings! My girlfriend Mona is quite talented with embroidery (in fact with everything she does). I don't quite have the patience for all that or the creative thinking to go along with it, even if I can find inspiration. I know whatever you decide to do with these pieces will be absolutely fantastic. Happy almost new year to you. Tammy
Catherine said…
You are a talented girl my friend!

Wishing you a cozy New Year!
xo Catherine
Katy Noelle said…
OH, gaspity, gasp, gasp on those photos, Becca! I just love lavender!!!!! I love the way you've deftly piled on the french knots - really beautiful!

You've just reminded me that, somewhere - somewhere in this house, I have a lovely stitchery of a Christmas Tree that I did when I was very young - I completely forgot about it when we moved. So, there's a moral to this story somewhere around here, too....;)

Happy brand new fresh year to you!!!

Love, Katy xo
Anonymous said…
Love these French knots, yum yum colors. xox Corrine
Laura lok said…
Oh my those are gorgeous

Love your embroidered pieces...because I love flowers.

Tracy said…
GORGEOUS handiwork, Becca. LOVE all those French knots and natural linen...*sigh*... Happy Day :o) ((HUGS))
Oh so lovely embroidery! Beautiful work, and I was glad to read you don't "have the blues" rathering listening to them!
Best wishes for 2012
Halle said…
Amazing needlework. I am not the girl for that....the fabric ends up speckled with blood from me constantly pricking my fingers. Ridiculous!
Deepa Gopal said…
Gorgeous artworks! Loved the tiny flowers...looks like cute beads. Wonderful:)
Regards from Dubai
Suze said…
Beautiful flowers. I found you because of Pinterest. The embroidery would be lovely as blocks in a quilt, too. Yep, I do a smidge of embroidery and quilting.
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Unknown said…
If you don't mind, may I ask what DMC colors you used to beautifully embroider the knotted purple flowers (the last ones)?
Unknown said…
Hi your designs are very beautiful. I have a doubt, usuallu french knots look like a knot right, but here its like a small beautiful round loop, how to make the loop ? and is there a specific name for this type of french knot ?
MDTerp said…
Beautiful, inspiring embroidery!
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The craft of hand embroidery involves using a needle and thread to sew ornamental patterns on fabric. There are numerous varieties of thread, yarn, and fibers available for stitching, as well as a huge selection of stitches. Hand embroidery gives quilts, clothes, and accessories a decorative touch.

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