Thursday, April 15, 2010

My Creative Space



HALLELUJAH.

Like a last minute bolt from above, the idea hit. I’ve been waiting forty hours less than a month (calculated from time of post office closing on deadline day). I have been lurking about my pincushion swappee’s blog, rifling through her drawers, peering under the bed, searching for the ‘something’ that would make a swapped pincushion hers.

I’d really like to be a tattoo artist.

Cripes! The ‘something’ in front of my nose the entire time, a swift referral to Great Auntie Em’s ancient, inherited, Semco Embroidery Stitches booklet thing, a crash course on everything that isn’t backstitch, even though everything ends up sort of vaguely backstitch and my vibrant blue under-eye-bags are doing beautifully today, thank you for asking.





All I need do now, is make a pincushion.

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PS. Dear Kate, I do solemnly promise to complete said pincushion before tomorrow’s Cinderella (post office version) hour.

PPS. Given I appear to be channelling Cath on the whole hearty bizzo, I fully intend to shamelessy plagiarise her pincushion modus operandi, in order to achieve said deadline.

PPPS. Want to see how far behind I really am? Take a peek around this week’s spaces a la creativity via Kirsty’s...

49 comments:

yardage girl said...

Very cool!

Mel said...

Breathless with awe over that gorgeous piece of stitchery and sooooo impressed at your levels of investigation! She is gonna love it! The eye bags will've been worth it ;)

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I do not feel plagerised at all- in fact I absolutely love that and seriously think I may have it tattooed onto me...at the very least I feel you may need to share Aunty Ems embroidery pattern so i can make my very own. I just love it.... AND I reckon I know who your swap is with too... mums the word of course... *zipping mouth and htowing key over shoulder*

Amanda said...

Stunning...Way to be sneaky, but then you are always amazing with detail so we should expect no less :)

Kirsty said...

Absolutely beautiful! Look how gorgeous your stitchery is.

Stomper Girl said...

My God, woman, your embroidery is so neat! In both senses of the word.

Tania said...

Cath, Great Auntie Em would ROLL IN HER GRAVE if anyone thought anything ‘tattoo’ had originated with her. I cobbled the tattoo design together myself but am happy to make available for anyone with a daring buttock or whatnot.

PS. And the embroidery book appears to have gone out of print a century or two ago...

Sarah said...

Absolutely stunning! I love your embroidered tattoo. As for the pincushion...me too....far behind that is! Why do I always leave everything to the last minute!!??

june at noon said...

I think it's stitched quite well and looking just right for an eleventh-hour project. Good luck!

Tracey said...

Tattooed pin cushion? Oh how I love your work Tania!

Rosie said...

Love it! Don't know if I'd want it sewn onto my arm though!

Tracey said...

It's fabulous!

Anna Bartlett said...

That's terrific. I'd want to start a pincushion collection, with only nice pins poked into it, ... just...so...
Very very special.

Megan said...

i strongly believe that you *can* do it. mainly because that will mean i can get mine done and in the mail in time as well!

fantastic idea - well worth waiting til almost the cinderella hour :)

74 Lime Lane said...

wow ~ it looks fabulous, would make a great tattoo!

One Flew Over said...

WOW!

You never cease to amaze me x

ecoMILF said...

Gorgeous! No doubt you'll have it done in time! xo m.

Kylie said...

I think it is wonderful and Kate will be more than the happiest of campers whenever Cinderella decides to post it :) Love your comment about every stitch vaguely ending up as backstitch anyway..! That is so me too :) Good luck on the home-stretch Tania! Kx

Yana said...

your stitching is stunning! so perfect! love linen as the background :)

PottyMouthMama said...

Your stitching is amazing. AM-AZING! Can't wait to see this beauty finished! (bet you can't either)

ohjoh said...

Too clever and too cool! - I only dream of being able to stitch like that.
My stitching is more of the clumsy, "not bad, hmmm looks something like it" type.
Awesome!

Christina said...

Damn, its not for me! I don't remember ever wanting to be a tattoo artist.

It is beautiful though. I had better get mine in the post tomorrow too! :)

Little Ted Canvas said...

That's brilliant! Your swapee will be very happy, I'm sure!

Leonie Guld said...

I LOVE IT!!! I wonder what it would look like on my saggy bum!!

beck said...

what can I say? only that I love your idea and the way you stalked your recipient..very impressive. Me on the other hand..well lets just say I'm winging it! Nice one Tans xo

Michelle said...

Fabulous! And your stitching is so very neat too. I am sure you will have it done on time, there is nothing wrong with being a deadline driven crafter.

Fer said...

Now that's what I call a tattoo! It's going to make the best pin cushion.

The Sice Family said...

Love it! A modern twist on a traditional craft! Wendy xx

Kate said...

Am seriously tempted - have been looking for a crafty tattoo that isn't too huge and scary. But I think I may be too chicken.

But... tempted! I think you should keep designing :P

handmadehappiness said...

one word FANTASTIC!!!!!

teddybearswednesday said...

I can't believe how perfect your stitching is, and it's the first time you've done other stitches.
Lucky swappee

Cotton Kiwi said...

That is outstanding! Love it and your stitching is incredible. Go you!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Putting the dead(tired) back into deadline, hmm?

Very cool results. Sleep is for wimps! (me being the wimp)

Cheers,
AJ

Jo's Place said...

Very cool!

Caroline said...

Tattoos are inked with needles, so totally appropriate as a pin cushion I think.

messyfish said...

This will help with the street cred. I relate to the bags....

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

That is perfect !! Someone is going to be a very happy bunny ...

Daan said...

Love it!

Sally said...

Cool idea for the pin cushion. Very thoughtful. Loving it muchly from here.
(...and very disappointed that I've never made reference to wanting to be a tatoo artist on my blog)

Lola Nova said...

Gorgeous!

Madeline said...

Now that is going to be one fabulous pin cushion!! Love it.

red or gray art said...

L O V E
the colors
& style!

Angus in Northcote said...

Should keep up my reputation for slightly-to-the-left commentary. 342 followers: I think that now allows you to either become a cult or apply for tax exempt status from the Federal Govt.

In the future, those of us who were in the first hundred will get embroidered on our chests "Craft 100"

Rosalind said...

Oh wow you are neat! It looks amazing!

michelle said...

wow. you are a legend. the design, the stitchery. i just love it

squareby said...

Wow. Beautiful stitching! My poor embroidery hoop's been sitting around neglected for a while. Hm ... thanks for some inspiration!

Kate said...

Love it, love it, love it! I wonder if you made the deadline. I'm dying to see what became of it in the next step.
ps. I'm sure my bags would beat yours in a bag off.
pps. I can't undo the wrapping on the teatowel, its too beautiful and I don't want to dirty it. X

Marcus said...

Awesome. You might like this, too:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliceblue/3033708717/

Russian prison tattoo tea towel ;-)

gnomeangel said...

OMG that is the BOMB!

Love it!!! Sooo love it!