A sample of my work...
...or the need for a sharp needle, sharp sight and sharp focus.
At the last Arnhem Dollshouse Show I bought a sampler kit by Mary van der Stel of Miniworks. I had done some full size embroidery in a distant past, but must admit I have never actually finished any of the projects I started. Miniature embroidery was new to me. I started off with an embroidery needle but just could not get it into the right holes. When I tried a regular sharp sewing needle I found it was much easier for me to work with.
Although I needed very good lighting, glasses and magnification to see what I was doing, I really enjoyed it and even started thinking of all the other things I want to embroider. This sampler is embroidered on 40 count linen with regular DMC embroidery floss and by no means perfect, but I'm already thinking of what I could do with silk weaves and beautiful silk embroidery floss... I must be mad.
When trying to photograph my sampler I found that the focus on my camera is off. I managed to get a sharp(ish) photo by setting the focus about an inch in front of the sampler. You should have seen me trying to take these photos! My tripod is too short to get to the top floors of my dolls house, so I had it sitting on top of a bale of hay (don't ask!)and I was perched on a stepladder to check the focus before I took the picture. The first photo is much sharper in my computer files, only when I uploaded it to Photobucket it has become somewhat off focus. Has this ever happened to any of your photos?