This week I want to point to 3 sites that have recently published free embroidery designs and indirectly introduce you to sites you may not already know.
The first is a french site Broiderie d’Antan houses many traditional patterns. Poke around and explore the site as you will be rewarded with many embroidery patterns. The site is in French but you can easily use Google translate to help you.
The next site is the work of a New Zealander Janet Davis, JMD Designs.
This week Janet published a tutorial on how to make a fabric bowl, but if you take some time out over a coffee break and venture further into her site you will discover lots of tutorials, projects and resources for needleworkers.
The next site I am sure everyone knows as it is extremely popular. If you are not already aware of Mary Corbet’s Needle n’ Thread it would be a crime that I did not tell you of it.
Once again if you have not investigated her site much you are missing out as there are numerous video tutorials on various stitches, advice on techniques, tips to make a stitchers life easier. If you have not encountered Mary’s site before it really is treasure trove to explore.
Friday freebies is a regular series in which I highlight free resources online, free patterns and links that are of interest to fiber folks. All posts in the series are in the Friday Freebie category I hope you enjoy them.
It has been a while since I have done a round up of what has been happening on the blogs. I decided today I was in the mood. So make a cuppa aand take a break while I share some good links with you.
Over on Plays With Needles Susan Eliot has come up with a great idea on how to turn your kids into angels. She has even given us as step by step tutorial … dont miss it. Jokes aside it is a great idea.
Over on Planet June you will find a Beaded Poinsettia Tutorial which employs a Victorian beading technique to make a small poinsettia.
Ever wanted to run away with the circus? Now you can. Stardust and Sledgehammers is a blog which tracks life on the road in a circus.
“Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! We have for your delight and delectation, a written account direct from an extended season in the exotic south. Roll up! Roll up!.. the ‘great southern tour’ is about to begin!”
Written by Eve, my daughter, it aims to capture a description of life on the road as a performer to quote her “It is a little bit magic watching the circus roll into town. A convoy of red and yellow trucks and vans lumbering through the town centre. Children wave and cars toot their horns.. that’s right folks! The Circus is in town!”
As Eve explains on her about page “I have been a performer for almost 10 years now and thought the world might enjoy reading about the real life behind the curtains of the traveling circus. My story starts on my first day on tour in New Zealand. I wrote my entries throughout the first few months of 2011 but have only just had time to get them online.. I will hopefully upload all the back entries over the next couple of weeks..”
This is a live performance of her routine in that circus
Leave a comment! It’s a new blog, as with any blogger comments will encourage her to carry on writing. I know I am her Mum, but I think she has an interesting story. Spread the word and if you want to be super nice if you blog link to her. (Links help her search engine ratings)
For those who are new to my blog and have not seen the odd video I have shared of her performances here are a couple to introduce her work or if you are a regular reader they can refresh your memory.
These videos show a range of the types of performances she does.
Clockwork butterfly was the launch of a steampunk fashion label. In this footage she is dancing on stilts. It is a snippit of the show and I hope you enjoy it.
This footage is from the the Hue Festival 2010, in Vietnam. It is snippits of Carnival of the Divine Imagination’s new show, “Elixia” which is performed in collaboration with Longshadow Stilt Theatre Company. Much of it is under UV lights which since the performers are in white it is quite dramatic.
The show has Eve on stilts, trapezes, fire and fire hoops etc watch it you will see and I hope you enjoy it.
Long Shadow Stilts released a new video of their show Lydian Age. The story is compressed from a 45 minute show into 5 minutes.
Anyway these a just a few of her performances and it will be interesting to see the development of her career see her performances, hear of her travels and witness the lifestyle of a circus performer in Stardust and Sledgehammers!