that time i embroidered nicolas cage, part two

I got an custom order request on etsy recently to draw and embroider Nicolas Cage’s “you don’t say?!” face.

Oh course I said yes immediately.

It’s done on white linen in black thread. I played with a variety of thicknesses to get the shading and details right. It took 3 nights of embroidering – the third night was a little surreal because I was doing the shading the perhaps a little too close to an embroidered face for too long. I just kept holding it up for Tyler to see and giggling maniacally.

I couldn’t be happier with it – I honestly got a little sad when I put it in the mail yesterday.

But I am immensely happy that there’s a home out there that is going to have this face on the wall, so it works out well. 😀

embroidering lately

wild thing embroideries

Lately I’ve not been embroidering very much at all. After a really busy holiday season on Etsy that seemed to go until February, and then trying to build inventory up for Patchwork show last month, I was wiped. Totally burned out.

Etsy’s been slow lately, and I’ve been trying to focus on other things, too! But I got an order last week for the set of wild things embroideries above. I realize now that I’ve embroidered these so many times I can almost do it blindfolded. I’ve embroidered them so many times that they seem like a chore now, and that makes me sad.


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look at all them embroideries

making jiggy embroideries

Patchwork is only a few days away! I actually took today and tomorrow off work to get going on MOAR STUFF. Right now I have 22 embroideries in hoops, and I have not yet counted the flat ones. Once I laid them out I started worrying it was not enough.

Also pictured: nine nearly completed needlebooks. They are in serious need of some buttons.

I need to make golden snitches, more lego jewelry, and maybe some chapstick too! I have two pounds of beeswax that needs to be used at some point, and this is as good a time as any. 😀

making jiggy embroideries

And now I need to go fight with my ironing board and finish more flat embroideries. Yeehaw!