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February 26, 2013
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Coral Reef Diary Cover by Magical525 Coral Reef Diary Cover by Magical525
This embroidery started with a little red "starfish" shape and then it took a life of it's own as it slowly evolved to become the heavily embroidered piece that it is now. It became a coral reef - full of life and unexpected things - there are starfish, seaweed, a crab and if you look carefully you may even spot the lobster that somehow ended up there. The red wavy bit at the bottom left is only attached at the bottom - the rest is completely free from the background. The long snakelike thing that curves from the bottom to the top of the piece has over 2000 stitches in it and took me several days to do - it's made with the Casalguidi Stitch. I had a lot of fun making this, it was nice trying out loads of new to me stitches and, as it was made free form, even I didn't know what it was going to look like till it was finished.

It's 4 x 3 1/8 inch / 10 x 8 cm, made on 14 ct black Aida using 5 colours of variegated perle (red, green, blue, orange, yellow), 4 colours DMC colour variations, beads and several kinds of ribbon. I used a total of 25 different stitches to create this many from Sharon b's Dictionary of Stitches for Hand Embroidery and Needlework and some I found in my ancient copy of Enclyclopedia of needlework by TH. de Dillmont.

I made the embroidery into a cover for my far too pink diary, which I'd only got because I LOVE the (not so pink) interior and I knew I'd eventually get round to making a cover for it.

This is an entry for the February - Artisan Craft Monthly Challenge!

I used the following stitches:
Basque Stitch
Bullion Knot
Bullion stitch
Buttonhole Bar Stitch
Buttonhole Wheel
Casalguidi Stitch
Cast on stitch
Chain stitch
Coral Stitch
Cretan Stitch
Detached Buttonhole Stitch
Detached Chain Stitch
Double Cast On Stitch
Drizzle Stitch
French knot
Feather stitch
Ghiordes Knot
Knotted Cretan Stitch
Renaissance Stitch
Rosette of Thorns
Scroll Stitch
Sorbello Stitch
Whipped Fly Stitch
Whipped Spiders Wheel
Woven Spiders Wheel

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I can't believe I got a DD for this! Thanks =ChimeraDragonfang for suggesting this and thanks ^maytel for featuring it! It is a huge compliment to have my work chosen as a DD :D

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Given 2013-03-08
Coral Reef Diary Cover by =Magical525
The suggester wrote:"I am floored by how much detail is in that tiny thing, and how real it all manages to look for something made of thread. I also had no idea how many different kinds of embroidery stitches there were. Wow." ( Suggested by ChimeraDragonfang and Featured by maytel )
Elphaba-Rose Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
WOW!! Congratulations!!! I go off of dA for a day or two and this happens??! Couldn't have happened to anyone better! Congratulations and enjoy the warm fuzzies!
Magical525 Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D :D

Just goes to show that it's not safe to go off dA for more than a couple of hours ;)

Thanks :D I have been! :D
Elphaba-Rose Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Apparently it is a bad idea! :giggle: But oh the progress I've made stitching. ;)
Magical525 Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
In that case all is forgiven - stitching progress makes it all good again :giggle:
Elphaba-Rose Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Magical525 Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
RIDICULOUS amount of skill/detail/time in this piece. Congratulations, a well deserved DD.
Magical525 Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks dear :heart:
Indigo-Serenade Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought this was real until you started explaining what stitches you used! This is amazing!
Grats on the DD; it's completely well-deserved! :squee: :heart:
Magical525 Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww thanks :D I'm still having trouble believing it got it for this as all I was doing was experimenting with what are mostly new to me stitches and having fun while doing so :)
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