city in stitches...................

London stitched 
Testing testing.........................I'm trying out somethiing new today, otherwise known as blogging on Friday.  I'm just curious as to how this is going to pan out as I always feel that there aren't all that many people around on Friday' I right or wrong????????????

This is my work so far on the embroidery I started yesterday for Beth in the hoop up swap on flickr.  The theme was Ed Emberley inspired pieces depicting the city or country of your choice.  Mine is of course - can you guess????  This is so fun to do and makes a change from stitching up girls playing all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Never thought I'd find myself stitching up the Houses of Parliment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To draw up this embroidery I googled London and clicked on images (at the top).  I then did a few sketches on a sheet of A4 paper (see below)......


From this, I used an ordinary drawing pencil to sketch out my chosen images directly onto the fabric - all hooped and ready!!!!!  If you look closely at the picture on the top left hand side of the mosaic, you can see the images I haven't yet worked on.  Pencil fades fast which is good if like me you might change your sketches a little as you go and therefore great if you are drafting up a new design.  It's not ideal for beginner's as you would need to keep re-drawing, so I would suggest you  use one of those blue fabric transfer pens instead.

I hope you like it so far Beth, it has been a fantastic change for me to try something different!!!