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Re: Mabel's designs

by richardandtracy » Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:37 pm

Mabel Figworthy wrote:...the artist is a Dutch painter and illustrator called Rien Poortvliet, and these images come from his book about Noah's Ark...


Thank you for the introduction to his work.
I have always thought of David Shepherd as one of the best wildlife artists I know of. At the very least he was as good as David Shepherd, quite possibly better in his detail. DS could be a bit sketchy at times, giving an impression of the animal rather than the portrait given by RP.

I will investigate further, his paintings bear scrutiny with ease, even if he had occasional attacks of kitch - honestly, what else do you call an owl standing next to two Santa faces instead of eggs?

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Re: Mabel's designs

by Serinde » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:53 am

May i say, Mabel, that the elephants are darling -- especially the little detail on their tails... :P

As for the cats, I think you have really struck on something here. The (padded?) satin stitched paws are a stroke of genius, too. :applesauce:
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Re: Mabel's designs

by Mabel Figworthy » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:37 am

Serinde wrote:(padded?) satin stitched paws

Thanks Serinde - I must say I am rather enamoured of my elongated cats :-). Yes, the paws are padded satin stitch; they are a lot less even than I would like, but I pretend that adds to the hand-made rustic charm...
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Re: Mabel's designs

by rcperryls » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:31 pm

The serious question (and I could just go look but I'm being lazy right now) is are those kitty patterns on your website? I know someone who would be interested in stitching them. :roll:

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Re: Mabel's designs

by Squirrel » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:53 pm

Mabel they are adorable, just love the one on the right - such a smarty cheeky expression on his face. They would be so much fun to do too - have you thought of putting them on your web site?
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Re: Mabel's designs

by Mabel Figworthy » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:44 am

Thank you Carole and Sally - yes they are, here :-)
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Re: Mabel's designs

by Podolyanka » Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:34 pm

I love them all- the elephants and the cats. :applesauce: Especially how you used their paws to make your design perfect. Happy creating/designing!
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Re: Mabel's designs

by craftysarah » Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:30 pm

Beautiful stitching
 
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Re: Mabel's designs

by rcperryls » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:04 pm

Mabel Figworthy wrote:Thank you Carole and Sally - yes they are, here :-)

Thank you Mabel. Done already. Going to make a lovely gift for Laverne's Vet!!!!!!

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Re: Mabel's designs

by Mabel Figworthy » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:18 pm

On its way to you :-)
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Re: Mabel's designs

by wendywombat » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:01 pm

I liked those cats before......but I have to say they are even nicer in the New version. :whoop:
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Re: Mabel's designs

by poppy » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:30 pm

The cats are gorgeous and fun. I love the elephants too. Beautiful work!
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Re: Mabel's designs

by fccs » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:01 am

I love your elephants, but the cats!!!!! Oh, the cats!!!!!! :wub: :wub: :wub:
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Re: Mabel's designs

by sina28 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:20 am

Both versions of your cats are adorable, Mabel! I like the counted cross stitch one a bit more, as I've never done freestyle embroidery before.
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Re: Mabel's designs

by Mabel Figworthy » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:36 am

I did think of combining them into one chart pack, sina, but then realised people enjoy different styles of embroidery so it would be better to make them available separately.

The cross stitch one was originally done on 36ct fabric so it would fit the ATC (Artist Trading Card) which had to be 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (63 mm X 89 mm) but can of course be stitched on any counted fabric (I find the partial stitches are easier on evenweave, but I remember Rose, a great lover of Aida, saying she had no trouble at all with partial stitches on Aida)
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Re: Mabel's designs

by kingfisher68(2) » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:16 am

:applesauce: :applesauce: Well done more Mabel Mini Marvels with the cats. So lovely to see more of your wonderful designs.

Thank you for telling us about the artist. I had not heard of him before. David Shepherd pictures were very popular at one time but I never liked them enough to want to hang one on my wall although a lot of people did. I always felt something was lacking but I do not know what. I kept my opinion to myself as many people marvelled at his pictures, so best to keep quiet.
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Re: Mabel's designs

by Mabel Figworthy » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:04 pm

As many people here know I am not very good at "finishing" finished pieces, but I did want to do something with the Elegant Cats - and looking at its rectangular shape I remembered that some of the satin boxes I bought from Viking Loom some time ago were rectangular, and probably about the right size.

Looking through my box of boxes, I found a dark green jewellery box which was indeed the right size for the cats, and here they are - in one case accompanied by Lexi trying to strike the same pose (and not quite succeeding :-) )

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Re: Mabel's designs

by kingfisher68(2) » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:42 pm

Really pretty Mabel, they just suit the jewellery box to finish it off. :applesauce: :applesauce:

Lexi looks a lovely cat :D He/she seems to be looking really intensely at something in your garden A lovely photo
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Re: Mabel's designs

by Squirrel » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:01 pm

What a great idea and they look awesome on the jewellery box for sure. Lovely to 'see' Lexi again, she is very elegant too. :whoop: :whoop: :whoop:
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Re: Mabel's designs

by richardandtracy » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:19 am

Had that been in my house, the photo would have been impossible, the cat would have been perched on the box, not next to it!

I do think that is a great way to use the cat image, almost as if the box was made for the design.

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