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Learning stumpwork work


I followed a great tutorial by  
She has done amazing portraits, which you can see on her blog. 

first attempt:  eyes look bit squinty and brows are uneven. And, I did not add any extra details to her.

for the second one I tried to make lady wearing a saree. I could not get the eye lashes long, and the nose is bit puckered too.

I am happy with my third lady. Her hair is inspired by Mrs.Slocombe's character from 1970 s British sitcom " Are you being served?" She used to wear different hair colour every day to work (almost) and big fancy earrings.

adding colours to Catherine wheel...

Thank you for stopping by,
till next time,


  1. WOW! Your stumpwork portraits are fantastic. Don't worry about uneven brows, a puckered nose or other irregularities. Every person on this Earth has some imperfection and these portrait are therefore realistic! Sometimes it is difficult to control the outcome, but you will in time learn what size stitch to use to get an even nose or chin line. I love how you have draped or folded the fabric and made use of small pieces of lace and beads. Well done! Please make more and let me know!

  2. Fantastic stumpwork Gaia! I have no idea how to do it but it looks great :) Love Mrs Slocombe - we grew up watching 'Have you Been Served' - brilliant! (Lovely crochet work too BTW) x

  3. Very nice, Gaia. I wouldn't have even noticed the imperfections of your portraits, if you hadn't pointed them out. HA! I'm a fan of the turquoise colors of your crochet work. Enjoy the first week of June!


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