Embroidered Penguins

This piece is inspired by Nana, one of the most wonderful people I know. She loves penguins. She loves the way they nest, eat, and make community. Penguins are captivating. I think it is safe to say the penguin is cute. I started to sketch a few ideas  for a piece.


Then I refined and simplified the idea.


After a recent blue thread disaster with another project, I keep much better records. DMC is currently my thread company of choice.


During the sketching period we made a visit to the glass studio demo at the Chrysler Museum. At the studio there is a wall for visitors to leave a sketch and it may be grabbed by a glassblower and made during one of their daily demonstrations. I drew a penguin, and here are the amazing results.


A view inside of the glass penguin.


And here is another inside of a project. Although many embroidery  backs are covered I often find myself falling in love with them. What I enjoy is the relaxed version of the image, sort of like a watercolor.


A metal D ring for a hook.


The front of the piece. It is filled with a thin layer of wool batting.


Seed stitch and St. George Cross stitch.


Stem stitch gold rings.


Coral stitch for a pebbly beach.


These penguins have French knot eyes and Satin stitch bodies.




Thank you for stopping by and for all the support.

Brambleton Threads recently became an LLC, and my husband is helping with the business. We hope to have some more information coming up soon on projects focusing in embroidery and quilting with custom designs.

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8 thoughts on “Embroidered Penguins

  1. What a sweet gift for Nana! I enjoyed your watercolor analogy, the back of embroidery is so like swimmy colors 🙂
    I’m looking forward to seeing where your stitchery takes you 🙂

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