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Paradise Bird Stumpwork Embroidery by MasonBee Paradise Bird Stumpwork Embroidery by MasonBee
Every now and then I have the overwhelming urge to create something truly unique, one of a kind yet whilst being a challenge to me.

This is the piece that has sparked a recent flurry of other pieces using the design but in a different ways and styles ([link])

I adore stumpwork, who doesnít like the idea of turning their embroidery into something 3D rather the usual 2D; it gives you so much more scope!

The actual design, like so many of my pieces, started off a scrap of a drawing in one of my many trusty sketchbooks, and then finally it became the right time to develop the design into something workable.

In all it has taken twenty-eight hours to stitch, mount and frame the piece. Of course, that wasnít done in a solid twenty-eight hour stint. I need time for tea, biscuits and natural daylight.

I am 100% happy with this piece; itís been a pleasure to work on and has certainly done what I set out to achieve to create a unique piece whilst keeping my grey matter ticking.
All that remains is for the piece to find a loving home.
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:iconvegvisir:
Beautiful work as always! Glad to see you're still at it! :sun:
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MasonBee Dec 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Now there's a name I haven't seen in a while!

Thank you, yep still hard at it, slowly making a damned good go of it as a profession.
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:iconvegvisir:
I've been a bit of a ghost for a couple years.

Well, if anyone can do it, you can! Your work stands out from the normal. Your creativity, style and positive energy combined with your knowledge of materials and techniques, makes your work special. Your pieces are not just attractive, high-quality!!! Damn good work, I'd say! :D
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speckled-owl Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely adorable! You know, you've got talent that many people pray for, along with a great sense of creativity. It must be upsetting when you give away such fine works.
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MasonBee Jul 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for taking the time to comment. It can be, its odd. I find my enjoyment is in the actual creation of the piece. When it is finished there is a sense of accomplishment but then I get itchy fingers and I need to get on with the next piece. I find it can be a bit of a relief when they do go to a good home...mainly to make space!
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marob0501 Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured in my jewelbox [link]
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:iconninina-nini:
This really is an insanely gorgeous piece of work. I followed your progress on your blog and it's really amazing to see how things like this are done.
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MasonBee Jul 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you sweetie, much appreciated. I always find I enjoy the process of these pieces. At some point there will a cousin to this piece.
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:iconninina-nini:
Oooo, I'm looking forward to it. This bird is really cute and I know already it'll be beautiful. I can see three of them hanging on the wall though ;)
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