Wall leaf project thing

This is the first of my final projects for my City and Guilds Machine Embroidery course. It's based on photos I took at Corfe Castle of the collapsing stones and plantlife on them. I created a block to print from using a pencil eraser, then used a heat transfer press to print it onto polyester. I wish I had a heat transfer press at home, I loved playing with it. I then quilted a moss effect around the stones. I used dissolvable fabric in a hoop to create lacy machine-embroidered leaves, looking  as if an insect had started eating them. I used embroidery thread and buffalo wool to hand sew lichen onto the stones, then used random wool pieces to act as vines to frame the piece.
It didn't come out quite as I had envisioned, I didn't really have time to get the right heat transfer paint colours mixed. I had intended it to be less yellow, it's not helped in this photo by the inside-banana colour of our lounge wall (Wickes Buttermilk, I'd assumed it would be cream....) and the weird angle I took it from, it's actually rectangular.

Ramones xstitch

I made this for my mate Em's Xmas present, from a pattern by Cross Stitch Heroes. I wasn't that impressed with the oval embroidery hoop, it's quite flimsy so only suitable for framing, not stitching. I painted it with acrylic paint I bought for a failed Halloween cardboard pumpkin that's now lost in the depths of my scary loft room. I should have ironed the charity shop Aida as there's still a faint fold (which may also be a line of dirt) but I have no room to use my iron. Overall though, I love this. It's a great pattern, the colours match her decor, and Em was really pleased with it.

Unscheduled break

I've been snowed under with Christmas crafting and coursework, so until I get my brain back in gear, have a picture of Noddy spying on the neighbours.