Monday, January 25, 2010

australian bass

Australian Bass hand-embroidered on hemp and yak hair

Did you fish a lot as a kid? We did, at crazy hours of the morning for 6 hours plus at a time. We even have trophies for it which is kinda funny for 3 girls. The best bit was the element of surprise waiting to see what type of fish would fly out of the water. The worst bit was a toss up between peeing into a bucket in a dingey in the middle of the Broadwater or smelling like dried live bait and scales for most of the day.

I think this Australian Bass is in desperate need of a frame, could make a nice gift for a fisherman/woman, because everyone knows one of those right?

(btw: The hemp and yak hair is from Duckcloth and while it's not vegan friendly it is divine to work with, it has a super soft texture compared to most linen and/or hemp blends)

23 comments:

Chi Designs said...

Wow Rebecca, thats amazing embroidery!

Jetta's Nest said...

OMG.

No cheese required.

This is the most inspired and thoughtful piece of embroidery I think I've ever seen.

I'm not joking...this is way acer than ace!

Hot Fudge said...

Yes, we did a lot of fishing as kids on the Central Coast of NSW. At one stage when I was really tiny my father was concerned that I would impale myself with the hook, so he quietly removed it and covered the end of the line with bait (flour and water paste). I would sit there patiently in the row boat for hours, wondering why I never caught anything!

june at noon said...

Wow! Fish give me the heebie jeebies in a big way, but I really love this. It's nicely stitched, and that fabric looks awesome!

Pesky Cat Designs said...

This is fantastic! Super embroidery.

I went fishing a lot as a kid since my father loved it. We grew up in NYC so my father went to Long Island to fish all the time. We spent our summers in Canada where my father fished everyday. We ate every fish he caught. He loved Bass by the way!

yardage girl said...

Nice fish, and I love the yak hair fabric too - it is beautiful to touch. Nic x

moose and bird said...

Hi Rebecca,
Your embroidery skills are amazing. I tend to avoid alot of embroidery as I just never seem to be able to get it nice and even. I love all of the one off designs you are doing. The design really suits the fabric too. Melinda xo

edward and lilly said...

Thanks for your kind words everyone, and thanks to those who shared your fishing stories, they sure make for good memories don't they!

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh yes, fishing!! My Dad was in the navy & couldn't get enough of the sea, didn't care who came fishing, my brothers, my sister & i, just loved combining family & fishing, except Mum, she couldn't swim or think of anything worse. She did cook our catch beautifully. My sister always won best fish - size & type, not to mention fast!! Um, she was a ballerina & wouldn't even bait her own hook!! Love Posie

Little Ted Canvas said...

Beautiful work! And what fantastic childhood memories...

jenny said...
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Kickcan and Conkers said...

Love this :)

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Wow! A fabulous piece - love it! I did a lot of fishing as a kid as well, but we were always from a river bank so no problems about peeing in a bucket :)

Steph Bond @ Bondville said...

Gorgeous! Stunning work Rebecca.

Vintage by LOU LOU said...

Hello :)
Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment recently...I'm absolutely adoring your blog and I'm in love the name Lilly :) Edward is cute also...
Lou
xx

Thea said...

I love your embroidery. Yes, I do remember us hiring a dingy at Scarborough and catching heaps of whiting when as a child which I enjoyed at the time but couldn't do now. It's funny what you find out about people - never would have guessed that you were a champion fisherwoman.

Bec Lewis said...

Wow, what an incredible piece.

Jenna said...

Wow, wow, wow - that is so gorgeous.

Fish + crafty genius = perfection.

Cathy (Tinniegirl) said...

Oh, how gorgeous is it? Your work is just beautiful.

Penny said...

Hey Rebecca, what lovely subject matter. I think your bass is beautiful.

billy boy & mia said...

Love the bass, excellent work!
I have nominated you for the lemonade Stand award . .
http://billyboyandmia.blogspot.com/2010/01/to-market.html
Hope you have a great week! x

Pattie said...

As a child I fished so much! It is one of my most pleasant childhood memories other than traveling with my father :)

sara lee said...

Hi there! Just found your wonderful space! I did fish- with my pappy. Here in Texas Bass and Catfish were quite popular.
I enjoy this work so much because it is so much like a drawing. I am a painter and new to embroidery- have begun on paper-fun-and am interested in moving to fabric- I love the hemp fabric that you have used here.
Thank you so much!! Everything I see her brings a smile to my face!
peace,
slee