Two lovely dimensional embroidery pieces

A few months back, when Anu of The Creativity Within Me.. posted about her work in progress, I never imagined that one day that lovely piece of embroidery will be in my hands. Let me show you some pics... (click on them for a better view)

I love the way she has used the raised cup stitch for the flowers,and of course, those beads in the center.

Very creative use of beads for the dress,don't you think? Good choice of herringbone stitch and trellis couch for the dress too.

Cast on stitch and french knots for the flowers..and the colors..yum,yum...

Here's the complete piece. The background is crayon tinted. I have never tried that method.Will have to one day... Thank you Anu ,for this lovely gift...I enjoy looking at it everyday.

While I was recovering from this surprise, another one landed on my doorstep.Here it is..

This one is a first attempt on dimensional embroidery by my classmate,friend and fellow embroidery fanatic Preethy. We had lost touch , but she found me through this blog and our correspondence started. This piece is inspired from the book Three dimensional embroidery stitches which I have reviewed here. Did you notice the signature line at the bottom? (big grin). Thank you Preethy for this awesome beauty. I often wonder how long would it have taken for you to stitch those sunflowers.Wow!!

Does this look like a first attempt? Pat Trott would be proud of her.I have left the pics big enough for you to see the close up...

Till next post,