April 2, 2013

Gimme a B!

Below is my contribution for today's letter of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For more information about the challenge please visit their website http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com. If this is your first visit here from the challenge, I'm embroidering song lyrics for each letter. I'm also participating over at The Occasional Adventures of a Hermit, feel free to check that out too.

Just like with A, it didn't take me long to settle on "Black Velvet Band" for my B song. My favorite version that I've ever heard was the Brobdingnagian Bards.

Not happy with this embroidery. It looks like I was drunk when I drew the ribbon border. I wasn't; I was just trying to make it not uniform. It's not uniform for sure. Definitely want to redo this one.

Song: Black Velvet Band
Singer: Brobdingnagian Bards
Album: The Holy Grail of Irish Drinking Songs
Writer: Traditional song

I couldn't find the Brobdingnagian Bards' version on YouTube but I found this version by The High Kings.


28 comments:

  1. Such a delightful song! I'll have to look into more of The High Kings' music. Thank you!

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  2. I hope you are using a machine to embroider these--I can't imagine how much time that would take! Happy "B" Day!
    tm

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  3. Hello from the A to Z. This is a great idea and no one ever said art had to be symmetrical. Happy Blogging !

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  4. You took a bold move in doing crafts for the challenge. No matter how you feel about this Letter B result, it looks way better than any embroidery that I would try to do at this point. I tried to weave in my childhood years and would like to learn how to crochet.

    -Nicole
    A to Z Challenge Co-Host
    www.madlabpost.com

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  5. What a neat idea for the challenge. I haven't embroidered for years, but I love it.

    Good luck with the challenge.

    Cheryl
    http://www.thebusymomsdaily.com/2013/04/blogging-from-to-z-april-challenge_2.html

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  6. You did a heck of a lot better than I would on this! Here's to more stitchery magic.

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  7. I had a comment written that responded to each of you personally but Blogger ate it cause it's a jerk like that and we're not getting along today.

    So I'll just say thank you for the compliments and visits. I'm hand-embroidering these (I should probably be committed). And if anyone ever tries to learn crochet and has questions, hit me up. I love teaching newbies.

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    1. Seriously, I've lost all of my crafter cred. Sigh.

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    2. Poor Heather. Broken hearted over her crafter cred. :D Don't you scrapbook? That's a genre of crafting I haven't really ventured into yet.

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  8. Well, if you are committed, KC, you'll have great music to listen to! This song gave me the shivers!

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  9. What size are these works of art? My eyesight couldn't cope with all the embroidery you have set yourself to do. Good luck!

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  10. Neat A to Z theme! I know how to do basic knitting, but someday I might go to crochet (I still love seeing it, though). I dabble in lots of crafting areas...
    Kids Math Teacher

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  11. May all your stitches be small ;) Listening to that song was like hearing a dim and distant echo, my Dad used to sing that song to me. *bless.

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  12. This is a great idea for the AtoZ challenge. I love your work!

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  13. Hello, fellow Irish person! This is a favorite song of ours, as well. I am over following up on a comment you left on my A-B posts. Love you site. Sign me on.

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  14. I cannot embroider so I think your ahead of me in the game...great post!

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  15. LuAnn - Hopefully they left me take my iPod to the asylum :)

    Lizy - It varies. I've sized them so that they could be framed in a 5x7 or 8x10 framed. Not tiny but not too big.

    Lucy - I've been working on my 1st knitted scarf for a month or so :D It's not an easy task to learn.

    Elaine - Your dad sang this? That's awesome. My parents encouraged us to love music but never really sang to us.

    Kassiah - Thanks :)

    Susan - I'm an American mutt but I'm Irish at heart. Does that still count as Irish?

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  16. Very cool - I love finding new music to listen to!

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  17. Shannon & Li - Thanks for coming by :)

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  18. Another song I don't know - I'm about to listen to both of these :)

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    1. Cool. Glad I could introduce you to a new song.

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  19. I'm facinated by what people have come up with for ideas around this challenge. Yours is no less intriguing or educational...very cool!

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  20. I like the border myself since it looks more natural.

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  21. Your ribbon looks good to me, but I think you're a perfectionist (like most of us are), and can see things wrong that others cannot. I'm enjoying your posts.

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  22. Wow, what an interesting idea for the challenge! Looking forward to discovering some new music! :)

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  23. Thanks for all the compliments & visits :) Apparently, I'm the only one with an issue about the border.

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