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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tuberous Personages on: September 17, 2014 06:29:17 AM
For the Fall Dotee Swap.

Boob-tuber for artsycandice

Autumn Death Root for La Chapa

Grumpy Old Mandrake for Smmarrt

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Collaborative endeavor - a plethora of eyes on: September 16, 2014 03:10:46 PM
Here's the other hoop suereal and I worked for our fake Half-a-Hoopla swap:

Suereal included 4 doll's eyes, two mother-of-pearl beads, and some rubbery type of material, as well as silver thread and glow in the dark floss.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Collaborative Stream of Consciousness on: September 13, 2014 09:38:12 AM
suereal and I "fake joined" the Half-a-Hoopla Swap, in which we each worked approximately half the design of an embroidery, and the partner finished the other half.

Here's the half suereal worked:

She included a skein of glow-in-the-dark white floss and an eye.

Here's the finished piece which I sent to her:

approximately 4.5 inches in diameter

I had loads of fun interpreting her beginning; I think we are a well-matched pair of mad scientists swappers.  Smiley

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Half Bath to Wunderkammer project on: September 10, 2014 04:40:18 PM
Tomorrow I plan to begin renovating our downstairs half bathroom; my decorating scheme is "Wunderkammer" or "Cabinet of Curiosities."  This is the bathroom we use most frequently and also the one which visitors use, so I'd like it to be interesting, if not fascinating.  Smiley  Currently it is quite bleak.  White walls, dark brown trim.

The room is dominated by this old Disneyland poster that my husband inherited from a friend.  We hate Monsanto, so we want to get rid of it.  There's also a huge bulletin board, which is kind of weird to have in a bathroom...  Tongue

The floor is especially sad, as I used the wrong kind of vinyl floor tile and it is all coming up:

The light fixture is also pretty tragic.  Seems like there ought to be something else on that wall...We purchased the house in a rudimentary form which included only the cheapest fixtures.  Now that we actually own the house, I'd like to fix it up some by replacing with better quality fixtures and decorating it a bit.

I will be updating this thread with my plan and progress.

Any ideas, advice, or links to interesting spaces would be greatly appreciated!   Smiley

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: September 09, 2014 09:43:49 AM
Awhile ago I posted about recently learning that one of my favorite olde timey actors, Ernest Thesiger, was an embroiderer and that he had written a book about it.  Thesiger is most famous for his role as the evil Dr Pretorius in “Bride of Frankenstein.”

Being an old horror movie nerd and an embroidery nerd, I knew I MUST HAVE the book.  There were not many copies available.  I found one at the in this case aptly named Mephisto Antiquariat in Germany and instantly ordered it.  Never mind the cost. *cough cough*  So here it is, from 1941, a slim though quite high quality book for wartime, “Adventures in Embroidery” by Ernest Thesiger:

Of especial interest is the section about finding inspiration for embroidery  in other media.

Film about Thesiger and his crafts:   


6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Cryptid Swap on: September 08, 2014 06:06:14 AM
Because they're keen.   Smiley


7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Portrait of Jack Brabham on: August 29, 2014 10:41:25 AM
Australian racecar champion Jack Brabham, for slotcar driver figures:

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tropical Pitcher Plant on: August 27, 2014 10:31:59 AM
Still spamming the board!  Lips sealed

Tropical Pitcher Plant for PerfectlyBohemian in the IYP Swap.  Wool felt, embroidery, wire.

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mad Science Swap! on: August 26, 2014 06:36:55 AM
Mad Doctors!  Mad Scientists!  Creatures, Mutations, Robot Monsters, Strange Experiments, Things Man Was Not Meant to Know!

Dr Frankenstein!   Dr Jekyll!  Dr Moreau! Dr Phibes!  Dr Frank N Furter!  Dr Horrible!   Your Favorite Mad Doctor/Scientist Here!

You Determine When This Should  - or Shouldn’t!  - Happen!  

Don't touch that lever!

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Great Traveller on: August 21, 2014 08:22:45 AM
Sorry about spamming the board!   Tongue

For sheepBlue in the IYP Swap, embroidery on printed fabric, approximately 6.5 inches tall, based on a portrait by Marguerite Gerard:

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