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1  Stop damaging my calm in Needlework: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: July 19, 2014 11:25:46 AM
For my partner on the hoopla swap!

The girl was fairly easy, though it was my first time doing loose bits on a hoop, but the wording... this was the third attempt at it, and I finally just went with paper.  It gave me the look closest to what was in my head, though it felt weird... but I guess you don't normally wash a hoop, anyway, right?  Still, that whole "sewing paper" thing is weird to me.  I like it when other people do it, I just... feel wrong.

I drew the girl out, then made copies and cut out layers of pieces and embroidered them on.  I'm not great at embroidery, but I'm slowly learning!



And a close-up of her hair (my favorite part):

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2  Re: Hoopla Swap R11: Words With or Without Words - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: July 19, 2014 11:22:52 AM
I can, indeed, I'm glad you like it - it was... being difficult, to say the least.  The girl was fairly easy, though it was my first time doing loose bits on a hoop, but the wording... this was the third attempt at it, and I finally just went with paper (um, don't wash your hoop...  Wink ).  It gave me the look closest to what was in my head.

I drew the girl out, then made copes and cut out layers of pieces and embroidered them on. 



And a close-up of her hair (my favorite part):

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3  Whimsical Shrine Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: July 18, 2014 10:52:34 PM

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4  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: July 17, 2014 03:22:57 PM
lindyv321, you should do it!  I don't think a lot of the people there thought they could do it, but it was a pretty easy picture and even the people who swore they were horrible had something pretty darn nice!  This is our group picture, if you squint you can see Mel and Tom at the top right of my canvas... my friend (who I have managed to sway from the "must follow directions" path) is to the right of me (as you look at the picture) and her picture is also slightly... not just flowers.  Smiley



This is a picture of us in progress... the finished pictures are on my phone somewhere...

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5  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: July 16, 2014 05:55:01 PM
Fun at Vino Van Gogh!  Our picture didn't turn out like everyone else's... but it was fun!

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6  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: July 12, 2014 11:35:42 AM
Prompt:  July Battle:  Cats vs Dogs
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Dog Treats
Brief Description: Freakishly, since her seizure, Shadow won't eat peanut butter (we call it Puppy Butter) and now I have a jar of puppy butter that is just sitting in the cabinet.  I decided to try to sneak it into some treats, let's see if she notices...

Project Picture:

Recipe and some ingredients:



Trying a bit of the dough (hey, she should get to eat raw cookie dough, to!  Just because she can't make her own cookies doesn't mean she should be denied that right!):



Seems okay, so on to baking!



They didn't spread out at all, just stayed in little balls, but the real question is...



And the answer is that by the time I managed to hit the shutter button on my phone, the cookie had disappeared!  I'd say they're a hit.

GO TEAM DOG!!!
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7  Lifebook Lesson "Tangled" in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Smeddley on: July 07, 2014 05:19:29 PM


The idea of the lesson was to glue everything down with gesso or matte media, and it would all be a uniform color (except the face(s), which were photographs in the original).  Then take paints and highlight areas/objects.

...but I never follow directions.  I was skeptical about the 3-D-ness of the project at first, but it's growing on me, and there are parts of it I like, and parts I would certainly do differently...

I'm considering her my "craft muse" and will probably hang her somewhere in my craft room, eventually.
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8  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: July 07, 2014 03:56:45 PM
I've missed so much stuff again!  It's all amazing, you guys are so creative and inspirational!  I need to comment more often, I know.  Anyway...

For one of my partners in the hoopla swap, I saw she had a pin that said "You're a W(anchor)", and I knew the instant that I saw it I had to do it.  But as I cruised her pinterest more, I also saw she had some posters pinned that said "You (anchor) me".  And an idea was born!  A two-sided hoop, where you could display whichever side matched your mood!  You partner would know they were either in your good (anchoring) graces, or they were on your bad side (W(anchor)).  Then came the part about figuring out how to do it...





If anyone is curious as to how I jury-rigged the double sided hoop, I tried to explain it in my post, but unfortunately I didn't take pictures.

And then I have a glued... uh, "stuff" to other "stuff" art project from Lifebook.  Of course I didn't follow the directions (in the lesson all the add-ons were white gessoed over and then highlighted with shimmery paint) and there are parts of it I don't like and there are parts I do, I'm going with she's my muse of crafting...

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9  Re: Hoopla Swap R11: Words With or Without Words - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: July 07, 2014 03:45:12 PM
Lovely stitching on the rose/wolf!

If anyone is curious as to how I jury-rigged the double sided hoop, I tried to explain it in my post, but unfortunately I didn't take pictures.

So!  I got my hoop from pinkmichk today, and in the fashion of all my hoops, it takes some explaining...

I don't know if any of you are familiar with Allen Iverson's rant about "practice", but it's a running joke in my house that every time I say I have to go to (bellydance) practice, my husband inevitably says "are we talking about practice?"  And thus a tradition was born...

And an awesome hoop came out of that tradition!



I love the bellydancer you embroidered on there, and it's absolutely perfect!  Thank you so much!
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10  Double-sided (mood) "anchor" hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: July 07, 2014 03:39:49 PM
For one of my partners in the hoopla swap, I saw she had a pin that said "You're a W(anchor)", and I knew the instant that I saw it I had to do it.  But as I cruised her pinterest more, I also saw she had some posters pinned that said "You (anchor) me".  And an idea was born!  A two-sided hoop, where you could display whichever side matched your mood!  You partner would know they were either in your good (anchoring) graces, or they were on your bad side (W(anchor)).  Then came the part about figuring out how to do it...





This is what I did....

I stitched the W(anchor) side as usual, then pulled it as tight as I could in the hoop.  I sewed a line of stitching around the back side to hold it really, really tight.  Then (because it was dark fabric and I was adding a light fabric on top) I sewed a white circle to the back, as close to the edges as I could.

Then I released the outer hoop.

Then I put the white (anchor) side in a larger hoop, tightened it, and spread a little line of glue around the outside edge of the back of the black W(anchor) hoop and pressed it to the center of the white (anchor) side.

After that dried, I trimmed the white fabric so the raw edge would be in the middle of the hoop edge, and slipped the outer hoop back over it, hiding the raw edge.

It's not as taut as I would have liked, perhaps, but it seemed to hold up!

Does anyone else have a way to do a double-sided hoop?  I was just winging this, all the stuff I could find by Googling dealt with making the embroidery as pretty on the back as on the front (trust me, no one wants to see the back of my embroidery!).
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