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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: XBox cake on: May 26, 2011 03:19:19 PM
This is SO awesome!!!

My kiddo turns 13 this summer and I would love to pull off a game-themed birthday cake of some sort for him. Thank you so much for explaining how you made this . . . my wheels are turning!!

(And thanks to Craftster for featuring this on their FB page, because I wouldn't have seen it otherwise!)
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Blackwork techniques on: March 19, 2011 11:26:40 PM
Anna, the Kenwood House project you did is jaw-droppingly awesome!!

I'm glad I read this thread. Just tonight I was looking at a needlework book and reading about blackwork. When I saw blackwork is usually done with a double running stitch, I thought to myself, "but why??? backstitch would be easier and quicker!". So thanks for confirming what I was thinking Wink.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery FABRIC-what to use... on: November 05, 2010 06:55:24 PM
My favorite is tightly-woven muslin, but it can be hard to stitch on a tightly-woven fabric if you're using more than 2 or 3 strands of floss at a time. I generally stitch with 2 and that's perfect for the muslin I use. A benefit of using muslin is that it's inexpensive, and it ranges in color from white to cream to a tea-stained color.

I also like quilting cotton. I look in the remnant or fat quarter bin for that because remnants and fat quarters are generally plenty big for what I do and aren't terribly pricey.

You can also scout out sheets and pillowcases at the thrift store and cut those up as needed. I've stitched on vintage hankies I found at the thrift store.

Craft stores often have plain canvas totes that can be embroidered on. I've stitched on pre-stretched artists canvas before, too.

Honestly, if you can get a needle through it, it can be stitched on!! There are folks who embroider metal and wood, which I think's pretty cool. If you search "embroidery" at flickr, there's all kinds of inspiration there.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: OTT Full Moon theme embroidery on: October 25, 2010 12:23:01 AM
Fabulously done!!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Doodle Pillow on: October 25, 2010 12:21:17 AM
This is SO cool, GG!!  What a great way to use accumulated patterns.

I especially love the wintery girl -- is that seed stitch as the filling?  The matryoshka is pretty dang awesome too.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Over 30 Fine Wine Geezer Swap Round 3 Gallery on: July 17, 2010 11:09:32 PM
~Glenda, do you paint your hoops or buy colored ones?

I have several that I spray-painted a while back and they're sitting in my embroidery hoop stash. But the one the owl is in is actually colored with Sharpie! I wanted to get as close to the color of the embroidery floss as possible and I have a big assortment of Sharpies so I tried that and like how it turned out. The only drawback is that the Sharpie does rub off the hoop onto fingers (I warned sweetyetevil about that), so next time I use a Sharpie I'll plan far enough ahead to spray some varnish or other type of clear sealant over it.

Thanks for the compliments on the steampunk embroidery. It's an Urban Threads design. I used Thread Heaven on the metallic floss and the only real struggle was getting the needle threaded, but I'm pretty sure that's more of a Geezery-eyes problem than a floss problem Smiley (I need new glasses sooooo bad!). I love the copper metallic floss and will have to find other ways to use that -- it has a great shimmer to it.

Oh man, that weekender bag and that mixer cover are fabulous. I wish I had sewing-machine skills like that!! Me + hand embroidery = BFFs . . . but me + cutting out fabric + using sewing machine = many, MANY choice words flying around the room and a very imperfect end result ;-).
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Over 30 Fine Wine Geezer Swap Round 3 (Signups closed, Send by July 17 on: July 13, 2010 06:54:44 AM
I will mail sweetyetevil's package when I'm out running errands tomorrow (Wed.).
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Over 30 Fine Wine Geezer Swap Round 3 (Signups closed, Send by July 17 on: July 09, 2010 09:27:09 PM
Yay, I finished sweetyetevil's embroidery project tonight!!!  It's stitched all in metallic threads and I'm really happy with how it turned out Smiley.

Over the weekend I'm going to futz around with a small project that I'd like to include. I should have no problem sending by the send-by date.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 3 (Sign-ups until July 15, Sendouts Sept 7) on: July 07, 2010 03:32:28 PM
I'm in Smiley. I've asked to be partnered with another very-much-a-beginner! I've been feeling the need to stretch myself in my crafting and this swap REALLY appeals to me. I've been looking at the quilts in the previous two swaps and also surfing through the mini art quilts group on flickr -- lots of GREAT inspiration in both places!!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Over 30 Fine Wine Geezer Swap Round 3 (Signups closed, Send by July 17 on: July 07, 2010 03:19:24 PM
I've been in a good stitchin' groove the past couple nights and am making good progress on sweetyetevil's project. I'm figuring that I'll be done with the stitching by the weekend and can grab a frame and mat Saturday.

There's a new-to-me type of project I'd like to try to get done and include in sweetyetevil's package, to supplement the embroidery I'm doing. So odds are I won't ship much sooner than the official send-by date.
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