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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rainbow unicorn pillowcase on: January 17, 2014 11:58:33 AM

 Cotton,metallic, and satin floss; satin stitching, chain stitch, back stitch, brick stitch, and some stitch I forget for the hooves
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My fiance and his puppy, Rosie on: January 17, 2014 11:52:14 AM

Prismacolor markers and Crayola crayons, 2014
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hyperbole and a Half embroidery on: January 08, 2014 04:00:38 PM
Just finished this for my sister and framed it. No amount of ironing could get those wrinkles out, probably because the fabric is cheap.

Embroidery on cotton, four and six strands used throughout, all done with Sublime Stitching's new flosses.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My First Bag, The Beautiful Soldiers! on: March 25, 2013 09:51:39 AM
Excellent job! Did the boy friend miss his bright green fabric?

Nah, he bought way more than he actually needed.

Thanks all!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My First Bag, The Beautiful Soldiers! on: March 25, 2013 12:45:37 AM
The title here is a little misleading; this is actually my first finished sewing project ever. I could not resist this adorable Sailor Moon fabric, but at the price, I could only get half a yard. I thought about what could be made with only half a yard, and decided a purse would be a good idea since my old purse had just fallen apart. I found a simple looking tutorial online and went for it.

Here are the pieces. This is after I had already pinned the pleats on the bag bottoms. This bag was a great intro to pleats for me, as I hope to make my own Halloween costume and there will be much pleating involved with that.

Here is one side of the bag. I'm a little bummed that Sailor Jupiter got caught up in a pleat, but since the bag stretches a bit when it's filled, it's not a big deal.

This is the other side. I've dubbed this side the "front" since more of the Sailor Senshi are visible on this side.

The lining (with a pocket!) is a bright green. My boyfriend had just happened to buy this color fabric for an embroidery project he's working on, and I thought it would be a fun and unexpected complement to the pink Sailor Moon fabric.

Finally, an action shot with the filled purse. Do forgive the bathroom shot, it's the only mirror I have in my apartment right now.

Overall, I'm happy with it for a first project. Topstitching gave me a hard time, as well as attaching the top of the bag to the bottom, as their curves didn't match up because of the pleating, but I feel like it was all great for expanding my fledgling sewing skills.
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 01/14/13 - Craftster Best of 2012 announced! on: January 20, 2013 10:43:12 AM
Don't be sad!  We simply cannot select every single project. Smiley

Aw, I know that! But wouldn't you say one of the projects voted as a Best Of in the "More Art, Less Craft" board was miscategorized? How can there be two quilling projects selected for two different boards?
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 01/14/13 - Craftster Best of 2012 announced! on: January 18, 2013 10:54:50 AM
I thought my painting had a chance this year. Guess not. Sad

Still, some good stuff here though!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I Love Lucy (but not THAT Lucy!) on: October 31, 2012 10:36:45 AM
Ok, a little backstory here: I went to Minneapolis last week for the Vikings game, and made a detour on the way home to a craft shop called Digs because I found out that they carry Jenny Hart's (Sublime Stitching) new line of embroidery floss. I just had to get some! (Seriously guys, have you seen this stuff? The colors are gorgeous.) While I was at the shop, I saw these teeny little prints of Minneapolis landmarks, and my boyfriend thought it would be a cute idea to do embroidery versions of places here in Fargo, ND, where we both live.

Now, originally, I'm from NJ, and before I moved to ND nearly five years ago, I lived in Margate, NJ. If you're not already familiar with it, Margate houses a very special landmark--Lucy the Elephant, the world's largest!

So, considering I grew up with and love Lucy more than any other landmark I've seen, I figured she'd be a great warm-up to those Fargo icons Matt wants me to do.

Plus, with Hurricane Sandy having just ravaged my old hometown and sticking my poor family without any power, she seems more appropriate now than ever.

Enough chat, here's pics!

This is Lucy! She's made of wood and houses a museum. The funniest thing about Miss Lucy is that she faces the beach, so when you drive past her on Atlantic Avenue, you're faced with her big butt (which has a window right under her tail). Cracks me up!

I sketched her out in my sketchbook and then transferred her to the fabric. She's mostly split and back stitches. The only floss that wasn't from the Sublime Floss line was white, as the store didn't carry the palette with the white floss. Oh yeah, and this hoop is only 3" across!

I am in love with her little French knot toenails! The city of Margate has painted Lucy's nails from time to time for celebrations and such.

I know some of you love the back views, so here you go. I started out neat enough, but got lazier as I got towards the end (the howdah was the last thing I worked, specifically, so it's sloppiest).
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Having trouble with long and short stitch on: July 23, 2012 11:51:18 AM
I think I finally got it figured out. What I wasn't doing, and what I somehow missed (I rewatched a video tutorial on needlenthread.com and noticed it this time) is that you're supposed to split your stitches in the previous row. Basically, long and short stitch is a fancy name for doing a bunch of staggered split stitches!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Having trouble with long and short stitch on: July 20, 2012 11:44:27 AM
Maybe you knowledgeable Craftsters can help me out here, because I am going crazy wondering what I'm doing wrong. I'm trying to fill in a couple of cartoon characters with long and short stitch. The area I'm working on is too big for satin stitch or I'd do that. Now, I am only using ONE color (I'm not using long and short stitch for shading, which seems to be where it shines). The problem is, after reading all manner of tutorials and watching several videos (all of which show shading though), I'm unhappy with how my long and short stitch looks on the fabric. It's just so... obvious, I guess. Like, it just looks like little staggered rows of stitches instead of one seamless fill the way I see it in all the pictures of other people's attempts.

Any tips on how to make it look smooth and full? Or, do you have an even better suggestion for a fill stitch to use when only filling in one color? Thanks!
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