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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Desperately seeking embroidery website on: March 08, 2009 08:45:22 PM
I recently came across a neat website that sold both machine embroidery and hand embroidery patterns, via pdf. download.  The hand embroidery designs caught my eye because they were fun and funky.  One particularly memorable one had a Godzilla type cartoony monster approaching a city in briefcase and tie, with a caption that said something like "I love my job". 

The problem is, I forgot to bookmark the site and I've just googled for an hour and can't find it!  If this sounds familiar to anyone, please let me know, I want that monster pattern to make a gift for a friend and *need* to find that site again!

thanks in advance for any help!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / OH No! I need help with transfer! on: September 11, 2008 04:28:20 PM
I'm working on part of a project that is for someone else, and part of it has already been stitched.

The problem is that as I was doing the iron on transfer for my bit of the project, I didn't realize my elderly blind dog had wandered into the room until he walked into the ironing board, causing the iron and my transfer to slide a bit.  now there is a lighter double impression in the area I had intended to leave white, and I'm pretty sure the transfer won't wash out (it's an Aunt Martha and I've tried to wash out a messed up one in the past on one of my own towels.)  I also don't want a patch of lighter fabric on this item and there is already embroidery on it so I don't want to risk messing up the other parts too.  I'm thinking about trying to fill in the parts I was going to leave white but I am inexperienced with filler stitches and am not sure what approach to take.

Here's what the transfer looks like right now:

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/argh.jpg


Oh expert embroiderers, how would you fix this?  You're my only hope!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Collaged/Altered Plaque on: August 12, 2008 07:22:44 AM
I got a couple of little wall hanger/plaque things from Michaels on clearance (90% off equals 39 cents each!).  They would be a good key hanger next to the front door or maybe a hook for dog leashes or something.

Anyway I decided to alter and collage one for the Friends of Craftster raffle swap, and since the theme was "blue", went with a beach/seaside theme since that's what blue colors inevitably make me think about.

Here's how it turned out:



4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Latest Carved STamps on: July 18, 2008 08:25:19 PM
They have all been received so I can share the carvings I made for the handmade rubber stamp swap.  I was excited because I chose images that pushed my abilities and challenged me with more complexity and detail than I've carved before, and I was so pleased with how they turned out!

Group photo:



Butterfly:



Celtic turtle:



Chibi Prof. Snape:



Totoro:




Thanks for looking, comments & feedback welcome!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / And yet more cards on: July 14, 2008 09:13:31 PM
Been busy this week!  Thanks for looking!











6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Mr Fangs ATC Series on: July 14, 2008 03:02:45 PM
These came about from 2 different challenges--one was the "anything but paper" ATC swap here, and one was a challenge on an embroidery blog to either make a piece of graffiti using embroidery or make an embroidery inspired by graffiti.

The latter made me think of "Mr.Fangs", a graffiti character seen in various Atlanta locations.  I used to think of him as "that happy Pacman ghost" til I found out his real name.  I decided I wanted to embroider a tribute to Mr.Fangs and started collecting pictures.  Then I did the ATC swap and decided to make my tribute on small pieces of painted wood.  I still have future embroidery plans, but for now, heeeere's Mr. Fangs!




It seems as though Mr.Fangs' creator has not been making new ones, so the older ones are slowly disappearing as locations are painted over or torn down.  But seeing a new-to-me Mr.Fangs picture or rediscovering an old one always makes me happy.   All of my card images are based on an actual Mr.Fangs somewhere in Atlanta, with the same background color and character color (approximately).  If you look carefully at the Flickr photos linked below, you might be able to spot which ones I based my ATCs on!

For more info on the real Mr.Fangs check out www.mrfangs.com or the Mr.Fangs Flickr group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/mrfangs/pool/).
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Stashbusting Card Binge on: July 11, 2008 08:47:13 PM
Had lots of fun in my craft room playing with some pretty papers I found on clearance (yay)!













Thanks for looking!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Changing color of canvas bag on: June 14, 2008 02:12:54 PM
I want to make a decorated canvas bag.  The bag is one of those premade ones you get at a craft store.  It's the right size, but it's white with white webbing straps.  The idea I have in mind would go better with a more tan/beige/natural color, or maybe a light blue.

These are the thoughts I have:

--Rit dye

--Tea/coffee dye

--sponging on diluted fabric paint to "tint" the bag to the right color

--non Fabrico stamp pad ink in light browns to color the bag (but don't know how stamp ink not specifically meant for fabrics will take)

Any recommendations/anti-recommendations?  I'd rather do this without going out and buying still more supplies, and these are the possibilities I have on hand.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Still More Fathers Day cards! on: June 02, 2008 09:35:28 AM
I'm on such a roll.  It's a nice break from florals and fluff, I've been having a blast with these cards.  Most of the papers are from Basic Grey's Archaic line and coordinate really well with each other.  I got one of their little 6x6 pads and I'm making a serious dent in it with my card making.  Yay for stash-busting!

Anyway, here's this weekend's outburst (apologies for the fierce shadows in these pictures, I was working with morning sunshine and could barely see the cards in my viewfinder!):



(Message inside:  "No one else can fill your shoes")



Made during a fit of insomnia at 5 AM this morning!



Was trying to use a really ugly pattern and decided the best way to use it was to cut it into tiny bits and mosaic it!  Mixed it with the brown orange scraps then decided to use dimensional glue to make them look like actual tiles, and added teeeny tiny gold beads to the orange pieces.  I LOVE how this one turned out, it will be hard to give it away!



I make a sailing/nautical card every year for my dad, who loves being out on the water.



Love that bubbly/pod patterned paper, I've been using every scrap of it!



Variations...



And one at the end of the night to use up scraps!

Thanks for looking!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered Dry Erase Board on: May 25, 2008 05:35:45 PM
Quick and easy project I did as a birthday present for my girlfriend.  She does some part time pet-sitting and I heard her mutter something about wanting a dry erase board to keep track of her schedule.  So I whipped this up using some die-cuts, letter stickers and scrapbooking paper.  As you can see, it's getting used, which is always a good thing with crafted presents!

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