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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Christmas cards on: December 13, 2009 03:50:51 AM
This is my second try paper embroidering - I made Christmas cards with simple retro-y motifs.

I wrote up a small photo-tutorial on my blog if you'd like to see, and feel free to use the patterns: (click image to enlarge)

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Festive sweater! With fair isle chart! on: December 11, 2009 08:42:07 AM
Thanks everyone! I wore it yesterday, it's super warm and comfy Cheesy
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Festive sweater! With fair isle chart! on: December 07, 2009 01:30:46 PM
I finished this sweater just in time for my knitting group's Christmas dinner!

It's made from lovely Sirdar Balmoral wool/alpaca/silk mix, constructed in the time-honoured Zimmermann top-down raglan percentage system, with the addition of a scoop neck. The body shape is snug at the top and flared out at the bottom, and long like a tunic. The bottom hem has a purl-turned row and the neckline is simply edged in reverse stocking stitch which curls neatly in on itself. The super-long arms have a smaller snowflake motif taken from the main chest pattern and are edged in 1x1 rib.

Here's the chart for the chest if you'd like to give it a go - it's worked over a multiple of 48 stitches (I did it over 146).

Few more photos & info on my Ravelry and knitblog. Hope you like it!

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Help with the badge-a-minit bench press?! on: October 11, 2009 03:54:59 AM
Has anyone used this badge maker? http://www.badgeaminit.com/114benpressy.html

Just dug out my old one & I've forgotten how to use it, and can't find instructions anywhere online. I can get as far as putting the pin back on but can't remember how to press it. Please help!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: My Little Pony - With a Horn on Her Head on: August 18, 2009 02:45:57 AM
You can post pics now, you've made ten posts! Maybe edit your post?
It's lovely - great smooth solid lines
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Paper embroidery in a moleskine on: August 16, 2009 12:52:01 AM
Thanks again all!

does that make me a nerd if I was immediately like "OMG that's a Lubalin quote!"?  Ahhh... typography.
Not actually a quote by Lubalin, just the type style is influenced by him!

I think the work is stunning.  I think I'm the only one who can't make out all the words!
"The life so short the craft so long to lexne" ? er....what?  I'm missing out I think...
The last word is 'lerne' (old english 'learn'), i messed up that R a little :/ you can read more about the quotation's meaning on my blog.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Paper embroidery in a moleskine on: August 14, 2009 11:44:50 AM
that is gorgeous!  Your stitching is lovely and so perfect.  I believe your quote is a translation of a quote from Hippocrates- "Ars Longa, Vita Brevis", which is my favourite motto.  Here is an explanation.  http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/ars-longa-vita-brevis.html
Ooh, thanks for the link & extra info, that's really interesting - the site I got it from attributed it to Chaucer.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Dutch-Russian pillow cases on: August 14, 2009 11:40:13 AM
These pillow cases were my first-ever embroidery project, using Sublime's gorgeous Dutch-Russian patterns.

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Paper embroidery in a moleskine on: August 14, 2009 11:17:35 AM
Thanks everyone! It's only my third-ever embroidery project after a couple of pillowcases so i'm glad it looks good to the 'pros'  Grin
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Paper embroidery in a moleskine on: August 14, 2009 08:23:37 AM
I made this piece for something called the Travelling Moleskine project - I got sent a blank Moleskine with a theme (mine was 'Crafty'!) which you fill in a page of and then send on to someone else.

My idea was based on a quotation I found online and typography by my hero, Herb Lubalin.

I designed it on the computer, printed then pressed through with a pencil to transfer the outline into the book. I punched the holes with a needle first then backstitched the design.

hope you like it! More info & pics on my blog and Flickr
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