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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A Painted gift on: May 03, 2012 07:39:49 PM
Painting is a medium that I've missed.  I had an opportunity to make something for a Friend and Co-worker's birthday and it wasn't long before this idea bloomed in my mind.  She Loves Micky and Minnie... I love to paint.  So here we go.



It is little, only 8 x 10 ish. Acrylic on canvas board and fun and fulfilling.  It was a quick project too, took just about 20 hours (over the weekend) and several movies later I decided it was done.

Now that I've found the paint box we will see what else comes out of this brain.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / It took magic to finish this one. on: March 17, 2012 10:32:37 PM
Hello crafty folks, been a long while but I've finished my big stitching project that I started ages ago.  Okay 2 years ago.  This was a kit that I picked up and have been working on it off and on over that time.  The last time I posted there was very little done and really it just looked like a big fuchsia blob.  Blob no more, I present my finished wizard... riding a... moon... wait how can even a wizard ride a moon in the vacuum of space?  With an owl no less?  Magic!  He must be in a magic bubble.... a huge magic bubble large enough to encircle himself, his strangely hedwiggish looking owl companion and his own sparkly self.  This guy must be gigantic to be cruising around on the moon... in space.  Anyhoo..







It was a pretty fun project, I got to use some new techniques that I'd not tried before, couching, making cord out of floss and making tassels.  Yup, the dude sports some nice tassels.  They are all the rage in the space fairing wizarding crowd you know.  The kit included blending filament and gold metallic floss.  So my man here is sparkly too.

Magic!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / It's a blanket... a HUGE blanket it is! on: April 20, 2011 08:38:31 PM
When you go, go big!  That is generally my motto.  I decided that I needed to make a blanket, in fact the reason I chose to learn to crochet is to make one of those fabulous starghans.  Oh yes someday I will have my own.  Until then I hone my crochet skills.  I learned much making this, it's far from perfect it is wider at one end than the other but my husband, my son and my cat all find it irresistible.  I use single crochet for 11 rows, switched to double chain stitch for 3 (though I think in one spot I had 4 rows) then switched back to single crochet for the remainder of the skein of yarn.  Then I repeated my little pattern for 7 skeins. 



This thing is giant, we estimate (only due to the tape measure missing) it to be 8 feet long and about 5 feet wide.  Grin


Some close up's of the lovely colors




I have a few more pictures on my blog and quite a bit of rambling.   Wink
I love the thoughts and advice of people that are more experienced in the ways of crochet than I... this would be everyone.   Cheesy
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Flower DOW towels for my Mother on: September 19, 2010 08:52:01 AM
Hello one and all, been a bit again since I've logged on to post any new projects.  A while back I had stitched up some chickens for my neighbor and during that project my mom expressed (I should say hinted) at wanting some of her own towels made by me.  So I got to work on them after I dug out the patterns from the depths of my computer, I wish I could post the site that I pulled them from but it has been ages ago and I just can't remember where they came from now.
Well, let's get onto the stitching.















I used stem stitch for almost the entire batch, adding a few french knots where needed.  Needless to say she loved them.  I suppose I should have held onto them for a holiday or something like that but they weren't ready for her birthday so I suppose they would be a very late birthday gift.  Oh, one other thing....
I LOVE variegated floss!
 Cheesy
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chickens and their love on: May 22, 2010 09:22:52 AM
I have been out of blogging land for way too long, everyone has such wonderful projects to look at!   Wink

I stitched these up using patterns from the Hoop Love pool on Flicker.  My neighbors are way cool and She had recently re-done her kitchen, after seeing it and her theme I had to stitch these up for her.  Admittedly I only did 4 of the 6 patterns, We'll see about doing the last 2 later for her but I had to move onto another project for my dear mother.  She was eying these every time I brought them around as I was working on them and I could tell she was wondering "Where are my kitchen towels?"  So I'm stitching her up a set of 7 Day of the week towels with flowers on them... 

Ok, now onto the stitching.  I kept is simple, Stem stitch overall, Lazy Daisy for the flowers and leaves, back stitch for his cane, french knots for the flower centers and just a little satin stitch for the hearts popping out of their heads. 

Mr Rooster looks so snappy with his hat and cane.


I like how his tail feathers turned out, I tried to not over complicate them considering the simplicity of the overall patterns.


I just love how Mrs.Hen looks just a little snooty... her little beak all up in the air and her fluffy bottom looking all.. ruffly. 


I worked in just a teeny bit of satin stitch on the hearts.


And now holding... hands, wings, feathers? 

Her fluffy bum cracks me up.

I have not yet given them to my neighbor, we are going to BBQ all together and I thought I would give them to her then.  I hope she loves them and I hope you all like them too.
>^_^<
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Playing with color and texture on: July 24, 2009 07:56:14 PM
After I finished a monster project I just wanted to stitch but not on anything heavy.  So here is my interpretation of playing with rainbows and floss, texture and stitches, it was really fun to just try things out.

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I used 15 different stitches: Whipped chain stitch, Chain stitch, Lazy daisy, Button hole wheel, Back stitch, Whipped spiderweb, Feather stitch, French knot, Split stitch, Herring bone and Double herring bone, Satin stitch, Bullion knots, Leaf stitch, Roumanian stitch.  I'm pretty sure I got them all.

I wish I could claim the idea as all my own but I have seen other folks make beautiful rainbow doodles before and I was inspired to try myself.  This took me about 3 weeks of off and on stitching (mostly while watching TV and drinking wine)  Wink  and was all freehand with no plan to follow other than I wanted to cycle through the colors and try a few things out.









I'm just going to hang it in the hoop on my wall, I was thinking that it may need a companion piece or two.  Wink

Feel free to C&C - they are welcome!   Smiley
There are a couple other images on my blog too~
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I made these curtains for me! on: July 11, 2009 04:42:02 PM
I made these curtains over the course of more than 1 1/2 years.  At first I had done a very fast sew job on them and stared to embroider them.  I came to realize the embroidery was far out weighing the quality of the first sew job I had done. 

I picked all of the seams and stitches out of the curtains themselves and remade them to be more worthy of the time going into the embroidery. 



I posted more about the embroidery done on them over here in this forum:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312653.0

And each design is shown and spoken about here on my blog:
http://mrskittysembroiderybasket.blogspot.com/

I hope you like them because I love them!  Cheesy
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / These curtains of mine... (many pics) on: July 10, 2009 10:38:00 PM
Alright this is it!  the curtains that I've been mentioning are finally finished!  There have been many people that had requested to see them once they were finally finished.  I'm happy to be able to share this obsession (ahem) hobby of mine.

First of all I finished the bottom right hand corner of the right panel.





I'm not in any way able to tell you the hours I spent on these, I have no idea but if my house ever burns down I'm running back in and taking these with me!
(of course I hope this never happens)


Flowers all year round:


And you'll remember such classic hits as:

Mr and Mrs Gnome!

and:

birdies galore!

I have more images of all of the smaller embroidered rephotographed and detailed on my blog~  http://mrskittysembroiderybasket.blogspot.com/

I hope you like them as much as I enjoy sharing them.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Happy blue birds on: June 06, 2009 07:08:55 PM
I zipped this project out faster than I anticipated, this is for the top left hand corner of the curtains that I've been working on.  This little bird and house is to complement the pair of birds on the other panel.



The two sides together


WIP shot


and the other panel's birdies:


The project is almost complete, bwahahaha.  Grin
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Gnome curtain corners- several pictures on: May 26, 2009 11:58:18 AM
It has been quite a journey on these curtains and the journey continues on even now.  My Gnomes are complete and I am happy to share the progress I have made.
Please pardon the pencil marks, I've not washed it yet and am waiting for the final work to be completed.

First is the completed new corner.... Presenting Mrs.Gnome with her Gnome home:


Closer images of her:

I really thought that a gnome with a little pointy hat needed a little pointy door. Cheesy



This is the little Gnome man that I had done a while back, he just waited and waited for his little Gnome wife to come along:


And here they are together at last.


Her design really developed as I stitched it up.  She ended up being so much more detailed than he is.  I had been contemplating if I wanted to go back a revisit his little garden spot too.  I have not yet made up my mind, my hubby thinks it's fine as is.  I learned several things as I went along on this part of the project and I hope that you all enjoy! Cheesy
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