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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pink Winged Heart Ornament - A Token of Love on: May 08, 2009 07:11:32 AM
I regularly give out hearts like these to people around me as gifts and tokens of appreciation. I have only made two with wings but I love them the most. The wings are finished first and the stitching makes them curl up a bit. I have chosen an off-white stitch to give them a bit more interest. The next wing set one I will embroider with feathers.

This is the third heart I have sent to someone I care about very much. When I sent it I was also quite frustrated with him for a few reasons and I couldn't figure out what to write on the card. The sentiment on the heart is true, anything else 'positive' would have seemed fake at that moment. Two days later I sort of broke up with him... Let's just say 'we are on a break'! We'll see the reception it gets next week.

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Inspired by Mexico: Dia Del Muerto Skull & Religious Milagros Heart Ornaments on: May 08, 2009 06:59:01 AM
These two pieces are improvised embroidery on felt forms. I will usually cut out a bunch of hearts, birds or other forms and take them with me in a carrier I made for my embroidered pieces. This keeps my projects safe and tidy while I go about my day and have to wait in certain places. They are not finished, they need to be stuffed but the result is similar. I cannot find my batting so so much for being organized!

I made this while catching up on this season's BONES Smiley

13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Badges with Hearts on: May 07, 2009 01:48:45 PM

I have made a few embroidered badges. They are 1.5 to 2 inches across. The designs are improvised and were done while 'on the go' (I love small portable projects.)

The base for these is 14 count Aida cloth. I want to make scout merit badges for completely silly things but I am disappointed by my borders. They look better in person but are still crooked. In my next attempt I am putting fusible interfacing on the top of the Aida cloth to make it smoother and help when folding the border. The biggest problem is the rounded corners where I get a bunch of Aida cloth bits poking through my edging.

Right now I am working on a design based on Mexican Loteria. I chose 'La Bota' because I had an old cowboy boot windows icon to work from.

Mexican Loteria La Bota (Boot) Pattern

I have a tutorial on my blog on how to make a pattern from a 32x32 Windows icon. http://tinyurl.com/ddsr68 there are plenty of small 32x32 icons that can be found on the web and used as inspiration for cross-stitching. Some of the cutest ones, including licensed characters can be found at Icon Factory http://iconfactory.com/freeware/icon?page=69 (Queued to the oldest icons from 12 years ago . Work you way back! I had a lot of fun working on Cartman.

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