Here is my design from GatsbyGirl's towel. Her theme is based around lyrics from X's Fourth of July. I had never heard of the song or the band before, but I really like it. I went with the lyrics that stuck out to me the first time I read it.
In case you can't read it, the lyrics are "She gives me her cheek when I want her lips, but I don't have the strength to go."
When I first got the towel, I was at an absolute loss for what to do. Then I remembered my second grade class. For spelling practice, our teacher would have us write out our spelling words five times each, and I would write them in lines and make pictures out of them. The idea for this design kinda came out of that.
The words are backstitch, the hair is stem stitch, and I am rather proud of the lips, which are satin stitch.
Here is a picture of my embroidery on my towel. The image quality is kinda sorry, and the piece needed ironed when I took the picture. I am quite proud of how it turned out, though. (And the sheer amount of metallic floss I used.)
Awww... justaddcats, I'm blushing! Thank you so much!
And here is my addition to the gallery. Justaddcats sent me a fabulous swap package herself!
Here is all the loot:
The large embroidered picture is based on the work of Disney artist Mary Blair, who basically designed it's a small world, among other things. I wasn't able to get the details well, since I had to take the picture after dark. I'll see if I can get a better one soon. Lets just say that the stitch choices are amazing and her embroidery is great!
She started out with an idea to make an embroidered clock like the one in my wists, but just could not cut the hole required to make it. We agreed she would send it unfinished with the kit to complete it. I'm currently trying to decide whether I have the nerve to cut a hole in such a beautiful piece!
She also made me a (urgently needed) needlebook and thimble set! I love the birds and flowers on them! I also love the seed beads ornamenting the ends of the yarn. Really, the small details in this swap package are amazing!
I have received from both paintindiva and DeannaLynn06. I apologize for the delay in getting pictures up, but there has been much digital camera drama in our household this weekend. I finally borrowed my mil's camera.
I especially love the blue swirly fabric!
And yes, some of those fabrics are waaay larger than fq, in case you wondered. I love all the spotty fabrics!
Thanks so much, ladies. I really loved your fabric choices, and hope you enjoy mine just as much! Mine should be in the mail hopefully tomorrow!
As promised, here are pictures of my lovely bags from I'm Sew Silly. I actually managed to get some use from the smaller one this afternoon. Appropriately enough, it was used to buy crafting stuff from Joanne's.
So here they are, modeled by my lovely park bench!
They are both definitely well made and really cute! I love the choices of fabric and embellishment, especially on the turquoise printed bag. I'm not sure how well I captured it in these photos, but the drawstring on the pink and brown one is even embellished with rick rack! How cute!
Oh, and both the bags have key fobs, since I am forever losing my keys to the bottom of bags!
I'm Sew Silly, thank you so much! I love these bags. I also tend to take terrible photos, so if you have any that show off your creations better than these do, feel free to post them!
As I mentioned before, I received my package from 85%confusion today. I'm pretty crummy with photos, so if you would like to post better ones I certainly won't be offended. I must search the embroidery boards sometime and figure out how everyone gets such nice shots of stitch detailing.
Anyways, here goes!
All her tea towels are this really neat kind of towel that is smooth on the side the stitches are on and more of a terry on the other side. I think I need to hunt down her supplier.
The stitches are just gorgeous (so tiny!) and her stitch choice is great. Her snail towel uses a bunch, especially- stem stitch, french knots, couching, fly stitch, lazy daisies, and split stitch were the ones I identified in a quick glance. Even the back looks lovely.
I just tried the soap out, and it's pretty wonderful, too. I think I'll have to try soap making for myself!
She had co-workers trying tosteal him from her, but he's mine! ALL MINE! MWAHAHAHA!
Really, I should have totally brought you to work with me. You could have helped fight them off.
Okay, and here are my belated pictures. (Note to self: if you keep waiting for decent natural lighting, you will probably wait forever. Especially since thunderstorms always seem to hit when you are leaving work.)
So here is a group shot:
The scarf (totally my favorite thing on my wists)
The Wall-E needlebook (I totally needed a needlebook. My hubby's feet thank you.)
The Adventureland shadowboxes:
And the totally amazing painted Alice box! Complete with the caterpillar, characters from the Tulgey woods and my favorite nonsense poem!
If my hubby weren't already married to me, he might totally marry me just for a partial ownership in that box!
Thank you so much, FicklePegasus! Your swap package is amazing and I am one super lucky girl!