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341  Tinted Pearl Lady in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: May 23, 2011 07:56:57 PM
I did this custom piece for a friend. The little flowers are the dress are cute little fake flowers and the pearls were sewn on the edge.
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342  April Featured Artist and Interview in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by kittykill on: April 12, 2011 09:18:30 AM
I am a huge fan of Dr. Who, I won't try to deny it. When I saw this unbelievable piece of needlework, I squealed in delight. onegroovyday is constantly pushing the boundaries of the stitching world and this is no exception-not to mention she is super duper nice and always willing to offer up advice and tutorials.

This is AMAZING! Seriously guys, words can not express how much I love this.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.......

I am a single mom to two wonderful (most of the time) teenagers and a cute little four legged furry creature, Tinkerbell, a rescue dog that has been with us for a little over three years.  My mind is constantly whirling, pondering what I can create next that I haven't done or seen done. I strive to do what hasn't been done before. I typically don't follow patterns, I used to think I couldn't but now know I can, I just don't like to.  I need to be able to visualize what I am going to make. I walk around with a sketchbook/journal at all times never being quite sure when a new idea will hit me. I got my first sewing machine when I was 7 and haven't stopped crafting yet.  My most productive creating time would have to be in the wee hours of the morning when everything is quiet and new.

Tell us about the project.......

It started when I was partnered with Jemimah in the hoopla 4 diptych round swap... We all know the incredible work that Jemimah does and I was determined to create something that was equally as amazing for her. She had a long list of themes for me to choose from which included both Doctor Who and van Gogh....and I guess this is where the ideas started flowing....after a handful of sketches I started.. I typically don't have a 'final' picture in my head of what I want something to look like, I just go with the flow....I painted the Starry Night with  watercolors and a bit of acrylic, highlighting here and there with colored pencils....I was pretty pleased with the way it came out, but also felt it was missing something, which is when I decided to add the embroidery detail to it.... then came the time to work Doctor Who into the plan.... this is where it got a bit hard for me... I have never watched Doctor Who, so it was time to do a little research... thank goodness for google and youtube.

I think I need to rewind a bit... while waiting for partners ... I experimented with a lot of different ways to use two hoops.... I woke up around 4am one morning knowing exactally what I wanted to do.... a "hoop within a hoop".... got out of bed, went downstairs and played around with the hoops until I figured out.

You are always trying new techniques and pushing embroidery to the next level-what is your next project?

to be real honest... I'm not quite sure....and not to sound real weird.....but one day Ill wake up with a "vision" of that something new and different that I have to try.

What would you tell people just getting started in needlework?

For those of you who know me, know that it was less than a year ago that I did my first embroidery..So my advise to all of you out there that want to try.... Jump in with two feet.....use your imagination....don't say "I cant" say "Ill try my best"

What/who inspire you?

I will honestly say that it is a mixture of people that I know, projects that I have seen, as well as hints and chit chat here on craftster that have been my inspiration.....thr ee people that come to my mind here on craftster are....Phizzychick, who is incredible ....FoxyBlue, who has a style that is all her own, I would know a Foxy work of art without even seeing her name on it.... and Jemimah, who, without even knowing pushed me to the next level with my new found love of embroidery.... a BIG thanks to all of you!!
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343  Naughty Stitching with a Nude Model, B*tches! in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by kittykill on: April 01, 2011 09:08:44 AM

Picture courtesy of Ramblin' Rail Tristan, Local rail riding hobo and male model

Class: Naughty Stitching with a Nude Model, B*tches!

Teacher: kittykill

Location: Behind the pottery shed, in the parking lot.

Class size: The more the merrier! The model loves exposing himself!

Class Description: Come by and enjoy stitching up a nude model! We all love the human form and what better way to express that love than with some naughty nude stitching. As an extra feature, our models will be yelling out obscenities for you to stitch up too. It's like you've died and gone to naughty stitching heaven!

Cost: Everyone must pitch in a few dollars to pay for the beer promised to the model.

Supplies list: Needle, floss, hoop, fabric, an open mind and a foul mouth.

Misc: The teacher nor Craftster will be held responsible once the  model has finished his six pack of PBR. This is an adult only class and should be taken very seriously. No gawkers allowed.

Wanna know more? Check out the full Craftsterland announcement, click here.
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344  Sew Lovely Can-Can Girl in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: March 20, 2011 08:15:32 AM
I love the patterns from Sew Lovely. Their pin up patterns are to die for! This is a can-can girl from the series. I tinted her dress a little.

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345  Redwork Valentine in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: March 20, 2011 08:13:22 AM
My friend Becky found this awesome vintage pattern for me and I knew it had to be done in redwork. I am planning on making a pillow. It's about 18 inches across.

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346  March Featured Project and Interview in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by kittykill on: March 13, 2011 08:42:36 AM
Stumpwork is taking over Craftster and I couldn't be happier! I love when we inspire eachother and put our own spin on it. Supervelma kicks major butt! How can you not love KISS and this amazing piece of stitchery? Don't lie, you know you're singing Rock n' Roll All Night right now. Supervelma gets a horns up from me and all the other members on Craftster!  Cheesy

Tell us a little bit about yourself
I call myself a scientist without the white coat... or degree... or job - I've always been interested in experimenting, whether it's experimenting with food or writing or roller derby or paint or photography or needles and thread, trying to translate what's in my head into whatever medium with which I'm working. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it's a big old mess, I mean learning experience.

Tell us a little bit about the project

I love art with different textures and have always been fascinated by the concept of stumpwork. After seeing Jemimah's amazing stumpwork tentacle, I couldn't get it out of my head, so I decided to finally try my hand at it - I couldn't think of anything that deserved to be in 3-D more than Gene Simmons' impressively ridiculous tongue. I liked that his makeup design is relatively simple and would be recognizable in silk stitching, and that a giant 3-D tongue would be more than a little creepy.

Any plans for more stumpwork or stitching?
Abso-freaking-lutely - I'm a very tactile person and I love the idea of art not being constrained to two dimensions. I'm considering maybe some Moulin Rouge can-can dancers if I can figure out how to do the legs.

What/who inspires you?

my friend, Shannon (GigglyMama) inspired me to get into embroidery, by showing me that needlework could be cool and edgy and artistic. And seeing all the ideas and talent on Craftster always encourages me to go further. And I can't walk out of a craft store without a bag full of stuff and a head full of ideas.

Any advice for a newbie?

Don't think you have to be constrained by specific patterns or fabrics, embroidery floss is cheap, buy a bunch and see what you come up with. Also, needles are sharp, so try to make sure you haven't lost one on the couch cushion you're about to sit on... not that anything like that has ever happened to me.


Favorite KISS song
I should say "Lick it up" to stay in the vein of the project, but I've gotta go with "Strutter" or "Rock N Roll All Night"
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347  Re: The Awesome Swap Gallery of the "Be Awesome" Swap in The Swap Gallery by kittykill on: February 27, 2011 07:56:38 AM
Here is the wonderful bag audio made for me. I just love it and have been carrying it all weekend.

Thank you so much! I just love it!
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348  February Featured Artist and Interview in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by kittykill on: February 10, 2011 01:16:36 PM
When I first saw this project, I was left speechless, which for me, is a difficult task. Jemimah created a BEAUTIFUL piece of artwork. It has been featured all over the internet. Let's find out a little bit more about this wonderful sweet person and this amazing piece of stitchery.

Tell me a little bit about yourself

I live in a beautiful, sunny part of New Zealand, a place full of orchards and wineries. Im a full-time PhD student, married with two stepsons and two spoilt cats. I dont live near my university, so Im home alone a lot, and Craftster is a constant temptation inspiration!

I love doing creative things, particularly art, embroidery and sewing. Ive done embroidery for years, and these days I usually make up my own designs in crewel/freeform embroidery or stumpwork. But I nearly always give them away ...

Tell me about the piece, where did you get the inspiration

The tentacle embroidery was for the Tiny Edition of the Hoopla swap. My partner Deee had some really interesting things in her Etsy favourites, and her own artwork is just amazing. One of her Etsy faves was a large wall sculpture of a tentacle coming through a porthole. I thought it was great, but it wasnt until a few days later that it suddenly occurred to me could you make a 3D tentacle in embroidery? I had to think it through for several days, to figure out the best design and construction, and then had so much fun putting it together!

What is stumpwork?

Stumpwork is a kind of embroidery that features raised and textured work, often using padding and wire, and sometimes beads. It was very popular in England in the 17th century. Its usually very detailed, and a chance for the artist to show off fancy stitches. Often small pieces are embroidered separately (e.g. a leaf, petal, wing, or tentacle  Wink), and then attached to the main work to create a 3D effect.

Stumpwork can be fragile and usually is not washable, so its pretty much limited to purely decorative pieces. Traditional stumpwork depicts plants, animals, bugs, scenes, and people, but you can use the techniques for any subject. Its probably a bit tricky for a beginner, but once youve got some confidence with a needle, its awesome fun!

Who/What inspires you?

I love art lots of different artists and styles and I spend a lot of time both making and looking at art. For me, drawing from life is the best way to see new things and get excited about creating things; any subject works, but I particularly like drawing people.

Theres also something quite wonderful about looking through bits of lovely fabric and piles of embroidery threads in wonderful colours. That always helps me come up with ideas.

What advice would you give to newbies?

My top tips if youre new to embroidery:-
* Good materials. Cheap floss and fabric is great for practice and things that you dont want to last (e.g. greeting cards). But if youre putting lots of time into a project, its worth using good quality supplies (I use DMC a lot). Youll be much happier with the result, and the colours are usually much nicer.
* Good tools. They dont have to be super expensive, but good little embroidery scissors and a hoop are really helpful. Use the right needles for the task, and change your needles every so often. You can often get good embroidery stuff second hand too.
* Dont be afraid to undo something. If youre not happy with something, (carefully!) snip or pull it out and change it. I still regularly undo bits in my work.
* Practice some different stitches. There are great instructions for embroidery stitches online, and at the library trying some different stitches will really build your skills and confidence. I have a good stitch dictionary I use all the time.
* Give it a go and have fun! And show us what youve made  Smiley

My top tips if youre new to stumpwork:-
* Yay! Its lots of fun, and Id love to see more stumpwork on Craftster. Although its usually too difficult for a complete beginner, once youve got some embroidery confidence, and youve mastered a few different stitches (e.g. couching, buttonhole, long and short), you will be ready to Break Into The Third Dimension!
* Do a little study. Take a class or get a book on stumpwork and youll find out everything you need to know. I usually recommend this excellent book good instructions with easy to follow photos.
* Start small. It can be very time consuming, so Id recommend tiny projects initially. You can learn a lot making just a single beetle or bee.
* Good gear. I know I go on about this, but you need good tools (you HAVE to use a hoop for stumpwork), good needles, good supplies, or you wont be happy with the results.
* Make it your own. While its probably best to follow some patterns when learning, once youve got the hang of the basic techniques you can get as creative as you want.
* Post it on Craftster. We want to see!!!
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349  Re: Big Project stitch-along 2011 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by kittykill on: February 07, 2011 08:01:11 PM
A friend of mine sent me this vintage pattern. It's about 18 inches across. I decided to do it in redwork. After I finish the embroidery, I am going to attempt to make lace and turn it into a pillow.

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350  Bunny in a Teacup in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: February 07, 2011 07:54:55 PM
When I first saw this pattern, I just about died from the cuteness. I got the pattern from Bumpkin Bears and Friends

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