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341  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by kittykill on: September 19, 2009 02:52:53 PM
I finished Rectangel's towel last night. She likes tattoo art and I stalked a little and found out that she loves this style off tattoo art. It just so happens that I had the pattern Cheesy
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342  Re: Jar of Whimsies 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by kittykill on: September 19, 2009 07:51:37 AM

We have 11 days left to send everyone! And then... contest time!  Cheesy  So here are a few instructions regarding the upcoming contest:

1. To participate you need to send by the deadline. I will make exceptions for unexpected issues that crop up- if you send a day or two late with a good reason and good communication, no problem. But I will not hold up the fun for anyone that sends really late or sends without any communication at all.

2. Sometime between now and the day of the contest, you need to send me links to 1 or 2 images of your container. Please do not send more then 2 and please don't send me a bunch and ask me to pick the best. You should choose images you think best show off the awesomeness of your creation. These can be pictures that your partner posted in the thread, or pictures you took and have uploaded to craftster, photobucket, etc. (Important- you cannot send [IMG] links in PMs- you will need to send me the html address to your images. Then I can copy the [IMG] link from craftster, photobucket, etc.) Since this is a contest for the container, your photos do not have to contain any whimsies. (They can if you want them too, but the whimsies won't be judged- just the container.)

3. Once all containers that were sent on time have been received, I will create a separate thread and post the image links within it. If you don't send me any images, your container will NOT be in the contest but you WILL still be eligible to vote. I will take all the entries, mix them all up, and post them to the thread randomly, assigning each entry a number. There will be a period of 5 days when you can peruse the list and cast your vote. You will send a PM to both me (freestyle) and Tero with the number of your chosen entry- I will be keeping track of the tally, but I want someone else to also have the PMs so no one can accuse me of favoritism. (Not that you guys would, but I like to cover my butt.)  Smiley

Hopefully all that makes sense. This is the most fair way possible that I can think to do this. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.

Maybe I missed it but do we have do enter the contest?
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343  September Featured Project and Interview in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by kittykill on: September 16, 2009 03:36:52 PM
I know, I know I'm a little behind, but check out the featured project and it will more than make up for it! I instantly fell in love with this project. It is so amazing! Thank you SPultz!

Tell me a little bit about the piece
The image comes from a book called The Enchanted Castle which was written in 1936 by the silent film star Colleen Moore and illustrated by Marie A. Lawson.  I learned after I finished the piece that the book is based on a dollhouse that Moore created and then used to raise money for children's charities.
I originally envisioned something very different for this piece.  I was looking for a very simple image to embroider on a case for my laptop when I came across the image on Flickr.  As soon as I saw it, I fell in love and immediately bought a copy of the book online.  Of course, then I had to go to the fabric store to buy a different fabric and floss.  When I saw the white fabric with the shell design, I knew it was going to be a completely different project.  Overall I spent most of my free time for 5 days on the embroidery, and I used every stitch I know (a great bit whopping 6).  Then I incorporated it into a small messenger bag that I'm giving to my mother, and I embroidered some zombies on my green corduroy laptop case.

Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Im a single mom, and I live in San Diego, where I like to say Im marginally employed as a substitute teacher.  My true addiction is to reading, and I own about 3,000 books, of which many are about crafting and sewing.  Although I dont really have much artistic talent, Ive always been creative and crafty.  I started sewing about 10 years ago, but only sporadically.  Thanks to the economy and the state education budget, Ive had lots of free time this last year, and Ive been trying to put it to good use.  Ive been teaching myself to knit and embroider, experimenting with making my own patterns, and sewing up a storm.  Im also trying out my own Etsy store, Come Out and Play (ComeOutAndPlay.Etsy .com), which is fun because now I have an excuse to make pretty things even if I dont need them.

What/who inspires you?

I love childrens books, especially pre-World War II books, and Im always inspired by looking at their illustrations and by looking at works by great artists.  I am also inspired by all the crafty and talented women in my life.  My grandmother and great-grandmother were amazing seamstresses.  My mother, my sister, my aunts, my cousins, and my bff all sew and do various other crafty things.  I love to see their work and trade ideas.  All the amazing hand-embroidered handkerchiefs that my grandmother and great-grandmother made inspired me to learn embroidery.  Now, the next thing I want to learn is to tatt using my great-grandmothers tatting shuttles.

What would you tell someone who is just getting started?
The best way to learn is by jumping in trying things out.  Dont be afraid to experiment and find the techniques that work for you.  If you find a technique too difficult or tedious, find a way to work around it.  For example, I love to sew but I hate cutting and pinning patterns, so whenever I can, I trace my patterns right onto the fabric with a washable marker.   I also dont worry about what the back of my embroidery looks like because it almost always gets covered up by a lining or another piece of fabric.
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344  Re: Tea Towel Tour 5 [CLOSED- SEND Sep-2] in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by kittykill on: September 07, 2009 07:02:09 PM
Okay, so I HAD to post this picture! This van just pulled up outside of my house. I am NOT kidding you!

It says "Tea Tour 2009". I was going to get a little closer but the people that got out of the van were a little surly. Cheesy
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345  Re: Jar of Whimsies 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by kittykill on: September 07, 2009 09:26:09 AM
My partner's computer crashed so I'm posting what I sent her.

I sent her a big jar of whimsies (I forgot to take a picture of the actual jar-Bah!) but also made her a little "box" that she could keep her trinkets in.

She wanted something stempunk so I made this wood robot

She also loves magnets and had these on her wists.

Last, she said she wanted some embroidery. This style was on her wists too.

I wish I would have taken a picture of the actual jar. It had watches in it, little toys, costume jewelry and Japanese playing cards.
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346  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by kittykill on: September 06, 2009 03:39:20 PM
I just finished aada's towel. I started working on it last night. She wanted a nautical theme and I couldn't resist this little cutie.
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347  Who likes bees and cussing? in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: August 24, 2009 09:31:20 PM
I do! I made this for phizzychick. She likes bees and cussing too Cheesy. I know I should take a better picture but I got excited and wanted to post it.
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348  Tara McPherson blowing bubbles in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: August 24, 2009 09:28:31 PM
My friend loves Tara McPherson. I decided to stitch this up for her for her birthday. Sorry about the flash. I'll try to take a better picture.
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349  Little Birds in Needlework: Completed Projects by kittykill on: August 24, 2009 09:26:49 PM
I did these cute little birds for the swap. They are so cute, I think I want to keep them for myself.
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350  Baby bib in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by kittykill on: August 18, 2009 10:10:00 PM
I stitched up this baby bib super quick tonight at work. I really thought they needed mustaches. Maybe I'll add them for real.  Cheesy
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