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261  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tinted Vintage Lady Pillow-Image heavy on: February 19, 2009 03:25:15 PM
I love tinting so much and found this wonderful old pattern. I blew it up and drew it directly onto the pillow.

Without the pillow stuffings Cheesy

With the pillow

Close up's

262  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / February Featured Project on: February 11, 2009 08:08:32 PM
This month's feature comes to us from Urka. Enjoy the Law and Order: SVU onsies Chung Chung Cheesy

1. Tell me a little bit about the project.
I have a probably unhealthy fixation on Law & Order: SVU. Like, have written a drinking game (Stabler just beat up a perp! Drink!), the text message sound on my phone is the familiar CHUNG CHUNG. That kind of thing. Anyway, my best friend Sarah, with whom I used to watch the show all the time, just had a baby. For her baby shower I had embroidered a onesie with the face of original Law & Order's Lennie Briscoe, played by Jerry Orbach. One train of thought lead to another and I immediately decided I needed to do an entire set of the SVU cast. I really like picturing Sarah rolling little Sophia through the grocery store some day and someone looking over and noticing that this baby has a pink Ice T face on her shirt.

2. Tell me a little about yourself
My name is Erica and I live in Dayton, Ohio with my fiance and two cats, Chewbacca and The Artful Dodger. I would be a high school English teacher if I had been able to find a job this year (which I didn't, sad). I have been dabbling in all sorts of different realms of the crafting world since I first taught myself to crochet in high school. I play the ukulele and am a member of the Gem City Rollergirls. I don't like lettuce on tacos.

3. What/who inspires you?
I would say a lot of my inspiration comes from pop culture. Currently I'm on a big kick with creating things having to do with animals or space. A lot of my things can be kind of eclectic, because I just tend to go with whatever is amusing me at the time.

4. How long have you been stitching and how did you get started?
I taught myself how to stitch a few years ago in order to make some onesies for a friend who was having the baby, amusingly enough. After making those I sort of let it go to the wayside for a while but picked it back up with fervor this past summer. Honestly I'm pretty half-assed when it comes to this - I only know back stitch. I'm sure I could learn more, but I like the simplicity of the line drawing look to it.

5. If you could be any animal, what would it be?
A narwhal
263  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Happy Pineapples on: February 11, 2009 08:00:07 PM
This pattern is so cute. I couldn't resist doing it for a friend.
264  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Crafty Wonderland today-Sunday on: February 08, 2009 09:43:04 AM
Hey everybody,
Don't forget that Crafty Wonderland is today at the Doug Fir. I'm thinking about heading down there to check it out.

265  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Black Apple Towel on: February 03, 2009 10:38:52 PM
I made this towel for a friend of mine. I love Black Apple and hope she does too.

The whole towel

Left side of towel

Right side of towel

The middle of the towel (the blurb near the girl is a bird-the towel is folded)

I am really happy the way it turned out.
266  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Bargin Hunting 101 this Sunday on: January 30, 2009 05:51:36 PM
Hey everybody!
Come support your favorite local crafters and artist AND get a good deal!

Did I mention, a full bar.. .HELLO!

Hope to see you there.
267  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Green unicorn with a touch of rainbow on: January 26, 2009 07:11:10 PM
Atsuko asked me to make her daughter a green unicorn with a rainbow mane. How could I resist such a cute little girl! So here she is. The green unicorn!
The back of the jacket.

The front pockets. Pink unicorns with a green mane.

I hope she likes it. It was so much fun to do!
268  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dog playing cards boxer shorts on: January 16, 2009 08:42:52 PM
I made these for my husband for Christmas. I got the idea from Bookwormbethie. I decided to model them more after my dog who would never wear a monocle and I'm sure would cheat at any card game. I also did his collar in red and green for Christmas.

269  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / January Featured Project on: January 14, 2009 08:05:35 PM
It's a new year and a new wonderful featured project! This month it's from SnueGliffer. Enjoy!

1. Tell me a little bit about the project.

Previously I'd been using Sublime Stiching transfers to practice stitches,because i'm fairly new to embroidery.  I thought the next step in learning would be to experiment with methods of transfering drawings of my own choice onto fabric.  I decided to use the Tenniel "Alice'sAdventures In Wonderland" illustrations from a colouring book I'd bought a few years ago.  I've always loved the illustrations, & because of this I thought a series of them would be good for a first major project because I wouldn't become bored with stitching Alice & the other characters.

2. Tell me a little about yourself

I'm 39, & I share my flat in Manchester, England with so much stuff I've collected over the years (nun dolls, books, vintage car models, kitsch religious bric-a-brac etc. etc.) which makes housework very difficult. In fact, I rarely do it (good excuse!). I love nature & animals, & dream of one day inheriting a fortune (don't we all?) & buying my own animal sanctuary. I'm very much a night owl.  I have terrible insomnia, but I like the nighttime/early morning best.  The silence helps me concentrate on my needlework better. I dabble in a variety of crafts, but embroidery & knitting are my favourite.

3. What/who inspires you?

I have a long list of projects I'd like to begin in the future because every day I see a picture, painting, illustration in a book that I'd like to stitch.  I'm partial to old illustrations, particularly in childrens books & anatomical drawings in early 20th century medical texts (a future project!). Of course the Craftster forums are a source of huge inspiration, as are craft blogs.

4. How long have you been stitching and how did you get started?

I've been embroidering for around seven months now.  Before that I was a cross stitcher, but I began to feel cross stitch can be a little bit restricting.  I didn't want hard pixelated edges on particular things, such as portraits.  I was actually inspired to take up embroidery after looking at the Sublime Stitching forum at Craftster!  I bought the book, & sent for some transfers & I was immediately addicted.

6.What's your favorite word and least favorite word....

favourite word: Higgledy-piggledy.  (sounds cute & sums up my life & thoughts perfectly  )

least favourite word:  Mathematics.  (summons up the dread of maths classes at school & the near-phobia i have of numbers)

270  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vintage lady holding flowers on: January 08, 2009 04:17:07 PM
Digital Misfit asked me to do a piece for a quilt she is doing for charity. I just love this pattern and decided to add a few beads. I hope she likes it.

Close up of the beads

Sorry for the dark pictures. I suck at taking them.

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