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301  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Happy Ho Ho Holidays! on: December 01, 2008 07:43:46 PM
I thought this pattern was so cute! The front has the embroidery pattern but if I get tired of it, I can always use the back. Cheesy

302  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Alberta Street Holiday Season on: November 21, 2008 01:30:14 PM
Tomorrow evening begins a fantabulous kick-off to the holiday season.

20 Alberta Street shops, restaurants, and galleries are joining forces to offer you a night of fun and frolics from 5-9pm.

The street will light-up at 5pm and participating businesses will be offering  all kinds of specials, treats and sales!!!


Collage will be offering 20% off your entire purchase from 5-9pm!!!


Come knock out your holiday list---or pick up those things youve been eyeing for yourself!

Check our blog for more info---



Come on in and get your craft on!
303  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Challenge Poll Question on: November 18, 2008 08:07:22 PM
Hi all~
I am going to take a break from challenges the next few months cause I know the holiday season is upon us and lots of us are making presents and other goodies. So, at the beginning of the year, we will start the challenges up again. In the meantime, I would love to have you guys vote on what you would like to see as challenges. Each of you get 3 votes. Thanks!

If you have other ideas, I can add those to the poll. Just let me know.
304  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Anatomical Heart on: November 18, 2008 07:41:54 PM
I just finished this heart with the frame. I really like it.
305  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / November Feature Project and Interview on: November 17, 2008 09:25:12 PM
This month's Featured Project comes to us from sophieangele. It is pretty amazing! Enjoy!

1. Tell me a little about the project

My friend Joe is the most awesome person in the world, and I wanted to make him an equally awesome present. So, armed only with a hoop, canvas, needle, floss, and a rather over-optimistic estimation of how easy the whole thing would be, I decided, as my first ever project, to embroider him the album cover of a band he liked the Decemberists. A bit of googling later, I decided that the Billy Liar EP cover was the easiest one to go with, a decision that haunts me to till this day. In all, it took about 2 -3 months, and it was mostly embroidered with a beading needle, using 1-ply floss. Basically, this project hymn to love, naivety, and overweening hubris.

2. Tell me a little about yourself

Im a graduate student doing a Jewish Studies Masters, and I spend most of my life buried in books. Crafting is now my treat to myself if I have been particularly productive, I wish I could do it more often.

3. What/who inspires you?

All sorts of things, really. Craftster is definitely an endless source of ideas and encouragement. The things I study, too, often find their way into my crafts when I still studied medieval history, there were an awful lot of medieval fancy dress costumes.

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

Im fairly new to embroidery since completing this one, Ive only embroidered some panels for a challah cloth, and a couple of canvas bags. My current project is one of the Science in Stitching patterns from theflossbox. Im really bad for being disloyal to my crafts. I see something I like, decide Im going to make it, and then figure out how thats how this project got started. I always see lovely embroidered things on craftster, and so I decided I needed to learn to make this for Joe.

5. What would you tell aspiring needlework craftsters?

Learn from my mistakes: buy an embroidery book and a pattern first! Do not kill your eyes and mental wellbeing by trying to launch in there blind. I think Im still in recovery from the trauma!
306  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Vote for Your Favorite "Fall" piece! Oct 14th-Oct 19th on: October 14, 2008 07:31:32 PM
It's time to cast your vote! Remember, you only get one choice, so use it wisely Wink Cheesy.

The voting will end on October 19th

A special thanks to everyone who participated in the Challenge. Every piece was so awesome, it's so hard to choose!
307  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / October Featured Project and Interview on: October 08, 2008 08:00:12 PM
This month's featured project is Millouse by Lilyvanilli. This piece holds such a special place in my heart and in yours too Cheesy. I love The Simpsons and Millouse is one of my favorites. Thank you so much Lilyvanilli for giving us such an awesome piece.

1. Tell me a little about the project

My boyfriend is just about the biggest Simpsons ever and he especially loves Millhouse. He'd been asking me to make him a Millhouse shirt for a long time and he also wanted a zip-up hoodie, so I decided to make him a Millhouse hoodie for his birthday. I found 2 pictures of Millhouse and combined them to make the final design. The fabric is too dark for my Sulky pen to show up, and I don't like carbon paper, so I drew the design on tear away stabilizer, placed that on top of the fabric, stitched the black outline in back stitch, then tore the paper away. Everything else is done in long and short stitch, all with 6 strands of floss. I started it in May and worked on and off until August. Since it was such a huge project it was a little daunting so I procrastinated a bit more than usual.

2. Tell me a little about yourself
I'm 27 years old and I live in Santa Cruz, CA with my boyfriend of 8 years. I manage a video store and watch way too many movies and TV shows. I've been vegetarian for a little over a year now and I really love it, but I do miss cheeseburgers occasionally (and yes, sometimes I have dreams about eating them  Cheesy)! I also knit, crochet (a little), decoupage, and I'm just generally crafty. I have a blog, flickr, and Myspace page if you'd like to know more!

3. What/who inspires you?
A lot of other people on Craftster actually. I like to look at what techniques other Craftsters are using, the colors they choose, the type of designs they're using. I love tattoo art, Lisa Petrucci, Keith Haring, Mark Ryden, almost anything you'd find in Juxtapoz.

4. How long have you been stitching and how did you get started?
I taught myself how to embroider about 3 years ago, but I've only been serious about it for the past 2. I went to the Sublime Stitching How-To and learned a few stitches, made a pillow case, and didn't pick it up again until a year later when I learned a few more stitches and made a couple more pillowcases. I was pretty hooked by then and I haven't stopped since!

5. What would you tell inspiring needlework craftsters?
Just to go for it. Start with a few basic stitches and practice until you've mastered them, then branch out from there. Don't be afraid to try new things and challenge yourself. Try to pick designs that are unique, or that you don't see around a lot. Also, don't be afraid to work stitches differently than the instructions say to. For instance, I found that working my long and short stitch in vertical rows as opposed to horizontal like the directions I found said to makes it easier for me and it looks better than when I tried horizontal. Just mix it up and have fun with it!  Smiley
308  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / How to post your entry for the One Pattern, Many Stitches Challenge on: October 08, 2008 09:45:39 AM
This folder is for entries in the Needlework Challenge- One Pattern, Many Stitches. The entry period is from Feb 25th-March 25th 2009. After that a poll for voting will be set up.

* One entry per person.

* Start a new thread for your entry and give the subject of the thread a unique title so voters can remember what it was at a glance when they vote. Do NOT POST YOUR PROJECT ON THIS THREAD.

* Post pictures of "making of" the project, if you've got them.

* If your project was inspired by something else you've seen someone do, please give credit.

Can't wait to see what you all came up with!!!
309  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Little girl pillowcases-image heavy on: October 07, 2008 07:31:48 PM
I thought these little girls were so cute. I couldn't resist making pillowcases.

310  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Ghastly One on: October 07, 2008 07:25:46 PM
If you have ever seen the movie or listen to the band then this needs no explanation but if you haven't here's the info on. The movie is more than a "B" movie, it's probably a "z" movie Smiley. And the band, well, they just rock.

Anyhoo....here is my tribute to both.
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