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401  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.

402  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)

403  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.

404  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / 2009 PDX Crafty Vixens on: January 04, 2009 03:31:03 PM
Hey Everybody!
Here's the new thread for meet ups.

405  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Elephant baby pillow on: December 15, 2008 09:34:19 PM
A close friend of mine just had a baby and loves elephants so I thought I would make her this pillow. Sorry for the wrinkles. I just finished it. I got the pattern from hoop love.
406  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / December Featured Project on: December 10, 2008 08:14:32 PM
We close this year with an amazing piece by muddlepud. Everything about this piece and this person is inspiring.

1. Tell me a little about the project

It was made as a Christmas gift for my father-in-law, who works in the architecture world. I was trying to think of something I could make that he'd really appreciate, and I kept coming up empty. I suddenly had a breakthrough one day and realized I could stitch a blueprint for him. He likes Frank Lloyd Wright, and his wife has added some FLW pieces into their home decorating, so I knew this would be a perfect addition.

It's the first time I've done this type of stitching, and I was both a little nervous about doing something so new and perhaps a bit overly optimistic about how easy/quick it might be. I figured it was only lines, after all! It was, actually, quite easy to do, but it took a lot of time, and I was constantly fighting with my perfectionist side over how straight the lines ought to be and how clear the detail should be. I got really lost in all the tiny flaws for a while, which slowed me down. My husband reminded me that it was an embroidered interpretation and not an actual blueprint, and that got me back on track. When it was all finished, I was really able to stand back, take it in, and be really proud of it.

2. Tell me a little about yourself

I'm in my almost-30s, live in the eastern U.S., and am a stay-at-home mom, which means much more work than I ever imagined! In the past I have worked in book publishing as an editor and as a receptionist for a dental office (where I learned way more about teeth than I ever thought I would!).

I have been crafty/creative since I was very young, most likely in large part thanks to my crafty mother. I remember doing all sorts of projects with her, and she taught me to use a sewing machine when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old. My dad learned to crochet when he worked at a bank and took his lunch breaks with some "older" ladies, who insisted he learn how. He passed the craft on to me when I was pretty young, and that was the first craft I really took to. (He passed away several years ago. I have a photo of him and me crocheting together, and it is on display in my craft area in his memory.) I eventually took up knitting as well and would consider myself an expert in both. Those crafts taught me to be confident about trying new things, plunging in headfirst, and being unafraid to rip out and start over if need be. I have discovered this is a true skill that a lot of people haven't learned--and a good one to have.

I have had various phases of leaving and returning to the crafty life, but after the birth of my first baby I got much more serious about it. I needed some sort of outlet, a way to rediscover myself as more than a nanny or a housekeeper. Craftster inspired me to try new things, and I resolved to encourage and fill my creative needs and to be more "regular" about it--not just thinking about it but actually following through and doing it. Turns out it was just what I needed, and now I can't imagine not having my couple hours a night to do something crafty. I look forward to being able to pass on the joy of craft to my children just like my parents did for me.

3. What/who inspires you?

I am truly inspired by the many talented people here at Craftster. I am constantly finding new ideas or just taking sheer pleasure in viewing other people's works. And their positive comments on my projects feeds my ego just a little and makes it easy for me to want to keep creating.  Wink

My sister-in-law is a very talented artist, and she is the person who first inspired me to rediscover my "artsy" side and has always encouraged and appreciated the things I make. She is such a free, natural artist, and watching her create helps me remember to let go of my left-brained need for perfection and tidiness and just enjoy the process.

And my husband has unflaggingly supported my creative urges, even when they make no sense at all to him. He has patiently footed the bill for my supplies when I've jumped from one craft to another and offered helpful commentary on ideas and finished projects. Even though he is not in the least interested in the crafty world, he genuinely takes an interest in what I'm up to, offers pep talks when needed, and appreciates what I've accomplished. He's my biggest cheerleader. He inspires me to follow my creative paths and reminds me to enjoy the journey and stop focusing so much on the tiny flaws.

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

I did a tiny bit of embroidery and applique on a needlebook (inspired by fellow craftsters) in March '08 and found that I really enjoyed it. My first "real" project was a practice project done at the end of August, so I guess you could say I've been officially stitching for about four months. I used a tea towel and supplies from Jenny Hart's Stitch It Kit and turned it into a doll blanket for my daughter. My goal was to use every stitch in the booklet. I also used Aimee Ray's Doodle Stitching book as a jumping off point, as well as tutorials and inspiration from Craftster and craft blogs and websites. From there I've really taken off, finding I enjoy creating my own designs and adding lots of detail.

5. What would you tell aspiring needlework craftsters?

Don't be intimidated. Most of the stitches, when broken down, are really simple, and a project is only as big as the individual section you're working on at any given time. While my FLW project took a lot of time because of the level of detail, it was not high on the difficulty scale. I just had to keep following the lines, one piece at a time, and when I finished the last section, there it was. So don't be afraid to experiment or take on things that seem challenging. Odds are you'll be surprised at how simple it is once you get going. And if you can just let go and enjoy the process, you'll find it's incredibly relaxing and rewarding.
407  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lots and Lots of Reindeer (image heavy) on: December 01, 2008 08:33:12 PM
I love this pattern and couldn't resist doing some placemats. Here they are all together and then some highlights.

408  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

409  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!
410  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.
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