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51  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: First Plushie: Fish-to-Sushi for Giftmas on: November 25, 2009 04:25:33 AM
This is cool! I've just bookmarked the link!
52  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Naughty scottish cross stitch on: November 20, 2009 02:37:16 AM
I haven't tried cross stitch since I was about 16. I was always unimpressed by the patterns available, too cutesy or too middle aged, but after discovering exactly how creative, edgy and interesting modern embroidery can be (thanks to Crafster, MrXstitch, Subversive crossstitch, etc) I was inspired to try again.
So here is my mini tribute to my favourite Scottish expletive.
 
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It's only wee, about 1"x1.5" made to fit this tiny charity shop frame.
I've already completed a couple of larger things this week and I'm getting quite obsessed!
53  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: quilted cogs on: November 11, 2009 09:49:52 AM
You wanted a before pic, well here it is!!!
Don't we look thrilled... We all hated them. I'm only smiling(that's me top right) because I started early on the gin!

The best thing I can say about the dress is that it has provided a lot of fabric for projects (I took the scissors to it the day after the wedding).
I'm getting married next year and I had considered getting her back with something truly dreadful in peach with ruffles and bows, or maybe floral with leg of mutton sleeves (she'd hate me for ever she's a punk!).
54  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: quilted cogs on: November 11, 2009 06:06:14 AM
i like it alot. it reminds me of the days i had so much free time (or was those high school classes??) to sit and doodle with ballpoint pen Smiley the blue thread color and the way your squiggles get denser near the cog outline really remind me of drawing in ballpoint pen! great work Smiley
That is just what I thought when I was part way through the dark blue. Reminded me of all that doodling I did in class when I should have been listening!
55  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / quilted cogs on: November 11, 2009 03:15:15 AM
In my continuing struggle to up-cycle the hideous tent of a bridesmaid dress I was forced to wear at my sisters wedding, I have just finished this little mini art quilt. It's 12 "x10" and free motion quilted.
It's a birthday present for my partners sister. She used to have some large metal cogs hanging on her living room wall like sculpture and I always loved them.
I also like the idea of trying to picture something so hard and industrial in such a soft medium.


Here's the cogs before I started squiggling like a mad woman

I started off with a light blue squiggle all over.

Then went over with a navy blue to try and make the cogs really stand out.
56  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: NSFW - Tea Towel With Attitude on: November 09, 2009 09:26:36 AM
 Grin fantastic Grin
57  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / My Man. on: November 06, 2009 06:58:39 AM
This was the first machine embroidered picture I attempted. It's not completely free hand as I traced out a very simplistic outline on freezer paper then stitched through it and tore it away before going on to the detail and texture. I was really happy with it until I started to fill in the heavy black round his glasses frames and the fabric began to pucker up in the middle   Sad
I'm thinking of adding some colour to the arm of his glasses as they are a striking lime green in real life and are so distinctive that they were one of my main inspirations to stitch this.
58  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Hamish plays with trains on: November 05, 2009 04:08:13 PM
I've been working on a few free motion, machine stitched pictures lately and I think this is the one that came out the best.
My wee laddie totally adores his wooden train set, so I have tried to capture him in a moment of concentration.
I had real problems doing the hair. He hasn't got all that much and what there is of it is palest silvery blond and nigh on impossible to draw properly with black thread!

59  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Dyed pine needle basket on: November 04, 2009 01:01:58 PM
Foot long pine needles! Shocked I never heard of such a thing before.
That'll be why we don't make these here in Scotland. Our native trees don't produce anything like that.
60  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Dyed pine needle basket on: November 03, 2009 01:28:44 AM
what a lovely little thing. I've never heard of pine needle baskets before however do you make them?
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