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41  House of Night needle book book in CHALLENGE 112 ENTRIES by Krafty_Karasu on: March 03, 2016 12:25:58 PM
I have been wanting to make a needle book specifically for my embroidery and tapestry needles.  this challenge was the perfect opportunity since I don't need a very big one.  I've made several needle books in the past for others - Twilight: New Moon, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, The Book of Penguins (check page 19 for a closeup of the spine), Labyrinth, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - so I decided to finally make myself one.  I modeled it after a book series I enjoy, The House of Night, specifically the first book Marked.  I found the moon and made it blue, then used glow-in-the-dark floss to make the diamond/HON and swirls.  I also made the tiny moon on the spine.  whenever the book is small, I need to make a closure for it too.

the book is 3 inches tall (somewhere between 2.5 and 2.75 inches wide), but the angle makes it look bigger for some reason.  it's kinda hard to tell, but the last picture is of it glowing.  you can see a slight green to the floss color.  I have no clue how to photograph glow-in-the-dark stuff.  plus I don't have the greatest camera ever.  lol.

my fingers kill me after I get done with one of these, but they're so worth it.  I love each and every one that I've made and I would love opportunities to make more for others.  but I need money before I can start swapping again.  Sad
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42  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: February 23, 2016 10:54:08 PM
scaramouche - those orbs are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!  I need like...3 dozen at least.  Cheesy

puzzled-penguin - I love your needlework!  you're really making me want to try something like those felt hoops.  I especially love them.

here's my latest creation.  I present, Ziggy Stardust:

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43  Ziggy Stardust...in memory of David Bowie in Needlework: Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: February 23, 2016 10:52:57 PM
I felt like I needed to create something related to David Bowie after he passed away earlier this year.  the thing that came to mind was cross stitch...again.  I was going to make this on a bigger count cloth (11 count) but I don't have any.  I need to get some for later projects.  since I didn't have any 11ct, I decided to go in the completely opposite direction; use the smallest cloth I have (28ct).

I present, Ziggy Stardust...

14 colors
28ct Evenweave
3.5in X 3.5in (the extra cloth around it makes it more like 4.25in X 4.25in.  it will stay till I figure out what frame it's going in)

UPDATE:  I framed him!  and yes, I used glitter paper to mat.  Grin

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44  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: February 16, 2016 12:41:21 AM
it's not that they don't go together, it's more like they don't seem to work together for flesh.  Undecided  that's why it looks weird to me.  but here's what I've got so far:

sorry.  I had to take it with my phone.  Undecided  my camera - which had been hanging on to life with like...10% battery for the last 5 years - finally died so I have to charge the battery, but I wanted to get it uploaded now.  but you can see how the pink just seems to pop a little too much.  or it does in my opinion.

also, anybody know what it is?  Wink
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45  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: January 31, 2016 09:36:32 AM
Prompt:  Zap
Team:  Multimedia
Project Name:  Black Lady earrings
Brief Description: this was just a quick, simple pair of earrings similar to a pair I saw on a Black Lady (Sailor Moon) Pullip doll.  when I saw her, I had to have her (I may never own her though Sad), and then I noticed her earrings.  I had to make a pair of my own, so I found my little black Swarovski briolettes, gathered the rest of my materials, and put them together.  they are SO cute on and I just love them!!!  heck, if I ever manageto cosplay her some day, I have the earrings all set!
Project Picture:
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46  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: January 31, 2016 09:27:57 AM
got another one!

I actually made these last night, but with the time it takes to take, edit, and upload the picture, plus post it here, it was getting too late and I needed to get to bed.  but I'm home from work so I can post them!

when I saw the new Black Lady (Sailor Moon) Pullip doll, I fell in love with her.  then I saw her earrings.  I knew i could replicate them easily, so I set out to find my little black briolettes (I wanted to use the acrylic one I have but that's all I have; one.  it's a bit bigger) and finally found them last night while looking for something else.  and here they are!

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47  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: January 30, 2016 03:19:25 PM
well, I won't be proving you wrong with this next post, bookstorebabe.  Cheesy

here's my next project, an ode to The Brothers Grimm's The Juniper Tree.

total visible area (don't call it a 2.5in x 2.5in frame when you can only see 2in of the picture.  I hate that) 2in x 2in.
28 count Evenweave
11 colors (the gold metallic wasn't too uncooperative this time)
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48  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: January 30, 2016 03:01:06 PM
Prompt:  January Battle Royale - The Brothers Grimm
Team:  Multimedia
Project Name:  The Juniper Tree mini cross stitch
Brief Description:  it was a bit of a challenge trying to decide if I wanted to craft for Hans Christian Andersen (since I adore The Little Mermaid and he's Danish like my mom's dad's side of the family) or The Brothers Grimm (since I adore their stories and they're German like my dad's mom).  but my love of morbid fairy tales won out.  The Juniper Tree was the first story I ever read by them from a book I bought years and years ago from Waldenbooks (I miss you!!!) called Grimm's Grimmest.  for some reason it stuck with me.  and then when this avatar based website I'm on came out with an item bundle called Stepmother's Jealousy that included items named Beneath the Juniper Tree, The Half-Sister, Ominous Black Bird, and The Twisted Juniper, I nearly had a heart attack.  I could dress up my little avatar to look like a character inspired by a Grimm story I love!  the finished cross stitched area is 2in x 2in.
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49  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: January 25, 2016 07:34:06 PM
another cross stitch project down!  only a billion to go!  lol

click the pic to see the full post!
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50  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: January 25, 2016 07:28:55 PM
Prompt:  January: Fairy Tales (Three Billy Goats Gruff)
Team:  Multimedia
Project Name:  The Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater Cross Stitch
Project Link:  The Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater Cross Stitch
Brief Description:  so a friend on Facebook suggested I make a Zelda ugly sweater after I completed my similarly themed Sailor Moon project.  so, I sought out some game sprites and a pattern for some mistletoe and the Triforce (and a few other additions) and set out to create a pattern.  the pattern alone took about 5 hours to create.  and it's only less than 2in x 2 in in size.  lol.  the final piece measures roughly 11in x 13in.  it fits the prompt in one way; I used 9 colors of embroidery floss.  I had to use metallic red floss to get that 9th color in there.  I still hate the stuff.  lol
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