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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Unconventional Pin up embroidery, or maybe just a prostitute from the '40s? on: October 23, 2009 04:15:56 PM
I'm not really into the run-of-the-mill pin ups, I only like them when they're not in overtly sexual poses. I feel like the whole thing is a bit played out because you just see them all over the place (not talking about crafters, i mean in media in general), so I wanted to do one that didn't scream stereotypical pin up. In the end though, I think she looks like she could be a world war II era hooker, hahaha  Grin
I still love the way she turned out though!







Comments and critiques always welcome!
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / pastel Sugar Skull embroidery on: October 23, 2009 04:01:59 PM
I wanted to do some sugar skull embroideries for a craft fair that's coming up, here is the first one. It's nothing too fancy but it was quick and fun to do!
It's my own design overall but of course using the usual flourishes and such that are on sugar skulls.



23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Neville Longbottom embroidery for a Harry Potter swap! on: October 05, 2009 01:10:01 PM
It feels like forever since I last posted on here!
I didn't get a chance to get pics before I sent out to my partner but she sent me a photo of my favorite thing I made - this pouch/DS holder thing with a portrait of Neville and a quote from the book. I was running out of time so I had to paint the letters on instead of stitch them. I love the way Neville turned out though, he is soo under-appreciated!



24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A whale and his krill (embroidery) on: June 09, 2009 04:21:54 PM
I've been working on designs for my Wall Hoops like CRAZY lately. I have about 14 of them that are only half way done because I'll keep getting a new idea, get all excited about and abandon the last one to start on it. It happens several times a week, I think I'm getting some serious embroidery ADD here  Roll Eyes

ANYway, here is one that I did manage to complete. I love whales, they're fun to embroider and I wanted to give him something extra in the background. So I made a frame with a little krill in it. I figure if blue whales had living rooms, they would so put pictures of their favorite food up as decor.
Click the pics for bigger views!





And what the back looks like


I'm going to do more with whales surrounded by little orange/peach colored dots of different sizes. I've always been fascinated by the fact that the largest creature on earth eats the tiniest ones.
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered cupcakes in heart frames! Pic-heavy (cupcakes are fattening =p on: May 22, 2009 05:27:06 PM
I found a bunch of these tacky little hoops in the shapes of hearts on ebay. What else could I possibly have put in them but cupcakes? They can even be worn as necklaces by the true pastryphiles  Cheesy
The cupcakes were freehand stitched with all back-stitch and a few french knots.









26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross stitched Tetris magnets! *Now with Tutorial* - image heavy! on: March 31, 2009 06:02:53 PM
I have a feeling something like these have probably been done here before considering the huge amount of video game inspired cross stitches I see on Craftster. I actually got the idea for these from some mini Mario stitches I saw a long time ago. It's been forever since I've posted in this section so I thought I would stop by and show my own retro video game creations!







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Now by popular demand (and by popular I mean like 3 people and me being bored  Tongue), here is a tutorial on how to make these. They are very easy so hopefully I don't screw up the directions, this is my first online tutorial. I tend to be wordy so I'm sorry in advance if any of this is confusing!

Materials needed: Standard size Yarn (black plus all the colors you want to use for each piece), Large upholstery needle, Magnetic strips or recycled magnets, sharpie, scissors, hot glue gun, and of course the plastic canvas.

Step 1:   So start off drawing out the shapes of the various pieces with a Sharpie, directly onto the canvas. I make each square section measure 4 x 4 little plastic squares. Separate each outline by just one grid row. That way, you'll get the most out of the canvas but still use enough to keep every edge good and sturdy.
Step 2:   Cut the shapes out using petite scissors which will allow you to get a smooth edge. Otherwise, if you leave too much of the perpendicular plastic on the edge, your yarn will snag on it and get messy. But don't cut *into* the edge or else the grid will be weakened. Haha, I hope that makes sense. If you're not familiar with plastic canvas, you will figure out these things soon enough on your own anyhow  Cheesy


Step 3:    Start off with the black yarn for the outlines. Cut about 2.5 feet of the yarn and pull it through any hole on the edge. For a clean, un-bulky back, don't do any knotting at the end of the yarn piece. Just leave about 2 inches of it sticking out. Then as you continue, you can wrap the main yarn around the canvas AND the leftover thread that was on the end. Once you have a good inch of the ending wrapped into the main line, you can trim the excess as shown in the fourth pic below.
So for the outline all you do is keep wrapping the yarn around the edge. I make 2 rotations per square and 3 on the corners so that the plastic doesn't show through.
When done with the edges, move on to fill in the inner lines. Just do a diagonal slash through the crosses (two rotations again so the plastic doesn't show). I don't make X's with mine because I just prefer it that way but you can do it the traditional way if that's your fancy.



Step 4:   Now that the outline is done as shown in the the first pic below, you can do the filler color. Do the diagonal slashes just as with the black lines. I also do two rotations for each line. Continue to fill in the sections, and add in a full "X" in the spots where there is a gap between the black lining and the filler.



Step 5:   The back of your finished piece will look like the first pic below. Now it's time for magnets and glue!
If you have a roll of magnet as shown, just cut a small length of it. You can get these rolls from any craft store for pretty cheap. But if you have leftover magnets from whatever recycled material, those will work great too. Just hot glue the magnet securely to the back and you're done!


See, easy!  Wink Feel free to PM me for any other info. Godspeed.
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Floral print overload! I hope this one isn't tacky... on: March 31, 2009 05:47:09 PM
I love the effects of pleating but I got kind of sick of doing them for a little while. So I decided to just lay some strips of fabric on top of another to get a similar effect...only it's really not a similar effect. At all! Hehe.
I still like the way this turned out though. At first I was afraid it would be too much print but the creamy background calms it.
Let me know what you guys think!





One of the inside pockets with my tag.


The other pocket. I like how swirly it is.
28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Colorful peacock in acrylic paint on: March 28, 2009 12:04:18 PM
I did this painting for a wonderful personal swap recently. Now that she received it, I figured I would post it here to share with the rest of you  Smiley





Thanks for looking!
29  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Mini Hair-combs with pretty feathers and buttons! on: March 20, 2009 04:26:31 PM
This idea isn't truly original since people have been wearing these sorts of things since before Marie Antoinette was around but I wanted to do my own. My best friend and I are always using little hair clips (the snappy metal ones) to pin a flower and a couple feathers up so I decided to just get it over with and bust out the hot glue gun.

I wore this one to work (I'm a cocktail server)


And people liked it so they are paying me to make more, yay! Apparently these things are big in style again right now. One girl told me she saw a handband with a few feathers on it selling at some trendy store for $30.
Here are 2 others that I've made so far:




All three


My only concern is how the stability is. I'm wondering if I need to glue them to some sort of backing like felt in addition to just the top of the comb. Let me know if you have ideas!
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My new and improved olive and purple clutch / long wallet thing! on: March 14, 2009 02:37:49 PM

I made a post a while back about my first serious attempt at a wallet here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=278057.msg3146072#msg3146072
And I remade it this week, with slightly better sewing skills. I didn't use a pattern, but I also stupidly never use rulers. It's uneven in places but overall the sturdiness and craftsmanship is much better than my first attempt.
You can click them to see much larger photos!











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