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51  Hope and Truthiness-What a combination (somewhat pic heavy) in Needlework: Completed Projects by amalgam on: January 13, 2009 09:47:36 AM
So I've just gotten into cross stitching a few months ago and decided I would cross stitch my Christmas gifts for my best friend from college and her fiance. I didn't actually finish these until yesterday, but since I spent New Year's Eve with them, they actually got to watch me in the process of making them.Grin These are the first two cross stitch projects I have ever completed.

This one is for the friend.

She loves this word. I got the pattern from the Subversive Cross Stitch website. I only did three hearts instead of five. I messed up the count on the stitching of the "N" which in turn made the hearts unevenly spaced. But I think that it adds to the silliness. Smiley

This one is for her fiance.

This pattern came free when I bought "Truthiness" and he is big on Obama, so I knew this would be perfect. I didn't stretch the Aida cloth as evenly as I thought I did, so the white around the stitching is a bit off. Oh well.

Both of them really liked their gifts and they sit proudly on a bookshelf and dresser in their bedroom. It was a good learning experience for me and now I have a more realistic idea of how long it takes to cross stitch. I didn't think to clock my time but I'm sure it took me at least 50 hours to get both pieces done. My only regret is that I didn't think to sign my work. I might have write my name on the mat frames the next time I'm there.

And because it rare for them to get playtime, here are the backs of these two pieces.



I clipped the loose threads. I know the back is supposed to be a neat and clean reverse image, but I just couldn't make it happen. I'm going to search the forum and the internet, but if you have any tips, feel free to suggest them here.

Thanks for looking and enduring this long post. Grin
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52  Re: Watch the ball drop...altoids tin swap in The Swap Gallery by amalgam on: January 11, 2009 10:56:58 PM
I'm sure I'm the last person to post pictures, so feel free to beat me with sticks and knitting needles. Anyways, to the pictures!



I love all the bright colors. A couple of the letters came off in transit, but I glued them back on.


This is the inside of the top lid. "Believe"


Look at all the little trinkets!


I especially love the mini playing cards.


I can make a charm bracelet out of these.  Cheesy

Happy New Year Everybody!!!

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53  Re: Fill-a-Box 9 Supply Stash Buster Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by amalgam on: September 24, 2008 06:40:31 PM
Alright! First swap completed! Hurray for me! Cheesy I actually got the package Monday, but was too lazy to upload pictures until yesterday. And then my Internet decided to go away for a while...Anyhoo, on to the pictures!




I have batiks now! Cheesy There are some strips already sewn together. I just have to cut them and they're ready to quilt.


So many buttons and beads...It's going to take me a hot minute to organize these. Cheesy


I have no clue how I'm going to use this yet, but that's half the fun right? Smiley

I really glad with how this swap came out. I can't wait to do another one. Thanks elizabethn for all the cool stuff. Cool
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54  On behalf of the moon, I'll punish you! (Sailor Moon Pillowcases) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by amalgam on: September 04, 2008 04:02:46 PM
So I was surfing around Etsy, when I found a seller that had fat quarters of Sailor Moon fabric. Since Sailor Moon was my gateway into Japanese animation, I ended up buying all four FQs that were for sale. I showed it to a couple of friends who also liked Sailor Moon and they asked me to make something for them. I decided to make flange pillowcases since I've never done them before. I used the Sailor Moon fabric on the fronts and cheap fat quarters from Hancock for the backs.

Action shots of the front and back of the first pillowcase. The pillow is too big but it was the best fit I had:






I didn't know that the fabric I bought had John Deere logos on it until I was ready to use it. Thankfully, my friends have a weird sense of humor. It's East meets West!



And a close up of the showcase fabric for good measure:



I still have two fat quarters left, mailed to me as a long rectangle, but honestly I don't want to make it into anything. I want to hoard for myself as is. As a crafty gal, does that make me crazy? Tongue Either way, I'm happy with how these came out and my friends love them.
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