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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / portable spell set - for today's busy witch. on: October 18, 2010 04:11:19 PM

spell set box

complete spell set

spell ingredients
voodoo head
captive snail {for all your snail slime needs}
seeds of hate{or doubt}
captive spider with her web

voodoo headache inducer

part of my halloween swap for my friend MeridianAriel Cheesy
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / spool strip tease! on: September 02, 2010 07:31:41 AM
here is my latest cross stitch design

"spool strip tease"

i stitched it up whilst on holiday at a relaxed rate of a spool per night!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / mini wedding sampler on: May 17, 2010 05:55:18 AM

my best friend got married and although it was very low-key and they weren't in it for the gifts i wanted to make something personal for them

i finally mastered the elusive french knot so i had to use it on this piece!

i used a vintage embroidered doily as a base - i choose this one as it had a trio of flowers which represent the bride and groom and their little girl  Smiley - then i freehand embroidered the names and date - the heart is outlined with chain stitch and filled with french knots - you can see in the first photo that the doily had a cotton lace trimmed edge, i was going to leave this showing but it looked a bit TOO kitsch for the happy couples tastes so i tucked it in and used my backing tutoial  [url]http://maximumrabbitdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-frame-your-embroidery-in-hoop.html[url] using black cotton velvet and a couple of red heart buttons to give it a nice tidy finish.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / recycled matryoshka doll pincushion on: April 29, 2010 06:33:00 AM
i'm not sure if this is right place to post this but here goes

i made a very easy 5 minute pincushion yesterday

i used - an orphaned russian doll
a scrap of fabric
some plain pins
some fancy pins
a styrofoam egg

open up your doll -cover the egg with the scrap of fabric
you want to pull the fabric tight - i used stretch velour
pin fabric to bottom of the egg - cut of excess fabric

pop the covered egg into the doll body - i didn't use glue as it was a perfect fit

load with a few pretty pins and you're done!

this was so simple but i love her!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tardis cross-stitch on: March 21, 2010 06:34:29 AM

just finished this today  Smiley

there are some step by step work in progress photo's on my blog and my flickr.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / the tenth doctor - gone but not forgotten! on: March 13, 2010 01:53:44 PM
i'm still on a mad cross-stitchin' frenzy - so did this little piece for my Doctor Who crazy boy

i've worked this on really large aida - 8 hpi - i love to work on this stuff as you get a big image fast and as i'm using my own simple designs if i worked them on 14ct the designs would be tiny.

more WIP pics on my blog.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Alice in Wonderland - cross stitches on: March 11, 2010 06:12:55 AM
i've gone a bit Alice in Wonderland crazy lately and designed some cross-stitch pictures

this piece was for a craft swap

pincushion jar for the same swap

take me to Wonderland
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / framing your embroidery in a hoop - tutorial link on: March 11, 2010 06:05:46 AM
hello stitchers - i have justed posted a tutorial over on my blog about how to frame your embroidery in the hoop. It is a bit photo heavy so i've just put in a few photo's here to show the results.

finished in a hoop with padding

padded/raised effect

back of embroidery

you can find the whole step by step tutorial here http://maximumrabbitdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-frame-your-embroidery-in-hoop.html
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / button stamp roller on: March 05, 2010 04:30:57 PM
i think i'm addicted to making craft-foam button stamps!
today i made a roller stamp - i used an old brayer/lino printing roller i'd had kicking about for years.

only problem is . . . . erm i need a brayer to ink up my stamp  Grin
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / cotton reel "button" stamp - tutorial. on: February 26, 2010 06:12:30 AM

i've been getting through quite a lot of sewing cotton lately and as i hate to throw anything out i had these spools waiting to be recycled.

i sell buttons and vintage haberdashery online and i like to decorate my packages - i had made some button stamps with foam and stuck them onto my ink pad lids but when i inked 'em up the edges of the lids printed too which annoyed me - so i needed a round base for my stamp - aha a use for my empty cotton reels at last!

so here's how i made the stamp
i cut out some circles of self adhesive funky foam with my sizzix machine
i tried doing it by hand but i couldn't cut the foam neatly, then i made the button holes with my leather punch

then cut a disc of cardboard smaller than your "button" {this is because of the hole in the spool - the first stamp didn't have this step and didn't print evenly} stick to back of your "button".

stick your "button" on to your spool

ink it up and stamp away to your hearts content!

i've made a few so i can have different colours without having to clean the stamp in between printing sessions, to clean the stamps i use baby-wipes.

so there you go easy peasy five minute crafting and recycling too!

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