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11  Life's too short to worry about offending someone (NSFW)! in Needlework: Completed Projects by lisalady161 on: August 20, 2009 05:32:52 PM
I've struggled with this for weeks now and have finally decided, what the hell...If they want to sue me they can.  

I made this for my friend, I'm proud of it, and she loved it.

So here it is....

 
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Yes, it is crooked in this shot but I was running out the door to do the 75 mile drive to her house!  I straightened it when I got there.

Oh yeah, y'all want the details, don't you?  Tongue

- Inkjet printable fabric, crayon tinted, then attached to a fat quarter and stitched.

- Total project time to stitch---about 4 hours

- Stitches used:  French knots (hair) satin, backstitch and stem stitch, blanket stitch around the outside of the image
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12  Quilt square completed...meh in Needlework: Completed Projects by lisalady161 on: August 10, 2009 12:38:40 PM
I debated a long time on whether to post this, because I'm not happy with how it turned out.  So maybe you all can help me make a decision.

This is a square for a stitcher's quilt.  One of my stitch buddies on Flickr requested 4" x 6" squares with your user name and home city on them.  When she has enough, she's making a quilt of them.

I wanted to do a Lighthouse because there's a beautiful old one in my hometown, but couldn't find a picture I liked that would stitch up well. So I used Lighthouse fabric instead, which was great.



BUT THEN I used wax paper to trace my name and city with a really nice font I'd found, and that's where the trouble started.  I'd tear the paper with every stitch, so a lot of it ended up being free-hand stitching because I couldn't really see what I was doing.

Please understand, I can't write legibly to begin with so free-handing my name in thread is, well....you can see the result.



So I'm asking you fine stitchers...should I tear the name out and start over? The perfectionist in me says yes, but I also need to get this to Nicole.

What do you think?
 
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13  Sweetness overload (way too many pics) in Needlework: Completed Projects by lisalady161 on: July 23, 2009 11:08:56 AM
I'm working on a set of couch pillows for my new (thrifted) sofa and love seat.  These are the first two:

(the pic is lousy because he's almost the same shade as the pillow)

Pillow #2
The whole sham

Kitten Butt


Peeping Kitten


Hearts & flowers (still have about 5 more flowers to stitch)


Birdy on blades of grass


Big Lots is not the place to buy linens to stitch on...both pillows have holes in them from where I poked a finger thru while re-tensioning my hoop.  They will be mended before I stuff them.

These insanely sweet vintage designs are from the Pattern Portal Flickr Group (many thanks to Chrys/VintageKitchen/Kitsch)!
Comments welcome!


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14  The Lolly-lovin' robot bib! in Needlework: Completed Projects by lisalady161 on: July 23, 2009 10:57:06 AM
I haven't posted any projects for a bit, but I have been stitching!

Here is a new bib for my great-niece Kira.  It's my first attempt at crayon tinting and I'm please with how it turned out:





This is an Urban Threads design.  Comments and critiques welcome.  Enjoy!
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15  Cecile the blingy gravel serpent in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by lisalady161 on: June 10, 2009 06:20:07 PM
I inherited some glass terrarium pieces from a neighbor this spring, and decided to 'bling up' my old garden ornament.  I have had Cecile for several years, and decided it was time to give her a color change and make over.  I have WIP pictures but I left the flash drive they're on at work so I'll post those later.

Comments and critiques welcome.  Enjoy!










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16  Vintage Veggie Flour sack Towel (img heavy) in Needlework: Completed Projects by lisalady161 on: May 30, 2009 03:35:48 PM
Kitty, if this is supposed to be in Stitch a Long,  I apologize  in advance and please feel free to move it! 


I belong to a Flickr Stitching group called the Pattern Portal.  Here is my completed flour sack towel from our first stitch-a-long.  Some folks love anthropormorphic vegetables and dishes, but I'm not one of them. 

This is two radishes kissing in a carriage drawn by a horse radish.  The driver in my work is a stalk of celery. There was a bit of artistic difference in the group as to whether he was a bean, celery, or okra!

While I found the subject matter a wee bit  creepy, it turned out very well and I was happy to it do with my new stitching buds!

Comments and questions welcome., please enjoy!


The finished towel tri-folded, and a short view of my lovely ironing board cover


A closeup of the entire piece....


The driver and the lovers (stitching tiny eyelashes is a BITCH!), and a word of advice...flour sack towels from Big Lots wash well and dry dishes but suck to stitch on!  See my wonky tomato wheel?  I tried to make him rounder but started tearing holes in the fabric and had to leave it be!


The 'horse' radish...he's a little carrot-colored but again, once I started I didn't dare frog it and start over (Sorry he's blurry)!



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17  The wonder of fill stitches in Needlework: Completed Projects by lisalady161 on: May 12, 2009 01:21:09 PM
Urban Threads Dia De Los Muertos - a hand stitched present for my friend/boss









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18  She shoots, she scores (tons 'o img) in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by lisalady161 on: April 12, 2009 09:42:33 AM
This Goddess is well pleased...I just got a great deal on embroidery supplies and the Stanley Cup playoffs start next week!!

I took a tip from fellow embroiderist in my area and started scoping out classifieds, EBay and especially Craigslist, and I highly recommend it to this group, 'cuz look what I found not 10 miles from my house...







Another local crafter is clearing out her x-stitch supplies as her eyes are going and she's more into oil painting now.  She had tons of Aida cloth, frames, kits and books but I was all about her floss stash and mounting boards. 

This is four boards never opened, a canvas work book and 576 full and partial skeins for $45.  That computes to about 8 cents a skein, and even if half of them are used the cost goes to 15 cents a skein!

Try garage sales, church sales and even thrift stores...if the thread has been kept dry and dust free it lasts for years!

Good hunting to you, and Go Red Wings!
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19  The bag is finally done! in Needlework: Completed Projects by lisalady161 on: April 12, 2009 09:10:31 AM
Well after much dithering, I finally finished my bag! 

Here's the bunny..


and the Ninja...


The bag back:



...and the front:



Comments welcome, and Happy Easter/Passover/Beltane, etc.!
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20  My new craft bag and exposing your (crafty) self in public! (IMG Zaftig!) in Needlework: Completed Projects by lisalady161 on: March 31, 2009 06:43:15 PM
I apologize in advance for the length; please scroll to the pics at the bottom if I'm boring you...

I got in a very bad funk last summer over life and when it knocks you down and takes your lunch money.  I began crafting again as therapy...creating something always makes me feel better about myself.

And as a former professional actress, I've always craved attention from total strangers.  As a middle-class midwesterner of middle years, I've grown very tired of 'keeping up with the latest fashions' which in this area means buying mass-produced garbage made by underpaid people in undeveloped areas.

That has all combined to make me a shameless exhibitionist of my crafting...I do it everywhere!  I'm fairly lucky because where I live crafting has always been in style, so I gets lots of positive comments and wishful "I wish I could do thats"!  So my fellow crafters I say; get out there and flaunt what you be makin'!

That said,  here are the pics of my new craft tote, which is still a WIP (work in progress)

She's a vintage piece done in Black Work on the bag back (the lame caption is my own, but that's what she's sayin' to me when I look at her!)

The left front pocket is my favorite Urban Threads design:



He's going to have black fabric paint adorn his nifty ninja togs!  But my teen-age son says,
"If you see a ninja, he isn't a ninja (it's a joke in his high school)

And this is the right front pocket, a free design from Urban Threads:



As a little girl I actually had a bunny that ate knitting and crocheted pieces!

Finally my cat Ben wanted to help so I let him model:


Let me know what you think, I'm a big girl!
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