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101  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: my purple quilt.. a first for me on: August 10, 2010 05:55:21 PM
That's gorgeous!
102  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A quilt inspired by the work of Catherynne M Valente on: August 10, 2010 05:48:35 PM
I call this "In the Kingdom of the Hedgehogs."  Catherynne Valente is an amazing writer.  My two favorite books by her are The Orphan's Tales Vols I and II.  This quilt is inspired by a story from Volume II called "The Tale of the Golden Ball."

The Tale of the Golden Ball

In the Kingdom of the Hedgehogs, there are mountains with mouths. They open and
close; they twist and sneer. Out from our hedgerows each pearl-handled morning,
boar and sow trundle up the black paths, slick as tongues down the side of the
crags. We do not speak to one another -- it is not done. In the old days, it
seemed as though the earth rose up with the sun to swallow the mountains again,
so many little brown bodies made the ascent each day, silent shoulder to silent
shoulder. We did not sing work songs, or tell tales of the brave hedgehogs who
went before us, caged hummingbirds clasped in fear-tightened paws, into the

The dark took them; the dark will take us. No more needs to be said.

(Excerpt from In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M Valente. Please buy her awesome books.)

This is the whole thing, held lovingly by my bemused boyfriend.  I chose red for the backing and border because all fairy tales have a bit of blood in them.

Mr. Hedgehog.  I used a gold cloth napkin, a polymer clay face mold I'd made ages ago, and lots of glass beads.

The bottom portion, more or less.  I wanted to give the impression of looking on as well as inside the earth; the land was rich in minerals and gems so I used a lot of metallics and actual semi-precious stones to embellish. The shisha mirrors were an adventure, but I like the finished effect.

And of course, the mountains in the distance, looming over everything. I added stars with metallic french knots and little star-shaped sequins. There's a shooting star if you look closely.

I won't spam you with any more pics.  Smiley  It was a learning experience; this was my first embellished quilt.  Tricky!  I had a lot of fun making it though.
103  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: My Mermaid Parade '10 Costumes on: July 14, 2010 12:18:43 PM
Holy moly!  I'm in love with these getups!
104  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Short Autumn Scarf, featuring world's single most idiotic action shot EVAR! on: July 13, 2010 05:12:12 PM
The scarf is adorable and the picture is awesome!

Now I'm going to go quilt for two episodes of Pushing Daisies.  Cheesy
105  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk K-9 on: July 12, 2010 06:43:59 PM
106  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Shades of Grey on: July 11, 2010 07:24:56 PM
This is beautiful!
107  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Lady on: July 11, 2010 07:24:06 PM
Adorable!  The hair especially looks fantastic; great job with the curls!
108  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: One Tiny Pushing Daisies Item Swap? on: July 11, 2010 07:20:54 PM
I've never participated in a swap so I might not qualify for this one, but I still think it's a great idea.  I love Pushing Daisies so much!
109  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Poop! on: June 26, 2010 10:55:22 AM
Unfortunately I don't think I would; pulling out the poo bits seems to be pulling out most of the stuff.  It must have come from the rear end.  Wink
110  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Poop! on: June 22, 2010 08:39:00 AM
I picked up two bags of fleece at my thrift store - they're labeled and weighed and everything, and a brief glance (and some feeling) told me that they were decent enough for a first go at processing raw wool.

The Corriedale is great, but the Leicester I got may be a wash.  I'm not sure whether to just throw it out or what.  I've soaked it four times, twice with soap and twice without.  My problem isn't VM so much as the tips being coated in poop.  It's really ground in there, and I was hoping the hot water would dissolve it but no luck.  I tried to pick it out but it's removing whole hanks of fleece, not just tips or small strands.

Should I go ahead and toss out this poopy fleece, or is there another way to remove the poo without trashing it?
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