I made this for the Ancient Cultures Rnd 2 Swap. My partner chose the Maya, and I decided to challenge myself. I took this image out of a mural from the San Bartolo Site. The mural is one of the most beautiful pieces of art from all of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica in my humble opinion.
It was stitched in one or two strand back stitch, mostly in black since most of the original piece was outlined in black. Part of the head dress wasn't so I stitched that in a rust color. This was my first time using watercolors on my embroidery. The camera I used is very good and picked up all of my uneven painting, so this actually looks a little nicer in person. Over all I'm happy with the it. I think using the watercolors really helped by giving it that, well, painted feel. I want to try this again and hopefully clean up some of the rougher spots.
Any advice on how to use watercolors better, or anything else is more than welcome. Thanks for looking.
I finally got around to taking pictures off all of the stuff kyerinn sent me. My chosen culture was the Aztecs, and she did an awesome job. Things that I listed as my favorite aspects of the Aztec were the god Tezcatlipoca, smoking mirrors, and lunar gods. On to the goodies!
First is this set of jewelry made with hematite beads to represent smoking mirrors. There's also a skull on the necklace which is perfect as it's a symbol of Tezcatlipoca as well.
Next is this adorable hoop. It shows the rabbit in the moon, as that's what the Aztecs saw when they looked at the moon. I love the fabric choice, and I love the way she did the back of the hoop, which i don't have a picture of, but she included a ribbon to hang it by.
Finally, there is this cross stitch that I love! It's some of the titles that Tezcatlipoca holds. It's just really neat to look at.
For the latest hoopla swap I was tasked with making a hoop for Songs4Drowning. After struggling to make a science fiction domed city, and putting it on the back burner to finish some other time, I had to choose a new theme.
So I now give you, purple yetis.
I looked around the internet for all kinds of yeti, so if they don't look like your traditional yeti, there's good reason for that. My boyfriend looked at it and asked, "since when do yeti have horns?" Since now.
They were worked with a lot of different stitches. She was outlined in (I think) feather stitch. It was going to be twisted chain stitch, but I messed up the first one, and then liked this better. He is outlined in a knot stitch. They are both filled in with back stitch. The feet and horns are satin stitch, the heart is chain, and the arms are outlined in stem stitch (the fist time I've gotten it to work right). The rest is back stitch.
I hope you like them, as they are some of my favorite work.
I finally had a day where there was no rain, and no running around before work. Here's my hoop from Songs4Drowning.
She's an anime influenced bird girl who can fly over any obstacle. I love it. I'm so bad with faces, and she mad the eyes and mouth look so easy. She even wrapped the hoop in organza ribbon to make it all pretty. Now I have gray hoop to go with my green koi
She made me some wonderful green koi. They are so adorable, and I love the colors. They got a little jostled in the mail, so I tried to get the fabric taunt and centered a bit more. Either way, I really love them. The fabric they're on looks gray, but in the right light has a lot of purple in it. It goes very well with some really beautiful satin stitch. Oh and if you missed it, I love them so very much!
I have always admired other peoples stuffies, but never tried to make one of my own. When I had to figure out a final object for the Song of Ice and Fire Swap, I went back and forth between a pillow and a purse with a picture of a Kraken on it. My partner liked mythical animals, but i just didn't want to applique or stencil. So, I made this stuffie of a Kraken instead.
I only have this one picture because I never thought of posting it.
The legs are made of braided strips of fabric. I sewed them on pointing up so that that when they laid down they folded over the bottom edge. Then I sewed a circle on the bottom to hid all the edges. That would make more sense if there was a picture I'm sure.
I think it turned out well for my first try, but I did end up sitting at the sewing machine for a good 20 minutes trying to figure out how to attach the crest and sew it so it ended up on the outside, not the inside as it did the first go around.
This is something I put together for the Song of Ice and Fire Round 2 Swap. It was something that I really wanted to make and thought that my partner would like. It's based off what is speculated to be the shield of one of the characters in the Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin.
The star is a bead I ordered off of etsy, and the white thread is actually glow in the dark. I wanted to add that extra shooting star feel to the piece. I also tried something new for me. I tried to shade the tree leaves. There's lighter french knots near the star and darker ones in what I thought should be the shaded areas. I really like how it turned out. The trunk of the tree might be my favorite part. There's some light gold in there. The grass was a bit of a trick. It looks kind of sparce in the picture, but I was afraid it would lose it's grassy feel if I filled it in all the way.
Here's a close up of the tree. (It took me a while to figure out how to crop the picture right, but I did it!)
This is the back. It was much easier to read in person. The hoop is painted with a metallic mocha color. Using metallic and glow in the dark in a serious piece seemed so odd to me, but the thread worked great (wish I had gotten a picture of it glowing) and the metallic really makes the hoop look like a rich varnished wood. C&Cs are always welcome. Thanks for looking.
As promised, I have some pictures to share with you.
First off, I never finish a pair of items when I knit, so this is the only pair of handmade wrist warmers that I own. I love the color of them, and the cable work is very nice.
I was very much hoping to get some amigurumi when I saw that FinRaziel listed them as something she was skilled at. I have never gotten the hang of them myself. As soon as I opened the box, I knew exactly who she had.
Dany's silver hair is what really gave it away. I saw it and just knew. I had listed the couple as some of my favorite and after watching the show last week I'm glad I did.
Just look at how awesome Drogo is! He's even got hoop earrings. His mustache is braided, and looks all buff.
Even better, if you look at Drogo from behind, there are bells in his hair. I know there has to be, but it's still so awesome that they're there.
Thanks so much FinRaziel. I really love everything.
This Past Christmas I was a little short on cash. It's nothing new, and it's always nicer to make things for friends, so I figured I'd spend the 2 days before our yearly party crocheting my hands off. Of the two pillows that I made, this one is my favorite. It was made for a friend who loves the Mudkip meme. I spent time trying to space out the letters on a chart so I could make sure I crocheted them in perfectly. Then I remembered that I could just stitch them on, and from that point on it was easy going.
I thought this was a great idea, but lacking something, so I added a surprise.
It took me a while to post this because I wasn't sure how popular Minecraft was back in December. I've seen a few other creepers around Craftster now though, so I thought it was time to share. Hope you like it.
After dealing with some problems with the post office on my end, I received some amazingly adorable and well stitched hoops from GlinkS1063. She included a really sweet card that I forgot to take pictures of, but it was a hippo with googly eyes (so cute!).
GlinkS based her hoops on the saying "A bird my love a fish..." and was able to blend my love of birds and koi fish into one set. I think she did a really awesome job.
I really loved the detail she put into the bird and its feathers.
The koi fish looks just like one in my wist. I also love how the bubbles and the vine form a heart. It was the perfect way to tie the hoops together and really get the theme across without using any words.
Thanks for your hard work Glinks. I really love the hoops.