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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Little Stitches (lots of projects/pic heavy) on: September 04, 2012 09:34:46 PM
I've done lots of little embroidery projects for several swaps that I would like to share with you all  Grin

First up is a little gnome and mushrooms. He was done in a 4in hoop as a christmas gift for a hoopla swap partner. this was a direct design I copied off of her wist and she loved it  Grin



this is the other piece I sent the same partner its in a 2x2in frame (one tiny hoop swap)



Rudolph the red nosed...Hedgehog?! he was done in a 4in hoop for a swap partner


Zombie Santa!! also a swap hoop, he is in a 4in hoop, the edges are stitched and the insides are color pencil. the fluff on his suite and hat are batting that I glued on. I love him and my partner loved him too  Cheesy


tiny mustaches! done for a swap partner in a 2x2in frame


this one is the one I love the most because I made it for my husband. The wolf is his favorite animal and he was deploying to afghanistan for a year so I wanted him to take something with him that would remind him of me while he was gone. I made this for him and he folded it up and kept it in his chest pocket all the time <3 Its about 2.5in by 3.5in


let me know what you think of my projects  Cheesy  C&C always welcome!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sloth, Rat and Ferrets! (pic heavy) on: August 20, 2012 09:17:27 PM
ok so I have a crazy amount of embroidery to share! I've been stitching and stitching and not sharing, shame on me  Undecided Hopefully you will enjoy looking at my pretties  Cheesy

I stitched up the sloth for one of the hoopla swaps my partner was sloth003...I was late sending it because I went in to labor with my daughter and had to finish it in the hospital! lol its almost completely split stitched, back stitched and satin stitched.
The different shades of grey in the body were done by taking a few different colors and making them one strand. I really wanted him to be special.

close up


hooped up at her new home


This green ferret was done for a good friend of mine, its all split stitched and the words are back stitched. Green is her favorite color so I did him all in green Cheesy

close up


all finished with text and ribbon wrapped around the wooden hoop (the text is the her tag line on her email)



these next ferrets were stitched up for christmas presents for my ferret friends, turned them in to ornaments. each one is a different color combination.



this one is modeled after my dearest friend Florences ferret Zeus (he was my boyfriend <3 he would come out of hiding every time I came over and give me ferret kisses every time I saw him) this is true to his coat color, he is a "champagne" color


the ratty I stitched up for myself because rats are one of my all time favorite animals. It hung in my rat room above the cages until all my girls passed away. now it has a place of honor on my hoopla wall. <3


thanks for looking! hope you liked them all  Grin
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / 6hrs + bed sheet = a new dress! on: July 29, 2012 12:06:19 AM
Did I mention Im plus sized to begin with AND was pregnant when I made this dress? lol
    suppose I didn't considering that would make my title entirely to long!  Grin

This dress was born out of a lack of things to do and an intense urge to make something for myself, which I rarely have time to do.

I looked at my stash, pulled out an old bed sheet and started working. I wanted the top to wrap because Id been eyeing a shirt in that style so I took a stab at it. It was all really eyeballed honestly. I made a circle skirt and with the left over fabric (it was a king size sheet) I made the top and attached the two. there is a long wrapped belt part that I made from the top part of the sheet and from making my own bias tape (which was CRAZZZZY and wont happen ever again  Tongue lol) but I love that whole thing because it hides all the flaws that I made in attaching a wrap top to a circle skirt.

anyhow here it is! thanks for looking

C&C welcome
(please excuse the background, my friend was redoing her house, so its under construction in these pics)

the front...


the back


Tummy shot <3


seated

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / aprons galore! on: April 22, 2011 05:51:28 PM
so I went on an apron kick a while back and made quite a few (some I cant find pics of  Tongue ) BUT here are the pics of the ones I could find!  Cheesy I used my husbands standard Iron Chef apron as a base pattern for most of these.

skully apron



pull over retro pink



nascar apron (for my old boss at petsmart)



christmas apron (wore this for my hubby christmas day!...with nothing under it! lol  Wink )



hope you like them Cheesy comments and constructive criticism always welcome  Grin
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / French Knots for my Momella (scroll down to second pic) on: September 03, 2010 02:28:36 PM
soo I FINALLY figured out how to make a french knot! whooot!;D

My mom used to embroider when she was a kid and tried to teach me and kept getting it wrong...she was like ok this is it..ok now I got it..ok wait...do you have more thread? lol it was soo funny! My mom is one of my best friends and we laugh so hard we cry on a regular basis.

so when I finally got my french knot right this idea popped in to my head  Grin
I used 11 diffrent colors  Shocked


"Momella" is a nickname I have called my mom since highschool Smiley



"These french knots made me almost as crazy as you did!"

I know she is going to get a huge hoot out of it!

C&C welcome (btw this is in a 4 inch hoop)
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dr Who Weeping Angel on: August 21, 2010 04:42:52 PM
sooo I was just in the Dr Who swap (round 2) and my wonderful partner irishdaydreamer and I share a love of the Weeping Angels....thus "Lisa" (as irish has dubbed her) was created...

whole embroidery:



detail of head:


framed with irishdaydreamer holding it! she is (framed) about 15x15 or so and the embroidery itself is about 9x9:


C&C welcome  Grin

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Senora Kraken on: August 13, 2010 08:01:04 PM
I was recently in the Tentacle Swap and my partner said she loved the Kraken sooo I introdce you to Senora Kraken! she is a little over 7ft of tentacly goodness!

I found this tutorial 
http://blogs.philadelphiaweekly.com/style/2009/02/12/fridiy-8-foot-giant-squid-pillow/

and started to craft away!

all the tentacles stuffed :


all done!! she is a little over 7ft long  Shocked


Im undergoing radiation therapy and I took her in with me to show my nurses. here she is in the waiting room :


and after I had my check in and therapy she got a check up too!!


she is made of all fabric, instead of felt and fleece as the tutorial suggests because I already had the fabric on hand Smiley

C&C welcome! please tell me what you think of her!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / perfect stars?? on: July 09, 2010 10:44:36 AM
ok so I need to cut out a star so I can use it as a pattern. I am having a hellll of a time cutting the perfect star out. are there any tips for cutting out the perfect start? I actually need to cut out a start that is fairly large, Im going to use it as the pattern for a nautical star pillow for a friend.
any tips?? please help if you can!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / sweet sweet sugar skull (pic obese cuz Im super proud! lol ) on: June 29, 2010 05:15:53 AM


Hello All! first I would like to say thanks for looking. second I would like to say that this was my first real embroidery aside from practice stitches. I found a fairly traditional line drawing of a sugar skull online somewhere and asked my hubby is it was appropiate (he is mexican and hates it when his culture is misrepresented) he gave me the green light so I free handed the skull on to some white twill and got to work!) I did it mostly in a 6 in hoop and it covered the whole hoop...I would say its about 6x5 or so...

with out further ado:
pencil and stitch outlines:


I used three shades of grey/black to stitch the eyes and the cheeks


almost done...


finished and matted:

the words say welcome to my kitchen (my swap partner requested some wall art for her day of the dead themed kitchen)

thanks for looking! CC welcome!!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / pirate needle book on: March 07, 2010 01:39:13 PM
sooo Ive been super inspired by everyones needle book and have recently made embroidery my new obesssion so I figured I better make one for myself. I was kind of blue because I didnt have much felt on hand (it was O-dark-thirty) but then I remembered that my mom gave me a pirate patch a few years back and it was sitting in my stash soooo I dug it out and grabbed my black felt and some red floss and got ta stitchin!

I made it larger than most because I wanted to add a little pocket in the back for my needle case as well. I also put some thin card board between the felt so that its really stable. I aso added a snap on it to keep it closed Smiley

hope you enjoy it!

and if this is in the wrong section let me know...I figured it goes in needlecrafts because its for needlecrafting and I used my new found embroidery skills to put it together Smiley





~Norma
c/c welcome !!
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