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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dr Manhattan Watchmen Patch on: February 21, 2015 06:46:06 PM
I haven't done any stitching in ages, but I saw this piece on Etsy and had to recreate my own version. It's going on a jacket I'm filling with comic/manga/anime patches.

I picked a frame from my book, used tissue paper to trace, and then stitched over it. He's not 100% accurate to the book image but I'm happy with it!

It was really fun to make and I definitely want to use this appliqu and drawing with stitches method to make some more characters!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Band / Concert T-Shirt Quilt on: January 19, 2015 04:32:42 PM
It almost feels wrong putting this in here with all of these lovely "real" quilts, but I finished my first quilt today made from all of my concert tees. I'm a bit of a live music junkie so it ended up 105"x107" and I actually left out 12 shirts! There were definitely some frustrating moments, but overall I quite enjoyed it and am totally excited to do more quilting now!

Untitled by zidvi, on Flickr

Untitled by zidvi, on Flickr

I think my favorite bits are the little fillers Smiley

Untitled by zidvi, on Flickr

Untitled by zidvi, on Flickr

Untitled by zidvi, on Flickr

The backing and binding are fabrics I bought in Ghana a couple years back that I've been saving because they were "too special" but I think they worked out well even if they don't really match.

Untitled by zidvi, on Flickr

Untitled by zidvi, on Flickr

And for those searching the web like I did before starting, here's a brief how I did it. I started by laying the uncut shirts out for a general layout, measuring, and making a plan on graph paper. Then I cut the shirts an inch larger than I wanted them, ironed them to interfacing, and then re-cut them to exact sizes.

Untitled by zidvi, on Flickr

Then I broke my larger plan into small sections that I pieced individually and then connected. My sashing came from a couple pre-cut honey buns.

Untitled by zidvi, on Flickr

The rest just goes together like any quilt and there are a ton of helpful blogs and videos out there for those processes!

Anyhow, sorry for the long post but I hope it helps someone out there! Thanks for looking! Cheesy
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Beaded Anatomical Heart Embroidery on: April 04, 2012 11:19:06 AM
The lovely sheepBlue invited me to swap with her in the Invite Your Partner swap and I decided I wanted to do an anatomical heart for her, but I wanted to make it a little interesting. So I decided on beading! I used three reds and a blue. I started by sketching it out and doing an outline stitch around the edges, then I just started filling in. When I finished I decided it was missing something, but then the idea hit me to play off the pattern of the background fabric to make blood splatters!

(thanks sheepBlue for these awesome photos!)

And a couple more shots:

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Amelie 35mm film trailer canvas art on: March 30, 2012 01:17:32 PM
I didn't really know where to put this, so miscellaneous it is! Not the most creative thing in the world, but I'm sure there are other people like me who have film and wonder what the heck to do with it.

I bought the trailer for Amelie, my favorite film, and today when I came across this 12X48 stretched canvas I had an idea of what to do! It could probably be executed better, but the trailer was inexpensive and the newer films aren't very difficult to find so I had no worries about if things didn't quite turn out! (I probably wouldn't reccommend using your E6 film with precious memories.)

I used the head, foot, and opening green screen to go around the borders because with the wooden frame light wouldn't show through those areas anyway. And then I just started filling it in with strips.

Here it is leaning against a window (though I really don't think that's very safe for maintaining the film quality)

My initial thought was that I would use Christmas lights or something similar behind it, but the ones I have are a bit too yellow and spotty.

I'm going to look for some of those LED light strips; I think they'll do the job!

You can actually still see most everything even when it's just on the wall, so I'm pretty pleased! Would love any comments or critiques on how to make a better one. I was thinking I could do something with sandwiching the film between sheets of plexiglass and having a wooden frame - basically like making a lightbox.

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Spring Fashion Show gowns [Img Heavy!] on: February 26, 2012 07:36:18 AM
An organization I'm in, the Fashion Design Student Association had our annual fashion show this past Friday. All of the clothes are student designed and made, and each person is allowed to make however many pieces / whatever they want. I decided to do six gows, and here they are. (If you've seen some of my other posts, the white dresses may look familiar, I did a little revamping!)

Here's everything (minus one - I had a model disaster and had to find another girl at the last second.)

Blue roses & satin:

Yellow chiffon with sheer embroidered cross organza overlay:

White satin gown with sheer cross organza yoke and beaded trim:

Forest green lace and chiffon with sheer cross organza waist:

Green satin and gold lace:

Ivory singed roses with organza and chiffon:

Thanks for bearing through all of the photos! I'd love to hear your comments/critiques. I was pretty thrilled with how everything came together!!  Cheesy
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sue's Non-PC Roll Call Cross Stitch - Glee on: October 15, 2011 06:46:33 AM
I've been wanting to do something Glee related for my hoopla wall for ages. While looking through Sue Sylvester's quotes I found one from "Throwdown" and this design idea instantly came to mind. The clip, if you're interested: http://youtu.be/_aYhnEnrsxc

I came up with the design myself. I got the lettering from books, free websites, and I made up "Asian" and "Gay kid" as I went along.

Hope you like it! It's probably not as amusing out of the context of being a Glee watcher...
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Diana Lomography Embroidery on: August 21, 2011 05:49:01 PM
I'm a huge camera fan, and I really love lomos! I decided to try a little Diana embroidery today, and I'm thinking I'll make a few more of these little 4" hoops with various cameras and hang them together. Smiley Parts of this I love, and others I'm not so sure of, but overall I'm pretty excited about how this one came out!! I used satin stitch, outline stitch, split stitch, and seed stitch.

Thanks for looking!! <3
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cthulhu, Turkish Tile, Owl Matryoshka, and Vicious Deer [Img Heavy] on: June 30, 2011 03:46:08 PM

These ongoing hoopla swaps have had me stitching up a storm, and recently I've become pretty hooked on embroidering on felt. it's so easy to work with! So I thought I would share some of the hoops I've been making, now that they've all been received!

For this guy I used two felts, one of which was embossed and stitched them together with silver. He's outlined in outline stitch, and I don't really know what to call the fill ... I guess just a really close seed stitch? I also used some watercolor in his wings to make them stand out more from the background.

I made this next one for the color spectrum round of the regular hoopla swap. The artwork is based on the cover of Adrienne Pierce's album, "Oh Deer." I used outline stitch and seed stitched four shades of brown for the deer.  I tried to make the deer look a bit more playful than carnivorous, but I'm not sure it worked... Smiley

Nexxxtt, a strangle little owl matryoshka based off of http://kimanhnguyenart.blogspot.com 's lovely artwork. The woman I made this for loved russian dolls, owls, and trees so I tried to put that all together. He's got outline stitching, satin stitching, backstitching, little french knots, and a cable stitch. I don't like owls one bit, because I find them seriously creepy, but I still fell in love with this one!

And lastly, a Turkish tile hoop inspired by some of the beautiful work inside of the Rustem Pasha Mosque in Istanbul. It's all satin stitching.

Phew, thanks for looking! Cheesy

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pink Pin-up w/ Marilyn Monroe Quote on: May 19, 2011 08:18:06 PM
I made this hoop for my partner in round 5 of the embroidery hoopla swap, in which we had to choose one of our partners favorite colors, and work only in that spectrum. My partner loves pinups, and I ended up stitching this lovely lady for her:

I used 7 shades of pink (the dark color is actually a burgandy) and it took about 3 days of movie marathons to finish. Cheesy I used split stitch, satin stitch, backstitch, and outline stitch. Oh, and some teeny french knots for her nostrils and the sparks in her eyes. I stitched it on some bridal satin, which was probably not a stellar choice as it liked to pull, but it all pretty much worked out okay in the end!

I used 3 shades in her hair, and did them all in split stitch, which I think may be my new favorite fill stitch! I love the texture, and that you can show directionality with it. The darker two colors ended up not looking too different, but I think the directions still show well...

The quote says "A sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate being a thing." It's from Marilyn Monroe, and was one of my partner's favorite quotes, so I decided to incorporate it. I thought it was great and went well with the imagery. Although I unfortunately used too many threads I think. The small letters / cursive became a little difficult to read. Oh well, learning experiences! Smiley

I really love the way this turned out! I'd love to hear your comments/opinions! <3

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Painted Vintage Suitases (Audrey Hepburn and Carousel Horse) on: May 11, 2011 08:09:05 AM
I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right spot!

For the last couple of swaps I was in, I made painted vintage suitcases for my partners. One was for a woman who loved horses and the other was a gear case for a woman who plays roller derby. I found both of them in tocal thrift shops for pretty cheap!

I did the carousel one by painting stripes with tape laid out and then gesso-ing the area for the horse and painting over that after doing a few coats.

The other one I designed based off of the Breakfast at Tiffany's image, replacing her cigarette with a pair of dangling quad skates. I then painted her derby name in the empty space. I love this one so much!

And the inside lining was ripped out and replaced with plush leopard. I couldn't find my camera before I sent, so the only picture I have of it is this one my partner posted with the full package:

Both were sprayed with multiple coats of clear acryllic spray to prevent yellowing/fading/water damage/chipping/etc.

These were so much fun to make! I need to work on a set for myself before my next vacation...

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