I got my crafty tattoo in May 2015. It is based on a cross stitch sampler that I created (heavily inspired by Julie Jackson's designs for Subversive Cross Stitch) and made from lyrics from my favorite Mighty Mighty Bosstones song.
I had originally wanted to get it all done in tiny X's but based on the size/location and the in-depth conversation that I had with my tattoo artist, he recommended that we use tiny squares instead (which will feather less, fade less, etc.) which I am just as pleased with. The finished size is just shy of 4 inches tall and about 5 inches wide, which is the approximate size of the original sampler that I made (I think that's 30 ct aida cloth - a real eyeball strainer!).
Thank you, Kittykill! I tried to be very careful with the stitching, so that it would look as uniform as possible. I even bought some extra tiny needles (they're about an inch and a half long and slightly thicker than a beading needle) to work with, so that there wouldn't be big holes in the fabric - which can sometimes be a problem with these low-weave, inexpensive fabrics.
how many broke before this worked out? just curious, because you said that the plastic was liable to break, and i'm usually not as gentle as i should be, and want to see if this would be a do-able thing for me and i love the little frog one (i'd jump for joy to see that little guy in my easter basket!!!)
Fortunately, I only broke one. I had originally envisioned these as being covered with an all-over cross stitch design, but when I laid out the grid, I realized it was weakening the plastic too much and I got a couple of cracks. It was salvageable, but I was afraid the cracks in the plastic would ruin the thread when I started to embroider.
My friends are having a baby (any day now!) and they are both fans of Disneyland, which led to a debate over the nursery theme: Pirates of the Caribbean or Enchanted Tiki Room? They met a compromise by choosing "pirates and parrots" which gives everyone the best of both worlds.
I made them a themed baby mobile with plush toys attached. The hoop is 8" and the plush dangly bits are about 3" wide for the pirates and 3" tall for the parrots. I used a thick satin, variegated floss for the 'string' and covered the hoop in a Jolly Roger print fabric, attached with fabric glue.
I used "safety eyes" for each character (including the skull on the Captain's hat), just in case the baby takes a bite, but what I didn't account for was the thickness of the "safety" part of the eye behind the fabric. It made the parrots a bit wall-eyed. Oops! Fortunately, they prefer to hang with a side view (as they are intended to be seen).
My cousin is getting married in a couple of weeks and I wanted to send her a little pre-wedding gift. I decided on a handkerchief and I kept saying "hankie" which made me think of "blankie" which was her name for her childhood security blanket. It was yellow gingham and had a ruffled trim on it.
Her wedding invitations also had yellow, so I decided to make her a "hankie that looks like blankie" and embroider it with the same motif that she used on her invitations.
I bought some yellow gingham and embroidered directly onto it, then backed it with yellow linen. The trim is a ruffled ribbon. I ended up finishing the corners after I photographed it (I was going to leave them loose, but at the last minute had a change of heart), so the final product is slightly different than shown here. It's 100% hand embroidered and hand sewn (no sewing machine).
It's that time of year again, but I decided to ditch the vinegar and dyes and embroider my eggs! I started with jumbo sized plastic eggs and I carefully poked the holes that I would later embroider through. Because the plastic is actually pretty weak and liable to crack, poking the holes was a slow process. Next time, I'm going to try a very fine point drill bit (I was using a needle-sized hole poker).
After the holes were in place, I embroidered the design on to the egg using a beading needle.
Inside each egg is a cross stitch kit, including patterns, cloth, and coordinated floss and on the outside of each egg is tied a hoop to display the finished work. I think these will be fun gifts for my embroidery friends, who can spend the day stitching something new while the kids hunt for eggs and eat too much candy.