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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bats In The Moonlight Pin on: October 12, 2013 02:46:44 PM
Hi All~
This is an embroidered felt pin/broach I made for the recent Craftster Trick Or Treat Swap, I made this for I Sew Cute.



I learned a new, beaded stitch to make this pin, it's called the Beaded Picot Stitch. My friend sent me the directions which were great, but I found some YouTube videos that were also really helpful. This is a progress shot as I first started.


After I had the bats done and I thought I was finished, something just didn't seem right, like it was missing something.


I decided a few more beads would do the trick to add just a little more sparkle. I'd lamented to some friends about chasing the beads around with my needle, and a pal share a technique with me about slapping some tape around a piece of cardboard and putting your beads on the tape so it's easier to gather them on to the needle. Great trick, worked like a charm.


After the little beaded stars were added, I decided it needed one more thing, some texture on the moon. So I stitched over the moon using a big, uneven stem stitches with DMC Glow-In-The-Dark floss! It really glows, too!

Here's my pin all finished up and ready to flap away to it's new home with I Sew Cute! Bye-bye little pin, have a great life!


I'm really looking forward to using that beaded picot stitch again, it was pretty simple once I got the hang of it and I think it adds a pretty finishing element without being too fussy. Thanks for having a look!

Lisa
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Coffin Curio on: October 12, 2013 12:43:26 AM
Hi All,
This is something I recently completed for the Craftster Trick or Treat swap. I have very little experience with this type of craft, but I think it came out pretty well, thought I'd share.

I made a little coffin curio!


Here's a little detail shot of the top, made with three braided, fuzzy pipe cleaners, a silver pipe cleaner for the bow, a small piece of Halloween ribbon and a small, silver moon bead.


Here's a shot of the whole inside, opened up.


This is a detail shot of the inner left side featuring a tiny bottle of "Halloween Wishing Dust"


This is the inner right side...


I made the little pumpkin and tombstone with Fimo clay, I haven't worked with this stuff in eons - I need smaller fingers!


I Mod Podged a small label onto the back for my partner so if she has this for years, she'll remember who gave it to her and for what reason.


And one more glamour shot of the entire inside.


I really enjoyed making this piece, for me this took a lot of imagination and trial & error just because I don't have much experience with mini things, and paper crafting, but I was kind of going with the theory that too much is never enough, so I just kept adding and adding until I'd covered almost all the surfaces. I was overjoyed when my partner liked it - score!

Thanks for having a look!
Lisa
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Altered Photo - Super Butchie! on: March 08, 2013 07:43:53 AM
Hi Craftsters!

I'm so happy to be participating in this challenge, my first one! Ok, so a little info about the picture I chose to alter. Years ago on a muggy summer evening, I was goofing around in my backyard, playing with my dogs, Lola & Butch, and taking pictures. I was down on the grass at dog-level and they were playing around me. I happened to get a shot of Butch that looked like he was launching himself into the air (he was really launching himself at Lola). Once I had uploaded the picture, to amuse myself, I added a little cape with a big, yellow "B" and christened him Super Butch!. It's been in our family photos that way ever since.

We've since lost my Butchie-boy, and he did turn out to be a superhero, he fought a long, hard battle with cancer and he was a tough, little super hero right to the end. When I saw this challenge, I thought this would be a good opportunity to take Super Butch another step further, and here are my results. I hope you get a kick out of them!  

A little technical info... I printed my photo on Photo-fabric, but the image didn't "stitck" I think the printer I used was the wrong sort and the ink just did not adhere to the fabric, I was horrified when I rinsed it and much the the image detail washed down the drain. After consulting with a friend, and a bit of brainstorming, I decided I'd use that ruined fabric anyway, and color over the image with color pencils. It really changed the whole look of the picture, and I'm taking it in a comic book sort of direction. I still may add a few things before I'm done, but I dunno, I kind of like it 'as-is', too.

This is my first time on Craftser (other than lurking and gawking at all the wonderful stuff you folks make!)



This is the photo and the stitched version side by side.

The photo with the stitched rendering by Lisa Leggett, on Flickr

Here is a picture of the entire stitched image of Super Butch.

Super Butch by Lisa Leggett, on Flickr

This is a detail shot of his face.

Face Detail by Lisa Leggett, on Flickr

Here is another detail shot, this time his body and fur direction.

Body Detail by Lisa Leggett, on Flickr

And here is one, last close up of the whole image.

He was a super hero. by Lisa Leggett, on Flickr

Thanks for taking a look.
oxo,
Lisa
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