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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage inspired swimsuit on: January 04, 2011 12:47:01 PM
I love vintage-inspired swimsuits, but they are usually so expensive in stores.  Maybe I'll try my own!

Yours is really perfect and looks incredible on you!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The new and improved green version. on: January 04, 2011 12:45:56 PM
Absolutely beautiful.  Love the lining too!   The shape is gorgeous, and I usually prefer 3/4 lengths because I for some reason find fabric around my wrists extremely uncomfortable
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lacey Tote Bag on: January 04, 2011 12:44:41 PM
Gorgeous!  Great job!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2 Kindle Covers on: January 04, 2011 12:33:28 PM
These are all beautiful!  I've been wanting to sew my own Nook case (because the Kate Spade one I want to buy is ridiculously priced at $85!), and you've definitely inspired me Smiley
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Glorious striped panties! on: January 04, 2011 12:30:27 PM
These are adorable!  I'm just learning to sew and am really curious about making my own undies!
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Binary Man on: December 21, 2010 08:28:14 AM
I haven't been around in quite a while!  Last year I made my husband an embroidery for our anniversary (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=335740.msg3882954#msg3882954), and this year I did the same.  We moved, and I thought it would be perfect for his home office.  It was definitely a hit!

My husband is a software developer, so this seemed perfect for him.  And he loves it!  I originally thought about painting it but decided embroidery was the way I wanted to go.  Though I ended up kind of regretting that as I hadn't done much embroidery in a while and had forgotten how tedious it could be!  The man is about nine inches tall..

The binary translates as part of one of my favorite quotes from Hamlet: "O, that this too too sallied flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew."  Yes, only part of the quote.  I was feeling a bit lazy and translating each letter into binary is miserable!    

17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Travel Pillow on: June 03, 2010 01:53:21 PM
Soo pretty! I can guess where you're at... lol. Got back from 3 years there myself a couple years back. Tongue For Venice I was going to suggest the Rialto but with the Campagnile already in the pic, it would be a weird placement... lol. Mebbe the two pillars as you enter the Piazza? or a little gelato stand... lol. Oh... and it needs pigeons. *nods* And maybe some windows for Neuschwanstein? or the lake in the background? Cheesy

This is so adorable. <3

Thanks!  I actually had two different drawings before I decided on the Venice scene: one was of the Rialto and the other was a gondola.  But then I decided I really didn't want something touristy on this.  I love Venice (and live only an hour away), but it can be a hellhole and tourist trap in some places!  I wanted to capture what I find so beautiful--the candy-colored buildings.  It looked great in drawings but just didn't translate well to thread Sad

My problem is exactly that--the windows!  On both the castle and the Venice scene I tried using about four different colors for windows and just couldn't get it right.  I'm thinking for the castle I might just add some french knots in a few places.  I think I might also add some trees to the other side.  I didn't even think of a lake, though!  That could be great!
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Travel Pillow on: June 03, 2010 01:15:53 PM
I've been working on this pillow for about two weeks now.  Many, many hours a day!  My husband is currently out of town, and I wanted to have this as a surprise when he came back.

We've lived in Italy for the last three years and are moving back home to Texas in just a few weeks.  I wanted to do something to commemorate our time here so decided to embroider some of the sites we've seen (really, just the ones I could draw haha).  I also embroidered all the countries we've visited along the top and bottom.

The Eiffel Tower is in the middle, and here's everything else counter-clockwise: a castle modeled after Neuschwanstein Castle (incomplete--I need to do something else to that one), the Great Pyramids of Giza (with a tiny camel I love!), Venice, Milan Duomo, the Colosseum, and the Dolomites where we live.

I took these before I had added the red around the piping:

The "snow" on the mountain is two strands of light brown and two strands of white.  That way I can see the top from far away but it still looks a bit like snow.

Any suggestions on how to make the Venice and castle ones look better?  They are the only ones I'm not happy with.

I wish my pictures better showed my stitching!

After I finished the front I was not at all satisfied.  I thought it looked kind of cheap and like I had just thrown on a few bad sketches.  I wanted it to show how much work I had actually put into this!  Ideally I could have sewn a pillow myself, using a red patterned fabric as the back, but I don't sew right now and really hate leaving projects unfinished. So I decided to fill up the back with something else!

And now I am actually liking the back more than the front!

Photos from before I had added the inner two:

I'm SO sorry this is so photo heavy!  I'm just very happy with my designs and stitching so far Smiley

Now do you guys think I should do anything else?  I wasn't planning on the "lazy daisy" row being the last, but the flowers ended up bigger than I had anticipated so that I think going further might look strange.  But maybe not!  I am thinking of embroidering some sort of picture on the inside.  Or maybe our last name or the dates of our travels/time here.

And do you think I should add another border to the front?  I would do it pretty close to the piping (where the red border is already) but can't decide on colors or stitches.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 1950s Summer Dress (pic heavy) on: May 20, 2010 11:06:53 AM
Beautiful!  Dresses like this are exactly what inspire me to learn to sew Smiley
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: - on: May 20, 2010 05:49:11 AM
And regarding framing- I purchased a medium oval frame at Michaels, normally $20 but on sale for $10. You coud very easily run a gold leaf pen along the inside edge to give it that extra character. That was the cheapest oval frame I could find after searching high and low for months. Thrift stores are also a good place to look, but neat vintage frames are a hot commodity these days and tend to fly off their dusty shelves.

Thanks for the tip!  I'm not looking for the exact frame--just something thick and oval.  I live in Italy right now but will be moving home to Texas soon so can hopefully find something there.  There aren't many craft stores here, and the few I've found are really expensive!
It seems everyone has problems finding oval frames.  I guess I'm just going to have to keep my eyes peeled for them
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