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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Beastly stitching for the hardcore - Iron Maiden XStitch on: September 12, 2013 09:03:18 AM

Is there any chance that you have more pictures of it (and are willing to share them?)
I'd love to see detail shots Smiley

That is the best project I've stumbled across in quite some time!

Sure - I'll try taking some more/better pictures. My camera isn't great, but I'll see what I can come up with.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Beastly stitching for the hardcore - Iron Maiden XStitch on: July 17, 2013 08:01:43 AM
Holy cow, I finished this sucker! Three years, 165 colors, 35,000 stitches. By far, the most hardcore craft I have ever tackled. Who wants the pattern?!! Just kidding - I know this is insane.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial - How to create a manbroiderer with Iron Maiden on: June 10, 2012 06:31:54 AM
The finished Eddie will be about 9" x 12".

Thanks for moving this to the right forum - I wasn't sure where to put it. I'll update in finished projects once it is done.

He is already excited to join craftster - he just has to chart his next project first. I'll let him know about the other man-stitching group - thanks!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Carnie Hoop on: June 08, 2012 06:30:56 AM
I love carnies. This is superb.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial - How to create a manbroiderer with Iron Maiden on: June 08, 2012 06:02:43 AM
What is your man making in his hoop?

He's stitching a little Harry Potter (with a quote)  - a gift for a friend. I'm not sure what he'll start next, but he said something in passing about Charles Manson. I'm excited!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Tutorial - How to create a manbroiderer with Iron Maiden on: June 07, 2012 06:05:01 PM
This is a tutorial as to how to create a manbroiderer, specifically with the use of heavy metal.

1. Offer to make a cross-stitch for the Man.

2. Agree to cross-stitch Eddie from Iron Maiden fame (Derek Riggs, we salute you as the artist) even though it looks terribly complex and time consuming.

3. Work on the first quadrant of Eddie over the course of a year.

4. Put Eddie in the closet because it makes you sick to look at him.

5. Take Eddie out of the closet two years later, bust out two more quadrants, and show it to the Man.

6. Watch him get excited at the concept of the finished Eddie.

7. Suggest he start his own project, explaining the possibilities are endless.

8. Watch your Man blossom into a Manbroiderer right before your eyes, like a spring flower in the rain, stitching while he listens to The Number of the Beast.

9. Finish Eddie at some point. Maybe.

Any questions? I'll let you know how Eddie turns out. He's a monster.


7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Spring Time is Wine Time! Homemade Lilac Wine. on: May 24, 2011 11:48:05 AM
I pitched the yeast this morning, and holy cow does this concoction stink. I'm very afraid...
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Spring Time is Wine Time! Homemade Lilac Wine. on: May 22, 2011 04:59:39 PM
I was introduced to an entire new world of booze last spring when I saw the Dandewine post and gave it a try:


So I did some research and made some Cherry Bounce last summer:


And now, I'm foraging into the romantic, yet risky, lilac wine. Because it is currently lilac season, I'm posting this with scant photos just to get it out there for your drunken pleasure. I'll add photos of the rest of the process as it happens.

4 quarts lilac petals
3lb sugar
juice of 2 lemons
one packet of yeast

1. Put the flowers in a large crock or glass container. Pour 3 quarts boiling water over the petals. Cover with a towel, and let sit for 2 days.

2. Pour 1 quart water into pot, bring to a boil, and add the sugar to dissolve. Cool. Meanwhile, strain the lilac mixture, squeezing the liquid out of the flowers. Return the lilac mixture to the crock/jar, add the sugar water and lemon juice. Pitch the yeast (dissolve yeast in warm water, allowing to get bubbly and creamy - add to the lilac mixture).

3. Ferment for one week. Strain. Bottle and leave uncorked until fermentation ends. Strain again, bottle and cork. Leave shelved for one year before drinking.

If it sounds easy, that's because it is. This recipe mirrors the Dandewine recipe, which is why I'm going for it with reckless abandon. The Dandewine is fruity, sweet and delicious. I think the Lilac Wine tends to be dry, and I've heard it tastes awful if you try it before the recommended year of shelving. Still, I'm optimistic. Besides, free and homemade booze always tastes better to the DIY-er, even if it is awful. If anyone tries, let me know!

Bottoms up!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: I wanna put on...mah mah mah mah mah boogie earbuds! on: January 26, 2011 08:24:36 AM
Do you guys want a tutorial? I'll put one together if it would help. Smiley

Yes! Please! I wanted to make the zipper bud holder thing, but didn't want a cold metal zipper touching my face/neck. These are perfect.
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: The Death of Gogo Yubari on: January 20, 2011 07:53:42 AM
I saw this in the thumbnails and thought "Gogo!" Really nice work!

Ditto on that! Love this painting!
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