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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Star Wars - embroidered tablecloth and napkin set on: January 26, 2015 02:20:10 PM
This is the most epic thing I have ever made, and I'm so excited I can't stand it.

I started with a five-piece vintage tablecloth and napkin set. The tablecloth is stitched with Star Wars space crafts and the death star. The napkins are stitched with portraits of Han, Leia, Luke and Obi Wan.

You can see more pictures on my wordpress post:  https://stitchboombang.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/star-wars/

It's really difficult to photograph a tablecloth! If anyone wants to DIY, shoot me a message and I'll share my drawings with you.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / ABIDE. The Dude (The Big Lebowski) hat, with free pattern. on: December 08, 2014 12:00:35 PM

I knitted The Dude's sweater into a hat pattern, because I don't have the commitment necessary to knit an actual sweater. This has been a popular request in my Etsy shop, so I thought all of you DIY-ers might want to give it a shot. Here's the chart - if you have questions, just let me know. I knitted this in worsted weight wool (Cascade 220) on size 5 (ribbing) and size 7 (chart) needles. The chart represents 1/4 of the hat.

If you knit this up, be sure to post photos and let me know how it turns out!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / William T. Riker in all his bearded glory - with pattern! on: October 23, 2014 08:57:36 AM
I recently received a commission for this stitched Riker portrait. For you non-nerds, he is a character from "Star Trek" (The Next Generation, not the original series). I filled in the beard and hair with acrylic paint, but now that I know how to properly crayon tint (thanks to the Godzilla post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433844.0 ) that kind of changes how I approach filling in spaces in my embroidery.

In case anyone wants to stitch him up, I am including a copy of my original sketch. You can just right-click, save it to your computer, and print it out in the size you want. I trace my sketches onto fabric using a pilot frixion pen, since it irons out easily. I don't have a fancy light box, but I fashioned one with a photo frame (with the back removed - it's just the glass inside the frame) and a desk lamp. DIY or die!

Now get geeked out and stitch this up form someone you love.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / REDRUM! The Shining hat, with pattern. on: October 20, 2014 07:46:28 AM

I have been knitting a series of hats inspired by Kubrick's "The Shining". The carpet pattern from the 2nd floor of the Overlook Hotel is probably the most iconic image from the film - where we see Danny riding his big wheel through the halls.

This is an easy knit for anyone who has done strand color knitting before. Just cast on 96 stitches, knit a couple inches of ribbing, then follow the chart. You can decrease however you like, starting with row 28. The chart represents 1/4 of the hat, so I suggest placing markers every 24 stitches. I knitted this with Cascade 220, using the magic loop method.

Let me know if there are any questions. I'd love to see other versions of this, if anyone decides to knit this up!

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Alfred Hitchcock tea towel trio on: October 17, 2014 12:04:54 PM

It's that time of year. The master of suspense really did a number on me when I was a kid. After accidentally catching part of Psycho on cable, I didn't shower for two weeks. I was scared to death. And don't even get me started on birds. They are total jerks.

Happy Halloween, everyone! I haven't been very active on Craftster lately, and I'm going to try to turn that around.
6  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.

7  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.


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  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Because we'll need booze for the apocalypse...Cherry Bounce! on: July 25, 2010 06:38:53 PM
In addition to my stockpile of garlic dill pickles, I will need mass quantities of booze for the apocalypse. Luckily, it is cherry season. Hit your local farmers market and make this delicious cocktail as soon as humanly possible. It's called Cherry Bounce, and it will knock your socks off.

What you'll need:
a glass jar with a secure lid
a funnel
a jug of vodka
sour cherries
a chopstick (to pit the cherries)

The recipe:
2 cups pitted cherries
1 cup sugar
4 cups vodka
put all ingredients in the jar, and shake

Please note, you are encouraged to adjust the recipe to suit your taste. Shake the jar once a day until all of the sugar dissolves. Then, store the Bounce in a cool/dark place for 6 months. The cherries will be absolutely radioactive by that time, and I dare you to eat them.

Enjoy! If anyone makes this, let me know how it turns out. I'll be hiding out in my bomb shelter in January with my jug of Cherry Bounce...
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Come and knock on our door........it's a THREE'S COMPANY montage!! on: May 30, 2010 12:29:43 PM
After randomly stitching a portrait of Don Knotts, I decided I needed the entire cast of "Three's Company." I used an old pillowcase, thrifted some frames from my local St. Vinny's, and now I'm ready to hang this montage in my entryway - next to the front door, of course, where the kisses are hers and hers and his...three's company too! See below for entirely too many photos:






Mr. Furley:

Mrs. Roper:

Mr. Roper:
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