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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A saying to live by. . . on: February 25, 2013 02:18:45 PM
Thanks for the compliments Grin

I think it is great. I can not help much as I don't know what corks are. I need some research I think.

Corks are like small bouys on the top of the net. They float on the surface of the water and the net hangs down from them.  In my cross stitch, the corks are the white ovals at the top of the netting and are difficult to see against the cream background.
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Cracking Nuts Arabian Style *added a couple photos on: February 25, 2013 02:09:42 PM
Thanks for the compliments Smiley I was really pleased with how it looked on stage.

Your version looks infinitely better. And the snap-in-your-undies is brilliant. The costume shop should be worried you'll put them out of business!

Alas, if only working in the costume shop paid more. Unfortunately, like many arts organizations, our company doesn't have a lot of money and the costumes suffer for it.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: 1st cross stitch attempt, phonetic alphabet & a nod to Adam Ant on: February 03, 2013 09:00:48 PM
Great job! And having just completed my first cross stitch too, I agree they are addicting.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Samhain verse on: February 03, 2013 08:58:04 PM
It's really nice! I like how the painting of the cloth turned out.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A saying to live by. . . on: February 03, 2013 08:52:15 PM
So I am really excited about completing my first cross stitch. Thanks to fleagirl who shared the link to the stitchpoint.com text generator! It inspired me to finally make one of my favorite sayings into a cross stitch.



Without the frame ( not the best photos but I couldn't wait to share)


A little back ground:

A water haul is when you set out your net and it comes up empty. This saying comes from a hilarious blog(now dormant) written by a woman in Southeast Alaska. Read the article here: http://dustybee.wordpress.com/2009/03/27/spawn-alert/

I feel in love with the saying and use it quite often. And because I fish (commercially), I love the fishing reference. It is one of two bits of advice, I like to to pass on to new women in town. I am hoping to make the other ( Don't sleep on the boat, unless you work on the boat) into a cross stitch too.

I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. Though I must admit  that I started in on the text without reading up on cross stitching. So, my threads do not cross the same way in the text. The cork line and corks are done properly. I was just too lazy to undo and then redo all text.  And the other thing is I wish I had used a darker color for the corks. I am debating if I want to color them yellow. Thoughts?
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas gift for my BFF on: February 03, 2013 01:03:33 AM
This is great! Makes me smile.

Thank you for the stitchpoint.com info. You have inspired me to try cross stitch.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Psychobilly Houndstooth Zombie Elvis Love Pencil Skirt on: December 04, 2012 06:59:32 PM
Great job on the skirt. It looks great. I also like the blue zipper with the houndstooth.  Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: White "paper-bag" skirt! on: December 04, 2012 06:55:34 PM
Nicely done. It looks lovely. I also used that tutorial to make a paper-bag skirt and the skirt is one of my favorites, too.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: ballet bag with pockets on: December 04, 2012 06:46:56 PM
Thanks for the kind comments everyone. I've gotten good use out of it so far.
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Cracking Nuts Arabian Style *added a couple photos on: December 04, 2012 06:41:10 PM

after the show in the improved costume

In my ballet company's production of the Nutcracker I am dancing the role of the  Arabian this season. I was excited about the dance but not about the costume. It just wasn't that flattering.The pants were made out of gold organza, which instead of being soft and flowing, were stiff and had little drape. I asked in I could take the costume home to embellish it and the costume staff said yes. I took the costume home and tried to make the pants more flattering but it was an exercise in frustration.


the old pants and the bodice

Then I found a black mesh fabric with gold metallic thread woven through for $2.50 a yard at my favorite fabric store.  I made a pattern and hand sewed the pants over the weekend. I showed them to my director and asked if he would allow me and the other dancer performing the role to wear them. He said yes but I would need to make the bodice match. I then used the costume shop's sewing machine, body form, and trim supply to finish the project. I am really pleased with how it turned out. And today when the costume was worn for rehearsal, my director said he was really pleased with it. Yay!



I am most excited about the fact that the underwear snaps into the waistband of the pants. Since I am sharing the costume this means that we can wash the underwear between shows. It's the little things that are important Tongue

C&C welcome. . . I will post performance photos when I get them

Update:

Here is a photo by Lance Huntley taken during one of the performances. This is the other dancer with whom I shared the role



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