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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Baby Bibs! on: May 15, 2012 10:47:46 AM
Another year, another close friend/family member having a baby boy. Smiley

My good friend is due to have a baby boy in early July so for her baby shower I decided to embroider baby bibs like I did for my sister-in-law: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384229.0. Everything is done in split stitch and the bibs are a 10-pack of Circo terry cloth bibs from Target. Weirdly I had a lot more snagging, with the elastic terry cloth threads coming up with my needle/thread, than I did last time. Sometimes I was able to push/pull them back underneath but not always. Darn it. Tongue


My friend and her husband love classic rock, so I looked around online for something very rock and roll. I couldn't find anything exactly perfect so I used inspiration from a couple different designs and drew this up.


Line-drawing of an elephant. Slightly embarrassing, but this is actually the logo from some company. I saw it on a cardboard box at a friend's house and scribbled it down without noting the name of the company, and now I can't figure out what it is. But I liked how loopy it was and thought it was great for a baby bib.


Urban Threads high-centered cow who tried to jump over the moon. I liked this one so much when I did one for my nephew that I had to use the design again. Smiley


Dinosaur with a crooked tail.


Rocket ship. Also a repeat because flames shooting out of a rocket is just too much fun to do only once.


Blue whale with a whale of a tail!


My friends are HUGE Nebraska football fans, so a Nebraska bib was a must!


And a nosy giraffe, chomping on some leaves. Hm. I really should have taken a better picture of this guy. I love how he's peeking over the edge of the bib like he's saying, "Hey. What's up." ^_^


Probably my absolute favorite. Mr Messy from the Mr Men books, hugely inspired by crochetchick's bib and Mr Men quilt squares: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337348.0
I've wanted to do a Mr Messy bib ever since I saw her post, but was too intimidated to try and make him last year for my nephew. Now I wish I had because I love how he turned out and my nephew, like all babies, certainly was a Mr Messy. Cheesy

Now two close-ups from my two fave bibs:


(Mr Messy's eyes are satin stitch)


And a group pic of all the bibs. Smiley There's only nine out of the ten pack here because I held one back so once my friends decide on a name I can do a monogram.

Thanks for looking!

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Under the sea Kindle sleeve on: March 23, 2012 09:26:47 AM


So I got a Kindle from my company as a 5 year work anniversary present (and then my job was eliminated. Damn.) and I needed a sleeve to protect my Kindle for flights and long car trips home to visit family. Ages ago I'd made an under the sea card holder for my sister ( ) and thought, heck, I loved making that, I'll make one on a grander scale for my Kindle sleeve!

Man, this black felt looks terrible in pictures, but I promise you, it looks fine in real life.



So we have some split stitch for the coral, fly and feather for the seaweed fronds, bullion knots for the sea anemones, french knots for the brain coral, detached chain for the yellow sea cucumbers and organically placed straight stitches for the teal and maroon...uh, coral/plant things. No idea what to call those. ^_^







On the back I made a little pocket for my clip-on light and then due to poor planning realized that the button for the felt strap that closes the top would have to be sewn to the pocket flap. Curses.

Anyways, I initially planned on adding a jellyfish to the open space on the right but as I was finishing this the night before we had to get up at 4am to catch a flight, I decided to leave that for later. ^_^

Thanks for looking and any tips on photographing black felt so it doesn't like all dusty and blown out would be appreciated. Smiley
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Christmas ornaments on: December 22, 2011 11:05:42 AM
I made felt Christmas ornaments to serve as tags for my husband's parents and his sister (and her husband). I designed up some fancy monograms based on old-fashioned illuminated letters, sized them on my computer then used the laptop screen as a lightbox so I could trace them out on soluble interfacing.












Both ornaments are backed and slightly stuffed. The stitching is a bit imperfect (satin stitching around curves. grr) but oh well. Smiley

Using the interfacing for the pattern worked pretty well overall. I taped it to the felt and used straight pins to hold it steady until I finished the outline, then washed it away when I was done. Worked well for these two (after one false start), but the one I was making for my husband's grandma...the interfacing washed out ok but the pen stained the floss. Sad I'm going to try some stain remover on it this afternoon and I hope it works. Otherwise I guess I'm starting over on that one.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Monogrammed Throw Pillow on: November 18, 2011 03:17:52 PM


A new addition to my growing collection of embroidered pillows! Also, my first major foray into satin stitch. Which you might be able to tell. ^_^

This is a 16x16 inch pillow, white linen, navy, yellow and green floss in two and three strands.



I wasn't sure at first how I wanted to fill this monogram (our last name), so I started out by outlining the R in navy blue with split stitch and the flower bits in yellow. I initially filled the flower petals with long-short stitch but absolutely hated it, so I picked it out and did it in satin stitch. The leaves are fly stitch worked close together and outlined in backstitch. I embraced white space in the leaves for some texture. I ended up filling the R with satin stitch.





The satin stitch is a bit iffy in places because I had not yet seen Mary Corbett's advice on NeedlenThread.com on how to angle your stitches to best fit your curves. Ah well. Still came together pretty neatly. ^_^



And on our couch, with my sampler-style turquoise pillow which finally has velcro added to keep the flap laying nice and flat. ^_^ Hm. The monogram looks off-center in this pic, but I swear it's just the angle of the pillow. ^_^



Thoughts and crit appreciated. Especially when it comes to satin stitch tips. ^_^



5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Felt Dinosaur Christmas Stocking on: November 15, 2011 08:14:41 AM
This will be the second Christmas since my husband and I got married and I figured it was time to make our own Christmas stockings (since everyone knows that your childhood stocking is not allowed to leave your mom's/parents' home!). Last year I thought it would be awesome and hilarious to make a dinosaur stocking for my husband since his childhood obsession with bones and dinosaurs is a big part of his family's stories (and frankly, he still knows a ton and gets miffy when people mess up dino details ^_^). However, laziness and busyness set in and I just plain never got around to it until Sunday night.

I have my childhood stocking (mom released it to my custody but I have to bring it back ^_^) which I really like the size and shape of (Land's End tapestry stocking with embroidered Santa...I think I know where my interest in embroidery may have come from). For a sense of scale it's 7 inches across the top of the stocking, a little over 22 inches from top left corner down to the toe. It's a little big, but all the better for putting stuff in! I traced it on doubled red felt and cut it out.


(sorry the pics are a bit blurry Tongue)

We went with a diplodocus, though I took some artistic license and elongated the tail to fill the space a bit better. Husband grudgingly accepted this in the name of art. I drew the dinosaur freehand on white printer paper, cut it out and then traced it on gray felt with a regular old black BIC pen. I reversed the template and traced it on the back of the felt so when I put it on the stocking I wouldn't have to worry about stray pen marks. After cutting it out I affixed it with blanket stitch to the stocking.



I used a medium green shade of floss from the stash, three strands. To get the idea of stripes I increased the size of the blanket stitch on the dino's back, and then came back and added some more blanket stitches in a light green for contrast.



Two French knots kind of on top of each other for the eye.



I also added a grey cuff at the top and embroidered his name in three strands of green (or maybe it was two?) in split stitch. Since you can't really iron felt, I flattened the seams with heavy books for a day and a half.



All in all, this only took me a couple hours on Sunday night and my husband is thrilled. ^_^ Now to decide what to make for my own stocking.





6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chickenscratch Christmas Dish Towel on: October 29, 2011 11:43:29 AM
I was intrigued by the chickenscratch Christmas trees on NeedleNThread (http://www.needlenthread.com/2009/10/hand-embroidery-on-gingham-christmas.html) so I went off the skeleton for the design that they posted.

This is my first go at counted-type work, and actually I messed up and didn't account for the trunk, so I had to kinda make it up a bit. Smiley Two strands of cotton floss on a gingham dish towel from Hy-Vee.



Artistic close up shot. Cheesy



I found it a bit hard to keep the back neat on this but I did my best to not carry threads too much. I used a doubled single strand throughout, so I could start with no knots, but I think next time I would use 3 strands to make the stitches thicker/bulkier so they really stood out.



Sadly, I can't find anymore of these gingham towels anywhere. I knew I should have bought more than one that day. I'll just have to keep looking, since I'd kinda like to make one for my husband's mom and grandma for Christmas as well.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sampler-style pillow and ship pillow on: September 23, 2011 03:08:24 PM
One of these is a bit of an oldie and the other is brand new. Smiley

Back when I first got on this board (this is from about a year ago btw) I was totally entranced by this project: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289731.0

I loved the ship and wanted to do something similar on a throw pillow for my living room but I was still very new to embroidery and was intimidated by all those lines. So. I looked up a couple ship references and cobbled one together. I hand drew it on my fabric with a chalk pencil and made it up a little as I went. Hm. Sorry about the lack of a middle-ground picture.

Extreme closeup!

Split stitch for most of it (my go-to) and the rigging is long strands of floss essentially couched a bit on the front. Unfortunately, being one of my first projects, the rigging loosened up a bit on the back side and now they're all wobbly from not being tacked down firmly enough. I need to go back in and tighten it up from behind somehow. Tongue Oh well. Love my ship pillow. And my orange chair. ^_^

The second pillow, which I just finished this week. I hate the pillows that came with the couch so this is to cover one of them with something more fun.

Please ignore the looseness on the end. Small pillow construction flaw that will be fixed with a strip of velcro in the flap.

Blatantly inspired by stitch samplers, six strands on cotton fabric.
I hit up NeedlenThread.com and InAMinuteAgo.com for tutorials on new stitches for this pillow. Let's see. I'll try to do this in order.

Chain stitch, detached chain and back stitch, scallop stitch, running stitch, fly stitch, herringbone topped with french knots and detached chain, scroll stitch (ugh, it kept unrolling weird on me), feather stitch, a um t stitch? Don't know if that has a name Smiley, butterfly stitch (too abbreviated I think--i should have done three stitches instead of two but I was trying to add some negative space and open it up visually around there), split stitch again, double chain stitch (loved learning this one!), stacked herringbone with french knots and a bit of cross stitch action, rosette of thorns, running stitch, another cross stitch with back stitches and detached chain, fly (or is fern? whatevs) stitch again and buttonhole wheels which ended up very angular, unfortunately. Tongue 





I don't have enough turquoise fabric for a matching pillow for the other end of the couch and frankly I don't know if I want to put in the work recreating another one of these. It would probably go faster now that I have practiced these but still. Smiley This took awhile. So I think I'll create something that complements but doesn't match.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ring Pillow on: July 21, 2011 07:38:22 AM
Our first wedding anniversary is coming up so I thought I would finally upload pics of our ring pillow that I embroidered. This was the project that really got me interested in trying out embroidery (and uh, interested in trying to get better at it ^_^).



I saw a handpainted ring pillow on a blog somewhere that I liked. It was rather pricey and I figured I could do something similar on my own. I decided to try embroidery since my painting skills are a bit lacking. Our colors were navy and yellow so that worked well with the design.



I learned how to do french knots and detached lazy daisy for this, which thankfully I've gotten a bit better at. Still not so good at backstitch though. ^_^ The leaves are so funny in some places and you can see where some of the pencil didn't come out after spot-washing it. This pillow makes me smile because it is rather flawed. Smiley Oh and crooked. It is definitely not a perfect square.



And the last minute addition of our initials and wedding date. The pillow was already stuffed and sewn together when I thought of it, so I added a little patch of (unhemmed) fabric. Smiley

It sounds like I'm ragging on my ring pillow, but I'm not, really. I'm super fond of it and the flaws just make it better, haha. Just wanted to share. Smiley
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered baby bibs. Image-chunky on: July 01, 2011 02:31:15 PM
My sister in law just recently had her first baby (and the first grandchild for my husband's side of the family Smiley) so I embroidered some baby bibs. I knew it was a boy, but we had no name confirmation yet, so no monograms or anything.


I got the package of multi-colored terry bibs at Target for this. And actually I now realize I didn't take a closeup of the yellow one I embroidered with a blue duck. Shoot. There was also an orange bib that I started embroidering an UrbanThreads lion on. It was utter fail and thus is not included here. Anyways. Smiley

The high-centered cow, rocket ship and alien spacecraft are all slightly modified UrbanThreads designs. The rest are original.

I tried to keep the backs as need as possible, which was a first for me.

The rocket ship it totally my favorite.



That little red bird gave me way too much trouble considering how little it is. The first attempt when I showed my husband got a "Oh....that's...a bird? Huh." So I redid it.







Yeah, my sister in law said "Oh, a cow!" And I was all "...it's a hippo. Sad " Oh well, female hippos are called cows, right? Close enough for me! Smiley




Aaaand alien closeup.

Thoughts and crit are welcome. Thanks for looking!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Octopus card holder on: June 30, 2011 03:43:41 PM
Yes, another business card holder. This one is for my sister this time.

The design is based on an illustration of an octopus she did for a band's album cover. I changed it a bit and added some underwater flora to keep it company. Smiley

Black wool felt, multi-colored DMC floss that's been doubled. So mostly 2-4 strands.



I learned how to do bullion knots for this! Other than that, mostly split stitch with some french knots, fly stitch and feather stitch tossed in for texture.





Please excuse the less than stellar lighting--it makes the felt look more linty and washed out than it really is. Also, my edges aren't perfectly straight--my black felt is SO soft I have troubles with it sometimes. Darn it. Oh well. Good thing it's going to my sister. Smiley

If I can ever get the darn photo uploader to accept them, I should be uploading pics of something other than business card holders soon! But for some reason, it just won't load them. Poo.
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