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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Bee and berries stumpwork on: December 16, 2011 06:30:20 PM
That's absolutely lovely, Jemimah!
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: 101 Ways to Continue Crafting Without Breaking The Bank on: November 12, 2011 04:43:29 PM
#88: make your own printed tissue for collage-making.  A friend and I are planning to do an e-workshop that calls for printed tissue paper, and it's kind of hard to find in stores.  Even online, the selection is not as wide as I'd hope.  I realized we can make our own!  We did some by stamping,a nd then I found out you can print onto tissue with an inkjet printer!  Just tape it to printer paper (I use scotch tape; the tute I found the idea in used painter's tape) and run through the printer.  The Graphics Fairy has some great images, as do archive.org, Wikimedia Commons, and the Antique Pattern Library.  You can buy tissue at the dollar store or craft store, or salvage it from gifts and purchases.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: sampler with variegated threads (pic-heavy) on: September 23, 2011 10:08:35 AM
adlp, I think bullions look great as bugs, worms, etc. as well as roses.  I have in mind to try some bullion roses -- haven't done that yet. 
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: sampler with variegated threads (pic-heavy) on: September 19, 2011 09:07:19 PM
Thanks everybody for your kind compliments!  Experimentl, I sympathize with your lack of a needlework store.  We're so blessed ehre in the Bay Area!  Do you look for stores when (if?) you travel?  I try to always google "needlework store [city]" when I'm going somewhere new jsut to see what I can find.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / sampler with variegated threads (pic-heavy) on: September 11, 2011 06:52:32 PM
I've just finished Rebecca Ringquist's 2010 summer sampler.  I decided to do it all in variegated threads.  Because the printed lines I was stitching over are pretty thick, I used pearl cottons (mostly #5) and also a lot of Caron Collection Watercolours -- one strand of that is about the same weight as #5 pearl cotton, and the color combinations are so yummy!  I did the whole thing with variegated threads; the pearl cottons include ones from Weeks Dye Works, Anchor, DMC, Valdani, Crescent Colours, and some that I dyed myself using fiber-reactive Procion dyes from Dharma Trading Company.  The threads are heavy and the base fabric tightly-woven, and I had a lot of trouble getting through the fabric at first, and even broke the eyes of a few embroidery needles, until a helpful staffer at the Status Thimble (San Mateo, CA) recommended I switch to a chenille needle instead.  That worked much better! 

Here's the whole sampler:


I was dreading the amount of buttonhole stitching, but I actually really enjoyed working it -- it went fast -- and it shows off variegated threads wonderfully.  I want to try some crazy quilting soon, and this stitch is definitely going to be in the mix:


The spiderwebs were a new stitch for me.  There are two styles, and I did them both.  This photo doesn't quite do justice to the yummy colors:


I experimented a little with the tulips.  The one on the left is one with a backstitch stem, satin stitch leaves, and stem stitch blossom in pearl cottons; the one on the right is done with a stem stitch stem, satin stitch leaves, and split stitch blossom in Caron Watercolours.  I think the satin stitch works much better in Watercolours than in pearl cotton.  I had been curious about using linear stitches like stem stitch and split stitch as filling stitches.  I found it tricky to figure out how to best fill the shape and not leave odd little gaps!


Finally, I just love how these French knots and bullion knots show off the variegated threads:
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Freshwater pearls and Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace on: September 02, 2011 11:36:41 AM
That's utterly gorgeous.  I'm getting interested in doing jewelry, and this is positively inspirational.

May I ask where you got (or how you made?) the striking pendant?
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Steam Powered Dragonfly! on: September 02, 2011 11:31:19 AM
That's gorgeous!  You could totally sell that design -- it's professional good.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Works in Progress on: August 14, 2011 04:40:44 PM
I actually had two finishes recently, my first in a long time, and I'm really liking how it feels!  With the finishes on the baby bibs and the pincushion, I'm down to two:

Rebecca Ringquist's Summer 2010 sampler: http://www.flickr.com/photos/75383639@N00/4932711219/
That's close to finished.  I have a few plant stems, some flowers, and some bullion and French knots left, and then the finishing.

Laura J. Perin's Bluebonnet Collage: http://www.stitchers-paradise.com/detail.cfm?ID=948 I'm more than half done, but that still leaves a lot to go. The next time I do charted canvaswork, I'm gridding my canvas first!

After these, I'd like to do one or two really small, high-reward projects for myself -- little things in colors I really like.  Then I may tackle a some kind of baby gift for a pregnant friend -- either a huck weaving blanket, or an embroidred stuffy or ball.  I'm also starting to learn about crazy quilting, with the idea of making myself an ocean-themed purse incorporating some great shells I found in Florida with holes pre-drilled by wave action!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with unfinished b&w project on: August 14, 2011 04:28:42 PM
How did it end up looking?  Your stitching is so nice, I hope the coloring worked out well to complement it!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Flowers embroidery on: August 11, 2011 11:56:52 AM
That's a very pretty design, and nciely stitched.
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