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1  Megara in Halloween Costumes by megstar on: November 08, 2013 08:48:55 AM
Hercules is my favorite Disney movie (doesn't hurt that her nickname is also Meg...), so I was thrilled when my hubby agreed to the couples costume this year Smiley  Unfortunately things did not exactly as planned, so the Hercules costume is not home-made, so I am only submitting the Megara costume for the contest:

I drafted a pattern from scratch (in addition to some draping on my dress form) to get the base of the dress in the shape I wanted, and then added the two sashes before sewing in the side zipper.  I made the gold "coins" from Fimo clay, as well as a Barrette for the hair.  I used interfacing in the lower sash to make it stand out from the hip like the cartoon Smiley  I ordered a wig online and styled it back with a gold barrette to get the extra fullness/curliness that Megara has.
Unfortunately, Halloween was more focused on my cute neice, so we only got a few pictures, but will try to add more before Sunday Smiley  One more of us together, but only mine is home-made:
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2  Re: Fabric Printing Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by megstar on: June 10, 2013 10:57:49 AM
LOVE all the new additions to the gallery, amazing work!!

i received a FANTASTIC print from my second partner, ivoryh1632, in my Dr. Who theme:

i was amazed at all the techniques she combined: there are words in the background, plus a galaxy-style coloring, and then screen-printed characters of the 11th doctor (my fav) and 4 major villains walking away "with their heads held in shame"-they all turned out great!  my hubby and i both agree this may have to become a wall-hanging, or else i'll have to find a project big enough to use the piece as a whole Smiley
i'm very impressed with all the screen-printing skills!  i used stamps/hand-painting this time around, but am now inspired to experiment with screen-printing for future projects Smiley
great swap everyone!
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3  Re: Fabric Printing Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by megstar on: June 07, 2013 06:56:00 AM
i am so impressed with all of the submissions so far!  some of you have me feeling like such an amateur Smiley  hard to pick favs, but i especially love the robot stamp, flower and vine combo, steampunk/gears silhouette, honeycomb/bee combo and the woodland creatures-such detail!!!!  amazing job everyone so far Cheesy

to add to this lovely collection, i received from sezouli last night!  she sent not 1 FQ, not 2, but 4 FQs of printed fabric  Shocked  she claims that 3 of them were "flops", but i like them all.  the first is the main one, red honeycomb pattern:

then the next one was a blue triangle pattern which i think turned out cool:

then there was also a red honeycomb-in-chevron-pattern print:

and finally was a dark fabric which she said was an attempt at galaxy print with red honeycomb pattern:


THANK YOU!!  i think these turned out great, and i am curious what the "found object" was that you used.  i can totally picture a project for each of these, and look forward to using them Smiley

now the fingernail biting continues until my partners finally receive...**insert rant about postal service here-i have NEVER had as much trouble mailing for a swap as i did for this one, and i am praying to the craft gods that both packages arrive ok, usps made me nervous this time Sad
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4  Re: Up to Three Tiny Adventure Time Things Swap in The Swap Gallery by megstar on: March 26, 2013 01:48:38 PM
I received from both my partners yesterday, what a great surprise to come home to!!  it started with my package from Ryn:

it's a cross-stitch of Finn and the word "algebraic" - so cute!  my kudos to you for stitching so small and detailed Smiley

next, i opened my package from themuppet:

a 4x4 painting based on a hoop from my pinterest from my favorite episode - amazing!  plus she included actual text from the episode on the sides:

i love the creativity and the accuracy - my hubby was very jealous of this one Smiley

thank you to both of my partners, you girls are awesome!
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5  Robot Apocalypse in Needlework: Completed Projects by megstar on: March 14, 2013 11:48:02 AM
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3!  it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did.  my fourth (and final) hoop was for amnesia who requested a "robot apolcalypse" scene.  for hers i decided to try felt applique, so it would have the feel of an old-timey move poster:

i had a "starry" fabric in my stash with blue/black and gold specks for stars which i used as the background.  i started with the silhouette of a city skyline, added the attacking robot behind, and an unfortunate victim in the front.  used stitching for the "laser beam" and other details on the robot body and a piece of scrap red fabric for the "zap" area.  pic before stitching:

and closeup of robot cuz i had so much fun with him Smiley

i really enjoyed working with the felt, and i can totally see why people choose that medium!  great way to block out colors/shapes and then let the stitching do the details Smiley
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6  Hunger Games Mockingjay Hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by megstar on: March 14, 2013 11:31:06 AM
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3!  it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did.  my third hoop was for sarad who wanted a mockingjay from hunger games.  i LOVED the books, so I knew I had to give it a try.  i really wanted to play with the shading, so i decided to give crayon-tinting a try:

i crayon colored the image with a black background and yellow and brown tones for the body of the mockingjay and i was really pleased that it didn't have a "waxy" feel once i heat-set the colors.  i then added yellow stitching for the outline, with a little brown in the wing for additional shading.  i painted the hoop black as well to make the image stand out.  closer shot of the shading:

i would definitely do the crayon-tinting again, i was really pleased with how it allowed for color-blending and shading withing the body Smiley
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7  Kiss Silhouette in Needlework: Completed Projects by megstar on: March 14, 2013 11:22:43 AM
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3!  it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did.  my second hoop was for rubylynns, who had a silhouette of a boy and girl kissing on her pinterest.  i wanted to have something extra with the silhouette, so i added a pink heart in the background with white beads on the outer edge for a little "pop":

this was my first time using an oval hoop Smiley
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8  Dreamcatcher Hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by megstar on: March 14, 2013 11:19:35 AM
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3!  it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did.  my first hoop was for zidishaluxe who had a dreamcatcher as one of her themes/options:

i had a starry flannel fabric in my stash to use as the background, i used varigated colored thread for each of the "petals" in her fav colors: blue, purple and yellow.  to simulate the knots where the thread crossed i added a black seed bead:

and then for a 3d element and to draw again on the dreamcatcher theme, i added beaded strings hanging from the bottom of the hoop at different lengths.
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9  "Not just thread" Penny Farthing in Needlework: Completed Projects by megstar on: March 14, 2013 10:04:09 AM
For Embroidery Hoopla Round 9, my partner twisted5whispers had a request for a penny-farthing: an antique bicycle with the giant front wheel.  The theme of the swap was "not just thread", so I knew I wanted an embellishment for the wheels.  After searching every store I had in my area and coming up short, I finally found what I wanted on an out-of-state road trip:

The larger wheel is a silver bangle, meant for making your own jewelry.  The smaller wheel is a keychain hoop, I was really pleased with how the sizes worked.  I also wanted to try something different for the fabric, so I used a coffee-dye technique to get an "antique" feel on the white cotton.  Comparison of original fabric with a dyed piece:

I used "tardis blue" thread for the bike frame since my partner shared a love of dr. who, and i practiced some satin stitch on the handlebars and seat.  pic of stitching before silver hoops were added:

and a final shot of the finished project:

This was my first swap in a while, and it was a great one to get back into them Smiley  I am obsessed with hoopla and don't think I realized how much I had missed it this last year until I got started again!
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10  Re: Embroidery Swap R9- Not just thread! (SO Mar 5) in The Swap Gallery by megstar on: March 11, 2013 10:09:00 AM
my partner is unable to post pics, but she received her hoop this week and asked me to post.  this is what i made for twisted5whispers:

seems like her other partner and i got the same memo about the penny-farthing Smiley  i used "tardis blue" for the body as an homage to her love of dr. who, did a coffee-dye job on the fabric to get an antiqued look, and after extensive searching found the perfect silver bangle to use for the big tire (small tire is a keychain hoop).  had fun doing a "vintage" piece and hope the partner and her hubby enjoy!

also, LOVE all the hoops so far - great work!!
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