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1  Looking for the original images off these soup cups for embroidering in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by Macedwarf on: April 15, 2012 08:50:07 AM

My great-gran had a whole set of these mugs when I was a wee one, all hung off hooks along one wall of her kitchen.  I'm currently trying to find out more about them so I can collect the whole set (I think they were some sort of magazine thing where you order one a month or something), and I also want to make some complimentary stuff for the kitchen to go with.

I'd love to embroider some teatowels, wall hangings and other stuff to go in our kitchen with the images from these - has anyone seen the images printed flat on anything?  It'd make it way easier to work from, I could directly trace the images instead of trying to hand-draw my own (inevitably flawed) versions.  Also, a flat image would let me convert to a x-stitch pattern to get the required thread colours.

I'd appreciate any help you guys could offer...
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2  TAST and Embroidered Diary Project in Needlework: Completed Projects by Macedwarf on: April 14, 2012 10:25:20 AM
So I've been working on learning more stitches by taking part in the TAST 2012 over at pintangle.  I joined late, so I'm playing catch-up each week by doing the current week and a previous one at the same time.  Instead of making samplers, I decided to learn by stitching up an embroidered diary entry each week to incorporate that week's TAST stitch.  Two finished and I'm about to start my third in the next couple of days.

I wanted to upload pics here, but my photos all turned out to be HUGE (4MB in some cases), so I hope you don't mind if I just post a couple on here and add links to my tumblr, where there's more detail?

Here's my entry for week ending 1st April 2012, which incorporated stitches for TAST weeks 2 and 14.  It also includes shisha, beads and a variety of other stitches.

Tumblr link with more pics here:  http://uristmcdorf.tumblr.com/post/20463952843/woo-finished-well-okay-so-the-embroidery-part

And here's the most recently finished piece for TAST weeks 3 and 15

Tumblr link with more pics here: http://uristmcdorf.tumblr.com/post/21083954164/apologies-for-the-variable-picture-quality-i
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3  Some Shisha Embroidery Projects in Needlework: Completed Projects by Macedwarf on: May 20, 2011 04:25:22 PM
I have fallen somewhat in lurve with shisha embroidery.  I've been making some little trinketty things and have been trying to figure out things to do with them, I might possibly make some stuff to sell if it turns out good enough.

My photos are awful but...

I worked a shisha'd glass mirror in with beads, french knots and satin stitch and fixed it onto a faux leather backing.  My first thought was brooch backs, but then I thought... how about a hand mirror?  Get some round glass mirrors the size of my palm, work up the back the same way to be the size of the mirrors, sandwich a palm-sized mirror between the shisha'd back and a faux leather ring of fabric with a hole in and you've got a decorative handheld mirror for the handbag.  Do you think something like that would sell?  Would it be worth the time spent making them, or should I just stick to making them for personal use and as gifts?

Here's a WIP using the same method, but worked to a larger, more mirror-appropriate size.

Whatcha think?
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4  My soaps were saved after all! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Macedwarf on: April 18, 2011 09:57:35 AM
So as a few of you will know from the discussion page, my soapmaking experiments have been ALL OVER THE PLACE recently.  I rebatched my soaps, combining them where necesarry to save them, and it worked!  My soaps are okay!

Black tea soap with little chips of goatsmilk soap - soft and very gentle on the skin, but you feel sooo clean afterwards

Small-size bars of goatsmilk soap.  The soap turned so dark I was worried, but it lightened to a yummy pale caramel colour in the end

50% castille 50% goats milk marbled bar.  I love this one - going to make a bigger batch of just the castille next.

I would like neater, square sides to my soaps so I'm going to try lining a drawer to use as a mold next, I think.  Also got my first sale from my shop and have used the proceeds to buy loads of yummy supplies for more soaps.

I'm making a green tea soap next.  I was wondering - has anyone used matcha powder instead of leaves for it?  How did it work out?  What about bubble tea powders?
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5  Present for the cousins etc in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Macedwarf on: January 09, 2011 08:36:10 AM
I've been trying to make more things by hand for gifting, so made a few relatives gifts this year.  I'm not quite done, and they haven't received them yet (live far away so they generally get gifts from me late anyway) but here they are!

Cardigan for little cousin G

Cousin G has been a proper little fashion icon since she was old enough to stop trying to eat buttons.  She's always been a trend setter more than a trend follower though, and at age 10 she is currently very much into chunky knits, leggins and slouchy boots.  So I decided to make her a cardigan that would go with her current style.  For a young kid, she seems to prefer darker colours, so I went with a charcoal grey wool.

Really bad photo lighting, sorry

Trying to show the yoke.  Circular yoke pattern with thick cabling along the yoke.

Body had several vertical cables on, including the edges being cables without borders as you might just be able to see here.

I'm debating adding a couple of buttons or toggles.  The cardigan is only supposed to do up at the yoke and hang loose from there downward, but I'm having a hard time finding buttons that I think G would like.

Hoodied Scarflette for cousin C

Cousin C is a teenager and is way more of an indie-type kid... or whatever the term for the current generation of alt-fashion kids is.  I found some gorgeous, deep purple extra-chunky yarn with a high wool content so decided to make her a simple hoodied scarf.  The scarf bit is short on purpose - instead of being wapped around the neck it is supposed to cross-over at the chest and hang down, with the aid of a clasp that I fogot to include in the picture.

Hanging, with the hood down

Closeup of the wool.  Just a simple moss stitch with a garter stitch edge

Finally, little sis-in-law H

H is 16, so pretty much a grown up now.  She's got a really great sense of style and has a habit of stealing her big brother's (the other half) old naval cape whenever they are together, so I made her a cape of her own!

Found a real bargain in that wool - 100% pure wool fabric and less than 5 per metre!

I added a row of toggles down the front to secure it shut

My first attempt at anything with a collar

And it has armholes!

I've still got to get something sorted out for cousin L.  I bought loads more fabric than I needed for the cape in case I messed it up, so I might make a child-siz version of the cape for her.

C+C welcome!
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