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1  Gremlins! in Needlework: Completed Projects by supervelma on: January 25, 2013 12:22:13 AM
I did this piece a couple months ago, but it's been sitting in a hoop in my spare room since I finished it because I couldn't figure out how to frame it - I bought a couple different frames from Ikea and nothing worked - finally, I played musical frames with a few of my thrift store frames and decided that this one suited it best.

I had initially planned on doing this whole piece in black silk stitches, but then I had to do the 3-D glasses in color, then I didn't want that to be the only color in the piece, so I decided to do the popcorn in french knots. And the hash marks all around were kind of an afterthought - I was just going to do the gremlin, but I thought the piece needed a little more space and I was just doing single stitches, but I didn't really plan them out all the way (like so many things in my life), and they weren't as even as I would have wanted, so they became hash tags and I kind of like that because I think it gives it sort of a sketch quality.

Also, when I was a kid, I would have sold a kidney to own a gremlin, those things are so freaking cute!
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2  Clowns are creepy (featuring more turkey stitch than I anticipated) in Needlework: Completed Projects by supervelma on: January 19, 2013 09:55:08 PM
I've been doing embroidery pieces of horror movie stuff for a while and a while ago, I did a small portrait of Pennywise from Stephen King's "It" in a 4" frame, but I always thought I needed to do a bigger and creepier version (not that that freaking clown can get any creepier). Turns out that bigger also meant way more turkey stitch than I originally thought (this hairstyle took two full skeins of floss - every time I do something in turkey stitch, I hate how long it takes, but then I love to be able to pet it when it's done)




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3  The Ring & Poltergeist - a study in creepy movie kids in Needlework: Completed Projects by supervelma on: May 10, 2012 11:48:14 AM
I accidentally got myself started on a series of pieces of scenes from creepy movies. Now I'm kind of obsessed with finding scenes that are creepy, but do-able - and lets be real, creepy movie kids are almost as bad as clowns, am I right?

Here is Samara from The Ring dropping by to watch a little tv


The Ring by Drop Dead Quirky, on Flickr

she's done in silk stitches, french knots and doll hair

and here's Carol Anne from Poltergeist up way past her bedtime


they're here! by Drop Dead Quirky, on Flickr

silk stitching, french knots and fill stitches
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4  Come Play With Us For Ever and Ever and Ever - two pieces based on "The Shining" in Needlework: Completed Projects by supervelma on: April 09, 2012 02:32:18 PM
For me, one of the scariest parts of "The Shining" was when Danny was peddling around on his Big Wheel in that deserted hotel - the sound of his peddling, the low perspective, it builds up the suspense like WHOA - so I thought it might be cool to do a little piece with that terrible carpeting


Danny's not here, Mrs. Torrance by Drop Dead Quirky, on Flickr

When I was done with that, I knew I needed to do the Grady twins, too, because those chicks were creepy as hell


Come play with us for ever and ever and ever by Drop Dead Quirky, on Flickr
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5  Oh, you fancy, huh? in Needlework: Completed Projects by supervelma on: March 05, 2012 12:23:38 PM
My son listens to a lot of rap, hip hop and R&B music and sometimes those lyrics just get stuck in my head.

And sometimes they get stuck in my head when I'm in the middle of a craft store, staring at fluffy little Easter craft supplies.


mean chicks by Drop Dead Quirky, on Flickr
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6  the slowest re-tweet ever for Kanye West's words of wisdom in Needlework: Completed Projects by supervelma on: October 07, 2011 06:56:30 PM
Kanye West's twitter account is comedy gold... or at least it used to be, back in the old days when he would twitter ridiculous things about marble conference tables or cherub rugs. I decided that I needed to embroider his words of wisdom on something.

I realized that no design I could come up with could possibly do it justice, so I figured I'd just stay true to the tweet.



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7  Zombie pin cushion - upcycled, recycled, reused, etc, etc in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by supervelma on: March 09, 2011 08:37:55 AM
I wasn't really sure where to post this, but I guess it's a houseware?

I've known for a while that I've needed a pin, when I sat on a cartoonishly large embroidery needle (fortunately, I've got enough padding in the ass region that it didn't do too much damage), I decided it was time to finally make one. I grabbed the flower pot that has been sitting empty since my orchid died, some poly batting from a pillow my dog chewed up, some felt, some felt scraps and a headless doll and I came up with this:


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I originally had a felt gravestone, but it sort of just looked like Marge Simpson had been buried up to her hair.
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8  Everything's coming up zombie! in Needlework: Completed Projects by supervelma on: March 01, 2011 03:44:13 PM
Initially, this started out to be a regular zombie piece, but I wanted to make it a little more... Spring.



Also, I was going to do the grass in actual Easter grass, but oddly enough, that's not so easy to embroidery with - who knew?

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9  Squid-topus in Felting: Completed Projects by supervelma on: February 23, 2011 10:42:52 AM
This little guy started out as an octopus, but I think he ended up looking more like a squid. I made him with needle and wet felting - and his legs have pipe cleaners so he's semi-posable.



And my little bit of recycling? The eyes - they are leftover eyechips from a Blythe doll


It took me a couple of days to get this done because I had to keep him away from my cat who thinks this is the most delicious thing on the face of the planet
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10  My first stumpwork experiment - Slipping some tongue in Needlework: Completed Projects by supervelma on: February 23, 2011 10:01:57 AM
I'm fairly new to embroidery and still kind of experimenting with different stitches and making different things happen. After seeing that amazing tentacle stumpwork by Jemimah I decided to try my hand at some 3-D stitching. I decided that if anything deserved to be in 3-D, it was Gene Simmons tongue (another plus was that his makeup design is pretty simple)



EDIT: I thought the world needed a fun-sized Gene, too



The makeup is just silk stitching and the tongue is felt stuffed with batting, then felted a bit to make it a little more solid and then covered in floss.


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