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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / An Elfin Cupcake Doll on: August 28, 2012 01:44:04 PM
As soon as I saw ghilie's Cupcake Doll pattern, I knew I wanted to make one. I love the look, and the pattern is super simple.



I made this doll for my sister for Christmas (I work slowly, so I have to start early Tongue).



The only change I made to the pattern was to make the ears into more pointed, elf ears. If I did it over again, I would probably make the ears bigger, so the point is more noticeable.



The doll and her skirt and sock boots are all completely hand-sewn (I made her sock boots by cutting off the cuff of an old sock). For her hair, I used the knitted wig cap and yarn hair method.





I knitted her sweater and underwear, making up the designs on the fly.



I hand painted her eyes after gouging out the brown color the eyes were originally. There is still a little bit of the brown left in the eyes, but I like how they turned out. Cheesy My sister also loves the doll, so at least that's one Christmas present done!

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Beaded Smaug Embroidery on: August 23, 2012 04:27:18 PM
I took part in the One Small Hobbit Thing Swap earlier this year. My partner, Murple listed Smaug as one of her favorite characters from the book, and "Never laugh at live dragons" as one of her favorite quotes. Smaug is one of my favorites too, so I thought I'd make a hoop with him as the subject.  Smiley



It is 7 inches across. I drew the dragon design, and did the lettering based off of some Tolkien-style fonts I found off the internet.



Here is a closeup of the head and fire. I used satin stitch, back stitch, and a chaotic kind of seed stitch.



I wanted to get the gem encrusted effect, so I beaded his belly (leaving the small weak spot allows him to be killed later Wink).



Lastly, here's a closeup of the quote. I loved being in the Hobbit swap, and having the chance to stitch a cool image like this. Thanks for looking! Cheesy
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Piemaker on: August 06, 2012 03:30:51 PM
Last year, I took part in Round 3 of the awesomely fun Pushing Daisies swap. My partner, MayhapMurklins, listed Ned, the sweet piemaker who can bring the dead back to life, as one of her favorite characters in the show. So I decided to knit her a Ned doll (with accessories)!



Ned is knitted all in one piece, with embroidered hair and eyebrows and bead eyes.



I was very happy with how his hair and eyebrows turned out. Smiley



Here he is from the back. His legs are stiff enough for him to sort of stand on his own (with a bit of balancing). He has pipe cleaners in his arms, to make them a bit posable.



I sewed an apron for him that looks like the one he usually wears while working at the Pie Hole.



I also used clay, a skewer, and wire to make the wooden hand contraption that Ned uses to give Digby a scratch behind the ears. Cheesy Unfortunately the hand got broken in the mail, but I think MayhapMurklins was able to fix it.



And lastly, what would Ned the Piemaker be without pie? It was made with clay and a bottle cap covered in tinfoil, and is shown here with my hand to give a sense of the scale.

I designed Ned as I knitted him, and I made the apron, hand, and pie without a pattern too. I used a lot of pictures for reference!

Thanks for checking out my Ned Doll!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Seren Star-Polisher, a Poppet Fairy on: May 14, 2012 04:35:35 PM
This is my first poppet. I finished her last year, and only got around to posting her now. Roll Eyes



Her name is Seren, and she is a fairy I made up. Ever wonder how stars get so sparkly and shiny? Fairies like Seren polish stars, with each fairy vying to have the brightest star in the sky. Seren carries the the main tool of her trade, a soft cloth for buffing any imperfections, in a small bag at her waist. She also wears tinted goggles, which are very important (nobody wants to get stardust in their eyes, and the tinted lenses protect eyesight from starglare).




Seren's goggles, bag, and belt.

Unfortunately for Seren, the star she was supposed to take care of appears to have come loose and fallen down somewhere in fairyland. She insists, of course, that it was fastened securely the last time she saw it. Despite her protests, the Master Polisher ordered her to find the star she lost, or not bother coming back to work. So Seren has been "grounded" ever since, searching for the missing star. And she might have found it by now, if she didn't keep getting distracted! Seren loves to collect blue objects, and even when those objects are already owned by someone else, she can't help picking them up. Tongue Between getting distracted and getting chased by angry magical creatures, it's no wonder she hasn't had time to look for the star! Hopefully, someday she'll find it, and will finally be allowed to return home. Smiley


The contents of Seren's bag: her polishing cloth, and assorted blue odds and ends.

I hand-sewed Seren and her clothing (the designs on her skirt are more silvery in person), and knitted her bag and her wings (which are removable). I embroidered the edges of her polishing cloth, and I also embroidered her eyes with pale blue, silver, and black embroidery floss. She wears earrings that I made with beads, jump rings, and wire. Her goggles are made from clay, sea glass, and felt.



One last photo with the goggles on. Always remember, eye protection is important!  Wink
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bug Embroidery on: August 24, 2011 10:10:42 AM
I made this a few months ago to learn a few new stitches.



I drew the pattern myself, and used two strands of floss except for the body of the dragonfly, which has six strands.



I did this mainly so I could learn satin stitch. I used it on the leaf and the ladybug, dragonfly, and spider. I also used some french knots for the ladybug's spots.



I loved making the spider and its web!



I was using metallic floss for the first time on the dragonfly. If I did it over, I would choose a different floss. The metallic floss was annoying! Tongue



My favorite part of this hoop was definitely the dragonfly wings. I think this stitch is called honeycomb stitch, and it was so much fun to do! I'm going to be looking for excuses to use this stitch! Cheesy
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Pushing Daisies Pie Hat on: August 14, 2011 07:40:54 PM
This is part of the package I sent to MayhapMurklins in the Pushing Daisies Swap. She has already received, so there are no spoilers! She mentioned in her questionnaire that she liked Olive's pie hat in the episode "Comfort Food." I loved the way that hat looked too, so I decided to try my hand at making one!



I made up the pattern as I went along. I used a silver colored wool blend for the pie tin, a golden brown cotton yarn for the crust, and a red alpaca blend for the filling.



I sewed the pie to a ribbon and elastic headband I made.



Detail shot! I don't know how well you can see it, but I knitted the filling with bobbles to give it more of a berry texture.



Here is how it looks when worn. Since the pie is just filled with stuffing, it is very lightweight!



Here's another angle!

I loved knitting this, and I'm so happy that my partner loves it too!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / An Octopus Tea Party (Image Heavy!) on: June 23, 2011 08:41:01 PM
This is the hoop I made for the Hoopla Round 5 swap. My partner received it a couple of weeks ago, so I can post pictures!



My partner edenkitty had a lot of octopuses and squids in her wist, so I got the idea to do a kind of octopus tea party.



The challenge for the swap was for the hoop to be monochromatic, so I used seven different types of green. I used two strands of DMC embroidery floss throughout. The stitches I used were mainly satin stitch, back stitch, and long and short stitch. The hoop is 8" in diameter.



This was the first time I used such a huge amount of filling stitch! I'm happy with how it turned out, though.



I drew the pattern using a photo of an octopus as a reference. I may use this pattern again, maybe with different colors.



I love the way the tentacle suckers came out!



I was going to leave the eye plain, but my mom gave me the idea to embroider the eye with two colors. I tried to keep my stitches as tiny as possible. I like the effect it made.



This was also my first time putting a back on a hoop.



I free handed the lettering.



I loved working on this hoop so much, it was hard to send it off to its new home! Wink
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Red Tank Top I Designed on: June 22, 2011 06:05:34 PM
This is actually a project I knitted last year. But it took me so long to make, that by the time I was finished, it was too cold to wear it! Roll Eyes It isn't cold now, so I was finally able to take pictures of it.



I designed it myself. I knitted it mostly in the round, so that I didn't have to worry about the front and back not matching. I used Tahki Cotton Classic.



Here is a close up of the neckline and cable panel. I was very happy with the way the neckline turned out! I split the center cable so that it flows naturally.



I figured out all the measurements, increases, decreases, and other parts of the pattern using this piece of note paper. Since I knew what I wanted it to look like, I just had to refer to the paper to check the number of stitches I needed, or the placement of the increases.



I love how my top turned out! It's exactly how I pictured it! Cheesy

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My First Chain Mail Piece on: June 17, 2011 06:48:02 PM
I was first really introduced to chain mail jewelry through the posts here on Craftster. I loved the look of it, so I decided to try it out!



This is the first piece I've done, just a simple 4 in 1 weave ring. I was running low on jump rings at the time, so I couldn't do anything big, but it was a nice starting project to get a feel for chain mail.



(Sorry about the blurry photos! My camera was acting wonky Tongue) Since then, I've made a necklace with a chain mail center and dragon pendent for my brother. Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of that right now.
I can't wait to do more things with chain mail! Cheesy
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yellow Baby Hat and Bootees on: June 04, 2011 03:23:00 PM
The week before Easter, I found out that my cousin was having a baby "sprinkle" (small baby shower) on Easter. That week, I knitted constantly, and the day of the sprinkle, I barely finished this baby hat and bootees. Talk about cutting it close! Yesterday, I found out that my cousin had her baby on Thursday! Yay! Cheesy



For the hat, I used the Miss Dashwood pattern http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTmissdashwood.html, which I really liked! The only change I made was to omit the earflaps, because I was running out of time.



I used a simple bootee pattern from The Knitter's Bible. They were very quick to work up! I knit the hat and bootees with Caron's Spa yarn in the color Soft Sunshine. This yarn is so silky soft!



 Modeling the hat is the family skull, Yorick. Wink
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