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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Video Game cross stitch xmas gift on: December 27, 2013 07:52:32 AM
I can't guess at how long this took to stitch up. A week of planning.. 6 trips to michaels and a local yarn/fabric store for embroidery floss.  It took up about 7 weeks of my life.  3-6 hours per day minus 1 day a week to rest my eyes and fingers [damn pointy needles >.<]. I tried to keep the colours as close to the original games from the snes as possible.. I tried my best...lol

Stone Mario from Super Mario bros 3, link from legend of Zelda: a link to the past, kupo the moogle from ff6/ff3 and crono from chrono trigger.
I gifted it to my brother last night.. I forgot to mention that the characters were from the 4 main games we played together [or I watched him play] as kids.






Had to outline links shield and sword with a black floss backstitch.



Thought the purple outline for Crono was weird but it was in the game screenshots so... oh well, left it as is.



Had to add the geeky, 'choose wisely' phrase.

Thanks for looking!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 6 hour hello kitty last minute xmas gift on: December 26, 2013 10:48:12 AM
Yes. My mother commented December 24 morning that I should make something for my sisterinlaw since I cross stitched my brother a video game gift.   Oh my GOD! I spent 5 hours trying to  off-loom stitch a hello kitty head while looking after the woodstove.. I panicked and tried to loom it.. still wasn't working... argh! I called my dad and asked him to brave the local Wal-Mart for small pictue frames and ran upstairs to grab my aida cloth and stash of embroidery floss.

It took about 6 hours including breaks and sketching out the design.  I opted for kitty's bow to be green [DMC tye-dye multi shades of green, looks better in person].  I added seeds beads I was going to use for the original keychain idea... sadly when my dad must man'd the stitch into the tiny frame he smooshed the beads.. but it fit.. BARELY.. lmao.  I was afraid he'd crack the glass.  Thank god he didn't.
 The beads were meant to look more like the top right one.. a plus sign I suppose.. lol 1 ruby surrounded by teal.. again it looks nice in person.


3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Bead Loomed Coronation Street bookmark [beadloom pic included!] on: December 19, 2013 03:16:03 PM
It took my dad over a month to finish building my bead loom [I could have done it but... I don't trust myself around saws, lol].  He kept getting called back to work throughout November so he wasn't off for the season.. so last week I finally got to make this.

This is a Christmas gift for my grandmother whose watched Coronation street since it came on tv so..yeah.  Thought I'd make her a beaded project.  It was SUPPOSE to be a keychain but I grabbed sized 8 Japanese toho beads and it ended up being the perfect size for a bookmark and she reads a lot [is crafty as well].  Thinking about it now I've NEVER made her anything with my many crafting abilities.

Anywho, I showed my dad that it was too big and he laughed and asked if it was a bracelet, nope keychain..but it was too long.."plan b?" "BOOKMARK!" "BRILLIANT!" hahaha.







The store in the mall ended up having a coronation street scarf so we bought it [I was originally going to knit her one but settled on the beads], got her a 2014 coronation street calander, 2 coronation street magnets and a coronation street through the years book... ya.. wrapping it all I had a laugh..that everything for her was Corry themed Wink

The only thing I didn't like about bead looming was all the damned ENDS to weave it.. that took the longest.. days upon days... and about 4 beading needles [lost 2 and 1 broke due to the constant weaving].

The looming took maybe... 6-8 hours. It worked up fast once I got a rhythm going.

We stopped by my grandmothers house last night and convinced her to open my gift.. she kept asking, 'did you really make it?!" repeatedly, lol.  Kept giving me hugs.  Her face when she saw it was priceless.  Glad she likes it.  She called me a little bit ago.  She took the bookmark in to her quilting class and showed it off to the other ladies and now they want one, lol. Cheesy


I altered a coronation street cross stitch image I found online to fit the beadwork so..ya..lol.


UPDATE: I finally got around to uploading the pictures of the loom.  It's not pretty..lol my dad ignored me and drilled the holes without doubt checking... he drilled on side at 1/4" and the other 1/2" lol. He ended up pouring woodglue into the holes.. told him not too... yaaaaa.. So I'll be sanding off the glue, sanding the sides smoother, adding wood putty to the holes and painting it at some point down the line. I think it's 18 inches by 6 or 8 inches.  We had made a smaller 10 by 4 inches but it was too small once we cut the pieces and looked at it.  It's big..ackward to handle but if I sit upright and add a tonne of pillows around it works well.  Just starting out the project gets frustrating because it's far away but ya.  I love it.. but I need to paint it..maybe a scene from super Mario bros, lol.





4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: The Griswold's ROCK!! on: November 05, 2013 06:04:49 AM
My favourite movie and movie quote. Awesome job.  I always wanted to stitch this up..ah one year, lol.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Jack Skellington on: October 21, 2013 06:07:34 AM
Love it. Need to make one for myself as I love the nightmare before Christmas and jack skellington.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help regarding vintage knitted hunting gloves! ASAP on: October 07, 2013 02:36:17 AM
I spent friday [had the day off] and ripped open every package of straight, circular and dpn knitting needles I had in my posession and checked them all.  A weird thing happened.. out of ALL those old packages my dad got for my from estate/yard sales and thrift stores I ended up having queen bee size 11 and size 12 knitting needles!  So I checked their size in a needle guide and they were 2.75 and 3 mm [respectively] which is what I figured.

I was at my SIL yarn shop and found DK yarn in virgin wool weight 3.  I'm so happy and the swatch I made it bang on target!

Time to get to work today.

Thanks for the help!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lion Security Blanket on: October 05, 2013 03:40:01 PM



I made this for my 2 year old nephew.

The granny square is one I modified 2 years ago for my neices pixelated tinkerbell blanket so there's no holes. The brown border is added thru the backloops as another round which gives a nice line seperation. Than another round with a single crochet than finally the reverse single crochet [crab stitch] for the coil effect.

The head ball was crochet VERY VERY tightly [so the stuffing wouldn't peek through as much].. I mean tight enough that it left a dark red indent in my skin for a few hours afterwards. The arms I made through trial and error as well as the ears and muzzle. The brown spot on the muzzle is a small triangle made with single crochets and whipstitched the the already attached muzzle.

The eyes are safety ones I found at my sisterinlaws yarn store [they just got them in and I cleaned them out, lol!]. I used paper and shaped the background for the eyes to sit in I guess... eyelashes perhaps..? I dunno but it looks cool. Was missing something until I added it. I used brown felt I bought last christmas from the hobby lobby when I wetn cross border shopping in Buffalo, NY. I cut 2 tiny slits as a + and popped in the eyes then put them into position and added the washer to lock it into place.

The mane took literally all day while I babysat my nephews[2 years and 8 years..the 8 year old had to stay home from school due to an allergic reaction to peanuts so he was bouncing off the walls due to the allergy meds so I had to keep stopping].

At one point the lion looked like a hippy jesus which made me laugh and laugh [really wish I took a picture.. all it needed was a pipecleaner eyeglasses and a bong, lmao].

He got about 3 haircuts before my sisterinlaw and I agreed his hair looked good enough.

I forgot to take measurements but I'd venture a guess that it's about 18-20 inches squared.

I really loved making this and playing around until I got what I wanted.. Thank god I wrote down everything I did incase I wanted to make it again [might sell some at SIL store since she was so shocked by how good it looked, lol].

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help regarding vintage knitted hunting gloves! -figured it out, thanks♥- on: October 04, 2013 05:45:49 AM
My brother and ex boyfriend are avid hunters so my sisterinlaw and I decided to hunt around for a decent hunting glove to make them and 2 weeks ago I ended up finding it in my stock pile of books and booklets i'd been buying for years from thrift stores and yard sales and never had the time to flip through them.

The book is 'gloves and mitts by beehive for the whole family. book no. 80' and the gloves are 'divided mitts and plain mitts' worked on 2 needles [i use to knit them i learned crochet and over the years never knit again and forgot it all so I'm taking babysteps to get back into it..anywho!].

My sisterinlaw and I are having problems adapting this vintage pattern materials for things that exist today. [plus we're both sick with colds and have been looking are her sons who have severe pea/nut allergies and had reactions last night so..ya..fun no sleep].

What I'm guessing is the pattern maybe from the 1950's there's no date but on a website selling the same book they labelled it as such.  And I'm sure the kind of yarn and needle sizes have changed since then.

So my question! finally...[sorry for the drabble]:  The pattern calls for 'beehive superior double knitting patonised wool yarn'; what yarn can match it and what weight class is it?  

Question 2: it calls for the use of 2 needles sized no. 11 Queen bee knitting needles.  What's the equivilant today?



If anyone can help please do.  We need to make these by the 18th as the boys are leaving for 1 1/2 weeks to hunt deer and moose.
9  CANADA / Ontario / Lindsay ontario new fabric yarn store opening Wednesday June 12 2013 on: April 15, 2013 01:53:32 PM
[of varying prices ranges and name brands] Handmade items, fabric, yarn,  looms, embroidery, notions for all and more for sale.  

It's in a large brown commercial  building next to the salvation army thrift store on peel street.

28 peel street, lindsay ontario.

https://www.facebook.com/stitchnsistersfabricandwool

Officially opening June 12 2013. The dates were moved so that all the inventory could be instore for the opening.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Grumpy cat is not amused on: February 05, 2013 06:46:32 PM
saw the grumpy cat on facebook recently.  Heh love this♥
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