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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mario Mushroom Blanket on: June 30, 2012 05:40:29 PM
Good job.

I know how difficult a project like this can be but it's totally worth it =)
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: 8-bit Tinkerbell Granny Square Blanket on: June 25, 2012 08:27:53 AM
Heh.  Thanks for the compliments everyone.

I'm happiest doing crafts like this. 

I'm over the moon with all the praise I've been getting from every direction.

Trust me.. there will be more epic blankets and such in the future...  I can't sit still even though my hands are cramped from crocheting and sewing. Grin
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 8-bit Tinkerbell Granny Square Blanket *Template added* on: June 24, 2012 05:12:35 AM
I came up with this idea almost 4 years ago before ever really coming around craftster or anywhere else crafty.
But last summer I decided to make my niece a blanket thinking it wouldn't take long.. ha ha ha ha... God I was a tool thinking that.

Well it took me a while to find a tinkerbell that was 8 bit.. but than it didn't look right so I had to clean it up, adjust the colour, run around the house trying to find close enough shades in my yarn and actually crochet the squares..

Well I started around September 2011.. had to stop several times but I kept pushing myself [though from this I learned I'm like my mother and have an extra piece of bone in my right wrist..and apparently doing repetative motions like crocheting, irritates it.. so it gets very very painful but I kept going so.. lol].

I finished around the first week of November 2011.  I did more than the needed squares 'just in case' because halfway thru the purple background squares I ran out of the yarn! So I had to find other purple yarns and hope for the best..

Well I put the project away until the second week of jan 2012 and my nieces birthday was coming up in march so I wanted it done for than.. So I pulled everything out again and counted all my colours...

Than I popped onto my trusty stitching program and spent about 6 hours straight trying to come up with an idea...

Than it dawned on me that since I had extra white.. I could maybe make it look like Tink is whipping by with pixie dust trailing behind her.
Than the corner pieces fell into place [I had just enough squares! the extra squares i had were all off shaped and basically unusable].
What luck!  Grin

I sewed each row than all the rows together.. everything took until 9 days after my nieces 5th birthday  [which was march 15] to get done. Than I put it away until about a week ago after I finished testing a pattern for a craftster and making my dad's father's day gift.. I got in 'that mood' and decided to drop the backing idea and just make a border.. it probably would have taken maybe 8 hours in 1 day but I went to my sisters house a few times thru the week and didn't get home til late so i couldn't do it.. but I finished last night after our yard sale! lmao.

So The pixelness is 26w by 29h [754 squares].. each square was done with a 4mm hook, worsted weight yarn, and 2 rounds of the granny square. And are all roughly 2 1/2 inches big.

Tink's been washed gently and tumble dried delicately  Cheesy

My original plan was to sew on a purple fleece backing but the blanket turned out to be larger than expected so I crocheted a border; 4 rounds, just of 2 inches wide on all sides.

The blanket now measures just over 59 inches wide by just over 61 inches high.

It'll most likely be a christmas gift this year since I STILL have to start and finish my nephews blanket which will have almost 1000 squares [took a screenshot from super mario bros 3 so..lol].

Here's the blanket [finally, right?  Wink ]

[I apologize for the giant sock pile in the corner of the photo my parents can never find matching socks in their room, lol.
Had to take the photo on their king size bed as my bed is a twin and we have evil dogs that will jump and frolick if I put the blanket on the living room floor to take a picture].






I do NOT like the 2 dark blue squares for her eyes.. it drives me crazy I hate them.. but everyone tells me it's fine.. but.. still.. if I try to remove them something bad will happen so I'm stuck.. oh well.













I learned many valuable lessons from this project...

1. I'm f****** awesome  Grin

2. Always leave at least 6 inches of yarn on every square for sewing [I had 1-3 inches gah!]

3. Always check your square sizes once in awhile incase you started going too loose or too tight

4. Don't group your squares by 5 and wrap the yarn tails around them.. it just alters the shapes and ruins the squares... [I'm thinking getting boxes next time, lol]

5. If something goes wrong, take a breather, step back and do something else for awhile; you'll think of a fixer for it when you're not freaking out.

6. Patience, Patience, Patience, Patience!  Things take time to get done right.. but the end result is worth it.  No point rushing things and run the risk of them fall apart.

Thanks for looking! Smiley


*I got a few requests for a pattern/template so I remade my pattern via my stitching program.  Hopefully it's okay.  Have fun!*
 
Grin Grin Grin



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24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Belated Father's Day Present for My Daddy on: June 21, 2012 05:44:47 AM
It's the least I could do what with being a brat for the last 15 years, lmao.

Everyone that's seen the pictures I took of it, or seen it in person loves it.  Hehe makes me feel all warm and fuzzy Wink  ♥
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Belated Father's Day Present for My Daddy on: June 18, 2012 05:58:52 PM
I started it yesterday morning but my parents came home early from their trip to Buffalo so I had to stash it away until my dad went to bed and attached a few pieces than worked on it in the morning since he had to leave a 4am for a tree delivery to Hamilton so...lol.  I had plenty of time to finish it.

The fabric for the background is actually a man's t-shirt that my dad grabbed for me in early 2011 at a Goodwill store in new market [He finds me clothing that aren't too bad so I can seam rip them for fabric projects Wink ].  I just realized that as I finished it off, lol.

My dad grew up with Gumby and a few years ago I made him a gumby birthday cake so for father's day [I finished testing an Eeyore amigurumi for a fellow craftster a few days ago so I thought of this hoop for my dad].

My dad was so giddy and couldn't stop smiling [first time for everything.. I swear his face may break soon if he doesn't stop, lol].

EDIT:  I kept thinking there was something missing for days after I made this and I clued in yesterday as to what it was... Gumby was missing his eyebrows, pokey's hair started a little too low and was missing a small clump between his ears.. so it's fixed now [yesterday morning and this morning i fixed 'em.. lol]




Here's the original photo I found online:




Here's a close up of mine.... a very good lesson I learned doing this as I plan on making more hoopla fun... always cut the felt a touch bigger than needed.



And up on the wall with the woodcarving my late grandfather made and the painting my mum bought a few years ago



I thought they looked weird witht he background but ma thought they were in the water so ......suuuuuuure.... Gumby and Pokey wish dad was in some tropical local with them, lmao.  [running joke in the family my dad never gets his second trip to cuba it's been 10 years ..everytime he saves up for it something goes wrong and he has to spend them money elsewhere.. next jan is take 8 at his trip, lmao].


Thanks for looking! Grin
26  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: BAZINGA! on: February 06, 2012 06:27:27 PM
I've recently started watching tbbt.  I adore the character of Sheldon♥

Very well done.
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Assassins Creed? Hells Yeah! on: December 29, 2011 07:12:28 AM
At first glance it looks like loops in a rug [not bad thing! I'm saying it's cool, lol].  For some reason it's mesmorizing...hm.. anyways.

It's verrrrry awesome video game nerdiness [ Grin ] and very good french knots.

Never would have thought to use french knots like this.

I also can't believe a swap partner [let alone another person] could be so rude... .. Then again... It went to someone more deserving and would appreciate it more than a little brat so  Tongue to her and  Cheesy to you
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Geisha Cross Stitch on: December 19, 2011 06:38:09 PM
Oh wow this is beautiful work and such a lovely geshia design =)

I'm so jealous of your neighbour
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Super mario bros 2 inspired Ereader case on: December 19, 2011 06:34:14 PM
Heh thanks for the compliments Cheesy

As for the pattern I lost it last month right after i printed my final chart for it but I can make it again after the holidays and post it if anyone would like it.

I had sooo much fun piecing it all together and moving it around until it was just right.  Maybe this is my calling.. being a crafty video game nerd lmao♥
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Super mario bros 2 inspired Ereader case on: December 11, 2011 11:36:48 AM
First this is my first project post..... so very long over due... ... YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

Oh and I don't own mario bros etc etc... i just sat at the computer for far too long pixelating the screenshots into my cross stitching program... so... i'm just a nerd that loves video games♥

Anywho... I've been wanting to make a cover for my Kobo ereader since i got it as a very early birthday present [so since middle of june lol].
I've been sketching out ideas and concepts for it.. it was going to be like a very big plastic canvas trinket box. Than i settled on simple case with a two different sized top/closing flaps with velcro to secure everything.


I took screenshots of the game while playing an emulatated version on my computer and added in the vine/ladder/whatchamawhosit .. I zoomed in my screenshots and put it sidebyside with my cross stitching program and spent many hours pixelating everything [and guesstimating the sizes and such and fixing them than more hours trying to get the right colour]. I moved things around, fudged/faked the design and size of the platform/hill so everything not 100% accurate but i did my best not to stray too far from the original [colour of the yarn included!].

Now the princess' original colours form back than aren't exactly the same [you'd think with maaaaaany many garbage bags bursting with yarn i'd be able to match them better... But it switched out her hair and dress outline colour for a darker shade almost burgandy as opposed to a red/orange..looked nicer in my opinion.

I also had the idea to have the scene continue around and down the sides and bottom of the case..using black yarn while sewing them together to seperate the bottom left side from the bottom of the case [which continues down under the princess][sorry got a little wordy].

So... This was done using green coloured 7 count plastic canvas' [won't use it again as i had to double up my 4ply yarn in spots to hide the ugly plastic colour and it was actually breaking in places after i sewed it altogether and had to use clear glue, dont have a glue gun, to fix it than backstitch the booboos to hide the glue], using normal 4ply yarn ..the green colours were actually thinner and thus had to split pieces of yarn so they were a little thicker. a small piece of velcro cut into 2 pieces [wont use that particular strip again as it had sticky glue in the back....ya try pushing a sewing needle thru all that yarn, glue, velcro and sometimes the plastic canvas..forgetting to use a thimble..ya.... my finger is still healing from the needle pushing back into it many many times.. before i gave up and wrapped a bunch of thick bandaids around my finger.. and the needle got bent and was covered in glue.. so it was garbaged afterward, lol]. Since the case was so much larger than my ereader i made a little pouch [2 felt pieces and 2 scrap fabrics] and sew'd a strap and snap clasp closure for it.

The stitches were obviously cross stitch, half cross stitch for the smaller/lower flap because i was lazy [and it was a last minute idea and thought] and in 1 place, backstitched for support of a booboo.

It was many many many hours of pixelating [many tylenols for a sore back from hunching over and staring at the screen too lol]. I started the needlepoint in the middle of October, got sick with a bad throat infection and had to stop for 2 weeks. I would only needlepoint for 1-4 hours a day. Finished around the last week or so of November.

I'm going to have my dad [a woodcarver] make a very thin wooden slipcase to slide inside to give the case more structure and stability since the 7count plastic canvas' are so damned flexible. I also sewed a small felt and fabric pouch to put my ereader into than into the case since i forgot to line the plastic canvas' prior to sewing it up completely. But for now, it's fine and i'm going to leave it be until the new year since i have to start and finish other projects for christmas... .. lol yaaaaaa... I'm nuts.

Hopefully I did a decent job and you guys like it. I certain love it. As does my 6 year old nephew whom loves the super mario series.











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