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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross Stitch Jewelry (picture heavy) on: March 13, 2012 09:53:56 AM
Hi, there are going to be a few projects in this post and I hope posting it here is alright. I do see them as needlework as much as if not more than jewelry.

Most are cross stitched on 28 to 32 count canvas or linen. Having cross stitched for years I've always hated that when they are done you put them on the wall and that's it, maybe make a bookmark out of them but I wanted to have a way for my friends, family and myself to show off my work. Hence my cross stitching becoming jewelry Smiley  I've yet to find the perfect thing to seal them with, right now I'm using a dry clean friendly Tacky brand glue, so that if something does happen and it gets wet it won't just fall to bits. I do make my own patterns due to the small sizes of the bezels I use, though I will use pictures or patterns for ideas or help if I get stuck while making one.

My apologies a head of time that some of the photos are crappy. Phone and Ipad pictures....sad things....  Cry

Pacman cuff link sets. I made them to be a mix and match kind of thing.






Mustache cufflinks



Star Wars Death Star keychain (made for a friends brothers birthday and it's sealed with an epoxy dome, though I haven't been having much luck with those)



My own little twist on the valentine heart candys



Mario brothers Venus flytrap key chain (made for a friends birthday, it was still drying as I drove to his party.)



A bird done for the old fashion romance swap. (I hate that I didn't get better pictures of this one, it was the hardest thing to part with I've ever made.)



A mustache necklace (a friends Christmas gift, again wish I had a better picture  Cry )


A set of wings with a hallo done for the supernatural Christmas swap. (this one is half stitched, I loved how it made it look like real feathers. I also stitched with both colors at the same time, one strand of black and one strand of pink. Don't know why I never thought to do it before!)


An antique bike keychain (made for my cousin who is crazy about biking. It's set in one of those make your own photo keychain keychains, which worked much better than I thought it would)



And the swan that I made for this months challenge (which has been worn around my neck since finishing)



I've made more, and I could kick myself for not getting pictures of them before sending them off. The first ones I did were Christmas gifts for a church younge adult party, and people have yet to take pictures of them for me haha but it's made me better about taking my own.

So if you've gotten this far, thanks for looking and maybe even reading my inane chatter. Any comments are welcome, as are suggestions!
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: yellow barred moth on: March 13, 2012 09:01:39 AM
That is beautiful! And so life like, I could imagine it driving my cat nuts if it hung on my wall. The idea to fill it out than add the detail was brilliant! It seems to make it flow together like a real ones colors would.
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Simple monograms on: March 13, 2012 08:56:22 AM
Being a cross stitcher myself, one that's wanted to try embroidery but has been a bit too intimated by, it these are amazing!

And to the naked eye, your lines look straight, I can't tell where you see them going off. But we always see what's wrong with our work, while no one else might, don't we?

Your colors are wonderful, the floss really pops off the grey background. Their for the houses right? Your color choices I mean.
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Embellished Fabric Baskets on: March 13, 2012 08:41:39 AM
I love these! The French theme along with your embelsiments are wonderful. Most of all though I love that the words seem to fit the birds actions, very clever. And thank you for posting a link to the tutorial.
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Mononoke & Calcifer Hoops! on: March 13, 2012 08:38:11 AM
Those are so amazing and look just like the "real" thing Smiley I saw the mask on the front page and thought it really was a mask. Gotta hit the this rocks button!!
26  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Downton Abbey Swap (Signups 3/12-3/31) on: March 12, 2012 06:15:01 AM
I'm so bookmarking this because if I get my craft room settled before the sign ups or done or before you reach your 24 I'm all for this swap!!
27  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Re: Swan Song on: March 05, 2012 11:48:14 AM
Thank you! It's sealed in a fabric glue that isn't water soluble, its nearly a gel and it did add a lot more shine to it than I expected but it's less of one than resin would have left.
28  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Swan Song(Updated Photos) on: March 05, 2012 08:50:57 AM
So this is my first challenge entry (yay!) and I'm as excited as I am nervouse about it. Smiley When I first read the opposites description for this challenge I thought of how often what we see in the mirror is the opposite of that others see (for better or worse) and with that in mind started to think things up. While my first idea didn't work out I'm so in love with this charm. The swan and her reflection are cross stitched on 30 count canvas and measure 27mm across by 38mm down. It took me about two hours to draw up a pattern I was happy with another two to stitch it than maybe two more putting it in the charm so a total of six hours at most.

These photos are a bit better, having been taken with my camera instead of my iPad. I did change it from a silver chain to a 18in ribbon. Again the color is truer in the one I'm wearing, which oddly enough came out better than any of the ones that came out on my camera. Thanks everyone for looking and the amazing comments!

Close ups




And me wearing it.


C&C welcome!
29  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Re: "The Ugly Truth" earrings on: March 05, 2012 06:10:05 AM
I feel in love with that opening bit too! Your earings are amazing!
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera Swap Round 3 Gallery on: March 01, 2012 10:04:44 PM
I'm so glad you like everything! A few things were a first for me so knowing you like them rocks. The zydrate necklace didn't leak did it? That was the only thing I was worried about lol
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