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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTT October Holidays 6 (MAIL BY 10/8/14) on: October 06, 2014 12:20:43 PM
I made a prototype and now it is just down to finishing the project I am sending.

12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Lexophiles Unite! (SU 8/27-9/10, SO 9/30) on: October 02, 2014 01:22:29 PM
I received a funny package from Lazyda79 today.  It really lifted my spirits!  Here is a link to the GALLERY http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435976.new#new

Thank you Crazyday79 I loved the package!

13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Lexophiles Unite! swap gallery on: October 02, 2014 01:18:23 PM
Today I received a wonderful and funny package from crazyda79.  I laughed so hard when I saw the mat she made using my favorite word defenestrate.

Thank you for such fun swap!
14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 12 - SEASONS - send by Oct 15/14 on: October 01, 2014 09:53:17 AM
I started my swoop!  It is on a dark fabric and to copy the design I cut out a shape and then ran a white colored pencil around it.  The pencil wears off the fabric while I stitch.  I recommend testing a pencil before trying this technique.  Pouncing a light colored chalk around a shape also works well.

Happy stitching!

15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lacy Centerpiece Doily on: September 21, 2014 12:53:43 PM
This is for my sister, her birthday is next week.  I thought I would make her a centerpiece for her giant dinning room table.  The table seats 10 for those family dinners.  The design is from a Magic Crochet magazine.  This doily was made with size 10 thread instead of size 30 so it came out 19 inches.  Big enough to see on her table.  The design is more open and lacy then I usually crochet and so it only took 5 days to complete.

Thanks for looking!

16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Collaborative endeavor - a plethora of eyes on: September 21, 2014 12:32:56 PM
This looks like it was a joy to stitch!  Sort of like letting your inner Dali out!

17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Lexophiles Unite! (SU 8/27-9/10, SO 9/30) on: September 20, 2014 01:27:28 PM
I have finally settled on a plan that I'm excited about, but this weekend is full.  Hopefully I'll craft this week and mail by the weekend.  I'm going to do something a little different :)

That sounds fun!  Nothing like trying new things.  Can't wait for the gallery to open.

18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Needlepainted Pansy on: September 20, 2014 01:24:15 PM
So beautiful!
Thanks for the book tip. I have wanted to try embroidery/needle painting for a long time...all you fantastic needle women we have on Craftster are so inspiring.
I'm going to give it a go!

That's wonderful!  I recommend Burr's blog http://trishburr.com/  In fact it is a website with all her stuff including Etsy.  Unfortunately Amazon doesn't have the "Look Inside" for this book.  Take lots of pictures and let us all know how you are doing.

Happy stitching!
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Needlepainted Pansy on: September 20, 2014 12:47:32 PM
Thank you all for the kind words.  The reason I showed the back of the piece is to show how easy needle painting really can be.  You don't have to concentrate at all on the back because you are just going up and down through the fabric.  The hard part is that you are stitching hundreds of stitches to get the blending right.  At least it takes me that many!  You pick your highlights and shadows and stitch rows of straight stitch that overlap and bite into each other.  Last night I found some pictures for a tutorial I never wrote.  Maybe I will do that while working on swaps this weekend!  Currently I am in the Hoopla swap (my first time) and I was thinking of using this technique.  I just had an overwhelming desire to inspire embroiders last night to try something different.  Life is too short and there are so many things to learn!

20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Needlepainted Pansy on: September 20, 2014 05:59:28 AM
I was  just sitting here looking at some photos that I took of past projects and I thought I would share these.  This is lesson 10 from Trish Burr's book "Needle Painting Embroidery, Fresh Ideas For Beginners".  If you have been interested in learning Needle Painting I highly recommend this book.  The author makes these projects easy to stitch by providing easy outlines, color suggestions and in progress photos.  My only complaint is that I spent around $90 in floss because there is very little over lap of floss colors in the projects.  But doing the projects one at a time is affordable.  This embroidery took about 6 hours to stitch and I enjoyed it greatly.  Needle painting is very easy when the colors are already picked out.

Finished pansy.

Back of work.

Thank you for looking!

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