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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Eat My Shorts on: May 27, 2014 06:24:39 PM
One of my favorites!! Excellent job!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Dapper pet portraits on: May 09, 2014 01:28:46 PM
Woah! I am so honored!!

Thank you everyone for all your kind comments.  Kiss
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dapper pet portraits on: April 16, 2014 04:14:13 PM
So, it was recently my friend's birthday, and she super likes her cats, so I made her some fancy portraits of them! These are sort of inspired by the works of Lucky Jackson and Ryan Berkley.

(Unfortunately, I got so excited about wrapping them when they were finished that I failed to get decent pictures of them, so unfortunately I just have Instagram/dark restaurant pictures. Sorry!)



The coloring is done in water color and all the outlines are done in a single thread of floss. There's also some satin stitch thrown in for texture.


This is Loki.


And this is Shiva!


This picture shows some of the detail a bit better.

The frames were cheap wooden ones I got at Michael's and painted brown. Voila!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: This is our most desperate hour. on: March 14, 2014 06:17:16 PM
Woah!! I am flattered to be on Mr. X Stitch!!!

And thank you to everyone else too!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / This is our most desperate hour. on: February 06, 2014 08:11:16 PM
This is a little Star Wars themed piece I stitched up a few years ago for Pittsburgh's annual Art All Night show. It's stitched on some sort of vintage hanky or doily.



Some close ups:

Her little sacred heart is the Millennium Falcon.



Hope you like it!  Grin
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4, Diptych Round - Gallery (SendOut 3/21/11) on: April 03, 2011 10:03:40 AM
Here are my hoops from Songs4Drowning! She did some toothy pieces inspired by Emily Martin (aka The Black Apple), who is one of my favorite crafty ladies!

(I apologize in advance for these pictures - my real camera, after years of rough treatment, as finally given up the ghost, so I had to take these pictures on my phone. Grumble.)


An incredibly demure felt appliqued gal and her little tooth! So cute!


She said she agonized over the band-aid and whether or not it made it clear that it represented the gal getting her tooth yanked out, but I got it right away! I wish I had looked this cute when I had my wisdom teeth out! Also, I love how she wrapped the hoop!


She even has a little rosy blush to her cheeks! Eep!


And I love love love the little tooth hoop! Unbeknownst to her, I have a lot of tooth anxieties - maybe I can hold onto this guy the next time I'm in the dentist chair!

I used so many exclaimation points in this post! Thanks, Songs4Drowning!





7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dia de los Droids on: March 22, 2011 09:29:48 AM
So, these were my submissions for the Hoopla Round 4 Swap for my partner, Songs4Drowning. She received them today and I was very excited to post them so here they are! Among her interests, she listed Day of the Dead, and she had some nerdy stuff on her wist, and my brain immediately went to the work of Jose Pulido. So I stitched up his version of C-3PO and R2D2:


"Don't you call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of grease!"

I tried to keep both a bit of their usual coloring as well as adding in some bright sugar skull type colors. I have to apologize for the relative lousiness of these pictures - my camera is literally being held together by duct tape right now (helloooo, tax return).





They are primarily done in backstitch, my go-to, do everything stitch, but also feature some satin stitch, as well as lazy daisy and french knots, both of which I learned specifically for this project.





I tried to use two colors of gold for C-3PO - a brighter gold for his outlines and a darker gold for his details, but you can't really tell the difference unfortunately. Also, despite much searching, I could not find an oval embroidery hoop with the hook at the top, so his is sideways and in a cheapy hoop. I could have put them both in round ones, but I really liked the idea of the hoops corresponding to their shapes.

Finally, and maybe the most exciting thing:

I ACTUALLY FINISHED THE BACK PROPERLY. This is a landmark step for me, as usually I am just too damn lazy and don't do anything but trim the fabric close to the hoop. Ha!

I am glad you liked them, Songs4Drowning!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4, Diptych Round - Gallery (SendOut 3/21/11) on: March 21, 2011 09:14:01 AM
According to tracking, Songs4Drowning should be getting her hoops today! Hooray!

This is such a fun swap!!
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4 - Diptych Round!! (SU CLOSED, SO 3/21/11) on: February 20, 2011 08:46:54 AM
Checking in! Already know what I'm going to do, just need to get hoops!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: What the What? (I heart Liz Lemon) on: January 14, 2011 08:30:52 PM
You should make a companion piece that just says, "SHARKFARTS!"
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