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21  Young Frankenstein hoopla in Needlework: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: May 26, 2016 09:12:32 AM
I did this piece for my partner, Mellius01, for the Three Tiny Movie Things. I have never done much portraiture with my embroidery, and I definitely haven't done one where I was filling in tons of stitches instead of outlining and defining a feature. So, I learned A LOT. I actually have some more portraitures planned so I can practice more.

If you don't know who this is...shame on you!  Wink

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22  Disney's Genie small wristlet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by fatewineroses on: May 26, 2016 09:01:13 AM
I made this for my partner Mellius01 the Three Tiny Movie Things swap. One of the movies she selected was Disney's 'Aladdin.' Being from the SF Bay Area, Robin Williams has a special place in my heart and his passing a couple years ago was devastating. As soon as I saw that, I had to do something to honor him.

I took the small Coraline from Swoon patterns and reduced her an inch. Everything else stayed the same. I found fabric the same color as Genie, found the perfect pose, used some stitch witchery to fuse it to the main bag fabric, and then hand embroidered Genie to the bag. I used Pellon's 'Print-Stitch-Dissolve' and printed the quote I wanted to use in the font I wanted..and hand-stitched that as well.

Yes. I am aware that the beginning of the quote is incorrect. It is supposed to be 'phenomenal cosmic power' not 'unlimited cosmic power.'  Sad

I almost just did the quote; but decided that I wanted the lamp there.

Butterflies are a symbol of change and renewal. I wanted to use them here to show that Robin moved onto bigger and better things. Released from the burden of his illness.

My partner really liked this item. I hope you guys do too!
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23  Re: Disney Villain swap round 2 Send Outs May 19th Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: May 23, 2016 10:40:29 AM
My partner, aisy, and I actually both live in the SF Bay Area and decided to meet up instead of mailing out. Aisy was kind enough to meet me in the City, a much appreciated concession in the Bay Area. We met at a wonderful little chocolate shop called Dandelion in the Mission District that also sells drinks and pastries. I got a frozen hot chocolate, which was super yummy. We chatted for quite a while, until I realized what time it was. I had a watercolor class scheduled that afternoon! So we did a quick switcheroo before I had to beat feet out of there. It was so very nice to meet another Craftster! This was my first time!

Now on to the loot!

Aisy artfully painted Ursula on a glass dome! So very cool! Please excuse the pictures. It was pretty hard to get a good picture of her. These pics do not do her justice. I just have to find the perfect place to display her!

We decided to do an extra and Aisy wood burned a Stitch (my FAVORITE) onto a wooden spoon. He is already in the kitchen!

And my drink! It was super yummy!

Aisy took pictures of us together with our loot. Hopefully she gets a chance to post that picture and pictures of her stuff. Aisy, if you want, I can post pictures if you didn't get a chance to get pictures. It was great meeting you!
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24  Re: Three Tiny Movie Things Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: May 16, 2016 09:55:38 AM
Wow. I think this will be the first time I have posted FIRST on a gallery thread. Kudos to Mellius for getting her craft on and getting done early! I hardly EVER get done early! And her package was AWESOME. A perfect way to start off our gallery!


The box was a little crunched on the side; but luckily, nothing was damaged. When I opened it up, this is what a saw.

I was still in the car, but that didn't stop me! I dug in! My first find were these.

The pez are gone now. They *did* last until after I got home. Not much longer.

Next I found this. He is awesome. Both me and my bf were impressed. We don't do cross stitch.

This was on the back side. If you don't know what it is, it is a mythosaur skull. A huge animal native to the Outer Rim world of Mandalore. You can see it on Boba Fett's armor. (I had to look up this detailed information. I knew it was on Boba's armor; but did not know the significance.)

Okay. I'm being honest in saying that I *think* the next two items were IN the Boba pouch; but I'm not sure. As I went from piece to piece I was kinda overwhelmed and lost track of what was where. All I knew is that they were awesome.

This decal will be going on my car. It is a quote from 'Serenity.' I LOVE it.

If you have seen 'Office Space,' you might recognize this guy. If you do not, please go watch this movie. You're welcome.

I am massively impressed with the teeny tiny stitches on this. I just kept staring at it. Just so you know, I have my own red Swingline stapler. Take it from my desk at your own peril!  Grin

Another one from 'Serenity.' Again...TEENY TINY STITCHES. Very teeny tiny. I love it!

And last, but not least!...an amiguri Stitch! Stich is my number ONE all time favorite Disney character. He's awesome! (Sorry for the rotten picture!)

I might have overused the word AWESOME here. No. No, I did not. But I really have to work on better words. AWESOME is a great description of this package though. Now I am nervous to send my package to her!  Cheesy Isn't that always the way it goes though?

A HUGE thanks to Mellius for spoiling me so! And a big thanks to Smeddley for hosting!
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25  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: May 13, 2016 12:41:37 PM
Hi everybody!

I have been sneaking in to see all the pictures of the beautiful flags coming in; but haven't had time to post. So many beautiful flags!

My other partner, red popsicles, sent me a flag and I was finally able to grab it from my PO the other day. Please see below a picture of my DARE flag. It seems to be paint on a cute rosebud print. Super cute! She also included some chocolates! Thanks so much red popsicles!

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26  Prayer Flags in Needlework: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: May 06, 2016 09:49:43 AM
I participated in the recent Prayer Flag swap for the first time recently. I had two partners and we were required to make a flag for ourselves as well.  I *never* craft for myself. Okay...maybe on a rare occasion I do; but I was wanting to embroider something and I always seem to embroider for others; but I really wanted to make something for myself. So the Prayer Flag swap was very timely.

My first partner, loves2experiment, and I exchanged a couple emails while I was in the process of brainstorming. During that time, I also found the perfect quote.

While black doesn't seem like a logical choice for a prayer flag, (Christian beliefs anyway), but when looking for a good wildflower picture to go with the quote, I found this chalk drawing. Going to the store to look for fabrics, I just couldn't see it being anything but black. I think it works.

I am the Mistress of Google. While searching for a focus with the words my partner picked, I found this quote by Nikki Rowe. After a couple emails with my partner, the quote insisted it be included. You know how it can be.

My second partner and I swapped a couple messages and she mentioned her intention was to help her urban garden have a good season. So I picked abundance as her word. I then spent some time looking for a focus. She mentioned mythology, witchcraft and the elements in her questionnaire. So I envisioned some sort of symbology done in an artful way. I also was thinking of some of the zentangle tangles that might be incorporated.

During my search, I kept running across Ukrainian pysanky. It's folk designs on Easter eggs. After scrolling through pages and pages of those beautiful designs, I decided to use it to design the flag.

The pattern on the bottom is actually from sashiko symbolizing water. The flowers and bees are to encourage pollination,

The hens are to fulfill wishes and symbolize fertility. Interestingly, they are supposed to only be shown at rest, never flying. The wheat wishes for good health and a good harvest.

Stags represent wealth and prosperity.

The colors were chosen  with care as well. The blue/green fabric is to symbolize the sky, good health, new growth and hope. Orange as the primary thread color symbolizes strength, endurance and the eternal sun. It also looks good with the fabric! And the small amount of red on the wheat encourages happiness in life, hope, passion and the sun.

The words I picked for myself were reforge, balance, dare, blessings and strength. Thinking on it, I went with 'blessings' because it was something I really needed to work on remembering.

I lost my dog Sophie a couple years ago.  She had been a free puppy in front of the grocery store, given to a niece...but the Mom was NOT happy and was going to get rid of her...and then my daughter brought her to me and begged to keep her. It was a close thing. I almost said no. She was a mutt and we had no idea what her background was.

Best decision I made. She turned out to be the sort of dog that makes other people want to get a dog. She brought me through a black depression and made our lives so much better.

I had wanted to embroider her portrait. This was the perfect opportunity.

My favorite detail.

The original picture for comparison. If you can't really tell, that is a sticker from an apple on her nose. She was very tolerant. In this picture, she was about six months old. I miss her every single day.

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27  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: April 29, 2016 08:52:35 AM
Love that "quaint" flag by abbeeroad. So sorry to hear about your campter quaggy. So sad. Hopefully that means you will move on to bigger and better things.

Many apologies to my partner loves2experiment. My flag arrived in my PO box on Monday; but I wasn't able to pick up until Wednesday. I tried to post pics last night; but was having a dickens of a time making it happen from my phone. I think I gave up after about ten tries.  Sad

While I haven't been able to share it with you, I have been staring at it since I opened the package...because it's pretty awesome. You may now be jealous.  Grin

loves2experiment picked "strength" from my list of words. Along with my words, I gave my reasons for picking that word. To try and give my partners context so they could better focus their efforts.

Full flag view

Close up of the focus word

Close up of the fabulous patchwork pocket! (with a peek of the quote she included)

Close up of the quote on the bottom - which was perfect

I did not really include a close up of the cute little dangles on the bottom that have some cute little beads attached. If you look closely at any of the close ups you'll see the kantha stitching that is all over the flag. She used a blue-green variegated thread for this. I've never used this method; but have always loved the effect. I love how it echoes the actual pattern on the fabric. You almost can't see it because they are close in color and pattern.

Now I have to decide if I want to hang it outside over my little garden; or next to my desk so I can see it every day. Thank you SO much loves2experiment! You made my first prayer flag swap so very worth it.
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28  Hulk lamp in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by fatewineroses on: April 26, 2016 02:48:54 PM
Last July I did the "Quotes quote quotes" swap and was partners with fluffypants. She made me the MOST amazing little lamp http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439929.msg5323800#msg5323800 with a quote from Sirius Black cut out that glows when you turn it on. I absolutely LOVE it. The paper she used for the outside of the shade just happened to be Hulk green. My boyfriend's youngest LOVES Hulk and when he saw my lamp, he immediately wanted it. So I told him I would make him a Hulk lamp. I have never done anything like this before; but I was pretty certain I could pull it off.

I found an image online that I thought would work. Hulk can be kinda scary (the little guy is four) and I wanted to make sure he wasn't TOO scary, ya know? So I thought this image was not too simple, but simple enough..not too scary but menacing enough..perfect! I put the paper over the image and traced it. Then I just painted it. Viola! Easy peasy! It turned out great (or so I think) and the little guy loved it! I gave it to him for Christmas but forgot to post it here.

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29  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: April 26, 2016 12:04:49 PM
Both of my partners have received and I'm here to post my personal flag. But first I wanted to comment on a couple things.

Thank you for the many compliments on loves2experiment's flag. I *almost* couldn't mail it. You know how that goes!

Wulf asked about how I marked my pattern on the black fabric. Well, I didn't mark the fabric. I swear by Sulky's "Solvy." It's a clear, water soluable stabilizer. I use it for almost every embroidery piece I do. I trace my design directly on the solvy and just hoop it with my fabric, then stitch over it. It doesn't gum up my needle or make it much harder to embroider the piece. And you can use just about any kind of marker. I used a white gel pen. Next time I would use a different color because sometimes it was hard to see my stitches on the white. When you wash it off the ink just goes away with the stabilizer. It does NOT stain the fabric. I actually just picked up some Sticky Fabri-solvy by Sulky. It is printable (laser, inket or copier) or you can draw on it. Then you pull it off the paper backing and stick it to your fabric. Then it dissolves in water like Solvy. I'm VERY excited about this stuff and hope it lives up to the reviews. I highly recommend the Solvy for complicated embroidery projects. I also found a white pen that is water soluable recently. I haven't had a chance to try it out and don't remember the brand at this time.

Love rscowtown's flag by gigglgygirl! The bunny and "love" really make it! And the flag she received from Smmart! I just love the whole composition of it. Love the verse on it as well.

gigglygirl's flag by always in my room just makes me swoon! I love the use of the vintage hanky and the vintage colors. I swear I saw that pattern on a piece of furniture in my Grandma's house!

I love the pocket wendiek! I love how you incorporated everything. Wonderful!

And the Wild flag by Quaggy is awesome! I love the colors!

And now I would like to share my flag. My words were: Reforge, balance, dare, blessings and strength. I decided to use the word "Blessings." I had been meaning to embroider my dog Sophie for over a year. I kept putting it off because I was intimidated by the prospect of doing an embroidered portrait.

So this was my push. For all the years she spent with us, Sophie was a continual blessing in my family's life. She was the kind of dog that made other people want a dog. Even people who didn't like dogs! I embroidered her to remember all that she gave us; and to remind me how very blessed I am. The flag is essentially the color of her fur. I did all of the embroidery with a single strand (to get the level of detail I was looking for). After completing the embroidery, I stared at it a while to determine if I wanted to add anything else. I then added the white on her chest and the dots on her muzzle with a fabric pen. I had actually bought them to experiment on the flags and they came in only a day before I finished.

Please ignore the very dirty ironing board!  Roll Eyes


My favorite detail


For comparison, this is the original picture. The white spot on her nose is a sticker from an apple! Sophie was very tolerant.  Grin

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30  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - July 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: August 03, 2015 03:49:23 PM
Please forgive the sideways picture. No matter if I take a picture rightsideup or whatever, it still always ends up on its side.

Received a great Doctor Who themed (weeping angels) card from sammylouise40! Love the weeping angel! Thanks so much for the card!
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