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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cruella DeVille! on: July 13, 2015 03:49:33 PM
For the Darker Side of Disney swap I had a lot of great options that would possibly make my partner happy. I fiddled around with one idea for a long while; but decided I couldn't make it happen like I envisioned. So then came Cruella!

I had the idea to embroider her so I could frame her. A plain ole' hoopla wouldn't do for Ms. DeVille though! I had swoops and swirls in my head. I looked online for days and finally made it into a store to see what I could come up with. I pictured a red frame. I found the below frame in grey. The grey would not do; but the shape worked! So I bought some paint. I found a red paint that matched the inside of her coat. I painted the frame three times, then topped it off with a glitter paint tinted with apple red. Perfect! Not gaudy, but definitely glittery!

At this point I hadn't even begun to embroider! I found a pose I liked. I wanted to make sure she was laughing. I wanted her arms up in victory! Those are her best poses! As I prepped to embroider though, I've been staring at that frame for over a day now. It dawned on me that I should embroider her on black...in WHITE!!!! The RED! The WHITE! The BLACK! FANTASTIC!!! I went out to grab some black fabric. I started to embroider. I'm thinking, I'm thinking...I'm staring at this as I am embroidering....and I realized that her hair needed to be HALF RED! Then I realized that everything black needed to be red! BRILLIANT!!!

The more I stitched her, the more I loved her. Except her face. Don't get me wrong. She's beautiful! My stitches were not doing her justice. I almost left her face blank; but my boyfriend talked me out of it.

Best part? My partner liked her!  Grin

You'll have to excuse my pictures. Despite them being correct prior to uploading, the photo system here on the forum twitched them sideways. Can't figure out how to fix it.

Before she went into her frame.

The glitter is not in your face. It's subtle!

Close up so you can see her glitter!

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Monkees Mug Rug on: July 06, 2015 03:12:46 PM
My partner for the Quotes, Quotes Quotes! swap have a mutual love of the Monkees. So when she provided a quote from the Monkees, I couldn't resist! I found out that the quote is from the "The Devil and Peter Tork" episode and Mike says it. So I decided to make a mug rug. I've been itching at trying to make one. This was the perfect excuse!

I found a picture of Mike Nesmith that is pretty classic and traced it. Once I was satisfied that it actually *looked like him*, I traced it onto Solvy and embroidered it in green onto my fabric (my partner is a fan of vibrant color schemes!). Then I found a font that looked retro-ish that I liked at DaFont. Originally I intended to fill it in; but in the end I went with tracing around the letters. I really like how it turned out.

I was going to make it without a border; but at the last minute decided to do a "cheater" binding. I essentially cut the backing an inch larger and wrapped it around. Easy peasy! The only thing I think I would change would be to double the batting. It felt too flimsy to me. It might have only been that I didn't quilt it at all really.

All in all, it was a fun, easy project and I love how it turned out!

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reversible hobo bag -painted and embroidered on: July 06, 2015 02:55:48 PM
This will be my first post in this area. Heck, any area that requires sewing. For the Quotes, quotes, Quotes Swap I had the idea to make a simple bag to feature one of the quotes my partner gave. I must have looked at patterns for days, trying to find one that I liked. In the end I fell in love with a free pattern from Swoon (http://swoonpatterns.com/shop/laney-reversible-hobo/).

Even as I printed out the pattern, I kept thinking it was super ambitious of me. Except for some basic instruction from my Mom, and a segment from my high school Home Ec class more than twenty years ago (where the teacher told me I was completely hopeless), I am completely self-taught and a nervous nellie on the sewing machine. This was my first attempt at making something from a pattern.

The front is white cotton, painted with fabric paints. The face is embroidered on and is actually my partner's face. Traced from a picture I stole from another one of her projects she posted here on Craftster. Even though in some part of my brain I knew that the bag was reversible, I didn't treat it as such. Meaning that I didn't stress too much about the stripes being *just so*. Which is good cause I was already stressing enough as it was! I am hoping to make another bag like this for myself and maybe my daughter. Although I think I will add a pocket on the "inside" and use a magnet closure instead of a tie closure. Maybe.

Close Front Panel

Front of Bag

Back of Bag


4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / May ATC Swap cards on: June 16, 2015 08:55:40 AM
I hadn't made any ATCs in a long while, so I was very happy to participate in May's ongoing ATC swap. These are the three cards that I made.

Early Bird - Embroidery on canvas.

Calvin and Hobbes. Sadly I don't remember what I titled this one. - Embroidery on cotton with watercolor pencil. First time I ever had embroidery floss bleed on me. Originally it was meant to be black and white with just the balloon embroidered in red. When I rinsed the solvy off, the thread bled. After trying to wash it out multiple times, I decided to cover up the mistake with the pencil.

Early Run in San Francisco - Micron pen with watercolor and glitter pencils.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chevron Lace Wrap on: June 04, 2015 09:24:56 PM
Nothing fancy or anything. I made a million mistakes; but luckily it is a super forgiving pattern with this particular yarn.

Made with the free Chevron Lace Wrap pattern from the Moggly blog, using Red Heart Unforgettable in Stained Glass. Made for a friend's birthday and I don't want can't wait to give it to her! Super soft and just way more gorgeous in person. Pattern is easy as pie.

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Ironing Board stand in on: May 08, 2015 12:12:34 PM
I have an iron, but no ironing board. Just no room for it. I don't even really have room for a tabletop ironing board (used to have one) but with me wanting to do a little more sewing (dragged my barely used sewing machine out of storage) I'm going to need *something*.

What say you? I'd like to have something I can fold up or rollup. But I need to make sure it will protect the table I am using it on.

Thanks for any ideas!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Doctor Who Coasters & felt sonic screwdriver (PIC HEAVY) on: May 04, 2015 12:06:10 PM
For the Craft My Fandom swap I went (mostly) with my partner's Doctor Who theme.

I made some more felt coasters along the lines of the Harry Potter ones I made for my mom for Xmas. I think they turned out pretty good. At the last minute, to hold them, I had the inspiration to make a TARDIS to hold them all. I really liked the sparkly black felt I used for the inside.

My partner also asked for something kid-centric for her step-son, who is six. I decided a felt sonic screwdriver was in order. So I used a pencil as a base and sewed around it to create the screwdriver. If I ever decided to make another one, I would probably create and sew it flat, then just wrap it around and sew it on. It was difficult to sew around the pencil, so hiding my stitches wasn't so easy. So it's a bid cruder than I would have liked. I figured the six year old wouldn't see the flaws that I did. I still thought it was pretty cool. I had a hard time sending any of these items away.

The TARDIS holder

Peeking inside. This was a last minute addition. If I were to do it again, I would hide my stitches and make it firmer by adding another layer to the doors.

The coasters. Clockwise, that's Eleven, Ten, a Dalek and a friendly Adipose!

The whole kit and caboodle.

A "closed" version of Ten's Sonic Screwdriver. Pencil base covered in felt.

Close up of the "front" of the sonic screwdriver.

Close up of the "back end" of the sonic screwdriver.

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Felt Coasters on: March 17, 2015 06:36:49 PM
Made these for my Mom for Christmas. Harry, Ron and Hermione designs were inspired from some pillows I saw on Pinterest. Luna is my own design.


9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Lenticular art..or other possible options on: April 04, 2014 03:32:02 PM
I am percolating an idea for a piece for submission to an art show. My first time attempting something so ambitious. The piece is about women in the miliary and the sacrifices they make. The original image came to me as a woman in a military uniform on one side, and then an image of the softer side of military women. A sort of half and half. That sort of was transformed into looking at the different layers...

Been thinking of the different ways to show the various pieces in the same piece of artwork. Lenticular art is definitely an option. For something that's pretty simple I was very surprised at the lack of tutorials on the web for this...unless you want to do it in Photoshop.

But I was hoping to come to my favorite artistic place with the most artistic people I know and ask if anyone could throw out other possibilities for showing multiple aspects of the same subject.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Woven blanket help on: December 31, 2013 01:20:45 PM
Have a woven blanket that has a thread that popped out and is sticking out from the weave. Any tricks to fix it?
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