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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: the anatomy of motherhood on: October 16, 2009 08:48:07 PM
thank you everyone! i think it is an incredibly beautiful image as well, though i'm not a mother!
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: embroidered love, cupcakes and craftiness! on: October 16, 2009 08:46:04 PM
thanks kittykill!
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: embroidered love, cupcakes and craftiness! on: October 11, 2009 11:37:08 PM
thanks everyone!

and thanks for the iron advice! i'll definitely try the vinegar and water thing, the only stuff i've ever seen in fabric stores is for cleaning the surface of the iron, not the water reservoir! and i'm not a coffee drinker, so i was clueless. Roll Eyes
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: the anatomy of motherhood on: October 11, 2009 11:35:02 PM
thank you so much everyone!
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: embroidered love, cupcakes and craftiness! on: October 11, 2009 01:00:23 PM
thanks! i did too! i'm totally not a fan of orange, but it pops so nicely with the pink.
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / embroidered love, cupcakes and craftiness! on: October 11, 2009 12:32:38 PM

this first piece is a tea towel i stitched for jMi back in february.
i fell in love with the january freebie from bad bird/andrea zuill, and i really really wanted to stitch it. jMi really loves the colour combo of oranges and pinks, which was perfect for this design, there are lots of little bits to stitch in different shades!

the large heart is chain stitch (dmc 600 and 608), stem stitch (dmc 718), backstitch (dmc 741), french knots (dmc 740 and unknown) and detached chain stitch/lazy daisy stitch/tied loop stitch/picot stitch/petal stitch (dmc 608).

the small hearts are blind stitch/forbidden stitch/pekinese stitch/chinese stitch (unknown colour), lettering is stem stitch (dmc 740)

jMi's pics are better than mine...

this is yet another tea towel, done for the valentine's day tea towel swap. my partner loved cupcakes and cute stuff, but not so much the precious memories type of cute so much as kawaii cute, which i definitely agree with!

i had a lot of fun trying new stitches for two of the cupcakes, i wanted them each to have a different stitch for the frosting and the heart, to add to the loveable quirkiness of the design!

the cupcakes are based on a stamp made by Studio G and the writing is a font downloaded from dafont.com called DJ Candy Hearts.

the base is backstitch (j&p 4300), the frosting is scroll stitch (anchor 89), and the heart is overcast stitch and french knots (dmc 815).

the base is backstitch (dmc 915), the frosting is pekinese stitch/chinese stitch/blind stitch/forbidden stitch (dmc 553), and the heart is fishbone stitch (dmc 498).

the base is backstitch (anchor 112), the frosting is stem stitch (dmc 3607), and the heart is chain stitch (dmc 815).

the hearts are back stitch, and the writing is stem stitch and french knots.

and this piece was just for fun, i did it this summer. i haven't quite decided what to do with it yet. i originally thought i'd frame it, but then i discovered that it didn't fit in the frames i painted, so now i'm contemplating a pillow instead. we'll see.

i stitched it on this fabulous white cotton moire that i found at a thrift store. you can't see it very well in the photo, but it is pretty awesome. the problem with it was that it's so thin, even with stabilizer, my stitches really pulled and now it's all wrinkly, unfortunately. i need to learn to relax my stitching a bit.

the design came from Urban Threads. i fell in love with the machine embroidery design right off the bat, but the file is too big to fit in my 4"x4" hoop. so sad! during their big sale a few months ago i decided to buy the hand embroidery version at least.

the banner and words are backstitch, as are the outlines of the birds. i used chain stitch for the detail of the birds, and french knots for their eyes. the spool of thread is chain stitch, the thread itself is stem stitch, and the needles are satin stitch.

the upper bird is dmc 825 and j&p coats 7162 and the needles are dmc 318.

the thread is dmc 600 and the spool is an unknown purple. the banner is another unknown colour, and the text is dmc 946.

the lower bird is dmc 995 and dmc 312.

(excuse the stain on the left side - my iron did that! i forgot that it has started staining whenever you use the steam. anyone know how to fix it? i know it's because i haven't been using distilled water, is there a way to clean it out?)

again, the pictures are on flickr, so if you click them, you can go through and see them bigger if you'd like.

originally posted on my blog here, here and here, but i'm trying to get caught up on craftster!
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: the anatomy of motherhood on: October 11, 2009 10:39:44 AM
thanks everyone!

the entire piece is stitched in backstitch. i usually try to have more varietyin each piece, but since the lines were so close together, it needed to be simple, and i didn't want to take away from the image itself.

i'm sure i was also inspired by all the mods who have been preggo in the last few years as well! and of course, the fact that taloola is studying to be a midwife - i've already promised her one for her "office" once she's done her practicum!

i think it could have done without the roses as well, but i don't think they look bad, either. i'd just seen the tutorial, and really wanted the excuse to try it, and i wanted to add a bit of dimension and texture to the finished piece, so roses it was. i originally intended to do roses all around the edge, but they turned out bigger than i'd expected!
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / the anatomy of motherhood on: October 11, 2009 12:38:57 AM
i did this piece back in may, for a swap, and realized the other day that i never got around to posting it here!

the theme of the swap was anatomy, and since the person i sent to was a mother (and it was right around mother's day!), i decided to do a piece that showed the anatomy of a pregnant woman. i google image searched and found an image that was detailed enough to make it worthwhile. i traced the image onto some light pink kona cotton using a washaway marker, and picked out 4 different shades of pink/burgundy to embroider with.

this was the final result -

i LOVE how it turned out!

after i finished the embroidery, i cut it to size and cut a piece of quilt batting that matched. i used sewtakeahike's awesome rose tutorial to create fabric roses in the corners, using strips of jersey knit. i played around with them a bit first, and was very thankful that i did - my first attempts were not pretty at all! my biggest problem is that i'm a perfectionist, so i was all concentrating on perfect folds and stuff, and i kept ending up with square roses. eventually i started going with the flow a bit more, and they turned out really cute. i played around a bit with the measurements she gives. the big roses are 3/4", but i think the strip was shorter, and the small roses were 1/2" strips, and again shorter.

some more pics -
after rinsing, before pressing, obviously!

closeups of the roses

i backed the embroidery and batting with a bright pink kona, and wrote the title and date on the back. (i signed it too, but i've blurred that out...) i added a hanging sleeve at the top before i sewed the binding on, and then handstitched it and the binding down.

i hope you like it! the recipient totally did, and so did i! (the pictures are on flickr, so if you click them, you can go through and see them bigger if you'd like)

originally posted on my blog, but i'm trying to get caught up Roll Eyes
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Good Cause Challenge! on: October 08, 2009 09:05:10 AM
i know, i'm excited!!
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Good Cause Challenge! on: October 08, 2009 12:16:21 AM
darn, i was all excited that it was october so that i could post mine! i'm so impatient!

but on a positive note, i might actually FINISH the second piece that it taking me forever and ever!
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