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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My canvas of choice -- dinner napkins. on: August 01, 2006 04:50:43 PM
I'm forever buying table napkins.  I'm not always sure what I'm going to do with them, but they always prove useful.  
Here I have a few that I have embroidered.  I have also made pillows out of a few.  I'm toying w/ making a kitchen valance out of a couple of them. Plus! when you buy them individually from clearance bins, thrift shops, etc--- they are so inexpensive.
This one is complete - but I'm still toying w/ the idea of adding more.  I don't want it to be too cluttered but it seems like it still needs something.

Originally I planned on covering this entire napkin w/ this sort of pattern, but I'm still toying w/ it.  

I just started embroidering again and I'm falling in love w/ french knots. It's the texture they create that I like best.  
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fresh vase of twigs? on: July 27, 2006 09:54:34 PM
I kept seeing decorations made w/ spray painted twigs.  I thought I would try my hand at it. I took every color spray paint my husband and I possess(which was much more than I realized) and started spray painting small branches. 

They still seemed sort of blah.  So I hot glued some tissue paper on them for spring blossoms.  Looking at the picture I realize it doesn't look like much.  It did help chase away the winter dulldrums.   

I wouldn't use hot glue next time.  It was like a bad I love Lucy episode w/ me burning myself and sticking to the twigs....

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted pillow sham on: July 27, 2006 09:45:21 PM
This is a pillowsham I crocheted for my grandmother.  When she passed away last year, my mom gave it back to me. 
The "ruffles" are alternating rows of double crochet on a filet base.
 It takes longer than some other crochet projects but it is nice and cushy.  I think this would make a wonderfull bedspread for winter especially in a very soft yarn.  It would be very heavy though.  Even w/o a pillow in it this pillowsham is about 2 inches thick!
I didn't have a pattern. I had a concept of what I wanted. I played around w/ the rose in the center.  I even tried crocheting in some small pearl like beads but ultimately I decided to leave them out. 

FYI - This my first time posting a project. Let me know if I did it wrong. 

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