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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Foxy Cross-stitch on: April 12, 2011 12:29:31 AM
Another cross-stitchy treat Smiley This one took about 3 weeks (and I've already started my next project... on a bit of a binge right now!)



From a Gorjuss pattern http://www.crossstitchers.co.uk/section.php?xSec=170, but I changed some of the colours.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Art Deco lady on: March 24, 2011 03:38:32 AM
After meeting Mr X Stitch last week at the London Stitch&Craft show (http://unravelcat.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/crafty-stitch-craft-show-2011/ eeeek!) I've been on a bit of a cross stitching binge. I finished this lady in just under two weeks of cross stitching on the bus & tube.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re-making a broken necklace on: September 11, 2009 12:20:24 AM
Phew - I'm starting to get the hang of this jewellery lark.

I was given a broken necklace by my aunt (she knows I like to salvage materials from broken things), to make into something new for her. This was a long necklace, just a piece of tiger tail threaded with loads of different colours glass beads.
She told me which of the beads she liked, and said I could keep anything I didn't use - Hurrah! Of course, I wasn't just going to thread beads plain onto a piece of tiger tail or beading thread - I'd have to do something a little more inventive Smiley I'm still quite new to making jewellery, but I'm really quite pleased with how this turned out.

First I threaded each bead onto its own individual piece of wire, to make them into links:

This took absolutely ages, but I've definitely gotten a lot better at it now Wink

Then, time to attach them artfully on a piece of silver chain!


And here's the finished necklace:


I've got enough beads left over to make 2 or 3 more of these, all in different colours. Unfortunately, I've run out of chain!!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Jazzing up towels - from the kitchen to the bathroom! on: September 08, 2009 04:30:30 AM
Right. I don't know if you remember several months ago I posted some photos of my NSFW projects, jazzing up old tea towels?

(http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=306434.msg3509874#msg3509874 and http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305729.msg3501446#msg3501446)

We'll, I've moved on to the bathroom now! OK, I'll be back for another onslaught on the kitchen later (it needs it!!) but as we're having our bathroom refurbished, I thought I'd refurbish the bathroom... accessories?... too.

Now, don't get too excited - these aren't sweary fun towels like those tea towels. No, instead I've starting doing a set for my bf (with my nicknames for him on them, as well as things associated with him!) and once those are done, I'll do a set for me! I'm doing his set in black, and I think I'll do mine in sexy red Smiley

Here there are so far:

Flannel

This a flat square flannel, with a thin banner across the bottom edge. Moonshine is a nickname that originates from the traditional "hello sunshine!" pet name - only my bf is a bit nocturnal, and has shiny white hair, like the moooon! The motorbike is pretty self explanatory (if you've seen my Akira Fanart Madness! post on the "more art, less craft" board, you'll already know that my bf is a biker) - I even did it in the right colours Tongue (difficult to see here!), and on the right: whisky for him, red wine for us together

Hand towel

Again, this nickname originates from the silvery locks Tongue I only finished stitching this about half an hour ago, so it still needs to be attached to its hand towel, but I was so thrilled with how it turned out that I needed to post asap!!

On the left is a red Ford Capri. He actually owns two of these, but one is out of service at the moment, and has been sitting on his parents' drive for years (much to his mum's dismay!) I am really really pleased with this in particular, because the pattern is entirely of my own design. Hurrah! Go me!

The silver fox himself Smiley This was adapted from a free pattern I found online (blow me if I can find it though Sad)

Anyway, more to come later down the line Smiley I have some sad looking old towels to dye black!!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Various cross stitch bits and bobs on: September 08, 2009 04:13:20 AM
I do little cross stitch projects often, partly to keep me out of trouble Tongue and partly because they make for nice greetings cards etc. (mainly from Cross Stitch Magazine, I think)

So, here's my most recent haul Smiley





6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fingerless gloves with Cup and Ring embroidery on: September 08, 2009 04:08:04 AM


Look ma! I knitted something fiddly!! I'm not a native knitter (I come from the world of crochet and cross stitch) so this is somewhat an achievement for me.

Fingerless gloves, 100%wool. But what is that strange embroidery?

Those are cup and ring markings (like wot I saw at Fenton, Northumberland (plus, they sneakily cover up the gaps left by my cack-handed use of dpns!)

More info on cup and ring markings: http://bit.ly/3OsYp9


7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The rock of love! on: June 10, 2009 11:30:39 AM
I post this here on behalf of my dear, loving (and slightly mad) boyfriend. Not because he asked me to, but because it is SO fantastic and touching and lovely and romantic and mooshy (puke!) that I had to share my glee.

For our first Christmas together, he spent many an evening in the months running up to it ferreted away in the garage, working on my Christmas present. I had no idea what he was working on.

It turned out to be this:



The first ever sort of carving project he'd ever done, and pretty damn good in my opinion! Those are our initials there (AC being mine and BC his - similar idea featured on a pillow I made recently (on the needlework board, people Smiley )) and the 09 obviously being this year. I was really touched, but that wasn't the end of it. No no.

His dad comes from Northumberland, where, as a result, my boyfriend and his family spent most of their holidays as he was growing up. They still go there every year, and this April, I was brought along - my first trip to Northumberland. We did a lot of exploring, and lots of hill climbing. And where better to put a rock than with other rocks, on top of a hill? But not just any hill. As a demonstration of his love (erlack - I know, moosh) my boyfriend proposed we climb a big hill to put our love-rock on. So, we popped across the border into Scotland, and climbed the 821m White Coomb. And my boyfriend carried this smegging great rock (VERY heavy!) all the way up.



Well, I say all the way... You can see the top of White Coomb just off to the right there. Unfortunately, as we started to near the summit of the 821m hill, the clouds poured in and the wind was pretty lethal. We thought better of braving the last couple of hundred yards in the poor visibility, and had to leave the rock just short of the top.



When we return in August, we'll climb White Coomb again, and move the rock to its proper place. Apparently we're going to climb that hill everytime we go to Northumberland to revisit the rock and test our general fitness. Sounds good to me! Took us about 3 hours up and 2 hours down.

Either way, I love love love my love rock. Yay Smiley Hope you like.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Union Jack cushion on: June 10, 2009 11:14:19 AM
Well, if you can't afford it, make it. I love Jan Constantine's creations: they're a beautiful revival of old fashioned British pride (the sun always shines on the British Empire!) but her products COST. And I cannot pay, Jan. I simply cannot afford.

So when Cross Stitcher magazine featured a pattern based on one of her designs, I simply had to make it into a cushion (see my other recent post about cross stitch and cushions to explain my mild obsession with cushions).



I'm really pleased with how this turned out. I was even more thrifty by backing the design on an old pair of jeans, which matches with the feel of the piece nicely, imho Smiley Yay! Enjoy.

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / NSFW: another passive aggressive tea towel! on: May 25, 2009 10:52:38 AM
Ok, I admit it, I couldn't wait to do another one of these. It was just so fun the first time around!
I put a couple of little hearts on this one to make it slightly less aggressive but really...don't they sort of make it MORE aggressive?

Anyway, more to come Smiley

 
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10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / NSFW: Passive Aggressive tea towel on: May 20, 2009 04:22:55 AM
I've got tonnes of tea towels. They're plain and boring. Washing dishes is a task I take upon myself, so I really can't grumble. But having recently acquired some water soluble canvas, I thought it would be a good excuse to passively aggressively assault my boyfriend. So, following the recent trend of explicit cross-stitching, I present my passive aggressive tea towel:

 
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Uber pleased. My first time using water soluble canvas, and this will be the first of MANY. After all, I have so many tea towels...
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