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1  Venn Diagram Heart Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by the_bees_knees on: June 02, 2014 11:05:15 PM

Venn Diagram Love Embroidery Pattern by Bee's Knees Industries, on Flickr

I wanted to make something to decorate the new house that my boyfriend and I just moved into (it's our first house together with just the two of us, no roommates), so I came up with this little design. I really like stitching this one, especially the satin stitch lettering, which I think I'm going to have to do more of.

I have a free pattern for this on my blog, too, if you're interested.

Thanks for looking!
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2  Printable Playscale Seed Packets in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by the_bees_knees on: May 24, 2014 02:39:27 PM
I've been having too much fun making miniature printable paper items! I think the best part is the fact that I use the office printer at work to print these, so it gives me a creative break from my day job as a tax accountant. Grin

My latest creation is a collection of seed packets. I made sure to pick plants with little seeds so that you can actually fill the packets with seeds, if you're so inclined. You can download the PDF of the printable on my blog.


Printable Playscale Seed Packets by Bee's Knees Industries, on Flickr


Printable Playscale Seed Packets by Bee's Knees Industries, on Flickr


Printable Playscale Seed Packets by Bee's Knees Industries, on Flickr

Feel free to use these for whatever you like, as long as you don't sell them. I hope you enjoy them!
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3  Printable Miniatures in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by the_bees_knees on: May 15, 2014 01:21:42 PM
I have been making tiny printable miniatures for a group of friends who all collect Blythe dolls, and I thought it would be fun to share them here, too. All the printables are available on my blog, in case you want to print them, too.

First up is a coloring book. My friends and I had a tea party with a springtime theme, so I brought Easter eggs with little coloring books inside. Printable available here.





Before that, we had a little doll meet for Valentine's Day, so I brought everyone tiny Valentines. Making the teeny envelopes was so much fun! Printable available here.





The miniature that started it all was this tiny newspaper I made for a friend for Christmas. She did a lot of work to organize a Blythe doll convention here in Portland, and the doll made it to the front cover of one of our local newspapers, so I made her a tiny version for her doll. Printable available here.





All of these miniatures are 1/6 scale, so I create them by measuring the human-sized object and dividing the dimensions by six. It's lots of fun, and I have a bunch more ideas that I want to make. I hope you enjoy them!
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4  Ouroboros in Needlework: Completed Projects by the_bees_knees on: May 15, 2014 09:35:52 AM

Ouroboros by Bee's Knees Industries, on Flickr

I've had this image in my sketchbook for a long time, then sitting in my hoop for a little while as I worked up the courage to try long-and-short stitch, and now he's finally ready to meet the world. I love watching dogs (or any animal, really) chase their tails, and it always makes me think of the Ouroboros, the snake who eats his own tail, so I stitched up this little wiener dog Ouroboros for a fun project.


Long & Short Stitch Tutorial by Bee's Knees Industries, on Flickr

As I said, I tried long-and-short stitch for the first time while working on this piece, and I put together a little tutorial along the way, which you can find on my blog.
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5  The Dish & The Spoon... and more! in Needlework: Completed Projects by the_bees_knees on: May 01, 2014 08:51:52 AM
I've been embroidering a lot lately, and I thought I'd share my latest work:

The Dish & the Spoon:







Clover:



Rabbit:



These are all from my original designs, and I have free patterns available of the Clover and the Rabbit designs.

It's been a while since I've embroidered, but it's so much fun! I have a few more projects in the hoop at the moment, and I just can't seem to stop. Not that any of you other stitchers would understand that... Smiley
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6  Tiny Pouch from Spoonflower Swatch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by the_bees_knees on: November 30, 2011 11:26:18 AM
A while ago, I decided to find a use for all my Spoonflower swatches. (For anyone who hasn't designed fabric at Spoonflower, the swatch is a small 8 inch by 8 inch test print of your fabric design to test colors and other elements on the fabric.) I had to abandon the project for a little while when some other things got in the way, but I'm back on track now. This time, I created a tutorial to make a tiny drawstring pouch from your swatch. It's actually so itty bitty you can get two per swatch. Have fun!

Materials:
Fabric (a Spoonflower swatch cut in half, or any 8" x 4" piece of fabric)
Thread
Ribbon or yarn

Tools:
Needle or sewing machine
Safety pin

Step 1:

Cut your swatch in half.

Step 2:

With right sides together, fold your fabric in half lengthwise and sew each side from the fold to approximately 1.5" from the top.

Step 3:

Flip your pouch right side out and press the seams. Stitch down the edges on both sides.

Step 4:

Press down the top edges and stitch down approximately 1/4".

Step 5:

Fold the top of the fabric all the way down the the sewn side seams. Press and stitch in place, as close to the folded edge as possible. This creates the channel for your drawstring.

Step 6:

Attach a safety pin to a ribbon or string. Feed the safety pin and ribbon through one of the channels.

Step 7:

Taking care not to twist the ribbon, feed the safety pin and ribbon back through the other channel.

Step 8:

Tie a knot in your drawstring ribbon to hold it in place.

Step 9:

Pull the drawstring to close the bag. Enjoy trying to find something small enough to fit into your new pouch.
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7  New Blythe Dresses in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by the_bees_knees on: October 29, 2011 04:36:39 PM
I've created some new Blythe dresses that I'm excited to share. These are all made from custom-printed fabric from Spoonflower.com and sewn using this pattern. Comments, questions, critiques all welcome!

Black Widow:


Solar System:


Sailboat:


Thanks for looking!
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8  From the Heart in Needlework: Completed Projects by the_bees_knees on: October 07, 2011 04:55:47 PM
Last Tuesday was my boyfriend's birthday, which means that I can finally share the birthday present I made for him. A hand-embroidered heart on a thrifted shirt, using stem stitch and running stitch. So as not to overdo the sappiness, of course it's an anatomical heart.





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9  Embroidered Pillows in Needlework: Completed Projects by the_bees_knees on: September 21, 2011 08:43:03 AM
I embroider almost constantly, which is all well and good, except that I wind up with massive hoards of embroidered bits of fabric with no clue what to do with them. Well, I decided to learn how to do something with them, and, voila, embroidered pillows were born.

Snake: (stem stitch, satin stitch, backstitch, & straight stitch)







Balloon: (stem stitch, satin stitch, & running stitch)





Duchess: (stem stitch, satin stitch, & running stitch)





Ringleader: (stem stitch & running stitch)





Lion: (stem stitch, satin stitch, & running stitch)





I created all these embroideries over the past year from my own original designs. All the pillows measure 12" x 12", but I think I'm going to try some larger ones soon. I have a feeling I know what a lot of friends are getting for the holidays this year... Questions, comments, etc. welcomed!

Thanks for looking!
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10  Blythe Circus Dress in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by the_bees_knees on: September 18, 2011 05:48:03 PM


I've recently become pretty obsessed with Blythe fashions, so I decided to try my hand at sewing a dress. I wanted it to be something kind of different from what I'd seen out there already, so I had some custom fabric printed for this project at Spoonflower.com (love that place!). I'm really happy with how it turned out, and now I can't wait to try some new designs.



I think I need one in a me-size. I'm a pretty petite lady, but I just can't quite fit into this little dress.

Here's the dress with the printed fabric:



I found the pattern I used for the dress online and then altered it. I made a PDF of my version along with some instructions which you can download here. I'm new to creating sewing instructions, so any critiques there are totally welcome.

Thanks for looking!
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