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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Rooster with Jacobean Flowers on: September 05, 2008 10:12:34 AM
This is so beautiful! I love the variety of stitches and the bright colors. It really stands out, and says ' look at me!'
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Moonflower Britches on: September 05, 2008 10:05:18 AM
Thanks all! Yes it was pretty tough getting my hand in there. I think I might stick to shirts for the time being. I would love to put a matching pattern on a blouse.
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Saddam Housewarming Gift (PIC HEAVY) on: September 01, 2008 09:01:04 PM
I love it. It's bold. .

Your stitching is fantabulous as well. I love the scrolling patterns.

Edit to add: After another good look in the daytime when I am fully awake, I noticed the curtain design on either side. Wow! That is just amazing. I love the use of the rows of stitches to create shading. Very clever. And I am still in love with the scrolling vine at the bottom. Beautiful!
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: satin-stitched monogram on: August 29, 2008 10:49:20 PM
It looks great! Both ways are correct. I would say it depends on the size of the piece, and how much room you have to make the turn. In a small project, the way you used is easier and smoother. ( basing this off of personal experience, and the antique patterns/examples I've seen. )

It's really smooth satin stitching, you did a terrific job!
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Millhouse Sweatshirt on: August 27, 2008 07:46:27 PM
Wow! I know nothing about the Simpsons, but I know a lot about stitching, and this is great stitching! Long and Short stitch is one of my favorite stitches, but I don't think I've ever seen any so smooth and even as yours!
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Redwork Pillowcase! on: August 26, 2008 08:35:52 PM
Beautiful work! Redwork is so stunning...and you have done it so well!
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Moonflower Britches on: August 26, 2008 08:30:57 PM
WAIT! WHA!!! I only skimmed this over the first time I read it. YOU did this BY HAND!!!! Holy MOLY!


Cheesy Thanks!!!


It didn't really hurt to do this, the fabric was stretchy and rather thin so the needle slid right through. I actually enjoyed it. I'm eyeing my other jeans now.

And the circles actually pulled smooth after they were washed/dried/ironed. I wore them today and received two compliments and a request. Smiley
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Moonflower Britches on: August 25, 2008 05:50:46 PM
So recently my sister and I bought jeans on sale that looked exactly alike. Being selfish and siblings though, we don't want to share whenever we get them mixed up, so I decided to decorate mine with a funky flower. I was inspired by a pattern I found somewhere online once, but lost.  Cry 

Anyhow, here it is. Now I did this without a hoop, so the stitches aren't as smooth as I would prefer. But then again, I couldn't get my hand, a hoop and my good intentions all up that pants leg either.

 Full shot, backgrounded by my lovely washing machine. Note the presence more lines on the fabric that did not get embroidered in or washed out. ( yet)




 Closer. Thanks to the fabric texture the circles did not turn out completely circular, which drives me nuts.



Even closer...love my zoom button.




Picture of the 'grass' under the flower stem. I embroidered that first and almost quit there, the stripes looked so good. ( in my not-quite-humble-enough opinion  Wink)



And an in-progress shot for the fun of it.




For us stitch geeks, I used chain-stitch, satin stitch, and outline stitch for the bulk of the stitches. ( yes, all those solid circles, and the stems are satin stitched, because I am ambitious, but not bright.) There is one incidence of back stitching in a top circle, and one bottom one has a brown eyelet.

So please tell me that one light blue circle on the right doesn't look too distorted! I'd rather die than pick out those stitches. Okay maybe not die...but something close, like...losing my favorite needle?

I'm probably going to add some more of those bubbles on the back pockets as accents later on.
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Almost Every Inch of This PEACE is Stitched on: August 13, 2008 08:22:52 AM
Very incredible! I love the idea and the technique of the close-together stripes--it really stands out from a distance. Definitely something to wear with pride.
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: ginormous (well, for me) fairytale embroidery on: August 13, 2008 08:16:16 AM
Beautiful job transferring the illustration to embroidery! Your stitch choices are perfect too, which makes the picture very balanced and enjoyable. I agree with the poster who called this project ambitious, but once you've done something like this, there is no project you can't handle in the future, right?

 Terrific embroidery. Wonderful gift idea. You are cool.  Smiley
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