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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Country Couple" and "Do Not F--- With Me" Projects on: August 19, 2013 02:53:03 PM
This first one came from a little cross-stitch kit that I found at a thrift store. Originally, the people were both supposed to have red hair, and the lady's dress was supposed to be the same color as the man's overalls, but I changed the pattern a little bit to make it look more like my grandparents.




This one, you probably recognize as a Subversive Cross Stitch pattern. I made this for my sister's birthday, and I changed it just the tiniest little bit. I didn't really care for the pastel thread colors (and I didn't have any anyway), so I used some of the super-bright, almost-neon colors that I already had. Also there are a couple of instances where I added an extra stitch to a section (that first gorram "t" makes me so angry), and I had to undo quite a few rows because apparently I'm really bad at counting stitches. (The fact that I used 16 count aida cloth instead of 14 didn't help much either, oops.) But all in all, I'm pretty proud of it, and I'm hoping she likes it.

 
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2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Owl" Protect Your iPod! on: June 20, 2011 05:48:34 PM
My dads got me an iPod Touch the Christmas before last, and they gave me a pink iPhone case at the same time. In the intervening months, the case has gotten dirty and scratched up, and I figured it was time for a change anyway! This only took me about two, two and a half hours, and it was really fun to make.




The colors are quite a bit brighter in real life--isn't that always the case? The bobbly bits on his beak are double french knots--I finally got the hang of them last night, so I wanted to try them out.


Here's the back. Looking at it again, I probably should have used more teal instead of pink, since I used teal for the "feathers" on the other side, but I'm still happy with it!


Close-up shot of the button. I used it even though it's the wrong color, because the design reminded me a little bit of an owl's face.


3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My First Completed Cross-Stitch Piece! (And it's Harry Potter-related, at that!) on: June 13, 2011 07:53:54 PM
Last week, I found a cross stitch kit at a dollar store near me, and it reminded me that I've been wanting to learn to cross-stitch for years now. I picked it up and took it home, then watched about thirty seconds of a "basics of cross-stitch" video on YouTube, and away I went!

The kit I bought was huge and pretty boring, even though it's a cute picture, so I put it to the side after only a few sections and went out to buy my own materials. I came up with this design after remembering that my friend's birthday is coming up. She's huuuugely into Harry Potter, and Gryffindor, so...it was kind of a no-brainer.



The colors are a bit richer and closer to the proper "house colors" in person.
Also, I have since ironed it and put it into a little frame. Wheee!

Time: Four hours, tops.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Doggy-Boggan! on: January 02, 2009 02:57:38 PM
So I got the book in the first picture for Christmas, and in it was a very simple hat pattern. Seriously, this is so simple I was forehead-smacking myself for hours after seeing it. So I plan on making a full-sized version for my boyfriend, but first I wanted to be sure I could make it.

ENTER THE PUPPY!
I made her one to perhaps keep her ears warm in the snow--though of course she'd never keep it on her head. So I added some straps--just single-chains of finger crochet, since I couldn't find a hook.



ACTION SHOT!

One day my dog will rise up and kill me in my sleep.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Horned Demon-Hoodie on: January 02, 2009 02:47:19 PM
My sister found some lovely hoodies on sale at Target--they were all $8 and under. As I am of the opinion that one can never have too many hoodies, I bought a couple. When I got home, I wondered what I'd been thinking--I had bought a bright red hoodie: I almost never wear bright red. But then I started thinking about it, and remembered pieces that I've seen online. I decided to give it a try.



I stitched the front pockets by hand (everything else was by machine) so I'm particularly proud of how straight the stitches are.


Shot of the back.


Horns in action!


6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Horned Hoodie? on: December 31, 2008 02:11:35 PM
I am planning on adding stuffed horns to the hood of a hoodie I have, and was wondering what the best way to do this would be. I'm thinking I'll sew two buttons on, so I can just attach and detach the horns when I wash the hoodie. I'm sewing all this by hand, after all, and I don't always trust my stitches.

Does anyone happen to know where I could find a pattern for the horns? I could probably wing it and get a decent result, but I only have so much fabric at my disposal, so I want to do it as easily and wastelessly as possible. I'll be doing some hardcore Googling when I'm through here for certain.

Does anyone happen to have any suggestions? Have you attempted a project like this before? How'd it turn out?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Experienced Knitters with free time? on: December 01, 2008 03:12:02 PM
I've spent half an hour searching in vain for a more 'correct' forum in which to place this thread, but I've finally settled on this, because it sort of is a question about knitting.

Do you have free time at the moment, with which to knit something for me?

Last year someone promised to make me these armwarmers: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/roses-wrist-warmers (if you don't have a Ravelry account, let me know and I can send you the pattern directly--it's free, so I don't believe I'm breaking any rules, right?) but then got frustrated and later distracted by a new boyfriend, so I only have one, and she will not be making more for me. I finally managed to get the spare yarn from her, as well as the single armwarmer. However, I lack the skills required to make the second armwarmer: I can do scarves and flat things and that's about it. So I'm looking for someone who can be commissioned to create just one armwarmer, using patterns that I will send to you. I also have the yarn, and can send the one armwarmer that I have, just for reference.

I can pay, of course, or we can work out a trade (I'm better with stencils than knitting needles) or something. I'd just like to get a pair of these before it gets warm again.


(Also, a thousand apologies if this is in the wrong place. I will move it immediately, if someone could simply tell me which forum would be a better place for it.)
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Kissy-Face Painting on: April 09, 2008 10:39:29 AM
A while ago I posted a question in another forum about watercolors on canvas board. I was worried, but nothing bad happened. Here's the finished work:

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Doctor? Doctor Who? on: April 08, 2008 04:55:46 PM
Look who crash-landed on my laptop this weekend!
He was easier to make than I thought he'd be. Cheesy



I wasn't entirely confident, so I made his TARDIS first, to practice.


Here they are together!


10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Watercolors on Canvas Panels?? [pics!] on: February 19, 2008 04:51:26 PM
Alright, so I'm currently working on a picture drawn from a reference of my boyfriend and I, and I am drawing it on one of those 5 inch by 7 inch canvas panels you can find in pretty much every art store. When I'm done, I'd like to color it with a watercolor set that I bought, but now that I think about it, the grain of the canvas might act as a channel, and let the colors bleed.

So I'm asking y'all--have you ever painted with watercolors on those canvas panels, and how did it turn out? Smiley

Anyway, so this isn't all text, here is the drawing:



(And the reference is: http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b122/corro-con-scissors/kissyface.jpg. )
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