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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Futurama has me in stitches on: October 19, 2010 12:19:11 PM
That rocks! Awesome stitching, thanks for sharing!!!
32  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Cthulhu R'lyeh! on: October 15, 2010 01:34:02 PM
I think he looks adorable! The smaller they come out the cuter they are. I like what you did with the wings, they seem a bit tentaclely themselves!

Sorry the wing part of the pattern was confusing. I have added a tutorial for the wings (http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/2009/09/wing-tutorial-for-tiny-cthulhu.html). If anyone wants to PM me or send me a message through the email address listed on the blog, I'd love more feedback about what part of the wing directions people find confusing.

Thanks again for sharing your cthulhu. It's nice to see the patterns being used. Smiley
amber
33  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Teeny Tiny Cast of Futurama on: September 26, 2010 12:07:52 PM
This is awesome. I love that the brain slug is a weapon, not a character. You did a great job sculpting these and it's a gift that any Furturama fan would love.

Please keep us Futurama geeks posted, what are some of the other weapons going to be? Are you going to convert the board to Futurama based locations or leave it as is? Personally I'd leave it as is...Dr. Zoidberg, in the library, with Torgo's Executive Powder perhaps?
34  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: some kind of doll? on: September 21, 2010 04:45:49 PM
I think you're right, the pink one is more sackboyish, or maybe we should be saying sackgirl? The head looks a little too long on the gray one, but that second one has the right dimensions and looks like the little pink sackboy I play with. Though I usually put him in the wedding dress and bull fighting cape too, because the more ridiculous it looks when you're jumping around on the screen, the better.  Wink
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Futurama Hama Coasters on: September 21, 2010 04:39:51 PM
Great job. I love playing around with those beads. They can be so fun and relaxing. You're Futurama characters look amazing.

Off to see if I have enough black left for a nibbler...
amber
36  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / What would you charge for Cross Stitch? on: June 28, 2010 01:04:07 PM
Hey All,

Not sure if anyone can help me out with this or not. I've been approached by someone to make them a commissioned cross stitch which would be similar to the one pictured below. Two characters and a phrase, framed to measure about 4 X 6 inch or 5 X 7 in a frame.

Since I mostly cross stitch for friends and family, I'm a little uncertain what to charge for such a piece. The characters and lettering are already designed (from previous pieces) so all I would need to do is draw a quick sketch of where to stitch them on the fabric and then start stitching.

Time wise, this would take me about 5-6 hours total from sketching through stitching to framing. In terms of cost of supplies, I'm looking at approximately $10-$15. I'll probably be giving the piece to the person myself, so no need to consider shipping costs.

Can anyone make any recommendations as to what would be fair/reasonable to charge for a piece like this? Does anyone have/know of a going rate for cross stitching by the hour?



I had four pieces similar to this one in a silent auction over the weekend for the charity Equality Now. The final bids ranged from $45 to $110, but I'm thinking a contributing factor on the highest one was that the person was making a donation to the charity, not just getting the completed cross stitch.

Any advice/feedback would be greatly appreciated.
 
37  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Spring Cat Cross Stitch on: June 17, 2010 04:41:31 PM
Just finished this one on Tuesday after several months of stitching. This is going to be a birthday/Christmas gift for my mom. Her birthday is next month so I'm planning to get it framed by then to give to her. Until then it's top secret, but she doesn't use the internet so I'm fairly safe displaying it here.



The pattern is Spring Cat designed by Sherrie Stepp-Aweau. I have it in a leaflet from Cross My Heart that also includes the Summer Cat. Unfortunately I'm fairly certain the pattern is out of print now. I managed to snag the last copy from my local cross stitch store, and all the supplies I needed to make this, only a few months before it went out of business.



A close up so you can see the stitching a little better. This piece was stitched on a black 18 count aida, and thankfully most of the black space in the picture is just the fabric showing through, which cuts down the number of stitches I had to make. The boarder with it's many open spaces was truly a lot of fun as it seemed to go by very quickly...Look I'm done one side...Look I'm done another. There's also a minimum amount of backstitching which makes me very happy. The finishing off backstitching always makes a picture pop and look wonderful, but it's my least favourite part of any design.



Finally a picture of my mom's real life cat. I'm so pleased there's some resemblance to the cat in the picture. She loves cats, but this just makes it an even better gift.

Thanks for looking,
amber555

38  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Little Gang on: April 28, 2010 12:55:27 PM
Those are just adorable! I particularly like your Tigger. Thanks for sharing!
39  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Fear the Cutethulhu~ on: April 13, 2010 11:50:11 AM
Adorable. I really like the shade of green you used. I have that book too, and although the patterns can be a bit confusing, I'm pretty sure I'll eventually have one of everything that's in there because they are just so darn cute!
40  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Spring, the Lion (with quick tutorial) on: March 23, 2010 06:27:16 PM
I'm bookmarking this for whenever I get my paws on some fun fur!

Try checking out dollar stores in your area. I'm in Canada and I picked up a whole bunch of it at a Dollarama store, and many of the other dollar stores carry it. It's tricky to work with so it's nice if you can at least acquire it cheaply!

Thanks for the compliments,
amber
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