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41  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Spring, the Lion (with quick tutorial) on: March 23, 2010 12:20:35 PM
I'm trying to make a small animal each season that incorporates a little bit of fun fur. Here's is this season's creation, Spring the lion! He was made with Bernat Satin in Banana and some light brown fun fur from my overly large stash of Dollarama fun fur. I used a 3.5 mm crochet hook for stitching and 9 mm black safety eyes. He came out about 3.5 inches tall.



Quick Lion Tutorial

If you've ever made an amigurumi ball before you know there's always that point you come to in the middle where you stitch the same amount of stitches for X number of rows. When I got to that part I did the first of these repeating rows in Bernat Satin yarn and then switched to the fun fur for 5 rows, then went back to the Bernat Satin yarn for one row before beginning the decreasing part of the ball. It's a pretty simple technique for making the mane. The fun fur part is a little tighter, but you can't tell because it's so fluffy.



Each of Spring's ears was made by chaining 2 then making a 6 hdc shell stitch in the first chain space. His body is just another ball (six stitches smaller in width than the head). I stitched in back loop only for the first row of the repeated same number of stitches section to give him a flat bottom. (I was worried the mane would make him top heavy and figured this would help balance him). Finally, for the tail I started with the fun fur and crocheted 8 sc in a round until I was satisfied that the fluffy part was big enough. Then I switched back to the Bernat Satin and decreased down to four, and stitched these 4 sc in a round until I was happy with the tail length.



Here's Spring posing with his buddy Winter. Winter is a squirrel, in case you were wondering  Smiley

So, I think that working with fun fur once per season is enough, don't you? If you have any ideas for a summer animal that I could make that would incorporate a little bit of fun fur please share you idea.

Thanks for looking,
amber
42  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: leaving room for framing? on: February 23, 2010 02:35:26 PM
Are you going to be framing it yourself or having it professionally framed? I've been told by the professional framer that I use that they like to have 3-4 inches on each side. The more you give them, the easier it is for them to frame.

I frame a lot of smaller pieces myself (usually 4X6 inch or 5X7) and when doing it myself I usually only need about 2 inches on each side. I buy the acid free adhesive mat boards (at Michael's or Wal-Mart) and then just tack the extra fabric down with glue dots or double sided tape on the backside.

For larger pieces, I highly recommend professional framing. It always looks so nice, and it's worth the money if you've put a lot of time into making a larger piece.

Hope that helps,
amber
43  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / More Firefly Cross Stitch on: February 23, 2010 02:23:42 PM
**Update: Just wanted to let everyone know that all three screenings took place over the weekend of June 23rd and in total my pieces raised $438 for Equality Now and the other charities that each screening was supporting. This was amazing!! Well beyond what I was expecting, as I would have been satisfied if the pieces went for $20-$30 each, although I was hoping it would be more  Smiley If you're curious, you can see the breakdown of how much each piece raised on my blog at: http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/2010/07/firefly-fundraising-success.html



That's right, more Firefly stuff! Along with the group picture I originally stitched, I'm going to donate these three character pieces to the silent auction for the Vancouver Can't Stop the Serenity Screening (google it if you want more info Smiley ). Each picture was stitched on a piece of 18 count cream Aida cloth and is in a 4 X 6 inch frame. I picked up the frames at a local dollar store and got a large piece of the Aida cloth (there's still about half left) for just $13.00. Overall, a nicely inexpensive project.

The borders on the pieces either came directly from, or are modifications of the ones found in, Better Homes and Gardens 2001 Cross Stitch Designs (http://www.amazon.ca/Better-Homes-Gardens-Stitch-Designs/dp/0696221535/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265232510&sr=8-1). The lettering on the Wash and River pieces also came from this book. The lettering on the Jayne picture comes from an old Stoney Creek cross stitch book, now out of print, called Pig Tales (http://www.patternsonline.com/Patterns/List.aspx). I love that book! I think I've only stitched one or two of the piggy designs, but it's my go-to lettering whenever I need something small that looks kinda fancy.







So I think this concludes my charity stitching for now. I'm going to stitch up another group picture and keep it for myself. I've also designed a Zoe and Wash piece for the boyfriend, which I'm hoping to start stitching soon. The individual character patterns are available on my blog, just look under the My Free Patterns heading on the left side, they're pretty easy to find.

Thanks for looking,
amber
44  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Sock Yarn Stegosaurus on: February 18, 2010 08:27:03 PM


My boyfriend, now in his 30's, is obsessed with dinosaurs. I put together this little stegosaurus for him last week as part of his Valentine's Day gift and it was met with much love and appreciation.

Of course I'm not certain exactly what dinosaur skin looked like, but I'm convinced that it was not one colour, but a variety of many colours, much like a skein of sock yarn. At least, that's what I'm going to believe until science proves me wrong.

This stegosaurus was made using Kroy Socks FX yarn in Cascade The pattern was my first purchase from PlanetJune (http://www.planetjune.com/shop/). I've been a long time fan of her work, but never had the opportunity to purchase one of her patterns before. I'd give it the thumbs up for quality. The instructions were clearly written and came with lots of pictures to help me figure out the placement of the spines and legs.

The dinosaur is supposed to come out about 10 inches wide, which would be great for a child's toy. Since I wanted it to be more of an ornamental piece for an adult, I decided the sock yarn would make it a better size. I'm not sure exactly how it came out, but I believe it's about 5-6 inches wide. A much more reasonable size for sitting on the bf's nightstand.



Thanks for looking,
amber
45  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Star Wars Mini Amigurumi - lots of images! on: February 18, 2010 08:17:37 PM
Completely awesome! Those turned out really well. I'm particularly loving Yoda, Wicket and  R2, but they're all wonderful.

Thanks for sharing!
amber
46  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Firefly Character Cross Stitch on: February 12, 2010 01:58:30 PM
Thanks again to everyone for all the compliments! Just wanted to mention that the patterns for all the male characters are now posted (for free) on my blog (http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/2010/02/men-of-firefly-free-cross-stitch.html). I'll have the female characters posted soon too, I'm still tinkering with them a bit.

Enjoy!
amber
47  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Birthday + Cthulhu = Chakethulhu on: February 12, 2010 01:16:06 PM
That's adorable! I really like the anime style eyes, and the party hat sits so jauntily on his head. Thanks for sharing!

amber
48  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "the big bang theory" fan art embroidery on: February 12, 2010 01:08:20 PM
That looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing. I'm filing this one away as potential future project. My boyfriend and I are huge Big Bang fans, so this would make a great gift for him!
49  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Raining Cats and Dogs (...and lots of pix!) on: February 08, 2010 01:55:16 PM
I'm from Langley (about 45 min. drive from Vancouver) and I totally understand and sympathize. This project is a wonderful idea. Your raindrops turned out beautifully and I love that you put them out there for public display so that all the Olympic visitors can see Vancouver's quirky crafty side! Awesome.
50  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Firefly Character Cross Stitch on: February 05, 2010 12:00:14 PM
Wash and River really come through very well. They all do, but those two really stand out. I love the look on Mal's face, and the thread combo you used to make Kaylee's jumpsuit. Fantastic!

Thanks for saying that Wash looked good, he was the one I was most worried about. It's really hard to replicate a Hawaiian shirt in cross stitch. I actually put him right next to Zoe so it would be extra clear it was him.

Thank you to everyone for all your kind words, and a special thank you to violyns for tweetibng this to the show stars.

I'm hoping to put the patterns up on my blog (for free) later this month. I don't have PC Stitch or any other cross stitch software. I drew the patterns out by hand on graph paper and some have so many eraser marks (especially River's hair) that I want to redraw some of them. Still, look for them coming soon.

Thanks again everyone,
amber
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