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21  "Cake or Death!" Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by Zhad_Squad on: October 22, 2008 12:08:30 AM
I hope its okay to post this under original needlework projects, since this piece incorporates both my own designs with a pre-existing pattern...


This is a quote from Eddie Izzard's "Dress to Kill" stand-up show, and the first semi-original piece I've ever embroidered (as opposed to cross stitch). I designed the layout, drew the cupcake myself, and adapted Sublime Stitching's "Tattoo Your Towels" pattern for the banner and daggers (I changed the design of the dagger handles a bit). It was a lot of fun to stitch!

The piece is roughly six inches tall by seven inches wide, and everything except the banner is filled in with satin stitch, long-short stitch, or really tight backstitching. I'm not entirely thrilled with how the long-short stitching came out, but for my first time trying it, I think it came out okay! I also braved the metallics again to give the daggers a little shine around the edges. All in all, I'm really happy with it.

A bit more detail:


Thanks for looking!
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22  Leftover Lanterns Mini Wall Hangings in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by Zhad_Squad on: September 08, 2008 10:37:11 AM
I mentioned when I posted my Chinese Dragon wall hanging yesterday that I ended up chopping off the top part of the design.

Originally, I'd had three lanterns hanging above the dragon, but I just didn't feel like it was working. So, I cut them off, and decided to give them a similar treatment to the larger piece. I made mini-wall hangings out of them, with some pretty fabric and vintage and new buttons. All I need is to make a ribbon loop for the back and I can hang 'em up!

This little round one is my favorite one. Turquoise and chocolate brown is quickly becoming one of my favorite color combinations:


This one reminds me of a sundress my Mama used to have:


This one...I got a little button-happy on. But I still like it!


And all three of them together:


Thanks for looking! Comments and suggestions welcome.
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23  Chinese Dragon Wall Hanging in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by Zhad_Squad on: September 07, 2008 02:51:15 PM

I've been working on this wall hanging -- made with Sublime Stitching's "China Town" pattern -- on and off for a few months, and its finally done!


I'm really pleased with how it came out, considering the design used to be taller, and I ended up lopping off some bits that didn't work with the overall design (which I'll share later). It's hard to tell from the photo, but the whole thing is about a foot square.

I made the frame with some red, scaled fabric (like dragon scales!), black ribbon, and vintage buttons. I need to get a dowel to hang it with, though, it's too heavy to hang with just a ribbon!

Here's a detail of the dragon:



Detail of th pagoda:


Thanks for looking! Comments and suggestions welcome.


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24  Kirby Sprite Stitch Towel in Needlework: Completed Projects by Zhad_Squad on: August 23, 2008 06:20:50 PM
When I saw this adorable Kirby pattern on Sprite Stitch, I knew I had to give it a go.


I ended up  using different colored flosses than recommended, which resulted in maybe a slightly more rosy Kirby, but hey, wouldn't you be a little red-faced if you were flying with your mouth full?

The stars were designed by my own personal 8-bit artist, my husband, who actually spent a good deal of time  trying to make the "perfect" star. It's harder than it looks!


Please ignore the hoop markings. I haven't washed it yet since it looks so pretty all fluffy and clean. Soon enough, it'll look like the rest of my bathroom towels, and I am so not sharing pictures of it then!  Wink

Thanks for looking!
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25  Purple Celtic Knot Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by Zhad_Squad on: August 19, 2008 10:50:13 AM
I thought it was funny that I was making a purple cross stitch on my purple hoop with my purple (tomato) pincushion, so I had to take a picture of them all together!


It's a little 33x33 stitch piece on 14-count Aida. This pattern is from a book called Magical Cross Stitch that I picked up a few weeks ago at JoAnn's.

This was the first time I tried "tweeding" (using two different colored strands of floss at once), which in this case was a metallic with a regular cotton thread. I used that on the knots, and it lends a nice, subtle sparkliness, and had the bonus of making the metallic easier to work with.

Detail:

It's supposed to be a lid for a "trinket pot," but since I can't find anyone in the U.S. (in stores or online) that sells them, I'm going to have to figure out some other way of displaying it. Any ideas are welcome!

There's some other really, big pretty designs in the book, but I'm too intimidated to take them on yet. I figure I work small for now and work my way up! Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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26  Han Solo said it best... (Now with pattern!) in Needlework: Completed Projects by Zhad_Squad on: August 04, 2008 11:32:31 PM

I couldn't help it. When the contest called for a favorite quote, this one was the first one that came to mind. I'll be the first to admit I'm a big 'ol "Star Wars" fan, and this was the perfect chance to blend my geeking and crafting.

This is the first counted cross stitch I've done (I've done a couple stamped ones), and the first one I've designed. My husband actually drew out the blasters, and the font was generated from yourpersonalizedpattern.com.

This was also my first foray into metallic threads, which I have to say, can be a major pain in the butt! They were worth it, though, I think, for the nice shine on the lightsaber handles and blaster barrels.

In it's pretty frame:


Han is quite happy with it himself, and stands by his words!


Just to be clear...I don't condone gun violence at all. Just being a movie buff.

Thanks for looking!

Edit 8/14/08: I've been interviewed on the Official Star Wars blog about this project!  Cheesy Check it out: http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/index.php/2008/08/13/han-solo-cross-stitch-sampler/

Edit 1/16/11: Two years later, I've finally charted it!


I also have a fancy PDF for download with the color table. 

Thanks to amigurl55 for posting the link to the KG-Chart software I used to chart this. I may not have ever been able to share this if she hadn't!
 
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27  "I Luv Veggies" Tea Towel (image heavy) in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by Zhad_Squad on: August 04, 2008 11:31:01 AM
Hi there. I've been lurking around Craftster for a while, though I've never gotten brave enough to post anything I've made. I just got into needlework about a year ago, and after dabbling with some cheesy pre-stamped kits I got at Michael's, I started playing with the "Sublime Stitching" patterns.

I know most everyone has already made something with the "I Luv Veggies" pattern, but I just couldn't resist these cute little guys! So classic!

Veggie Side:

(I know Tomato is a fruit, though she likes to hang out with the veggies better...)

Fruit Side:

I had a little trouble with the iron-on design, I left it on too long and made the lines too thick (not to mention imprinted my ironing board as well). So, to cover up the extra-thick lines I did two rows of 3-count thread backstitching, one nestled inside the other, in slightly different colors. I think it added a nice texture, especially on the super-thin floursack cloth.

My favorite is the garlic:


And second runner up is the carrot:


And here is a detail of the veggie side:


If you want to see details of the other fruits and veggies, I have them on my blog, since I feel like I've already put up too many pictures here!

Thanks for looking!

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