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1  the match fumbler in Needlework: Completed Projects by coldasashes on: July 17, 2010 11:05:51 AM
I went to a garage sale recently and bought several copies of Time and Look magazines from the mid-sixties and I have been doing tons of sketches from them. One of my favorite is of British actress Julie Christie. I had never even heard of her before but the images I found of her were just so striking.



This came from an image of Christie having her cigarette lit by one of the magazine's photographers. I really loved the closeness and intimacy of the original image so that's what I was trying my best to capture.

  
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2  Shades of Grey in Needlework: Completed Projects by coldasashes on: July 10, 2010 08:16:55 PM
This came from a random picture I drew in my sketchbook. I wanted to try to use varying shades of grey thread to replicate the pencil shading of the original drawing. It's stitched on a vintage table runner I found in my boyfriend's grandma's basement.   





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3  Suggestions for vintage romper recon? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by coldasashes on: May 22, 2010 10:53:32 AM
So I've been looking for a romper for quite sometime now because I think they're adorable and they look super comfy. Well, I was at some garage sales today and I picked up what I though was a nightgown for fabric and when I got home and unfolded it I realized it was, in fact, a vintage romper. Score!



[ignore my super smudgey mirror]

So I tried it on and it actually fits perfect, but here's the problem: The neckline is horribly unflattering. The whole top just looks crazy on me [and also induces crazy faces on me, apparently]



But, I love the pattern and I think it has potential. My question is, what would be the best for me to do to fix this? Any suggestions have to be something I can execute by hand as I have no working sewing machine. I also wouldn't mind adding something in the middle to break up the pattern a bit and help define some sort of waist.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!
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4  Dying fabric and stitching: My summer break begins! in Needlework: Completed Projects by coldasashes on: May 18, 2010 09:50:20 AM
I have been working on tons of new stuff lately. Everything is from the same scrap of found fabric, hand-dyed with household items. I've also been trying to use my own original artwork for everything, so I'm pretty excited.



This was dyed with a combination of tea. Stitched all in green with three strands and laced on to cardboard.





These two were dyed with an India Ink wash and also laced on to cardboard and backed with felt. I am happy with both but I think the one in teal and lavender turned out a little better. I also cut the cardboard of the green one a little two small and just had to go with it.

There's quite a bit more detail on my blog if you're interested: http://stopmeohoh.blogspot.com/2010/05/back-in-fact.html.

Thanks for looking!
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5  no wonder Cynthia was her only friend [NSFW] in Needlework: Completed Projects by coldasashes on: March 09, 2010 01:00:56 PM


 
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Bazinga!


Close-ups:


I didn't originally plan on filling in these horns but decided to at the last minute because I thought it just looked odd as an outline. I decided to do this with a seed stitch [sorta] because I liked the kinda textured look it gives it. I just really didn't want thick blobs of red, for some reason.

Also, that's not a giant smudge on the nose, I promise. It's some random fuzzies that I could not get rid of due to the fact that I had dogs jumping all over me trying to fight my cat while I was taking these pictures. I was lucky it looked this good, quite frankly.



I left strands hanging in the front to replicate messily-tied shoelaces. This isn't the best picture of it.

But, trust me, it looks pretty neat.

 
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I just said what everyone was thinking and no one wanted to tell her.
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6  Sunny day, Sweeping the clouds away [possibly NSFW?] in Needlework: Completed Projects by coldasashes on: March 02, 2010 11:01:10 PM
Some of you may remember the Simpsons piece I posted a few weeks ago [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=338772.0] Well I really liked the way it turned out and it got me thinking, what other cartoon characters could I tamper with? My next step should require no further explanation. . .



As soon as I found that image I knew just what to do with it. And here's a closeup:



It's really hard to see the longhorns in these pictures because the thread color is rather close to the color of the fabric.
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7  What about all the times I DIDN'T wear a tutu? Nobody ever remembers that. in Needlework: Completed Projects by coldasashes on: February 19, 2010 02:10:07 PM


Come on, you know you already had your suspicions.



I wanted this to look like a page out of Milhouse's scrapbook, hence the messiness of the label.

And to illustrate how difficult it was to take these pictures, I present Bella: World's Nosiest Puppy!




"Oh! Am I in your way?"

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8  FML in Needlework: Completed Projects by coldasashes on: February 08, 2010 10:52:43 PM
I've had this idea in the back of my mind for several months and I finally took an hour tonight to stitch it up.



Sorry the picture isn't the best, we've had a weird incident where all our light bulbs have burned out at almost the exact same time so we're hard pressed to find decent lighting.

I hadn't actually done any cross-stitch since I was young, so I forgot how quickly it works up. I will likely be doing quite a bit more of it to help satisfy my need for instant gratification while working on bigger projects.
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9  a special chrismas present in Needlework: Completed Projects by coldasashes on: December 26, 2009 05:45:05 PM
This year, as a chirstmas gift to my boyfriend's grandma, I did this portrait of her husband who died quite some time before we started dating. It's acrylic paint on canvas with all the detail done in black and silver embroidery.





I can't seem to find my reference image, unfortunately.
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10  Howdy, pilgrims in Needlework: Completed Projects by coldasashes on: December 11, 2009 01:25:10 PM
So, I've been putting off posting this for quite some time b/c of a little mishap with the border I was stitching for it. Ok, by "little mishap" I mean I am an insane perfectionist and found myself unable to match colors exactly. My boyfriend has been teasing me endlessly about this (the colors really are virtually identical) but I have stood my ground b/c I take my stitching, much like everything else I do, very seriously and if I'm not 100% happy with my product I will not openly share it.

Admittedly, I have issues.

But, I am quite happy with the portrait and decided that it deserves to see the light of day. So here goes nothing.



My goal with this was to try to emulate a pen and ink drawing as closely as possible. I wanted a very sketchy look. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, although my fingers were numb for days after all of the shading. That top layer of fabric is a super thick polyester. It's also salvaged (Yay for not throwing things away!)

Here's a closeup:


And here's the original:


I know it's not dead-on, but I'm happy with it. As much as a crazy perfectionist like myself can be with anything, that is.

C & C welcome and appreciated, as always.

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