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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Stuffed Platypus on: June 03, 2009 05:41:06 PM
Actually, I am a big fan of plaid, so I think yours sounds great.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Stuffed Platypus on: June 03, 2009 08:56:48 AM
Thanks, both of you.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffed Platypus on: June 03, 2009 05:30:14 AM
I actually made this guy last Christmas, but once I did, I knew I would be making another for my grandniece's birthday, and I didn't want her mom (littlebiskit) to see it on here. She got hers on Saturday, so now I can finally show him to you.
A friend was going to be dropping by with her baby grandson, and I wanted a little present for him. I found the pattern here http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=1359 It called for fabrics I didn't have, but the fur, corduroy and flannel I found in my stash worked just fine.

The original called for pellets in the stuffing, but I used all fiberfill. The eyes are embroidered for safety, and except for a few finishing things he is all machine-stitched.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 on: May 29, 2009 11:03:29 AM
I am so glad you are doing that stocking, littlebiskit! It's going to be really cute.
I thought I would share my next big project. Some years ago I made a picture of roses on black aida for my daughter. I used a Marc Saastad pattern (from The Silver Lining) which called for 12 reds and 7 greens. It was challenging, but not beyond me. At that time I also looked through his other designs and fell in love with Lavendar Lilacs: http://www.goestores.com/catalog.aspx?storename=thesilverlining2&DeptID=209025&ItemID=9307881&detail=1
A couple of years ago I decided to buy the pattern, but since I was working on my Christmas picture then, I didn't even look at the pattern.
So I decided to do it next and opened up the envelope and nearly passed out. The pattern is ten pages long! It calls for 28 different purples, so many that you have to use both DMC and Anchor colors! And it's supposed to be done on 25 or 28 count Lugana...over one thread!
But I love this picture, so I jumped in, and here is my progress after about 7 hours work. It's only about one-and-a-half inches by one inch.

I'm doing it on 25 count Blush Lugana, since I thought the tinge of pink would set off the lilacs.
And I am so glad that some years ago I got enough Joann's gift cards for Christmas to be able to get myself an 18 watt Ott light with magnifier!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 on: May 20, 2009 10:04:17 AM
Believe me, I had some tense times with that blended needle stuff. And then using gold to backstitch. But it does give such a nice effect.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 on: May 20, 2009 05:27:40 AM
Thank you for all your kind words.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 on: May 19, 2009 03:22:11 PM
The last time I posted on this thread was July 6, 2008, but the project I updated then is now completed, so I thought I would put it up here.

It had a lot of tricky techniques like blended needle work with pearl blending filament,
backstitching with gold blending filament, and beading.
The first two techniques are used on the wings, though it's hard to see how sparkly they are:

And here is a shot of some of the beading:

There are also red beads used in the vinework on the frame:

 I'm not sure what I will be doing with it, so it isn't framed or anything.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: New from south Italy: My first quilt! on: May 15, 2009 08:54:01 AM
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Chloe - An Altered Whatsit on: May 08, 2009 07:31:41 PM
She's so cute! Great yarn choice on the hair, too.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Log cabin in progress on: April 18, 2009 03:00:09 PM
Your colors are so beautiful and peaceful, and your construction seems to be flawless. Great job!
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