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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nature Wiggly Trivets on: April 19, 2016 10:15:26 AM
Another Earth Day is coming and I've been making more wiggly trivets.
So I'm calling this set "Nature Trivets".

I've been trying to use only the supplies I have on hand. (I really need to stash-down my supplies!) So for these trivets  I've tried to use up the variegated threads I've accumulated.

One of these trivets is done in all variegated thread.

It's a bit hard to make out what's in the scene, (kind of reminds me of a watercolor painting), but it  consists of a sun in the upper left corner, two flying black birds, one large flower in the center, one small flower in the lower left, and a tree going along the right side up and curving to the left.
I was going to rip out the whole sky background and just use a solid blue color so everything would be distinguishable but then I thought, nah. I kinda like it this way.


A butterfly.

A snake.

And a dragonfly.

Happy Earth Day everyone!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on: April 08, 2016 11:55:22 AM
After seeing his election comedy special on Hulu I decided that the only really good choice for President was Triumph himself. LOL!

So I went about using a photo of Triumph and recoloring it in the style of Obama's famous 'HOPE' poster.
Then I uploaded that to knitpro and graphed it for cross stitch.

I used a blue denim colored aida cloth to stitch onto and pulled out all the aquas, turquoise, reds, and cream color threads from my bulging bag of left-over threads from other projects to work into this picture.

After stitching it I thought, what good is it if nobody ever sees it? So, I decided to stitch the project onto my favorite jean jacket. I tapered the cloth near the bottom to remain on an even level with the jacket's back seams which also taper in.

I had found a t-shirt at Goodwill which simply said 'Vote.' So I cut that down, ironed on a U.S.A. peace sign patch over the V, then sewed it above the Triumph picture.

And, I finally snagged one of my sons to take a photo of it actually being worn.

It's a nice jacket...

...for me to poop on! LOL!  Wink
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Flapper Girl on: March 14, 2016 07:01:16 AM
This is my finished Bohemian Sisters challenge, "Leaping in Art Deco".
I graphed a flapper girl photo and used all left-over thread floss from my stash.

I used one of those printed aida fabrics and decided to keep the print showing on her face. I thought it made her look more interesting.

After the cross stitching, I embellished her with beads for her earring, and on her face near her eye. The beads are also left-overs from kits I've made. They don't show up so well on the camera but they are really awesome in person.

The large "sputnik" bead on her earring is actually a found object. I got that a few years ago in a parking lot.
It was crushed and broken on one of the bumps, (which is now the side towards the fabric). I was so happy to finally find a use for it!)

The feathers are from a boutonnire package I had gotten from Hobby Lobby ob clearance. I took it apart and made two fancies adding ribbons and eyelash yarns.

The frame is just an ordinary wood cross stitch hoop which I taped with duct tape. It has this amazing flower design on it.

The pattern is so busy that it doesn't matter about the tape seams not matching each other.

Here it is hung up on my wall.

(Yes, I have a messy, cluttered craft room.)  Grin
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chibli Snape Cross Stitch Purse on: March 03, 2016 12:53:15 PM
I found a really great cross stitch photo someone posted in their blog a few years ago of a chibli Snape character.
So I used her photo of the outline of Snape and made my own.
Then I used lots of left-over threads to fill in the colors. (Kind of like a coloring in a coloring book using thread).

I used variegated black thread for his hair so it kind of fades in and out with shades of black/gray.
(The trick to using variegated thread is making each X completely instead of going /////// and then coming back the other way with the top stitch like \\\\\\.)
Here's the finished picture. I sewed it onto a canvas camo purse to be used as a side pocket.

The inside lining of the purse has this cool skull and crossbones pattern that would befit Snape.

I thought it would be a nice tribute to Alan Rickman which could be carried around for others to see.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Conan O'Brien Crocheted Pillow on: February 15, 2016 07:49:02 AM
I've been watching a lot of old and new Conan O'Brien clips on You Tube and decided to make something Conan-y. So I uploaded the Conan logo to microrevolt's knitpro website and made a graph.

From that graph I crocheted this snazzy pillow.
It's tunisian or (afghan stitched) using a size J cabled crochet hook.

The background light orange yarn has a sparkly thread running through it but I don't know if you can see that in the photos.

This photo shows a bit more of the right side there. You can see his signature piled up cowlick a bit better here.

The word Conan is made with a variegated yarn. It had purples, oranges, and browns changing throughout it.

Here"s the back.  It's a very soft and sparkly yarn. I alternated the sparkly orange yarn with a variegated orange/yellow/white yarn. I think this turned out neat.

Finally, here's a photo with a Love pillow I found at Goodwill. These are both on my curved lounge chair in my craft room now.

Love that Conan!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Indianapolis Colts Wiggly Trivet on: November 28, 2015 10:13:46 AM
I made an Indianapolis Colts horseshoe wiggly trivet.

I used my Greenbay Packers wiggly trivet I made a while ago as a guide.
Just sort of turned the G on it's back and left off the middle part.

I think I will be making a Chicago Bears one next by just making the G into a C and using blue, orange and white colors.
(I really love making wiggly trivets.)

Here's the backs. You can see how the colors are crocheted over the grid. (But first you have to crochet the grid of course.)
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Autism Wiggly Trivet on: January 25, 2015 11:38:29 AM

This is a crocheted wiggly trivet using seven colors of size 10 crochet thread.
There's red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black.

It's a "frame" of puzzle pieces surrounding a puzzled heart in the center.

Each puzzle piece is shaped like a person. (Except for some inside the heart. I couldn't make all those the person shape).

This last photo is of the back. If you make one of your own this will help you.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Woodstock Peace Afghan on: August 29, 2014 09:53:25 AM
I finished my So You Think You Can Dance swap projects and sent them out to HSG.

This is the Woodstock Peace afghan. I saw a t-shirt online with this image on it so I copied the photo and uploaded it to knitpro to graph it.

Its tunisian crocheted with a size J cabled afghan hook. After it was done I outlined the word PEACE in black yarn so it would stand out better.

I added a flowered sequin necklace for Woodstock and crocheted four butterflies which can be removed and pinned anywhere she likes.

In the comics Woodstock only speaks in various keyboard symbols like %#*!
So the center of the flower Woodstock is holding says Shalom (Peace in Hebrew).

I copied this word onto paper with iron-on glue in the back. Then I ironed it onto fabric. Then I sewed that onto a crocheted snowflake that kinda resembles the star of David.

The back is super-soft fleece. I used my sewing machine and it got kinda bunchy in places but I still think it turned out ok. I made my own label at the bottom there.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chocolate Bunny & Peace Seat Cushions on: April 14, 2014 05:22:26 AM
I've finished this just in time for Easter. A Chocolate Bunny chair pad.

I used Sugar 'n Cream all cotton yarns and a size H hook.

The bunny pattern is from Susan Lowman's "Hot Stuff for the Holidays" wiggly trivet and coaster book.
I've used that book to make some other chair pads in the past but this is my first bunny.

Here's my own wiggly peace design chair pad. I wish the yellow were darker but it's all they had in the stores I was in. Plus, no one had true blue! So, for the blue, I had to use Sinfonia 100% cotton yarn and double up so it would be as thick as the Sugar 'n Cream yarn.

Here's a comparison shot of the chair pad with the original wiggly trivet on top. (The trivet was made from size 10 crochet thread). I wanted the chair pad to be that dark yellow too but, oh well.
(Mondrian colors always look awesome!).

The trivet patterns work great for making chair pads. You don't have to use cotton yarn either. I just thought it would be nice and durable. Many people make cotton scrubbies with the yarn so it should last a while for just sitting on.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Mighty Blackhawks Vest on: January 09, 2014 12:22:44 PM
My Dad is a big Chicago Blackhawks hockey fan and so
I started making this vest with the intention of giving it to him for Christmas.
But I liked it too much and in the end kept it for myself. (It's so hard for me to get rid of stuff!)  Cheesy

It's tunisian crocheted with a size J cabled crochet hook.

I made the back first and then did the side and front in a brighter red.
I crocheted the C and tomahawks logo and whip-stitched that on top of the front.
It's lined with a used size 3XLarge red t-shirt that I cut down the center and just sewed in.
The edges are trimmed with red Fun Fur.
At the bottom I fringed the t-shirt and added black and white pony beads.

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