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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wedding Gift - my first cross stitch on: April 03, 2010 05:16:46 PM
My cousin got married yesterday and even though they didn't want gifts (they already have everything they need) I wanted to make them something they could hang on their wall to remember their wedding day.
I'd never done cross stitch before so thought I'd give it a go! I found a great website with a million and one old charts so I worked off those and came up with the design below.

The B and C are their initials (obv.) in a dark blue with a golden crown on top and the date of their wedding underneath, magenta loveheart and off-white/bone coloured fancy bits on the sides.




The colours aren't too good in this one but you can see the detail better.

I even mounted it (was a bit nerve-wracking to get it straight!) and we found the perfect frame for it! I was so so happy with it, I hope they liked it too!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / first embroidery - my mother's garden on: December 21, 2009 11:36:42 PM
This year for my mum's bday I surprised her with an embroidery of her front garden. I learned a lot while doing it, and am really happy with how it turned out! She is thinking of moving house or building a new house so this will be a great way to remember the house and garden.


rhododendrons, conifers, xmas lillies, among other plants I don't know the names of!


kowhai tree, hebe, poppies, roses, lavender, fern, foxglove, and blossoming plum tree


the whole thing, in a wooden frame


the photo i worked off.




3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / monsters for xmas! on: December 21, 2009 11:27:22 PM
I made 2 monsters (I say monsters as they are no creature in particular) for my boyfriend's nieces. Drew the pattern up myself. Faces are made from felt. Had to handsew the leopard one as it was quite thick, but machine sewed the pink one together.


4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / fabric strip knitted scarf on: December 21, 2009 11:24:55 PM
This is one of my mum's xmas presents this year.
I cut 3 colours of lining into strips and sewed them together lengthwise to create a ball of "yarn" and got knitting! Added a buttonhole and fancy button too Smiley

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Mercury Futuristic Sewing Machine on: July 10, 2009 12:07:12 AM
Does anybody have or ever used a Mercury Futuristic machine?
I'm looking to buy my first sewing machine and the Mercury is the only thing in my price range (I'd prefer brand new, not used).

The auction lists the specs below:
Quote
MERCURY FUTURISTIC AUTO
SEWING MACHINE

1 year warranty, home sewing machine, a brand new home sewing machine (full size)in export carton)

A euro slim line design portable sewing machine for the modern home great for dresses jeans and knits, alterations and repair work.

*COVER STITCH
*BLIND HEMMING
*OVERLOCKING
*SEW ON BUTTON & BUTTONHOLE

Its a full sized flat bed machine with that extra sewing space you need under the arm and easily converts to a free arm.

Craft worker durability for those difficult threads and fabrics.
Powerful shuttle drive all steel parts. with snap out sewing race for easy cleaning .
Electronic needle power at all speeds and alloy frame.uses the same needle as bernina,elna,brother,janome,singer,pfaff,ju ki.

SPECIFICATIONS
*Free arm
*Full size sewing machine
*Straight stitch & Zigzag
*stretch stitches
*Three step buttonholes
*Overlock stitch
*pressure adjustment
*lightweight 8kg
*electronic foot controller
*front loading bobbin
*easy clean shuttle
*230vlts..70watt motor
*sewing speed 75 to 750rpm
*foot lift 5mm
*stitch length 0 to 4mm
*zig zag width 0 to 5mm

*ALL METAL ALLOY FRAME* and will not warp.(not made of plastic like some of the world famous brand names being offered at higher prices.

comes with
instuction manual,extra feet,screw driver,bobbins,button hole cutter,oil can,
soft vynl cover

Does this sound good for a basic 1st machine? Are there any questions I should ask the seller? Unfortunately they are in another city so I can't test it out.

Thanks for any advice!!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Aubergine Bear on: July 08, 2009 03:24:16 AM
This cute wee guy is my third bear. He never photographs well b/c he has black glass eyes which never show up! But he is very adorable irl.



And the other 2 I've made (you may have seen them before.)
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / a manly apron on: July 08, 2009 03:20:03 AM
I made an apron for my boyfriend (though I had to model it for the camera). I used some striped canvas as he loves bright and bold stripes on Polo shirts, so I thought he'd like this (and he did, thank god!).

I haven't used a sewing machine for an actual garment (if you'd call an apron a garment) for many years, so I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.



8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Technicolour Scarf on: July 08, 2009 03:13:38 AM
My first actual knitting project! I am so so happy with it, I wear it every day!





(these photos are very similar, but oh well)

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tattoo inspired needle book on: June 13, 2009 11:48:20 PM
This was my first attempt at needlework. I stitched/embroidered the tattoo-inspired rose and leaves onto a felt needle book.



I'm really happy with how it turned out - much better than I expected!! Keen to do more! Smiley
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Green Bear - 2nd teddy bear on: May 24, 2009 03:43:42 AM
My 2nd teddy bear. He turned out pretty cute, even though his head is ENORMOUS!! He took a surprisingly short time to make, I'm about to start another one!



And here he is with his "older brother" Ralphie.

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