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« on: May 03, 2008 04:13:58 PM »

So, I'm addicted to Puzzle Pirates (an online game).  Frequently there are out-of-game contests that have in-game prizes.  Recently, a Woolie contest was held - make traditional-like wooly featuring a Puzzle Pirates ship.

Traditional Woolies were needlework pictures created by mariners, featuring a ship and some scenery.  Basically, using whatever fibers you want (but traditionally wool yarn for most of it), cover the entire surface with fiber. Nothing should show through.  They can be incredible intricate, just amazing!

Some wooly/woolie sites:
http://focus.antiquescouncil.com/articlepage36.php
http://www.seamenschurch.org/PRArchives/woolies.htm
http://www.landandseacollection.com/id216.html

I decided to give it a go!

My finished item (the ruler & name are required in photos for entry in the contest).  I went with a picture of a War Brig firing in battle near an island. I used a mix of wool yarn and embroidery floss (as was allowed).


My materials being inspected by Quality Control:


First I sketched a design on paper, drew it on the fabric, and then basted outline stitches on my drawing:


Partway done:


Closeup of a cannon firing, with explosion and smoke:


Hanging on the wall: (it doesn't fit *in* any frame I have, so I wrapped it around an existing painting... it needs better tension to be seen properly)


The forum post regarding the contest:
http://forums.puzzlepirates.com/community/mvnforum/viewthread?thread=96197

The entries:
http://forums.puzzlepirates.com/community/mvnforum/viewthread?thread=96198

I had a lot of fun, learned a bunch about the backing fabric, embroidery, threads (ie, love the look of the shiny rayon floss, HATE using it) and needles and Woolies, and I'm going to be doing a whoooooole lot more of these!
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2008 04:16:20 PM »

Ooohh, lovely!  Landlubber that I am, I've never heard of "woolies" - looks awesome and looks like a lot of fun as well!
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2008 04:46:12 PM »

That's really nifty, camelama!  I especially like the tonal sails and the choppy sea.  I'd also not heard of woolies, but was aware of other sailor crafts.  I love it when people take up old, esoteric folk crafts and hope you'll share the others you make.  One thing, though; I think that you should probably include in your list of materials "cat hair" as it's likely in there among the other fibers.  Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2008 04:49:47 PM »

Heh - in my official contest entry post, I did include "cat hair" in the materials list.  Smiley   Even when she's not moving, you can see hair just poof off of her!

Oh!  And in the photo with my cat?  She's ON TOP of the *pin cushion*.  That couldn't have been comfortable, but when I went to move her, she complained about having to move!


I really did have a fantastic time with this, so educational in not only techniques and such, but what parts of it I enjoyed and what threads to avoid (grrrrrrrrr shiny seductive thread that doesn't stay put!).
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2008 06:43:43 PM »

 Grin This is awesome!! I will definitely have to do one of these sometime (along with a sailor's valentine....I soooo love those too!). Great job!
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2008 07:39:49 PM »

Fabulous!!!
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2008 08:51:18 AM »

Wow, this is neat. I really like how textured it is. Great job.
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2008 09:03:30 AM »

that is really neat.. love pirates! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2008 03:34:50 AM »

Really clever picture, I like your color choices.  Good job covering the whole surface. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2008 07:05:20 AM »

This is so cool. I've never seen this before!
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