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« on: March 15, 2011 07:25:54 AM »

I made these embroideries for gatheredthreads in the latest round of the Invite your Partner swap, and I wanted to show them off here too Smiley

These were actually pretty hard for me, because I have a fear of sea creatures. Especially anything with tentacles. Happily gatheredthreads was cool with them being cartoony (they're for her daughter's room), so I was ok.

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I based the jellyfish on PosiTori's crocheted ones, because gatheredthreads had them on her wist. Happily, she received a whole set from PosiTori in the same swap, so they match!
(PosiTori's amazing jellyfish - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361915.msg4246775#msg4246775)

I stitched him in DMC satin floss, which is 100% stranded EVIL. I will never stitch in satin again. Evil.
Ahem. Anyway, I used backstitch, long-and-short, satin stitch, and threaded running stitch. Including frame he's about 7 inches across if I remember correctly, more in height.

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I also made this little seascape (4 inches across), which is a total knock off of penelopewaits' mini aquarium, only with crayon tinting, and a bit less good. Gatheredthreads had wisted the original, so I wanted to make her something I knew she'd like.





(here is penelopewaits' original -  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369670.msg4345501#msg4345501)

Thanks for looking! Ooh, also, if anyone has any tips for embroidering with satin, I'd be very grateful. It just about killed me.
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2011 08:08:14 AM »

I have never used satin floss, but I'd say you did an amazing job.  I love the way you stitched the tentacles and it was really sweet of you to make that even though it bothered you.

I also love the addition of the crayon tinting to the aquarium.  It looks great!
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2011 08:10:22 AM »

I love the jellyfish's tentacles! They look AMAZING!  He came absolutely perfect!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2011 08:12:51 AM »

wow I love the jellyfish one! beautiful stitching and the colors are wonderful
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2011 08:44:36 AM »

as someone who absolutely loves sea creatures, this is amazing!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2011 01:05:53 PM »

Oh my, that jellyfish is ADORABLE. 

Fantastic job on both of them!
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2011 03:33:36 PM »

Gorgeous! I love your stitching, I love the colors, I love the pictures! Love It, hitting ROCKS!
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2011 06:58:03 AM »

Great job. I too love how you stitched the tentacles.
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2011 11:39:37 AM »

Adorable! Like everyone else has said, it looks absolutely perfect and the tentacles are just beyond amazing. You'd never know you struggled with the thread!
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2011 05:53:22 PM »

Wow! Awesome work! The jellyfish is too adorable for words.
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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2011 04:05:32 AM »

Wow, really great work on the jellyfish.  I love the way you stitched the tentacles, and your work is so *clean.*
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« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2011 01:36:53 PM »

You did beautiful work with these! The Satin floss does misbehave, but if you dampen it a little, that can help.
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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2011 02:13:06 PM »

Wow, the threaded running stitch is absolutely perfect for tentacles!! Great job!
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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2011 03:42:47 AM »

Man, I wouldn't have expected satin floss to be such a jerk. The sparkly stuff is just awful, but the satin seems like it would be smooth and lovely. Nonetheless, you did a gorgeous job and I love the tentacle stitch you used.
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« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2011 04:12:34 AM »

You did beautiful work with these! The Satin floss does misbehave, but if you dampen it a little, that can help.

Thanks, that's great advice. I still have the left-overs from this project, and while I never really want to work with satin floss again, it seems like such a waste not to use up what I've got - it's not cheap, after all.

Man, I wouldn't have expected satin floss to be such a jerk. The sparkly stuff is just awful, but the satin seems like it would be smooth and lovely. Nonetheless, you did a gorgeous job and I love the tentacle stitch you used.

Thanks! It is quite smooth, but the big problems I had were-
1) It does still seem to snag a bit - not nearly as much as the metallic stuff, which I used in a previous project - that was pure hell, and it didn't even look very good at the end of it all Sad
2) It's actually quite stiff - the individual strands really don't want to stay together. I usually wouldn't do much couching for threaded running stitch, because it holds up well by itself unless someone's poking at it, but I had to couch like frenzy this time because the strands kept separating and it looked straggly and gross. When I was doing normal sewing, the stiffness also meant it was really hard to get it to lie right - you can see I had some problems with the long-and-short, it looks a bit patchy when you compare it with my embroidered cat, who was almost totally long-and-short in normal DMC cotton.
I wondered too whether it simply didn't like being forced through cotton - I know when I'm sewing, I choose a thread that matches the fabric so that it doesn't snag, so I guess there must be some similar principle with embroidery. Perhaps satin thread works better on a satin fabric? I can't imagine embroidering on satin, though - I'd probably end up ripping it to shreds.
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« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2011 09:20:58 AM »

I love all things with tentacles and he is truly adorable, I love the stitching on his tentacles, and your crayon tinting is great, I can never achieve such a uniform look
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« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2011 05:24:15 PM »

Awesome!
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« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2011 07:42:55 PM »

I'm loving the way you did the tentacles. What a great idea!
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« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2011 02:49:17 AM »

Wow, these are amazing Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2015 07:11:07 AM »

These are so adorable. I love the octopus and the way you've created his tentacles Smiley
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