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« on: June 09, 2011 07:16:16 PM »

I made this hoop for malkavian6 in the first Ongoing Hoopla Swap.  Her theme was Sea Monsters, but somehow I got onto the topic of Nessie and didnt seem to be able to get away from itI was hoping a Loch Monster would do!

The design was adapted from a page at www.enchantedlearni ng.com , a website we used a lot when my boys were doing projects in elementary school.




The water is an aqua (color isn't very true in this photo) textured lame-sort of fabric that I found on clearance at Joannes, the white is a curtain lining fabric with a small white-on-white check.  This is the second time Ive used curtain lining for the white background and I really like it!  Its easy to stitch on and its opaque enough that you dont see the backing through it like you sometimes do with lightweight fabric.

When I stitched the top and bottom together I overlapped the edge, rather than doing a traditional seam.  I thought it would help reduce the bulk and make it easier to slide the upper hoop over and I knew the join would be covered by the water surface. It seemed to work well.

Its a little hard to see, I think, but I used a cotton floss for Nessie above water and a thicker silk floss for the part underwater, thinking things always look larger and shinier underwater.  The surface of the loch isnt really stitched.  I used a blue/green variegated Lion Brand Homespun yarn.  It has a fairly loose twist that I thought looked like waves when it was laid on the fabric.  I couched it with two-strand cotton floss. The cliffs and castle in the background are backstitched with a single strand of black floss.

And the back...



Questions and comments always welcome!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2011 07:27:53 PM »

Awesome!! I love all of the various textures. Very cool!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2011 09:18:22 PM »

That looks so neat with the different fabrics. I wish I could participate in the ongoing swap. Maybe if it's still going on in August I can join in the fun.
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2011 04:16:43 AM »

That looks so neat with the different fabrics. I wish I could participate in the ongoing swap. Maybe if it's still going on in August I can join in the fun.

Thanks, pugwash and lime...it would be fun to have you along, pugwash.  I'm actually sitting out this round myself - I really *have* to finish my final internship project for school and it's just too easy to avoid when I have hoops to stitch!
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2011 05:34:58 AM »

LOL! THis is great!!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2011 09:35:09 PM »

Hoops are addicting! I'm supposed to be packing up the last of all my craft supplies so I can move, but I keep coming up with excuses projects that I need to make so I can avoid packing. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2011 07:05:16 AM »

That's so great. I love that you made the whole monster-not just his head. I agree, awesome textures.
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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2011 07:53:59 AM »

I really like all the textures you used. Very artistic.
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