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« on: January 04, 2012 10:41:32 PM »

I made this up in September for the MAF holiday swap for a partner who indicated she liked sugar skulls - I found a sugar skull pattern I liked online and drew it onto a piece of unbleached cotton.  Then I stitched up the skull and hand stretched it as best I could, over the back of a wood photo box I had.  Then I decorated the frame around it with some freehand woodburning, and hand colouring before varnishing several times. I backed it with some felt.  It is supposed to be an organizer for gift lists and receipts, but could be used for pictures or trinkets.







It was a bit frustrating to work with because I bought floss from the local dollar store - they were nearby and I did not want to make a run to Michaels or a needlwork shop because they were out of my way.  Lesson learned - cheap floss = more knots, breaking threads, etc than is worth the trouble.  Go with the name brand next time.

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2012 11:28:48 PM »

You did a fantastic job! Love it Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2012 08:12:48 AM »

So pretty! I love the mix of materials and techniques you used. I bet you made your swap partner really happy with that box!
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2012 10:29:23 AM »

I love it!
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2012 05:21:26 PM »

I love your satin stitches!!  Very nice!
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2012 06:06:58 PM »

Thank you - I am not very experienced with needlework, but have been lurking in the hoopla swap galleries and it is all very inspiring!
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2012 03:55:28 AM »

oooooh i love it!  Great idea and awesome execution!
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2012 09:03:01 AM »

so much satin stitching!  this is gorgeous!
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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2012 08:04:23 AM »

Absolutely gorgeous!
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2012 04:19:35 PM »

Thank you all!!  I actually quite enjoyed stitching it, and quite a number of my colleagues (I did a lot of it on night shifts at work) liked it too because it was so colourful.
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