For the Harry Potter Swap III, I did two pieces of needle work. Since my partner got her package this week, I can finally post! (I had finished these about 3 weeks ago...)
First is a wrist band with Fawkes Dumbledore's Phoenix on it. The design is from PotterPuffs by Naomi on livejournal (although I changed the main color to red instead of orange because the orange I had looked a bit wonky). I choose Fawkes because my partner's favorite scene was when Harry proclaims that he is a "Dumbledore's man". I thought it appropriate for a "Dumbledore's Woman".
This was my first time to really try to use the stitches to convey an idea. The scanner didn't pick it up very well, but doing a short/long stitch really made it look like feathers. Husband even commented so without any leading from me. French knot for the eye, satin stitch for the beak and feet, split stitch for the outlines. The wrist band itself was a terry cloth type, so it was interesting trying to get all the little loops to stay under my stitches. I didn't use any stablizer because...well, I don't know why.... just didn't want to.
On a side note, I found that these kinds of wrist bands (I bought two for 50 cents at Michael's) are actually really nice for holding needles. Not perpendicular to your wrists like the tomato kind, but parellel to your wrist. They were thick enough I could put the sharp end in without it poking me or whomever when I needed to stop stitching and do something else... (fold laundry/pet cat/etc.).
Second, I made a side bag that I also got from Michael's. Since this was canvas, it was harder to work and didn't go as fast, but I'm rather proud of it. It is certainly the most difficult thing I've ever attempted, I think with good results.
Gryffindor coat of arms, design from muggle.net. Once again, I tried really hard to convey "fur" with short and long stitches shaped around the lion's body. The diamonds are in satin, outline in split and stem stitch, red back ground in split. I tried hard not to have break lines in the red, but failed. The banner part was every "witch" way (hahaha..hmmm..) so it wouldn't look so straight laced. I really like the HP world where things are askew and curvy and not perfect in any way.
Thanks for looking and reading my ramblings (I put a lot of thought into these and other things I sent.)