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91  Pillowcase Dress Fit for a Lady in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: March 13, 2009 09:35:05 AM
I'm usually on the needlepoint board, but I've decided to branch out and try to combine embroidery with my amateur sewing skills.  My first project was a pillowcase dress for my daughter.

An action shot (I think she needs to stop watching Top Model).  I'll have to adjust the size of the armholes and neckline on my next attempt.

A closeup of the ladybugs

Comments and critiques are welcome.  I'm just getting into this, so any advice is appreciated!
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92  One retro and one not-so tea towels in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: March 08, 2009 07:29:22 AM
I'm on a roll making tea towels as gifts.  They're quick and inexpensive to do, but you can really customize them and make them into something heartfelt.  Who doesn't need a cute little towel in their kitchen?

The first I made for my mom who has been going to Weight Watchers meetings with me.  The silverware pattern is from Flickr Hoop Love.

Closeup of the faces

The next is for a friend whose birthday is this month.  Bunny and snail are from Annie Oakleaves .

I keep my stitches pretty neat in the back, but I think I need to leave a longer tail when I first start a new spot that I can weave back under other stitches.  I've been trying to trim the thread near my initial knot, but that shows through too much on the flour sacks.  These are the things we learn with practice, eh?
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93  In Memoriam: DH's Boxer Shorts in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: February 26, 2009 07:31:15 AM
My husband had a lucky pair of boxer shorts that after about 10 years of weekly washing became unwearable (I didn't want him leaving the house in them in case he got in an accident or something).  I couldn't bear to throw them out because he really believed that they brought him good juju, so I memorialized them with some embroidery.  Note that I did not have to doctor these babies at all, they really were that frayed!

A closeup of the boxers (I'm ashamed) and the stitching.  I will never use this type of lettering again, it was very awkward for me to stitch.

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94  My first Jenny Hart design in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by xperimentl on: February 23, 2009 08:53:04 AM
I just recently bought the Sublime Stitching Craft Pad and decided to start with the wrestler/luchador design.  Here is my take on it.  The phrase on the top translates to "Will wrestle for food" so it relates more to my kitchen.

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95  Tea Towel Greetings for a Brit in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: February 17, 2009 12:10:14 PM
I'm including this little flour sack towel in a care package for a friend who recently moved to England.  I created the design using an outline of Arizona that I found online, Microsoft Office clipart, and my favorite font for embroidery called "Di." I think it has kind of a kitschy, retro feel.

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96  Pillowcase apron fit for June Cleaver in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: February 10, 2009 03:09:02 PM
I found a cute gingham pillowcase at my favorite thrift store and knew it would be perfect to reconstruct as an apron.  I decorated it with my job title and a faux pocket.  Now I feel extra glamorous when I do chores around the house.

My cherries puckered a little.  Embarrassed  The pocket was a good way for me to practice a variety of stitches since I've mostly used backstitch up to this point.

Thanks for your comments and critiques.
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97  Life's too short for boring burp cloths and towels in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: February 08, 2009 12:23:51 PM
I've gotten the bug and can't leave plain old fabric alone.  No linen is safe.

A burp cloth embroidered for a friend's new baby...

Pattern available on at http://thebabygardner.com/blog/
I'm not sure if I like the colors, would look cuter on a white cloth I think, but I love the vintage design.

Towel with Annie Oakleaves' Cute Little Things Set 5 bird buddies, just in time to decorate my kitchen for Valentine's Day...

Pattern available at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5334778

Thanks for looking.

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98  Re: Picture Book Gifts in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: January 24, 2009 07:51:45 AM
Thanks again for the inspiration.  Now instead of looking online for patterns I can just go to my kids' bookshelf!  Here are a few little pictures I did yesterday:

Captain Underpants from the Dav Pilkey books

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff & illustrated by Felicia Bond

This might be a good Craftalong idea.
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99  Little Bird Coffee Cuff and Tea Wallet in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: January 22, 2009 08:38:24 AM
I am just getting into embroidery and needlework.  I love vintage designs and I can do it while watching TV, what's not to love about this craft?  I started off with some projects for my mom.  The fabric is a sheet I found at the thrift store.

Coffee Cuff (hopefully the cute bird will distract you from my crummy sewing skills)  Design is Alice Brooks 7586 from Needlecrafter.com

Tea Wallet (super cheesy sewing job and "rustic" stitching, but functional)

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100  Denim Skirt to Yo-Yo Love Sewing Machine Cozy in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by xperimentl on: January 13, 2009 08:38:06 AM
I cut up one of my skirts that was on its way to the Goodwill and made a cover for my groovy new sewing machine.

A closeup of my yo-yos, made from Moda "Recess" fabrics.  The retro prints go with my vintage-themed craft area.  I used Clover Yo-Yo templates from the craft store, they speed up the process tremendously.

My skirt (after the cut was made)...

What I'm hiding under there...

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