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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nature Wiggly Trivets on: April 19, 2016 10:15:26 AM
Another Earth Day is coming and I've been making more wiggly trivets.
So I'm calling this set "Nature Trivets".

I've been trying to use only the supplies I have on hand. (I really need to stash-down my supplies!) So for these trivets  I've tried to use up the variegated threads I've accumulated.

One of these trivets is done in all variegated thread.

It's a bit hard to make out what's in the scene, (kind of reminds me of a watercolor painting), but it  consists of a sun in the upper left corner, two flying black birds, one large flower in the center, one small flower in the lower left, and a tree going along the right side up and curving to the left.
I was going to rip out the whole sky background and just use a solid blue color so everything would be distinguishable but then I thought, nah. I kinda like it this way.


A butterfly.

A snake.

And a dragonfly.

Happy Earth Day everyone!
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on: April 10, 2016 07:25:20 AM
That would be really great for him to see this but I really wouldn't know how to contact him at all.
He's not with the Conan O'Brien show anymore.
I have no idea if he's on Twitter or anything. (I don't do any of that stuff anyways, I'm just a dinosaur on the internet barely slogging my way through cyberspace).  Undecided   Grin
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on: April 08, 2016 11:55:22 AM
After seeing his election comedy special on Hulu I decided that the only really good choice for President was Triumph himself. LOL!

So I went about using a photo of Triumph and recoloring it in the style of Obama's famous 'HOPE' poster.
Then I uploaded that to knitpro and graphed it for cross stitch.

I used a blue denim colored aida cloth to stitch onto and pulled out all the aquas, turquoise, reds, and cream color threads from my bulging bag of left-over threads from other projects to work into this picture.

After stitching it I thought, what good is it if nobody ever sees it? So, I decided to stitch the project onto my favorite jean jacket. I tapered the cloth near the bottom to remain on an even level with the jacket's back seams which also taper in.

I had found a t-shirt at Goodwill which simply said 'Vote.' So I cut that down, ironed on a U.S.A. peace sign patch over the V, then sewed it above the Triumph picture.

And, I finally snagged one of my sons to take a photo of it actually being worn.

It's a nice jacket...

...for me to poop on! LOL!  Wink
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Zombie; eat flesh on: March 17, 2016 05:54:31 AM
This looks so cool!
It must have been really tough to outline the words in black and white.
So much color changing. Whew!
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: St. Patrick's Day Top Hat - #3 in the Holiday Hat Series on: March 17, 2016 05:51:17 AM
This is so cute! Love it!
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Flapper Girl on: March 14, 2016 07:01:16 AM
This is my finished Bohemian Sisters challenge, "Leaping in Art Deco".
I graphed a flapper girl photo and used all left-over thread floss from my stash.

I used one of those printed aida fabrics and decided to keep the print showing on her face. I thought it made her look more interesting.

After the cross stitching, I embellished her with beads for her earring, and on her face near her eye. The beads are also left-overs from kits I've made. They don't show up so well on the camera but they are really awesome in person.

The large "sputnik" bead on her earring is actually a found object. I got that a few years ago in a parking lot.
It was crushed and broken on one of the bumps, (which is now the side towards the fabric). I was so happy to finally find a use for it!)

The feathers are from a boutonnière package I had gotten from Hobby Lobby ob clearance. I took it apart and made two fancies adding ribbons and eyelash yarns.

The frame is just an ordinary wood cross stitch hoop which I taped with duct tape. It has this amazing flower design on it.

The pattern is so busy that it doesn't matter about the tape seams not matching each other.

Here it is hung up on my wall.

(Yes, I have a messy, cluttered craft room.)  Grin
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chibli Snape Cross Stitch Purse on: March 03, 2016 12:53:15 PM
I found a really great cross stitch photo someone posted in their blog a few years ago of a chibli Snape character.
So I used her photo of the outline of Snape and made my own.
Then I used lots of left-over threads to fill in the colors. (Kind of like a coloring in a coloring book using thread).

I used variegated black thread for his hair so it kind of fades in and out with shades of black/gray.
(The trick to using variegated thread is making each X completely instead of going /////// and then coming back the other way with the top stitch like \\\\\\.)
Here's the finished picture. I sewed it onto a canvas camo purse to be used as a side pocket.

The inside lining of the purse has this cool skull and crossbones pattern that would befit Snape.

I thought it would be a nice tribute to Alan Rickman which could be carried around for others to see.
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Conan O'Brien Crocheted Pillow on: February 22, 2016 07:15:39 AM
Well, because of your suggestion I did upload it to the Team Coco museum of Conan art page.
Now they'll be a bigger chance of more Conan fans actually seeing it.

Thanks for the suggestion!
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Conan O'Brien Crocheted Pillow on: February 15, 2016 07:49:02 AM
I've been watching a lot of old and new Conan O'Brien clips on You Tube and decided to make something Conan-y. So I uploaded the Conan logo to microrevolt's knitpro website and made a graph.

From that graph I crocheted this snazzy pillow.
It's tunisian or (afghan stitched) using a size J cabled crochet hook.

The background light orange yarn has a sparkly thread running through it but I don't know if you can see that in the photos.

This photo shows a bit more of the right side there. You can see his signature piled up cowlick a bit better here.

The word Conan is made with a variegated yarn. It had purples, oranges, and browns changing throughout it.

Here"s the back.  It's a very soft and sparkly yarn. I alternated the sparkly orange yarn with a variegated orange/yellow/white yarn. I think this turned out neat.

Finally, here's a photo with a Love pillow I found at Goodwill. These are both on my curved lounge chair in my craft room now.

Love that Conan!
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Oh Scully and Mulder, how I missed you! on: February 03, 2016 11:48:49 AM
Love this! Great job!
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