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21  A Question of Color in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by CraftyOctober on: January 12, 2011 11:53:02 AM
So I bought this fabric for a hoop for a swap I'm doing:

Now, I have already made one attempt at the design using the actual colors of the characters in an outline done in backstitch, but the colors looked washed out and lacked oomph, so to speak. So now I'm debating outlining them in a single color, and that's where I need your help! Looking at this fabric, what color do you suggest would make for the best outline and biggest impact, visually? I don't want to upload the sketch for the design because it would be a swap spoiler, so I hope you can visualize okay without it!
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22  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap November 2010 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by CraftyOctober on: November 26, 2010 04:43:40 PM
I apologize for the long wait for those of you who sent my ATCs! I have been so slack in checking my mailbox lately, but now I can post them all at once (and what a great batch it is)!

First up is this adorable Legend of Zelda ATC from Seeba7. I love the glittery border and how Link and the hearts are raised from the background! Also, I did NOT know that the series was based on the movie 'Legend!' Thanks for the trivia fact, Seeba7!

Next we have this amazing movable matryoshka doll card from WideEyedLife! Technically, she wrote the title in Cyrillic but I don't know how to make the characters here, lol. She even wrote me a note with a lot of Russian in it because she majored in Russian in college. How cool! I have no idea what the note says, but the writing is great, and this card is amazing!

Finally, here is my other movable ATC from SusanAB! I love this idea! It suits me really well too because I am like one of the most indecisive people on the planet. This is so fantastic!

Thank you so much, everyone! You all spoiled me!
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23  Super Street Fighter 4 ATCs: A Project in Progress in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by CraftyOctober on: November 07, 2010 08:24:57 PM
I wanted to do a series of ATCs, and Street Fighter seemed fitting because it's something my boyfriend is interested in, so I knew at least I'd get some attention from him (my friends on Facebook just aren't interested in my artistic endeavors, and I crave input and critiques). They are hand-drawn, colored with Prismacolor markers and pencils and outlined with an 01 size Sakura Micron pen. The names are written in Sharpie, which is hard to do over the waxy pencils.

Sakura is #1 in the series. I just wanted to draw her because I like to draw girls and she's adorable.

Hakan is #2. Hakan is probably the funniest Street Fighter character I've ever seen. He is a Turkish oil wrestler, hence the uber-shine to his skin. I'm not as satisfied with this one as Sakura, but I am happy with how his body came out, for the most part.
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24  Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap - Nov. 2010 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by CraftyOctober on: October 31, 2010 02:53:25 PM
I claim the decorative chalks please!

I live in Fargo, ND. I have no allergens in my home!

Claims Allowed (Outstanding): 3
Claims made so far: 1
Sendouts Not Sent: 1
Sendouts Sent: 0
Sendouts Received: 0

Here are my offerings!

Choose One!

The software is included. This is a neat book with some cute patterns if you own a sewing machine, but I don't. Sad

3 partial skeins of Brown Sheep Nature Spun 100% wool yarn. There's plenty here to make a matching hat and scarf set, or whatever you like!

This oil painting starter set is complete. There is an apron, several paint brushes, paint, linseed oil, a pencil and eraser, a book, and some other stuff. Most, BUT NOT ALL, of the tubes are full. All of the tubes have paint in them, but a couple have been used.

Choose Two!

These are two partial skeins of Bristol Yarn Gallery Lyndon Hill fingering weight yarn. They were spun into yarn cakes with my ball winder. The larger skein is unused, the smaller skein was used and rewound. This yarn is 85% Pima cotton and 15% silk. Lovely!

This is a set of Egyptian stamps. The set is complete. All the stamps have been tried once. They come with a turquoise stamp pad and a book explaining what each god stands for. A small piece chipped off of the front of the Bastet stamp holder, but it has been glued back on with Gorilla Glue and in no way effects the grip on the stamps, as it is magnetic. Claimed by JessySihk! Thanks!

This set of oil paints is brand new and never opened! Claimed by JessySihk! Thanks!

This is a complete set of 50 Crayola markers, some of them scented! All markers are in great working order.

Choose Three!

I embroidered this. It was my first attempt for the Embroidery Hoopla Swap Rd. 2 but I didn't like how it came out. Maybe you do! Split stitch and crayon tinting. Use it as a patch or whatever!

This is a mostly full bottle of embossing powder. I only used a small amount to see if I could coat my Shrinky Dink jewelry with it but I found something even better and easier to use for that purpose. My loss is your gain! It's clear, by the way.

A needle felted bird, only my second attempt at needle felting!

Some buttons! Two hot pink and an unopened package of heart shaped ones. The heart ones are pretty tiny!

This is a nostepind. It's used for winding yarn if you have lots and lots and LOTS of patience. I do not. Smiley

Here's a brand new package of bias tape!

This Sailor Moon henshin ATC was my first attempt at ATCs. As such, it's pretty simplified, but it sparkles!

I made this kusudama with pages from a road atlas. Great decor for a travel or worldly themed room!

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25  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 2 Gallery! (SendOut 11/15/10) in The Swap Gallery by CraftyOctober on: October 29, 2010 12:47:57 PM
I got my hoop from MizzKodak today. It's Sorceress Edea from Final Fantasy VIII, which is one of my favorite video games of all time (hush, all you Final Fantasy VII fangirls Tongue). It's all backstitched. She also included a small book of canvaswork embroidery stitches. Thanks, MizzKodak!

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26  Professor Layton and the Inordinate Amount of Satin Stitching! in Needlework: Completed Projects by CraftyOctober on: October 28, 2010 08:06:54 PM
This was my contribution to the Embroidery Hoopla Swap Rd. 2. My partner has already received and posted pictures, so now I can put this here! It took me about three days of on and off working. The filling is satin stitched with 6 strands of floss, his eyes and nose are backstitched with 3 strands, his mouth and all the outlining is split stitch, and the stitch on his hat band is close herringbone stitch, which didn't come out quite as well as I'd hoped, but this is also like only my second time embroidering anything either.
Whew, what a run-on sentence! Anyway, here ya go!

The dots in the background are marker; they're there because I accidentally got some glue spots on the hoop from sealing up the back. FAIL. ...but I'm happy they didn't detract too much from the overall quality of the hoop.
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27  Sketchy Sketch Opinion Whoring! ETA 10/30-Finished Art! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by CraftyOctober on: October 24, 2010 08:27:40 PM
ETA: OK, so here's the finished art for our arcade stick! The background is acrylic paint and Prismacolor markers, and Juri is glued on separately, colored with Prismacolor markers and pencils!

Okay Craftsters, here's the thing. My boyfriend and I want to mod one of our PlayStation 3 arcade sticks. We both play as Juri in Super Street Fighter 4, and we want custom artwork. We haven't found any online that we've liked (most custom stick art involves someone just taking the official art and throwing in some logos and background, and it's usually pretty homebrew). So, I figured it'd be super awesome and unique to draw something myself. I have a couple of ideas here, and I want opinions. First, which do you prefer of these two? Second, offer constructive criticism on how to improve composition if you have any! Third, suggest your own ideas! Anywho, here are the drawings. Please let me know what you think! Sorry for the pictures of the drawings, but I don't have a scanner at the moment. :x Also, do keep in mind these are unfinished concept sketches, so many little clothing details haven't been added yet!

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28  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 2! (SignUp CLOSED, SendOut 11/15/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by CraftyOctober on: October 18, 2010 07:57:28 PM
*crying* I've never found ANY good crafting supplies in the thrift stores around here. So jealous! I'mma have to go to Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and AC Moore this week to find who has the cheapest hoops. Cheesy

I got my 6" hoop from Hobby Lobby for just $0.79! I had gone to Michael's beforehand, and theirs were over $1.00, plus they were sold out, which is why I then went to Hobby Lobby. So my guess is they'll be your best bet.

I just finished hoop attempt #2! I like this one better, though it still has its flaws. I accidentally got some glue on the front, but I think I masked it well enough with my trusty markers. The good news is the glue didn't get on the stitching itself! But since it happened after I finished, I couldn't go back and restart or stitch over it because it was a result of sealing up the back. I am a WINNAR, after all.

I will be sending it out tomorrow! But here's a teaser!
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29  Re: Avatar the Last Airbender rnd 2 swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by CraftyOctober on: October 18, 2010 03:01:59 PM
I received my package from CoanTeen today, and ohmigod, did I get SPOILED! What an awesome package, lady!

This was the only thing I knew I was getting beforehand; this amazing, handmade Toph-inspired fleece and thermal jacket! It is awesome, and so warm! I would take an action shot but I am a total mess in my PJs right now. I'll get one tomorrow for you!

This was a total surprise! I LOVE this Toph hair hat (I have no idea why PhotoBucket uploaded it sideways though, when the actual picture I took is right-side up)! CoanTeen mentioned in our communications that she, too, once lived in North Dakota, so she knows how cold it gets here in the winter and answered with this hat that also covers my ears! It's also extremely warm and super cute! Despite the sloppy mess I am today, I did get an action shot of this :

Finally, there was some great other loot in the box too! I mentioned I liked candy in my questionnaire so she sent me a giant bag of Skittles. I love Skittles! How did you know? There are also some great beads for jewelry making, a glow in the dark fabric marker that I can't wait to use, and wrapped up in the plastic wrap there is some divine-smelling incense!

I am so lucky! Thanks again, CoanTeen! What a great swap!
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30  Avatar Shoes (Not the blue people Avatar, either!) in Shoes: Completed Projects by CraftyOctober on: September 30, 2010 03:05:08 PM
So I'm participating in the Avatar: The Last Airbender round 2 swap currently in progress, and since my partner has received and posted her photos, I figured I can probably safely post these here, as I am super-duper happy with them!

This is just a front shot of the pair. The right shoe (your left) is Ty Lee, and the left shoe features Suki. These are just Prismacolor marker on a pair of plain white canvas Keds.

Here's a detail shot of the Suki shoe. I based her background on an image of Kyoshi Island from the Avatar artbook. The Earth Kingdom is somewhat dry and mostly desert, hence the yellow ground and gentle hills.

Here's the Ty Lee shoe. Since she's from the Fire Nation, the landscape behind her features more severe cliffs and palm trees as the Fire Nation's climate is hotter and more tropical.

I really want to make more shoes like this. They're a super fun project! Please let me know if you have ideas to make these better!
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