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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Halloween night on: October 13, 2008 02:15:20 PM
Here is my entry.  It's supposed to be a sort of spooky night feeling.  Smiley  Halloween projects are always fun!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / By the Sea on: July 21, 2008 03:39:37 PM
Here is my most recent finish:

I've been experimenting with incorporating fabrics and watercolor pencils and crayons into my stitching.   It's a lot of fun!  The blur around the birds is from some brown threads showing through a bit.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Tourists - Stumpwork embroidery on: May 12, 2008 08:59:43 AM
I'm working on learning this type of stitching.  This is my 3rd completed project:

side view:

This was a really fun project.  Smiley
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / More science embroidery on: April 15, 2008 04:23:48 AM
I've created two more:

These are a lot of fun.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Some "scientific" embroidery on: March 27, 2008 06:23:17 AM
These were fun to make.


I created a little freebie pattern to go with the series.  Here is preview.

(Don't use the preview for a pattern tho, the pdf (posted on my blog) is bigger and designed to fit in a 4x 6" frame!)
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little Chickens (updated with tutorial) -lots of pics! on: March 18, 2008 06:21:13 AM
With the holiday ahead, I thought it was a great time to try these little humbug-style chickens:

They are cute, quick, and turn out nicely without a big fuss. Smiley
ok here is an official tutorial:

First step is two squares 3-4″, but you can make them really big or smaller.

Then cut the comb and beak or whatever other parts you want and attach them.  Note there are two variations, which affect the way the final birdie sits - check the photos at the end for the difference.

Sew three sides together.

Turn right-side out. You can see below, what I mean by you will get a flat square if you sew the bottom shut like this:

Instead you  can pull the sides out to create the humbug shape.

Stuff your birdie and turn under the edges and sew up.  Don't overstuff, or they end up with a rounded bottom side, and are a little wobbly.  You can try rice too.

Then sew on some little black seed beads for eyes.

Here are the two results.  Note the edge you hand sewed ended up in the back on one, and the front on the other.  You could add a tail with the edge in the back, or like one of my blog-readers suggested, put on little legs on the one with the edge in the front.

Hope that makes it clear! Smiley
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered face on: March 10, 2008 06:23:50 AM
I stitched this over past weekend.

The darker colors ended up a little overly dark, but pretty accurate photo anyways.
The fill-in stitching was time-consuming, but worth the trouble.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross Stitch and Embroidery Inchies on: February 22, 2008 06:02:41 AM
I've seen these around in paper and fabric.  I like the concept, but I'm not much of a paper-crafter.  So I gave them a try with stitching.  Here is how they turned out:
They are fun.  As you can see they all didn't end up being an inch.  Cheesy  I kept cutting them too small, trying to make them exactly one inch, so I switched to cutting them so there was enough room for sewing them together.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Love pillow on: February 15, 2008 06:24:33 AM
I wanted to make something for Valentine's day, but I didn't want it to be too strong on the standard V-Day themes.  Here is what I came up with:

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Using old curtain rings on: February 12, 2008 05:43:51 AM
I have a bunch of old curtain rings the old owner left in the house.  I put them to use making these little "ornaments", or whatever you want to call them.  Cheesy
This one I covered the ring with a piece of fabric (the design is printed on the fabric, I didn't make it myself  Wink):

and these are with the ring on top of the fabric:

I stitched the little pig, but otherwise I used fabrics with motifs already embroidered on.  My rings have an inner diameter of 2".  I posted the details of how I made these in my blog.
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