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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Alexander the Great Moon on: February 12, 2010 08:30:46 AM
So I've been gone for a long time! Mainly due to the fact that I wasn't finishing the pieces that I started. This one inspired me enough to want to get er done.
First the pic, then on to the What, Why and How:

It's an embroidery mash-up. The body is of my friend Alex playing drums. The head if from Georges Melies' then-groundbreaking silent film from 1902.
Here's the moon pic I used from a Dover coloring book about space:

Here's the picture of Al I used, taken by my husband at our old practice space.

Good question. I wanted to do a portrait of Alex, but he's not the type to hang a picture of himself on the wall. I'm also very interested in piecing images together, creating a mash-up, so to speak. I love how taking the time to stitch these images together really seems to add validity to them, you can almost take for granted that this dude has a moon head because this person spent so many stitches saying so, and who is the viewer to argue? Cheesy So I loved that photo of him, but then when I saw that image from A Trip to the Moon, it just seemed to GO together. Alex is an old soul, he's interested in space, creativity, transitions, and learning new things, which fits with not only the moon, but the film as well, which was way ahead of it's time.
I put Al's photo on a sunny window and traced it onto tissue paper, just the body. I cut his head off! I had printed out the moon in the size I wanted, and traced that as the head, then I used a fabric transfer pen and traced it onto some white demin fabric and ironed it on there.
I was interested in really doing neat stitches; I didn't care quite so much previously. this time I studied books and learned new stitches. Let's see, back stitch of course, chain stitch, cable stitch, split stitch, maybe more in there?
more pics:

I used little tiny chain stitches to fill in the face. Chain, split, and cable stitch around the head.I wanted to give him a glow-y effect. The thread is not glow in the dark though. Didn't want to go that literal. Also didn't have any. Wink

I got the banners from a Jenny Hart pattern, and put em in because I liked how they looked. But I wasn't sure what to put in them, and stewed on it for a few days. Then one morning I woke up with it in my head. The words are stitched in light gray, then done over in dark gray cuz it was too light. I'm still not in love with the way the words look; that's the only thing I would've liked to play with more, but I already ripped em out a few times and started over, and frankly, I started to worry about the integrity of the fabric. But I'm alright with the way they look overall.
Here's Al opening his gift! Happy!

Thanks a lot for looking at all this! Next piece is on a huge canvas; that's gonna be interesting!

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I'm Thinking Lincoln. on: May 18, 2009 08:00:38 PM
My friend Molly seems to really like Lincoln. So I made her a Lincoln. I used some white vinyl that had a flower pattern on it.
After I did the face outline, I decided to frame him in Lincoln-y logs. Then I outlined some of the flowers around his face. I did some in red for drama, and some in a peachy-pink. Then I used chopsticks as dowels and hot-glued wood beads on the ends. I made cut-outs on the top and bottom cuz I wanted to give some space for the logs to stand out more.

a little further back:

whole thing:


cut-out on top left corner:

Dowel on bottom left corner:

for fun and size reference:

Thanks for checking this out my lovely fellow craftsies!

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Giraffe?Giraffe! on: April 16, 2009 09:12:24 PM
I read this wonderfully whimsical and hillarious book called Giraffes?Giraffes! -Volume 1 of the Haggis-On-Whey World of Unbelievable Brilliance. It reminded me of my friend Bart, who strikes me as a kind of spacey giraffe (he's tall, and his head is closer to touching outer space than mine is). So I made this to go on his living room wall, which is blue. Tiffany blue, but don't tell him that. I used a couple different layers and pieced the whole thing together.

I obsessively hoard comments, so please don't be shy.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mustache trio on: March 25, 2009 08:39:38 AM
I'm planning a graffiti installment using crocheted balls. My friend here on Craftster made me a bunch, so I wanted to do something for her. She likes mustaches, and wanted some to hang on her craft wall. This was an interesting challenge for me, as I don't think too much about mustaches, apart from hoping I never get one when I get older. I decided to go for a a trio of different styles, which I would unify with an old school barber-shop kind of theme.
Here's the trio united:

and separate-Handlebar (the pic is smaller than the others, but it's about the same size as the others)

fu manchu:

and pencil, the last one I did; I think it's funny without a face to hang it on.

So I embroidered the mustaches, cut out red vinyl in the shape of the finished piece, cut out light blue fleece in the same size, sewed the three layers, then figured out the design I wanted to frame with, cut that out, then tacked the framing pieces with yellow floss, then hot-glued it onto cardboard, and hot-glued some ribbon for hangin'.
Thanks for looking, I'd love to hear what you think!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Literal Dress Form on: February 20, 2009 01:25:49 PM
I work in a law office, where forms are very commonplace. When my friend/co-worker overheard me saying that "I really need a dress form", she handed this to me a few minutes later. I thought it was so funny, I just had to share!

There's even a form number on top. Cheesy
Now my search for a dress form is over! Likey?
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / to all the hats that had traveled in and out my door-pic tons. on: February 11, 2009 05:58:39 PM
Here are a few of many hats I've made since I've learned how to crochet.
Most have been given away as gifts, but I kept this for myself:

There are several different yarns in here, all with a strand of mohair for the fluff. There's a grey/blue, turquoise, and a glittery silver yarn too. I was going after a bonnet feel. I made this about 2 years ago.
Here's the "back":

But you can wear it this way:

OR this way:

I made this one about 3 years ago, and I'm not sure which stitch I used! I love it tho. It kinda reminds me of a Sherlock Holmes hat.

This is with the brim toward the back (and apparently, a model pose. sheesh.)

close up of that stitch I love.

This is my more recent, and one of the few I've made for a guy. This one reminds me of a drum major hat or something.

I weaved the red yarn in/out of the stitches.
Dang! It's hard to see, but the hat cups the ears.

this one shows the side view:

view of the top

Thanks so much for looking!!

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Simplicity is the key on: January 30, 2009 02:22:35 PM
I made this for a friend to use as a patch or something. Perhaps "Ready Made" readers will recognize this, I think it was in the last issue or second to last. The image is the same, but in the magazine, the words are under the picture. I botched that part, so I freehanded it in the picture. It says, "Simplicity is the Key to Successful Living".

I like the image and the sentiment. Hope my friend does too!

One more for good measure.

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / the circle blanket of insanity-My first afghan-it can only go up from here! on: January 29, 2009 07:50:09 AM
About...oh...a year and a half ago I think, I decided to start a blanket. I had seen one in the book Craftivity that I quite liked, it was based off  hippie blankets in the 70's; basically it was a bunch of circles attached free form in whatever stitches you feel like. I didn't know how to do squares, but I did know how to do circles from making hats, so I said, "this is the blanket for me!"  Fast forward a year and a half later, and I'm like, "So, this is the blanket for me, huh?" Seriously, it kinda hurts the eyes to look at. Well, see for yourself.
Here are close-ups of the circles that are surrounded by stitches of different kinds/colors.

As for size, it's big enough for two people who like each other, and goes up to the armpits.
Are you ready for the whole thing? Here it is anyway.

I backed it with a fleece blanket, and left it open on the edge so you can sandwich in if you want.

This is slightly more close up. Kinda looks like a topography map. on acid.  Cheesy

It looked more like a rug to me, but I was afraid I'd sink into a hazy 70's vortex when I stepped on it. But then we got a new couch, and it actually looks pretty smart draped over it.

So that's it. Hope your eyeballs are still intact. Thanks for looking! Feel free to berate me. Wink

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cat's Power Kick on: January 20, 2009 08:40:04 PM
So Dale has an on-going photo competition with his co-workers, and the theme changes each time. The most recent one was POWER, and on the eve of the challenge due date, he had nothing to enter. I said, "How about a picture of me kicking my own ass?" Thus, POWER KICK was born.

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cat's Record Drop Photo on: January 17, 2009 06:48:13 AM
Here's a photograph my husband and I took. Well, he took it, I posed and threw records around. Please keep in mind that no vinyl was harmed in the making of this photo.

I hope you like it! I think it's pretty darn cool.
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