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1  Re: T4-Tea Towels Go International in The Swap Gallery by katchoo1 on: October 08, 2008 10:14:20 AM
Here is my addition to ~Glenda's fairy towel:

I used the Wee Wonderfuls acorn fairy.  You can't really see it but I used copper metallic (Kreinik) thread for the wings.  NEVER AGAIN.  The wings took me as long as the entire rest of the picture.  But I do like the way they turned out!

And here is the whole towel to this point:

I noticed that our corner images sort of fit a seasonal spring-summer-fall-winter theme at this point, which tickled me because it happened pretty much randomly!
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2  Re: T4-Tea Towels Go International in The Swap Gallery by katchoo1 on: September 26, 2008 03:56:24 PM
Here is my addition to Lilyvanilli's rooster/chicken towel:

It's an Aunt Martha vintage pattern which I loved and look forward to making more of!

Here's the overview of the towel:

And here is a closeup of my rooster:

One thing I like about this swap is that I've been challenging myself to try new things with each piece.  This time it was my first attempts at lazy daisy and long and short stitch.  I like long and short, and love the way filled in bits look, even if my long and short is a little less even than I'd like.  Lazy daisy, not so much.  Takes forever and doesn't come out looking that great, at least not for me so far.

I also used more strands than I usually do (3 or 4 instead of 2) to be consistent with the other parts of this towel that were stitched more thickly.

I also was slightly bummed that a fabric flaw fell right in the middle of my design; i didn't see it until after the transfer was finished.  But I've decided it just gives my rooster a bit more personality!

I absolutely love the way this towel is turning out, everyone's work is gorgeous and all the bright colors are so much fun!

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3  Re: T4-Tea Towels Go International in The Swap Gallery by katchoo1 on: September 19, 2008 11:11:53 AM
Wow sew~amy, you were lightning quick!  Love the mixer set, looks like a batch of cookies getting ready to start (at least in my world it would be, since that's the main thing I drag out my mixer for...)

Next towel pillowtop on its way to you today, hopefully faster than the last one!  Here's GatsbyGirl's pillowtop:

I'm so sorry it's so wrinkly, I was literally being rushed out the door by my better half this morning!

Here's the close up of my addition:

And now it can be told, here is the near disaster that happened when my blind shihtzu wandered in and bumped into the ironing board in mid transfer:

After a panicky post to the Needlework board and a panicky PM to the swap organizer, I took one of the suggestions which was to try re-ironing it.  Since it didn't involve washing the towel (I was worried about further smearing or messing up the other embroidery already in place) that was my first choice.  Luckily it worked really well!  I turned the fabric face down on an old tee shirt and ironed it on the steam setting...this transferred some of the transfer to the old tee shirt and faded it on the main fabric, enough so that the smeared second impression faded to the point of being only a little visible.  It continued to fade during the week and now is only visible when you are looking for it.  It will hopefully wash out completely when the pillowtop is washed for the first time!

Thanks to everyone who gave me good suggestions and helped me calm down, breathe, and fix the problem!!

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4  Re: 50 projects in a year craftalong. Anyone interested? in Craftalongs by katchoo1 on: September 11, 2008 04:49:06 PM
#39:  Pincushion for swap:

My first attempt at freehand embroidery!

#40:  Tea Towel Tour Embroidery #2 (of 6):

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5  Re: T4-Tea Towels Go International in The Swap Gallery by katchoo1 on: September 11, 2008 04:37:35 PM
Here's my addition to sonjabegonia's 1950s kitchen kitsch towel:

And here's the larger view of the whole towel:

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6  Re: 50 projects in a year craftalong. Anyone interested? in Craftalongs by katchoo1 on: September 03, 2008 12:26:43 PM
Well okay then, this will be #37:  Lucky cat embroidery on my own tea towel to start the swap off:

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7  Re: T4-Tea Towels Go International in The Swap Gallery by katchoo1 on: September 03, 2008 06:16:57 AM
I have been using plain white tea towels as furoshiki (wrappers) for bento lunches to take to work.  I decided I wanted a Japanese/food themed towel and started mine off with a lucky cat from Sublime Stitching:

The katakana lettering on the sign is "no-mu no-mu no-mu" AKA "nom nom nom"... A lucky Japanese LOLcat!
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8  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R2 (FOCR R2) Shades of Blue Gallery in The Swap Gallery by katchoo1 on: August 31, 2008 04:05:19 PM
I received my wonderful package from esmecraftin, all the way from the UK!  She sent items both beautiful and useful, and they go together so well!  Here's the whole set:

And each piece--a covered notebook (going straight into my purse):

A wallet (will go into use soon as my current one is just starting to look a bit worn):

And a cellphone charm, which I hooked to the outside of my "crime scene" bag (just a black messenger bag with all the forms and notebooks I need when responding to an in-progress scene) to make it look a bit less grim. My phone is antiquated enough not to have anywhere to attach a cellphone charm!

And Esme figured out who I am and did a bit of stalking, AND braved Blackpool on a summer weekend to get me a little extra treat--a pamphlet from the Doctor Who museum in Blackpool and (this is so awesome) a "smashed penny" that has a TARDIS on it!  Too cool!  I tried to take a photo but it came out horribly blurry even in macro setting, I need a magnification lense to make it really work, unfortunately.  But I love it, and would love to visit the museum even if it is total tourist bait--it would work on me!  Thanks so much Esme!

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9  Re: ANOTHER Pin Cushion Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by katchoo1 on: August 31, 2008 03:56:38 PM
I received my fabulous pin cushion from Im Sew Silly--she used favorite colors and one of my favorite things--robots!  Meet Pinny:

More detail, isn't he (or she!) gorgeous?  I'm blown away by all the beautiful stitching and beading and buttons!

Even the sides have cute little extra details:

I totally love this, but I have to confess that I might love it too much to stick pins in it!  Right now Pinny is adorning a shelf in the bookcase since the dogs are eyeballing it like it should be their's...I'm thinking of taking it to work to cheer up my cluttered desk area....

Thanks so much, Val, it's fantastic and I love it!

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10  Collaged/Altered Plaque in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by katchoo1 on: August 12, 2008 07:22:44 AM
I got a couple of little wall hanger/plaque things from Michaels on clearance (90% off equals 39 cents each!).  They would be a good key hanger next to the front door or maybe a hook for dog leashes or something.

Anyway I decided to alter and collage one for the Friends of Craftster raffle swap, and since the theme was "blue", went with a beach/seaside theme since that's what blue colors inevitably make me think about.

Here's how it turned out:

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