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1  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by carolynbb on: December 10, 2009 09:28:57 AM
Woops, haven't updated in a bit.  I took about two weeks off around Thanksgiving since hubby and I went on vacation and I couldn't bring this huge frame on the plane.  Cheesy  But we're back in business now!

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2  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by carolynbb on: November 17, 2009 10:10:01 AM
Woo, this is starting to look like a person in the cross stitch. Cheesy

I'm a wee bit farther along than in the photo, but I don't have the most recent pic uploaded.  I got a ton done last week when hubby and I were home with the flu. Wink
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3  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by carolynbb on: November 05, 2009 10:42:33 AM
I can finally get my source photo posted.  Cool

Here's what the cross stitch will be:

Here's my one-week update (edited to switch to a non-crappy lighting photo):

The work so far is the upper left hand corner of the photo, down to about where the chair meets hubby's shoulder.
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4  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by carolynbb on: November 01, 2009 10:53:42 PM
Here's my end-of-weekend update:

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5  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by carolynbb on: October 30, 2009 12:22:34 PM
Hi guys!

First of all, CONGRATS, MissKerouac!!  She looks fantastic! Cheesy
I haven't posted on craftster in quite some time as I've been battling some creativity burnout ("crafter's block"?  Grin) but reading the stitchalong 2009 thread helped motivate me to start a new project.

It's going to be about 8" x 10" and is based on a photo from our wedding.  Naturally, my website is acting up now so I can't post the original but I'll do that eventually.

Here's what I've got so far:

This is my first time doing counted cross stitch -- normally I create my own pattern and transfer it onto the fabric with tracing paper.  It's fun so far!  Cool

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6  Motorcycle cross-stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by carolynbb on: May 02, 2008 09:24:03 AM
I made this for one of my best friends -- it's her motorcycle, a Kawasaki KLR650.  It was supposed to be done by her birthday at the end of February but I just finished it last night.  Oops!   Wink Grin

Here's her actual bike (this photo was the basis for my pattern):

I give it to her next weekend -- I hope she likes it!!!
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7  Old rusty bed frames to map coffee table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by carolynbb on: February 19, 2008 02:31:21 PM
I saw a post here not long ago that described adding a map to a boring coffee table to make the surface more interesting.

Of course, my husband and I can't do anything simply, so we decided to make our own coffee table from scratch...from a pair of old rusty bedframes that had been sitting alongside our house since we moved in.

Here are the bed frames we started with:

A few work-in-progress shots:

And voila!!

I don't have a "nice" (i.e. not cell phone camera) picture of the finished work yet; I'll take one tonight.

The details:

Materials and machines used:
* 2 old bed frames that came in our house
* High-speed cut-off wheel
* Chop saw
* Sandblaster
* MIG welder
* Bench grinder with wire wheel
* Hand grinder
* Punch press
* Cordless drill

* 3/4"  MDF fiberboard
* AAA California and Nevada state maps
* Flat black spray paint (for the fiber board)
* Black appliance enamel/epoxy spray paint (for the frame)
* Varathane polyurethane (clear gloss)
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8  Re: Panic-Brain embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by carolynbb on: January 21, 2008 10:14:49 PM
Aha, I finished it up tonight without really meaning to.  Wink

I found a great buckwheat pillow at Bed, Bath, & Beyond this afternoon but I didn't like the sea-green cotton pillowcase it came in.  So, a quick trip to Jo-Ann's for some white flannel and a new pillowcase was born!  I measured all of the dimensions of the original pillowcase and just re-created it with my fabric.

I used Steam-A-Seam2 (double-stick) fusible webbing to attach the embroidery to the pillowcase.  It was my first time using it and it worked really well.  Grin

The back of the pillowcase:

And here's the pillowcase I made with the buckwheat pillow that fits inside.

I absolutely love it; the flannel is so soft and cozy and the pillow has lavender and chamomile, so it smells wonderful too. Yay!
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9  Panic-Brain embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by carolynbb on: January 18, 2008 01:50:38 PM
I hadn't planned on doing another embroidery project so soon after the binary cross-stitch, but my husband and I wound up on more cross-country flights due to the death of my grandma.  I like embroidery for plane rides, and thus this project was born.

I had recently bought The Embroidery Stitch Bible, so I wanted this new project to be a sampler of different types of new (to me) stitches.  It was to mostly be a "learning" project, but it had to also be wacky in order to keep my attention.

What better way to learn new embroidery stitches than to illustrate the parts of the brain that are affected by panic disorder?  I've suffered with panic disorder for 30 years and have been learning to live with it for going on 6 months now. Wink  So, in addition to being a ton of fun for learning new stitches, this project was pretty therapeutic for me as well.  I'm really looking forward to bringing it in to my therapist next week; she's going to laugh her ass off at me. Wink

Materials used:
* Split-rail scroll frame
* 28-count Aida fabric
* Wax-free pattern tracing paper and ballpoint pen
* Various colors embroidery floss

Stitches used:
* Outline (black): Holbein stitch
* Cingulate cortex fill-in (red): Satin stitch
* Cingulate cortex detail: Feather stitch
* Amygdala (green): French knots
* Cerebellum fill-in (tan): Condensed mosaic stitch
* Cerebellum detail: Chain stitch and heavy chain stitch
* Periaqueductal gray (gray): Woven circle
* Thalamus (purple): Canvas stem stitch
* Fornix (yellow): Basic needleweaving
* Septum (brown): Slanted Gobelin stitch
* Hypothalamus (pink): Cross stitch
* Frontal cortex detail (light blue): Couched lines and satin stitch
* Frontal cortex (dark blue): Plait stitch

I found the image online and traced it onto the Aida fabric with fabric transfer paper (much like carbon-copy paper).

Here's the final result:

I'm pleased with pretty much everything except the plait stitch (frontal cortex).  I ran out of thread and I think it would look a lot better a bit more filled-in.  Maybe I'll go back over it after a trip to JoAnn's.

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10  Binary cross-stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by carolynbb on: January 01, 2008 11:12:48 AM
I needed a portable craft to take to my in-laws' house (6 hours on a plane + nothing to do = angry carolyn) and decided on cross-stitching. 

I didn't want to do the puppies and hearts that were on the patterns at the store, so I bought plain 18-count Aida fabric and a split-rail scroll frame. 

The design was easy to choose -- it's our last name in ASCII binary code.   Grin  My husband is a software engineer and I'm an engineering project manager, so it's safe to say we're both pretty nerdy.  I haven't yet decided whether to hang the finished product here at home or bring it to work for "street-cred" points with the engineers I work with.  Wink

It's about 5" x 7" and has almost 7000 stitches total.  Fun to do, but now I'm looking forward to adding color to my next project.   Grin Wink
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