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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kitty Towels for mom {pic bloated with too much holiday cheer} on: December 26, 2009 09:44:01 AM
Hmmm...well. LOL. So I made these tea towels for my mom for Xmas. Had 'em finished in October or something, just oh so lazy when it comes to busting out the camera. Came here today and saw nikschaf had placed her own awesome version up. : https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=331679.0  I dig 'em a lot. Too funny.  Embarrassed

Anywho..my towels....I found these towels in a dollar store type place, 100% cotton, no pattern, 2/ $ 1.00....YESs !! Bought a boat load. Wasn't too keen on a couple of colours.....green and a brick colour...was fine with the khaki one. Said to self..eh...I'll bleach the colour out.....I ended up with a load of Band-aid pink towels...no word of a lie all of them were band-aid-friggin-pink! Eeep. So another trip out to get some colour remover ( never use Tintex it doesn't work, use Rit) and Viola I had a load of yellowy(ish) towels. YAY!!

So on with the pics of the almost doomed towels.

                                     Oddly the flash warmed the colors instead of washing them out
                  Patterns were originally from the flickr Hoop love group. I think they're not there now. Might be Vogue patterns.

    hmmm should be lines in the next Daft Punk song

I used a blend of colours on these two:

                             Awww, I love their little faces.  Smiley

It was the first time I used the Clover transfer pencil, and I must say I was very impressed. Easy to use, didn't break every third stroke, and it seems to have washed out fairly well too.  Cheesy
I wish I could say which stitches I used on these, but I honestly don't remember. Embarrassed

Thanks for looking! Questions, comments....etc. are wlecomed.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / I "needed" a christmas wreath...so I made one. on: December 19, 2009 06:46:53 AM
So after finishing putting up all the Xmas decorations, I felt I needed a wreath for the front door..hmmmm. What to do? I no longer have a handy dandy neighbourhood thrift store anymore. So I made one.  Cheesy   I sat down and drew out some christmassy things and cut out some felt, a bit of hot glue (only burnt myself once w00t) and viola!

     It's about 9"  across I needed it smallish as the window in my door slides open and it would look weird if it went over the split
All it is inside is a piece of cardboard I shored up with some packing tape and then I wrapped it with some lime green wool blend fabric that I just ripped so it would be frayed. I glued a ribbon up top and it hangs up with the aid of a magnetic clip. Embroidered some of the holly leaves. Had the thought of embroidering all of them, and said no, that would be  insane . Gave Santa and snowmen french knot eyes (I had no black seed beads)  My oldest helped cutting out some things some gluing yay ! So all in all it took about 2-3 hours Smiley I am pleased with it.


Thanks for looking Smiley
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Robby Robit Robot....bleep bloop..bbrrriiipp. on: December 19, 2009 06:13:13 AM
Made this guy for my girls' step-brother (I'm guessing that would be the correct term in this case lol) who is five. I had the picture of this guy on my comp forever. Something I had found going along in my travels on the interwebs. Thanks Smiley  to whoever I got this from.

Run peoples....
                                    Bleep bloop

Bow down to his noodley armed glory!

It was kinda hard to get all of him in the picture. He's 13" tall with 21" long arms..lol.
Body and feet made with felted wool, arms flannel and plain old craft felt everywhere else. All hand-stitched with love (and some swear words) except for the arms and legs I ran through the sewing machine for extra strength. I at some point lost my mind and decided to whip stitch  around all the seams with rayon floss.Yes. I think it looks cool though...kinda like he was soldered at the edges.
Thanks for looking Smiley

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first cross stitch...sniff. on: April 01, 2009 10:24:03 AM
So after fooling around with embroidery for about a year now, I figured I'd see what this cross stitching is all about. Wink
Hmmmmm, this my very first venture! The Pokemon Mew.


I made some mistakes...okay A LOT of mistakes. Like : should've picked a less complicated pattern with less colours (it has 11) and probably shouldn't have started out on 18 count cloth. Other than that....I really liked it and have 2 more on the go, that should be finished, but it's that whole crafting A.D.D. thang (can't work on one project at once). Anyone else have that affliction?
Got the pattern from littlemojos awesome site : http://littlemojo.110mb.com/index.htm
Made it for my youngest one who is way into Pokemon, if you want to know anything about Pokemon....she's the one to ask!

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Been rejected by Vault-Tec.....? (Image big-boned) on: March 15, 2009 04:23:06 AM
Well then with this handy dandy guide published by the Canadian govt. in 1960, you too can build your very own fallout shelter!
For those not as geeky as myself, in the latest installment of the Fallout game series as you're wandering around the Capital Wasteland scrounging what you can, you come across a rejection letter from Vault-Tec Industries (the company who built all the Vaults people lived/live in) telling you you won't be getting into their vaults.

This was one of those just 'cause I feel like it projects.  Cheesy

Close-up of your accommodation's

The dinged up frame I found, kind of lends to the ambiance.

The booklet that started it all

It's somewhat of a strange book. It's all at once serious, scary, and well naive. I say naive because it says that you could venture outside after about 2 weeks. It has the 8 page fold-out blueprints in the back, building , food, water, first-aid supply lists. Even how many diapers you might need if you have a bambino! I have owned this book for many years and have always displayed it proudly on my bookshelf. Always a conversation starter.If you're interested in reading it, it is available online in PDF format. I googled it out of curiousity  the other day.
Thanks for looking !

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Party girl a la Mitch on: March 04, 2009 11:23:21 AM
This is my first piece I've finished since I decided to quit smoking. Yay Me. Didn't plan it, just one night to late to walk over to the store to get a pack, and said to myself, eh get one in the morning. Next morning I said to myself "F#$* it I quit". That was 3-4 weeks ago. So in order to keep my hands busy and use up all the extra time I now have -smoking takes a lot of time out of a day- I have been embroidering like a fiend. It also is soothing to my sometimes jagged nerves.  Cheesy

 I love Mitch O'Connell ! I like his pin-up girlies, and this was the perfect time to do one. It's one of his glitter icon thingies that are free for download. Printed it out and away I went.


I love how the hair, and her fishnets came out, not so much her body, but what woman is completely satisfied with her body  Wink


Here she is hanging in my kitchen, I think thats where she'll end up...maybe.

I went out to Value Village to find some frames for some projects, couldn't find I liked, but found a huge bag of framing mats for 2 bucks, which suits me just fine. So I cut her out, gave her a ric-rac trim, a button and some ribbon as a hangar. And done.

Thanks for looking ! C& C's welcomed.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bounty hunters. We don't need their scum. on: February 15, 2009 09:31:41 AM
 Who's the baddest bad-ass bounty hunter in the galaxy? Bossk? Zuckuss? Dengar? IG-88? No, of course it's our cloned man from Mandalore: Boba Fett.
 So it was me and my man's Valenersavary (Valentines and anniversary rolled into one neat package  Cheesy ).  So I decided to give him a hoodie that reflected his Star Wars geekiness. And so the Boba Fett  hoodie was born.
                               Boba close-up:

                               Placement on back:
I didn't want it centered, 'coz I wanted something a little different, I like my placement choice, as does he.

                                Jasters Feather on upper right:

                                 And of course crest of the Mandalorian Mercs on left arm:

I had a lot of fun making these, it's awesome to get your geek on every now and again Cheesy !
These are all appliqués, so I didn't have to stitch through fuzzy fleecy stuff. After they were done, I just backed them with Craft 'n Bond( I think thats what it's called) and used Liquid Stitch ( that is quickly becoming one of my fave products ). And poof..Bobs your uncle it's done!

Thanks For looking ! Questions, comments, & critiques welcomed  Smiley
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Snazzy Xmas ornaments for 'da grandparents on: December 18, 2008 01:49:59 PM
Well hey, for me the gift making season is over. (and you can betcha I'm tired and soooo happy)   Grin

First up, the last one I finished, for my mom


I wished it's uber shineyness  showed better .

Nan #2, my former MIL

And finally (another) Nan and Pop


And there you have it folks! I`m pretty sure, though not 100%,that all the images I used came from the awesome Hoop Love pool  on flickr.

Thanks for Looking !
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / More work than I intended xmas ornament ! on: December 09, 2008 04:43:46 AM
 I made this so my girls would have something to give their dad's new girlfriend for Christmas.
I intended to only do ornaments and garland...etc. and leave the bright green linen showing.
Then horrors of horrors while trying to cut off the paper (my transfer pen is almost dead ) with my embroidery scissors,
I cut through the fabric, leaving a nice one inch gash !  Shocked  I always forget how pointy/sharp they are.
So this was my solution, it almost finished so I couldn't bear to toss it and start anew. I also knew I didn't want to do the whole thing in satin stitch, so along one side alternating the direction of the stitch.


The camera didn't really pick up the silver metallic thread around the ornaments and garland very well. Or the iridescent white around the star, but I assure you they are there!
After I finished I put some super stiff interfacing on the back (the kind used for appliqués) and then glued some pretty close matching felt on top of that .

All in all I'm pleased with the crisis averted measure I came up with, and like the end result !

Thanks for looking!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Snowman brooch on: December 05, 2008 12:09:27 PM
Made this for my youngest daughters teacher for xmas. A snowman brooch of cuteness. Well it'll be a brooch when I get the backing for it this weekend.It's about 2" tall.


I'm not entirely sure where I found the pic, something I came across in my travels. I had to sew over the paper coz my transfer pen is almost dead and every time I'm at Micheal's ....that space is always always empty.

Thanks for looking Smiley
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