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11  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R7 - Silhouette & Negative Space! (SU Jan15-27, SO Feb27) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by pugwash on: January 26, 2012 01:10:20 AM
It may be a small collection but it looks cute. Is that the house from UP? My official hoopla wall is in the craft/bunny room and is looking a little pathetic right now since I am constantly rotating hoops in and out based on how bored I am. The empties on the wall are extras that won't fit in my hoop bin(I collect them from thrift shops as stock rotates in).

This is in the main hallway. The center space is where my aquarium will be going, and depending on which I set up, some of the hoops may need to be moved around again. Good thing I use command strips!

I have 6 or so other hoops that are in different rooms and two more projects that I am dragging my feet on completing. I'm definitely looking forward to some new additions!(sorry the phone pics are small, I'm too lazy to dig out the cables for my other camera)
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12  Bacon Ornament in Winter Holidays by pugwash on: January 02, 2012 10:56:40 AM
I'm clearing out the digital clutter again by posting past projects. This time, BACON! I'm putting it here since I made it for Christmas, but it could be used all year long I suppose.

My brothers girlfriend is a "bacontarian". She's a vegetarian, but allows herself to eat bacon and gyros Cheesy Since it's their first Christmas together I didn't want to get her anything too fancy. Not knowing what her house looks like made it difficult, and I eventually settled upon an ornament based on a similar project that I saw either here or on pinterest.

Behold, the bacon!

If I recall, it's roughly 4-5 inches long and an inch and a half wide, stuffed lightly with some batting. All felt was cut free-form and stitched together with (kind of)matching embroidery floss. I'm told she loved it, as she should :p
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13  Discworld Great A'Tuin embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by pugwash on: December 28, 2011 07:24:25 PM
I participated in a secret santa exchange, and my partner happened to be a Terry Pratchett fan like myself. I wanted to make something that would be useful, but I couldn't think of anything. So, I turned to the next best thing... embroidery art for the wall! I looked all over the internet for an image that I liked and then edited down the details to a simple outline and winged the rest.

Here, I had originally used crayon to tint and ironed it before stitching. I liked the mash of odd greens and yellows behind the bolder floss colors.

Unfortunately, after washing the pencil lines out, the crayon tint also washed out. I'm not sure why that happened. So, I had to go over everything with colored pencil which ultimately looked much better. I also knotted in some "flowing" waterfalls.

Here it is just before framing. I split up the strands and ironed everything a little more, but muslin is so darn stubborn when it comes to getting rid of wrinkles.

And finally, all I had was a shadow box frame, but it worked out nicely. I heard that my secret santa said it was the best gift he'd ever gotten for Christmas. I can only hope that's true! I was so pleased that I may be making another one for myself as soon as I get the time.
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14  Super Grover! in Halloween Costumes by pugwash on: November 01, 2011 01:11:45 PM
My nephew turned 5 last week, and for his party he wanted everyone to dress up since it was so close to Halloween. As his Aunt, I have an obligation to do his bidding. I wanted to do something scary and fun, but since a lot of little kids were going to be in attendance I decided to err on the side of fun. And what is more fun than a muppet?!

Super Grover has always been a favorite of mine, and I wanted to go all out, but I had a very limited budget, like $10. I bought some felt, fun foam sheets and a yard of red fabric. On hand I had a blue sweat-suit(not sure what you'd cal it), old glasses and random crafting supplies.

For the eyes and nose I traced  a small oval embroidery hoop. It was the perfect shape, and large enough for me to cut additional eye(pupil) holes by tracing a spool of thread. I used some stretchy black fabric remnants and taped them on the wrong side of the foam. To add a bit of curvature to the nose I used a spoon and rubbed it lightly back and forth on the wrong side, until the foam started to curve up at the edges. Once finished, I glued the nose to the eyes and taped them onto the frame of an old, unused pair of sunglasses.

The body was super simple. The hoodie has a zipper up the middle, so when I sewed on the lightening bolt, I only stitched along the half that covered the left side. It was stiff enough on its own since I used two pieces of felt glued together, but as an extra precaution I glued some velcro dots to the two upper corners of the bolt on the right half. The big "G" is more fun foam that is simply glued to the felt  bolt.

The cape was simply draped over my shoulders and held in place by a couple of stitches. I didn't have any yellow yarn, so I braided embroidery thread together to make the wrist ties and neck tie. It all stayed in place just fine.

I wanted to make a helmet instead of buying one, though I did look around. I had no idea what I was doing since I've never made any kind of headgear out of felt. I think it turned out fairly well for a first attempt. I used 4 sheets of felt, shaping it around my head and pinning it as I went along. It's all blanket stitched together with about a mile of thread. I made the top and side "buttons" out of scrap felt and sewed them on last. The visor was originally going to be functional, but as I had only a few hours left to finish before the party, I decided to just glue strips of black felt for the slits, and then sewed the visor to the helmet. It ended up a lot pointier than I'd have liked, but I feel it was a good first attempt.

All in all, it was a fun little project and the kids at the party recognized me, even if the adults didn't Cheesy  And now, the obligatory "Grover smashed against a brick wall" shot since he is such a lovable clutz.

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15  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 6 Gallery!! (Send 9/12/11) in The Swap Gallery by pugwash on: September 22, 2011 09:36:29 PM
I have received from both partners today!

from fiorinda: This is going to look awesome in my bedroom(when I get moved in) as everything is shades of blues and brown. Look at all those lazy daisies!

from canamharris: She took inspiration from an image on my wist and tweaked it by changing the whale, from the original, to a manatee   Cool

Thank you both for the awesome new additions Smiley
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16  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum Gallery!! (Send 6/6/11) in The Swap Gallery by pugwash on: June 17, 2011 12:28:52 AM
I don't mean to gloat, but I loooove my new hoop! Bubblegum_phoenix did a bang-up job on this puppy. I can understand why her mom wanted to keep it for herself. It reminds me of what our yard up north looks like before we cut the grass.

Here is a somewhat closer shot of the grassy bit. I like the look of all the random stitches.

We also decided to swap some additional items. I have here a wonderful tote featuring a glacier in New Zealand, a bag of delicious squashed possums(chocolate and coconut clusters), and an egg.I was afraid something inside the egg had broken because all I heard were pieces mingling around inside. I carefully opened it up to reveal a bounty of shells! I had mentioned in a message that I wish she could send me the ocean and she kind of did  Cheesy 

I can't wait until my stuff arrives to you. Tell those earthquakes to knock it off and stay safe on your side of the island!
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17  Celtic Initial Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by pugwash on: June 10, 2011 05:28:15 PM
My partner has received so I can post about my latest work!

I made this for celticgoddess in the latest hoopla swap. The initial was not my design, but rather interpreted from the image here:

I decided that I did not wish to use backstitch on the outline of the E because of all the rounded bits, so I tried couching. It was so easy to do and turned out quite well I think. It's hard to see, but there is a contrasting color tacking down the main floss. Here you can see the use of 5 different greens. I think I used 7 or 8 different shades in all.

I loved the little bear and bees. I know the colors show a bit black and yellow, but it's a dark green and an almost pea green.

Overall I wish I could have kept this for myself Wink It was a fun one to stitch and I love all the green.
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18  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum Gallery!! (Send 6/6/11) in The Swap Gallery by pugwash on: May 13, 2011 09:53:04 PM
Received! I got a neat hoop from celticgoddess today. I had asked for something botanical  and she stitched up some lemon verbena. She painted the canvas, which I think looks really sharp; I never would have thought of that.

Little closer shot of the detail:
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19  Bowser cross stitch - Look out Mario Brothers! in Needlework: Completed Projects by pugwash on: April 25, 2011 07:44:45 PM
Back in mid- January I completed a tiny Luigi hoop to put on my wall because the Mario I received in the ott Hoopla swap looked lonely. My boyfriend said that we needed a Bowser to keep the boys in check up there so I said "no problem!". This was supposed to be done in time for Valentines day. I had no idea how time consuming it was to complete a project that used more than five colors of floss, and because it was so tedious, I kept setting it aside after working on it for about an hour every week. The task was daunting. I finally had time this weekend and hammered out the last of it and he looks magnificent, if I do say so myself. The hoop is about 6 inches in diameter.

I'm happy with how it came out, but I told my boyfriend that I was going to sell it so I don't have to look at it anymore!
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20  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4, Diptych Round - Gallery (SendOut 3/21/11) in The Swap Gallery by pugwash on: April 16, 2011 05:18:49 PM
I'm signing up for 5 as soon as I hit the post button!

Today I received my hoops from pancakes67.

It was so hard to get a good photo because any light in the room or from the flash would drown out the super sparkly fabric on the background of the owl.
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