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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Floss Easter Eggs on: April 16, 2012 09:11:47 PM
I decided to DIY my Easter decorations this year since it's our first in the new house. My ideas are not original, but inspired by projects found via Pinterest. But that doesn't make them any less festive!

I had loads of embroidery floss, water balloons and glue so I set to work at making a mess. I tried a few different adhesion recipes from different craft blogs until I found a concoction that suited me. The plan was to make a ton of them and hang the bunches by the entry and above the windows but I ran out of time.

You ca see that one of the mixtures left a residue Sad

Drying in my laundry room

I glittered a few of the eggs with a matching color. Tricky part was brushing the glue on individual strands without squashing the egg.

All together on my side table
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Yoshi cross-stitch on: January 26, 2012 01:26:34 AM
Sometimes the small, quick projects are the most gratifying. This little guy only took about 2 hours, but it was more like 4 since I was glued to a Dollhouse marathon. It's a small hoop, maybe 4" or so. I will probably mount it in a round hoop later because I can't find more wood grain ovals to mount the others in and I'd like the set to match.

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Bacon Ornament 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
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Discworld Great A'Tuin embroidery 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.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Super Grover! 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.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Celtic Initial Embroidery 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.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bowser cross stitch - Look out Mario Brothers! 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!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tattoo inspired embroidery on: September 30, 2010 01:10:33 AM
A forum member, lizzypazzy, made a post the other day and I really loved her tattoo. So in an effort to keep up on practicing my stitches, I loosely re-created the tattoo into a simple embroidery to add to my hoopla wall. I'm not entirely happy with the balloon, but I've left the back unfinished until I decide if I want to re-do it. I think I'm leaning towards keeping it, despite the imperfection, because I enjoy the sort of free-handed sketch look.

My lines may not be perfect but I'm quite pleased with her delightfully blas  face

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Oh the perils of purls on: July 13, 2009 09:21:39 PM
For the life of me I can't keep a constant tension on my purls. I personally think that I knit too tightly so that throws me off a little, but I've frogged a pattern four times now because I can not get my purling to cooperate with my hands. Are there any tips for new knitters who can't control a purl? I'm using size 9's, so the stitches aren't too small or anything.
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