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1  Gellihoops round two... Pic heavy in Needlework: Completed Projects by PromisedHeartbrk on: October 31, 2016 02:01:31 PM
Ive been busy. Anyone getting tired of my gelli craze yet?
I found a way to make my paints softer with out fabric medium and refined my printing a bit to get more hoops out of each print. So all my experimenting is working out in my favor for once lol. So much that i am trying to start up my shop and get a stand at a local art/craft fair (yay!)

An overall shot because this photo makes me happy.

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2  you are the kitties..... Yup its inappropriate embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by PromisedHeartbrk on: October 31, 2016 01:39:37 PM
So my best friend asked me to stitch this up for a gift for her coworker. I couldnt decide which way to go so i stitched it up three different ways to give her a choice. (Plus than i have two to sell/hoard/gifthoard

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This was such a laid back easy hoop i may make more just for the heck of it lol
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3  Weird knots..... Why? in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by PromisedHeartbrk on: October 04, 2016 07:39:17 PM
I keep getting these weird knots every few stitches. Most of the time they pull apart if i put my needle in the loop, but sometimes they dont. Anyone know whats causing it? Not enough tension? To long a thread?
Its driving me nuts and wondering what the heck Im doing.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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4  You can call me queen bee embroidered wall art in Needlework: Completed Projects by PromisedHeartbrk on: September 24, 2016 10:58:23 AM
Not sure what category to put this in. Let me know if I'm wrong i will move it. I concentrated mostly in the embroidering for this project.

I was partners with the lovely ladybugsandbumblebees. In the recent round of "the giant multithemed swap"... I knew i had to use the quote of "you can call me queen bee". It made me chuckle so i had to come up with something.
This is my first art quilt? Maybe not quite sure what makes an art quilt but i relied heavily on my embroidering skills.
The woman is one of my "manakinns" as they were dubbed way back in high school, ive been drawing them longer than i can remember. I drew her and the background in with inktense pencils, used some fabric for her dress and beads for all the little doodads.
This project took waaaaaay longer than expected but it was a labor of love. This is probably the first project in awhile that actually came out exactly how i imagined it (does anyone else have that problem too?).
This is around 30+ hours of work. Most was improvised and done "on the fly". As i do most of the time. But i was really pleased in the final product.
Enough jabber on to the photos...

I cant seem to find any of the detail shots i took but the swirls, colors of the bees, grass and even shimmer in the wings is all stitching.
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5  Re: Giant Multi Theme Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PromisedHeartbrk on: September 23, 2016 09:22:22 PM
Im so glad you liked everything LBaBB!

Ok so i recieved on monday 2 of my 3 packages.  Between the kiddo being sick then me catching it, i didnt have a chance to look for package three. Today i finally got it aftet going to the empty neighbors house. No idea why it ended up there lol.

Here is my awesome package from the amazing ladybugsandbumblebees!
First up for my theme of acorns/trees/oaks

The whole view.... Some awesome tags, labels and cards. I can not wait to swap again so that i get to use these cute little items.

How cute is this? I asked for something to store my embroidery needles in and she delivered! Ive been using a ziploc baggie to hold my needles when i travel. Well no more!

How pretty is this hoop? I love the different little beads, i have it on my hoopla wall already. It fits right in Smiley
Next up it my harry potter theme

Oh yeah i have a harrypotter scarf!!! And arm warmers!!! The scarf is huge and i love it so much. Just around my neck it goes to my knees which means i get to snuggle it and can tie it. I never remember to make scarves long enough when i did them lol. How awesome is the label?!?!? LBaBB and i both have our own "ohanas" i was touched to see the label since we messaged about it.
The arm warmers keep getting stolen by the monster. She thinks they are iron man (tbh i didnt even think of it. The colors work for him too!) shes been running around "pew pew"ing everything.
Next up is my sugar skull theme

A tote! She handsewed it! The stitches are so perfect i would have never guessed. This bag has become my new travel hoop bag. I love it. The inside is cat eyes... The exact shade of my old cats eyes that was an awesome surprise Smiley
She hand painted this tile.. I love it i hung it with a giant sugar skull portrait i got for my birthday last year and it looks right at home.
These goodies were for my key theme

This mobile is waiting to be hung. I havent quite figured out if iwant to squirrel it away in my room or hang it where everyone can enjoy it lol. I may be selfish with this. I love the fabric... So many of my favorite things in one piece.

My favorite color is teal and keys have always been a "thing" of mine. I have the perfect outfit to wear this beauty with. I cant wait to go somewhere now and show it off. (I live a sheltered-hermitish life lol)
Next up is my star theme. Im so upset i wasnt able to get a great photo of the amazing blanket but im going to try again tomorrow in daylight.
Ive literally been pining for this since i first saw it on pinterest and my crocheting abilities are sorely lacking. So this is heaven for me... Plus the colors match my bedroom perfectly. So perfectly i cant believe it lol

The jar pin cushion is so awesome... I somehow have never seen these before. Its already on my little workspace table, holding all my working needles. Plus she sent goodies inside! Embroidery floss, more needles and how cute is that paper punch? I know i keep raving but this package has got to be one of my favorites. I was so spoiled!
She also sent two little unicorns, a dory sticker and a dory coloring book for the monster. Sadly she ran off with them before i got a picture Roll Eyes

Here are a ton of extras she sent a hoop, some scrapbook papers (who can ever have enough) some shells from local beaches and so much other stuff.

Thank you so much for being an amazing swap partner Ladybugsandbumblebees!
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6  Gelli plate and embroidery mashup in Needlework: Completed Projects by PromisedHeartbrk on: September 12, 2016 12:45:42 PM
Hi, my name is mana and im addicted to gelli printing. Its become a bit of a problem in my house. Paints, stencils, random things covered in paint are pretty much taking over. Lol

Ok its not quite that bad, but almost.

I decided to print a few pieces of fabric up just to see how it differs from paper,  one goodwill white bedsheet later and i had about 30 pieces of 8x10 fabric prints. Now i dont sew much but i love to embroider.
Here are a few of the pieces i started, i have a stack of ten ready to stitch once i get the time. Most are out of hoops, half stitched, or need another round of gelli. I tend to work mass, then finish as i feel like it.

And one i did for a friend as a joke. Nsfw
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Be prepared for more of these in the future Roll Eyes
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7  Re: Craftster Card Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PromisedHeartbrk on: August 23, 2016 07:44:19 AM
When I got my beautiful handmade envelope from craftylittlemonkey, it was sealed up pretty well...I could not find a way to open it!  I sort of shook it around to make sure the card was out of the way, then took my trusty scissors and cut ever the tiniest bit at one end...well, lucky me!  Look what dropped out of the envelope along with my trading card...BONUS!!! Grin

(Hello Handsome!)

ha ha ha I think I am pretty darn lucky to have such an amazing group of craftster friends! Grin

Lucky you! When i peeled back the flap on mine i got a scare!
Then i cracked up because id opened it perfectly for the image
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8  Mandala in Needlework: Completed Projects by PromisedHeartbrk on: August 20, 2016 08:00:27 PM
I worked on this for the stitched mandala swap I hosted. I made this for Abeeroad.
This is actually the second version, the first was accidently snipped while trimming threads (I really need to buy myself a set those tiny embroidery scissors lol  Roll Eyes )
Its mainly free-handed, abbeeroad mentioned that she enjoyed the more organic style, and enjoyed pops of color with black and white. I tried my best with that combo. I tend to go overboard when i draw mandala's so i wanted to keep it cleaner so i could actually stitch it since I'm still newer to embroidery.
I also wanted to play a bit with different thicknesses of threads/lines, i tried the dmc cotton rolls out, and i used plain old sewing thread for certain lines to get really thin lines (the stripes in the flower petals). Overall it was a blast to try out new techniques and to just play with it.
 I also think i have finally figured out the French knot!  Grin
On to the pictures

Obligatory artsy detail  shot
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9  Re: Stitched mandala swap gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by PromisedHeartbrk on: August 18, 2016 04:29:16 PM
Im so glad you liked it abbeeroad! It was tough to part with

I also recieved today from the amazing LeapFeetFirst!

Detail shot:

I am in love with it! The high contrast, the perfect little stitches and the details w different thicknesses is awesome. I cant wait to hang it on my wall so i can admire it daily.

I am doing the feedbacks now, and will move the swap when finished. Let me know if feedback didnt go through or any other issues please Smiley

Thank you guys for making my first swap go super smooth  Wink YOU GUYS ROCK
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10  Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by PromisedHeartbrk on: August 15, 2016 02:22:10 PM
Teaser shot... pre-addy and stamps
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