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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Gellihoops round two... Pic heavy on: November 03, 2016 01:44:12 PM
Gosh... You guys really know how to make someone feel good lol. With how crazy my year has been im really thankful for the kind words. this is why i love craftster!
Onyxnox... From the first comment.... I mainly was worried about the stiffness of thw fabric after printing. It wasnt stretching correctly in the hoop. And with how much i print in one sitting it was definitely to much money to use mediums of any sort. I found that if i let them dry for 24 hours then soak them in vineger, salt and a bit of fabric softener it keeps the colors perfect and makes them feel like regular old fabric. It stretches perfect and dosent crack or anything.
From your second comment.... I hadnt even thought of that. Ive been mainly posting on my Instagram. Ill have to look into emailing them.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Gellihoops round two... Pic heavy on: October 31, 2016 02:18:15 PM
ugh sorry they all went sideways/upside down
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Gellihoops round two... Pic heavy 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.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / you are the kitties..... Yup its inappropriate embroidery 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
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Weird knots..... Why? on: October 05, 2016 12:27:32 PM
Ok lol thank you! I wasnt sure if i was doing something wrong. Ill try shorter lengths and letting it hang.
Glad to know im not the only one
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Weird knots..... Why? 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.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / You can call me queen bee embroidered wall art 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.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Giant Multi Theme Swap Round 4 Gallery 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!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Gelli plate and embroidery mashup on: September 16, 2016 07:49:36 PM
Thank you guys for the awesome feedback! Smiley
I love when people like my playing around/experiments.

Pottermouth... Sheets are my go to for most of my projects. Tons of uses and very cheap. Cant beat that combo!

Fatewineroses... I use straight acrylic paint and cheap craft paints. Next time i will be using some fabric medium to try and soften it up. The paints make the fabric super stiff, its usable for this  type of project (ie mounting and not a washing) im hoping it works.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Gelli plate and embroidery mashup 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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