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1  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.

2  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
3  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.
4  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.
5  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
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mandala 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
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Gelli print key holder on: August 13, 2016 07:33:38 PM
So my new addiction of gelli plate printing has wielded hundreds of prints (yeah its that bad  Grin) i found a use for a few, butcher paper decoupage. This is the second item I did, the first is a gift  thati cant post yet.

Im constantly losing my keys, in fact I rotate between 4 different sets because I usually have misplaced at least two at any given time. I found a simple, raw wood keys rack at goodwill for .50 and painted it black. It didnt catch my eye enough to actually remind me to hang my keys. So now that its pretty, Im really hoping this works for me.

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Stitched mandala swap gallery!! on: August 08, 2016 07:51:16 PM

Discussion thread:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448581.0

Partner has Received
Late with communication
Oh no! Red is bad! Contact organizer!

Wulf <===> craftylittlemonkey
Ysmeine <===> JoyfulClover
LeapFeetFirst== => PromisedHeartbrk
PromisedHeartbrk ==> AbeeRoad
AbeeRoad== => LeapFeetFirst

Post the goodies here!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Gelli plate first timer on: July 31, 2016 09:18:34 PM
So i decided to play a bit on my gelli plate last night, now i only have one real stencil (was waiting to see if i enjoyed the plate before investing to much).
Oh man it was fun, maybe a bit to much. I made about 30 prints. In about an hour. Oops Roll Eyes tbh the only reason i stopped was that i ran out of paper.
They look rather dull in photos, but its nightime and i cant get any better shots tonight. Just imagine them bright and poppy lol
Here is my favorite print and a collage of some of the others:

10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Stitched Mandala Swap (SU CLOSED, SO 8/15) on: July 05, 2016 05:46:49 PM
Swap name: Stitched Mandala Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:Promisedheartbrk
Sign-up date range:July 5th- July 15th
Date to send item by:August 15th

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement?NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
This swap is to celebrate the unique beauty of mandalas.

-You will create one mandala for your partner with either cross-stitch or embroidery.
-The mandala needs to be at least 5 inches across.
-It may be in a hoop or stitched onto something else, please talk to your partner about preferences.

There are many images of mandalas online, in adult coloring books, and on pinterest for inspiration.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
please use "Stitched Mandala Swap" Or "SMS" in Subject line.

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Do you have any allergies that would affect this swap?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

Color or black and white?
Colors you like?
Colors you don't like?
Color combos you like?

Do you want to receive a hoopla or another item?
Are you planning on doing a hoopla or other item?

Do you have specific ideas or inspirations that would help your partner personalize your piece (Pinterest, Etsy Favorites, Flickr, etc)?

Anything else youd like your partner to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
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