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1  Category Challenges / Needlework Challenge Entries / Re: Life is a Beach Needlework Challenge Due September 8-15, 2017 on: August 12, 2017 04:42:26 PM
This seems like a fun challenge. I think I'll give it a shot.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first *FINISHED* Cross stitch Green Dragon on: November 08, 2014 10:45:08 AM

I've started lots of cross stitch patterns, but up until now, I've never ever finished one.  I come in triumph today having completed this fine green dragon!  

My DH thinks it would make a fine book cover for a handmade book.  I think he might be right?  What do you all think?
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Woodgrain Maori Fish Hook - Hei Matau on: April 09, 2014 04:10:27 PM
Oooh I love the wide border on that last one. Is there a particular name for that?

It's a herringbone ladder stitch.  It's basically woven through two rows of backstitches.

Here's a link to the tutorial I learned it from:
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Woodgrain Maori Fish Hook - Hei Matau on: April 08, 2014 06:56:21 PM
Thanks for the comments! Cheesy

I've made a couple of other Maori-inspired designs this year and they're in green...that's what got me thinking about a Maori quilt.

It all started over a year ago when I stitched a set of napkins as a Christmas present for someone.

I kept thinking that I could do better so I've been working on them off and on throughout the year.  I'm definitely going to go for the quilt idea.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Three years in the making! Black White and Wonky! on: April 07, 2014 06:03:38 PM
That's awesomely artistic.  I love the black and white with the pops of color and the wonkiness of it all.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Woodgrain Maori Fish Hook - Hei Matau on: April 07, 2014 05:55:39 PM
I embroidered a Maori fish hook in a woodgrain pattern.  I'm thinking of using it and other Maori designs as blocks in a Maori quilt.  I'm envisioning blue, green, black and brown for the colors and maybe using some nice batiks for framing.  It's still just an idea for now, but I'm liking it the more I think about it.  Quilting and embroidery are my two big things right now. 

Please tell me what you think of it! Smiley
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Swirly spring hummingbird on: March 27, 2014 07:23:52 PM
Adorable!  Cheesy
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Spring Fairy on: March 08, 2014 12:56:19 PM
Thanks!  Hands and feet have always been my biggest challenge with drawing!

I did use a variegated thread for the wings and for the belt.  I love a good variegated thread! Smiley
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Lucky Charms for St. Patrick's Day on: March 08, 2014 10:27:42 AM
I'm taking a guess as to which is the best board for this craft.  I made lucky charms for all my kids' classmates for St. Patrick's Day!

It starts like this:

We have tons of white clover growing where I live and I have a knack for spotting 4 leaf clovers.  This pile was from a single day of harvesting.  I found over 34 four leaf clovers in one pleasant evening outside. 

I pressed them in my much loved copy of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (the thickest, heaviest book I own).  I slipped the clovers into penny sleeves (like for trading cards) and taped the penny sleeve to the printed card.  I designed the cards in PowerPoint ('cause I'm a nerd).
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Spring Fairy on: March 08, 2014 06:23:10 AM

I needed a little spring so I stitched this up during our last round of winter weather.  
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