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1  Leaf Drool Bandana in Needlework: Completed Projects by isolt on: April 19, 2009 05:02:12 PM
I decided to make some drool bandanas for a giveaway on my blog.  I thought it would be nice to do embroidery on one, even though I am such a newbie.

I definitely didn't do a perfect job but I am pleased with the overall look.  I will do this stitch again, even though it is pretty much only good for leaves.

This is the whole bandana along with the others.  I am enjoying embroidery more than I thought, I can't wait to learn some more stitches.  What would be a good one to learn next?

oh, and if anyone likes it you can enter to win it on my blog.  http://www.dirtydiaperlaundry.com
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2  Two Firsts- Mario x stitch and Gnome Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by isolt on: April 12, 2009 11:33:51 AM
I have finally gotten time to craft again since my son was born.  I always meant to do this stitch from spritestitch.com but never got around to it while pregnant. 

It took 3 weeks or so, on a good day I could do one man, if my son was being needy it could take 2-5 days.  I am going to frame it and frame the cartidges to hang in his room.  This is the first real attempt at x stitch, I made a tiny one before but I don't count that.

The next is my first attempt at embroidery.  I found a free pattern (sorry can't remember the site and I forgot to bookmark it.)  Anyone seen it?  I didn't do the whole thing, I just wanted to see if I could do it.  I messed up a good bit, my stitches aren't always the same length and the hands and feet are a little wonky, but my kid doesn't know that!

thanks for looking at my first attempts! 
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3  Easy Drool bandana- with tutorial link in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by isolt on: April 12, 2009 09:55:15 AM
Ok, I am so new to sewing it isn't funny.  I am not even sure this is where i should put this.  I have finally started using my sewing machine.  i have attempted a few things and this is the only thing that has really come out well so far.  I am usually more of a handy person (cross stitch, beading)

The first one is made from some leftover fabric from a tie onesie applique attempt.

The second was more repurposed.  The backing was made from an old receiving flannel blanket.  The front layer was used from an old turtle neck that shrunk and no longer fit, and was too funny looking to donate.  

I added a tutorial on my site, it is too complicated to reload all of the pics here.  So far he has been drooling all over them and they work great.  Maybe someone can make these for a baby shower, they are cute!
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4  A Nursery for a baby boy (lots of pics) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by isolt on: September 16, 2008 03:46:50 PM
I live in an apartment so I cannot paint the walls Sad  I find that art is very expensive so I tried my hand at painting.  (the two above the cradle) And I painted the 6" nursery letters (which are also very expensive in stores and online).  Those took a long time!  I made 8-bit mosaics out of construction paper and framed them as art.  On top of the cubby holes are 2 frames I painted to match the letters, and a ducky that I tried to make look like the Batman duck.  All of the furniture except the cubby holes are from craigslist.  I have been looking on here for inspiration, so maybe this will help someone else with ideas.  Any suggestions for things to add are appreciated.  Thanks for looking.

Nursery Letters

View of Nursery

Paintings over cradle

Cubby and photo frames and ducky

8-bit mosaics

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5  X-stitched Sunglasses holder (for the kids) in Needlework: Completed Projects by isolt on: June 01, 2008 01:05:56 PM
I work at a non profit org and we teach craft classes.  I made this as an example for our first class.  To teach them we used plastic canvas and yarn to get the hang of it.  It was such a pain, and I think the colors are ugly but my yarn choices were limited (the yarn couldn't stretch at all)  The kids enjoyed the project at least!


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6  My grandma's ornaments in Winter Holidays by isolt on: June 01, 2008 12:59:54 PM
I know alot of people have seen sequin ornaments made by pinning a bead and sequin in place.  For many years my grandmother has been making works of art in sequins and beads, but instead of pinning them she sews them one by one with monofilament thread onto a styrofoam ball covered in tulle.  I have recently decided to pick this up again (she taught me 7 or so years ago) and made a few last year.  So far this year I have finished one and almost finished another. They take forever, but of I can make them half as pretty as my mamaw one day it will be worth it!  This is the first time I have posted anything I have made!

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