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11  Re: Huge thread of Shared Patterns and Resources in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by digital misfit on: September 15, 2010 07:04:28 PM
new free pattern on my blog


Foxy Felix.

You can see him stitched up (along with his big sister, Sadie Skunk) here
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12  Re: Sadie Skunk and Foxy Felix in Needlework: Completed Projects by digital misfit on: September 11, 2010 11:54:20 AM
*hugs* ty!

Here is the finished Foxy Felix with his wee campfire.

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13  Mean Miss Gulch - Wizard of Oz embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by digital misfit on: September 11, 2010 11:52:53 AM
A new Flickr friend and I are doing a private swap in our chosen themes.  She is doing Wizard of Oz, and mine is Vintage Sideshow (see my earlier Dolly Dimples piece)
What she REALLY wanted was an embroidered picture of Miss Gulch on her bicycle from the first part of the movie.

I agreed to the task and THEN realized that there are no coloring pages or decent line art of Miss Gulch available online.  I had to sketch my own based on several movie stills.

The sketch is not perfect, but I am pretty pleased with it overall. 
The colors I chose for the stitching are based on the official 1997 Hallmark holiday keepsake ornament as all photo references of this scene are in b&w or sepia.

I tried out several different stitches for this piece for texture - outlined mostly in split stitch, I also used backstitch, feather, basketweave, a long weave, satin stitch, etc.

Her dress is lightly tinted with Progresso pencils.
C&C are always welcome.

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14  Sadie Skunk and Foxy Felix in Needlework: Completed Projects by digital misfit on: September 01, 2010 09:03:08 AM
Foxy Felix and Sadie Skunk are usually sweet and adorable siblings...but watch out! The glimmer in their eye tells me they are up to something that isn't good.

I designed Felix and Sadie for a great gal who wanted a "kawaii cute...but creepy" theme.  They are stitched in a split stitch, with Progresso pencil tinting.  Sadie has seed stitching on her fur for texture.  Their eyes are satin stitched with backstitch outlines.

"Foxy" Felix started his life as Bobby Bear, but when I discovered that I did not have the shade of brown I would need, a few quick lines were drawn, and Voila! Foxy was born Tongue  His scene is not quite finished yet - he will be getting a small campfire for his marshmallow roasting, and a toadstool behind him (for balance).

For those interested, I will be posting the patterns for both of these guys on my blog soon (just need to clean up the sketches a bit and scan).
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15  Sideshow Starlet Dolly Dimples in Needlework: Completed Projects by digital misfit on: August 05, 2010 12:40:04 PM
I am doing an embroidery project on Flickr, and my chosen theme is Sideshow Acts.

I chose to stitch up a fabulous Fat Lady for my inspiration piece.  I based the piece on Dolly Dimples http://thehumanmarvels.com/?p=48, an early-mid century sideshow act.  I changed her skintone and hair mostly because I wanted to stitch a French knot afro Tongue

She is stitched on vintage white cotton fabric that I tea-stained with a lemon dream herbal and masala chai mixture.  It gave a great vintage effect, complete with random "rusty" blotches. She was a pretty quick stitch, only taking 2 days from design to completion.

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16  Adult Toy Boxes - mature subject, photos are safe in Completed Projects by digital misfit on: August 01, 2010 09:16:03 AM

I first painted the black spacechick box when I did a review of an adult toy for my blog sponsor.  The toy was sparkly and had a futuristic style, so I wanted to make a special storage box for it.  The box is lined in black satin.

The orange box (text reads "I have yet to meet a man I couldn't live without) I just painted last night as a gift for my best friend/niece. It has a gloss finish, so it is hard to photograph.  The artwork is painted in a very sparkly metallic teal.

 Her birthday is coming up in a week, and she is in the midst of a divorce.  I thought it would be a fun present for her.  The fabric inside the box will be sewn into a drawstring pouch to stash her favorite toys.

Both boxes have a compartment at the top to stash batteries, lubricants, condoms, etc.
The divider between the top and bottom areas has a notch cut out, which makes it perfect to fit longer rabbit vibes . 

Box base is actually an unfinished wooden wine gift box.  The space chick and woman negative space portrait are adapted from embroidery patterns on Urban Threads.  I found the quote online.
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17  Re: Huge thread of Shared Patterns and Resources in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by digital misfit on: July 01, 2010 07:44:03 PM
I posted a new embroidery pattern on my blog today - 2nd in the Domestic Goddess series - Kitchen Goddess (1st pattern was Crafty Goddess)

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18  Sewphie Squirrel pincushion in Needlework: Completed Projects by digital misfit on: June 15, 2010 10:41:13 AM
After making the deer pincushion for Always Inspired, I wanted to make one for myself.  I love combining my love of embroidery with hand sewing felt.
This lil gal was made in one day (now that I know what I am doing!). I made up the pattern as I went along.

The trunk has split stitch rings and bark lines, and French knot moss.  Everything is sewn together with a blanket stitch in most places. Body fur is accented with a few open chain stitch Vs. The tail is a fake fur scrap I had, with a trash bag twistie tie inserted for structure.

posing on backyard tree

on neighbor's woodpile

I will be sculpting a polymer clay acorn for a pin topper, but in the meantime he has red pearl head pins as "berries"

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19  Ninja Vs Pirate in Needlework: Completed Projects by digital misfit on: May 30, 2010 06:44:11 PM
When I found this pencil sketch by Eric Domholt, I KNEW I had to stitch it up for my friend, AlwaysInspired.  She has a love for both pirates and ninjas, so it was perfect!
I used satin stitching on a cotton base.  Small changes were made to the original illustration to adapt it for embroidery.  Note to self: satin stitching over large areas is a pain in the arse! Must learn smaller fill stitches pronto!
The 8x10  frame is a fabulous vintage one that AlwaysInspired thrifted, and the photos were taken by her since I forgot to snap a few before I mailed it  Grin

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20  Grassy Knoll pincushion in Needlework: Completed Projects by digital misfit on: May 20, 2010 07:20:03 AM
I know there are a couple of other places I could post a felt pincushion, but I decided to go with the needlework board because this pincushion showcases some truly spectacular(ly bad) lazy daisies and French knots  Grin

I started this pincushion last year, and these were my first lazy daisies and French knots, so I do beg consideration for that fact.  I can now rock a French knot, though my lazy daisies are still gawky and pointy. ugh. 

The pattern is my own design, the deer I adapted from a regular size plushie I made awhile back for a swap. I used a (thoroughly cleaned) tuna can for the base.

Oddly, the main green color used is called "pirate green".  What in pirate culture is green?  I don't get it  Cheesy

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