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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Irina on: January 08, 2010 04:41:46 PM
Irina is a poor girl, but that does not stop her from believing that she is a queen.

She is my second prim-style doll.  I modified my previous pattern, making the head and body smaller.
She is sewn from muslin, then gessoed and painted with acrylic paints, and then sanded and aged with an antiquing gel.
The camera flash kinda washes out the distressing on her face and hands.

Her hair is mohair kid locks, glued to her scalp.

She is is jointed with vintage buttons at the shoulder and hip.
Her capelet is a bit of scrap wool blend held together with a teeny wee clothespin.
22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Amelia - my first prim! on: January 05, 2010 07:36:21 AM
Amelia (named for the news article on her fabric hat about Ms Earhart) is my very first prim doll.  I made up the pattern as I went along.  My only plan was that I wanted her to have a round head.

She is full of flaws - but that is part of her prim charm.  I must work on my face painting. Note: face seams and botchy paint not as obvious in person.  Flash is not kind.

Her body is sewn from a plain muslin, gessoed and aged with antiquing gel, acrylic paints and coffee. Her skirt, hat, ruffle, and bunting were aged with fabric medium and antiquing gel.  She is jointed with vintage buttons.
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fit for a Tween Diva Dresser recon on: December 28, 2009 10:40:24 AM
My 10yr old niece wanted her bedroom done in a "pink and black diva style".
Money was limited, so Auntie Heidi came to the rescue.
Her old dresser was one of those ubiquitous white with brass & rose handle styles.  I removed the hardware and set about painting it (which took 3 days and a lot of carpal tunnel pain!)
I don't have a before shot, but I am sure that most people know that dresser style.
I also did not take a photo of the top of the dresser as my tween diva darling had it covered in Littlest Pet Shop bits and bobs.

new nickel hardware
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rose Explosion pillow on: December 28, 2009 10:33:25 AM
I saw an amazing pillow on Etsy...but it was priced at $275.  I decided to make one myself as a gift for my 10 yr old diva niece.  I can see why it was so expensive - hand-sewing each of those flowers to the base took forever!  I used almost 2 yards of black satin to make the 100+ flowers (and a bit of pink for the accents).  The flower centers are metallic seed beads.  The pillow body is sewn of a soft black velvet.
The flash makes the flowers look a little flat, but in person they are really ruffly (and less like a bed of oysters)

modeled next to a zebra/feather pillow

On my niece's hastily-made Xmas morning bed

Pillow back

25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A modest nude on: December 11, 2009 01:36:22 PM
I stitched up this gal for my Mom's birthday earlier this month. I wanted to kick myself for choosing an image with so many curves (I am still a lazy stitcher, and curves require a lot of attention!).
The background fabric is Love Letter in Lime from the Quilter's Basics Collection by Hoffman Fabrics.  I fell in love with it and ordered a FQ on Etsy for this purpose.
I apologize for the glare from the glass frame, but I did not want to take it out again.

(ok that frame is digital, but the real frame didnt photograph well)
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Cutlery Family on: December 05, 2009 10:54:47 AM
I stitched up this piece yesterday as a holiday gift for my sister.  She loves kitchy-cute vintage style embroidery.  I chose this pattern from the Hoop Love group on Flickr, a vintage piece uploaded by Doe*C*Doe.  Mostly split stitch in 2 ply thread as always.

It was a nice, easy break from working on another filled satin-stitch piece that I have on the hoop.

Frame is digitally added.  The actual frame will be white.  It needs to be ironed first (which is why Mr. Knife looks a bit wonky)

Detail of apron - I am actually happy with how these French knots turned out! YAY!
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Asphalt Angel on: November 21, 2009 07:17:12 AM
My sis works in a road construction in southern ON.  She drove up for a visit this weekend and asked me to paint a design on her hard hat.
I searched my folder stash for some appropriate images, and the perfect one came in the form of an Urban Threads hand embroidery pattern.
Asphalt Angel was done in black and orange sharpie and silver paint pen (to go with construction colors).
I hope it holds up.

The flash didn't do the pic any favors - the black does not look blotchy or washed out in person.  The second pic is a more true representation of the colors.

28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Feminine Mystique on: November 18, 2009 05:54:07 PM
note: after consideration I have decided to post this without a mature tag. Though the design is based on a female body part, it is abstract enough to not get anybody fired from work, or provoke any premature "birds and bees" discussions with children.  If anybody feels differently, please let me know and I will change it ASAP.

This was my first time using Solvy to transfer my design (LOVE IT!), and my first try with a soft (not tight weave cotton) fabric (dont love it at all).
It is generally based on a drawing I saw awhile back on Google.  I tried to find it again before stitching this so I could look at details, but I was not able.  So it is quite different from the original.
I decided to attempt a lot of different stitch types with this piece just for the fun of it.  Stitched portion is approx 6" high from flame to point.
It may have turned out better had I not been using black velvet (slight stretch).

I do like how the colors pop against the soft black.

29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / NSFW Retro man gives the one-finger salute! on: November 14, 2009 09:35:50 PM
I have always loved fun retro images.  I found this one while googlesurfing and knew I HAD to stitch it up.
The text is something my former coworkers and I would often say after hanging up from dealing with a particularly nasty tech/billing support customer.

This makes 5 embroidery pieces in 9 days - my carpal tunnel is INSANE right now.  I am a stitching addict!

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30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / COFFEE! (I finally learned satin stitch!) on: November 13, 2009 04:01:25 PM
I finally figured out satin stitch yesterday!
I got excited about it, so I stitched up this piece from an Urban Threads pattern.
I hadnt really considered the challenge of satin stitching facial features, but I think she turned out ok - though she does kinda look like a Disney Princess waitress  (I imagine that if Disney made "It Could Happen To You" into an animated movie, she would look like this) Cheesy

The hair is a variegated brown.  I had no fleshy tones, so I combined one strand of a pale pink with one strand of a pale wheat to make that effect.  The black lettering is my first attempt at backstitch (wonky, but just looks like coffee jitters  Tongue )

All satin stitching is done with 2ply thread.

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