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51  Waterlily in Needlework: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: October 21, 2009 04:07:37 AM
I hope this goes in here... The bulk of the actual work on this project is embroidery, but it's not what most peope would consider an embroidery project!

Anyway... I made this for an older friend who is in the hospital; it is inspired by Matthew 6:25-34.

The wool felt was hand dyed then all the little petals (28 of them) were hand cut. The petals of the lily are blanket stitched with silver thread, which was a real bugger to work with! Then they were arranged in staggered circles of 7 petals, and stitched down. The center is a piece of gold colored felt, embellished with gold seed beads. The lily pad is simple, with backstitching in a variegated thread for the midrib and veins of the leaf.

It took about 6 hours of work, total. I think any others I make would go quicker, since I'm not figuring out how to do it, now!

The color in the first picture is closest to acurate, the second picture is a bit washed out because of the flash.

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52  Re: Teach Me a New Craft Gallery in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: August 15, 2009 04:15:05 AM
I received from NightOwl quite a while ago - I am so sorry it took me so long to post pictures. I have Internet at work only, and I only work 2 weekends per month! Sometimes, things are too hectic here for me to get online!

Without further ado...

She sent:
A hand embossed card (the embossing doesn't show up too well in the pic), a hand-written instruction book that is SO pretty, and all the stuff to make Gothic earrings, Fleur de Pierre necklace, and Bullseye earrings, plus some extra stuff to play arund with!

Her instructions were completely awesome - the Gothic earrings are finished and look amazing! NightOwl has great taste!

Thanks so much - I love everything!
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53  Re: Altoid Tin Round 12 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: August 15, 2009 04:02:38 AM
Eep! I received from rlynn ages ago, but have been remiss in posting pics. Internet issues, but that's no excuse. (Also, there was the problem of actually getting the amazing things she sent OFF of me and my girls, who are wearing them daily!)

So, rlynn sent something representative of each of my themes, which was way cool! Here is {almost} everything:

The tin is green/Walt Whitman (Love this!), Then there is a double sided glass slide neclace (art deco and one side is green), a steampunk pendant, and the Walt Whitman inspired necklace - from his poem titled A Word Out of the Sea.

What I forgot was the three magnets (one is a Shrinky Dinks Magnet of Reduced Shakespeare Company, then two bottle cap magnets (green, art deco). Sorry! They are on my fridge at home and I don't leave work till 8pm on Sunday, then I'll be sans Internet for two weeks... There IS a downside to living in a very rural area! Rlynn, if you have pics of the magnets, could you please post them?! They are so cute!

Close ups of the double sided necklace!

Beautiful, yes?!

Then, here is my absolute fave... (been wearing it constantly!)

Thank you so much, rlynn - you did an amazing job!
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54  Re: 44 Cents Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: June 26, 2009 06:23:03 PM
I received from DoodleLou - and it was a completely awesome swap package envelope! DoodleLou put some serious effort into this swap, and everything was so perfect, so me - absolutely things I'd have picked for myself! =)

She sent vintage Vogart embroidery transfers, a super-cute crochet bookmark pattern (it's an apple/bookworm), and a Beechnut Coffee Hosiery mending kit!

The hosiery mending kit is humorous, in that at a big barn sale I went to, this guy had literally DOZENS of boxes of books/magazines/etc. For $5 you could fill a box of whatever you wanted from the stuff. Along with about 30 books, some stationery, and antique photos, I scored two pairs of vintage stockings... with the seams up the back, still in their boxes with tissue wrapping. Anyway, my family teased me mercilessly about the stockings, so the mending kit was funny! I LOVE it!

And a close up of the transfers...

Sorry about so few pics... I have dial up internet at home and it takes forever to load pictures. ~sigh~

DoodleLou, thank you, SO MUCH! I love everything.
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55  Tatted edging - vintage pattern in Needlework: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: June 11, 2009 10:15:22 AM
I finally finished my Mum's birthday present - a linen centered doily. I thought there was a tatting forum here... but I can't seem to find it, so I figured tatting is a form of needlework?

The edging is tatted with a vintage pattern - from the Clark's Tatting Book No. 229, printed in 1946. It actually worked up pretty quickly, but I had to put the project on hold for two moves - the first from NC to CO, then from CO to ME!
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56  Snow Tiger - Project I loathe in Needlework: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: November 30, 2008 03:48:04 PM
My 10 year old step-daughter is really into snow tigers, and was begging me to make her a snow tiger quilt for Christmas. I have been unable to find snow tiger fabric, so instead decided to embroider a snow tiger. I haven't decided if I want to frame it or make it into a pillow top. Suggestions?

Anyway - this is a huge departure from my style/likes. While embroidering it, I felt first like I was doing a cheesy color-by-numbers picture, then began thinking I ought quit embroidery and start painting wolves onto black velvet - 80s style. I really, really hate this, but I know she is going to love it, so...

The design is about 6 inches wide x 5 1/2 inches tall - plenty of fabric around all sides to either frame or make into a pillow.

And this is the picture I copied (since I have NO artistic talent of my own...)

Comments/criticism appreciated.

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57  Re: Vintage Apron Swap Round 2: Holiday Style in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: November 30, 2008 01:03:08 PM
Thank you so much, PlumCrafty, for this wonderful package! It was just like Christmas opening it!

PlumCrafty sent me two gorgeous aprons - one in warm autumny harvest colors, and the other in the coolest retro snowman fabric ever!

Here is everything, right out of the package...

The autumny apron, with my son Liam helping to model (actually, he just likes being in pictures...)

The snowman apron (note - I tried valiantly to get a good picture of me wearing this, but as the husband is not home and my 6 year old was wielding the camera, he kept taking pictures aimed at the inside of my nose or at my behind (neither of which you all want to see, I'm sure...), so finally I just took a picture of it on the floor) By the way, PlumCrafty, both aprons fit so nicely and are just my style!

On to the extras!

Plum hand carved two of the cutest rubber stamps ever, and of two of my favoritest things: snowmen and penguins! Aren't they cute?!

She also sent the prettiest poinsettia ornament made of felt. The stitching is in a metallic silver thread and glints and sparkles in the light - I can't wait to hang this on the tree!

Plum also sent me this great tea towel from Harrod's!

We also did a small personal swap at the same time, so she sent me some lovely tins of tea that I am giving to my Mum for Christmas.

Thank you so much! I love everything to pieces! You have been such a great swap partner! (woah - too many exclamation points... see how excited I am? lol)
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58  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery Rooster with Jacobean Flowers in Needlework: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: November 27, 2008 09:49:54 AM
First - Lilyvanilli did this incredible piece of work that I completely lusted over, obsessed about, looked at over and over... So I decided to make one for my Mum for Christmas; I think it will go really well with her kitchen.

I admit - this is a complete knock off (I'm not claiming ANY originality for this.). Props to Lily for her awesome color choices that simply couldn't be improved upon.

Still needs washing and ironing.
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59  Re: DIY Kit Swap Round 11 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by 85%confusion on: November 24, 2008 01:17:40 PM
Yay! My package from Bolshy Walshy arrived today! In fact, it was just being delivered as I got home from picking my kiddos up from school, and will give me something to do while they are home from school the rest of the week (Thanksgiving holiday and all). My partner was so generous and thoughtful, I am really overwhelmed!

Fresh from the postman's bag...

As I opened the box... (Bolshy Walshy. has the prettiest handwriting!)

The DIY jewelry kit (included: instructions for making a necklace, pliers, a nifty little storage case with compartments, chain, earing hooks and studs/posts, 3 different kinds of clasps, needlethreader, 4 sizes of jump rings, silver plated wire, fishing wire, head pins, brooch backs, small green glass beads, medium sized green glass beads, small pink, lavender, and a dark pink/purple color glass beads,gorgeous glass beads from France and England, then bags and bags of stones - sodalite, quartz, howlite (never heard of it before, but they are a gorgeous bright blue), rose quartz, amethyst, malachite, and some others in greens, brick, black, rose..., and some extra little sealy bags!)

And if that were not enough, she also sent along some card making items! (The jewelry making pliers are in this picture, because I ran out of room in the other frame with the jewelry things!)

And, to top it all off, Bolshy Walshy. crafted some earrings I had wisted ages ago, and they are so beautiful! I just love these to pieces! The candle is modeling because I don't have anyone here to take a picture of me wearing them, but they are the PERFECT size and weight and everything!!!

Thanks so much, Grace! You are a truly wonderful swap partner. I appreciate the package so much!
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60  Re: Lilac Towel Set in Needlework: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: November 24, 2008 07:33:42 AM
Excellent work!  As a lilac lover myself I believe she will love this..

Lilacs are my favorite flower, too bad they won't bloom in the south.  Would you be willing to share the pattern, I do so love it?!

Had to check - but it IS public domain, so I can share! Here you go!

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