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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Spider Jerusalem t-shirt on: May 08, 2011 12:31:30 PM
I made my little brother a Doctor Who stenciled shirt for Christmas, and when I asked him what he wanted for a graduation present, he asked for another one.  Theme?  "Surprise me," he said.  Cool

He's a big Warren Ellis fan, and has recently been pushing the comic Transmetropolitan on me.  So I went with that and made him a Spider Jerusalem shirt based on one I found online while googling around for images. Since I was kind of pressed for time and didn't want to mess around with bleach, I mixed my own greyish color for Spider's skin tone (a bunch of white paint with three drops of yellow paint and one drop of black). In certain lights it looks kind of shiny and silvery, which was unexpected but neat. I also mixed the green and red for his glasses.

If I were to do it again I'd make the stencil about twice as big and a bit more detailed, but the main thing is that my brother loved it, and stripped off his shirt and put it on right away.  Wink
2  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / My first embroidery: cherries and tea on: April 12, 2008 03:15:54 PM
Hi!  I got Jenny's Stitch Kit for a present, and I was so excited, I had to make something right away!  I used to sew a lot with my mother when I was a little girl, but I haven't done anything with a needle and thread for the longest time.  It was even more fun than I remembered, and I'm already planning grand projects for the future.  Wink

For my first project, I embroidered on one of the nifty tea towels that came with the kit.  I'm not terribly proud of this, because the stitches are horrendously uneven, but I'm glad I managed to make recognizable shapes, anyway, and I got to practice different sorts of stitches, which was a plus.  I'm more pleased with the cherries, actually:  I was experimenting with using different numbers of strands, and I like how the thinner lines look.



I've had a lot of fun stumbling through this first project, regardless of the quality, and I'm really excited about moving on to my next one!   The work I've seen around this forum is gorgeous and inspiring, too.  Smiley
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