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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: I'm wearing my heart on my... on: July 21, 2010 02:29:06 AM
wow! you've got so much detail into that
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Glob the biscuit loving octopus on: July 20, 2010 02:53:20 AM
This little guy is a character out of a book called The Whispering Sand, the first book a friend of mine has had published (this embroidery will no doubt find its way to him when I frame it). Glob is a talking octopus and friend to an old man who must save a dying stretch of coastline. Glob tends to be a bit grumpy but can be persuaded to do almost anything with a promise of biscuits or blancmange. Blancmange is a pudding a bit like jelly but made with milk/cream, fairly disgusting I seem to recall.

I'm struggling to stop my camera whiteing out the stitches, difficult with the black background, but the main body of the octupus is green-tinged beige and a darker khaki, with green detail on the tentacles.

I don't want to overload the post with pictures, especially as you can see most of the detail in the one above, but there are some work in progress shots over at:

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: All the birds are in their nests / And I must seek for mine... on: June 27, 2010 11:14:30 AM
aw, thanks everyone!

 ...And Merry BeeArt you're totally right, I'm working on something far-less french knotty to help me get over this! Cheesy
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / All the birds are in their nests / And I must seek for mine... on: May 27, 2010 05:47:27 AM
The title is a line from Blake which was stuck in my head whilst stitching this. When I've hand stitched pieces in the past I've stuck to cross stitich so this was a bit new to me, had fun fiddling about with french knots. Taught myself a bunch of other stitches too but mainly ignored them and just did whatever I fancied.

there are some close-ups and in progress shots at my blog: http://thebluepixieknits.blogspot.com/2010/05/progress-finished.html  I'll try to upload them here at some point too but its taking an age to upload atm.
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: If you are not currently a Friend of Craftster... on: May 01, 2010 07:38:40 AM
I don't find the adverts all that intrusive (but nor have I ever found any particularly interesting sites through them!). The idea of a personalised homepage is interesting, be great if you could target (some of) the content at favourite types of craft or at projects with particular tags. I've thought about subscribing a number of times and if I'm honest I think it will be the end of being a peniless post-graduate student that induces me to act more than any particular feature will.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need ideas of gifts to craft for friend who cross stitch on: April 10, 2010 09:12:12 AM
Its not strictly a seperate item to go in the tote, but I like to have a pocket in whatever bag I'm using so I don't have to go hunting for my pencil/needlebook/scissors in the bottom. This could just be me though, have a bad habit of dumping other stuff in my project bags so can never find anything!

Oh and I had this little box-thing that held the different colours I was working with seperately and neatly which was far superior to those bits of cards you get for Xstitch. I can't find a pic of anything similar from the web though and I lost mine  Embarrassed sorry, not much help!

7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: o w l s - owls sweater knit along? on: March 29, 2010 08:47:58 AM
If you don't change needle size the cuffs and band at the bottom of the jumper won't be as snug, not a huge deal though.x
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Eyeball bottle cap pin cushion on: March 07, 2010 08:37:12 AM
Ha! Great, if slightly disturbing.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Eggy - the Cute Chick! *with pattern* on: February 16, 2010 07:13:57 AM
man they're cute! and thanks for sharing the pattern too, i'll have to queue it up on ravelry  Smiley
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Party Fatigue (machine embroidery) on: February 13, 2010 10:14:02 AM

This was a gift I made for a friends 21st but also a present to myself because it was the first block of time I'd got to spend on my new sewing machine. I'd gone from an old elna with 4 stitches all mechanical to one of these swanky new things with digital displays and a million different ways to sew a hem... I'm talking in the past tense because this is all over a year ago. I must also apologise for the poor photo, my camera was dying. In fact I think after this was taken it turned itself off...permanently. The face of the girl looks nowhere near that wonky after I ironed/frame/etc the piece but this is the only shot I have.

I started with the idea of doing something fashion-based. Disclaimer: this is much more my friend's area of interest: I don't read fashion magazines/venture into the high street often. but I do have a whole heap of vintage and modern dress-making patterns so I was looking at those more than street or cat-walk fashion. I didn't want a passive stance that was just about being a hanger for a dress though (nothing wrong with this per se especially to show what a pattern makes) so it kind of morphed into being a depiction of the end of a party or big event, that mixture of pleasure of a good night, sadness at its passing and sheer exhaustion. In my mind the woman is watching the last of the action, the last few people on the dancefloor. There is  an image that really inspried this and I should credit but it's so long (and a dead hardrive) ago that I can't find it.

I mocked up what I wanted using GIMP imaging software but I hate drawing onto fabric so roughly transfered the very basic shapes to some cotton then filled in the detail. Its stitched on a machine, if I'm doing it by hand I'm more partial to X-stitch and the yellow is dyed using a paste I made from turmeric. For historical record I would like to state how important it is to do this FIRST. I only decided to add the colour after stitching the whole thing and it was a huge nightmare but I'm glad I did, I like the yellow dress it brings back the sense of the clothes being central that was in the pictures on the front of the patterns I looked at but without - I hope - eclipsing the woman or her story (whatever that is for people).

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