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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Daffodils and Jonquils on: March 31, 2019 10:14:45 AM
Here's my March entry into the Flower of the Month stitchalong. I think the bold background color gives it some extra life!

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Spring Sakura Hoop on: March 22, 2019 01:31:40 PM
I started this late last winter, and put it aside until recently. Longing for spring had me finally finish it!

French knots for the flowers and some detached chain for the bark.

Cherry makes me feel cheery!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Nature Shrine with Changeable Quotes on: March 14, 2019 10:18:27 AM

I made this little nature box for PerfectlyBohemian in the Positive Affirmations swap round 2! It's inspired by finding the beauty in your everyday surroundings. The little cones, feathers, and stones are things I've picked up on my neighborhood walks.

I didn't think about this while making it, but I now realize that I made a mini shrine in round 1 of this swap using one of these same feathers!

The box I made from cardboard covered with scrapbook paper. It has little stone bead feets.

The cork on top holds a quote card, photo, or anything else thin. I sent a variety of my favorite sayings as well as some blank cards.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Gift Bags from Calendar Pages on: March 13, 2019 12:39:02 PM
Inspired by TheMistressT, I went looking for a method of folding my own gift bags. I watched this video tutorial and got the basic idea. I used clear tape instead of glue and they came together quite easily!

The calendar I used was 'Inuit Art' from Dorset Fine Arts. The bags are varying sizes depending on how big the prints are and how deeply I folded the bottoms.

I cut inserts from a cereal box for some extra stability.

This was a very fun project to watch come together, and I can't wait to use them!

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / BFF Monogram on: March 04, 2019 06:49:50 PM
My bestie ChameleonHound and I always joke about how similar we are, and we get called by each other's name more often that you would think. Our initials are just one letter off, REK and ROK. I designed this monogram to combine them for the February stitchalong's theme of 'Best Friends.' Incidentally, our handwriting is also very similar.

The design was fairly simple, but took a while to finish! Satin stitch on the lettering and then french knots all around.

Also the fabric is some that she gave me. <3
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Primrose and Violets on: February 17, 2019 10:05:16 AM
My second flower of the month sitchalong piece! I google image searched both flowers to see which colors I wanted to put together.

Stitched on a background of light snowfall.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Carnations and Snowdrops on: January 31, 2019 08:12:32 PM
Here's my first flower of the month! Delicate work in two thread stem stitch with some single thread accents.

I went with a semi-realistic coloring, but muted because... January.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Luna Moth Shirt on: January 29, 2019 04:10:05 PM

I've been working a bit in elder companion care and needed something to do with my hands while sitting with a client. I grabbed this random shirt because I didn't care if I messed it up, now I'm kind of wishing I'd done it on something nicer!

This was my reference image:

It took roughly 23 hours and it was a great project to bring with me because my client liked to see my progress. She would ask me to show it to her every half hour or so.

The stitches used are satin, chain, split, and long-and-short. Chain was pretty good for filling the space with color and texture. It also reminds me of the tiny scales on a moth's wing.

I haven't decided yet if I'm going to add more to the shirt, but I will definitely wear it as is!

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Persist Embroidered Pillow on: January 02, 2019 10:52:38 AM
I did this stitching last winter and finally figured out how I wanted to finish it!

The quote and the thistles made me think of blupaisan, so it went to her for Christmas!

Simple envelope style backing.

Find the pattern here! (nsfw not in the link, but elsewhere on the site)
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Upcycled Advent Calendar on: November 30, 2018 08:16:38 PM
This year marks the first (hopefully annual) advent calendar exchange between ChameleonHound and I! She came up with the idea to bring us some holiday cheer and I had so much fun finding and crafting little goodies for each day. I sent it at the last minute, so I'm crossing my fingers that it's delivered tomorrow and she can start!

Each thing is sewn up in a double layer of book pages (sourced from a crumbling Shakespeare anthology) - CH and I are book worms and have a history of crafting with old pages. The little packets are very satisfying to rip open.  Cheesy

Ribbons are sewn in to the packets and then tied to an embroidery hoop. I tied them all around the outside hoop, then put in the inner hoop and tightened. This keeps them relatively in place since I put heavier items towards the bottom. And then the hoop itself can be reused - bonus!

The overall effect is kind of wreath-like, which I didn't envision at first but I really like it! I hope CH enjoys it as much as I did. Happy holidays to the best bestie!
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