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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Naughty scottish cross stitch on: November 20, 2009 02:37:16 AM
I haven't tried cross stitch since I was about 16. I was always unimpressed by the patterns available, too cutesy or too middle aged, but after discovering exactly how creative, edgy and interesting modern embroidery can be (thanks to Crafster, MrXstitch, Subversive crossstitch, etc) I was inspired to try again.
So here is my mini tribute to my favourite Scottish expletive.
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This pic is a bit shiny so here it is out of the frame.
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It's only wee, about 1"x1.5" made to fit this tiny charity shop frame.
I've already completed a couple of larger things this week and I'm getting quite obsessed!
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / quilted cogs on: November 11, 2009 03:15:15 AM
In my continuing struggle to up-cycle the hideous tent of a bridesmaid dress I was forced to wear at my sisters wedding, I have just finished this little mini art quilt. It's 12 "x10" and free motion quilted.
It's a birthday present for my partners sister. She used to have some large metal cogs hanging on her living room wall like sculpture and I always loved them.
I also like the idea of trying to picture something so hard and industrial in such a soft medium.

Here's the cogs before I started squiggling like a mad woman

I started off with a light blue squiggle all over.

Then went over with a navy blue to try and make the cogs really stand out.
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / My Man. on: November 06, 2009 06:58:39 AM
This was the first machine embroidered picture I attempted. It's not completely free hand as I traced out a very simplistic outline on freezer paper then stitched through it and tore it away before going on to the detail and texture. I was really happy with it until I started to fill in the heavy black round his glasses frames and the fabric began to pucker up in the middle   Sad
I'm thinking of adding some colour to the arm of his glasses as they are a striking lime green in real life and are so distinctive that they were one of my main inspirations to stitch this.
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Hamish plays with trains on: November 05, 2009 04:08:13 PM
I've been working on a few free motion, machine stitched pictures lately and I think this is the one that came out the best.
My wee laddie totally adores his wooden train set, so I have tried to capture him in a moment of concentration.
I had real problems doing the hair. He hasn't got all that much and what there is of it is palest silvery blond and nigh on impossible to draw properly with black thread!

15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / silver seahorse machine embriodery on: October 16, 2009 02:35:55 AM
I made this for the sea life swap. It was intended to be a motif on the flap of a messenger bag but I got WAAAAAY over involved with the stitching and ran out of time so I slapped it on a piece of foam camping mat and crazy quilted round it. I guess that makes it a mini quilt now but I think it's more about drawing with my sewing machine than making a quilt so that's why it's here on the needle work board.

The silver satin was from a truly hideous tent of a bridesmaid dress my sister forced me to wear and I am now attempting to up-cycle it into things of beauty (I took my scissors to it the day after the wedding!).

It didn't quite look right 'til I gave it this beady little eye...

I tried to get the flimsy, see through look of it's fin.
I really liked the way it turned out and was sorry it was already promised to someone else.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / coiled fabric pots (lots of 'em) on: September 30, 2009 11:28:42 AM
I totally love Jenicat's coiled fabric bowls https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=292234.0
I love the way they remind me of coiled pottery, so I decided to have ago at my own version and see what shapes I could produce.
My colours are not nearly as nice as Jenicat's originals, as I was using the offcuts from the curtains I had just finished for a client (I make soft furnishings for a living). I always have loads of long thin strips left over at the end of a job and there is a huge roll of piping cord in my work room, prob why this appealed so much.
My first effort was this sensible little oval shaped number. Which holds my tape measure pins and little scissors when I'm working.

Used some dark red contrasting thread to zig-zag it together and I quite like the effect.

With this one I was trying to see how easy it was to change the shape of the base of the pot (It's not!)
Turning the inside corners is a nightmare and you end up with an ugly hole in the middle, swiftly hidden with a covered button in the same fabric. This one was made with bias cut strips which weirdly left more rough thready bits than the straight cut ones

I then had a go at a more kinda vase-like shape ended up with this.

didn't like it so it got remodeled into this, which is much more what I had in mind.

It may be a bit wobbly but can be quite pleasingly squished into shapes like this

and I had enough covered cord left over to make a little bowl too.

I'm thinking of making another with some kinda design embroidered onto it to mimic a real piece of pottery.
Thanks Jenicat!

17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / cheery baps on: July 22, 2009 05:36:19 PM
My luvly man had to go in for a double hernia operation last week. The day before he was feeling pretty jumpy and nervous about it so I decided to cheer him up by making that days bread something special...
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What man could fail to feel his spirits lift when presented with a pair of these well rounded, curvaceous, wholemeal boobies.
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scary faced (and weirdly big haired) "look at the baps on that" pose.
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He loved them and laughed til his hernia bulged.
Just had to throw in this last pic to prove that the father of my child, my best beloved, gorgeous man is not the chimp faced, baked goods fetishising weirdo the previous photo may have suggested.

See, cute..
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Head Spin" mini quilt on: July 18, 2009 03:42:32 AM

I made this for my partner in the Mini art quilt swap, which has produced some fantastic stuff from everyone. My partner just received so I'm safe to post now.

Angle shot to pick out the echo quilting.
I totally love crazy patchwork and pieced the background by string piecing a load of red strips and then hacking it up and reassembling all the pieces with a few new strips thrown in here and there.
I've managed to accrue a ton of different reds and love to use every last tiny piece.It's really hard to get the colours to come out right. They don't look nearly as pink as in these pictures and the pale strips are a shiny but quite deep red. I tried with and without a flash but it just couldn't make it work. Roll Eyes

This one is particularly annoyingly pink but give you the best image of the satin stitched appliqué (also shows up a few stray black threads I should have clipped a bit closer Embarrassed).

I'm a naughty patchworker I throw in all kinds of fabric textures and weights, but in an art quilt your safe to do what you like. That's why I love 'em
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / mini quilts- my new obssesion! on: April 29, 2009 02:57:37 AM
I've recently been getting really into making mini quilts. These are a few of my first ones. Looking after a toddler and running my soft furnishing business from home leaves me absolutely no time to get into anything bigger, so these are ideal ways to experiment with ideas and techniques.
The colour scheme of these is all down to them being made from off cuts of this https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293982.msg3342766#msg3342766 proper large quilt I made for my partner's Ma.
This one is about 9" square and is the first one I tried.

This one is a kinda IOU quilt for my parents. I'm making them a quilt for their ruby wedding anniversary but had no chance to finish it, so sent them this to try and assure them their quilt is on it's way.It's  about 6" square-ish.

With this fishy one I was experimenting with free form machine embroidery over the top of appliqué and patchwork, using the embroidery to shape and colour in the fins.It's about 4"x7".

This last one was my first attempt at a fabric ATC so is 2.5"x3.5"

I like it too much to give away so now it's framed on my work room wall.
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "loved up" re-usable shopping bags on: March 12, 2009 02:51:08 PM
my swap partner has received these now, so I won't be spoiling the surprise.

This one is based on my favourite shop bought reusable bag- the Ikea blue mini shopper.
I had some medium weight black canvas and cut it to the Ikea shape, square base that gives a very cube like shape.

I like the long handles on the blue bag, so made sure mine were long enough to go over your shoulder.

The heart motif is kinda crazy patchwork that I foundation pieced then freehand squiggle stitched it on the front.   

The second is simple square bag. This time the heart is a piece of plain blue denim, with squiggly freehand stitching again.

The colour went really weird in this photo. It is actually a ruby red sort of colour, but it's the only pic I have of the shape

I left the denim edges raw as I like a more deconstructed look.
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