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1  Re: D&D Swap Round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by nautilus on: May 01, 2012 09:07:28 PM
Okay, went out to buy an SD card reader so I could post some pictures of my loot.

First, an excellent tote bag:

Second, a dice bag, which I asked for; a wire-wrapped d10 necklace (so happy! I always covet dice jewelry, and d10s are by far my favorite dice) another very cool necklace, which looks like a Necklace of Missiles, although my roommate suggests it might be a necklace of fireballs; an adorable yarn Fireball. Adorable!

And third, I was completely surprised to pull out a figure who is unmistakably my Mage character. I told bethanael that I've been playing more World of Darkness recently, rather than D+D, and she was kind enough to read my long ramble about my character and craft accordingly. He even came with two outfits,  since his main thing is conflict between his mage life and normal life...

Thanks, Bethanael! I really enjoyed swapping with you!
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2  Re: D&D Swap Round 2 Sign ups 02/1/12 - 03/16/12 Send out 04/16/12 in New Swap Theme Ideas by nautilus on: February 04, 2012 09:36:38 PM
Just filled out my questionnaire. Glad the send out date got moved back because grad school is crushing at the moment. But roleplaying keeps me sane, so I should do some crafts in its honor. I'm glad this swap is happening!

Here's an alignment craft to get people in the mood (am I linking to my own cross stitch? Um...yes. Yes I am. But my Neutral Good friend has it framed and hanging up in her room, so I'm very happy about it.)

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3  Re: Mug Rug Swap R2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by nautilus on: October 03, 2011 11:17:46 AM
I received from faemystique a few days ago (such a speedy crafter!)

This mug rug is INCREDIBLE. Exactly what I wanted; perfect colors, awesome decorative embroidery, caffeine molecule (science!), and a circle indicating where to put my mug (key feature of a mug rug!)

I brought it to work today and my desk looks so much happier! No action shots because I can't find my camera cable, but faemystique was kind enough to lend me some of her photos of the rug.

And the back has a cute tag (drawn on canvas? printed on canvas? how did you make these?)

Ah, also the package came with nice extras like a bird's nest pendant, which I need to put on a chain soon.
Thank you so much for the mug rug, Carey! I have a really high standard to live up to now.
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4  Changeling and my little pony in Needlework: Completed Projects by nautilus on: August 12, 2011 08:49:29 PM
I haven't posted any embroidery for quite a while, partially because I've been making gifts with great personal relevance but not great craftsmanship...

Here is one of the gifts. It's a picture of our Changeling party (from the World of Darkness roleplaying game); the present is of course for the DM, who is awesome. Basically, they're a group of people who were kidnapped by fairies and came back psychologically messed up but with a variety of neat skills and powers.

I took the general idea and overall chibi person pattern from that excellent firefly cross stitch I've seen on here.

Here are some terribly lit photos of another cross stitch. My roommate uses 'Applebuck season' (after Ep. 4 of the new MLP:FIM) to describe her overworked days, so I made her the following:

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5  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Swap Gallery (Send-outs Sept 20) in The Swap Gallery by nautilus on: October 12, 2010 08:36:39 PM
Eek, I am so late to post this, but I finally found my camera. lurv2knit sent me a beautiful linework bird in variegated thread.

I really like it; I need to put a nail in the wall so I can hang it up in my room.

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6  Re: OTVGT or One Tiny Video Game Thing Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by nautilus on: September 03, 2010 04:44:52 PM
So lanysmiles was fantastic enough to angel for me in this swap, and she sent THE BEST PACKAGE EVER. I'm sorry for the all caps, but it is wonderful and my roommates can attest to my happy reaction ("Aaaaaaaaaah! This is awesome! Aaaaaaah!" etc. etc)

It included excellent extras, so I'll show you the whole conglomeration of things: the tiny video game object, which is a Companion Cube pencil case made of canvas and yarn; an awesome embroidered Tremere tag; felt-tipped pens to fill the pencil case; cute moleskine notebooks; a card; a book of quotes from Irish writers; and a tiny mouse compass. So excellent!

A closeup of the companion cube.

A blurry closeup of the Tremere tag.

Made my day; actually, made my week. Thank you so much, Elaine!
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7  Re: OTVGT or One Tiny Video Game Thing Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by nautilus on: July 11, 2010 08:25:34 AM
I'm going to go ahead and post pictures of what I sent, although the pictures are kind of bad since I finished my project right before I left home and made my dad take the pictures after I left...

WoW Horde cross stitch:

And it's the lid to a box, which was not adequately photographed. Here's the bottom, but it's bluish and prettier on the inside:

The long dimension is 4 inches (well, maybe a bit more. Basically 4 inches). It was fun to make an object instead of just cross stitching.

By the way, I love the couple of pokemon crafts on this thread that have a little pokemon coming out of a pokeball. Cute!

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8  Graduation presents in Needlework: Completed Projects by nautilus on: June 19, 2010 10:40:39 PM
I made academically-themed graduation embroideries for my three closest friends at Amherst. The first one is for my friend who wrote her thesis on coevolution of Caribbean hummingbirds and heliconia flowers. I tried applique for the first time for the flower--is there actually some easier way to do this then folding under the edges and just sort of sewing it on? Stitches used: satin stitch, long and short stitch, and...chain stitch, I think. I regret the spot of the wing in which I mixed black and green satin stitch; I thought it would look cool, but that was quite wrong.

This embroidery was based off a photo by another friend of mine (he's an excellent photographer):

The second embroidery is the ipa vowel chart for my friend who is going into linguistics. Sorry about the blurry picture. The stitches used are backstitch and...chevron? Not sure what the border is called.

The third embroidery is an outline of Freud in backstitch for my psych major friend, but I can't find a photo of it. It was very simple embroidery, but I think it turned out nicely...I'll edit this post later if I can find a photo.

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9  Amino Acid Garden in Needlework: Completed Projects by nautilus on: January 19, 2010 11:21:28 AM
My first attempt at non-cross stitch embroidery. Disclaimer: it looks much better in person. Embroidered on jersey (terrible!), freehand without drawing a pattern first (dumb), and 'framed' with cotton (terrible puckering). Hm. But, I like it anyway.
I took a structural bio class last semester, and my thesis is about the biophysics of an ion channel, so this seemed somewhat necessary. It portrays amino acid side chains: blue is CH3, purple is NH2, yellow is SH, red is OH, benzene ring is benzene ring, weird looking pentagon is proline (its NH isn't shown because it is part of the backbone). The brown is stem stitch; the rosettes/methyl groups/whatever are satin stitch encircled by split stitch; everything else is back stitch or split stitch.

Could not get any detail shots to focus properly.

The irregularity makes it look more organic...or something...

Despite great misgivings about the craftstmanship, I gave this to my boyfriend, who is also a bio person, and he likes it. So, that's good.

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10  Lucky Star Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by nautilus on: December 24, 2009 06:52:05 PM
I made this cross stitch for my younger sister's birthday...then I didn't manage to finish it, and gave it to her 5 months later for Hanukkah. I made the pattern using screenshots from the cute anime Lucky Star (and also added some stars, obviously); the four protagonists are portrayed in characteristic moods. I'm tired of giving people cross stitches framed with electrical tape, because that is just not classy, so I made a frame from fabric. The characters are done with full squares; the background is done in half-stitches so that the characters stand out. It is about 12 x 9 inches and is done on 18 pt aida cloth, which I don't intend to ever use again, because the tiny squares are a pain!
Without further ado:

And a detail of Tsukasa:

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