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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Changeling and my little pony 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:

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Graduation presents 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.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Amino Acid Garden 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.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lucky Star Cross Stitch 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:

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / how to achieve fluffy/fuzzy texture on: October 09, 2009 10:29:16 PM
I think I want to embroider a portrait of Freud for my psych major friend. I would like to do something more exiting than just satin stitch for the beard, though, and achieve some sort of amusing fuzzy texture. Freud has a pretty neatly trimmed beard, so it wouldn't have to be crazy or anything. Any thoughts about what I could do? So far I'm thinking everything from doing satin stitch in some sort of fuzzy yarn to appliqueing furry fabric. Please tell me if you have any ideas!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Petersburg Cross Stitch on: September 29, 2009 10:01:58 PM
One of my good friends wrote a thesis on Andrei Bely's Petersburg (an early 20th century Russian novel with a very unique style...comparable to Ulysses in its originality and incomprehensibility). I decided to make a cross stitch for her of the book's cover, with the map of st. petersburg overlaid (on the cover the man's coat is checkered, but I substituted in the road layout and the river). I also included the equation for time dilation because my friend's thesis was about distorted perception of space and time in the novel. Finally, I looked through some of the book in Russian to try to find a quote exemplifying the style of the book and also relating to space. It says, basically: "Petersburg not only seems to us but also appears to be--on maps, in the form of two circles sitting one inside the other with a black dot in the center, and from these mathematical dots, dimensionless, it energetically announces that it--exists".
Yeah...I read this book and did not understand it. But I like the way the cross stitch turned out and my friend did also.
It appears I forgot to iron before taking pictures. Also did not remove sketchy duct tape frame.

Details showing that I used too much tension while cross stitching...bleah.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wiz from D.N.Angel & Rorschach from Watchmen Cross-stitch on: March 17, 2009 03:56:14 PM
Inspired by my sister's D&D cross stitch (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=286573.msg3247401#msg3247401), I wanted to make my first project something relevant to my nerdy interests. So...Wiz from D.N.Angel (it was my gateway anime, so I guess this is fairly significant)

After finishing Wiz, I decided to make Rohrschach from Watchmen.

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Neutral Good" alignment cross stitch on: January 10, 2009 04:56:13 PM
I made this cross stitch for my best friend; we recently had several discussions on D+D alignments and this is hers. The little people are in theory in the style of the webcomic Order of the Stick, however it turns out that it is pretty challenging to render stick figures in cross stitch.

The little slogan was yoinked off some website selling tshirts.
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / borg costume (homecoming week) on: October 17, 2008 03:41:49 PM
So, people dress up pretty intensely for homecoming week at my school. Our theme for one of the days was "Inseparable," and my lunch group made plans to go as the Borg from Star Trek. Somehow, I let myself be pressured into dressing up as the Borg Queen...
Reference picture: http://www.incognitocomics.co.uk/_pics/FS_2455001.jpg

This was not only my first time using pleather, but also my first corset. The craftsmanship is kind of shoddy... Church keys= PAIN.

Craploads of bobby pins + hairspray + wires stolen from the electronics lab = alternative to bald cap.

We made "Resistance is futile" sign for the pep rally. Yep.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Golden Crane Pocket Plane on: September 28, 2008 08:53:55 PM
Inspired by craftster, I made my first quilt this past winter break (but have only just gotten around to posting the pictures).

The pattern is from a book and called...brass rings? I work several hours a week at the public library and spend far too much time browsing the quilting books.

It's hard to tell the size from the picture, but it is a bit bigger than my college-issued Twin XL bed.
The title Golden Crane Pocket Plane comes from 1. The golden crane fabric, which is awesome and 2. the backing fabric, which reminds me of the pocket plane--basically, your own little bit of Hell your characters can retreat to: a pretty cosy place actually--from the fantastic computer game Baldur's Gate 2 (or rather the expansion Throne of Bhaal). So that is why the back doesn't match the front at all.

A closer look at some of the fabrics

And the pocket plane back

Quilting is (moderately) straight lines "in the ditch".
I really love quilting because it allows me to buy cool fabric and put in on display in neat ways; I'm now working on a table runner for my dorm coffee table and I will definitely start another full-size project soon!
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