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11  Birds in Trees in Needlework: Completed Projects by redcleo on: October 13, 2008 02:16:51 PM
When I think about Fall, I think about leaves falling from trees and birds heading south.

I also think about the promise of Spring, and how that sometimes gets me through the long Minnesota winter.

So, my project was a jewelry box based off of a project I saw some other blogger do (and hers was totally more awesome than mine, but I don't remember who it was at the moment). It's got birdies in a tree on the outside, and the inside (which didn't photograph well) is painted bright turquoise, a reminder that Spring eventually comes around.

Since you can't tell in the picture, the box is painted brown and navy blue, and is about a 4" cube. I'm still waiting for the paint to fully dry to be able to use it. It's only my second embroidery project, and the first in which I tried stem stitch (which turned out so-so - I think I'm doing something wrong). Overall I'm happy with how it turned out.
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12  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap 16 (Signups Sept 25 - Oct 9) (Send by Nov 3) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by redcleo on: October 07, 2008 07:26:13 AM
Alright, mine are all set to go! I've got these cute cow creamers that I painted, and they're just waiting to go home with someone! Hopefully there is one to match almost anyone's kitchen or decor. They are fully functioning creamers. Technically, they're dishwasher-safe, but I'd suggest hand-washing to protect the paint.

Specifically, here's what I have:

  • Yellow flowers with green leaves
  • Green and yellow leaves with orange dots
  • Red tulips
  • Red and yellow flowers
  • Yellow flowers
  • "Lait" (French for "milk") in black with flower on rear
  • "Leche" (Spanish for "milk") in black with heart on rear - recently sold, sorry!
  • Blue, red and yellow tulips
  • Yellow and blue flowers

I'm only putting 5 up for the swap, but it can be any 5 of the 10 I have.

More detailed pictures of each are in my Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5317671&section_id=5529975 (I'll pull any that are selected for swapping from the store as soon as possible, though not to worry since I haven't had any demand on them).
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13  Re: How or where do you store your embroidery supplies? in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by redcleo on: October 06, 2008 06:35:55 AM
I don't think my method will work for long....

And I only have two small envelopes of transfer patterns, so they're just sitting around somewhere. Being new to embroidery, I don't have to be so organized just yet.

However, I sense that will change in the next 6 months, and then I'll need to refer back to this post and come up with something much better.  Smiley
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14  Re: Show me your Fabric Storage! in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by redcleo on: October 03, 2008 11:17:33 AM
I got organized this summer and here's what I came up with. (We're selling our house, so I have better plans for the new one, but this works for now.)

This is the closet in our spare bedroom, which doubles both as our guest bedroom (not that we ever have guests) and my craft room.

Top shelf:

Second shelf:


The drawer is my least favorite, but I ran out of shelves. It's really hard to get fabrics in and out of it. At least with the shelves, I can pull out half of the stack and then put it back.

I'm a very visual person, so it helps me to be able to see all my fabric right in front of me. Plus, it makes me happy to look at all the turquoises and pinks while I get ready in the morning.
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15  Chain Stitch Guidance Requested in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by redcleo on: September 24, 2008 01:44:21 PM
Having just started embroidering, and being taught entirely from the internet (yay for free knowledge!), I am quite pleased with my recent project (posted in the SS forum). However, I had a heck of a time figuring out chain stitch.

Here are my first two (failed) attempts: (click to enlarge)

The tomato on the left, I finally figured out I was doing split stitch, not chain stitch. Don't like the split stitch. The carrot on the right, I made one chain and couldn't figure out what to do next, hence the very squiggly version that resulted. Blech.

Finally I watched a video online that showed me the right way, which made more sense, and this is my result:

I'm kinda pleased, but not entirely. From looking over the forums, it sounds like I'm not the only one who has difficulty with chain stitch.

For those who've "mastered" it (or feel confident in it, at least), what are your tips/secrets?

(And as a side note, I'm curious: do people prefer the little thumbnails that you have to click on, or does everyone here just do the big versions of pictures? I'm guessing it's a matter of download times versus convenience factor, but I'd rather play along nicely with everyone and make everyone happy.)
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16  Veggie Apron (a first embroidery experience) and a request for critiques in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by redcleo on: September 24, 2008 01:38:42 PM
I decided I needed a new hobby (yeah, right) and that embroidery would be perfect (it is, actually - I can do it on the bus or while watching television, so it's basically keeping my hands busy when I'd otherwise be doing nothing). So, I hopped onto Sublime Stitching, got myself the Starter Kit, and a week later, voila! An apron with very cute veggies and fruits on it (I later realized that lots of people had done this, and I felt slightly less cool/original, but I still like the end product, so I'm over it).

(click for bigger pics)

(he's my favorite!)

(although the garlic makes me quite happy too, as garlic always does)

(we decided he looks... apprehensive. I tried very hard to not use the "blech" face on the tomato, though I think they are very yech. So he's just... apprehensive about his nature as a tomato.)

So, while I am very happy with my end product, especially the French knots on the lime (never got those to work before, and they seemed so easy!), and I tried to do as many stitches as I could figure out, I know there's tons of room for improvement (like on my chain stitch aka the carrot's greens). I'd love some advice, criticism, critique, whatever, so that I can get better (especially since I'm starting a big project as soon as I get it transferred...).

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17  Christmas Star Wall Hanging (first non-strip-pieced quilt top) in Quilting: Completed Projects by redcleo on: September 24, 2008 01:28:49 PM
I took a Beginning Quilting class at my local Creative Sewing Center this month. We did a "Christmas Star Wall Hanging," and here's mine:

(click for larger view)

I'm so pleased! Most of my intersections meet up, which I am very happy about (with the exception of the center square, which is very off, sitting there mocking me, but it's keeping me humble), and I love my fabric selection and how it turned out.

Next month... quilting and binding! (I'm only a little scared.)
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18  Re: The big thread of transfer pen/pencil questions in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by redcleo on: September 23, 2008 11:36:54 AM
Ooh, I am so excited to share! I've been waiting until I take photos of my first embroidery project, but there just hasn't been time (it was veggies by Sublime Stitching onto an apron).

For my next project, I will be making a purse from Bend The Rules Sewing, and using this picture, which someone led me to when I asked about fairy patterns on the Shared Patterns board:

Ooh, so pretty! I can't wait to do all those butterflies! I modified it slightly because I didn't care for the ears, but other than that... Hopefully it will take me slightly longer than the week it took to do the apron, and I'm just gonna cross my fingers on the tracing paper. Wish me luck!

(I know, I know, off topic.... boo me. Sorry!)
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