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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Yet another whinge about metallic thread! on: September 18, 2009 05:28:25 AM
As we say in the Detroit area...Dammmnnnn!  Angry

I thrifted/crafted myself a great new fancy party shirt using some gold metallic thread I scored on the really cheap, and the knots are unraveling and the stitches falling out after one turn in the washer, on delicate, and line dried!

Here's a WIP pic of the shirt on Labor day....

Any suggestions on keeping it from all falling out?  I thought about no-fray or thread glue, but am concerned it will bleed to the shirt front!

To add insult to injury, I wore it to work yesterday, caught my handmade Michigan stone bracelet on the threads, and severed the wiring plastic!  Spent 15 minutes on my office floor looking for all my beads!

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Bags of cheap floss...it's a beautiful thang! on: August 25, 2009 06:00:08 PM
Our Local Craft Store has an awesome Tent Sale every year.  Here's some floss I've scored for the fair Kittykill and Cat57Cat...

The big packs cost 97 cents, and the small 47 cents.  Sweet!

She who dies with the most floss, wins!

13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Life's too short to worry about offending someone (NSFW)! on: August 20, 2009 05:32:52 PM
I've struggled with this for weeks now and have finally decided, what the hell...If they want to sue me they can.  

I made this for my friend, I'm proud of it, and she loved it.

So here it is....

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Yes, it is crooked in this shot but I was running out the door to do the 75 mile drive to her house!  I straightened it when I got there.

Oh yeah, y'all want the details, don't you?  Tongue

- Inkjet printable fabric, crayon tinted, then attached to a fat quarter and stitched.

- Total project time to stitch---about 4 hours

- Stitches used:  French knots (hair) satin, backstitch and stem stitch, blanket stitch around the outside of the image
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Nothing is truly 'free' on: August 16, 2009 06:28:47 PM

I was planning a needlework project for a long-time friend who has terminal cancer.  And the MistressT posted a beautiful piece she did for her friend earlier this year which really inspired me.

Well, I went and typed in 'free flip off clip art' into Google and found a site (which shall remain nameless) with lots of cool little picks of people flipping the finger.  The site said 'Royalty Free', so I downloaded a pic I liked and stitched it up for my friend.  It turned out very cute.  So I went back to the site to get info so I could credit the site when I posted the pics on Craftster, my blog and my Flickr account.

That's when I read the fine print.  The piece is royalty free, but you have to pay a $20 fee for the end use licensing agreement (EULA) , and even once purchased, the site still gives the pieces' creator full copyright license and  the right to charge additional fees for usage of the design, or even deny permission to use the piece.  In other words, you're buying the license, not full usage rights.


Truthfully, I have few qualms about using other peoples' work when I create a gift for a friend.  In the wide world of art, craft & everything else,  everyone steals ideas, and there are no new subject, just new interpretations. 

And I have no problems with paying for designs. Sites like Sublime Stitching and Urban Threads give you the right to copy and even sell items with  their images as long as you pay them first and that's as it should be.

And if I'm not gonna sell it,  in my tiny little mind I've already paid for the piece; in the time spent, materials used, and my talent.

I feel that using the word 'free' and then putting the payment info in the fine print is misleading at best.  I framed the piece and gave it to my dear friend yesterday.  It now sits in a place of honor near her hospital bed.

Thanks for reading this insanely long rant!
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Quilt square completed...meh on: August 10, 2009 12:38:40 PM
I debated a long time on whether to post this, because I'm not happy with how it turned out.  So maybe you all can help me make a decision.

This is a square for a stitcher's quilt.  One of my stitch buddies on Flickr requested 4" x 6" squares with your user name and home city on them.  When she has enough, she's making a quilt of them.

I wanted to do a Lighthouse because there's a beautiful old one in my hometown, but couldn't find a picture I liked that would stitch up well. So I used Lighthouse fabric instead, which was great.

BUT THEN I used wax paper to trace my name and city with a really nice font I'd found, and that's where the trouble started.  I'd tear the paper with every stitch, so a lot of it ended up being free-hand stitching because I couldn't really see what I was doing.

Please understand, I can't write legibly to begin with so free-handing my name in thread is, well....you can see the result.

So I'm asking you fine stitchers...should I tear the name out and start over? The perfectionist in me says yes, but I also need to get this to Nicole.

What do you think?
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sweetness overload (way too many pics) on: July 23, 2009 11:08:56 AM
I'm working on a set of couch pillows for my new (thrifted) sofa and love seat.  These are the first two:

(the pic is lousy because he's almost the same shade as the pillow)

Pillow #2
The whole sham

Kitten Butt

Peeping Kitten

Hearts & flowers (still have about 5 more flowers to stitch)

Birdy on blades of grass

Big Lots is not the place to buy linens to stitch on...both pillows have holes in them from where I poked a finger thru while re-tensioning my hoop.  They will be mended before I stuff them.

These insanely sweet vintage designs are from the Pattern Portal Flickr Group (many thanks to Chrys/VintageKitchen/Kitsch)!
Comments welcome!

17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Lolly-lovin' robot bib! on: July 23, 2009 10:57:06 AM
I haven't posted any projects for a bit, but I have been stitching!

Here is a new bib for my great-niece Kira.  It's my first attempt at crayon tinting and I'm please with how it turned out:

This is an Urban Threads design.  Comments and critiques welcome.  Enjoy!
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / How many right brainers? on: June 20, 2009 07:37:48 AM
You know, I never thought about this in all my posts to new stitchers, but I'm a lefty; everything I stitch is a mirror image of how it's demonstrated in most media!

How many others out there have sharp objects in their port hands???
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Cecile the blingy gravel serpent on: June 10, 2009 06:20:07 PM
I inherited some glass terrarium pieces from a neighbor this spring, and decided to 'bling up' my old garden ornament.  I have had Cecile for several years, and decided it was time to give her a color change and make over.  I have WIP pictures but I left the flash drive they're on at work so I'll post those later.

Comments and critiques welcome.  Enjoy!

20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vintage Veggie Flour sack Towel (img heavy) on: May 30, 2009 03:35:48 PM
Kitty, if this is supposed to be in Stitch a Long,  I apologize  in advance and please feel free to move it! 

I belong to a Flickr Stitching group called the Pattern Portal.  Here is my completed flour sack towel from our first stitch-a-long.  Some folks love anthropormorphic vegetables and dishes, but I'm not one of them. 

This is two radishes kissing in a carriage drawn by a horse radish.  The driver in my work is a stalk of celery. There was a bit of artistic difference in the group as to whether he was a bean, celery, or okra!

While I found the subject matter a wee bit  creepy, it turned out very well and I was happy to it do with my new stitching buds!

Comments and questions welcome., please enjoy!

The finished towel tri-folded, and a short view of my lovely ironing board cover

A closeup of the entire piece....

The driver and the lovers (stitching tiny eyelashes is a BITCH!), and a word of advice...flour sack towels from Big Lots wash well and dry dishes but suck to stitch on!  See my wonky tomato wheel?  I tried to make him rounder but started tearing holes in the fabric and had to leave it be!

The 'horse' radish...he's a little carrot-colored but again, once I started I didn't dare frog it and start over (Sorry he's blurry)!

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