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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Foodie Love on: February 09, 2010 03:29:52 PM
Seriously great job! I LOVE your stitching! I bought tons of those little frames at Michaels too. So pretty.

P.S.) I blogged both of your projects last week!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / retro owl sunglass case tutorial on: May 19, 2009 02:37:55 PM

After seeing http://cathyofcalifornia.typepad.com/cathy_of_california/2007/12/bazaar-boutique.html this post on Cathy of California's blog awhile back, I fell in love with the vintage crafts pictured ("mc call's needlework and crafts" fall-winter 1967-68). I especially loved what I assume is an owl-shaped glasses case. If you know my blog then you know I have a thing for owls (hooo doesn't???), plus I'm always breaking or loosing my sunglasses so this is the perfect project for me. In my quest to figure out how to make my own sunglass case, I thought I'd share my method with you!

Begin by downloading the pattern in PDF format http://www.peptogirl.com/blog/sunglass_pattern.pdf here. In case the PDF doesn't work for you for some reason, I've also uploaded the pattern to http://www.flickr.com/photos/peptogirl/3545239608/in/photostream/ Flickr.

Cut out all of the pattern pieces using your favorite felt. I used Recycled Eco-Felt for mine because it's cheap and I wasn't sure how the project would turn out. A nice wool blend would work nicely as well. You might notice that I included a "beak" in the pattern but didn't use it in my project. I originally sewed on an orange beak but then had to remove it to install the snap (duh!). I decided I liked the owl sans-beak just as well and left it off. Oh, and I used scalloped scissors to cut out the larger eye pieces. If you don't have fancy scissors, don't fret. You can cut scallops on your own or just cut plain circles.

Now stitch everything together, beginning with the front side of the owl. I used a running stitch to stitch on the overlapping feathers and outer eyes. I cross stitched the "eye-balls" on but you could try any stitch...maybe a French knot...or sew on some wiggly eyes or buttons for fun. Finally, I used a running stitch to stitch the front and back of the case together. Feel free to experiment with different stitches! *If you are doing to sew on the beak (the small triangular piece), wait until AFTER you install the snaps (see below).

Lastly, I installed a snap closure. You can get a fancy snap tool like mine at your local craft store. They are fairly in-expensive (especially if you bring your 40% off coupon). A less-expensive option is purchasing the snaps with a snap applicator tool -- you'll just need a mallet to hammer the snaps in place. You can save even more money by going with sew-on snaps. Just follow the directions on the package.

Now protect your shades in your brand-new case!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Give a hoot! embroidery on: May 19, 2009 02:29:00 PM

I made a little owl ornament from this finished embroidery! I used the embroidered plushie tutorial here: http://pimpstitch.typepad.com/blog/2008/10/tutorial-monday-embroidered-plushies.html only I added a ribbon and buttons to the top.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hapiness is You & Me Cross-Stitch on: May 19, 2009 02:24:43 PM

I changed the pattern in a couple spots because I messed up (it was my first cross-stitch) but I like how it came out!

pattern purchased from http://andwabisabi.etsy.com
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Breakfast Club on: September 03, 2008 02:05:04 PM
I originally drew these to go with a bacon pattern I came up with (it says "What's shakin' bacon" tehe) but I was craving pancakes so I stitched the pancake and syrup up first. The pancake's nose is supposed to be a pat of butter. I'm hoping to applique this onto a white tea towel.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Love You a Latte on: September 03, 2008 01:59:20 PM
Just wanted to share my newest embroidery project. I filled in with a back stitch instead of a satin stitch. I think it's a nice effect.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Holiday Stitches on: August 26, 2008 02:15:29 PM
Is anyone else starting on holiday patterns yet?

The santa is going to have cookies and a glass of milk in his thought bubble Wink
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Sweet Dreams on: August 26, 2008 02:08:47 PM
Just wanted to share the finished product! He's not perfect by any means, but I think he's kind of cute.

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A very silly breakfast themed tea towel - lots of pics on: August 21, 2008 10:11:43 AM
These are adorable! The satin stitch on the toast really makes it. Love them all!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered Shoes! on: August 19, 2008 11:54:51 AM
Super-cute! Like everyone else, I wouldn't worry too much about the inside Wink

For next time though, try embroidering without knots. Just make sure to leave a few inches of "tail" when you being your embroidery and then leave a couple inches or so when you are finishing up. Instead of knotting the floss, just stitch the tail end back through your previous stitches. It'll be secure, you can cut off the very tail end, and no knots Smiley
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