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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: F*** Patriarchy [mildly NSFW] on: August 25, 2010 05:19:04 PM
@MareMare - That's hilarious & exactly the kind of mistake I make all the time.

@WildHeart - I started with embroidery so I thought cross stitch might be too repetitve for me after that.  The small project wasn't that bad though, so I imagine I'll be going back and forth now.

@xperiment - Thanks.  I really didn't do that on purpose; I just keep all my old books on the self right above  my computer & I just stuck it up there to take the picture & didn't even notice the fun juxtaposition until I was posting the picture Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / F*** Patriarchy [mildly NSFW] on: August 24, 2010 09:23:25 PM
I've been wanting to do a cross stitched sampler for a while, but I decided I better start small in case I feel about cross stitching the way I do about knitting (simultaneously violently angry & mind-numbingly bored).  I got the pattern from Radical Cross Stitch.  It was super easy to understand & I finished it in just a couple of days, so I think it's official- I have a new craft!  

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3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery hoop without screws on: August 24, 2010 06:10:32 PM
Can anyone recommend an inexpensive embroidery hoop without screws/ fasteners of any kind?  I've looked on a lot of craft sites, but I can't seem to find any.

My favorite hoop is one that belonged to my grandmother, or possibly my great-grandmother.  It is just 2 wooden rings with a felt band on the inner ring, labeled with the word Duchess.  A quick google search showed me that it is considered "vintage," and they run $15-$20 each.  There are several ebay sellers who have them, and I'll probably end up buying some of those.  But I'd really like to find a cheaper version that I could buy a lot of & use for permanent framing of some of my goofy little pieces that don't really deserve an expensive frame.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Autumn Tree Lady on: June 02, 2010 07:50:33 PM
Aw thanks everyone for the kind words.  I can really take no credit for the art.  That's all Cate Simmon's talent.  I am seriously in love with everything she does.  Also, it was surprizingly easy to do really & didn't take more than a couple of days.  My otherwise very normal 21-year-old sis now wants me to make a throw pillow out of it so she can "be one of those crazy women with lots of wierd throw pillows & a bunch of cats."
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Autumn Tree Lady on: May 30, 2010 08:08:50 PM
I have pretty much been away from Craftster & the internet in general since I got a job & went back to school & I haven't posted anything for a while but now that finals are over, I'll put up some of the stuff I've been working on.
Cate Simmons, who does some gorgeous stuff found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/steeringfornorth/, was kind enough to let me embroider one of her drawings as a gift for my sister.  So here it is.

You can't tell from the photo but the fabric has a white on white design of leaves that looks very pretty in real life.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Gypsy Dia De Los Muertos Tattoo embroidery on: January 27, 2010 08:21:06 PM
Wow I think this is the most beautiful piece of embroidery I've ever seen.  You are amazing!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Zippered Case for a Kindle (first draft) on: January 03, 2010 08:29:04 PM
@ KLKing - Thanks.  I'll have to do another one cause I cut off the end of my zipper, but I think I get what you are saying.  I'm such a doofus with making my own patterns because there is some kind of disconnect between the 3D picture in my brain & the 2D pieces I have to cut out to get there

& a Kindle is amazon's e-book reader. For the purposes of making a case: a thin rectagular piece of metal about the height & width of a paperback - in other words a gift that is going to cause me to spend lots & lots of money buying ebooks Wink
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zippered Case for a Kindle (first draft) on: January 03, 2010 07:07:55 PM
So I got a Kindle 2 for Christmas & my brother got me the standard Amazon cover.  I like the cover but I after looking at some of the expensive cases online I thought I'd try to make one of my own.  I wanted several things: 1) It had to close completely to keep out dirt, 2) It had to open like a book so that you don't have to take out the Kindle to use it.  3) It had to have more padding than the amazon case.  4) It had to fit snugly so it won't take up much room in my purse.

My first draft doesn't really fit the bill.  At first I thought I would use just the two rectangles (outside & inside) but putting the zipper on was almost impossible.  After looking at some zippered bible covers, I added the gusset with the zipper.  So now it is too big, there is a gap at the ends of the zipper, and it doesn't open completely flat.  I wanted to add 2 pieces of book board to the inside for protection, but seam allowance is too thick for it to fit smoothly.  The plan was also to put four pieces of elastic at each corner to hold the Kindle, but I left those out when I saw it wasn't working.  Without any padding it fits around the amazon case nicely, so together the two cases work well, but  it's still not quite what I want.

For the next one I think I'll have the spine as a separate piece & extend the zipper to the spine, which may solve the gap problem.  Anyone have any other suggestions?

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Felt Bird Ornaments on: January 01, 2010 07:45:28 PM
@yzzilnoaj Yeah it was a pattern in the book A Greener Christmas.  Kind of a pain actually to cut out all the pieces, but I'm sure you could do it with more simple flowers and it wouldn't take as long.  The wings tend to droop a little when you hang it up, but I'm thinking either using stiffer material (like maybe fusible interfacing) or putting some wire in the wings would make them fly a little better.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Toadstool House Ornament [lotsa pictures] on: December 23, 2009 04:59:45 PM
I made this as a Christmas present for my sister.  She loves mushrooms & one year when she was little she asked for a "stuffed house" for Christmas.  It took forever but I think she will really love it.

I used Little House by the Sea's Tutorial and added some of my own ideas.

The house before I sewed it together.  I think you can see the details a little better.
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