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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ooh la la *adult partial nudity on: January 09, 2009 07:15:06 PM
The following post contains images of thread stitched into the beautiful shape of a woman's body. Now you know.

I stitched these for my SO. He used to keep them on his desk, but when we moved in together, he wanted them mounted in the bathroom where they are today.

I wanted to make a special gift for my SO. As most of you know, crafting for a man can be a daunting task, but I was determined. After cruising around online and looking through books for inspiration, I decided I would embroider a self portrait. This was my first time making an embroidery pattern and my first time embroidering a portrait.
Luckily for me, my SO is a photographer and has taken quite a few pictures of me. First, I made line drawings of two of his favorite pictures in Illustrator(a vector based computer graphic design program). Then, I printed two copies, one with bold black outlines to trace onto the fabric, and one with thiner colored lines to reference. Finally, I got to stitching! It probably took me about 10 hours total, to make the patterns, trace them, then stitch and frame them.

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When I put these together, I liked that they were wrinkled, but now looking at these pictures, I want to take them out and steam them! lol
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / So simple, so lovely on: January 09, 2009 02:08:15 PM
I  recently realized that I love to make things and my soul hurts when I don't.

Before starting this project, I just looked around my house for inspiration items. I went into my closet and found a big bag of craft scraps that I had gotten from a thrift store. I immediately was attracted to a great piece of vintage floral fabric, some blue ric rac and some dusty blue ribbon. I knew these items would look great with a gold frame that I had for years and never used, because it's just too gold to take seriously(it needed some kitsch!). Finally, I rummaged through all of my embroidery patterns until I found one that I loved. It took me about two and a half hours to stitch. I thought it would be faster, but the print on the fabric was making my eyes go crazy!

I hope you all love it as much as I do!

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