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51  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by PaleAngelLex on: September 08, 2009 01:54:56 PM
I finished up my stitching over the weekend. I thought I did okay and didn't have any other plans for it, mostly because I can't draw faces. My mom kept asking me questions as her way of telling me she doesn't like it or thinks I should have done more *sigh* I can't magically draw faces because she doesn't like it, and it's a bit late to start over, so I'm sorry if it looks unfinished. I liked it...

The goal was to make it look like a sepia toned cameo. I added cherry blossoms, and I hope it's not too much pink. I kind of added them before I found out you don't like pink, AlwaysInspired.

My friend who cross stitches was very jealous of my french knots. I told her they are easy, and I'll show her how to do them when ever she wants.

I had a lot of fun with the hair. I tried to do them with fluid motions and not the stabby style I'm use to. If I'm going to get better, I might as well practice!

I'm also loving the roller coaster and Halloween tattoo. I can't wait to get going on those. The Sailor girl was very pretty, and the she devil and her quote are really making me think about what I'm going to put on that towel when I get it in a day or two.
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52  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by PaleAngelLex on: August 28, 2009 03:08:59 PM
This isn't quiet done yet. I have to fill in the scrolls and finish the edges of the fabric, but I wanted to post this rather badly.

My theme is birds, and to start I stitched up my budgies. Aren't they cute?

I'm adding these pictures to answer some questions.

For the birds, I just used more than one color to work the back stitch. I didn't know how else to get the colors in there. After looking at my birds, I really couldn't think of a better way to get those colors in by just outlining. For the scrolls I whipped some pink around the purple to make it more interesting.

Yup, it's a mirror and shisha (I can't imagine budgies without mirrors). I wanted people to really know I don't mind extras on my towel, so I thought I would lead by example.
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53  Re: Anime Manga Swap 4 Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by PaleAngelLex on: July 30, 2009 06:19:45 PM
I got my package last night, and I love it to pieces! Thank you Chrislea!!!

All the loot in one shot.

This is my very own Mu La Flaga knit pillow!!!! I have to say, I wondered over to Chrislea's DA page and was amazed by her knitting. I'm not good at the picture knitting thing, and this is just awesome! It was going to be a bag, but it's a pillow, and that's okay. Now, I can cuddle up with Mu instead of putting my check book in his head.

This is my new Fushigi Yuugi journal. I have so many journals that never get filled, but I think this one should be different. I've been looking at all the awesome journals around Craftster, and I think this one needs to be filled with awesomeness...because it is awesome.

This makes me squee everytime I look at it. It's Mr. Chang from Black Lagoon. He's so dreamy Cheesy There's also a cell phone charm in the picture. My phone doesn't have a place to hang a charm from, but don't worry, I will use this for something because it's really cool. I love both pictures on it (they both have Chang).

Thank you so much Chrislea! I see you took my "I'm crushing on Mu and Chang" thing to heart. I think it has something to do with Trevor Devall.

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54  The Pirate Princess in Needlework: Completed Projects by PaleAngelLex on: July 24, 2009 05:32:02 PM
This was done for the Embroidered Tote Bag Swap. My partner shared a love of Nintendo with me, and also listed pirates, and girly things on her list of likes. So I thought, hey, Peach is a girl and a Nintendo character. After looking around for pictures I remembered that she said pirates. So I pulled some inspiration from a piece on DA by Skullomaniac. I did a quick redraw, traced the image on some Glad Press and Seal, and away I went. It took me about two weeks to finish, but I have a full time job to eat up craft time. I don't really know the correct way to do fill stitches, or if there is a correct way for that matter. But enough rambling. Pictures!

The rope was in hopes of making it feel more nautical. The flowers have a seed bead in the center. She is 6 inches tall for reference.

Here's a wonderfully blurry close up. I was really worried about here eyes. I think I spent a good 20 minutes pulling the press and seal out of them, but I think they turned out pretty well. Everything other than the crown was outlined in a slightly darker shade, but it all blended together in the end. She does have a nose, it just kind of got lost somewhere.

The skirt was done a little different than everything else. It made it stand out a bit, as it's neater. Live and learn I guess. I think the next time it'll all be done more along the path of the skirt.

Thanks for looking, please leave C&C because I love to hear it.
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55  Re: Embroided Tote/Bag! GALLERY ::: Send out 07/11 EXTENDED 07/18 in The Swap Gallery by PaleAngelLex on: July 17, 2009 08:16:37 PM
So, I've been a bad partner. I've had my stuff for a week almost now, and haven't posted anything about it. I guess I just wanted to keep it all to myself since it's so freaking awesome. Here we go!

Bioformcallie made me a backpack. Yes, I said a backpack.

Here's the back

And here's a better look at Eileen's great stitching.

I really love this bag. I had to empty it out to take the pictures because I've been using it to carry all my craft stuff. I'm just blown away by how much work went into this bag. And then there's even a small.

This is an awesome lunch bag. It's hand knit and felted. It's too pretty to take to the factory, so I'll have to save it until I'm back in school.

I'm guessing that will hold plenty of lunch.

Thank you so much Eileen! I love everything so much.
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56  Dia de los Muertos meets my Aztec Obsession in Needlework: Completed Projects by PaleAngelLex on: July 10, 2009 03:39:23 PM
I've been quiet for a bit now because I've been working on some major (well at least for me) pieces for swaps. My partner just posted her pictures of this, so now I'm free to do the same.

This was inspired by the work of Ernesto Fidel Romero found on his Flickr page. You should really take a look; his work is awesome.
The colors on the sides correspond to the colors attributed to each cardinal direction according to the Aztecs. The believed there where five directions, with the center being the most important. East is also at the top since that's how they drew there maps. Okay, history lesson done, on to some blurry close ups!

This was mostly done in split stitch. Her hair is just a bunch of long straight stitches, and her face was what really worried me the most. I wanted to get it just right.

The flower like things are one strand lazy daisies. Turns out I really like that stitch.

Thanks for looking, as always C&C are welcomed and encouraged. I'm doing this all on the fly, and I would really love for someone to tell me what I'm doing that could be done better.
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57  Re: Viva Mexico!!! aka the Mexican kitsch swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by PaleAngelLex on: June 27, 2009 04:25:46 PM
It hasn't been the best week of my life, but nothing helps fix things like a package in the mail. And one that comes from Ireland is extra cool. I think I'm going to keep the stamps because they are the closest things to stamps in my passport that I'm going to be getting for a while. Anyway, you're not here to read my ramblings, on to the pics, of which there are many.

Here's everything. It's is quite a nice haul, and now I feel like I should have done more. I always feel like that though.

This is a fantastic t-shirt. I love the applique, it's not something I've dared to try yet, but look at how cute they are!

Next we have four outstanding Luchador masks. The have found a place on resting on top of my cork board.

My mom loved this bag and she thought I had bought it. I love the bag too:) I can't wait to take it out and show it off.

The lining is also very fitting. I love the rooster. I think it's my favorite part of the bag.

This is the altered book that Edel made for me. I kind of asked for it, and I'm glad I did. It's so awesome, and so much work went into this that I took pictures of every page. It needs to be shown off. The cover was pictured above so in we go. I used my rhinestone encrusted dagger to hold the book open because I thought my fingers looked funny in the shot, and the dagger felt like it matched.

Muchos Gracias!
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58  Hey, I can make stamps! in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions by PaleAngelLex on: June 19, 2009 11:38:46 AM
I needed a small project for a craft swap I'm working on, and thought that maybe I  could makes stamps. Turns out I can. I'm kind of surprised really. C&C would be more than welcome as I've never really done this before.

I used speed ball to make these, and I'm sorry the pictures aren't very good.
Thanks for looking!
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59  Humble Beginnings in Needlework: Completed Projects by PaleAngelLex on: May 19, 2009 06:58:25 PM
The one thing I've noticed since I started hanging around here, is that there are some people who are amazingly gifted, and turn out first projects that blow my mind away. I am not that awesome. I'm pretty cool, and I'm not bad at this embroidery thing, but I started pretty small. Below are two projects. The first is the latest thing I made over the weekend, and the second is the first thing I ever embroidered.

First off, the design isn't mine. It's worked off of a the New School Blue and Red Tattoo Swallow Necklace that wickedminky makes for her etsy store. Go look:)
I'm really happy with the way it turned out, and I plan on cutting it out and sewing it down to a ds case I haven't made yet.

This is the first thing I ever embroidered. It's a dice bag for a Shadowrun character. I wanted something to link the bag to who the character was, a recovering addict, and so I grabbed some floss and made a nice hypodermic needle. I'm as proud of this as I am of my birdy. It may not be stellar, but I'll get there one day, maybe (If I don't play crafting hop scotch like I normally do).
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60  The Octopus in Needlework: Completed Projects by PaleAngelLex on: May 18, 2009 03:10:27 PM
I just did the Fill a Purse Round 4 swap, and figured I'd post some pics of what I sent. I spent the last week of classed and am so happy they turned out and my swap partner liked them:)

Thanks for looking:)
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