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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / San Bartolo Embroidery on: July 27, 2011 09:32:37 AM
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I made this for the Ancient Cultures Rnd 2 Swap. My partner chose the Maya, and I decided to challenge myself. I took this image out of a mural from the San Bartolo Site. The mural is one of the most beautiful pieces of art from all of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica in my humble opinion.

It was stitched in one or two strand back stitch, mostly in black since most of the original piece was outlined in black. Part of the head dress wasn't so I stitched that in a rust color. This was my first time using watercolors on my embroidery. The camera I used is very good and picked up all of my uneven painting, so this actually looks a little nicer in person. Over all I'm happy with the it. I think using the watercolors really helped by giving it that, well, painted feel. I want to try this again and hopefully clean up some of the rougher spots.

Any advice on how to use watercolors better, or anything else is more than welcome. Thanks for looking.

Here's the original
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12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Purple Yeit Love! on: June 27, 2011 11:55:07 AM
For the latest hoopla swap I was tasked with making a hoop for Songs4Drowning. After struggling to make a science fiction domed city, and putting it on the back burner to finish some other time, I had to choose a new theme.

So I now give you, purple yetis.

I looked around the internet for all kinds of yeti, so if they don't look like your traditional yeti, there's good reason for that. My boyfriend looked at it and asked, "since when do yeti have horns?" Since now. Wink

They were worked with a lot of different stitches. She was outlined in (I think) feather stitch. It was going to be twisted chain stitch, but I messed up the first one, and then liked this better. He is outlined in a knot stitch. They are both filled in with back stitch. The feet and horns are satin stitch, the heart is chain, and the arms are outlined in stem stitch (the fist time I've gotten it to work right). The rest is back stitch.

I hope you like them, as they are some of my favorite work.
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / First Stuffie: The Kraken on: May 18, 2011 03:50:40 PM
I have always admired other peoples stuffies, but never tried to make one of my own. When I had to figure out a final object for the Song of Ice and Fire Swap, I went back and forth between a pillow and a purse with a picture of a Kraken on it. My partner liked mythical animals, but i just didn't want to applique or stencil. So, I made this stuffie of a Kraken instead.

I only have this one picture because I never thought of posting it.

The legs are made of braided strips of fabric. I sewed them on pointing up so that that when they laid down they folded over the bottom edge. Then I sewed a circle on the bottom to hid all the edges. That would make more sense if there was a picture I'm sure.

I think it turned out well for my first try, but I did end up sitting at the sewing machine for a good 20 minutes trying to figure out how to attach the crest and sew it so it ended up on the outside, not the inside as it did the first go around.

Thanks for looking!
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Maid of Tarth on: May 02, 2011 11:14:52 AM
This is something I put together for the Song of Ice and Fire Round 2 Swap. It was something that I really wanted to make and thought that my partner would like. It's based off what is speculated to be the shield of one of the characters in the Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin.

The star is a bead I ordered off of etsy, and the white thread is actually glow in the dark. I wanted to add that extra shooting star feel to the piece. I also tried something new for me. I tried to shade the tree leaves. There's lighter french knots near the star and darker ones in what I thought should be the shaded areas. I really like how it turned out. The trunk of the tree might be my favorite part. There's some light gold in there. The grass was a bit of a trick. It looks kind of sparce in the picture, but I was afraid it would lose it's grassy feel if I filled it in all the way.

Here's a close up of the tree. (It took me a while to figure out how to crop the picture right, but I did it!)

This is the back. It was much easier to read in person. The hoop is painted with a metallic mocha color. Using metallic and glow in the dark in a serious piece seemed so odd to me, but the thread worked great (wish I had gotten a picture of it glowing) and the metallic really makes the hoop look like a rich varnished wood.  C&Cs are always welcome. Thanks for looking.
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mudkip Surprise on: April 18, 2011 03:50:15 PM
This Past Christmas I was a little short on cash. It's nothing new, and it's always nicer to make things for friends, so I figured I'd spend the 2 days before our yearly party crocheting my hands off. Of the two pillows that I made, this one is my favorite. It was made for a friend who loves the Mudkip meme. I spent time trying to space out the letters on a chart so I could make sure I crocheted them in perfectly. Then I remembered that I could just stitch them on, and from that point on it was easy going.

I thought this was a great idea, but lacking something, so I added a surprise.

It took me a while to post this because I wasn't sure how popular Minecraft was back in December. I've seen a few other creepers around Craftster now though, so I thought it was time to share. Hope you like it.
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / A Song of Ice and Fire/ George R. R. Martin Swap Round 2 Gallery on: March 25, 2011 02:26:02 PM
Original Song of Ice and Fire/ George R. R. Martin Swap Round 2 Thread

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback

SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM organizer and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.) Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) I will be keeping track of what has been received by gallery pictures (This is why it is important for you to take pictures of your items, just in case your partner does not) *Please PM if there is difficulty with pictures.*


Partner has Received
Late with communication
Late WITHOUT communication - Please PM me!


Myrdda <--->oxynitrate
thedish <--->AlmostDawn
FinRaziel <---> PaleAngelLex
17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / A Song of Ice and Fire/ George R. R. Martin Swap Round 2 (SO April 18) on: January 23, 2011 02:04:06 PM

Name of swap:A Song of Ice and Fire/ George R. R. Martin Swap Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: PaleAngelLex
Sign-up date range: Jan. 23- Feb. 14
Date to send item by: April 17

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions: Yes
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: Yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: Yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: Yes (I am not)
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: Yes
- Is at least 18 years old: Yes
Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: Yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: Yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: Yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: Yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: Yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: Yes
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: Yes
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: Yes

Details of swap:
It's almost spring, but everyone knows that winter is coming. April 17th is the premiere of the new HBO series, but that seems like such a long way off. Until then (and the publishing of the next book), it's time to pick up your house's banner and your glue gun. If you want to win the game of thrones, you're going to have to craft your heart out.

This will be a 4 point swap with at least one medium. As always, you can work out extras with your partner if you'd like, but I don't want anyone to feel pressured. It's a 4 point swap for a reason; I want this to be low stress so we can focus on having a lot of fun with our crafting.

Point System:
   1 point = 1 small item = up to 1 hour craft time
   2 points = 1 medium item = up to 2 hours craft time
   3 points = 1 large item = 3 or more hours of craft time

Every one works at their own pace, so what may be a medium item to one crafter may be a large to another, and that's perfectly fine. The point of swapping is enjoying  crafting your best and sharing it with someone who shares your interests and will appreciate handmade treasures.

We had a lot of fun in Round 1. Feel free to check out the OriginalThread and the Gallery.


Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

*Questions borrowed from LotusPixie

To avoid any spoilers in your crafts, which of the ASOIF books have you read?:
What other George RR Martin books have you read?:
Who are your favorite characters? Why?:
What characters do you like least (or love to hate)? Why?:
What are your favorite houses and/or sigils? Why?:
Do you have any favorite scenes or quotes?:
Favorite colors?:
Least favorite colors?:
What crafted items could you make for your partner?:
What sorts of crafted items would you like to receive?:
What sort of crafted items would you not like to receive?:
Do you have any allergies (smoke, pets, etc.)?:
Are there any allergens in your home?:
Tell your partner something about yourself so that they can craft to your tastes:
Do you have a wists/ blog/etc? List the URL here:
Is there anything else you want your partner or the organizer to know?:

If you want to participate, send information in a PM to send to PaleAngelLex. Please put ASOIF Swap in the message line.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Communication with organizer and partner is vital for a good swap experience! Communication will be noted on your feedback comments.

*Everyone is required to either post on the thread or send their assigned organizer and swap partner a PM with a progress report every week after partners are assigned. Failure to communicate on the thread, or with your partner or the organizer, can get you dropped from the swap with a negative! I encourage everyone to keep in close contact with your partnerits fun to get to know them, and will make crafting for them all the more enjoyable when you know more about them.


Here are some links to help you get started.

-A Wiki of Ice and Fire
-A Song of ice and Fire Wiki
-Tower of the Hand

Other sites you might find useful:
George R.R. Martin's site


Sign up list:
1. Myrdda
2. PaleAngelLex
3. oxynitrate
4. thedish
6. FinRaziel

Myrdda <--->oxynitrate
thedish <--->AlmostDawn
FinRaziel <---> PaleAngelLex

18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / A Song of Ice and Fire Rnd 2 on: January 12, 2011 08:10:53 PM

I know that this is most likely going to be a stretch right now, but HBO is starting up the Game of Thrones series this April. I'm sure once the show starts running people will be lining up to do a swap for it, but I want to see if there are some lovers of the books out there want to get in one last swap before the show airs. I think it would also be cool to open it up to all of George R. R. Martin's work.

Here's a link to the first round swap thread and the gallery.
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Angry Asuka is Angry on: February 03, 2010 01:09:06 PM
Before Christmas I sat down and watched Neon Genesis Evangelion. I had already put together a small collection of items related to the show, shirts, model kits, bags, but I had never seen the whole thing. Turns out, I loved it; it was amazing and I'm glad I saw it. It was a mind trip, but worth it. Asuka was the most annoying character in the series, but at the end she pulls off some amazing work and I became a fan. To celebrate, I whipped up a piece based on how wicked cool she looks when she's determined.

This only took me about two nights to work. It's done mostly with one strand, but parts of the suit and her hair are done with two strands. I think I'm going to have to make a few more of these for other cast members. Please forgive the lint factor. I had cleaned it off, but in the search for good outdoor lighting, it got put in my pocket.

C&C are always welcomed and encouraged. Thanks for looking.
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Hot Zombie Girlfriend on: January 04, 2010 06:04:12 PM
Over the summer I let my friends know that I was going to be making most of my Christmas presents this year. It's not that I'm really broke, okay so I am, but I also really wanted to make stuff for people. This past year has really been a trip down the rabbit hole of crafting, and I needed to turn random crafting into something productive. I left a post on our friendly blog, and one friend told me he wanted a girl to watch movies with. When I offered to crochet one he said it was creepy, but when I said I could make it a zombie, then he said it would cool.  I have never been on to make plushies, so I got some inspiration from lovething and her work. I think the hot zombie girlfriend turned out pretty well and different enough from lovething's that I don't feel guilty about it.

She's made out of some flannel that got stained when it was washed with some blue canvas. I thought the blue smudges would make it look a bit more like rotting flesh. The hair is fleece, and it's all hand stitched. The dress is made out of some scraps I had, and covered in red acrylic paint splatter. She has no legs, but her bottom is full of beans so she can sit on a desk and be a perfectly good paper weight.

The details are hand embroidered, and the spiral eye and ribs even glow in the dark. I couldn't get any good pictures of that, but after a minute under a halogen light it glows like crazy.

She wants a hug, and to eat your brains!!
C&C more than welcome, thanks for looking.
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