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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Love My Music Pillow - from an Urban Threads pattern on: June 07, 2010 08:20:39 PM
My friend's birthday was June first, and while we only have ever talked online, I send her numerous crafty gifts for no reason.  Grin She is a lover of all things music and I simply adore her. She's helped me through a lot of tough times I really couldn't talk with other people about.

So for her 25th birthday, I wanted to make her something special, something that told her how much she means to me. I was browsing over at Urban Threads and came upon this pattern which was perfect for what I wanted to do. I already had all of the thread colors I wanted and the pillow I was going to embroider it onto.

Here's the results!




The hardest part of this project for me was the round portions of the headphones. I don't have a light box, and the only method I had to transfer the pattern was to print off a copy and trace it very firm with a pencil to get a pressure line on the fabric, then retrace that with the white marking pen. I used long and short stitch to fill in the areas and then a split stitch for outlining + the cord. The notes are back stitching as well as my free handwriting + heart on the back. All in all this took me about 3 weeks of picking it up and putting it down again. I finally finished it last night while watching the Movie Awards on MTV.

I'm obviously a few days late giving her a gift for her special day, but she doesn't even know its coming at all. So when it shows up on her doorstep this week it will be a complete surprise!  Cheesy

Comments and suggestions are welcome. Thanks for taking a look!

2  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Edward Cullen Quotes w/pretty design extras :) on: December 19, 2009 04:02:23 PM

I setup a little Twilight holiday exchange with some of my Twilight loving friends this year. Because I can't afford to go out and buy them all shirts and other things from Hot Topic, I decided to embroider some of their favorite quotes on some muslin and make pretty hoop frames.
Warning: I've never embroidered before, and I had picked up Embroidered Effects by Jenny Hart before starting these projects. Be prepared for some scary looking work!  Shocked

You can click on each picture to look at a larger size. Smiley

"Don't take too long, Mrs. Cullen."

This was the very first embroidery I've ever done and was particularly brutal being that its tiny intricate cursive. I used stem stitch for the lettering and the outline of the feather. The shaft of the feather is split stitch.

"I just couldn't live in a world where you don't exist."

The second one I made. You may recognize the hidden stitch swirls from the "Born to Stitch" pillow pattern in Embroidered Effects. Where Jenny did them in stem stitch I went for a hidden stitch with a metallic black thread. I debated on adding the lotus at the end, but I felt like the whole piece needed some color other than purple and black.

"Oh, and also, I'm wretchedly in love with you."

This one has to be my favorite, in part because it's from Midnight Sun and the other because it was big enough that I could add a lot more design elements to it. The sparrows are from the jeans project and the flowers and vines were modified scans from the sugar skull dress project. The text and sparrows were done in stem stitch (I only noticed the left bird's wing was messed up after it was too late) and the vines were done in lazy fern. I really need more practice with my lazy daisies, but I think they turned out decent for never doing them before.

Any comments or critiques are welcomed and appreciated. Smiley

Thanks for taking a look at my work!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Mae - (m)orning cd cover cross stitch (picture chunky) on: October 30, 2009 03:27:09 PM
Thanks for the compliments Cheesy

I'm taking it up to Michael's tonight for a framing quote, hopefully they don't try and take my paycheck for it!

I decided against adding a border around the design, I think it looks better as is. Smiley
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mae - (m)orning cd cover cross stitch (picture chunky) on: October 27, 2009 10:58:40 PM
I confess, I'm literally in love with a band named Mae.

For those of you that don't know much about them, they are a band from the Norfolk, VA area that takes part in a lot of community projects, helping those in need. Earlier this year they raised money by offering their songs to download online for a donation each month to help build a house with Habitat for Humanity for a family in Newport News, VA. Now they've moved on to raising money for Donorschoose.org in an attempt to help one school in each state of the US.

After a concert in Richmond last month, I talked to Dave Elkins, the lead singer about a project I wanted to do in recreating the three CD covers that are being released this year: (m)orning, (a)fternoon & (e)vening. My plan was to cross stitch all three of the covers and have them framed, then once the band signed the matting, an auction would be created for Mae fans to bid on the completed piece... with all proceeds donated to Donors Choose. He liked the idea so I started my stitching journey on September 28th, 2009.

Here are my results:

In total, it took me 15 (non-consecutive) days of work. I haven't ever completed a full cross stitch project prior to this though I've started many before. I made the pattern based on a tutorial online in photoshop; simply scanning the cover and getting it nice and pixelated. I only used 10 colors in the whole project, and only cross stitched then couched the lettering and tree on top.

I'm still debating on stitching a border around the cover before I have it framed. Opinions?  Huh

Check out my project progress pics @ my flickr.

Thanks for looking!  Wink
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Swap of Horrors - Halloweekend on: October 18, 2009 11:46:09 AM

My package from bronzfrog is also full of awesomeness. I can't imagine how she got 2 packages out in such a short time, but I'm extremely happy with mine. Smiley

This is the monster wreath I put a ton of 'hints' in my app for. ♥ it sooooo much!

Bonus! It's reversible! The back side has little Jack Skellington faces painted on them with various expressions.

I also got some sweet Nightmare Before Christmas magnets for my naked refrigerator

The final thing I received, I actually got compliments this morning at breakfast at the Silver Diner. The waitress thought they were really interesting. Smiley

Thank you so much Luana for the extra awesome package! Cheesy
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Swap of Horrors - Halloweekend on: October 18, 2009 12:54:38 AM

I received my package on Saturday. I'm taking some high quality pics later today after I wake up. Smiley
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Swap of Horrors - Halloweekend on: October 16, 2009 10:20:40 AM
 Shocked such great packages so far. I hope the one I sent lives up to all of this greatness!

I think my favorite is the Nightmare before Christmas package. ♥ the jacket so much!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Little Swap of Horrors - Halloweekend signups CLOSED on: October 13, 2009 09:46:56 AM
 Cry The lady at the post office had to be a witch (or something that rhymes with it Tongue)

I got delivery confirmation as well as paying for my postage and she just had to put all of the stickers/labels all over my pretty box design. Could she put it in the nice white space I left her... of course not!

/random pouting

Sorry Luana. I tried to make it pretty for you. Sad
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Little Swap of Horrors - Halloweekend signups CLOSED on: October 13, 2009 06:39:52 AM
I recycle all of my packaging, so naturally when you go to rip off the old label it takes about half of the box layers with it, leaving a big nasty scar on the box. I decided I was going to put one huge Halloween band-aid on it before sending it bronzfrog. This is what you get when you have too much idle time at work and a love for Photoshop Smiley

Heading to the post office now. Anyone else decorate their packages?
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Little Swap of Horrors - Halloweekend signups CLOSED on: October 12, 2009 11:01:24 AM
All done and ready to ship. Cheesy I hope my partner doesn't mind I went a little overboard. Smiley
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