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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / cute critter pinback buttons! on: October 29, 2011 12:30:34 PM
This is what I've been making lately!  Cute little embroidered pins.

Each one usually takes a couple hours, to draw the pattern, fit it to the 1-inch button, trace, stitch and mount.  They don't have the pins on the back yet, because I'm working up the courage to bust out the noxious epoxy glue.  I used a lot of stem stitch, some satin stitch, and some thick straight stitch for shading.  A bit of cable chain stitch for the sparrow perch, some split stitch on the hedgie quills.  I'm really happy with the outcome!  Thanks for looking!

**Oh, also, if anyone has suggestions for low-profile pin-backs, do let me know!  I don't really like the 'flopping' effect I get from normal ones (unless I glue them vertically)!

****I think I should also mention I was obviously subconsciously influenced by the awesome cuttlefish love pattern here: http://corvustristis.wordpress.com/2009/03/11/cephalopodia/
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pretty/Saucy Pasties on: April 15, 2009 09:24:08 PM
I've been crafting up a bunch of pasties lately!  My favorite ones are the mermaid shell pasties.  What do you think?  Our owl coaster holder is "modelling" them, lol.  Sorry, no action shots! Wink

Group Shot:

Saucy pink tassels with red heart rhinestones:

One purple heart pastie with red outline - I ran out of sequins for this one, because it's big, so I haven't been able to finish the pair, lol.

The mermaid shell pasties (my favorite!)

And my partner made these cute pink bow pasties (they look like cute little presents to me!):

Hope you like them!!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ruby Slippers on: March 17, 2008 07:13:23 PM
I Forgot all about this piece, but I rediscovered it the other day.  I took a photo of Dorothy's Ruby slippers, with the wand of the "good witch," and made it into a pattern.  I tried to do this on plaid, which seemed like a good idea at the time.  Regret it a bit now, but I still think it's kinda cute!  Note the TINY little bows made of the smallest ribbon imaginable.  They were Excruciatingly fidgety to make right, lol.

I sewed this onto a canvas bag.  I think I'd use the pattern again, in a different context, (aka...not plaid, whatwasIthinking?) 

Edit: also rediscovered: one vintage maroon cardigan which I embroidered with a pink flamingo.  Never fit me (it's tiny), so I should find it a home, lol. 

Anyhow, thanks for looking!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ms. snail on: April 11, 2007 03:42:22 PM
This is more recent - this is what I have been experimenting with lately: embroidery and felting... combined! The green part is wool that I couched down, then felted/fulled onto the already felted felt, and then I embroidered away, and it decided to become a snail for whatever reason. Who am I to question these things.  I'm sure there's an easier way to felt, but I'm no felting expert.


I was thinking of using this kind of idea to make brooches or something.  I would use more neutral background felt probably - this one looks kind of like vomit....
whadda ya think??
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Unicorn on a stretchy t-shirt on: July 17, 2006 11:21:27 AM
This is my first traumatic attempt at working with waste canvas.... I've since learned that there are much better ways of stabilizing stretchy fabric for embroidery, but oh well.  This was done for a friend - she had a stamp that she really liked the design of - so I stamped it and
scanned it and blew it up, and then traced it on the waste canvas.  here she is::


The stitches are kind of awkward and zig-zaggy because of the waste canvas (never using it again)

and on:


6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / love dagger tattoo embroidery on: March 21, 2006 09:09:06 AM
This is a sailor-jerry inspired tattoo embroidered on a pink zip-up hoodie that I got from a thrift store.  sorry the lighting is kind of bad.  The heart looks a little wonky in one spot, but overall I'm pretty pleased with how it came out.  Let me know what you think!  any suggestions?

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / poodle-palooza on: June 28, 2005 07:43:30 PM
This is my second project.  I bought a plaid skirt at a thrift store, and it kind of reminded me of the shape of a poodle skirt, so...I embroidered a poodle on it.  I used laid work tied with crossbars (I think...) for the body, outlined in stem stitch (my favorite), with a woven spiderweb tail puff, and satin stitch legs.  The back leg turned out kind of wonky, and way too long,  but meh!  It's all black, so it might be hard to see the stitches.  I was severely running out of colours, it was this, neon pink, yellow, or olive green... none of which matched the skirt.  I got the pattern from a retro clipart website.  Anyhoo, here he is:

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / first embroidery project on: June 22, 2005 03:55:42 PM
Well, this is my first craftster post.  I just started embroidering, and this was my first project.  It's a cowgirl.  I know, it's been done, but well...I like them.  hee hee.  Anyhoo, I used chain stitch, buttonhole stitch, and whipped stem stitch for the hat, burden stitch outlined with stem stitch for the hair, and stem stitch/split stitch filled with satin (I think, lol) stitch for the the eyes and lips.  hrmm.. I was trying to learn as many stitches as I could in one project.  I tried to make the hair look like a pixellated blue/black cartoony effect, if you have any idea what I mean.  The photo is kind of crappy because I scanned it (I don't have a digital camera). The picture is drawn from a clipart image from tack-o-rama .  Now I just have to figure out what to do with it...
erm... I just saw another embroidered cowgirl on here...whoops.  well, props to you, you did it first, and it's way cooler. Smiley

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