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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Awesome Miami "Gothabilly" Band Name Stitchin' on: October 28, 2010 08:19:09 PM
My friends have a band called AXE AND THE OAK.  It's dark rock with a post punk twang - think Bauhaus, Cramps, etc.  They are awesome.

I loved that their name is four three-letter words.  Their first EP was in a black envelope with the info screen-printed in gold so I wanted to stick with the color theme.  The thread is metallic (I forget what it's called but they sell it in larger skeins next to the regular floss in the craft store) and a pain to work with.  Keeping the strands short helped a lot.

Anyway, check them out:

I'll probably get this framed for them.  Am thinking my new series will be the names/logos of my favorite SoFla bands because there are (finally) so many amazing ones.  Grin
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / PULP Britpop Quote Bookmark on: October 19, 2010 09:03:31 AM
This quote, though not a lyric, is one of my favorites.  It's from the liner notes/back sleeve of PULP's mandatory 1995 album "Different Class".

One of my oldest friends is moving back to Miami and we originally bonded over this album so I made this for her.

Hard to see in this pic but the tassels are my favorite!  I learned how to do them making this rug (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352201.msg4112512) and am now trying to find excuses to tassel everything...

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Epic "Classical" Dollhouse Rug - whew! on: June 28, 2010 09:24:55 PM
Hi there, haven't posted in a while because I was working on this one project.  I made this for my friend's mom, Terri.  She's the coolest lady, teaches science and does all sorts of crafty hobbies.  My mom isn't into crafts so I sort of adopted her for that. 

Last year Terri asked if I would stitch her a carpet for her dollhouse since her eyesight isn't what it used to be.  I said sure... little did I know it would take me almost six months to finish!  I made this from a pattern she took from one of her dollhouse enthusiast magazines (it's officially called "Classical Carpet").  It's all a 3-strand half-cross-stitch on regular 18 ct aida, and measures roughly 6"x8".  Voila!

The Greek key pattern around the edge and the tassels were the most fun.  I want to put tassels on everything now...

Here's what it looks like set up in the house:

Is that cute or what??  Now after this huge thing I'm just trying to figure out what to work on next...

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Weather Initials Fridge Magnet For DB on: March 16, 2010 10:47:53 AM
Hi! I haven't posted in a while because I've been working on an epic project.  As soon as the last color of floss I need arrives in the mail I'll finish it and post...

For the time being, here's a cross-stitched fridge magnet I made for my wonderful friend Daniel B whose boyfriend is also Daniel B, hence DB! 

I got the letters from a book of stitched and embroidered alphabets I picked up at the craft store.  There's some weird stuff in there (cow letters, scary clowns) but the weather one was my favorite. 

It's nearly all cross-stitched and the gray in the clouds is blended white and gray floss.  I was confused about the green and orange bits for a minute but I realized it must be autumn leaves swirled around by the purple wind.

I've been loving making these magnets as it's fast and fun and a little Fray Check and a $2 magnet frame is all you need.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Utz Chips Girl! on: August 20, 2009 01:33:36 PM
Hi fellow crafters!

I've been busy as hell but I managed to sneak away for a week and I got a piece done that I'd been working on for ages:

Voila! It's the Utz Chips girl (http://www.utzsnacks.com), rendered in floss.  I used satin stitch for the bow, padded satin for her shirt, seed and back stitching, "granitas" for the cheeks, and the background is entirely cross-stitched.

I made it for my boyfriend's parents.  They sent us two giant bags of Utz "Crab Chips" from their last trip to Baltimore and she was so cute I decided to stitch her.

(P.S. Despite the name, no actual crabs are harmed in the making of the chips.)

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A gift for my favorite makeup WH*RE! on: July 26, 2009 06:58:34 AM
Thanks for the great feedback!

I used an online generator for the "makeup" cross-stitch but the "whore" was stitched completely freehand.  I did the red (the lipstick is basically just lots of seed stitching) and then decided it needed some more definition so I gave it a dark pink stroke/shadow with back stitching to make the word pop. 

I'd be willing to make another one if someone really wants so pm me if that's the case.

Cheers!  Kiss
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A gift for my favorite makeup WH*RE! on: July 22, 2009 08:40:15 PM
My best friend is a hard-working public defender but loves makeup more than any self-respecting lawyer should. I made her this towel to clean her brushes on so her courtroom can always sparkle! She was pretty stoked about the gift.

The "makeup" is cross-stitching in variegated pink thread and the "whore" is free-handed back/seed stitching (sorry for the lousy pic).  I would've loved to use my Q-snaps for this but the towel fabric was just too thick.

The lipstick tube is done in the Sublime Stitching metallic silver thread and as per their claims it was pretty snag-free!  I surrounded the piece with some of my favorite products as I have to admit, I'm a bit of a makeup whore myself...
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: In Memoriam on: July 19, 2009 11:33:26 PM
I hope it was at least a bit cathartic to make something so lovely from such a tragic experience.

Best wishes <3
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Om Nom Noms! on: July 18, 2009 03:32:54 PM
So, "omnomnomnom" has become ubiquitous in my vernacular lately, even though I'm in my mid-twenties.  I blame cuteoverload.com.

Anyway, I made these fridge magnets to try and get it out of my system.  It hasn't worked, but I like how they turned out.  I used Fray Check around the edges and then cut them to size.

For this one I used the nearly offensively neon threads from the (pricey) DMC "Fluorescents" pack.  They are not awesome to work with but damn are they bright.  The border looks skating-rink neon in real life.

Bonus pic: I finally organized my threads today and it took forever but the result was so worth it!  I was using snack-sized bags before and kept losing colors but now I can see everything and it's easier to take with me.

FYI to any Miami peeps, there is an awesome stitching session weekly at the gorgeous Standard Hotel on the Venetian Causeway.  PM me for info if you like!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Towels and Apron for Charity on: July 14, 2009 05:06:14 PM
As my late great aunt Catherine would say, "those are positively darling!"
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