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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Plastic Canvas Paper Doll help on: October 12, 2016 05:01:53 PM
I am trying to teach myself how to create a paper doll pattern for plastic canvas needlepoint.  However, I have never done needlepoint and I've never used plastic canvas!  I cannot go into why I'm doing this other than it's for a professional project.

I cannot find any online tutorials on how to work out the design of one or any blogs for that matter.  Does anyone have any tips that they care to share?  Can anyone point out some sources please?

Thank you in advance.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Customizing my baby's bib-SWEAR WORD WARNING on: April 12, 2012 12:38:40 PM
I lost my mojo during my pregnancy.  Luckily during that time I was able to make a few fun pieces for the nursery.  It was the first time in a long time that I've done "cute" work.  Well now I"m back to my old self.

Baby stuff is so cute.  I mean, sugar sweet cute, as it should be!  I might be a little biased but I think my little girl is awfully adorable and so much of her clothing and accessories are very sweet.  But some days I think to myself, this kid is going to get tired of me and my craziness and say "F*ck it, I'm outta here."  I was going to do up a whole bib on my own and then remembered we already have something around that house that I could just add to a bit.  So here it is!

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Don't worry, as soon as she starts to read, we'll pack it away.  I look forward to the day when I can give this to her, when she's all grown up.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Quote from My Name Is Bruce on: January 27, 2011 11:14:31 AM

It's a movie starring Bruce Campbell who plays himself.  A group of pesky kids gets into trouble and come running for BC to battle a real-live monster.  I loved doing the little Hawaiian shirt for Bruce on this one. 

Thanks for looking!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bookmark for geeks on: January 27, 2011 11:12:20 AM
This is based off a tshirt I saw once.  The literal interpretation of Laugh My Ass Off!

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Zombies need love too. on: January 27, 2011 11:10:12 AM

I made up some of these cards for Valentine's Day.  I also did one for a friend (not shown) with the characters changed to represent her and her husband.  I also put their last name in front of "Zombie Love."

Fun to make! Smiley
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Latest piece in my art therapy-miscarriage depicted on: January 06, 2011 04:02:25 PM
I want to put that warning on there and tag the image because I know how sensitive this subject can be for a lot of people, men and women.
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I will tell you how I made it but for the why, I'll refer you to the blog post if you are curious.

The photograph was taken by my husband and I digitally manipulated it to look grainy as well as removed the color.  I then printed it out on fabric and transferred an outline of the female body onto it.  I also free-hand stitched the uterus and blood.  It's a juxtaposition of a happy, positive pregnancy result and the eventual outcome of the pregnancy.  It's the happy pee stick and the stark, cold reality of what happens to a lot of pregnancies.  It's helped in some ways to deal with it.  Not completely but I'll get there.

For more of the back story you can visit my blog if you so choose: http://ndbexcreations.net/2010/12/02/art-therapy/

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Don't you wish your kitty did this? on: January 06, 2011 03:54:39 PM
Another piece for a Phat Quarter swap, Zen-theme.  I googled "zen" and this was one of the images I saw.  I created a pattern out of it and stitched 'er up.  Some of the white floss is glow in the dark.

I then used the tutorial on here to stretch it over canvas so it can be hung up. 

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Swap pieces-Shaun/Galaga on: January 06, 2011 03:48:42 PM
I made this up for one of the Phat Quarter swaps.  You can see my gallery for other Galaga images.  Since the theme was a horror mash-up, I thought pixelating the main characters into a Galaga theme would work!  Instead of alien bugs, you have zombies.  The top zombie is "Mary", the zombie waitress that Shaun and Ed find in their backyard.  The second zombie down is from a Nintendo game.  

Then I put it on a mounting board and added some ribbon since the dimensions were wonky.  That way if the recipient chooses, she can pop it into an 8" x 10" frame.

There ya have it Smiley
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / F'in Fleeced: Deadwood quote (MATURE WORDS) on: January 06, 2011 03:39:22 PM
I was in a rut so I browsed the internet and found some quotes from one of my favorite tv shows, Deadwood.  I watched the whole series while I stitched and then shortly after, we drove to Deadwood.  One of the best trips I've had in years, by the way.  

I am hoping to piece this into a pillow and that is the main reason why I just purchased my first sewing machine.  Wish me luck on that as I don't know how to sew yet!  Smiley

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10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Transfermations, grrrr on: July 24, 2010 11:24:17 AM
I just printed my design on a piece of paper and it was perfect.  Then I printed it out on Transfermations iron-on paper and the words blurred.  Any ideas?  HELP!  I just got this at Michaels yesterday and am wondering if I got a crap project.  Can I return them if the paper is so crappy that the ink bleeds?
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