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261  Buried in my black heart in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jexxican on: October 26, 2011 10:01:34 AM

I've had this 22" by 24" canvas roaming around the house for a few years now. There is a story behind it but I will spare you. There have been several different visions for it, and the last one was inspired by this wedding print. I was convinced at one point I was going to embroider it on there so I had a copy of it tucked into the back of the canvas. Yeah. Never happened. Lately it has been in arms reach of the kids, which combined with the terror of just floating around my house in general meant it wasn't in the greatest condition. So I decided that could be part of the glory of the finished product. I scratched the idea of embroidering it and got a knife, a needle and thread, some really strong tea, and went to work. I started this Monday.


Here the canvas is prepared. Holes ripped, sewn, stained.


I diluted the paint with tea a couple times. Here is after the first dilution was applied. I love how the spots that already had tea stains resisted. Also, the embroidery floss sucked up the paint.

Finished! I was thinking about roughly painting a border with the first dilution, but after I started adding drop and splatters of the different dilutions I decided it doesn't need it. What do you guys think?

It was hard because I had to paint it all while it was flat because the paint was so thin it would run off the canvas. Also, I'm not a painter! C&C welcome! Thanks!

Close up of my favorite part:

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262  Re: Sock Monkey/ Sock Critter Swap Round 4 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: October 17, 2011 08:47:18 PM
I received, but I didn't get a monkey....

I got a Skellington!

A Jack Skellington to be precise (yes there are other Skellingtons).
Check out this fully posable guy:

And his cute little butt:

And I apparently had Halloween on my list of themes so I got a bunch of goodies.

See that book on the Right? It is like water color, but each page has it's own color pallet, just dip wet cotton swabs into it and paint. So cool. I've never seen that before.
And inside the coffin were some spiders, and creepy noises:

And you know what my kids liked best? The 3 foot triangle tube it all came in. Sorry, I'm not posting it, but Russ likes to put his light saber in there and tell me he has mail for me. And then some. It's pretty great.
Hell, the contents of the box were GREAT! Thanks Redrinnie!
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263  Hapy Cake Decorating Day! in Dessert by jexxican on: October 17, 2011 08:34:08 PM
Yes, I still celebrate the odd holidays. And I celebrated late today so here's what I made:

I used the new gluten free cake mix from this place, with their discontinued chocolate frosting made with the cream cheese alternative. I learned: that frosting was way too runny to be piped, but I did it anyway! I still need to cut into it to see, to taste...
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264  Lets go dancing in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jexxican on: October 14, 2011 11:21:24 AM
I made these for the Sock Monkey Swap. Usually I don't re-post what has already been posted in the swap boards, but I love these guys! I've made SMs before but I've never dressed them. For this lovely couple, I bought a 3 pack of socks and pretty much used all them. Very little scraps involved (happy!). I made them brown because redrinnie prefers natural woodsy colors. And one of the themes she wanted was Roaring '20's. It was her first swap. From the photo shoot she did with them I think she liked them. She named them Bradford and Olivia so here they are.

My fear of the hat was what kept them from getting out sooner. I think it came out OK. My husband think it makes him look like a hobo.

She looks super skinny, but that's cool because that was totally sexy back in the '20's. I know, I took a class on it.
The happy couple together:

I'm really happy with how they came out. Except the eyes. The eyes have no personality or feeling. I think if I had made the eyes better then they would really have come to life.
Thoughts? Q&C&C?
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265  Re: Fiber Friday 14 Oct 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: October 14, 2011 11:07:57 AM
Wow with the "black!"
Bella, that is some pretty nice lace weight. I have nothing to offer as for what to make, though.

Here's what I spun almost 2 weeks ago.

local wool, the rest of what I Easter dyed back in March. hand carded, woolen, N-ply.

And this is that stuff I got that was really really really badly spun. I unspun it, respun it much thinner though still thick and thin a bit, and plied it. So far I have 190 yards
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266  Re: Givers and needers R10 The Great Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: October 11, 2011 04:10:32 PM
I received from petskin! She is amazing. I never knew it before but now I do.
Firstly, she made a mermaid costume for my 2 year old Alice. She wouldn't put the head band on...

Oh, I got her headband on but she did her picture face. This is not because of the headband, but because of the camera. Seriously, her birthday was Sunday and in 4/5ths of her pictures she is making this face or worse. The other 1/5th she didn't know the camera was on.

And now we get to see how good Petskin's sewing skills really are because it goes in the washer! Yes, Alice has already peed on it. Oh, the joys of potty training. BUT ISN'T IT AMAZING?! I love it!

And if that's not cool enough, she made some felt food. These are going to Russ, my 4 year old, just to be fair.

AND THEN a little something for Mommy! A keychain with a little feet charm on the end. Oh, how sweet.

I got spoiled. I so did not deserve all of this! THANK YOU PETSKIN!
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267  I got me some free stuff! Now what to do with it? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by jexxican on: October 07, 2011 08:52:20 PM
Hey you guys, we had a Fiber Guild meeting this past Monday and wow, we have some amazing people here. Z, the lady who has been in charge of the guild for years, was given some some bags of stuff that she brought for us. I got  a bunch of stuff! Let's see some of it:
2 pair of hand cards. This first pair is really nice, but a bit small for my liking. Also, I think it's for a coarser wool than I usually card.

The second pair is a bit bigger, but curved and while the pads are stapled on them pretty good they seem a little loose like the glue that underneath let go or something. They still work fine. I was going to ask for some tricks on how to clean out the old wool but I got most of it. MOSTLY. If there are any tricks to be shared, though, please do.

Then there was a bunch of very beginner yarn in there. VERY beginner. At one point I found a spot where I guess they didn't know how to join so they just tied the roving together. EEK!

That black/white/brown stuff in the second picture is less than what it was when I got it because I un-spun 2 "hanks" worth, re-spun it thinner, though still thick and thin out of necessity, and plied them together. Got 2 over-full bobbins from it. Not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I will post pictures next Friday in the FF thread.
Oh, I also got a swift! Yay! Umbrella swift! And some more balls of roving. Nice, I just sent some out in a de-stash attempt and them got more than I sent that same day that I went to the PO. Bah.

So here's the question: what to do with it all? Not all of the yarn is that bad but most of it is. And I really don't want to keep doing the un-spin, re-spin thing on it. While the product was nicer than I thought it would be, it gets repetitive. Should I just finish out the brown/white/black? And what about those hand cards? Maybe I should give some to the weaver-lady who is learning to spin and is hopefully going to be taking over the guild before too long...
Thoughts? Thanks you guys!
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268  Re: Givers and needers R10 (signups till Sept 30 Givers: Oct 25, Needers: Nov 10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jexxican on: October 05, 2011 08:10:43 PM
It looks like so much more spread out on your couch! I'm so glad you like it all. Here's a close-up of that yarn, just because I like it and I spun it and I'm proud of it. Merino/tencel blend. Yum, yum, she said she likes orange and I couldn't resist throwing this in there to top off the box.
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269  Re: Potholder Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: September 30, 2011 12:00:29 PM
Received from Gerbilgal! We agreed on 2 potholders and 2 dishcloths and this is what I got!


I love fall colors and I love knits! Thanks!
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270  Fiber Friday 30 September 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: September 30, 2011 06:59:59 AM
I made this almost 2 weeks ago (should have been on last weeks FF but I'm lazy) at the market.
It was a "summer peaches" merino roving that I spun thick and thin and plied with some yellow Sheep Shed roving that I chain-dyed yellow and spun decently thin. Did I post the dye job? I thought I did but who knows. Who cares?

~185 yards

And I had so much left over yellow on the bobbin that I spun the rest of what I dyed and chain plied it for

And last week at the market I took a "fall garden" BFL roving, carded it on my hand cards so I could spin it woolen (LOVE WOOLEN!) and then N-plied it for this:

~120 yards. I like it better in person. It is so squishy! But not as squishy as...

My Sari silk strips plied with a t&t tencel/merino/tussah/angelina batt. I used the border of this Sari wrap as the edges on a pink scrap quilt and decided I needed to cut the middle of it into 1/2 inch strips. I couldn't rip it so I had to cut all 6 yards by hand. It was definitely a "Mindfulness" exercise.

So it came out as an eyelash yarn! OH MY GOODNESS! I love it. I'm gonna have it on the table at the market this week and the next and the next (read: last) and then the next week at the "fall festival" but I really hope nobody buys it because I love it. I mean, if they want to give me $40 for it cool but Whatever, man.
Gratuitous closeup!

Got ~ 215 yards total, 4 1/2 bobbins! I really need the bigger bobbin kit for my Traveler.

So, what did you guys do this week? OR however recently? LET ME SEE! LET ME SEE NOW!
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