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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Moby Dick embroidery for Dad on: December 18, 2016 10:03:38 AM
Made this for my dad for Christmas, he loves Moby Dick! Pattern is from UrbanThreads, they have a whole set of tattoo-style art with book quotes. Stitched on linen (used Sulky Solvy to see the lines), using a mix of split stitch and stem stitch.

I marathoned half a season of Dirk Gently and Z Nation finishing it yesterday and didn't want to get the sewing machine out, so I turned under the edges and hand-stitched in place with a blind hem stitch.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Mini Monster fleece sweater on: February 07, 2012 03:57:55 PM
Aaah! I just discovered this board existed when I went looking for inspiration on a dog sweater last night. I need to start checking it all the time...

I have a toy poodle named Zelda and since her hair is cut pretty short on her body she wears a sweater all winter. I had previously made her a royal blue one from a resized version of this pattern, but I wasn't paying enough attention and put the collar on totally backwards and just never bothered to change it. It's a really fast to make pattern - just two pieces and the collar, and you don't even have to finish the edges.

Well no more! Last night I finally got my act together and made her a new sweater (same pattern) with some scrap fleece and added some quick embroidery: drew it on paper, put it on Sulky Solvy, then stitched it during an episode of Supernatural.

Ignore my boyfriend's arm intruding on the picture, haha.

If you can't read it the text says "mini monster," which is a completely accurate description. I kept having to chase her around the room to try the sweater on, because apparently me trying to catch her is the best game ever.
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / HOUSEWIFE doll (Izumi from FMA) on: June 22, 2011 12:47:00 PM
Any Fullmetal Alchemist fans out there? I just watched Brotherhood and IT RULES! So I made a doll of my favorite character, Izumi Curtis, aka Teacher, aka the woman who beats up Siberian winter patrols for food and fights bears one-on-one at the age of 16.

Why is she standing on a bunch of bananas in the second picture? Because she's A HOUSEWIFE!!

I used the awesome Magdalena doll pattern from here, with Sugar-and-Cream off-white and some misc acrylic for the rest. The clothing is all freehand--the vest is in two pieces, double-crocheted, sewn together at the back and the front, and the pants are 4 pieces (couldn't figure out how else to do them). The flip flops are circles of brown yarn with the purple straps chained onto the tops of the feet. Her dreads are made of tightly twisted strands of yarn (cording?).
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Goblin in a hoop on: May 12, 2011 12:58:00 PM
I'm so excited, I finished my first embroidery-left-in-the-hoop! I always completely dread trying to frame or figure out what to do with a design once I'm done stitching it, so many thanks to the geniuses who came up with using a hoop for the frame. I really love how it turned out, it looks so...ill-natured.

The design is from a Dover book of Arthur Rackham illustrations done for Wagner's Ring operas. Dover books are a fantastic resource for needlework, I can't recommend them enough! They are cheap, royalty-free, and have tons of old vintage and line-art designs. I used Solvy to transfer the design, another great tip from Craftster.

For fabric I used some white cotton (I think) I had lying around, two strands out of some dark blue floss, and a combo of stem stitches, backstitch, and random straight stitches. It was fun emulating the artist's sketchy, jagged lines in thread, I think pen-and-ink really lends itself well to embroidery.

I painted the outer wood ring with acrylics and finished the back off by hand-stitching a circle of fabric to the back turning the edge under a little bit as I went (I was lazy).

5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / First amigurumi (L from Death Note) on: November 19, 2010 01:26:08 PM
So I don't even watch/read Death Note but I love how crazy L looks so I decided I would try to make an ami of him while I was halfway done making this super cute pattern: http://www.suncatchereyes.net/LittleEmo.html

As a result the outfit is wrong (you have no idea how many pictures I stared at trying to get the hair right, so I know!) but he still makes me laugh standing on my desk.

I used three layers of felt for the eyes (black, dark brown, and white) attached with Fabri-Tac, and made black yarn hair by hooking and looping a bajillion strands through the stitches, then cut it to approximate L's insane hairstyle as best I could. Then I couldn't resist making a little Death Note Cheesy

Amigurumi is so fun! It's like instant payoff.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Geeky decorative cushions on: November 15, 2010 11:00:59 AM
So I really wanted to make something for my bf's birthday, and after looking at ThinkGeek for ideas the "I can make this!! And it will be even better!!!!" instinct attacked and I ended up with...

Geeky deco cushions for his office! He's a programmer at a certain fond-of-primary-colors tech company so I figured he can put them on the couch...or the wall...throw them at people...

I decided the dimensions by just subdividing one of those NuFoam chairpad forms into 4 squares, so they ended up roughly 7.5" x 7.5" and look kind of like giant colorful Scrabble tiles. I printed the letters, traced them onto Wonder Under (backwards! because I forgot to mirror the printed image) and just ironed them on the cushion tops.  Thanks to previous tips from lovely Craftsters I made my seam allowances 3/8" (about the width of the presser foot..genius!) and propped my dining table up on 4 paint cans while I was doing the cutting and ironing.

I've never made "structured" pillows before, so I'm really happy with how they turned out, especially since I cheated and did an envelope type folded opening in the back instead of a zipper closure.

This Threads article was REALLY helpful:

Another picture that I didn't realize had my dog in it staring at me until later:

Oh and this is my first posted project...I finally manged to de-lurk! Cheesy
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