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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Topher Brink and Circuit-diagram butterflies (Dollhouse hoop) on: December 26, 2011 10:07:26 AM
My sister and I just finished watching the first season of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse (now onto season 2!), and I wanted to practice my beginner embroidery skills doing up a Dollhouse-themed hoop.

The circuit diagram/butterfly design came from Urban Threads: http://www.urbanthreads.com/product_details?product_id=2341&category_id=57.

I would say it took my about 10 hours, with Christmas movies, since I'm a bit slow with the stitching (seed/back stitch and French knots). I enjoyed myself, though! The result, with a quarter placed for scale:
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Nerd-love cross stitch hoops (Prince of Persia, Dinosaur Comics) on: July 13, 2011 08:08:42 PM
I've recently realized that I LOVE cross stitch and so I've been practicing, having fun, and trying to get better.

I stitched these two as gifts for two different friends. Each is just basic cross stitch, but took me a week or so of evenings watching Battlestar Galactica and Bright Star to finish. While I've still go to put the finishing touches on their appearances, all the stitching is done. Both are quotes that the friends and I have shared...Fun times!  Smiley

This first one is a quote from the movie Prince of Persia (a, ahem, guilty pleasure). It's good life advice, don't you think? The pattern for the bird is adapted from one in the Reader's Digest Big Book of Cross Stitch Designs:

This second one is a quotation from a photo-essay-poem-thing by Joey Comeau (A Softer World) about Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics). If you want to read that, you can find it here: http://cargocollective.com/joeycomeau/1223104. The dinosaur pattern is from this website: http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mdinoxstitch.htm

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Pearl Necklace a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer on: May 30, 2010 12:45:28 AM
I just recently fell in love with Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and I'm only halfway through season two, so I've got a long way to go). I was quite taken with the necklace worn by the character Drusilla, in the episode School Hard, and I decided to take a shot at replicating it for myself.

My version, using a mix of swarovski pearls (almond and red), glass pearls (white), and small white beads as spacers (imitating the sort-of "knots" you get between actual pearls in a typical strand):

The original (picture from http://www.screencap-paradise.com/):

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "Chain of Command" Scarf (Firefly) on: April 21, 2010 07:26:47 AM
I made this scarf for round 9 of the Firefly Swap. (Jayne: "Do you know what the chain of command is?...")

It's based on a pattern from Knitty (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTmarleysghost.html), and is made up of multiple links knit in the round, using the magic loop method. The coins were attached with the loose ends before the relevant loop was "finished".

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Simon Tam....tam (Firefly hat!) on: April 21, 2010 07:23:27 AM
For the Firefly Swap (Round 9), I made this version of the Jayne Cobb hat, based on the pattern for the "Tam Topper" that can be found here: http://www.kraemeryarns.com/patterns/.

I was pretty pleased - it is a bit large (made with a nice chunky yarn), but it fits over long/big hair, which is (in my view) nice. I think my partner liked it, so...yay!

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Harry Potter t-shirts for opening night on: July 21, 2007 09:35:47 AM
My sister, friend, and I all made t-shirts to go to the Order of the Phoenix on opening night - we had SO much fun! I've never used iron on transfers before - who knew they were so fabulous!

For clarifying:

Anyway, my sister's (left) has a picture of Helena Bonham Carter and says "Bellatrix is a wench". (!!) Mine (right) has Snape and says "I go for bad boys". My friend's isn't picture, but had "Give her hell, Peeves". Super fun! Only unfortunate part is that we were allowed right in the theatre to sit down instead of standing outside like we'd done for all the other movies, so we couldn't be admired... *tear* lol

Oops, forgot to mention that the Snape picture came from the "Stencilry" website (and the Bellatrix photo came from Wikipedia)

Possibly I will be able to post better photos later on. Thanks for looking!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Charlie Chaplin Funny Board on: June 05, 2007 04:59:41 PM
For my school's Dry Grad (all night fun and games at the arena, pool, etc.) the theme was "Old Hollywood". We traced this off an overhead onto two wooden panels, painted them with tempera paint and outlined with sharpie marker. A grad dad talented with a jigsaw cut out the faces ... and voila!

The Second Day of Painting:

End of Day Two:

The Finished Product:

The Original Poster:

It went over pretty well...  Smiley
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Stuart McLean Is My Homeboy! on: June 19, 2006 02:07:06 PM
So we (family and I) went out last Saturday night to see Stuart McLean record two shows of "The Vinyl Cafe". It was the first time that the show had come to northern Canada and we were so excited! I stayed up late into the night to stencil this shirt for myself to wear. It went over well (thank goodness, I had this terrible fear that he would be insulted or something...) and got a few good laughs (which was what I wanted.  Smiley

The picture came from the Internet but is also found in one of his books. The font is just off Microsoft Works. Also, you can see on the shoulder (my left, your right) that I got his autograph too. It was awesome!

The Vinyl Cafe (http://www.cbc.ca/vinylcafe/) is a weekly, radio show nationally broadcast on CBC radio. It is recorded in different cities all over Canada and always features local musicians/performers. Stuart McLean also writes fabulous short stories about a fictitious Toronto family (and their friends and family) and their adventures. I also heard it may be podcasted (is that correct? podcasted?) on the CBC website soon, so maybe you can listen in if you're interested but not in Canada.

And now... The Shirt:

9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / The Strength of Ten Men on: April 17, 2006 10:36:44 AM
I stenciled this one for my dad's birthday (using a font from the Internet and a stencil from "Stencilry"). I was inspired after thinking of the many times he's commented on how he has the strength of ten men.   Cheesy

The Birthday Boy
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sleepytime Binder on: December 23, 2005 04:15:36 PM
In French class (first period) my friend commented on how uncomfortable her binders were for lying down on during class. So, for Christmas, I made her an official sleepytime binder. I'm very pleased with the way it turned out: I just cut a piece of fabric slightly bigger than the binder, ironed the edges over (as opposed to hemming) and used tacky glue to attach it to the binder. I stuffed it with fibrefill from an old pillow and now, it's comfortable! Thought I saw the ide on Craftster somewhere but now I can't find it... Maybe I dreamed it, in any case I am proud of my creation. Tell me what you think...  Smiley

Demonstrating the squishiness

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