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1  Whitework - a sneaky sloth! in Needlework: Completed Projects by SisterTwisty on: June 07, 2012 07:44:52 AM
Im loving whitework embroidery at the moment.  I did some Carrickmacross lace recently, and I decided to have a bash at cutwork.   

I also love sloths.  I really, really love them. So whats the obvious choice for my next foray into whitework?  Sloths!

My design is some hibiscus flowers just about to be eaten by a sneaky sloth!  Sloths love hibiscus flowers.  I gave the flowers a bit of texture the stamens are done in French knots, and I gave the sloth a nice furry coat.

This was so much fun to embroider!  If I did it again Id use a whiter thread this one looks a little cream, and use a sharper pair of scissors to cut the background cloth away.  You need really sharp scissors for this.  If youve got sharp scissors and know how to do buttonhole stitch, youre pretty much sorted on cutwork!

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2  Warp and weft tapestry in Weaving: Completed Projects by SisterTwisty on: May 18, 2012 03:11:10 AM
Hello!  I normally hang out in the Needlework area of Craftster, but I thought I'd pop over here to Fiber Arts to share my latest project.

Last year, I completed the Open College of the Arts' Textiles 1 course, which included a module on weaving.  I have a little lap loom, but hadn't really done much with it, and the weaving module really gave me the bug!  I did some tapestry weaving as part of my course last year, and thought I'd have a bash at another project.

So, here's my Warp and Weft tapestry weaving.  It was really interesting to see how much easier it was to form shapes working sideways - I think 'weft' came out better than 'warp'.

I just doodled around to get a design I liked.  I wanted to do something with words and strong, simple colours.

It's about 20cm square, but it hasn't come out totally square!  Could I pin it to an ironing board and block in the way you block crochet or knitting?

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3  Carrickmacross Lace in Needlework: Completed Projects by SisterTwisty on: May 15, 2012 05:52:21 AM
I recently picked up a second hand book about white work embroidery, and decided to have a bash at it!  Looking at the pics in the book I decided Carrickmacross Lace looked easy enough - you applique muslin on to netting, couch it down, and then cut away the muslin that isn't part of the design.  So I doodled a design of some birds holding a key, and over the weekend I made this:

It's on a blue background to show off the white work.  I'm rather pleased with it as a first attempt!  I also used little buttonhole eyelets in the design, they were fun to embroider.

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4  Friendship is Magic! in Needlework: Completed Projects by SisterTwisty on: April 27, 2012 02:41:50 AM
I've embroidered Twilight Sparkle, the main character of the animated tv series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

I've never watched this - I don't know if it's even on air in the UK.  But I was taking part in a swap (on another, non-crafty site) and my swap partner mentioned he loved My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  I was a big fan of My Little Ponies as a kid in the 80s, so I thought I'd embroider Twilight Sparkle for him!

The hoop is probably 4 inches in diameter, I used long and short stitch for the body, stem stitch for the mane and tail and satin stitch for the eyes and horn.

For the record, Applejack is the best My Little Pony ever.  Fact!  Grin
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5  Foxes - inspired by Bjork in Needlework: Completed Projects by SisterTwisty on: February 28, 2012 04:06:51 AM
I wanted a bit of a challenge, so I decided to learn how to do silk shading and goldwork.  And I wanted to do my own design, because I get bored working to other people's designs.  I'm nothing if not overambitious.   Grin

I was inspired by lyrics from the song Cosmogony from the album Biophilia by Bjork:
"And they say back then our universe was an empty sea
Until a silver fox and her cunning mate
began to sing a song that became the world we know."

So I started sketching foxes, particularly fennec foxes, read up on silk shading and goldwork, and had a bash.

And here it is!

Overall, I'm really pleased with this.  I achieved what I wanted to - to learn how to do silk shading and work with metallic thread.  I like the way they almost look like constellations themselves, and that the silver fox is almost ghostly.  I was wondering if I should have padded the silver fox, but my boyfriend said he liked the way you could see bits of the dark fabric under the thread, it made her look more ethereal.

If I were to do this again, I'd do the back of the silver fox differently.  I used different threads, partly to create different textures, and partly to get experience working with different threads.  I also used brick stitch with coloured cotton to see what they would look like.  If I were to do this again, I'd use just the Jap thread, and not use coloured cotton, but do the fur in a wavy pattern.  

But overall, Im really pleased with this!  If youre interested, I blogged about the whole process at http://sistertwisty.blogspot.com/2012/02/in-which-i-finish-silver-fox.html
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6  Nyan Tess purse in Needlework: Completed Projects by SisterTwisty on: October 31, 2011 11:23:41 AM
I know the world and her wife have been making Nyan Cat cross stitches, but I had to jump on the bandwagon too! Grin  (If you haven't seen Nyan Cat, here's the awfully catchy video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TGUlwu4)

Sadly, my cat Tessy does not have a poptart for a body, but she often lies on the floor on her side, reminding me of the Nyan Cat.  So I did a cross stitch of her as the Nyan Cat, and made it into a little purse (UK sort of purse, you know, the little one you keep your change and keys in.  Is it a coin purse in the US?).

I dyed the fabric blue with some fabric paint, and ironed it to fix the colour.

I carried on the rainbow on to the back of the purse.

Tess did not approve.

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7  Re: TTTPT Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by SisterTwisty on: October 08, 2010 06:43:48 AM
Whoa!  Sorry it's taken me so long to post NavyBlue's goodies - I had the world tummy bug ever.  My house has been a place to avoid.  But my swap goodies have kept me smiling.

Are you sitting down?  'Cos these are AWESOME!

Firstly, NavyBlue4Eight made me a gorgeous card with farmyard-y fabric on the front, and MR BILL DOOR's picture on the inside (I love Reaper Man):

The first package contained an official anti-auditor's kit, made from the actual clothing Bill Door wore at the farm (according to one CMOT Dibbler), and a little turtle charm on the zip.

It contained a magnet with my favourite TP quote and some yummy Ghiradelli chocolates!  It will be now used to contain useful things, all of which are deadly to auditors.

And the second package contained my official beginner's weapons kit for the assasin's guild - I opened it up and there was already one of the most deadly weapons known to humankind within - a number 5 pink crochet hook.  It was a crochet hook case!

NavyBlue4Eight, thank you so much for this wonderful package - made with som much skill, imagination and humour!  You a brilliant swap partner.
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8  Re: Birds Birds Birds r2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by SisterTwisty on: June 16, 2010 06:50:48 AM
Hooray - finally posting pictures!  I had a wonderful package from the brilliant sweet_aya.  

The first thing I unwrapped was a lovely knitted scarf in a beautiful creamy colour, with an appliqued felt bird on the end.

Then there was a cutie little box decorated with flowers and little birdies:

And most amazing of all, some fabulous jewellery!  Love it all, especially the necklace, with a little bird in the cage, and a little bird flying away.  I have slim little wrists, and the bracelet fits perfectly - so unusual for me!

Thank you so much sweet_aya - everything was in colours that I love, with the sort of birds I love!  She also popped in some Dulce de Leche, which I'd never heard of, but my boyfriend has an Argentinian friend so he knew all about it!  It is very yummy, like really rich fudge.  Mmmmm.  

Thank you thank you thank you sweet_aya for such a cool first swap, and thanks Smmarrt for organising this!
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9  Clerical Stoles in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by SisterTwisty on: June 07, 2010 10:30:37 AM
Well, it's not your everyday clothing, but I thought this was the best place to post!

My friend is being made a deacon in the Church of England this summer, and I wanted to make her a stole to celebrate this.  A stole is the scarf-y thing that priests and deacons wear, and you get them in different colours depending on what liturgical season it is.  I decided on green, as that's the colour for the church's Ordinary Time, which takes up most of the calendar - I figured she'd get most use out of it.

I made my friend two different stoles, with different patterns, widths and lengths, so she could choose which she liked best - she chose the one with just the waves.   I used a linen/cotton mix, with cotton batik fabric for the waves, and I attached them with bondaweb and then densely stitching the edges with a zig-zag stitch using metallic thread.

And she loved it!  Hoorah!

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10  Catnip Cameron in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by SisterTwisty on: May 14, 2010 03:11:31 AM
Sorry about the rubbish camera phone pictures....

After David Cameron was made Prime Minister of Britain, I printed off a picture of his face, sewed felt to the back of it, and stuffed it with catnip to make a nice toy for my cats.  I figured if he ever came to my house, he'd get the furry welcome he deserved.

Within five minutes, Catnip Cameron's face had been desecrated by Tommy cat. After ten minutes, Catnip Cameron had no face, and his catnip innards were all over the floor.  I couldn't have been happier.    Wink

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