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1  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Little devil on: May 01, 2011 07:06:03 PM

Hi all! I recently completed this little devil for a friend's birthday. It's a combination of backstitch, splitstich and stem stitch, plus a little satin stitch for the eyes (you can't see it well - looks like my photo lost the detail when it uploaded. Not sure what I did wrong!). To make it a bit fancy, I used pearlescent thread in the tail, horns and centre of the flowers. I also used a variegated orange thread for the fire, to try to give it a flickering look. I got really lucky, and the shades matched where I joined the thread at the bottom  Grin

For the first time, I tried a thread combo look which I read about here. I used two threads of brown and two threads of copper twisted together to stitch the hair highlights. I gave the blue flowers the same treatment with two dark / 2 light blue threads. I put it into a purple plastic embroidery hoop so my friend could hang it (on the wall of our work pod - she likes it so much it stayed at work so she can see it nearly every day).

So much fun! I enjoyed it so much I've just bought the "monkey love" pattern to sew some bibs and a baby blanket for my nephew due in September this year.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Indian elephant on: January 25, 2010 09:48:36 PM
Thanks so much! This is the first time I have ever made a stuffed toy and the first time I have worked with felt. It was heaps of fun  Cheesy
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Blackwork Pincushion on: January 25, 2010 09:47:15 PM
Absolutely beautiful! I am a devotee of blackwork and this is very inspiring! For anyone who is interested in starting out in blackwork, I recommend the Blackwork Archives http://www.blackworkarchives.com/index.html. There are lots of free patterns inspired by clothing of the Tudor and Elizabethan period. Next year, I am planning to tackle reversible Elizabethan embroidery. There is no back or front - pattern is on both sides  Shocked
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Indian elephant on: January 25, 2010 09:35:46 PM
Hi all! I just finished embroidering this sweet little wool felt elephant for a friend. She's having her first baby in April and the nursery has a red theme. The elephant pattern came from a book called "Stitched Toys" by Kate Haxell (highly recommend this book - very easy to use). I used 100% wool felt and did the embroidery in three strands of DMC cotton floss. I think it only took me about 10 hours from cutting to completion - it is quite small. The blanket on the elephant was embroidered in backstitch, chain stitch and blanket stitch. The flowers were done using a laisy daisy chain stitch, and the remainder of the embroidery (legs, truck) is in a plain chain stitch. The elephant was sewn together using blanket stitch. I really enjoyed making it! A lovely gift for a baby that is very easy to put together.

Elephant stitched together, ready for gift wrapping  Cheesy

One half of the elephant complete!

Thanks for looking!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: First attempt at sashiko on: January 10, 2010 05:14:28 AM
Gorgeous! Also on my "to do" list.

When I press my embroidery, I use a reasonably hot iron (depending on materials) and lay a fluffy towel on the ironing board. I find I need fewer passes with the iron and the fluffy towel prevents the stitches from being flattened into the board.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Farm Animal Baby Cot Set on: January 09, 2010 07:53:21 PM
My first shared project!  Grin A dear friend is having her first baby in mid-February so I couldn't resist stitching this sheet and blanket set for her baby's cot. The pattern is from a book called "Embroidery: Contemporary and Traditional Crafts" with designs by Penny Black, India Flint and Vicki Porter.

The animals were very simple to stitch - mostly stem stitch with a little bit of backstitch. I think the whole project took about 15 hours. The sheet is white cotton poplin and all the animals were stitched with perle 5 cotton. The animals were stitched to a band and attached to the sheet in the same way bias binding is attached.

The blanket is yellow flannette, also stitched with perle 5 cotton. The animals were stitched straight on the blanket, then a backing piece was sewn on wrong-sides-together. The piece was turned right-way-out then quilted with running stitch around the edges and in the middle. This was hardest part for me - I have never quilted before and I find sewing straight lines hard  Cheesy

My favourite part of the finished set were the chickens on the blanket :-)

Thanks for looking! Questions, advice and comments welcome.
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: Gingerbread Nunnery! (complete with icing nuns) on: January 08, 2010 05:18:03 AM
This is fantastic! The nuns make it really special! I also really like the like the building details, especially the roof tiles.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Doll House! on: January 08, 2010 04:54:20 AM
A gret job! I bet it was all worth it whenn you saw her face  Grin
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Chibi Totoro Plushie on: January 08, 2010 04:49:48 AM
My Neighbour Totoro is one of my favoutite films. Your totoro looks fantastic! I predict many years of happy cuddles  Cheesy
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Another Sanibel bag - laptop version on: January 08, 2010 01:04:44 AM
Great bag! Didn't realise you could buy fabric at Ikea, so I will definitely have to visit. Thanks for the tip  Smiley
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