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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tardis Necklace on: May 19, 2014 12:15:33 PM
For my partner chughes225 I decided to try my hand at micro-embroidery. The final Tardis image is a bit bigger than I wanted and I had to hunt hard to find a bezel big enough for it, but I'm happy with the end result. The bezel is 50mm on the outside. The design was free hand based on several Tardis I was referencing.

22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Celtic Crow Slip Cover on: May 19, 2014 12:06:57 PM
For the IYP 25 swap my partner Wulf asked for an embroidered pillow cover. After stalking his pinterest diligently I settled on making something with a celtic design and fell in love with a crow design. I printed it out at the appropriate size, used transfer paper to get it onto the fabric and then traced the design in permanent marker so it wouldn't rub off as I worked.

The finished design is just under 12 inches across. The main design uses satin stitch and was outlined with a chain stitch in blue. The entire design took approximately 20 hours of embroidery. I thought I'd never finish Smiley But at the same time it was fun to do. It's definitely going to be while before I tackle something this big again though.

23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A Charming Bookmark & Ravenclaw Owl Necklace on: April 11, 2014 11:09:49 AM
I made this little bookmark and owl necklace for Pottermouth as part of a private swap.

The bookmark is braided ribbon with a copper charm on the bottom. I used paints, mica powders, embossing powder and alcohol ink to provide a textured base. I have a bunch of Harry Potter stamps so I added a cute book stack with embossing ink and black embossing powder. Finally I made a little bead cluster to the bottom of the charm.

The owl bead was one I had laying around and I just added some Ravenclaw house-colored beads for a fun little pendant.
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey Spoon Necklace on: April 11, 2014 10:52:33 AM
My partner in the Complete Nonsense swap wanted a spoon necklace because she loves the book Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (No it's not THAT book; it's a satirical novel about a future society where people can only see a limited range of colors and the range you can see determines you social class).

I discovered that spoons are really, really, really hard to drill. Or maybe I just have the wrong tools. Either way this was a challenging piece to make for me. I cut the bottom part of the spoon, used a metal file to smooth the edges, hammered the crap out of it to flatten it, and then etched the book title onto the spoon. Shades of Grey is about two characters in different color classes (a green and a red) who fall in love so I added heart beads in each color.

25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jack Skellington Mini-Canvas Necklace on: April 11, 2014 10:44:08 AM
Lately I've been leaning toward embroidery and painting in my crafts. However, my partner in the Complete Nonsense swap said she didn't want any wall art or hooplas. What she did want was jewelry. So what the heck, I decided to try indulging my artist tendencies by making a mini-canvas necklace.

I painted Jack Skellington as my partner listed Nightmare Before Christmas as one of her favorites. I finished the canvas with clear acrylic sealer to help protect it. Next I glued soft felt to the back of the canvas and then soldered the edges of the canvas and added a jump ring. It's the first time I've used my soldering kit and I managed not to burn down the house or lose any limbs so I consider it a success. The solder is less than perfect, but I'm still happy overall.

And a last pic to show the size of the canvas.
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Catch Me If You Can" Mini Art Quilt - Pic Heavy on: February 26, 2014 12:35:05 PM
I love art quilts. Love, love, love them. I made this art quilt for my partner in the Terribly Important SOB swap, it's inspired by my sudden fascination with patchwork things, Harry Potter and layering texture. It took ages and I'd probably still be playing with it if the swap deadline hadn't arrived. I am super pleased with the results though:

I began by sewing together five different complimentary fabrics. Next I broke out my acrylics and swirled on some color washes over the fabric and then painted on some lovely gold spots with lumiere fabric paint (a personal favorite). I picked a dark blue thread and used the quilting foot on my sewing machine for the first time. The result is a bit choppy but I was just making random patterns and playing with the movement. I also added two flying keys with black thread - free-hand embroidering them on the machine.

I printed the words "Catch Me If You Can" onto white muslin (stiffed with freezer paper to go through my printer), cut them out and machine embroidered them with black thread onto the quilt.

Next I bought some shimmery blue & white chiffon and a pretty opalescent netting. I cut strips of each fabric and used my heat gun to melt them onto the quilt and layer them. It added a lot of texture which I really enjoyed. Then some more machine quilting, this time with a bright yellow thread to compliment the key and the gold spots and help secure my melted fabrics.

Here's a shot that shows the texture from the layered and melted fabrics:

I already had the gold key on hand and created wings for it using some fantasy film and my heat gun. Then I sewed it onto the quilt using clear nylon thread.

Not ready to call it quits, I broke out my ridiculously vast collection of beads and randomly sewed them in place all over the quilt. Finally I added two silver rings to the back of the quilt so it can be hung on the wall.
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Believe" Altered Art Bottle on: February 26, 2014 12:14:07 PM
Definitely not sure where to put this one. I created this altered art bottle for my partner in the Terribly Important SOB swap. The base is a small triangular bottle I had lying around. I stained the inside with alcohol inks (no good pics of this sadly) and then layered elements on the outside until I was happy. It's all rather random but I was going for a warm color palette. I finished the bottle off with some fun ribbon, a charm that says "Believe" and a tiny bead cluster, then spritzed the whole thing with a bit of gold shimmer spray (also not visible in the picture). I like the way it came together.

28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hufflepuff Night on the Town Bracelet on: February 26, 2014 12:04:47 PM
Another jewelry piece created for my swap partner in the Terribly Important SOB swap: a Hufflepuff inspired bracelet. I loosely braided some fancy ribbons and bead strands I put together. I'm not happy with the clasp solution I had to use so I'll be brainstorming a better solution if I ever decide to make one of these again:

29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Royal Hedwig Mini Art Quilt Necklace on: February 26, 2014 12:01:14 PM
I've been obsessed with art quilts lately so I decided to try making a teeny tiny necklace with one. This was created for my partner in the Terribly Important SOB swap. We both like Harry Potter so I stamped Hedwig on some fabric, embellished her with a very fancy rhinestone crown and then layered the piece, added some random stitching and hung it from a gauzy purple ribbon. I rather like the effect.

30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Hedgehog's Adventure I & II on: February 10, 2014 11:13:52 AM
Anyone who knows me knows that I love hedgehogs. I was recently inspired to create a couple of embroidery hoops based on that mild obsession. They are patchwork style with shrink plastic charms for added detail.

The Hedgehog's Adventure I

In Henry's first adventure he's determined to prove that hedgehogs CAN fly even if they don't have wings.

The Hedgehog's Adventure II

In Henry's second adventure he decided to try skiing, because the world needs more skiing hedgehogs.
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