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1  Re: Stitch Along 2013-until the END OF TIME in Needlework: Stitchalongs by ChameleonHound on: May 21, 2019 08:07:38 AM
I got my May submission done! I don't usually pick from embroidery patterns, but I do love to stitch panels from comics and webcomics. Here is a favorite. Wink Pusheen and Stormy!

I had to be extra sneaky since I've decided to give it to my partner on our anniversary in September, hopefully I can hide it from him until then!

Also, decorating the outer hoop is my new favorite thing. This one is just a bit of washi tape.
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2  Re: Flowers of the Month Stitch Along in Needlework: Stitchalongs by ChameleonHound on: May 15, 2019 10:18:58 AM
Thanks Kittykill!

I finished April. Still wishing I had chosen some better contrasts for this and March, but it's done and I'm happy.
I did go back and put some highlights around the letters though. This fabric was the best I could find for a diamond birthstone. Since May is emerald, I'm looking forward to something a little less varied and easier to contrast from.

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3  Re: Flowers of the Month Stitch Along in Needlework: Stitchalongs by ChameleonHound on: May 13, 2019 03:53:48 PM
Okay, I FINALLY got through March. I'm about halfway through April, but I wanted to post this one because I'm so tired of looking at it, lol. I'm putting it away, charging through the rest of the sweet peas and getting ready to start on May.

I didn't care for how the contrasts came out (since they kinda didn't) but this fabric was my closest approximation to bloodstone, the March birthstone. Also fiddled with the lettering, wound up adding a final touch of a single thread of white just to get them to show up. I actually took a darker picture so you could see them at all. Shrug.

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4  Re: 2019 Make-A-Friend Revival: Miniature Version Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: April 22, 2019 06:30:07 AM
Lovely gallery so far! I love all of the plant and Easter themes. Cheesy

I received my first box from dontneedaclassroom. BOOKS! <3 <3 <3

I discovered in her letter that we both grew up with Tamora Pierce's Tortall series, and have a lot of overlapping tastes in reading (and in filling our houses with books). From the description of these, I bet I'm going to love them. dontneedaclassroom, you might be my go-to for book recommendations from now on. Wink
Also, check out this gorgeous ATC! It has such a fine-art feel that I might need to find a wee gilded frame for it.

Thank you for these! I'm off to write a response to your letter. Smiley
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5  Re: Winter Tin Swap-Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: March 16, 2019 05:44:11 AM

There sure is, and it's darling!
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6  Re: Winter Tin Swap-Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: March 15, 2019 11:06:12 AM
I got an amazing package from my swap angel, Averia! Lookit how CUTE it is! That stitching on the front is divine! The tin features a perfect winter day - snuggled inside with books and tea, as you gaze on the winter through the window.  Grin
And the pouch is so sweet, and absolutely stuffed with nifty things!

Averia, you ROCK! Thank you for being my angel!

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7  Re: Stitch Along 2013-until the END OF TIME in Needlework: Stitchalongs by ChameleonHound on: March 10, 2019 12:40:02 PM
My submission for March. If it's not enough embroidery to count, leave me out of the raffle.

I recently made my first visit to a local wool shop and farm, and the owner encouraged me to put some things in her store. This is the first thing that came to mind! I'm going to work on some more once I get the details figured out, and then show them to her.

The sheep outline is embroidered, and the wool is needle felted in place. And to me, sheep and crafting go hoof-in-hand. Wink

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8  Re: Flowers of the Month Stitch Along in Needlework: Stitchalongs by ChameleonHound on: March 04, 2019 07:59:42 AM
Thanks for the knowledge, JC!

Just finished February. Kinda wish I had used a more contrasting thread for the primroses, but oh well. I do like how the violets came out, especially since I'm trying to use up lots of little bits of color.
For February Amethyst, I chose a satiny bit of fabric that was hemmed off of my prom dress way back when. I like the contrast of textures, but it pulled kinda weirdly.

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9  Re: Winter Tin Swap-Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: February 23, 2019 06:02:32 AM
Here is what I sent to EleanoraSweet. She has a pet rat, so I decided to make an even smaller one.  The full separate post is here, so I'll only put up a few pictures in this gallery.

Here is Scarlett and her house, and additional goodies.
I made the theme "Scarlett's guide to a cheery winter", which reads as follows:
1. Dress for the weather
2. Plan fun outdoors
3. Decorate with twinkly lights
4. Exchange letters with your beloved(s)
5. Chocolate
6. Tea
7. Crafting for yourself and others
8. Lots of cozy naps in your den

In my package to EleanoraSweet I included something for all of those. The extras not shown were tea, stitch markers, and a tiny string of twinkly lights. (Okay so maybe the battery pack didn't fit in the tin, but the lights themselves did!)
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10  Scarlett Rat and her Altered Tin House in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ChameleonHound on: February 23, 2019 05:52:21 AM
Meet Scarlett, a wee rat I made for the Altered Tin Swap. It was my first altered tin and I thought it would make a dear little dollhouse. Tiny crafting like this is trickier than I thought!

Scarlett herself is needle-felted around a wire armature. Before I felted the white felt on, I wrapped her little feeties and tail with embroidery floss. I used the same to stitch her nose, then added ears, painted eyes, and sewed in some microfilament whiskers. She's completely posable.

Here's her little house and yard in the snow, And the wall opens to her kitchen. Making that hinge took some work because of how far in it needed to be! I decided that a paper loop system around a skewer would hold the wall side, and I strung some string through beads that I glued to the inside of the tin for the other side of the hinge. I also used beads and a toothpick for her curtain rod, while the window opens on little cloth hinges.

I sent her along with some winter goodies. She has a little matchstick and paperclip sled, a scarf that is just a strip of fabric with sharpie hearts, and a little bag of gifts. In the bag are a "Get Well Soon!" paper garland and a tiny baggie of hershey's kisses chocolate. That took the most head scratching - the kisses themselves are mini chocolate chips that I wrapped with pieces a full-size kiss wrapper (and I'm never attempting that again! They melt quickly just from your fingers!). I had a hard time finding a little bag for them because the plastics were all too thick, and I settled on using a single bubble of bubble wrap, tied shut with the original kiss paper.
There's also a little card tucked in there from Scarlett's beau. You can see his portrait on the wall. Cheesy

All wrapped up in a tidy little box. Thanks for looking!

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