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1  Re: Big Project stitch-along 2010 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by emfrsewr on: May 22, 2010 04:48:57 PM
Here's my (nearly finished!) big cross stitch project.  It's not all that big technically, but it's on 18 count aida, so my strained eyes tell me otherwise.  If you don't know, it's based on Robert Indiana's LOVE statue.  I was looking for something with solid colors and easy lines, but I think I didn't realize quite how long filling in each area would take....


Inspiration:

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2  Re: Shaving Cream Cards-- With Tutorial--MUST TRY! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by emfrsewr on: April 21, 2010 12:47:28 PM
Ugh I love this project.  I did a few small ones, but I'm really excited to tackle something larger.  My tip would be to maybe not use too many colors, that seemed to not work so well for me. 

All of them together:

My favorite: (this was the first one I did, before really mixing the food coloring too much)
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3  Spring time thank you cards (reduction linoleum) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by emfrsewr on: April 21, 2010 12:38:15 PM
Some cute springtime linoleum reduction cut thank you notes!  Pretty simple.  Four press runs (light green, blue, medium green, dark green), removing two leaves or so at a time from the grassy section.  I have some in-progress shots that I can post here or on my blog if anyone is interested.

Front:

Back:  (hard to see, but it has my name, the season, and a cute little block I found of a squirrel gesturing)
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4  Lap quilt disappointment in Quilting: Completed Projects by emfrsewr on: March 29, 2010 07:48:07 AM
I got a bunch of small already pieced squares from the woman that gave me my current stash.  I had a couple days over spring break, so I thought I'd piece them together, and that it would be easy peasy.  False.  Nothing turned out with a good right angle, even the backing cloth I bought (at Joann's though, so what was I expecting).  I think it's going to become a little rug for next to my bed, or the thing I put my computer on when it's on my lap and overheating.

The other issue is I rushed.  I think I've come to realize in quilting that you're supposed to take your time and enjoy the process. Oh well, lessons learned for next time!

(there are a few in progress pics on my blog: http://craftyincollege.wordpress.com/ )

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5  My first quilt! in Quilting: Completed Projects by emfrsewr on: March 21, 2010 06:43:27 PM
I made a quilt a few years ago before heading off to college.  It was twin sized (for my dorm bed) but then it didn't go with my general room decor so I left it home. 

The quilt top is a lot more flat in real life, instead of being kind of pulled as the image appears.  It looks a little loose because it's just tied.  (I wasn't feeling up for actual machine stitch quilting on my first quilt!)  I also had some issues with the batting.  Either the batting or the black fabric that I used was of a poor quality so little fibers from the batting have been springing through the black fabric.  If I'm feeling inspired this summer I think I might go back and take it apart and use a nicer batting.  I think it could look really cool with some free motion quilting on the black areas. 

C & c appreciated!


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6  Bind-O-Rama: a bunch of book structures! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by emfrsewr on: March 10, 2010 08:04:14 PM
In my book arts class we had a "Bind-o-rama" session where we each taught a book structure.  Here's the fruits of our labors:

The whole gang:



From left working clockwise:
-Plain 4 signatures on tape in book cloth and board
-Flag book
-Secret Belgian binding
-Dos-a-dos
-One signature book
-Piano Hinge book on skewers
-Simple accordion
-Simple pamphlet stitch with tabbed cover.

Comments and critiques appreciated!
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7  Bite Me Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by emfrsewr on: March 05, 2010 02:43:14 PM
My mom says "bite me" a lot in this adorable/annoying ironic way.  So I thought I'd stitch this up and send it to her as a surprise.  (Inspired by the Subversive Cross Stitch pattern, but I wanted something a little simpler.)  It's on 18ct Aida, and the frame is from Target.  Comments and critiques please!!

(Oh and I forgot to take a photo before heading to the post office, so I delicately arranged it on a pile of dirty snow.  Felt appropriate.)  






(Edited for spelling. Blech.)
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