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121  Hey, I'm proud! Peacock Needlework in Needlework: Completed Projects by jemimah on: August 08, 2010 04:05:11 PM
I was lucky to be able to angel for the delightful schnerby a few weeks ago, for an EEPP. Among her themes were birds, trees, and silver, so this is what I came up with. (Thanks schnerby for providing much better pics than mine!)

the whole composition

close up

a couple more shots

the background fabric is silver and hard to photograph, this is a bit closer to the fabric colour

It is stitched on a fine silver synthetic fabric. Two white organza applique circles for the trees and a piece of teal silk for the peacock. All the embroidery is single strand rayon thread (DMC and Rajmahal), using mainly split, satin, chain, straight, and fly stitches. I looked at several peacock pics, and used a couple for reference to help me cut the peacock applique shape, but apart from that, all the stitching and design was pretty much freehand. I was working quickly (short timeframe for angel package of course), so it's not super precise, but I'm really pleased with how the overall effect turned out.

I haven't done much with rayon thread before (it does misbehave a bit more than cotton). Your feedback and suggestions for future projects are very welcome.  Smiley
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122  Re: OTET: One Tiny Emboidered Thing GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: July 16, 2010 06:18:31 PM
... this gallery was Stellar!

But wait, more Stellar to come!

I received from the lovely goldfishpollywog today!

It is the coolest little box, complete with robot and rocketship (love them).

I love the ingenious box design and colours, I love it that the robot has a little personalised thing about me on his display, I especially love it that the embroidery is all based on goldfishpollywog's own original sketches. (Do post a better pic if you have one goldfishpollywog, my photography's a bit rubbish.)

Also, the pretty background fabric is the nice teatowel it came wrapped in! For its protection of course.

Thank you goldfishpollywog, you are a great swap partner!
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123  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2010 in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: July 16, 2010 03:16:59 PM
Here are the very pretty sketchbook covers Tanza sent me. They have pockets for pencils and bits and pieces too - very handy. She also included some lovely embroidery fabric.

I especially like the little bird embroidery, it's so cute. Thanks Tanza!

(love that brain slug btw!)
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124  Re: Over 30 Fine Wine Geezer Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: July 08, 2010 06:34:49 PM
I just heard from theballandskein that she received my package and really likes it. Her camera is broken, so she asked me to post pics. My camera is a bit rubbish, so they're not the best, but better than nothing!

Her main item was a robot hoodie. I looked at sewing one, but couldn't find a good quality fabric, and ended up purchasing a nice fine weight hoodie that's a wool/cotton/stretchy stuff blend (if I remember right). I hand painted robots on the front. My own design, painted freehand.

It's a bit hard to see the details, but they are mainly silver with black white and grey details. The little one has a little pixel-ly heart.

theballandskein sent me a couple of favourite robot pictures, and I put one on a tote.

She also told me that she had spent some time in New Zealand, and had had an encounter with a weta (like a giant brown cricket - google weta if you dare!)
I promised not to put a weta in her parcel, but I found some fabric with weta on it, and I couldn't resist making a pouch with secret weta lining.

Alas, I didn't get a pic of the weta fabric, so imagine the brown leaf fabric with giant bugs scattered on it.

I seldom buy wrapping paper, so I wrapped the parcel in a teatowel with a very nice native bird design on it - glad you like it theballandskein!
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125  There's something fishy going on here in Needlework: Completed Projects by jemimah on: July 08, 2010 12:07:02 AM
This is the needle book I made for the lovely goldfishpollywog for the OTET swap.

This is a scan, as my camera doesn't seem to cope with fine detail.

goldfishpollywog's photo is much better, and the colour is more accurate (the fabric is a rich teal).

I couldn't find a pattern I liked. I looked at lots of pictures of goldfish, but this isn't from any one picture.

It is stitched on what I'm fairly sure is vintage silk, using single strand DMC floss. I used split, satin, stem, and blanket stitches, plus a made up kind of back stitch for the scale overlay. The fins and tail pieces were stitched on gold organza, then lightly stitched on so they sit very slightly out from the fabric. The needle book is just under 4 inches square.

I have to admit, I'm pretty pleased with it. Would love to hear your comments.  Smiley
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126  Is it really that bad? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jemimah on: July 06, 2010 10:26:07 PM
So I had a pattern and a remnant and a bit of time one day, and I made this apron.

Now, it's not my usual style, but I thought it was fun and kind of cute in a retro way. It's a McCalls pattern, but I changed the gathers into pleats, made up the heart pocket myself, and added the button.

I showed it to my dh, and do you know what he said? "Ghastly." When I asked for more constructive feedback, he said, "Utterly. Ghastly."

Hmmmm. Is my cute/fun-meter completely off here?

Perhaps a swap is called for. (The apron, not the hubby!!  Wink  He really is very lovely, and got me an adjustable dress form for my birthday, despite his craft aversion.)

What do you think, fellow craftsters? Be honest, I can handle it.  Cheesy
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127  Re: Over 30 Fine Wine Geezer Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: July 01, 2010 11:06:00 PM
I got a fantastic package from thanate!

all the loot:-

Handmade books are one of thanate's specialties, and I love my one. It will be perfect for a trip sketchbook/journal. The outside feels as nice as it looks:-

... and the inside is full of a creativity-inspiring mix of plain papers, old maps and patterns. I think the little lighthouse is my fave.

I also got a felted chain scarf in one of my all time favourite colours. Look! Lovely!

And to top the whole thing off, a fab pendant with Blake's illustration of Behemoth and Leviathan on it. (Perfect for me, as I once spent a year writing a thesis on Leviathan, and have a little obsession.) This is made from the mysterious "shrink plastic", which I have never seen in my country's craft shops. As thanate said, it looks a bit like scrimshaw - just right for a Leviathan.

It's too tiny for my old camera to get the details. (This is a link to the Blake image if you're interested.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Behemoth3.jpg)
The cord is recycled sari silk, and so beautiful.

Everything is beautifully made, and amazingly thoughtful. Thank you so much thanate!
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128  I'll never forget my needles now in Needlework: Completed Projects by jemimah on: May 27, 2010 09:20:33 PM
This is a small project I made not long ago. I'm especially happy with it, as I didn't use a pattern, just stitched straight onto the fabric, and made it up as I went along. It's a pretty simple design, but I like it.

It's stitched with DMC Medici wool on some scraps of bright green silk. Split stitch filling for the elephant, then a few simple decorative stitches (french knots, chain, spider web etc.) Doctors wool flannel pages inside the needle book. I made the cords with the Medici wool too. The picture could be better, sorry, but my camera didn't manage any close-ups. (--I've added a scan which shows the detail better.)

Would love to hear your comments  Smiley
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129  Re: aussie just one thing swap in The Swap Gallery by jemimah on: May 13, 2010 07:26:33 PM
That's a gorgeous package Serenthia, lucky you!

Speaking of very lucky people, I heard a mysterious beeping at my front door this morning ...

... ROBOTS!! Not just one, but a whole robot army!

Narrowly avoiding the savage attack cat, they marched in, as robots do. Before I knew it, they had invaded my study, and started helping me with my thesis. You see, these aren't your ordinary, run-of-the-mill robots, they're thesis bots!

Frustration bot provides a listening ear antenna, and doesn't complain if squished fiercely. (He is beautifully embroidered.)

Computer bot (fabulously feline, complete with mouse attached) has mastered my computer.

Clearthought bot just loves old German tomes...

... and no pile of books is too big for Reference bot and Organiser bot!

It's a little hard to see in my photos, but each one is beautifully detailed - amazing work.

Thank you so much KW, you are an awesome swap partner. I love these little guys, and I know they will make the thesis go much more smoothly!
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130  For the revolutionary needleworker in Completed Projects by jemimah on: May 05, 2010 02:13:05 PM
I made this for the aussie just one thing swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345897.0)

Kitten Wrangler had communism and political propaganda/iconography as one of her themes. I'd been wanting to do something with recycling books. And it all just came together...

The outside cover

On the inside, it's a needlework project holder ...

... complete with little red needle book and star pincushion (these are silk dupion with raw silk pages in the needlebook)

It was lots of fun to make, and I think it made KW laugh too. I have a lot of old books, and I'm enjoying coming up with ideas to turn them into usable things.

Oh, and in case you cringe at the idea of book dissection, this used to be an early 1980s recipe book with lots of advertising and cheesy pictures - amusing, but no great loss to world literature. I picked out the funniest pages and sewed them together into bigger sheets to use as wrapping paper. So now I also have themed wrapping paper (fondue, box wine, kiwifruit, etc.)!
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