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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tiny stumpwork dragonfly on: August 16, 2010 10:42:40 PM
I made this for the IYP swap, for the lovely Pearliepie. It arrived today, and I think she rather likes it!

Excluding the frame, it is about 1 inch by 1 inch. It is made of organza, fine wire, rayon embroidery thread, glass beads, and fine Kreinik cord.

I think Pearliepie's pics are a little better. (thanks PP!)

I really enjoy doing stumpwork - I'd love to hear from any other craftsters who like this rather tricky but very fun kind of embroidery.
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hey, I'm proud! Peacock Needlework 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
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / There's something fishy going on here 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
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Is it really that bad? 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
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I'll never forget my needles now 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
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / For the revolutionary needleworker 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.)!
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Another Book Bag - with Recycled Ties! on: April 19, 2010 09:05:11 PM
I've been inspired by Craftster to have a go at the recycled book bag idea (thanks Craftster!). And I love recycling old ties, and thought they'd work well together. Im sure Im not the first person to have thought of combining old books and old ties, but Im still proud. My first completed Craftster project!

Both peasy AND easy, it took a lot less time than I thought it would. 1 book, 2 ties (all dark blue and gold), and a scrap of felt to cover the bottom. I just used glue, so it's really only up to light handbag duties (great for mincing about at art openings), rather than anything heavy duty (not recommended for scouring op-shops for new supplies).

I'm going try stitching one next I think. Suggestions and tips welcome!
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