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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Lord of the Ganas, Ganesha on: March 16, 2011 11:26:13 AM
Oh, I love him! So beautifully done!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Rod Serling embroidery on: February 18, 2011 08:19:35 PM
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Kenwood House in Blackwork on: February 15, 2011 05:19:48 AM
This is a beautiful piece--thank you for sharing.

I really love the whimsical birds on one side--they add a bit of the unexpected to such a formal composition.

Well done!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My Second Loom-Knitted Hat on: February 14, 2011 01:44:22 PM
Thanks--to be more specific on the yarns--the Homespun is the color "Corinthian" and the Hometown USA super chunky is "Portland Wine."

The hat took most of a skein of the Portland Wine and about a half a skein of the homespun.

I'll be doing the arm warmers with the other half. That is, after the glue dries on the flower loom--I glued all the pegs in the loom because I don't ever see myself using it to make raffia flowers since I hate raffia and you don't have to remove the pegs if you make yarn flowers with it..... Grin
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Pirate knit kit on: February 14, 2011 01:42:01 PM
You have a lucky sister! That kit rocks! Beautifully done!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Second Loom-Knitted Hat on: February 14, 2011 12:28:40 PM
So, I have never been able to figure out how to knit with needles. But, I have picked up the Knifty Knitter looms that my mother gave my older daughter for Christmas a few years back and have started making hats.

Here's my second one:

Its made with one strand of Lion Homespun and one of Lion's Hometown USA super-bulky yarn. I like the way the variegated Homespun blended with the dark plum super-bulky yarn and made a really neat tweedy effect.

The flower on the side was made with the flower-loom also by Knifty Knitter.

While the hat is a bit big for our Bigfoot statue it fits me perfectly and looks like a sort of retro clochesque sort of hippie-hat.

I think I'm going to try a pair of arm-warmers next.....
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: owl-y french press cozy on: February 14, 2011 12:20:03 PM
I love stuff decorated with owl cables. So CUTE!

And, I like the idea of a french press cozy. I may have to haul off and crochet or knit or sew or otherwise one of those for my husband and I so we will use our french presses more often.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Blackwork techniques on: February 12, 2011 08:56:44 AM
Bah--double running stitch is a pain in the tuckus! I think it was traditional for blackwork because it was often used on clothing, like collars, sleeves and neckline ruffles and in places like that, the back and front of what you were stitching really should look the same. But if you are doing something to frame, what's the point of the back and front looking exactly the same?

Use whatever stitch turns out the best for your design, and to heck with "shoulds" and "Oughtas."
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Chibi Cthulhu Jeans on: February 09, 2011 06:37:18 PM
Thanks, everyone!

I did a pair for my 4 year old daughter, too, but instead of chibi Cthulhu, she has an orange tiger-striped kitten with huge green eyes. She's too young to appreciate an Elder God on her jeans.

Brittany, I just turn the jeans inside out before washing them and I do them in cold water and they turn out just fine. So far the pearl cotton thread seems to be fading at about the same rate as the denim.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: What is this stitch? on: February 09, 2011 07:01:12 AM
I agree--the original stitch looks like french knots done either in a pearl cotton or a crewel wool which gives the stitch a bigger, bulkier, oomfier profile than the usual six strand embroidery floss.
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