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21  Tangled Hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: January 10, 2012 01:59:47 PM
I have totally loved Tangled since the first trailers appeared, and have now watched the film soooooo many times!!  I just had to make something Tangled themed.  I loved the sun symbol they use throughout the film, and I got the inspiration for this hoop from the symbol she has on the piece of purple fabric.  Using this image - http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ynNQHLwyv28/TZKOCjrP4SI/AAAAAAAABHg/J99ebxIEras/s1600/TangledFlag.jpg I cut out the shapes of the rays that I needed and pinned then onto some *very* purple satin material.  (The photo doesn't quite do the lovely colour it is justice!!)  I then stitched down all the felt, and couched some gold russian braid in the centre to make it a bit more sparkly and interesting.  I wrapped the outside of the hoop in some purple ribbon also.  Makes a nice colourful addition to my ever growing hoopla wall Smiley

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22  Re: Big Project stitch-along 2011 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by oceansoul on: December 20, 2011 07:45:26 AM
Just been commissioned to start another set of blackwork cuffs and partlet for a Catherine of Aragon outfit. Cuffs need to be 30cm long, this is what I've got so far after 2 days of stitching -

Loving this pomegranate pattern.  These need to be finished and sent off by Jan 24th so don't think I'm getting much of a stitching break over christmas this year lol.
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23  Geisha Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: December 14, 2011 03:23:02 PM
I wanted to make something for my neighbour for Christmas, and as she lots of artwork up in her house was quite easy to find inspiration.  She had several geisha pictures and her son lives in Japan so thought it would be a good choice.  I found the pattern in Joan Elliott's Ultimate Collection magazine, which is awesome.  So many beautiful patterns that I need to find the time to stitch.  Started this in September, and finished it a couple of days ago after getting incredibly frustrated with all the backstitch and metallic thread.  I caved and ended up giving it to her yesterday as I couldn't wait any longer lol.  Is now hanging up in her living room Cheesy  One of my favourite ever pieces I think, was great fun to stitch up and so many awesome colours!

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24  Embroidered Hankies [pic heavy] in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: December 14, 2011 01:16:36 PM
I wanted to make my Nan something nice for Christmas, and also something that she could use.  She always has a hankie on her so thought she may like some new embroidered ones.  All the patterns I have used are from Aimee Ray's brilliant Doodle Stitching Motifs book which I absolutely love Smiley  I embroidered 7 hankies in total.  I made them over two evenings.

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25  Thomas Kinkade Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: November 22, 2011 08:33:19 AM
My Mum's favourite painter is Thomas Kinkade - http://www.thomaskinkade.com/magi/servlet/com.asucon.ebiz.home.web.tk.HomeServlet .  His artwork is amazing!! Really need to get my hands on some of his Disney cross stitch kits which are beautiful!  I have been promising my Mum for years that I would make her a Kinkade cross stitch and have finally gotten around to it.  I found the kit online, and is called 'Evening Glow'.  It was one of the pre-printed canvas ones that you embellish.  It has a mixture of cross stitch, half stitch and back stitch in either one or two strands to create a multi dimensional feel.  There is also a lot of sparkly blending filament in it - although the sparklyness did not come through that well in the pictures.  Was quite good fun to stitch up and am looking forward to giving it her Smiley

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26  Tinkerbell Mini Cushion in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: November 22, 2011 08:10:41 AM
I made this mini cushion for a friend in work whose Grand-daughter loves Tinkerbell.  I found the pattern on ebay aaaaages ago and totally loved it, and was waiting for a reason to stitch it up.  I made up a pattern for the 'R', her name is Ruby.  Stitched on 14 count aida, mounted on felt and blanket stitched together.  Roughly, I think it took about 5 days to put together.  As I cannot the leave the back of things alone, I freehand stitched her name and added some sequins.

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27  Blackwork Set in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: October 29, 2011 03:46:09 AM
Back in May I was commissioned by a friend to make her some blackwork for her Tudor costume, which meant making four cuffs and two collars, as I was making them for her partner as well.  We spent ages trying to find a pattern, and usual, the answer was found on the Blackwork Archives.  I finally finished stitching them late last night, and am off to hand them over this afternoon!! Nothing like a bit of last minute frantic stitching!  This was the end result -

They are stitched on linen fabric with silk embroidery thread.  I think I got through 3 skeins of silk during this project!  The linen was an absolute pain to work with.  Was incredibly fine, and therefore had incredibly tiny holes which were frustrating to count!!  I sort of lost count of the time it took after reaching the 100 hours mark, and there is just under 60 inches of blackwork in total Smiley

Here's a couple of close up shots -

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28  Re: Big Project stitch-along 2011 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by oceansoul on: October 03, 2011 04:00:15 PM
I've been working on my current blackwork project since the end of May now and am slowly getting through it!!  I have so many cross stitch projects that I want to get going on but need to get to the end of this blackwork tunnel first!!

I've finally finished the four cuffs -

woop!! and am now embarking on the two collars.  I *really* underestimated how long this would take me to complete.  I think there are already well over 100+ hours spent on the project, and at least another 40 or so to go *I think*.  This linen is totally impossible, uber uber fine and incredibly tiny holes, so is currently causing just a bit of a headache!!  I will be very glad when they are finally finished and I can see them on the finished costume, but that moment looks like it will be forever away!! Here's the current progress on the first collar -

According to my boyfriend it resembles a birds eye view of a motorway at the moment lol.  I really hate stitching straight lines that are 17" long!!  Blackwork rant over Smiley

@goldenloli - I *love* that unicorn!! So pretty Smiley

@historicalneedle - woahhhh your dragon is looking amazing!!
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29  Belle Embroidered Card in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: October 03, 2011 03:43:51 PM

I made this card for my lovely friend who has just left the shop to go to Uni.  We started at Disney at the same time and I was really sad when she said she was leaving, so a card had to be made.  I know she loves Beauty & the Beast so found a colouring page of Belle online.  Traced onto a pillow and stitched around the outline.  I personally much prefer Belle's initial blue dress in the film over her yellow ball gown so was an easy choice to make.  After the stitching I crayon tinted most of the design for more colour.  I didn't really feel like stitching all the many roses that were in the design, so instead bought some ribbon roses and just stitched them on, and that's what I came up with Smiley  Oh, and I stitched the finished design onto some felt so it was a bit sturdier and easy to stick to the card!  (Sorry pics quite small, can't make it bigger for some reason.  There is a bigger one on my blog Smiley )   Thanks for looking, V.
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30  New Hoop Collection - Disney, Chakra, Pagan in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: August 21, 2011 06:33:02 PM
So I've been on a bit of a hoop making mission the past few days.  Made 5 over two days, so lots of stitching Cheesy
Here's what I came up with -

I loooove the Disney film Emperors New Groove.  Kuzco is just too funny!! So stitched this hoop up using a colouring page I found online.  Crayon tinted in Kuzco for some more colour and added one of my favourite quotes.

I loved this Chakra diagram on Urban Threads.  Black outline is done using back stitch and chakras are shaded in using satin stitch.

Another Urban threads pattern I loved.  Outline is stitched in split stitch.  First time I've tried using this one so could be neater.    All done in 2 strands of thread.  Added some crayon tinting around the edges of the hoop for more colour.

Wanted a green man pattern to go with my goddess one.  This one is from Aimee Ray's awesome doodle stitching book which I love.  Also done in two strands of thread with some extra crayon tinting.

I was in a pretty bad mood the other day, so instead of feeling miserable I decided to try and 'stitch out' my negativity, and that's what I came up with.  It's stitched on 14 count white aida, with lots of bits of leftover thread.  I used this font generator for the text - http://www.stitchpoint.com/eng/tool/alph/cross-stitch-writing-tool.php
I have more info on my blog - http://embroideryemporium.blogspot.com/2011/08/hoop-extravaganza.html

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