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81  15th Century Embroidered Belt in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: May 10, 2010 06:06:38 AM
Recently most of the sewing I've been doing has been for my historical re-enactment obsessed housemate and best friend Kindra. The main project has been some Tudor blackworking for a partlet, but late Saturday night she told me she needed a medieval belt embroidered by Monday!!  Arrghh, well after getting over the shock of having this dumped on me at such short notice I got sewing.  Managed to get in two hours Saturday night, then spent all day Sunday sewing furiously.  Thankfully the pattern was a relatively simple one!!  It was 36" long, and 6cm wide, made using white silk taffeta fabric with 3 ply silk filament thread in gold.  This was the most annoying combination of materials to sew with I've ever encountered.  Both were quite slippy and never wanted to go were I wanted them to.  I also found the thread incredibly hard to work with.  One section broke down into about 9 smaller threads, which would start falling apart and matting after a short amount of sewing time.  It was definitely an interesting experience.  Anyway I was really happy with the finished result, considering how quickly I managed to turn it around!! 

After I finished the embroidery my house mate mounted it on some leather and sewed the excess material around it to make it a bit stronger when being worn.  The actual buckle was one she bought, but the punched plate that the buckle is mounted to, and the belt end were made by her boyfriend who is a professional armourer.  They are so beautiful and shiny!!  So all in all this project was a bit of a team effort!!

Well enough blabbing,here be some pictures:

The finished belt -

Some close ups of the embroidery pre beltification -

Vicki x

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82  Weighted Companion Cube and I.T Crowd stitchery in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: April 26, 2010 06:34:17 AM
My partner is a biiig fan of the Portal game so he asked if I'd stitch him a version of the Weighted Companion Cube for him to put on his desk.  Pattern for it was actually really easy to find on the internets, and only took just over an hour to stitch, so was quite a quick fun one to do Smiley

We're also big fans of the I.T crowd.  He is actually Moss from the show, and is always fixing computers.  I asked him something about the computer once, and he replied with the line stitched on the card below.  (Moss says it at some point).  So once again I was inspired to do some stitching.  I found a pattern for Moss' face on the internets and then drew out
the quote on some chart paper before I stitched it.  He loves it and it has been added to growing collection of craft stuff I've made on his desk Smiley

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83  Card collection [pic heavy] in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: April 26, 2010 06:23:37 AM
I've been on a bit of a card making mission for different things in the past few months, and having recently sorted through all the pictures on the laptop thought I'd post them Smiley

This one was a housewarming present for a spider-man loving friend of mine.  Stitched on 14 count white aida then stuck onto the card.  I found a chart of spiderman's face on the internet, and then made up spider and cobweb sections on some chart paper to make it look more fun Smiley

This was made for my partners Mum's birthday who loves all things oriental.  Stitched on 14 count green aida, in a string strand of yellow thread.  The middle of the circle designs on the side is done in metallic gold.  I had intended to do them all in the metallic thread, but I found it so frustrating to stitch with!!

This was for my best friends birthday, again stitched on 14count white aida.  She loves butterflies and I liked all the colours in this one Smiley  Pattern was from a free downlad pdf chart thingy.

This was the Mother's day card I made for my partner's Mum.  She's a dress maker so thought this one was very appropiate.  I can't remember where I got the pattern for this one from, but it's also done on 14 count white aida.  As you can tell, I like stitching on that count aida, find it so easy to work with.

I've been wanting to stitch a Harry Potter crest for aaaages, and so made this one up for my HP loving cousin's birthday.  I'm pretty sure the pattern was from the Leaky Cauldron website.

And finally, I made this for my partner's birthday.  We both love panda's so it had to be done.  Again on 14 count aida, and I made the design for the letters up as I went along in a single strand of thread.  Pattern was from an old copy of one of the stitching magazines I had.
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84  Meow! in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: April 24, 2010 01:11:39 PM
A friend of mine has got an unbelievably cute and uber fluffy kitten called Monkey.  For his birthday I wanted to make him something so decided to make him a cross stitch of the kitty!  I found a lovely cat pattern on the internet, re drew it and changed the colouring so it looked more like Monkey.  It's stitched on 14 count white aida, I then mounted on card and framed it after punching some little kitty paw prints into the border Smiley 

And here is Monkey -  
(She is such a poser!!)
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85  Thor's Hammer **NOW FRAMED** in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: April 13, 2010 05:30:36 AM
**Framed Picture Update on 2nd page Smiley**

Wooooo!! So yesterday I finally finished the latest project I've been working on.  Been working on it on and off for the the last couple of months and so happy with how it turned.  It's stitched on 14 count black aida, and stitched completely with gold/yellow anchor thread, I forget which number.  The pattern was one I found on the internet.  It could have been a bit neater in places but I absolutely hate unpicking stuff!!  Anyway, here it is:

And some close ups:

I'm hoping to frame it as soon as I find a frame that it will fit in Smiley
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86  Nightwish, Motley Crue and more :) in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: April 08, 2010 07:46:18 AM
I recently discovered the minipop cross stitch collection on the internets.  Being a massive glammie fan I had to stitch the Motley Crue one Cheesy I was so excited making it!! 

After making the Motley Crue one I was inspired to make a version for my favourite band in the world, Nightwish.  I drew the pattern out following the one I used for Motley Crue, I used the same body shapes and heights etc. then changed the clothes and hair so it looked more like the band. 

For those that don't know the band, I used this picture to work from:

Following on the Nightwish theme, I found this cute little dreamcatcher design in a magazine, and decided to stitch it with some of my favourite Nightwish lyrics:

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87  King Tut Cushion in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: April 07, 2010 11:22:38 AM
I love history of all kinds, especially Egyptian history.  I found this design in a cross stitchy magazine a few years ago and loved it.  It's stitched on 16 count cream aida.  I had no idea what to do with it after I finished it but knew I wanted it to be on show, so thought I'd put it on a cushion.  I mounted the design on some brown felt I had lying around and stitched that onto the cushion.  We had a homeware sale at work so I caved in and bought one instead of making one  Smiley  Anyway here it is:

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88  Bookmarks & Coasters in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: April 06, 2010 08:48:49 AM
I lost my bookmark the other day so decided to stitch a new one as a break from the big project I'm currently working on.  I found this pattern in a magazine aaages and just never got around to making it before.  Tis on 16 count cream aida, using numerous different colourful threads, and then backed onto some cardboard so it was a bit sturdier.  Hopefully I won't lose this one Smiley

I've also been on a bit of a coaster making mission recently as all the ones I had appeared to have vanished when we moved, so was an excuse to stitch some more stuff!!  I've been completely Alice in Wonderland obsessed recently so decided to make some on that theme for our lounge.  Here they are:

I have have one more of the set to make (another black one) but I ran out of aida after making the first somehow so just waiting for more to arrive.  All done on 14 count aida, and I also used some red metallic thread which was incredibly frustrating to stitch with!!  My housemate then decided to get in on the coaster making mission and asked me to make some cat ones for her room.  I'd found these patterns on the internet a while ago and wanted to  make them so finally had a reason! -

Here ends the productiveness Smiley
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89  Sunset Tree in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: March 25, 2010 10:08:25 AM
I made this pattern quite recently as a house warming present for some friends.  I wanted to do some sort of nature themed sewing, and found this on a image search on the internets.  Didn't really have a proper pattern to work off, so was lots of guess work but it turned out better than I expected it to.  I mixed different thread colours together at different points to try and blend the colours together more.  I completed it in two evenings, so didn't take that long at all.  Still looks a bit blocky to me, and not blended that well in some places but they loved it so all was good!

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90  A Mixture of Cross Stitchyness [pic heavy] in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: March 24, 2010 01:10:39 PM
Right, well I've only just signed up on here, so thought I'd post some of the bigger projects I've completed recently Smiley 

My cousins a massive fan of Michael Jackson so when I found this silhouette design of him on the internets I just had to make it for her!! Took me about 2 days to complete.

Some friends of mine have recently moved onto a canal boat, which is awesome! I remembered seeing this design in an old issue of one of the cross stitching magazines I had so dug it out and made it for her for her birthday.  It now takes pride of place in their living room Smiley  It took me several months to complete on and off, with lots of frustration when sewing the red flowers due to my lack of ability to see any difference in the shades!

I also made this as a present for my best friend who's really into jousting and historical re enactment.  I found the pattern on the internets and it took about a month to complete, as I was making loads of cards at the same time.  I changed the design I found slightly, to incorporate a Tudor theme, by having the flags of Lancaster and York.

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