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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hunger Games Panel on: June 23, 2013 03:55:25 AM
I am a MASSIVE Hunger Games fan and started stitching this up pretty much as soon as I finished reading the books .... it's just taken me forever to actually get it finished and up on the craft room wall lol.  I converted the pattern myself using KGStitch, and is stitched on 14 count black aida, and backed with felt Cheesy

And some close ups (before it was ironed Tongue) -

May the odd's be ever in your favour Smiley
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Chakra Patchwork Tablet Case on: June 23, 2013 03:46:20 AM
My friend bought a Nexus 10 tablet recently and asked me to make a case/bag for it.  After I started making it for just the tablet, he asked whether it would be possible to fit his tablet in there when it was in his bigger keyboard case.  As I'd already cut all the fabric and started embroidering it, I decided that instead of starting over, I'd stitch in some side panels with press studs so you could open the bag out if the tablet was with keyboard case, and close the sides up if the tablet was on it's own, and it would still be nice and secure.  I added ribbon tabs at the top of each side panel so that a bag strap could be added at a later point.  It's  3 layers of felt for each panel, and the chakras have all been embroidered by hand, and were from Urban Threads.  The case has a small pouch on the inside to keep usb cables and other bits in, and the case closes with three press studs.  Smiley  I totally wanted to keep it for myself!!! 

An in progress shot so you can sort of see the side panels.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Steampunk phone case on: June 22, 2013 03:09:18 PM
I made this steampunk themed phone case as a present for a friend who is a massive steam punk fan recently.  It is totally hand stitched and made from 4 layers of felt.  The felt lining the case is in a contrasting colour.  The case closes with three press studs and the edges have been binded.  I found some awesome wooden steampunky cog beads on eBay and had to buy them for this project.  The embroidery patterns are from urban threads, my favouritist pattern website ever!!  This was soooo much fun to make!!

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / More Tudor & Viking times! on: June 22, 2013 02:53:35 PM
So back when we had an epic amount of snow in January (....well lots of snow for Bath anyway lol) we had a mini photo opportunity in the park behind my house.  These were the results:

My authentic Tudor garb....

And Viking garb....

I am in love with both these outfits  Grin
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Jar of Hearts on: July 13, 2012 03:58:11 AM
I am totally in love with Christina Perri at the moment, and after hearing her song Jar of Hearts, I just had to stitch up a version.  I starting drawing the design up in May, and it is now finally finished!

For the hearts I have used varying mediums: buttons, sequins, satin stitch, felt applique, back stitch, and crayon tinting.  The jar outline has been done in backstitch.

The text is stitched in back stitch and french knots.  This took forever to do.  I highlighted some of the words in red and blue.  The little hearts at the side are done in back and satin stitch.

I wrapped the hoop in some pretty see through ribbon.  I can't remember what size the hoop actually is, but it was the biggest one I could find in my craft shop!

So happy it's finally finished, now to hang it on my hoopla wall Cheesy

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / More Hoops! on: June 02, 2012 04:00:19 AM
I've been on a bit of a mission recently to make more hoops to go up on my hoopla wall!

Viking inspired hoop.  An awesome Urban Threads pattern. The Viking is worked in 1 strand of brown and 1 strand of green thread.  I then drew the runes around the edge on freehand, stitched then up and then added some little green seed beads.

Gotta Catch Em All!!!! Because Pokemon is awesome!  Mostly made from felt, with a black ribbon band across the centre.

And another awesome Urban threads pattern.  Stitched in two strands of thread and the crayon tinted for more colour.

Thanks for looking, V x
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hoops, hoops, hoops! on: May 23, 2012 03:42:43 AM
I recently took part in my first ever swap, and as my partner has received her parcel thought I'd post them here.  My partner said she loved embroidery hoops so it was pretty easy to decide what sort of thing to make for her, as I have a major hoopla obsession at the moment!

This is a copy of an art print that was in her Etsy favourites.  I fell in love with the print as soon as I saw it.  I drew my version out on paper, cut out all the felt shapes and got sewing! The questionnaire said she loved buttons, so I had to make it into a button moon.  The little stars are french knots.

In the questionairre my partner said she was volunteering at the Olympics this year.  Thought it would be nice to have a sort of reminder of this so came up with this hoop.  Mostly done in some frustratingly small satin stitch, the hoop outline and writing is done in back stitch.  I wrapped the hoop in some bright blue ribbon for a bit more colour.

Close up of the satin stitch -

As my partner said she loved bright colours and birds I came up with this hoop -

I've used felt for the tree branch and the eggs in the nest, the rest is either back or satin stitch.  Again I wrapped the hoop in ribbon.

To finish them off nicely on the back I covered the reverse side with a piece of felt and added a little card -

Really loved my first swap, and these hoops were so much fun to make Cheesy

8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Viking Garb! on: May 16, 2012 10:50:59 AM
I have wanted to sort out some authentic Viking clothing for aaaages, and I finally got around to making, and (mostly) completing my first outfit!!  It's been a work in progress pretty much since January, and I wore it for the first time at an event at the start of May.  I'm so pleased with how it turned out.  (Please note - the brown linen underdress was one I bought as I am absolutely rubbish with dealing with sleeves Smiley )

So the many layers are -

Khaki green linen underskirt.
Brown linen underdress.(Not made by me)
Blue woollen apron dress, lined with linen.
Tablet woven belt from natural dyed wool.
Brown woollen hood, lined with linen, and with silk embroidered patch.
Embroidered linen Jorvik hood.  All the embroidery has been done in silk.  (You can see more info and pics here on the needlework board - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405364.msg4773843#msg4773843)
Green woollen cloak with fur trim.
Green linen bag.

2 bronze brooches.
Silver mjolner necklace.
2 strings of handmade glass beads, with pendants.   Which can all be seen in the picture below.  As usual, I am pulling a ridiculous face, but is the only photo were you can see the Viking bling Cheesy Cheesy

All the many many visible seams were hand stitched with linen thread and took several days to complete!!!

And here's a close up of the embroidery on the woollen hood -

There is more info and pics for this on the needlework board here - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407714.msg4809006#msg4809006

This outfit was so much fun to wear, and so so comfortable!! It was an absolutely freezing cold wet weekend at the event, and this outfit did keep me nice and warm.  Much warmer than my modern clothes did anyway.  I do want to add an embroidered band to the top of the apron dress, but totally ran out of time before the event and it is still half finished.  Hopefully I'll get it completed and stitched on before my next event Smiley

Thanks for looking, V x
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Artwork on: May 16, 2012 10:29:04 AM
I was recently commissioned by an artist to add embroidery to some of her silk prints.  She told me what colours she would like and gave me images of the sort of stitching she wanted used and the rest was up to me!  It was a really exciting project to do, and something I had never done before.  I was sent three different prints which were all done on silk.  The embroidery was then also stitched in silk as well.  For anyone interested all the silks were from the Silk Mill - www.thesilkmill.com, I am totally in love with all their awesome shades of silk!!

Here's some pics -

Print #1:

This one was definitely my favourite of the bunch.

Print #2:

Print #3:

And the set:

For the stitching I have used - stem stitch, back stitch, long and short stitch, satin stitch and french knots, and it has been stitched in mostly two strands of silk.

They took the best part of three weeks to stitch up, whilst trying to move house, so it was all a bit mental!! But I had so much fun doing them.  Really looking forward to seeing how the artist (Emma Blacklock) finishes them off now Smiley

Thanks for looking, V x

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Viking Embroidery on: April 26, 2012 01:41:00 PM
So the end is nearly in sight for my viking garb, yippee!!  I still have some embroidery to finish but here is the finished embroidery for my woolen hood.  I love these endless knot patterns.
It's stitched on linen with silk embroidery thread, and then appliqued onto the woolen hood which is also lined with linen.  I think I'm just a bit in love with the gold silk I've used on this.

(It's now got all the visible seams stitched all the way around)

Shiny silk is shiny.

Oh how I love pretty Viking things Cheesy
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