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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fluffy Clouds Tunisian Wrap on: November 14, 2011 09:24:01 AM
i've been tinkering with Tunisian crochet lately, my version of baby steps into the world of knitting (which is scary for a crochetin girl like myself!).  after several small (scrapped) practice projects, i set out to make a shawl/wrap for my lovely friend Emma who is expecting in january.  here's my result and i am so proud of it!

it is loosely based on a pattern from the book Tunisian Crochet, i pretty much just used it as a guideline for increasing and decreasing, and made it with a much different yarn than the pattern called for.  it is made using Sensations Angel Hair, which is pretty much the softest yarn i've ever felt in my life!!!

i used Tunisian Simple Stitch and a size N afghan hook, i love the look of it and creates a really nice, dense fabric.  i can't wait to try more wearables using this stitch!

thanks for looking!   Grin
22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ahoy! Altered Board Book on: September 24, 2011 07:29:45 AM
just wrapped up another round of One Tiny Book, and this is what i came up with for my awesome partner hgddm!

i was inspired by a nautical theme on hgddm's pinboard and just ran with with it.  the book is an altered childrens book that measures 3"x3"

images are cross stitched on 16 count aida.  the pages are also wrapped in good ole jute twine.

the little bugger was really hard to photograph once assembled because of the cover!

the shark is my favorite...just cracks me up!

back cover:

and a pic of them all!

i had a complete blast making this little book!  i've never done anything this mixed media before and am so pleased with out it came out Smiley  would love to hear what you all think about it!

thanks for looking!

23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Colorful Birds on: September 17, 2011 09:53:07 AM
i just completed my very first Hoopla Swap!   here's what i made for my partner...it was an incredible challenge and so much fun to make!  the pattern was freebie by Gina Matarazzo offered on her website.  i went with a Mexican/ Dia De Los Muertos inspired color scheme and i think it worked out great!

 it contains backstitch, satin stitch, split stitch, scalloping chain and 220 french knots!

this was my most difficult embroidery project ever and i'm so proud of it!

thanks for looking  Grin
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Fairy Spell Altered Book--tons o' pics! on: August 22, 2011 08:40:45 AM
so i just signed up for another round of One Tiny Book (yay!) and it reminded me that i never posted pics of this book i made back in May.  it was made for my partner in the Sewists/Yarnies Vs Papercrafters Round 2 swap.  unfortunately, my partner fell off the face of the earth so i don't know if it was well received, but i was pretty fond of it and had a very hard time sending it away! 

its my first altered board book and measures 4" x 4".

my vision was that it was a little book that had been lost along the way in the garden.

thanks for looking! 

25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sister Tree on: August 17, 2011 07:25:18 AM
it was recently my fabulous sister lanikins happy happy birthday.  if you are familiar with lanikins at all, i can imagine you can imagine someone with her talent and awesomeness can be pretty intimidating/frustrating to make a gift for  Shocked
i've been pretty crazy about stitchin as of late, so this i what i came up with, to coordinate with her bedroom.  pattern is from Doodle Stitching by Aimee Ray, which i completely adore!  this is my largest and most complicated embroidery to date, hurray!

used stem stitch for the tree trunk, and some back stitch and mediocre satin stitching throughout Wink

thanks for looking!
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / No Stars on: August 08, 2011 09:13:22 AM
i recently did a personal swap with the fantastic amydice, and we agreed to each send other a Doctor Who related surprise.  Amy has taken quite a liking to the latest Doctor and his stories, which was really fun to work with.  this is what i came up with, quote is from the episode "The Big Bang", one of my favorites!  hoop is 6" and font is my own handwriting. 

thanks for looking Smiley
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lady Cassandra on: June 15, 2011 08:18:02 AM
Made this odd little hoop for my partner hgddm in the One Tiny Doctor Who swap.  This was the first time I tried free-hand embroidery and am really happy with how she turned out!

thanks for looking!
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Blue Mermaid on: June 13, 2011 10:22:02 AM
i'm relatively new to embroidery and completely addicted!  my three year old daughter is all about a blue mermaid from an episode of the Nickelodeon show Team Umi Zumi (voiced by Jordin Sparks).  of course i had to make her something with sparkly blue scales!  the pattern is Aunt Martha's, one of the vintage reproduction iron on transfers that are available all over the place.
i really love her so much Smiley

thanks for looking, would love to hear what you think!
29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Dancer Shadow Box on: May 26, 2011 10:06:30 AM
i made this shadow box for my partner in a recent swap and thought i'd share, just cuz i love it so!
it is painted with crackle paint (which i love so so much) and wrapped in lace.  i covered the back with scrapbook paper and for the flower i loosely followed a tutorial (translation: i think i did it wrong, but it worked! Wink)  for the silhouette,  i sewed a bit of tulle directly to the card stock for her skirt.

Thanks for looking!   Grin
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / E+S 4 Ever on: February 14, 2011 10:57:43 AM
just as my loving sweetheart sends me roses every valentine's day, i give him a homemade valentine.  this year, he was the recipient of my very first embroidery project.  (be gentle Wink)  i was so inspired by this http://www.themodernladyblog.com/?s=heart+tree that i had to give it a try!  tree and framing is all stem stitch as i thought that would give it a good gnarled tree look, vintage frame provided by my mom.  looking at it now, i probably should have taken a photo before i framed it, but it was a pretty wrinkly ugly looking mess before!  (note to self: purchase scanner!)

thanks for looking!

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