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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Spring is for METAL!!! (Metal Swap Round 2) on: February 19, 2011 05:38:29 AM
This swap is inspired by the Summer is for... \../ METAL \../ swap run by Thelastkodama in July 2010. the gallery is here

The previous swap had 25 participants and was open to any type of 'metal' music. Participants were paired to try to match their tastes.

I think this is a good model to adopt and would probably run it the same.

I would be thinking about starting signups around mid March/beginning of April depending on interest. It would be my first swap as organiser so if there are any experienced organisers out there who would be willing to offer advice, or step in as a co-organiser if needed that would be much appreciated.

any suggestions warmly welcomed!

Lets face it guys, we've had a hard time of late, the loss of  Cry Dio Cry and  Cry Gary Moore Cry... Iron Maiden tickets costing an arm and a leg Cry... we need something to cheer us up!  Grin Cheesy lets have a swap! Cheesy Grin

Who's with me?!
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Daleks exerminate love" embroidered valentines card on: February 13, 2011 09:28:06 AM
I'M SO ANNOYED THAT I BLED ON THIS!!! I've been working on it all afternoon, literally about 4 hours, and at the last minute I must've bled on it :-( let this be a cautionery tale to you guys, dont overwork your fingers, thay can only take so much!! ... at least with fabric I could wash it!! but oh well... I love you so much I even bleed for you, sexy in a true blood kinda-way... nahhh

and I finally got to use my TARDIS stamp that I get from Opaka  Dr who Swap Round 4!! :-)
Full credit to KrazyKitty for the card design, it was originally posted  here

ignore the bloodstain!

x G
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wretched Hive of Scum and Villiany - Star Wars embroidery on: February 13, 2011 04:48:31 AM
 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin I'm so happy to be posting this.

It's my husband's valentines present  Wink

close ups!

more WIP pics on my facebook page and the FREE embroidery pattern (hell, why not) on my blog

stitching notes: the lettering was done completely in 2 strands of black embroidery floss with backstitch, the bumble bee is all 2 strands too, satin stitch, backstitch for the outlines and french knots for the antennae. The border is completely 3 stands of embroidery floss, the stalks are 'spoke stitch' (essentially backstitch), the leaves are lazy daisy, which is like a singular loose chain stitch. And the 'flowers' are french knots.

x G
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Russian Doll Taggie Toy on: January 23, 2011 12:55:26 PM
So, I'm having a baby in July and I'm really 'going for it' craft-wise, this is what I finished today:

I didn't design the image, I found it on google images yesterday, and tried to find it again today to give credit where credit's due, but couldnt find it again! want some WIP shots? ok:

this is all just scraps and bits from my stash, the back is a fine faux fur I had in there...  the full story is over here on the TeensyGeek blog. I'll be putting up a tutorial on there in the next couple of days... I mean... it's really simple... I just made it up as I went along...

anyhow, I don't usually post in this board, I hope you like it!

x G
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fused Plastic Tote Bag on: January 22, 2011 10:07:33 AM
This whole project will be a bit of a 'blast from the past' for any 20/30 something Brits out there. These crisps used to be loved by children nationwide because you could get them for 10p!!... now, being that this is 'the present' and everything that is 'now' is EVIL, they are 20p (*shakes fist at God*)... anyhow:

predictably, theres more over at my Blog

This bag was made using recycled materials, obviously a multipack bag of crisps, the front is 4 layers of carrier bag plastic (I staggered them slightly, using 3 carrier bags in total for each side to make it slightly bigger), the handles are 6 layers thick (3 carrier bags)... the sides are binbags and I'm slightly concerned that they won't be hardwearing enough... only time will tell.

what'cha think??

x G
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dr Who Knitting Needle Roll (Warning, scary Angels!) on: January 15, 2011 08:45:12 AM
first here's the actual embroidery on the hoop:

yeh, the shiny fabric isn't very forgiving, you can see the tension's all wrong, meh.
and here's the final product:

here's a couple of notes on the embroidery for you threadheads.
The whole thing is backstitch, because at the time that's all I was confident in doing hahah, the whole thing took about 1 1/2 skeins of embroidery floss, I used 3 strands all over. The design was transferred using white carbon paper:

which as you can see worked quite well. I also used a 12" embroidery hoop and an embroidery stand I managed to find in a charity shop for 6!! 6 or the hoop AND the STAND (6=$9.53).

for more information on how I made the knitting needle roll and more in-progress pics check out the GeekySweetheart Blog

Any questions/comments let me know!

x G

27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / TeensyGeek Bib on: January 13, 2011 10:46:41 AM
I made a bib using applique, blanket stitch and chain stitch and recycled fabrics, lets see...

Full story and in progress shots on the TeensyGeek Blog

the bib pattern is this infant bib pattern from Chickpea Sewing Studio

x G
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Xmas present for me mam, mild language? on: January 05, 2011 01:55:55 PM
I wouldnt go as far as to say NSFW...

I laced it up in a bit of a hurry so you can see where the tension's all wrong, but I think it works well with the spirit of the piece lol

The embroidery pattern was a free download from tipnut.com ... the text was of course altered by me :-)

of course, the full story, on my blog.

This piece uses a mixture of 2 strands and 3 strands of embroidery floss.

x G
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / dalek <3s toaster on: December 24, 2010 12:48:26 AM

This is something I gave to a friend who likes dr who as part of a Secret Santa... I did it in a big rush, some of the stitches are very lazy and long where I thought I could get away with it. It's all 2 threads of embroidery floss, the love heart is chain stitch and everything else is backstitch. I found the lovely pre-embroidered fabric in my stash.

of course, as always, more pics and the full story here

x G

(for some reason I cant use craftster images at the moment, am uploading thru picasa, let me know if it all goes belly up!!)
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Well Loved" tragic teddy on: December 19, 2010 01:04:30 PM

This is a Christmas present for my mother in law, she would burst into flames if she touched a keybeard, so I'm safe to share it here:

The full story is (inevitably) on my blog, but basically the lady is crazy for bears, especially tragic cases. The piece here uses applique, and blanket stitch used as an outline (the fabric I used had bondaweb already applied so it was super easy), a tiny bit of satin stitch for the nose, and the mouth and lettering is chain stitch. It's the first piece of embroidery I've done that (a) I've framed (b) uses more than one stitch (and not a piece of backstitch in sight!) and (c) uses applique.

and I designed it myself so it us a pure Geeky Sweetheart original :-)

I'm very pleased with myself XD

x G
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