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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / GLOW Netflix cross stitch on: February 07, 2019 10:25:18 AM
It's time for the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling! I love this show SO much and I thought they deserved their own arcade game.

(And I played with Canva to make it a bit more 80s neon Cheesy )

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / It's true - I *do* love cross stitch! on: January 18, 2018 11:25:52 AM
I had a baby a few months ago, so I've not been able to focus on any big cross stitch patterns, but I've been itching to get back to it. These little stitchable patches are absolutely perfect for me!

I can knock out a tiny design in an evening - exercising my creativity, while not being frustrated at having to stop and start something bigger.

I'm going to try to do a patch a week. Once her four month sleep regression hits, that might be wishful thinking, but I'll try!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / After binge-watching Stranger Things on: August 15, 2016 10:08:07 AM
Mike, El, Dustin and Lucas on their bikes at the top, Joyces Christmas lights, Castle Byers, and the border is meant to look like the opening credits - it's in satin thread, so is all shiny Smiley

R, U and N are outlined with glow-in-the-dark thread and they look awesome in real life, but just will not photograph well! Does anyone have any tips?

Non-filtered picture Cheesy :
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / X Files cross stitch - Mulder's 'I Want to Believe' poster on: February 04, 2016 08:08:05 AM
While I was waiting for the new miniseries to start, I thought I'd make a little decoration for my office.

It's only 4x6" and most people don't even notice it. The ones who *do* notice it and get what it is, LOVE it Smiley

P.S. It's based on Mulder's original poster - it's gone through a few variations over the years, but that's my favourite.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Linocut Christmas cards - a snowy walk on: January 30, 2016 06:49:29 PM
A bit late, I know!

One of the reasons I started linocut printing was so I could design and make my own Christmas cards. I spent ages thinking about what I wanted, but eventually my husband came up with a good idea and I translated his scribbles into an actual design - it's meant to be the two of us walking our dog in the snow Smiley

I had one (half) block for the night sky:

Then all the black outlines were another block:

My favourite bit - I made a little stamp of our house, so that I could "brand" all the cards Smiley

I was doing so many cards, I had to set up a mini print studio in my utility room!

And here's the finished item:

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / My first linocut - Craft propaganda print on: December 03, 2015 05:01:39 PM
Inspired by Calabaza's "Craft or else!" reverse applique - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440232.0.

I did a linocut printmaking workshop with District Dog Designs at London Fields Shoppe in Vancouver. I wasn't a complete newbie, but I worked out that the last time I'd done printing making was about 15 years ago!

I drew out my design, then tried to use a transfer pen, but rather than the clear, black design that should have transferred, I only managed a very faint outline:

So I penciled in the rest:

The sharpied everything for a clear line:

My biggest learning curve is the negative space concept - I keep trying to cut out the outlines, rather than cutting out the surrounding blank space:

The first test print shows that my "clear" areas need some more work Smiley

So I did a few more test prints - cutting off little bits after each one and lining up the block on the paper:

And here's the finished article! For a first go, I'm really pleased:

There were only three of us in the class and it's interesting how different our designs were:

I'm totally hooked. I immediately started planning our Christmas cards and spent a fortune buying up supplies Smiley
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Who else is rewatching Mad Men? I forgot how awesome certain episodes are! on: February 01, 2015 08:20:15 PM
Lois on the lawnmower plus Joan's philosophical quote Smiley

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My most obscure cross stitch design? The self-destruct system of the Nostromo on: January 03, 2015 06:58:42 PM
I love all the steps that Ripley has to go through to activate the self-destruct system (the massive switches on the wall, the weird-looking keyboard, screwing in the bolts...) so I decided to commemorate it with this cross stitch! And using 18 count Aida, its pretty much life-size well, movie-size Smiley

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Classic Clark Griswold eggnog quote from 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' on: December 15, 2014 01:53:49 PM
A gift for my *ahem* favourite cousins Smiley

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Weeping Angel Christmas Cards (Doctor Who) on: September 30, 2014 11:11:09 AM
My Christmas cards for 2014 have a Whovian flavour!

Although, if that which holds the image of an angel becomes itself an angel, I should probably keep an eye on them. And this screen, come to think of it

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