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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / cat lounge bean bag on: January 29, 2012 04:35:18 AM
My boyfriend has got one huge, green fatboy bean bag, which he also kept when we moved in together. I'm not such a fan of this apple-green monster as my cats are. They were crazy about it. After some long discussions my love allowed me cut this thing in pieces and make two much smaller and quite nice cat lounges out of it. (Which fatboy also offers - for 'just' $99!) I think it is a big improvement now and much less prominent in our living room.

Tipp: The best way to empty a bean bag is to put it into a duvet cover, so this tiny little, very light filling bubbles don't make your living room change into a winter wonderland if you just sneeze once. Also a duvet cover doesn't facilitate the static charge of the styrofoam balls as a plastic bag would. And it is big fun for the cats, if you let them anywhere near it. Smiley 

The cat bed measures 70x40x15 cm. I first sewed a zipper and velcro fastener to one of the small sides.
Then I sewed together the sides, before I connected them to the top and underside.

A better description (in German) how I made it  can be found here: http://fraushizzle.blogspot.com/2012/01/fatboy-slim.html

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Making a round 'frame' for your embroidery on: January 20, 2011 09:28:08 AM
I love embroidery framed in the hoop. But sometimes i like an even cleaner look, without any frame but still round. So I went into the craft store, got some inspiration and came up with the following solution. It is like the 'lacing your embroidery tutorial' by muddlepud, but round. And also it is fast, easy and cheap. Smiley

I blogged about it in German ( http://fraushizzle.blogspot.com/2011/01/runde-sache.html ), but I thought maybe someone would be interested in an English tutorial as well. Smiley
It is my first tutorial,  please bear with me and my wobbly English.  Roll Eyes I use a lot of pictures to make it easier to understand.

You need:

-a circular painting panel (or some sturdy cardboard to cut in shape on your own)
- some strong thread
- fiberfill (or volume fleece)
- a loop or hook
- felt
- glue for textiles

1. Wash and iron your embroidery
2. Draw the size of the panel plus 2-3 cm onto the back of your embroidery. Make sure, that the motif is in the very center of that circle. Cut out.

3. Draw the size of the panel minus 0,5 cm on the felt and cut out. This will be the backside.
4. Take a very strong thread and baste around the edge of the embroidery circle. The last and the first stich should overlap. Leave enough space to the edge, so it doesn't tear out.

5. Aligne the fiberfill with the panel. Make sure, that it is evenly thick.

6. Put both panel and filling onto the back of the embroidery and pull the thread.

7. Have a look, if the motif on the front is in the middle. If not, adjust before you sew up the remaining thread to secure it.
8. Glue the felt and the hook to the backside to hide the raw edge of the embroidery. (You can add a signature or something like that too. This piece is for my partner in the Phat quarter embroidery swap.)

9. Let dry, maybe under a stack of books, so it gets nice and even.
10. Voila, you are done.  Smiley

What do you think?

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cats suck, well, at least mine does... on: August 22, 2010 04:24:38 AM
My cat is a little strange and always tries to suck on your finger, if you let her. She does that till she falls into some kind of trance or even asleep. I like to think that it is a sign of her  love for us (and not, that she is a little retarded)
Even though this can be very annoying, because you almost can't pet her without giving her the finger, it is also really cute. So I took a picture and decided to embroider her. It was my first try on embroidering a picture and using lettering in embroidery, not cross stitch the words.  I like how it turned out, but the lettering is a little crooked and not as even as I like it to be. I used satin and back stitch, maybe I should have used another technique? Does anyone know a good tutorial on how to embroider lettering?
The fabric was a pillow case I inherited by my grandmother. I was quite sad when it tore up - is was really worn out of all the years in use. But now I found a way to re-use the fabric and not just throw it away. I guess, my granny would have liked that, because she was alway very thrifty. Smiley


4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Birthday Cards For Leos on: August 01, 2010 06:21:45 AM
When I first saw Bee's Knees' lovely pattern "Sunburst Lion" http://www.beeskneesactivities.com/images/downloads/embroidery/2010/Sunburst%20Lion.pdf, I just knew that I had to stitch it! And since both my siblings are born in August and therefore Leo, the happily beaming lion would be a perfect birthday card. While I stitched him on thick paper (cardboard for watercolor paintings), he told me, that he also has a little brother. He is a little show-off like many little brothers, so I could only capture him roaring. Smiley   

I had to free hand draw the pattern on the back, because I couldn't get my printer to print on the cardboard and I was to lazy to trace it. That's why the lion is not as cute as the original and has less sunbeams with longer strokes. (again my laziness kicked in)

I'm not quite sure, what I will do with the back side. Shall I glue it to a bigger card in a different color? Or just a same size cardboard? Ordinary paper is not working, because the back is quite bumpy and you can't write properly on it... 
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lyrics Embroidery on: July 23, 2010 07:52:31 AM
Hi everyone,

after only reading passively up to now, I'm ready to post my first project on craftster. Yay.
It's a cross stitch of one my favorite songs at the moment: This Is War by 30 Seconds To Mars. It originally was supposed to be something utterly different. I wanted to stitch "Make Tea Not War" for my kitchen and I just finished the word war, when I was listening to the track. So I changed my mind and made this instead.  Cheesy
That's why I never really made a pattern for it and just put everything directly on the canvas. So it got lot's of flaws, the spacing between the words is messed up and it's not really good composed. But I still like it a lot, even that it is a little uneven. What do you think?!


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