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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Under the sea Kindle sleeve on: March 23, 2012 09:26:47 AM

So I got a Kindle from my company as a 5 year work anniversary present (and then my job was eliminated. Damn.) and I needed a sleeve to protect my Kindle for flights and long car trips home to visit family. Ages ago I'd made an under the sea card holder for my sister ( ) and thought, heck, I loved making that, I'll make one on a grander scale for my Kindle sleeve!

Man, this black felt looks terrible in pictures, but I promise you, it looks fine in real life.

So we have some split stitch for the coral, fly and feather for the seaweed fronds, bullion knots for the sea anemones, french knots for the brain coral, detached chain for the yellow sea cucumbers and organically placed straight stitches for the teal and maroon...uh, coral/plant things. No idea what to call those. ^_^

On the back I made a little pocket for my clip-on light and then due to poor planning realized that the button for the felt strap that closes the top would have to be sewn to the pocket flap. Curses.

Anyways, I initially planned on adding a jellyfish to the open space on the right but as I was finishing this the night before we had to get up at 4am to catch a flight, I decided to leave that for later. ^_^

Thanks for looking and any tips on photographing black felt so it doesn't like all dusty and blown out would be appreciated. Smiley
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Skyrim Inspired Hoop on: February 24, 2012 07:50:41 AM
Haha, nice. My husband is also entirely submersed in Skyrim and I've spent a lot of time reading or sewing while he plays, though to be honest I think it was a couple weeks before I consciously heard the "arrow to the knee." Definitely showing this to my husband tonight. ^_^
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Silk Embroidery on: February 24, 2012 07:45:04 AM
Gorgeous! You, your cousin and your aunt should be very proud--the tension looks perfect. I don't see any puckering at all, which must be so difficult on such a delicate piece! Is the embroidery done in hand? Or did you use a hoop or frame to hold it steady?
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Dementor vs. Patronus on: February 24, 2012 07:35:31 AM
Wow. That is awesomely awesome! Amazing job--the silhouette of the stag is so crisp against the dementor. Smiley
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Christmas ornaments on: December 22, 2011 11:05:42 AM
I made felt Christmas ornaments to serve as tags for my husband's parents and his sister (and her husband). I designed up some fancy monograms based on old-fashioned illuminated letters, sized them on my computer then used the laptop screen as a lightbox so I could trace them out on soluble interfacing.

Both ornaments are backed and slightly stuffed. The stitching is a bit imperfect (satin stitching around curves. grr) but oh well. Smiley

Using the interfacing for the pattern worked pretty well overall. I taped it to the felt and used straight pins to hold it steady until I finished the outline, then washed it away when I was done. Worked well for these two (after one false start), but the one I was making for my husband's grandma...the interfacing washed out ok but the pen stained the floss. Sad I'm going to try some stain remover on it this afternoon and I hope it works. Otherwise I guess I'm starting over on that one.
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: It's a Naughty Retail Christmas (Updated with new pics) on: November 30, 2011 12:47:59 PM
Haha that's awesome. ^_^
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Monogrammed Throw Pillow on: November 21, 2011 11:59:59 AM
Thanks, peeps! Also, I totally forgot to say that I got the monogram from NeedleNThread.com--she has quite a few free patterns and some monogram fonts if you're looking for that type of thing.

Looks awesome! Makes me want to pick up embroidery even more. How long did it take you?
Let's see. I can't recall off-hand. The outlining went pretty quickly but this was my first go at sustained satin stitch, so I started slow and got a little faster as I went along. Working on and off (aka not every day Smiley) I'd say this took me about two-three weeks? Maybe a little more, but I'm one of those people who will work madly on something for a couple days, then set it down for a couple days, then pick it up again. Also, NeedleNThread is super helpful when it comes to learning embroidery, imo. I love that site and her video explanations of different stitches are SO helpful.

I also hate doing satin stitch but sometimes it is the only thing that works.  Yours is beautiful.  I really like the design and the colours you have used.  I'd love to do a monogram like that  - but I still hate satin stitch Sad
Navy, yellow and green were our wedding colors and I still find that I'm partial to the combo, even though it's been over a year. ^_^

18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Monogrammed Throw Pillow on: November 18, 2011 03:17:52 PM

A new addition to my growing collection of embroidered pillows! Also, my first major foray into satin stitch. Which you might be able to tell. ^_^

This is a 16x16 inch pillow, white linen, navy, yellow and green floss in two and three strands.

I wasn't sure at first how I wanted to fill this monogram (our last name), so I started out by outlining the R in navy blue with split stitch and the flower bits in yellow. I initially filled the flower petals with long-short stitch but absolutely hated it, so I picked it out and did it in satin stitch. The leaves are fly stitch worked close together and outlined in backstitch. I embraced white space in the leaves for some texture. I ended up filling the R with satin stitch.

The satin stitch is a bit iffy in places because I had not yet seen Mary Corbett's advice on NeedlenThread.com on how to angle your stitches to best fit your curves. Ah well. Still came together pretty neatly. ^_^

And on our couch, with my sampler-style turquoise pillow which finally has velcro added to keep the flap laying nice and flat. ^_^ Hm. The monogram looks off-center in this pic, but I swear it's just the angle of the pillow. ^_^

Thoughts and crit appreciated. Especially when it comes to satin stitch tips. ^_^

19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: CUTE XSTICTH on: November 17, 2011 08:25:37 AM
That is so sweet. I bet her parents love that. Smiley
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Felt Dinosaur Christmas Stocking on: November 17, 2011 08:24:21 AM
Ha, I showed my husband this thread and he agreed to sew my stocking if I did all the cutting out of felt pieces! I think I'll cut everything out this weekend while he's out of town and then see if he'll follow through. Cheesy
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