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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Chickenscratch Christmas Dish Towel on: November 17, 2011 08:21:56 AM
Thanks! I'd definitely recommend it as a present--it's a quick project so you can make several very easily! Smiley I'm giving my mom hers over Thanksgiving since we'll be at my husband's parents' over Christmas.
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Felt Dinosaur Christmas Stocking on: November 15, 2011 08:58:09 AM
Oh man, I should totally see if he would. He's a PA and does stitches and sutures every day, so technically he knows how to sew already (though the medium is a bit different ^_^) and he already understands the how much fun it is to sew...Hmmm. Cheesy
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Felt Dinosaur Christmas Stocking on: November 15, 2011 08:14:41 AM
This will be the second Christmas since my husband and I got married and I figured it was time to make our own Christmas stockings (since everyone knows that your childhood stocking is not allowed to leave your mom's/parents' home!). Last year I thought it would be awesome and hilarious to make a dinosaur stocking for my husband since his childhood obsession with bones and dinosaurs is a big part of his family's stories (and frankly, he still knows a ton and gets miffy when people mess up dino details ^_^). However, laziness and busyness set in and I just plain never got around to it until Sunday night.

I have my childhood stocking (mom released it to my custody but I have to bring it back ^_^) which I really like the size and shape of (Land's End tapestry stocking with embroidered Santa...I think I know where my interest in embroidery may have come from). For a sense of scale it's 7 inches across the top of the stocking, a little over 22 inches from top left corner down to the toe. It's a little big, but all the better for putting stuff in! I traced it on doubled red felt and cut it out.

(sorry the pics are a bit blurry Tongue)

We went with a diplodocus, though I took some artistic license and elongated the tail to fill the space a bit better. Husband grudgingly accepted this in the name of art. I drew the dinosaur freehand on white printer paper, cut it out and then traced it on gray felt with a regular old black BIC pen. I reversed the template and traced it on the back of the felt so when I put it on the stocking I wouldn't have to worry about stray pen marks. After cutting it out I affixed it with blanket stitch to the stocking.

I used a medium green shade of floss from the stash, three strands. To get the idea of stripes I increased the size of the blanket stitch on the dino's back, and then came back and added some more blanket stitches in a light green for contrast.

Two French knots kind of on top of each other for the eye.

I also added a grey cuff at the top and embroidered his name in three strands of green (or maybe it was two?) in split stitch. Since you can't really iron felt, I flattened the seams with heavy books for a day and a half.

All in all, this only took me a couple hours on Sunday night and my husband is thrilled. ^_^ Now to decide what to make for my own stocking.

24  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Raven on: November 01, 2011 09:46:50 AM
Awesome! I love the mix of feathers and fabric on your cape. Smiley
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Chickenscratch Christmas Dish Towel on: October 30, 2011 08:43:27 AM
Sadly, I can't find anymore of these gingham towels anywhere. I knew I should have bought more than one that day. I'll just have to keep looking, since I'd kinda like to make one for my husband's mom and grandma for Christmas as well.
I found some at Big Lots here in our town - maybe you have a Big Lots around there?  Sometimes these type towels are at the Dollar Stores too - good luck.  I like your tree towel.   Smiley

Hm. No Big Lots (I live in a smallish town in Iowa right now) but the Dollar Store we do have. I think we even have a Dollar General as well. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the idea! Smiley
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: cute critter pinback buttons! on: October 29, 2011 12:53:56 PM
Oh cute! They're all adorable but I love the little squid--the detail and the little heart are just too much. ^_^
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chickenscratch Christmas Dish Towel on: October 29, 2011 11:43:29 AM
I was intrigued by the chickenscratch Christmas trees on NeedleNThread (http://www.needlenthread.com/2009/10/hand-embroidery-on-gingham-christmas.html) so I went off the skeleton for the design that they posted.

This is my first go at counted-type work, and actually I messed up and didn't account for the trunk, so I had to kinda make it up a bit. Smiley Two strands of cotton floss on a gingham dish towel from Hy-Vee.

Artistic close up shot. Cheesy

I found it a bit hard to keep the back neat on this but I did my best to not carry threads too much. I used a doubled single strand throughout, so I could start with no knots, but I think next time I would use 3 strands to make the stitches thicker/bulkier so they really stood out.

Sadly, I can't find anymore of these gingham towels anywhere. I knew I should have bought more than one that day. I'll just have to keep looking, since I'd kinda like to make one for my husband's mom and grandma for Christmas as well.

28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My first needle book, be nice to me. on: October 19, 2011 01:36:03 PM
Awesome idea! I love the brains and just how much thought you put into all the detail, like the bloodshot eyes and eye sockets. My needlebook (my first one, as well) is SO boring compared to this. ^_^
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Sampler-style pillow and ship pillow on: September 26, 2011 08:46:53 AM
Thanks everyone!
I love your stitches on the turquoise pillow Cheesy

Maybe for the complementary pillow you could have a white pillow with turquoise stitching??
Hmmm I rather like that. I might have to play around with some ideas. Smiley
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sampler-style pillow and ship pillow on: September 23, 2011 03:08:24 PM
One of these is a bit of an oldie and the other is brand new. Smiley

Back when I first got on this board (this is from about a year ago btw) I was totally entranced by this project: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289731.0

I loved the ship and wanted to do something similar on a throw pillow for my living room but I was still very new to embroidery and was intimidated by all those lines. So. I looked up a couple ship references and cobbled one together. I hand drew it on my fabric with a chalk pencil and made it up a little as I went. Hm. Sorry about the lack of a middle-ground picture.

Extreme closeup!

Split stitch for most of it (my go-to) and the rigging is long strands of floss essentially couched a bit on the front. Unfortunately, being one of my first projects, the rigging loosened up a bit on the back side and now they're all wobbly from not being tacked down firmly enough. I need to go back in and tighten it up from behind somehow. Tongue Oh well. Love my ship pillow. And my orange chair. ^_^

The second pillow, which I just finished this week. I hate the pillows that came with the couch so this is to cover one of them with something more fun.

Please ignore the looseness on the end. Small pillow construction flaw that will be fixed with a strip of velcro in the flap.

Blatantly inspired by stitch samplers, six strands on cotton fabric.
I hit up NeedlenThread.com and InAMinuteAgo.com for tutorials on new stitches for this pillow. Let's see. I'll try to do this in order.

Chain stitch, detached chain and back stitch, scallop stitch, running stitch, fly stitch, herringbone topped with french knots and detached chain, scroll stitch (ugh, it kept unrolling weird on me), feather stitch, a um t stitch? Don't know if that has a name Smiley, butterfly stitch (too abbreviated I think--i should have done three stitches instead of two but I was trying to add some negative space and open it up visually around there), split stitch again, double chain stitch (loved learning this one!), stacked herringbone with french knots and a bit of cross stitch action, rosette of thorns, running stitch, another cross stitch with back stitches and detached chain, fly (or is fern? whatevs) stitch again and buttonhole wheels which ended up very angular, unfortunately. Tongue 

I don't have enough turquoise fabric for a matching pillow for the other end of the couch and frankly I don't know if I want to put in the work recreating another one of these. It would probably go faster now that I have practiced these but still. Smiley This took awhile. So I think I'll create something that complements but doesn't match.
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