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1  Re: Back to Hogwarts Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Gelsey on: October 15, 2011 12:42:10 AM
The wonderful BioformCallie is having computer trouble, so she has asked me to post pictures on her behalf.

First up is for House Slytherin. I weave, so I made her a scarf out of Slytherin colors.

I don't think you can see in the picture, but there's silver in the green Smiley

For Transfiguration, she got some student's little familiar all transfigured into a helpful little notebook. There's a lot I can say about craft fur for this, but I won't Wink

It even still has its tail! And heart.

And lastly, the Three Broomsticks routinely gives out these promotional bookmarks to the students on the Hogsmeade weekends.

BioformCallie, I hope you enjoyed these! I know I had fun making them.
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2  Re: Back to Hogwarts Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Gelsey on: October 11, 2011 02:58:48 PM
Eeeeee! I got my package today and it's FANTASTIC.  I love it.  BioformCallie, you are made of awesome, truly.

For my house, which is and always will be Ravenclaw, I got this beautiful knit bag.

I can't knit, so I'm doubly impressed with it, but wow, it was so well done! In fact, it is going to work with me today!  It's lined with fabric with such neat hand stitching.

Then as one of my classes, I listed astronomy, and my clever partner gave me this box for my threads and things (I like to do needlework):

Inside are some little spools so I can wind my stuff! Yay!

And finally, and rather impressively, there is this little black lace mask.  It's dainty and lovely and I would never have thought of such a thing!

Thank you so much! It's all so great, I'm thrilled.
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3  Just Another Whale in the Ocean in Needlework: Completed Projects by Gelsey on: October 07, 2011 05:07:09 PM
Im posting this mostly because it is an epic piece of work for me. I have literally spent nearly a decade (with a lot of down time, some of it in the numbers of years, I assure you!) working on this sporadically. I think I bought this cross stitch kit when I was in high school, and it has traveled with me to college and now to my job with me.  I finished it a couple of months ago and have just got around to posting it.

There was sixteen thread colors, most of them shades of blue. As a difference from previous things Ive done, this was solid stitching with no utilization of the blue fabric. Finished, the stitching portion is 10 x 12. The Aida cloth was 14 count. Also newer to me was the tweeding of colors, this was the first piece I'd done this for. Also, there was the use of filaments, aka hard to manage shiny strands. (I really don't like those, btw)

I finished most of the stitching itself a couple of years ago, and was dismayed to find that the embroidery portion of the instructions, well, frankly, sucked. They were hard to decipher and figure out. I ended up doing my best guess work on most of that portion.

Theres also the fact that due to how it was bundled and how much younger I was when I started this, I think I mixed up two shades of blue that were close together. While this doesnt seem to have affected it too much, it does make it a bit unique. I also ran out of one color, and since the thread wasnt labeled in the easily acquired DMC, I had to find the next closest shade. I did a good job, I think, and I doubt that anyone would really notice that a portion of the sky is slightly different, at least with the naked eye.  To the pictures, you might be able to notice.

Onto the pictures, before I bore you any further!

The front:

Detail shots:

The whale--

The asteroid--

The back: Not as neat as I wanted, but better than some Smiley

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