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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Celtic Dragon Embroidery on: February 21, 2015 10:38:48 PM
I've spent the weekend in bed with a bad cold, and naturally used the rest time to marathon-watch BBC's "Merlin". This dragon sort of just happened somewhere along the way, inspired by the series' beautiful imagery.  Smiley

The dragon is stitched with single-strand embroidery floss on a cotton background. 

It's pretty small - only 4 or 5 inches square. What do you think?
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 65 ENTRIES / Verse on a Grecian Tree on: August 05, 2011 04:41:12 PM

When I saw this challenge, I knew that it would be perfect for my first entry. I tossed around ideas for a week or two, trying to decide what to do. I knew that I wanted to do some kind of picture with text, but I just couldn't quite make it look right in my head. Then I had a thought. Who said it had to be English text? I decided to use a portion of the Greek New Testament to make an image of a tree, beginning at my favorite verse - John 1:5.

I embroidered the tree in backstitch with one strand of embroidery floss. I didn't keep track, but I'd estimate that it took me 10-15 hours. The tree is composed entirely of the greek text.

I traced the outline of the tree from an image I found online, and then free-handed the text onto it. There isn't really a font - just my handwriting!

Of course, there are mistakes, and I had to keep reminding myself to look at the big picture. I think it turned out quite well, and I'm very proud of it.
What do you think?
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Snoopy for President on: June 04, 2011 06:55:08 PM
I made this shirt for my sister's birthday.

She loves Snoopy, and I had this shirt left over from another project.

I found the Snoopy stencil by googling "Snoopy", and just typed up the words and printed them.

I think it turned out pretty well! This is one of my favorite things that I've made
Comments? Critiques?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Magnus to Minus: T-shirt Recon on: April 25, 2011 05:51:38 PM

A week or two ago, I went to a Latin convention for high school students in Vancouver, BC, and was given the obligatory convention shirt. Unfortunately, due to a miscommunication, our entire group received shirts in size XXL. I am most definitely not an XXL.

(Please excuse the weird angle).

There was no way that I could wear that shirt in public. It came down almost to my knees! And I had enough sleep shirts. So, I decided to recon it. See if I could make it smaller somehow. After all, what did I have to lose?

I think it worked pretty well.
I used a T-shirt that fit well as a pattern, and made it up as I went along. This is the original shirt with the pattern shirt:

I'm thrilled with how it turned out - now I can actually wear my shirt!

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Circe on: April 07, 2011 01:11:43 PM
This is my first ever poppet. Her name is actually Lily, but she's currently dressed up as Circe for a JCL (Junior Classical League) convention. She's my art entry.  Cheesy

Here she is with her wand, turning Odysseus' men into pigs. (The men are off-camera.  Wink)

Chilling on a garden hose:

The back, so you can see her massive amount of hair!

I'm very happy with how she turned out.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Poppet body proportions? on: March 27, 2011 08:08:20 PM
I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but it's the best that I can think of. Let me know if it should be somewhere else!
I'm making my first poppet, using Ghillie's pattern, and the legs seem way out of proportion to the rest of the body. They're half an inch longer than the torso (including the neck), and several inches longer than the arms. Is this supposed to happen? Do poppets just have freakishly long legs?
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tree of Life necklace on: January 17, 2011 02:31:14 PM
I made this pendant last night. It's the first time I've ever made one, and in typical "me" fashion I decided to ignore the many tutorials on the internet and make it up as I went along.

I think it turned out alright.  Smiley The main difference between my tree and the tree tutorials was that this was made with one long piece of wire, instead of multiple pieces. (Well, technically it was two, as I ran out halfway through and had to put a new piece on, but I joined it exactly where the last one had left off, so I think it counts as one.)

I'm very happy with it, and desperate to make another one!
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