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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Belated Father's Day Present for My Daddy on: June 18, 2012 05:58:52 PM
I started it yesterday morning but my parents came home early from their trip to Buffalo so I had to stash it away until my dad went to bed and attached a few pieces than worked on it in the morning since he had to leave a 4am for a tree delivery to Hamilton so...lol.  I had plenty of time to finish it.

The fabric for the background is actually a man's t-shirt that my dad grabbed for me in early 2011 at a Goodwill store in new market [He finds me clothing that aren't too bad so I can seam rip them for fabric projects Wink ].  I just realized that as I finished it off, lol.

My dad grew up with Gumby and a few years ago I made him a gumby birthday cake so for father's day [I finished testing an Eeyore amigurumi for a fellow craftster a few days ago so I thought of this hoop for my dad].

My dad was so giddy and couldn't stop smiling [first time for everything.. I swear his face may break soon if he doesn't stop, lol].

EDIT:  I kept thinking there was something missing for days after I made this and I clued in yesterday as to what it was... Gumby was missing his eyebrows, pokey's hair started a little too low and was missing a small clump between his ears.. so it's fixed now [yesterday morning and this morning i fixed 'em.. lol]

Here's the original photo I found online:

Here's a close up of mine.... a very good lesson I learned doing this as I plan on making more hoopla fun... always cut the felt a touch bigger than needed.

And up on the wall with the woodcarving my late grandfather made and the painting my mum bought a few years ago

I thought they looked weird witht he background but ma thought they were in the water so ......suuuuuuure.... Gumby and Pokey wish dad was in some tropical local with them, lmao.  [running joke in the family my dad never gets his second trip to cuba it's been 10 years ..everytime he saves up for it something goes wrong and he has to spend them money elsewhere.. next jan is take 8 at his trip, lmao].

Thanks for looking! Grin
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Super mario bros 2 inspired Ereader case on: December 11, 2011 11:36:48 AM
First this is my first project post..... so very long over due... ... YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

Oh and I don't own mario bros etc etc... i just sat at the computer for far too long pixelating the screenshots into my cross stitching program... so... i'm just a nerd that loves video games♥

Anywho... I've been wanting to make a cover for my Kobo ereader since i got it as a very early birthday present [so since middle of june lol].
I've been sketching out ideas and concepts for it.. it was going to be like a very big plastic canvas trinket box. Than i settled on simple case with a two different sized top/closing flaps with velcro to secure everything.

I took screenshots of the game while playing an emulatated version on my computer and added in the vine/ladder/whatchamawhosit .. I zoomed in my screenshots and put it sidebyside with my cross stitching program and spent many hours pixelating everything [and guesstimating the sizes and such and fixing them than more hours trying to get the right colour]. I moved things around, fudged/faked the design and size of the platform/hill so everything not 100% accurate but i did my best not to stray too far from the original [colour of the yarn included!].

Now the princess' original colours form back than aren't exactly the same [you'd think with maaaaaany many garbage bags bursting with yarn i'd be able to match them better... But it switched out her hair and dress outline colour for a darker shade almost burgandy as opposed to a red/orange..looked nicer in my opinion.

I also had the idea to have the scene continue around and down the sides and bottom of the case..using black yarn while sewing them together to seperate the bottom left side from the bottom of the case [which continues down under the princess][sorry got a little wordy].

So... This was done using green coloured 7 count plastic canvas' [won't use it again as i had to double up my 4ply yarn in spots to hide the ugly plastic colour and it was actually breaking in places after i sewed it altogether and had to use clear glue, dont have a glue gun, to fix it than backstitch the booboos to hide the glue], using normal 4ply yarn ..the green colours were actually thinner and thus had to split pieces of yarn so they were a little thicker. a small piece of velcro cut into 2 pieces [wont use that particular strip again as it had sticky glue in the back....ya try pushing a sewing needle thru all that yarn, glue, velcro and sometimes the plastic canvas..forgetting to use a thimble..ya.... my finger is still healing from the needle pushing back into it many many times.. before i gave up and wrapped a bunch of thick bandaids around my finger.. and the needle got bent and was covered in glue.. so it was garbaged afterward, lol]. Since the case was so much larger than my ereader i made a little pouch [2 felt pieces and 2 scrap fabrics] and sew'd a strap and snap clasp closure for it.

The stitches were obviously cross stitch, half cross stitch for the smaller/lower flap because i was lazy [and it was a last minute idea and thought] and in 1 place, backstitched for support of a booboo.

It was many many many hours of pixelating [many tylenols for a sore back from hunching over and staring at the screen too lol]. I started the needlepoint in the middle of October, got sick with a bad throat infection and had to stop for 2 weeks. I would only needlepoint for 1-4 hours a day. Finished around the last week or so of November.

I'm going to have my dad [a woodcarver] make a very thin wooden slipcase to slide inside to give the case more structure and stability since the 7count plastic canvas' are so damned flexible. I also sewed a small felt and fabric pouch to put my ereader into than into the case since i forgot to line the plastic canvas' prior to sewing it up completely. But for now, it's fine and i'm going to leave it be until the new year since i have to start and finish other projects for christmas... .. lol yaaaaaa... I'm nuts.

Hopefully I did a decent job and you guys like it. I certain love it. As does my 6 year old nephew whom loves the super mario series.

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