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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 1st birthday portrait on: August 06, 2011 06:10:07 PM
I made this as a gift for my niece's first birthday and I've been waiting to post until she got it.  It's embroidery floss on cotton in a 7" hoop.  I used outline stitch, backstitch, a tiny bit of satin stitch on the ladybug and a slightly altered chain stitch on the border.  It was a challenge (check out my blog for more info on that http://embroidnerd.blogspot.com/2011/08/little-side-project.html) and about halfway through I very nearly tossed it (I tend to hit that wall with everything I make but have learned that I very rarely end up with an unsuccessful piece as long as I just stick with it).  I started it in June but had to get some things done for a show so in real time it took almost two months.  As far as actual work time I'd say it took maybe 8 hours.  Kind of a long time for the size but I wanted that chainstitch as even as possible so there was measuring and a few do overs involved.  So, without further ado, I present a portrait of my gorgeous niece:

portrait by embroidnerd, on Flickr

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Peek-a-Boo! It's Debbie Harry's exploding hair! on: May 22, 2011 11:54:01 AM
felt applique and embroidery on ultrasuede
6" hoop

This piece only took about a week (I was feeling really motivated to see it finished and up on the wall).  I plan on putting it in a flexi hoop once they arrive but they are currently still in transit from the east coast.  It's pretty much all back stitch with a little satin stitch on the face and underneath the bomb.  It took some experimenting to get the flap right (there are a few failures sitting in the waste basket) but I ended up sewing two pieces of felt together to give it enough weight and stability.  I did one eye right at the beginning to make sure I could actually make it look nice (I didn't want to finish the whole thing and then scrap it because I couldn't do the eyes) then I got nervous that I wouldn't be able to make them even so I did the second eye last.  Luckily they turned out and I'm quite satisfied with the finished product.  There's more info on my tumbr blog post about this piece: http://embroidnerd.tumblr.com/post/5722332338/velma-von-tussle-felt-applique-and-embroidery-on

Velma Von Tussle by flannelmonsters (aka) embroidnerd, on Flickr

Velma Von Tussle by flannelmonsters (aka) embroidnerd, on Flickr
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / What if we aren't parked on a hill? -or- Little Miss Wonderland on: May 17, 2011 02:55:19 PM

What if we aren't parked on a hill? by flannelmonsters (aka) embroidnerd, on Flickr
10" hoop
embroidery floss on flannel (original artwork)
So this is easily my most epic piece to date.  I'd say I put in a solid 20+ hours.  That includes time spent staring absentmindedly at it deciding what to do next.  I also end up ripping out and redoing things a few times on all of my hoops.  It was a 2 AM, quick draw a sketch before I pass out and forget it kind of idea.  I did more work with a single thread than I usually do because I wanted to get some nice details in (the mouse and the feathers on the hats).  I almost wish I had done this on a larger scale but it was pushing my attention span at this size so anything larger may very well have ended up in the permanent WIP pile.  It looks good on my wall so I'm calling it a success!  I'm still playing with the idea of adding some text but I think I'll live with it for a while and see if inspiration strikes.

You can check out my post about this piece and see some of my other work on my tumblr: http://embroidnerd.tumblr.com/post/5576780341/what-if-we-arent-parked-on-a-hill-10-hoop
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / an infinitely improbable hoop (UPDATE:new pic in its new hoopy home!) on: May 05, 2011 10:36:47 PM

7 inch hoop, embroidery floss and felt applique on flannel

My latest completed project and my current favorite.  It's hard to see in the picture but the thought bubbles stick out a little.  It was my first attempt at stumpwork and it was completely accidental.  I wanted to redo the thought bubbles because the text wasn't straight.  I didn't want to risk damaging the fabric so I just stitched a new piece of felt on over the top.  I love how it turned out in the end!  Oh and the scientific names I threw in just cuz  Tongue

here it is in its lovely new flexi hoop!  I covered the back with a piece of felt to hide the raw edges of the flannel. . . it looks quite nice Smiley  Also here is the blog post about this piece (I made a horrible craftster faux pas and linked it to my main page before. . .how embarrassing)  Embarrassed http://embroidnerd.tumblr.com/post/4741488118/several-miles-above-the-surface-of-an-alien

oh no not again by flannelmonsters (aka) embroidnerd, on Flickr
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / TARDIS on: April 24, 2011 09:51:20 PM

I absolutely love how this one turned out!  The TARDIS is felt and the background is black organza.  i started embroidering the whole thing but the lines kept getting sort of wonky so I cut out the shape of the TARDIS and then embroidered the details.  I put it down (well more like threw it aside in several fits of frustration really) and came back to it for a few weeks before finally finishing it.  It's a 10" hoop which is the biggest one I've done so far.  I'm currently working on a 15" although it seems much bigger as it is taking FOREVER.
My Tumblr: http://embroidnerd.tumblr.com/post/4543122930/tardis-felt-applique-and-embroidery-floss-on
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 99 problems hoop on: April 18, 2011 07:43:18 PM

Just recently finished this 8 inch hoop.  I've done a lot of sewing (I sell handmade plush monsters) but only started embroidery work about a month ago.  I'm totally hooked and while I had intended to sell my finished hoops they all seem to be finding homes on my walls.  I fall in love with them as I work.  Maybe when I run out of wall space. . .but until then I post the pics on my blog for all to enjoy.
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