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81  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jacob's Ladder on: June 17, 2011 09:07:42 AM
I've been trying out different ways to wrap pearls and beads. I designed this necklace using freshwater pearls and 20 and 22 gauge nickel silver wire. I think it looks like an abstract pea pod. The silver plated chain is very short because the ladder is about 2 inches long. I like my necklaces to hit right above my chest.

What do you think?
82  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lego Spider-Man and Kirby DS Pouches on: June 14, 2011 05:34:10 AM
I bought my boys those plastic DS game holders but it was a little difficult for the boys to use. I decided to design their own little pouches. Using the PCStitch Pro computer program, I designed both patterns and stitched them on 14 count aida.

Using a sewing machine,  I sewed on a zipper on each completed projected and sewed on the backing. For the lego Spider-Man, I used red fabric but for Kirby I used the bottom of the piece of aida. After making Kirby, I thought I got the sewing too close to the Kirby stitching, so I ended up making the other pouch a little bigger. Since I'm new using the sewing machine, I messed up a little on the zipper; it twisted a little so the shape isn't as exact as the Kirby pouch. I think I liked using the aida better because it's stiffer and holds a nice shape. 

What do you think?
83  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Superhero felt finger puppets by my six year old son on: June 10, 2011 09:49:52 AM
I decided to spend the summer doing craft activities out of the Star Wars Craft Book with my six and seven year old boys. In an effort to not make every day a "mom sews the kids a new toy" day, I made some pre-sewn finger puppets and gave the boys markers, fabric glue, scissors, and felt to create their own puppets.

Using a Wonder Woman statue, my six year old made this puppet all by himself. I'm so proud of him. He was very concerned about each little detail.

He also made a white mummy with purple eyes, an orange Spider-Man with white felt spiders on him, the yellow one drawn with black marker is Robin "the boys wonder), and an orange C3PO. I made the C3PO on the thumb.

84  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Spider-Man on: May 27, 2011 04:57:58 PM
For my husband's 41st birthday, I designed, stitched, and had Spider-man framed. The design is based on the cover of his favorite graphic novel, Spider-Man: Blue that discusses the death of Gwen Stacy.

I'm really quite proud of this one. I matched the fabric to the cover of the book, imported the image into PCStitch Pro, evened out the colors, drew in the spider on his chest and the webs. When it was framed, I made sure the matting hit each side of the web so it looked like he was swinging across the picture.

Here is the pattern if anyone would like it:

The colors in the boxes look a little off but the numbers of the DMC thread are correct. However, use 902 instead of 3802 and 154. I try to avoid pointless color changes as much as possible.
85  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Toto by the Ear on: May 27, 2011 04:45:54 PM
Toto by the Ear is one of my favorite illustrations in the Wizard of Oz. I really like the subtle lines to show the tornado. And, of course, it just funny that Dorothy caught Toto by the ear before they were blown away.

This is one of my favorite designs that I created using the PCStitch Pro computer program. After I imported the illustration from my illustrated copy of Wizard of Oz into the program, I evened out some of the colors so I wasn't changing colors every other square and drew in the detail. If I could do it over, I think I would change Toto, maybe add backstitching to create a shaggy coat. I tried to make him a little splotchy though, adding lots of brown, gray, black, and white into his coat.  But I think I got his face down.

What do you think?
86  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beaded Hoops on: May 23, 2011 02:29:58 PM
I've been on an earring making kick lately. These earrings were completely hand shaped using a pill bottle, metal pipe, and a bead container mandrels.

I made the frame from 20 gauge nickel silver wire which I wrapped around one of the found object mandrels. I actually prefer the pill bottle because I like wearing 1.5 inch earrings. Then, I took 24 gauge nickel silver wire and wrapped it around the frame, stringing a seed bead with each loop. The beads are held tightly into place with the wire.

Here is the 2.5 inch pair:

Here is the 1.5 inch hoops in eggshell blue:

This pair was made using a very small pipe. I strung three little flowers on headpins inside the frame before looping it around. I really like yellow.

I would love some feedback. Anyone else use random household items for crafting tools?
87  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Keyring for finished cross stitch designs on: May 19, 2011 01:22:35 PM
A friend of mine from England gave me some old CrossStitcher magazines with the neatest small patterns that you can put in keyrings.

However, I can't find the keyrings and I really want to make Snoopy and Woodstock keychains. Does anyone know of a good resource for cross stitchers keyrings, possibly in the states or one that ships overseas?
88  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bridesmaid Jewelry for my cousin on: May 19, 2011 01:06:36 PM
My cousin's wedding is mint and chocolate and she took me up on the offer to make her bridesmaid jewelry.

Together, we came up with this design for the three bridesmaids' necklaces. On a 3/4 inch sterling silver disc the word "DREAM" is stamped around the bottom of the disc in a half circle. In the center is the tree of life. Each disc is domed and is adorned with a little mint colored flower bead.

I was really excited about this design because I have just started metal stamping. I bought the tool kit at the beginning of the year and I've been adding stamps to my collection.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that sterling silver seems to be a easier to stamp than the copper and nickel silver discs I had been practicing with.
89  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Antique Marbles and Ponytail Holder Beads on: May 18, 2011 04:53:35 PM
My dad loves going to auctions and bringing me random things back. Once he brought me glass antique marbles and packaged beaded ponytail holders.

Using the glass marbles, I made the neatest earrings. I like how the orange marbles look like a goldfish bowl

Using the big plastic beads from the ponytail holders, I filled in three Christmas tree frame ornaments. With the rest, I made bracelets using invisible cord, crimps beads, and a toggle clasp. Since the holes on the beads were side-ways, the bracelets did an interest zigzag pattern which reminded me of bubbles. Here are two pink and blue bubble bracelets made from these strange beads.

90  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My Old Kentucky Home on: May 18, 2011 03:06:51 PM
This is my first post.

Around two or three years ago, I bought this pattern of My Old Kentucky Home created by Susan's Stitchery, a local cross stitch pattern design, in hopes that I would make it for my dad.

My Old Kentucky Home is a historical home in Bardstown, Kentucky, my dad's home town. My dad has many prints of the home by C.W. Vitow, also a local Bardstown/New Haven artisan. The dining room in his new home is devoted to these prints and other Kentucky themed painting.

I hope my cross stitch picture, once I get it framed, will be a nice addition to the room. It means alot to me that I made this for him.

I liked the simplicity of the picture because, as you could probably tell, there is no backstitching. The design is strictly X stitches, giving a nice impressionist feel to the design. It took about two weeks. I didn't calculate the hours.

I'm actually a wire wrapped metal jewelry artist but I'd like to do more "me" crafting and stitching to me is "me" crafting, good for the soul.

Looking forward to sharing more projects with the community. Thanks for sharing all your projects with me.
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