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1  Chair-ity Project in Needlework: Completed Projects by madcrafter on: June 10, 2017 10:01:27 PM
I haven't been on for a while or crafting much lately but I thought I would share this fun project.  The chair was raffled to raise money for the local library.  The book I used was "Exploring Elizabethan Embroidery" by Dorothy Clarke and designs by Stephanie Powell.  It was a lot of fun to make and the needle weaving was very easy and fast.  I'm planning to make another chair next year using another book in the Elizabethan Embroidery series.

Finished chair.

Closeup of chair seat.

Closeup and how I worked the chair seat at my blog.

Thanks for looking and I appreciate any remarks and suggestions.
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2  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by madcrafter on: November 01, 2014 08:35:29 AM
Yesterday I receive two beautiful patches from elderflower.  The first was for "Hobbit" theme and was a wonderful surprise.  A embroidered Smaug with his hoard!

I got out my copy of the Hobbit and found Tolkien's drawing and knew I was right!  This is my second patch in the Hobbit theme and so I'm so happy.  

A little closer look at Smaug.  The beading of his hoard would tempt any dragon !  I love the fabric it is subdued almost like the dragons breath has caused a fog.

The second patch is of a kitten which elderflower crocheted with such tiny thread.  Filet crochet is not easy to achieve and her stitches are impressively even.  Maybe if I ever get to that part of the world I can meet her and get a lesson.

The kitten is so sweet and the little ribbon a nice touch.

The kit elderflower sent was over the top!  Here are some pictures.

She sent some crocheted kittens, purple ribbon and hand dyed threads in lovely purples.  I have been wanting some hand dyed threads from South Africa for a long time!  Thank you!

She also sent some lovely fabric pieces including a lovely black velvet and some stones.  I think they are amazonite and amethyst.  Also included was some stuffing and she put it in a plastic case from Air Zimbabwe.  I love collecting containers like this, Thank you again for all the thought and work you put into such a lovely swap.

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3  Fall themed hoopla in Needlework: Completed Projects by madcrafter on: October 26, 2014 01:10:55 PM
In the recent hoopla swap I made my first hoopla.  Taking a water color my mom painted, I scanned and print a portion onto fabric.  Then using a technique called opus plumarium, stitched on large leaf leaving the rest plain.  I thought that the contrast of the flat background and the stitched DMC thread leaf came out beautifully.  I will definitely try this technique again.

Thanks for looking.

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4  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 12 - SEASONS - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by madcrafter on: October 16, 2014 10:58:08 AM
I received a wonderful Fall Hoopla from pinkmichk.  Beautiful stitching and my favorite Fall activities combined to make a wonderfully personalized hoop.  I absolutely love it, thanks pinkmichk!  Beware, lots of pictures.

Over all image of hoop.

Oven with mitt.



Apple tree in the back yard!

Thanks for a great swap!  Thank you Homerof2 for hosting!

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5  Re: OTT October Holidays 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by madcrafter on: October 15, 2014 10:21:25 AM
I received my OTT from Calabaza yesterday.  At first I didn't even see the box on the porch it was so small!  She sent me a lovely pumpkin ornament.  The pumpkin was made by wrapping thread through a bead and was very well done!  She placed it on a spool decorated with homespun yarn and seed beads.  Thank you Calabaza for a very sweet ornament.

Thank you all, especially irid3sc3nt for hosting this fun swap!

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6  Re: Lexophiles Unite! swap gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by madcrafter on: October 10, 2014 09:08:04 AM
First I owe Crazyda79 an apology for not posting the cute magnet she sent with the other goodies.  I have been completely brain dead lately and I'm so sorry to keep you waiting.

I wanted to say thank you again for everything!  I loved swapping with you!

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7  Re: Lexophiles Unite! swap gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by madcrafter on: October 02, 2014 01:18:23 PM
Today I received a wonderful and funny package from crazyda79.  I laughed so hard when I saw the mat she made using my favorite word defenestrate.

Thank you for such fun swap!
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8  Lacy Centerpiece Doily in Crochet: Completed Projects by madcrafter on: September 21, 2014 12:53:43 PM
This is for my sister, her birthday is next week.  I thought I would make her a centerpiece for her giant dinning room table.  The table seats 10 for those family dinners.  The design is from a Magic Crochet magazine.  This doily was made with size 10 thread instead of size 30 so it came out 19 inches.  Big enough to see on her table.  The design is more open and lacy then I usually crochet and so it only took 5 days to complete.

Thanks for looking!

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9  Needlepainted Pansy in Needlework: Completed Projects by madcrafter on: September 20, 2014 05:59:28 AM
I was  just sitting here looking at some photos that I took of past projects and I thought I would share these.  This is lesson 10 from Trish Burr's book "Needle Painting Embroidery, Fresh Ideas For Beginners".  If you have been interested in learning Needle Painting I highly recommend this book.  The author makes these projects easy to stitch by providing easy outlines, color suggestions and in progress photos.  My only complaint is that I spent around $90 in floss because there is very little over lap of floss colors in the projects.  But doing the projects one at a time is affordable.  This embroidery took about 6 hours to stitch and I enjoyed it greatly.  Needle painting is very easy when the colors are already picked out.

Finished pansy.

Back of work.

Thank you for looking!

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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by madcrafter on: September 14, 2014 09:37:50 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Thanksgiving Doily
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: First I want to make a confession, my sister is a Muggle!  We don't talk about it much but there it is.  A few years ago she bought a large dinning room set that seats at least 10.  Like a lot of  muggles she is into family and Thanksgiving in particular.  Which shows we do have a lot in common with muggles!  So with a big birthday in 10 days and Thanksgiving coming up I though she might like a centerpiece doily for the table this year.  The idea came to me as I was looking for a tablecloth pattern and I saw the doily and I had a ball of size 10 thread just sitting around I thought perfect idea!  The doily came out 19 inches and didn't even use all the thread.  The project took 5 days to make.

Project Picture:

Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.

Read more: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435286.0#ixzz3DJ7NvgLI
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