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1  ghost school insignia in Needlework: Completed Projects by GhostAcademy on: March 26, 2009 03:29:32 PM
I haven't done any embroidery in awhile, but I finished this piece today: 

I'm really excited about it!  I'm gonna put it on the cover of my new catalog.
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2  Ugly suitcases are completely unacceptable. in Completed Projects by GhostAcademy on: September 01, 2008 12:32:47 PM
I've never owned real luggage before, even though I'm about to turn 30 and I go on regular vacations.  My luggage suite consists of:

1-large green duffel bag very faded and beat up that I used to take to summer camp, purchased in 1988

1-Red hello kitty duffle bag given to me as a gift by my bf probably circa 1999

2-very cute and VERY small matching 1960's overnight bags

You see my problem.  And yet, I absolutely HATE owning anything ugly, which is why I've never bought suitcases.  I finally bit the bullet and bought a set of two very big and very practical suitcases at Goodwill for $15 for the pair.

You know the type... with wheels and a handle... utterly generic.... indistinguishable from every other suitcase coming down the luggage carousel.

I couldn't take it.  I had to craftster them up.  I pulled out some felt and a hot glue gun and put on a movie, and this is what I came up with:

Mine(yes, I took the bigger suitcase for myself):

The boy's: 


I'm pretty happy with the results.  I have no idea how durable this will be, but I'm leaving on vacation in a week, so I'll find out.  Plus, this project cost me about $20 for the supplies AND the suitcases, so ya can't beat that.

What do you guys think?  Any suggestions for travel-proofing the felty part?
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3  goo! goo! goo! my friend goo! in Needlework: Completed Projects by GhostAcademy on: July 24, 2008 08:55:28 PM
This is by far the most insane thing I've ever embroidered.  Just finished it a couple of days ago:

Insane because it's on a t-shirt and I didn't use stabilizer.  It was about 10 hours of work.

The background on it is this:
In high school, my best friend and I silkscreened t-shirts of this image, which is the cover to the Sonic Youth album Goo and is drawn by Raymond Pettibon.  Here's the original:  http://www.artfagcity.com/wordpress_core/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/sonic-youth.jpg

We loved those shirts to death, but that was in 1995, and they are long gone.
So a couple of months ago, my best friend found a Goo shirt for only $3.  It is awesome.  I was so jealous.  So I decided to make my own and up the ante by embroidering it.  I can't wait to wear it!
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4  octopus party in Needlework: Completed Projects by GhostAcademy on: July 15, 2008 02:41:50 PM
I made this years ago and just yesterday decided to frame it and send it to a flickr friend.

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5  Drawing club!!! in Needlework: Completed Projects by GhostAcademy on: July 03, 2008 07:52:08 PM
So I'm in a drawing club.  A group of people who get together every week to dork out and draw.  Drawing club is then followed by Drinking club, at a nearby bar.  It's okay to be an adult and have clubs, right?

So we decided to all draw logos for drawing club.  Lately I've been embroidering instead of sketching (I make the excuse that it's drawing with a needle and thread).  So I embroidered mine.

Just a quickie, freehanded last night:

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6  A whole bunch of block printed cards in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by GhostAcademy on: June 11, 2008 09:48:17 PM
Lately, I've been neglecting all other crafts to pursue my new found love:  block prints!  I made a bunch of these cards.  They're all about 4 by 5, and they're done with linoleum prints and speedball inks. 

I designed 24 cards in all. . . here are some of my favorites.

Thanks for looking!
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7  Re: Tinting with crayons in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by GhostAcademy on: May 13, 2008 06:40:26 PM
I use this technique all the time.  It is very easy, long lasting, and not messy at all.  I collect vintage linens, and I have some as old as from the 1930's that have been tinted this way and still hold their color.  And I do use them and wash them in the washing machine.

Here's an example:

Use regular crayons, not fabric crayons.  And try them out on a piece of scrap fabric first... some colors work much better than others.  When you're coloring, you want to press lightly and build up lots of thin layers of color.  If you press hard enough to show strokes, they will show in your final project, so keep that in mind.  To set the color, put a sheet of paper between the fabric and your iron and iron on the hottest setting for 2-3 minutes.  I then throw my project in the dryer for a cycle for good measure.

Someone asked if you can still use the tea towels... yes, you can.  The color becomes part of the fabric, like with dyeing.  It doesn't have any extra texture to it, and it is permanent.  But again, some colors work better than others and last longer than others. 
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8  Sacred heart in Needlework: Completed Projects by GhostAcademy on: April 30, 2008 06:50:30 PM
Sacred hearts!  It's Jesus' heart and it's on fire! 

Who doesn't love that?

I was laid up sick for a week which is I think what inspired me to be all obsessive and make this piece.  I usually leave a lot more blank space in my embroidery designs, but on this one I just couldn't seem to stop adding the pink and green and gold rows.  Oh, and I FINALLY got the hang of using metallic floss.  It has always made me cuss a blue streak in the past.

I want to frame it, but my husband says we already have too much Catholic art up in the house.  Pffffttt... whatever Wink
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9  Sideshow embroideries in Needlework: Completed Projects by GhostAcademy on: January 01, 2008 03:21:21 PM
I made these embroideries for a recent art show I was asked to participate in.  They're inside shadowboxes with little red velvet curtains.  Most of them are based on old sideshow photographs that I researched.  The finished pieces were between 10X10 and 12X12.

Dog girl:  She was double-jointed in her knees and could walk around on all fours

Lobster boy:  The real person was supposed to be quite controversial... he was even arrested for murder.

Parasitic twin:  This one doesn't show up too well because the thread is so light.  But it's based on a woman who had a tiny twin growing out of her abdomen.

And finally, conjoined twins.  This was the only one I did not base on an old photograph.  It also is the only one that sold.

Thanks for looking, everyone  Smiley
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10  Re: Sweet little birdie in Needlework: Completed Projects by GhostAcademy on: July 19, 2007 06:44:10 PM
Thanks everyone!  A bag it is.  I'll have to post pics when I get around to making it.  I drew the bird myself.  I'm uploading the sketch so you guys can have the pattern, but I changed it quite a bit as I stitched it.  The basic outline is the same, though.
he/she is so cute. I like to think that the bird is a she because she is nice and fluffy, ready to sit on her eggs. Smiley

Very pretty!

That's no accident.  I love fat birds the best!

I think the sketch is cuter than the embroidery.  If anyone stitches this, I'd love to see pictures!
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