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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Haunted forest guitar strap (w/ a ridiculous amount of pictures) on: October 15, 2005 10:38:01 PM
So for my husband's birthday I embroidered him a guitar strap with a haunted forest theme.  The project was really involved, so I couldn't help but work on it in front of him.  He couldn't see what I was embroidering though, only that it was long and thin and he couldn't figure out what it was.  I think he was worried that I was making him a quirky tie or something embarassing that he would have to wear.  heh.  He ended up loving the guitar strap and was totally surprised.

Sorry, with the shape I can't get a picture of the whole thing.  So here's a bunch of pictures of small sections.

There were 2 themes running through:  repeating panels with maple leaves and little swirly "wind" stitches

The spider web was metallic thread, which was a pain in the butt.

the skeleton is supposed to be underground.

my username, this guitar strap.... I guess you can tell I like ghosts. Smiley
This last shot is just a picture of the closure (I made the strap adjustable with buttons)

Whew!  that was a lot of pictures.  Thanks for looking!
32  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / trouble with knots on: October 10, 2005 09:02:16 PM
I keep getting better at embroidery (I've been doing it almost a year now) but there are two problems I always have:

1. when I'm separating threads, they always tangle and knot together, and

2. I seem to get a lot of snags and knots during the embroidery process itself.  If I can pull them out I do, but sometimes the knot gets so stuck that I have to snip the thread, undo some work, and start over.  It's SO frustrating. 

Does this happen to everyone, or do you guys have some tips for me?
33  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Zombie/Voodoo pillow on: September 22, 2005 02:02:30 PM
I made this pillow for the zombie swap that's going on right now.  It's based on the movie Serpent and the Rainbow, which is about Haitian voodoo zombies.

This is a zombie bride.  She attacks you in your sleep.

The top

the bottom

and in the corner I made tassels that have skull beads carved out of bone.

It's funny how everything in embroidery becomes kinda cute, even if it's a skull on a pike.

If anyone wants to check out the super awesome zombie swap gallery, here's a link:


34  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Necklace brainstorm on: September 19, 2005 07:15:26 PM
Does anyone know the easiest way to go about making something like this:

It seems like all of those little beads are linked together using eyepins (I think they're called that). 
Can anyone think of an easier, less tedious way to do this?

Yes, I'm being lazy.  I admit it. Wink
35  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / ribbon closure necklaces on: September 13, 2005 11:44:25 PM
I've been making necklaces lately that have a bow for the clasp.  Sorry for the blurry pictures, they were the best my camera could do.

and this next one is my favorite, so of course the picture turned out the worst Wink

So, what do you guys think?
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