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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Do you know what this is? This is... A lamp! on: June 11, 2011 08:29:15 PM
Stitched for the ongoing hoopla swap-

Leg lamp! by Pearliepie, on Flickr

There's a little bit of crayon tinting on the leg itself, but when I added the stocking it washed out.

Leg lap shoe by Pearliepie, on Flickr

I chose not to outline the leg so it really looks like fishnets.

Leg lamp shade by Pearliepie, on Flickr

The fringe messed up the top of the stocking a little, but it's still pretty awesome!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little Green parrot on: December 13, 2010 11:44:19 AM
I made this little guy for the Invite Your Partner Swap.

He's just over four inches tall

The wings are the only part I embroidered before assembly, all of the other stitching I did after he was stuffed.

Little bitty feet! They're made from pipe cleaners and slightly poseable. I think he's to top heavy to hold onto a branch though.

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / little birds art quilt on: November 01, 2010 08:48:18 PM
For the mini art quilt swap 3, some little birdies peeking out from under the leaves!

the top layer of leaves are really washed out in that picture, but they are pretty light. I started with the darkest leaves on the bottom and layered more and more on top. All of the edges are unfinished, but I used a little fray check on the lightest green because it unraveled with the slightest touch!

I did the background quilting before adding the bird and branch appliques, and then used a fancy leaf stitch around the border.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / recent ATCs (one is nekkid) on: July 20, 2010 11:11:32 AM
I made these for the most recent Random swap.

Ink drawing colored with colored pencils, crepe paper grass and candy wrapper egg.

These next three all feature vellum figures over the background, I method I really like to use.

This one's a little plain- if I still had it I'd add some layers of flowers or something.

Sweet Electra

My bike, minus the rack on the back and basket on the front because they were too fiddly to draw!

Devil girl!
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her tail and some of the flames aren't attached to the background
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mini whale stuffie on: July 20, 2010 10:58:34 AM
I made this little gal for the One Tiny Sea Creature swap.

I used grey wool felt and a pattern I made myself (but I borrowed the open mouth from this pattern) The tail is my favorite part.

Her back started to split open when I stuffed her because I had done some stitching right next to the edge and it couldn't hold the massive amount of filler I was shoving in there. I used a scrap of the wool felt to patch the hole with needle felting! On very close inspection you can see the bumpy bit where I patched.

She's just a squnich under four inches long. The loose grey thread is a loop for hanging, not a left over thread!

I tested the pattern multiple times before deciding on this shape, so I have five more whales waiting for eyes and then I'm going to make a mobile.

Edited because you can have a whale of a tale, but not a tale on a whale. Should have proofread...
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fashion Girls on: April 16, 2010 03:41:56 PM
This is the panel I made for the recent EEPP swap. Jolyon, my partner mentioned that she liked flappers and vintage stuff from the 20's, and I instantly thought of this illustration I have from Les Feuillets de'Art.

I mixed 2 strands of blending filament in the blue dress and 4 strands of metallic gold in the black one with my floss for sparkle.

I used lots of different stitches for detail and texture.

The shoes were cut off in my inspiration picture, so I had to wing it. The blue ones came out nice, but I don't know about the black.

What do you think?
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Is it worth it to fix a digital camera? on: January 13, 2010 07:26:15 AM
My camera is dead. I don't know what happened to it, but I can't turn it on. I've tried new batteries, plugging it into the wall, plugging it into the computer, and now I'm out of ideas. I feel lost without it!
In the Sunday paper I saw a ton of ads for digital camera sales- there's one that is almost the same as my old one for about $100, BUT then I'd have to toss out my old camera and that seems SO wasteful to me.

Have you ever had a digital camera fixed? What was the cost? Did it work normally after?
Please help me decide what to do!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / What would you do about these windows? on: September 19, 2009 12:59:52 PM
A few years ago a coworker gave me a big box of her scraps and leftover fabric. There was this "cheater quilt" fabric inside that I just fell in love with. I finally finally started embroidering one of the pictures, and now I'm totally stumped.

Do these windows look strange to you? They look really strange to me- not the lattice work covering the smaller two, just the open section of the bigger one. Are those supposed to be shutters? Why would they be closed?
What would you do? Use colored pencils before stitching the lattice to draw in some curtains? Make the lattice a different color (I was going to use brown)? Ignore it? I don't know what to do! Help!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / ZOMBIES! RUN! (mini art quilt) on: July 17, 2009 10:39:53 AM
This is the art quilt I made for zombiekilla in the mini art quilt swap. (Go there and look at all the awesomeness! This swap ROCKED!)

In this swap we listed five themes for our partners to choose from. I was really excited about two of her themes- Trees and Zombies/horror. (she made me the very cool Can Can Dancer quilt)
After a bit of thinking I realized that almost every zombie movie ever has a scary forest or swap scene, so I could combine the two themes!
First I used black, red, and white fabrics that I thought looked a little gory to make the base quilt. Then I made the zombie appliques. Sadly they lost a lot of zombie like detail (shredded clothes and missing flesh) when I stitched them on.

I did echo style quilting around the zombies because I wanted there to be a little more movement in the quilt.

Then I embroidered two tree trunks and added them to the sides. This is when I realized that I had messed up the placement of the zombies and that the trees would cover them up a little. I love the way it came out in the end, but this discovery caused me much agony during creation. This is also when my machine died so I hand sewed from here out!
After lightly stuffing the tree trunks, came a few leaves, then binding, then more leaves and the vine.

Lastly I added another leaf to the back as a quilt tag!

Oh, and one last shot of the creepy backing fabric.

I'm a little bummed out by how the pictures came out- I didn't use a tripod so they're pretty blurry. There's a lot of great stitching details that don't show up. I'll do better with the pics next time!
What do you think of it?
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bee among flowers pin set on: October 05, 2008 12:50:20 PM
My beekeeping friend just had a birthday, so I made her this pin set.

I made the flowers from various yarns, and they're different sizes so she can stack them if she wants to.There are two more leaves for mixing and matching that somehow didn't make it into the picture. One is light green with picots around the edge, a little smaller than the one in the picture, and the other is a brighter green with points.

I used a hat pin that I bent with round nosed pliers to hold everything together. Do you know hard it is to find a hat pin theses days? I called four places before I talked to someone who even knew what a stick pin or hat pin was!

The extra jump rings and the shape of the pin let the bee bead move around as if she were buzzing around the flowers.

My friend loves it! What do you think?
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