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11  Re: Home Decor/Housewares Craftalong in Craftalongs by Chelsea on: September 17, 2005 05:40:39 PM
Here's my apron.  I'm not completely done yet, I blew up the garlic and carrot patterns and I'm going to put them on the pockets or the upper part of the apron.   But I lost the blown up versions, so I have to do some searching.   But for now it's done.  It looks okay for now (besides needing ironing). 

The apron was a free gift for buying the pots and pans set (my parents bought us for a wedding gift). And since I don't wear aprons, I didn't want to just throw it away.  There's a blank wall in our kitchen where the refrigerator door opens that's begging for something more than the cheap $1 calendar I have up there now.  I'm just going to hang it there for decoration.

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12  Re: I WILL HONOR CHRISTMAS IN MY HEART, AND KEEP IT ALL THE YEAR" CRAFTALONG UNSWAP in Craftalongs by Chelsea on: August 20, 2005 07:28:15 PM
Another bookmark.  I've got so many projects going right now I think I'm just going to stick with making a bunch of these.  I want to try out some jewelry designs, but I just don't have time for new stuff anymore!   This one has blue, clear and yellow beads.

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13  Re: I WILL HONOR CHRISTMAS IN MY HEART, AND KEEP IT ALL THE YEAR" CRAFTALONG UNSWAP in Craftalongs by Chelsea on: August 09, 2005 06:52:07 PM
Okee.  I finished another bookmark.  I had two different brands of seed beads, so some went over the needle easily, the light colored ones didn't...I broke about 10 of them trying to get them to go over.   Undecided  but that's okay, the package of them was only 9cents anyway.   Roll Eyes   

I'm just so surprised that the colors ended up going so well.  I'm usually horrible with colors, and am possibly slightly colorblind (at least I was when I was little).  Especially since I got half of them at Hobby Lobby and the rest at WalMart.  I usually have to hold things right next to each other, think a minute, then ask someone else if they think it matches   Embarrassed   hehe.
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14  Re: I WILL HONOR CHRISTMAS IN MY HEART, AND KEEP IT ALL THE YEAR" CRAFTALONG UNSWAP in Craftalongs by Chelsea on: August 06, 2005 08:34:22 PM

My first one.  It took me like five minutes to make this (not counting the time I had to spend trying to get the beads over a frayed ribbon end.  I didn't have a needle or anything special like that.  I bought a few packets of beads from Hobby Lobby and used what ribbon I had...which is why it kinda doesn't match very well.

I wanted at least one more sized bead on there, but Hobby Lobby's bead selection was awful.  It was mostly plastic kid beads in flourescent colors.   I didn't look too much at Michael's because I recently read a post on here about how sparse their bead selection is.  Well....not here.  lol.  Hobby Lobby was half empty and had a lot of colors, but not many styles, and nothing that would count as an accent bead.  The black and white beads I bought were the best I could find.

Anyway.  I too found a new hobby.  I just spent a half hour finding $30 worth of beads I want on the Oriental Trading Company website.       I used to love beads when I was little.  I would pile them all together just so I could separate them.  I didn't ever make necklaces or anything that lasted, I would always take them apart.  I just liked looking at them more than making things.           .......I wonder if I still have those......
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15  Lucha Libre! First sublime embroidery/sampler in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by Chelsea on: July 24, 2005 01:20:36 PM

This is my first embroidery (not including the one I did in 6th grade).  I didn't go back and take out bad stitches, so half of it looks terrible, and hardly any of the stitches are the same length, I was mostly playing around to see what different things looked like.   Lol, also it took me until the last couple letters of "lucha libre" to figure out what kind of stitch to use!  Tongue   Everything I tried looked funny.

I even washed and ironed this!    Shocked   lol, I've done 5 cross stitches and they're all sitting in my bag waiting to be washed and framed. 

I don't know what I'm going to do with it yet.  I have more of the pink fabric, so I might turn it into a little tote or something.   Maybe a little makeup bag.  I really need one. 

This was practice for something I'm going to make my husband (he's the one who had me order the wrestling patterns) I showed him when I finished it and he said "Well, a wrestler wouldn't have stars on his head, but it's good."    Roll Eyes
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16  Re: Keeping your thread neat. in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by Chelsea on: July 20, 2005 01:58:53 PM
I'm going to get those stitchbows sometime this week.   But what I use now are little ziplock bags.  They sell them in the embroidery section, but you can use regular small ziplock bags too.  You could just use a hole punch to punch holes in the bottom corners and keep them all together and in order w/ a little metal ring. 

They've NEVER gotten tangled.   

I'm getting the stitchbows just because this method is really good for projects (like cross stitch) but not as good for storing all of my floss just because it's a teensy bit too messy for me to have all kinds of bundles of ziplocks Smiley     I thought the stitch bows were only like $5....but maybe I was looking at the wrong thing.  This is great if you're not wanting to spend a lot of money.   Some people complain about the little cards because they leave kinks in the thread.  I used those a long time ago when I used to make friendship bracelets in 3rd grade.  They were always getting bent and torn.   But they might make plastic ones now, not just cardboard.
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17  Re: Wrestling Ring Jackets? in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by Chelsea on: July 19, 2005 06:38:25 PM
I had somewhat of an idea, but asked my husband just to make sure Smiley     I don't know exactly what your boyfriend wants, but what I got from my husband is that some are made kind of like a robe w/ sequins that make up the name.  Some of the wrestlers from a long time ago (like 80's) would wear a short jacket.  All my husband could really think of is what he kept describing as "old school"  and I couldn't think of any current wrestlers that wear one (not that they don't, I just can't think of them)   It has their name/nickname on the back and designs, initials, etc.    I don't know if that's what he's wanting or not though, but it's one version of it at least. 

I couldn't find any other styles.  We were watching a DVD of some greatest wrestlers of the 80's I think and there was a PERFECT example on there!  I can't find anything similar online though.   I'd ask your boyfriend what he has in mind....it kind of reminds me of when I was in 3rd grade and had to make a "girdle" for a mythology project.  First I went home thinking it was a "griddle" lol. Then we finally figured out it was a girdle, and then I had to make something that I've never even seen before!  Now that I think about it, it came out looking like a wrestling belt  Wink

From my recent posts it seems like my entire life is wrestling.  Wow, it's not.  lol.  Wink Just weird.

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18  "A Tale of Two Kitties" in Needlework: Completed Projects by Chelsea on: July 01, 2005 01:38:41 PM
Another x-stitch of black cats from a kit by Calico Crossroads of the Kats by Kelly designs.   This is one of the many kits I got from Hobby Lobby's clearance table.  It was $1 for the entire kit.

I need to get it cleaned and framed still, but that'll probably take me a while.  I'm pretty slow about doing the last bits of things.  Wink

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19  Re: My first cross stitch (skull)! in Needlework: Completed Projects by Chelsea on: June 10, 2005 11:49:23 AM
You may already know this, but maybe not, I didn't when I first started cross stitch.   To make it look a little less "pixelated" you can do half cross stitches.    I know the skull was just practice, but it's a good example.  The places where it's going over the top of the skull, the roundness of that, instead of stopping with squares you can soften the edges by doing a half cross stitch.   It's where you make one  / or \ of the stitch (depending on which direction the angle needs to go) then the other / or \ goes up in one of the corners but down in the middle of the square.  It's really easy with aida, you can separate the little strands of the fabric and go down right in the middle (don't know about other fabrics since I've only used aida).   Normally you keep all the stitches going the same way, like you finish each X with the \ direction...but with the half cross stitch it's not as important - you just go the direction the angle is going.

Edit:  This is what it looks like finished - ignore the messy-ness of the paw - I was covering the white spots that showed through.  It looks good from a distance Wink       Oh, and it's a 3/4 stitch, not a half stitch.

and here's an example of what it looks like on a chart and how to do it.
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20  hehe. My first embroidery. in Needlework: Completed Projects by Chelsea on: June 04, 2005 03:17:39 PM
 Cheesy  Yeah..this is from 6th grade in 1991...I guess I must've been 11 or 12.   I drew it myself (obviously) onto the fabric w/ a fabric pen...you can still see some of the marks.  But hey, the stitches are straight.    I've noticed that anything I draw that's supposed to be symmetrical always comes out bigger and wacky on the right side...the left side is usually okay looking, but the right...it's like my hand suddently became retarded.   Grin

I have very basic drawing skills.   A heart with a face is still the best I can do  Smiley

on the left eye, I'm going to say that's an eyelash and NOT a messy mistake. 

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