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11  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by millik on: November 08, 2009 07:53:30 PM
That zodiac towel is really cool. I have a zodiac embroidery pattern book from the 70s but have never really had the occasion to use it. That towel makes me think about maybe breaking it out for a project.

Here is what I stitched on Mamaphunk's towel--my last one for this tour.

It was from another 70s pattern book that I got at a sale. I saw some pics of her kitchen redesign and took color inspiration from that. This is the first time I ever filled anything in with stem stitch (the thicker green leaves) and I really liked the results.

I took a couple of pics of my finished towel back at home but I think I will have to iron it and try again because they didn't quite come out as I'd hoped Tongue

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12  Re: OTT Halloween :: Gallery in The Swap Gallery by millik on: November 08, 2009 07:37:43 PM
I love that the packages are just rolling in on this gallery. Everyone's stuff is fantastic! I love all the attention to detail on everything.

Here is what I received from cupcakeguru. She went with my skull theme and sent a sugar skull ornament that is just beautiful! The colors really fit the subject matter and the stitching is perfect. I am really envious of people who do well with french knots Wink

Thank you so much cupcakeguru! I really love this & hung it up in the kitchen right away for all our guests to admire Smiley
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13  Cut-Off Shorts in Needlework: Completed Projects by millik on: October 21, 2009 08:19:07 AM
This tea towel was a housewarming gift for some friends. The cut-off shorts are from a card game called Summer Camp and they are worth +2 cool points in the game because in 80s camp movies, cut-offs are totally cool. I drew the shorts from the card, then added the awesome sunburst and the +2 freehand.

This was the first time I did any coloring in of my embroidery and I kinda like how it turned out. I wanted bold colors, so I used fabric crayons and colored in the outline of the shorts and the sunburst first, then ironed it on. Then, I just used the color blobs as guides and stitched in the outlines and the features, drawing the lines in with my purple air erase pen as I went along.

The patch was glued on with fabric glue 'cause it's so tiny and then I just sorta tacked it on with contrasting thread. It's all two strands of floss except for the jagged edge of the cut-offs, which I had to use one strand for to give it enough detail.

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14  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by millik on: October 20, 2009 12:15:15 PM
Here is my addition to mego's forest themed towel with a bit of a sad cautionary tale. The pattern is from the Hoop Love flickr pool. I used some vintage thread for her hat and dress without testing or washing it first. Then, the night before I was supposed to mail it out, I sprayed it with water to get rid of the blue pen and it bled out all around her.

I tried a bunch of different stain removers but nothing worked, and eventually I ended up painting on bleach with a paint brush. It stained some of the thread, and didn't even really get all of the pink out. From here on out, I will always test any red thread that I use first! I messaged mego already and we've talked about it, so I feel okay posting it here now...

And here is one of the less disastrous parts Tongue

Thanks, mego for being so very understanding!

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15  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by millik on: October 05, 2009 07:31:31 PM
I shipped GatsbyGirl's towel off today, so here a a couple of shots of her pillowcase before it went in the envelope this morning... I thought the band had a pretty sweet logo, so I worked up something using the Sublime Stitching guitar, a free tattoo font I found online, and the band's logo.

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16  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by millik on: September 26, 2009 11:23:07 PM
ThirdMargaret - The satin stitching on that looks great!

Here are a couple pics of the hermit crab I stitched on sixblueirises' underwater themed towel/apron. It's almost entirely backstitch w/2 strands, although I think I used three strands on his feelers and only one on some of the feathery looking bits.

And here it is in relation to the other stitchings...

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17  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by millik on: September 16, 2009 08:15:06 AM
Wow! I've just managed to catch up on the gallery and I must say we have quite a talented group Smiley Everyone's stuff is very cool... I can't wait to see that octopus up close and in person!

I'm going to try and catch up here in one post so bear with me. First, my towel went out to Mamaphunk with a tiny cross stitch on it... My theme was video games, so I stitched up some life points for the towel. 2.5 hearts out of 3, but I'm sure we can make it to the end of the level on that, as hopefully there aren't too many enemies.

Okay and now we have my addition to fenifer's towel. This will need some explaining... The towel started off blank, so I researched a little and found that we both like the band The Flaming Lips. During some shows, the band will hand out laser pointers, which the entire audience points directly at the lead singer. He then takes out a giant, round mirror and reflects all the lasers back into the club. This is an abstract representation of that. At first I wanted to do him rolling over the crowd in the giant hamster ball like he does, but I think this facet transferred a bit better to embroidery and is pretty much just as cool in person.

And here's a photo for scale--the fabric is kinda small. I made my design to fit a 4.5 inch square.

Annnnd... if you're curious to know what this phenomenon looks like in person, here is someone's photo on flickr (not mine): http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomerickson/3835743109/
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18  Neti Pot Icon Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by millik on: August 13, 2009 07:58:34 AM
I have been working on this off and on forever as a gift for a friend and finally finished it! I have always been sort of amused by the stripped down nature of instructional icons and when I saw this one on the Neti Pot box, I knew it had to be crafted. I used chain stitch for most of it, except for the more detailed parts like the facial features.

Why do I suck at ironing?

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19  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 4: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by millik on: July 09, 2009 08:06:32 PM
Aaaand... after you check that out, check this out!

Package 1

Here is my first package from Jenicat! First of all, Jeni rocks as a swap partner. Everything is always so fantastically thoughtful and awesome. Unfortunately, that does not keep my cats from wanting to sit on everything:

Hrmm... let's try a bit closer, shall we? You can still see some cat butt, though. :-/

So much cool stuff!! First of all, she wrote a whole zine full of facts about her that I read pretty much immediately. Jeni - I forgot to include a bio in my first package! Auuugh! I'm so sorry and I will include more biographical information in the 2nd package, I swear.

Here is some info about the stuff in the photo:

Riesen candies (something edible). Delicious. "Chocolate Riesen, Mrs. Lang?" Yes, please. One was consumed shortly after this photo was taken.

Pumpkin Pie Soap (smells good). Homemade soap with actual pumpkin and spices! Pumpkin pie is one of my favorite smells and tastes of all time. This soap freaking rules.

Burt's Bees Clove Oil Chapstick (something in yr purse/bag). I immediately gave this to my girlfriend, as she is always asking around for some lip chap. It will go in her purse for me to borrow Smiley

Orange Spice Tea (drinkable)... we do not have Safeway here! This tea will be had at work tomorrow. It smells delicious.

Crayons (non-craft hobby), because she loves coloring with her daughter. This is fantastic, as coloring was a staple at my house growing up. I haven't colored in ages, though I have bought coloring books, so perhaps it is time.

And now, some close-ups...

Card wallet with elephants (her favorite animal)! This is perfect and has a really cute polka dot print inside.

Robot notebook (made of paper)! Handmade by Jenicat and spiral bound. This is a fantastic piece of work and we both like robots. I think it's cute that we both sent notebooks. This one is perfect for lists and the robots are so incredibly adorable! I absolutely love this <3

Heylerhe! I am here for my close-up! Please do not pass out from cuteness, although I know it is hard.

This 3-legged clay pig is from her favorite store--the bead store where she works. He came with a paper that said he is traditionally given to friends as a token of goodwill and love. And, hello, he is CUTE.

And last, but not least... the thing I am most amazed by is this fantabulous star ornament (favorite holiday)!!

How on earth someone would make something like this is beyond me. It is definitely going to be a year-round ornament here, as it is gorgeous.

The last little photo is not of something she sent, but it is the reason she sent some round needle nose pliers (something relating to her favorite craft supply).

These are my current round needle nose pliers. Please note the rust and the lack of, well, roundness. Heh.

Thank you so, so much!! I love everything... and I think I will go have another chocolate riesen now. Wink

Package 2

Woot! Jeni sent me an ultra-fabulous beading package with some delightful extras... Here's everything together:

There are a TON of really, really nice beads, the nice box they came in, a strawberry cake mix (yum!!), a copy of Jane Eyre (one of her favorite books), and some Playdoh because she says the smell reminds her of childhood. Smiley

Here are some closeups of some of my favorite beads:

Rainbow colors!



Freaking Lava!

There's more coolness, but I didn't want to overload with pictures. Some neat pendants like a Japanese style crane and a cute little turtle, tiny wooden skulls, super pretty stones... the list goes on and on!

All of these beads will make some really fabulous Christmas presents this year for my family & friends. Seriously, I would never buy this much nice stuff for my own stash so thank you--it was like opening a treasure box!

Package 3

Just got my 3rd package from Jenicat and it is so incredibly awesome! I was really impressed with this online, but in person it is just breathtaking. Jeni made me one of her fabric coiled bowls in one of my absolute favorite colors. I freaking love this bowl!

And as if that weren't enough... she also sent enough candy to fill the entire bowl!

There's a Dr. Pepper candy in there that is so mine.

Thank you, Jeni! I am in love with the bowl and am trying to figure out if I want to keep it in the kitchen there or move it out to the zine library Smiley

This was truly a fantastic swap--thank you so much for inviting me to be your partner! xoxo
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20  Re: Easy Peasy 2 Swap Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by millik on: June 23, 2009 08:42:21 AM
I received a very nice package yesterday from Sandra22! I can't crochet, so I have tons of crocheted stuff on my wists. She made this fantastic spiky ball, like a katamari ball! A couple of the points have magnets in them to pick up stuff.

She also made these awesome octopi! I absolutely adore them... she said I could dye them any color as they're 100% cotton, but I think I like them just as they are!

And here's a close-up so you can better see their delightful-ness.

She also sent some postcards from Liverpool, and there is a photo of a band that I like on its way in a different envelope.

Thank you so much! The package was so thoughtful and everything is fantastically well made. I love it all! <3
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