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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Down the Rabbit Hole on: July 18, 2008 05:10:26 PM
Spoiler alert for lapoli!!

While trying to decide what to make for lapoli for the IYP swap I stumbled across a really cute, zippered pouch on her wists. Since I can't sew very well I asked my friend boolace7 if she would be kind enough to sew me a zippered pouch out of fabric that I embroidered on. She said yes, so....voila! Rabbit Pouch! I love the design. I didn't have to change it too much, just a little in the flower parts. I can't find a link to the original to post, it's not on lapoli's wists anymore and I couldn't find it on etsy, which is where it was from, so sorry that I can't give credit to the original designer. It's a great picture though!

The embroidery:

The pouch:

The lining:

22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / An Elephant For Every Season on: July 18, 2008 04:42:53 PM
Spoiler alert for lapoli!

I've been wanting to do something with all four seasons lately so I thought a set of tea towels would be the perfect opportunity. I found a coloring page of an elephant and then I drew everything else. It's all back stitch with some french knots and lazy daisies thrown in.

All 4 together:





23  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Drag Racer for Amyracinrose on: June 09, 2008 04:38:13 PM
Can you believe that our sweet, little Amy Rose is a drag racer?!  Cheesy I love it! When I read that in her bio I knew immediately I wanted to embroider the Sublime Stitching racer for her. I found this super cute frame at Urban Outfitters and put together a fabric collage for her.

24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Two Blue Birds on: June 09, 2008 04:34:10 PM
These are for Amyracinrose. I knew she loved blue birds and I'd been wanting to stitch this pattern from Needlecrafter, so it was the perfect opportunity. I framed it in a simple, black frame. I love the flowers!

25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Well Read & Naughty Book Bag on: June 09, 2008 04:31:01 PM
I just finished up a personal swap with Amyracinrose and this book bag is one of the things I sent her. She had the picture on her wists with a comment that said it would look really cute on a book bag, so......voila! I changed the colors to suit her style, changed the hair to make for easier embroidering, and added a cute, cherry linging that has little sparklies on it. I love the lining fabric so much!

26  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Craftster on Boing Boing! on: June 03, 2008 11:25:50 AM
I thought this was pretty cool so I figured I'd share! Smiley

27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chronicles of Narnia Binder Cover on: May 20, 2008 11:19:29 AM
My boyfriend works at a Regal Cinemas and they're supposed to do Project Pictures, where they make the opening weekend of a big movie an event with prizes, activities, etc. and then they're supposed to present it to the corporate office in a binder that highlights everything they did. His boss told him that corporate doesn't really care what kinds of things you do for the opening and that the winner is usually the one that sends them the nicest presentation. So he asked if I could embroider them a binder cover with a lion face on it. Being the nice girlfriend that I am I said yes without really thinking about the amount of work that would go into it.

Now, I am by no means a sewer and I don't know what I was thinking, but I guess I thought they'd just give me a piece of fabric to embroider on, but oh no! I had to make it myself! I somehow managed and this is what I came up with:

Here's how I did it:

I started by finding pictures online and turning them into a pattern that was slightly bigger than an 8.5"x11" piece of paper when all placed together (I ironed it on as 3 separate patterns, the lion, Narnia letters, and Prince Caspian letters).

Then I cut my piece of cotton fabric a little bigger than the binder to allow for selvage (is that the right word? Basically I mean to allow for the space needed to fold the edges over to get a nice, clean edge). I sewed the 2 top edges, laid the binder down on the fabric, folded the side edges over for the selvage (even if that isn't the right word I'm going to continue using it since I explained what I mean above), then folded the sides over the binder and pinned them in place so that it would be tight when the binder was closed and so I'd have 2 even pieces showing when you open the binder up. I sewed those pieces, folded the whole thing in half, ironed on my patterns, and then embroidered the whole thing.

When I was done embroidering I put the cover back on the binder only to discover 2 things: 1) I hadn't made it tight enough around the binder, and 2) the stupid picture was off center because I didn't allow for the size of that side piece of the binder, I just folded my fabric in half and then ironed my picture on. I would've been fine with it being a little loose around the binder, but I couldn't handle the picture not being centered. So, I ripped out my sewing and did it over again. Now it fits really well, tight when closed, a little loose when opened, and the picture is more centered on the cover (it's still slightly off but at this point I could really care less). The 2 pieces that show when you open the binder are no longer even, but I can live with that a lot more than a really off center cover pic.

Now that I'm done with it the whole thing seems really simple, but I'm incredibly proud of myself for actually sewing something! I mean, I've done a few bag linings, but that's just essentially sewing up 3 sides of a rectangle so it's no big deal. With this I actually had to worry about my sewing being seen so I had to make it extra nice.

I'd also like to talk about the embroidery for a sec since I am posting this in the Needlework section! Cheesy I didn't have much time to make this thing so I just used back stitch for everything except the satin stitching in the Narnia letters (oh, and a few little french knots). I like the way it came out, but I really wish I'd had the time to do the lion in either stem or chain stitch, or a combination of both. Oh well. Okay, we've come to the end of the longest post ever! Cheesy Thanks for checking this out! Smiley
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sugar Skull Apron on: May 08, 2008 10:18:17 AM
This was my large project for the Needlework Swap. I got the apron from TotalTableEnvy on etsy, her aprons are fantastic! I used 7 stitches on this guy: chain, stem, satin, lazy daisy, running, french knots, and last but not least, back stitch. The colors got a little washed out from the flash, everything is really bright. Enjoy! Smiley

29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Needle and Hoop Needlebook on: May 08, 2008 10:12:46 AM
This was also for the Needlework swap. I got the picture from somewhere on craftster, I think one of the tea towel tours. After I post this I'll go looking and post the link if I find it. Anyway, I think it's the perfect picture for a Needlebook and I think I'm going to have to make myself one as well:

30  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Heart and Dagger/Swallows Tea Towels on: April 28, 2008 03:52:15 PM
I made these tea towels for the Tattoo Swap. I love, love, LOVE the way the "Amber" lettering turned out:

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