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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pern Painting with Embroidery on: October 21, 2009 07:45:59 PM
This was made for Gleep for the Dragonriders of Pern Swap.  I had seen several paintings that had embroidery on them and loved the idea. In the books "Thread"(which is silver) is an organism that devours any organic matter, basically anything except water, rock, and metal.  So dragons breathe fire to destroy it in the air.  The fighting dragons are different colors, bronze, brown, blue and green.  The Red Star is actually a planet that brings the thread to the planet Pern.  Hopefully that is enough of a primer for you to understand the painting!

I used a projector for the map(taken from the books)and traced that.  I painted it as a topography map with watercolors. Then I took some of the pages from my DragonSinger book(one of the books) that was falling apart, cut out a dragon shape and gave it a wash of brown.  Then I embroidered it with thread, flames and quotes from songs out of the books.  

Quotes are: "A Strand of Silver in the Sky."  And "Dragonmen must fly when thread is in the sky."

 "Free the Flame"  Both the flames and thread has metallic thread in it.

"Fly between Blue and Green.  Soar, dive down, Bronze and Brown."  I used the corresponding color for each dragon color.  

I also embroidered the Red Star in the upper right corner.  I was so proud I posted this to facebook and 2 people want a painting like it! I really like how this came out and I hope you all do too!

To see the rest of my swap package to Gleep go here:
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Is a babe pinkie to small? on: July 13, 2006 02:23:22 PM
Hi all, I'm looking for a spinning wheel, can't spend more than $200, so I thought the babe line would be good for me.  I might go for the fiber starter but if the pinkie would work that would be great.  I'm 5'3'' so was wondering if I'm small enough to use the pinkie.  The orifice is 20 1/2" do you think it would work for me? Or should I just spend the extra $30 and by the basic fiberstarter?  By the way have never spun before, but really want to try it!

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / 8 in Jayne statue *img heavy* on: June 21, 2006 06:30:09 PM
For the firefly swap I made a 8 in statue....I had to show it off!

And yes, I know that he isn't standing right...I didn't notice it until it was to late.
On the series, the statue is made out of mud, I had to stop myself from smoothing it all out.
What do you think?

4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Armature question on: June 13, 2006 02:01:04 PM
Hello, I'm hoping all of you brilliant people can help me.  I am making a 8 in high statue. It has a wire armature covered with aluminum foil and masking tape.  I'm ready to attach it to the base, meaning I have done all the sculpting of the clay...and I realized it was to short.  So there is 1/4 in where the armature ends before the base, I had to add on more leg.  If I bake them separately could I glue the statue on to the base later?  Would the baked clay be strong enough to hold up the entire statue?  Or should I add more wire, connect them now and bake them together? 
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Esty shop name? on: May 26, 2006 07:57:52 PM
Hey, I'm going to open an esty shop  and was wondering what all of you thought about the name
Faren's Funhouse?  Is it to goofy?
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Does this phrase make sense? on: May 12, 2006 01:52:42 PM
I want to make mom a lined zippered pouch with embroidery on it. She is a nurse too, so I thought this cute saying on one side.
"Nurses have lots of patients"           and on the other side
"Moms have more"

Does that work?  or does the second side not work because of the way patients is spelled on the front? instead of patience?  Make sense?

Thanks for your help!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Jayne hat on: April 20, 2006 09:38:03 PM
Hey, thought I would post my Jayne hat I knitted for the firefly swap. My first hat, first time with circulars, with picking up stitches and with trying to fix dropped stitches.

girl a is showing me how much she likes it

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fuzzy Scarf on: March 08, 2006 06:01:51 PM
This is my second project, and my first scarf.  It was made with 2 skeins of Sensations Sophisticates collections Fanatic that Brena80 sent me for the 2006 Wishlist rd 2.  I really like the way it knitted up, so poofy.  It is just garter stitch, nice and relaxing, and I think it also helped get that stitch down and memorized by my muscles, if you know what I mean.  Smiley

What do you think?
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Most common size hook? on: March 01, 2006 05:25:24 PM
Hi all, I am not a crocheter, but my sil is.  Her birthday is coming up and I wanted to buy a nice wooden crochet hook for her. But, I have no idea what size to get her.  I can probably only afford one.  My mother says she uses a bigger size, but that still leaves me with a few possibilities.  So, what do you guys think?
I plan on sewing her a roll-up case too.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Unicorn on: February 03, 2006 02:06:33 PM
I made this for the fantasy swap.   https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=74897.0

I found the pattern here:    https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=62458.0

This is the most complicated stuffie I have done, and parts of it were a real pain!
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