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1  Purple Spiral Bracelet in Beads: Completed Projects by Obsessed Knitter on: April 02, 2011 05:58:29 PM

I made this bracelet for my sister's birthday. It's my first time doing spiral peyote, or any peyote at all actually. It took me a lot longer to make then I anticipated, probably because those little black beads are 15/0s. I'm going to make one for me eventually, but I got a bit burnt out making hers so mine will need to wait awhile.

More photos and info on my blog (in my sig) if anyone's interested.
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2  Mr. Gnome in Needlework: Completed Projects by Obsessed Knitter on: January 21, 2011 07:41:23 AM
Here's the embroidery I made for the Hoopla swap. It's in rainbow colors. The roof is filled with parallel lines of backstitch. The gnome's hat is my first attempt at long and short stitch. It doesn't really look like long and short, but I like the effect.

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3  Pirate Santa in Needlework: Completed Projects by Obsessed Knitter on: January 09, 2011 03:43:41 PM
A little late for a Christmas self-gifting present, but doesn't everyone need a pirate santa pillowcase?

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4  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R3 - OTT Edition Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Obsessed Knitter on: January 07, 2011 04:51:00 PM
I received my hoop today from dharma_rebel! Well, actually it was yesterday but I had to wait until it was light today to take photos. It's completely, utterly fantastic. I cannot explain how much I absolutely love this piece, although I will try. She captured my colors perfectly. I'm a sucker for highly saturated colors. Her satin stitch is gorgeous. I love the purple flowers in front of the butterfly, it reminds me of the wisteria we used to have at my house when I was growing up. The gold in the wings is the perfect touch to tie all the colors together. It's completely adorable.

This hoop is going to be the start of my hoopla wall! I'm really excited to have such a fantastic piece to begin the wall with.

I'm still working on her hoop, hoping to finish within the next day or two and then send it on it's way! Now I'm a bit nervous, I hope she likes it as much as I like hers!
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5  Michael Miller Birdie Sling Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Obsessed Knitter on: January 03, 2011 06:41:45 PM
My first Amy Butler Birdie Sling Bag, made in Michael Miller Fabrics. The handle is Moda. This is one of the first bags I've ever sewn, and I'm really happy with it! It's going to be my everyday bag. It's huge, and I love it! I'm either going to carry a knitting project in it, or embroidery (in addition to my wallet and all that stuff). I added a magnetic snap to the top, and I'm really glad I did.

I love this pattern! I'm hoping to make a bunch more, especially a Spring version and a Summer version.

More info and tips for making the bag is on my blog.

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6  Daisy Needlebook in Needlework: Completed Projects by Obsessed Knitter on: November 30, 2010 10:14:28 PM
I made a needlebook! I decided it was time to have somewhere to store all my needles together, so I decided I needed a needlebook. I used basic craft felt in two different colors. It has six interior pages. The binding is just a blanket stitch securing all 8 layers together. I used backstitch and the lazy daisy stitch to decorate the front. I used all 6 strands of floss. I also embroidered a little bit of the inside pages.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I had to redo the binding once because it didn't go through all 8 layers evenly. It was much better the second time.

There's more pics and info on my blog, if anyone's interested.

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7  Owl: My first embroidery project in Needlework: Completed Projects by Obsessed Knitter on: November 23, 2010 07:48:21 PM
Everyone needs some more owls in their lives! I love owls so for my first embroidery project I decided to make one. I'm pretty proud of it.

And now for a closeup.

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8  Butterfly bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Obsessed Knitter on: July 18, 2009 11:28:36 PM
This is the first bag I've ever made! I'm really happy with the way it turned out, although I would probably topstitch the liner to the bag next time rather than trying to pull the bag out through the corner of the lining. The interfacing got a bit crumpled that way. And next time I'd definitely make it bigger - I have lots of stuff to carry! I drew out a butterfly and traced it both onto the outside and on the inside pocket. I wanted something cute and fun.

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9  An amazing find at Goodwill in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Obsessed Knitter on: June 30, 2009 04:00:10 PM
So I had an amazing find at Goodwill today. A gigantic bag packed to the brim with different amounts of lace trim. There are hundreds of different kinds, wide and thin, simple and complicated, and in a variety of different colors.

Look at all that lace! I've never used lace before, and am an advanced beginner sewer. I love skirts, so I was thinking of adding the lace to some skirts. Does anyone know of some good patterns that use lace? Is there anything special I need to consider?

It has a bit of a musty smell; very light and kind of like an antique shop. I'm assuming washing lace is okay? I mean, it would get washed anyways with the garment.
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10  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Obsessed Knitter on: December 13, 2008 11:54:22 PM

This is my trusty workhorse. I am extremely lucky in that my mother has been a quilter for over twenty years. This used to be her machine. When she 'upgraded' to one of those really fancy computerized embroidery machines and I went off to college she let me have this machine. After 15+ years of her using it, it's still going strong. It's all mechanical, all metal parts, and I absolutely love it. I would never be able to afford this machine (they still sell this model, for nearly what she paid for it 15 years ago!) so I am very grateful that my mom felt she needed to upgrade.  Grin I still need to name it though. It's been nameless for a couple years now, and I think it needs a name. Something that isn't a cliche.
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