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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Black Books sampler on: February 05, 2011 03:10:32 AM
That is brilliant! I love how you brought in all the little icons for the episodes! Black Books is one of my favorite shows.
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: tick, tick, tick....What is that noise? on: January 22, 2011 06:20:00 PM
I love it! I had the song stuck in my head while I was out hiking today. I could only remember the tune at first but not the words. It took me a few minutes, then I'm like OMG Potter Puppet Pals! It's seriously one of my favorite YouTube videos.

I might have to make a Snape now. And a Dumbledore. And a Voldemort.
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mr. Gnome 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.

14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need orginization help on: January 17, 2011 09:08:52 PM
For embroidery, I use two big bags and my floss boxes. I wind all the embroidery floss I purchase onto plastic bobbins (the ones in my username photo), then organize them in floss boxes by color. I don't cross stitch, so while I write the number of the thread on each bobbin I don't organize by number.

As for the bags, I use one bag as my project bag. All projects that I'm working on go in there, along with the floss colors I'm using, a pair of tweezers, and a pair of scissors. In the other bag I have all my extra supplies: fabric, hoops, patterns, and threads in skein form (silks and other delicate threads I don't want to wind onto bobbins). The two boxes of thread sit under this bag.
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R3 - OTT Edition Gallery on: January 14, 2011 06:57:27 AM
I love the penguin in the Jayne hat! And the Jayne character is too adorable for words!

You know you're evil right? Truly and deeply evil? Not once in my entire adult life have I ever wanted to try cross stitch. It was the one fiber related hobby that I've never liked. Now, I'm going to have to cross stitch the cast of firefly. Add in the Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock cross stitch I saw, and I think I just became a cross stitcher.
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R3 - OTT Edition Gallery on: January 14, 2011 06:21:00 AM
I love my hoop!!! Isn't it beautiful? Any Firefly fans out there? Icebyrd67 did a fabulous job!

Seriously, if a man walks down the street in a hat like that you know he isn't afraid of anything.

It is beautifully done - the stitching is incredibly tiny in my tiny little hoop and I love the pom pom.

OMG. Sorry for the netspeak, but you got a Jayne Hat!!! I'm totally going to wist that now. I really need to do a piece with one of my favorite River quotes "I can kill you with my brain." Or "Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal." There are just so many good quotes to choose from.

I've been away from this thread for a few days and holy crap it's exploded! I'm only on page 39!

::rushes off to see more of the pretties::
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Scottish Lion Pillow on: January 14, 2011 06:14:26 AM
That's awesome! What a great idea. It would be really cool to turn traditional flags or standards into embroidery once more.

Did you do it in split stitch?
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cute Owl Cross-Stitch on: January 14, 2011 06:11:16 AM
That is so adorable! He looks like a little ball of fluff. Well done!
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Read any good books lately? on: January 14, 2011 05:58:04 AM
You lost your books in a fire? I'm so sorry, that must be terrible! My favorite go-to stitchonary is The Embroiderer's Handbook by Margie Bauer . The Embroider's handbook is a great photo reference stitchionary. Every stitch has fantastic clear photos and descriptions of how to do each step of the stitch. So one type of stitch - like Antique Hem Stitch has 16 small photos illustrating all the steps. They also have a few variations of some of the stitches like bullion knots: tapered bullion knots, long bullion knots, bullion knot loop, etc. I like to challenge myself to try as many new stitches in each embroidery project as possible, so I use reach for this book every time I stitch a new project.

I also really like Stitchery by Eleanor van de water. Stitchery also demonstrates embroidery stitches, but where Stitchery excels is in the diverse application of those stitches. For every stitch, even something as simple as surface darning, the author urges you to experiment with those stitches and make them your own. How do they look if they're stacked up next to one another? How about if each row of stitches is made of stiches of varying sizes? What happens if they're curvy?

This book does not contain photos. Instead, it has a multitude of illustrations exploring how the individual stitches can interact with one another and how you can drastically change the effect by changing one simple thing about them. Stitchery is actually the coursebook for a television art course at Clark College, so it's the perfect book to work through on your own. I don't use this book as my stitchonary, I use it as my inspiration.

I also own Stitchopedia. In fact, this was the first embroidery book I purchased. It's a fantastic book and I purchased it with the intent to use it as my stitchonary. However, I found that the way the stitches were categorized (stumpwork, blackwork, etc) was counterproductive to my needs. Additionally, while it only has illustrations (just like Stitchery) I found the illustrations to be much more crowded and less clear that the illustrations in Stitchery. Perhaps because I don't use the illustrations in stitchery to learn the mechanics of the stitch, I use them to explore the stitch. If I need to learn the mechanics of the stitch such as insert needle at A come up at B, I use the Embroiderer's Handbook.

This ended up being a lot longer than I expected, but I hope it helped.
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice on photographing a project done with satin floss? on: January 13, 2011 02:46:16 PM
The answer to shooting shiny things is either 1) Photograph it in a lightbox, or 2) Shoot it in enough light so you don't have to use flash. You do not want to use a single flash on shiny items, as the 'shine' will reflect the light making the object appear gaudy and washed out. If you have off camera flashes it's a different story, but most people don't have those. I know I don't.  Grin

Find the brightest window in your house. Then find the nearest horizontal surface. Photograph the embroidery there, sans flash. If there isn't a window bright enough, take it outside and hold it in your hand while you photograph it. The best time to shoot a photo is about 9-11 in the morning to 1-3 in the afternoon.
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