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21  Re: Shopping Cats embroidered t-shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by floresita on: May 02, 2006 11:19:01 AM
And they had a 3 little pigs pattern. It's sitting in my lap now! I will post when it's finished.

I'm so excited - I'm glad this inspired you to start a project!  Please do post when you're done - I'd love to see it! Smiley

Could you give a newbie a few pointers on which types of stitches you used for the cat, SOAP, etc.

No problem, Rox, and I'm flattered you asked! Smiley  I used a simple back stitch for the SOAP box, split stitch for the tomato on the can, chain stitch for the lettuce, and a combination of stem and split stitch for the kitty.  Kitty's big gray eyes are done in satin stitch.  Don't be intimidated by any of these - they're all very easy to learn - this great online Embroidery dictionary has pictures of every stitch imaginable: http://inaminuteago.com/stitchindex.html

I'd love to see your projects - be sure to post so we can all enjoy them! Smiley  And thanks again, everyone, for the kitty props! Cheesy
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22  Shopping Cats embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by floresita on: April 26, 2006 11:00:18 AM

I just finished this embroidered t-shirt as a gift for a friend... I tried out a little applique, chain stitch, and split stitch for the first time... I like how it came out!

Stitched from a free vintage pattern you can find here: http://www.patternbee.com/FREEPATTERNS.html
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23  Shopping Cats embroidered t-shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by floresita on: April 26, 2006 10:45:54 AM

bigger: http://static.flickr.com/54/137204961_d486e0c795_b.jpg

Yes, the embroidered kitty t-shirts continue... Smiley  I made this for a friend, which inspired me to experiment with some new stitches, and in general, put oodles of time and effort into it.  I like the results!  My only reservation is the color I used for "Shop" - if it wasn't so hard on the fabric I'd re-do it... Sad

I worked from 2 free vintage patterns: the one on the left is from needlecrafter.com, the one on the right was available here: http://www.patternbee.com/FREEPATTERNS.html (but it seems to have been removed)

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24  Completed: Second sewing kitty t-shirt in Needlework: Completed Projects by floresita on: April 05, 2006 07:19:08 AM
After slightly botching the t-shirt I embroidered for myself (by having "Sew" face the wrong way), I got a request for another t-shirt.  And now "Sew" is facing the right way! Smiley

I found an Old Navy t-shirt the same color as my original shirt and stitched away without backing (this t-shirt fabric was very easy to stitch, as compared to other, stretchier fabrics I've worked on).  I used 4 strands of DMC 6-strand embroidery floss (my last t-shirt was thinner and I only used 2).  I've posted the free pattern I used before - but here it is again if you're wondering: http://www.patternbee.com/FREEPATTERNS.html
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25  Re: sewing kitty t-shirt embroidered from a free pattern in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by floresita on: March 28, 2006 08:38:47 AM
Do you use an iron-on transfer? So it's permanent? I'm guessing that the lines are really thin, so you can't see it after you embroider over it. I have really wanted to get into embroidery, but didn't know how to transfer the image on properly without freehanding it myself >_<;;

Thank you, KittyKurl!  I'm glad you asked - it was very simple - I used Aunt Martha's transfer paper (which looks just like regular tracing paper) and transfer pencils that you can buy from them: http://www.colonialpatterns.com/Paint%20Accessories%20order%20page.html

You just trace the image with the pencil, flip it over, and iron it onto the shirt (just be extra careful with words so they're not "mirrored."  The pencil only comes in red, but it stood out well even on this turquoise shirt:

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Did you make this for yourself or are you planning on selling some more? If so I'll give ya my size

Now, how did you know I was looking for an excuse to make more?  I'd love a commission!  Just send me a message with your size / t-shirt brand and color preferences - I'll cook something up and list it on Etsy... Smiley

Thanks to everyone who liked the Kitty shirt! Wink
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26  Re: As Is OR Modified Aunt Martha Stitchalong in Needlework: Stitchalongs by floresita on: March 20, 2006 07:43:51 AM
I love the weird kitschiness of Aunt Martha's patterns - I think they remind me of my 80's childhood. Smiley

I stitched the kitten patterns on t-shirts and tank tops: http://www.flickr.com/photos/floresita/106758837/in/set-231350/

I also stitched a bib, with my own lettering: Smiley

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27  new t-shirt collar with recycled trim in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by floresita on: March 17, 2006 10:49:11 AM
I look pretty terrible in your average t-shirt collar, so I cut it off, made it into a scoop neck, and added some lace trim from, um, some underwear  Cheesy  I really liked the result:


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