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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Enter the Dragon. on: April 29, 2008 08:30:22 AM
I made this embroidery specifically for a swap all about tattoos. My partner had two dragon tattoos and I knew I had to include one in my package. I have never tackled something like this before so I was more than a little nervous about it. I am so so happy with th way it turned out. I was unsure if you would be able to tell what it was when it was finished, but TA-DA you can!

Sadly this is the only photo I managed to snap before I sent the package out to my partner.

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Viking Husqvarna Emerald Model 183 on: February 07, 2008 06:32:56 PM
I went and saw a women at the local craft store and fell in love with this machine. Does anyone out there have a computerized Viking? Any gripes? Any advice? It's on sale and with my tax return coming in and my old machine crapping the bed, it's time for a new best friend. Wink
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Day of the Dead skulls, a la Kathy Cano-Murillo on: December 30, 2007 04:18:38 PM
Oh man. Based on http://www.craftychica.com/blogs/diary/2007/10/funky-fantasy-skulls.phpKathy Cano-Murillo's, Day of the Dead skulls, I made this jewel. I have had this plastic light up Halloween decoration for ages. I love it so much more now. I had seen these last year and I've been thinking about it ever since. If I can find more of these skulls, you had better believe I'm making some for friends.

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / They call him Zed. on: November 25, 2007 01:52:31 PM
His name is Zed. He is a prototype and he's not completely as I had wished. Tell me what you think.

Face close up of Zed.

A full frontal Zed shot.

A full view of Zed's back. You can see the mohawk.

The back end of Zed, you can see his tattoo and flesh wound.

A little detail shot of Zed's clothing.

This is Zed's clavicle bone, all poky and what not.

This is a true full front image of Zed.

I had planned out all the lumpiness and ill measurements of his limbs for a purpose, but none of them came out the way I wanted them to. I am evening him out for version 2 and hoping that I can still convey that zombie-esque quality.
5  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southwest / Where have they gone? on: November 18, 2007 06:21:59 AM
Pittsburgh is a "big little town" and I know we have tons of crafters here. What other sites do some of you Pgh crafters use? If other cities have chapters of the craft mafia, why wouldn't we? Do we? Is it secret? Where are all of you PGH crafters?

Is there a way to get the word out and do big craft nights like the queer ladies' dinner nights (Queer: It's what's for dinner!)?

Or even list some hip craft relates goings on in Pgh.

I live in Greensburg outside of the city and the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at DV8 coffee house is Sip N Stich night.http://www.myspace.com/dv8espressobarandgallery
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nerd XL t-shirt to sweet apron! (Pic heavy) on: January 20, 2007 10:16:12 PM
Ok, this isn't really done, I still have to do one more hand embroidery and sew the pockets on. But, HOLY CRAP! This is probably the coolest AND nerdiest thing I've ever made.

Joshua, my lover, wearing the apron.

Back detail of the strings to tie it, Made from the contrasty fabric and bias tape.

This is a close up view of the contrasting fabric I used on the side. It is space and HOLY CRAP is it amazing!

A close up of the front of the apron. I LOVE LEONARD NIMOY. FOR REAL.

Hand embroidery of the starfleet emblem. I am also making an embroidery of the enterprise itself. These will be the designs on the pockets on the front of the apron.

I'm torn on whether I want to say this is "done" or if I want to add the pockets etc.


I am so proud of myself. I love this thing so much. I can't wait to have it completed. I am in love with Leonard Nimoy, all over again.

I'm off to try to find Star Trek TNG on television.
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Hot Pink Punk Rock Zombie (VERY IMG HEAVY) on: November 01, 2006 01:22:31 PM
In a last ditch effort to get dressed up this year I decided to go with a mix of kitsch and gore. The 1980's punk rock prom-queen zombie seemed just right. I found the dress at a Goodwill and it fit near perfectly, I did a few alterations here and there to finish it up. I took in the sides and added an underskirt that was full of tafetta to give the outer skirt some more bounce to it. I also used tons of spider webbing, "spooky" netting, and more tafetta on the outside. My favorite part was the shaw I constructed to hide my tattoos while at the office. I covered it in tons of dirt and various paint colors to give it the "just out of the grave" look. I then hot glued neon colored bugs, worms, and reptiles all over it. The finishing touches were torn up fishnets, pink socks, my chucks, and a ton of jewelry.

I also made the earrings that I'm wearing.

I'm rocking the "Braaainnns" face.

A close up so you can see the earrings.

The back.

Close up detail.

Enjoy, I know I did!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Artic Zombie Penguin! (IMG HEAVY) on: October 20, 2006 04:14:04 AM
After seeing all the great craftsmanship of the various zombie toys on here I decided to make one of my own. He was fun, and while he didn't turn out exactly as I had planned I still think he's pretty ok.

Let me know what you guys think...

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