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31  Help - not a great artist in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by hokiekate on: December 10, 2006 12:35:32 PM
I'm trying to come up with ideas of inexpensive gifts to give my husband for Christmas.  I've never done stenciling before, but I got a kit in a swap and decided to give it a go.  I got the idea to make him a t-shirt featuring a character from Warcraft - the computer game he plays online with his friends.  The problem is, that I couldn't find any suitable images, so I had to create one myself.  I'm not a very good artist and I'm doubting my skills, so I was wondering if I could get some opinions or tips.

I'm trying to create a stencil of an orc peon, seen here:

This is what I came up with:

I'm doubting that my husband would recognize it as an orc.  What do you think??
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32  Drawstring Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hokiekate on: December 05, 2006 03:51:11 AM
I bought my son some wooden blocks for Christmas, but they came in disposable plastic packaging.  So, I made him this nice bag to keep them in.  The fabric came from my grandmother.  It was leftover from a dress she made me when I was a baby.

The flowers and the slug originally had buttons sewn on as embellishment, but I removed them (choking hazards) and replaced them with some non-life-threatening embroidery. This was my first drawstring bag and I made it up as I went along. It was a pretty simple process. The only snag I hit was that I didn't think that the blocks would take up much more space when not packaged (duh!). Thankfully, I made the bag much larger than I thought was necessary and it ended up being just the right size.
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33  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 16 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by hokiekate on: December 04, 2006 08:39:03 AM
I received a package of trimmy goodness from myloveasdeep today.

Here is a whole variety of trim she sent (sorry, it was gloomy today):

And here is some Christmas-y lace that she crocheted!

Thank you so much!
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34  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 16 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by hokiekate on: November 29, 2006 01:56:49 PM
OK, first of all, I received a great stenciling kit from shewilldieyoung.  Here it is:

And... here are the insides of the monster cards that Banga sent me:

I love everything!  And I love this swap Wink
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35  Embroidered Chicken Towels in Needlework: Completed Projects by hokiekate on: November 27, 2006 08:01:19 PM
I made these for my grandmother for her birthday.  She loved them, but immediately pronounced them too nice to be used.  Does anyone else have this problem when crafting gifts for others?  It happens to me all the time!

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36  Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by hokiekate on: November 16, 2006 03:49:18 PM
I just listed my second item in v2.  It's a quilted patchwork purse:

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37  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 16 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by hokiekate on: November 16, 2006 03:24:22 AM
So glad you like them and that they actually work as a keychain!  Here's a picture I took, since you didn't have a good overall shot:

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38  Christmas Tree Quilted Wall Hanging (complete w/ photos) in Winter Holidays by hokiekate on: November 15, 2006 07:42:42 PM
I made this folksy wall hanging for my aunt and uncle.  The buttons came from my grandmother's collection.  She has loads of them - some 50 years old!

It measures about 12" square.  The quilting, piecing and applique are all done by machine.

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39  Another Tiny Embroidered Quilt in Needlework: Completed Projects by hokiekate on: November 13, 2006 09:41:29 AM
I am so loving the embroidery (I'm a total newbie)!!  This is a very small wall hanging: about 7.5" square.  I designed the pattern by totally ripping off Teen Girl Squad.  I love it very much Wink.

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40  Quilted Stocking Ornaments in Winter Holidays by hokiekate on: November 09, 2006 03:55:31 PM
I just designed these little guys.  4" high and totally functional.  I could fit a lip balm or two in them, if I knew how to make them Wink.  Anyway, I'm going to make heaps more in other fabric combinations.  I can give them to everyone I know!!

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