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1  Gingerbread Judith Slays Holofernes in CHALLENGE 117 ENTRIES by sophieangele on: January 09, 2017 12:23:31 PM
This year Chanukah started on the 24th of December so I decided to make a gingerbread tableau of the Yehudit (Judith) story.

It's a minor story associated with Chanukah, but it's my favourite. Basically, the Jews of Bethulia are under siege by the Seleucids, and about to run out of of food. They will have to surrender within days if something isn't done. So Yehudit (Judith), the daughter of the High Priest, takes matters into her own hands and goes out with her maid to the enemy camp, claiming she will help the general, Holofernes, to capture the city. She's beautiful so he invited her to a private banquet and expects that she will give him the secret to taking the city. Instead, she feeds him salty cheese, and then slakes his thirst with wine, and he passes out in a drunken stupor. She cuts off his head and takes it back to the city, inspiring the Jews to greater bravery, and causing his army to flee in terror. I enjoy a bit of righteous female vengeance.

And a top-down view:

The carpet is fondant icing, painted with petal dust, and the bottles, cushions, goblets etc are also fondant. The rest is royal icing. Everything is edible! The blood is glycerin with red food dye.
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2  Toy hospital and MRI machine in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sophieangele on: October 14, 2015 01:01:15 PM

My friend's son sadly was diagnosed with a brain tumor when still a toddler and for the last few years he's been undergoing treatment. While he is, thank G-d, in remission, he still needs to go to get an MRI every month to monitor him and check if it has returned. He has also become rather obsessed with playing doctors and hospitals, so I thought it might be helpful for him to have a model hospital with a model MRI machine so he can play it out. I made this toy hospital for him earlier this year:


I needed it to be light and packable, so the majority (e.g. base and walls) are made from tri-wall cardboard, and everything is flat-pack - it packs down into 4 base pieces and 2 wall pieces (as their flat is small, and I was taking it oversea to them, in a suitcase). The furniture and figures are playmobil, the wall decorations are scrapbook paper, stickers, and images printed and mounted (e.g. room names, pictures, x-rays, clocks etc). The flooring is either felt or scrapbook paper covered in sticky back plastic.

The hardest thing was making the MRI machine. It's made with two pieces of acrylic pipe that I had them cut to size, covered with a shell of plastruct plastic (which I'd never worked with before). It was a bit of trial and error. The buttons were made with polymer clay. It works to the extent that you can lie a figure on the bed and push it in and out - I really wanted him to be able to do that because that's what he still needs to do each month.

If I did it again there's some stuff I'd do differently, but on the whole I'm pretty pleased, and also he loved it, so I'm happy.

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3  Re: DIY Craft Kit Round 14 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sophieangele on: June 08, 2011 12:55:52 PM
I received! I got two amazing kits, a crochet one from NotKnit, and a rubber stamp making kit from CleanFeelin. Thank you both so much!


NotKnit's crochet kit, including lovely yarns and a really cool magazine. My cat had to get in on the action, as you can see.

CleanFeelin's stamp carving set - I'm really excite dto try this!

Thank you both! I'm really looking forward to trying something new!
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4  Re: Crafty Detective Round 7 in The Swap Gallery by sophieangele on: May 01, 2011 12:58:08 PM
I received! (yes we get mail on a Sunday, this is Israel  Grin )

theballandskein sent me an awesome package of handspun yarn and a mini quilt:


The two on the left she spun herself (the brown one is alpaca, the green one is hemp and wool); the two on the right are Rowan yarns

And the quilt:

I love trees and birds, and I guess the saying means she knows I'm too hyper-anxious all the time and need to chill out a bit. My flatmate will have a chuckle when she gets home.

Thank you very much theballandskein!
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5  Embroidered Jellyfish and Sea-scape in Needlework: Completed Projects by sophieangele on: March 15, 2011 07:25:54 AM
I made these embroideries for gatheredthreads in the latest round of the Invite your Partner swap, and I wanted to show them off here too Smiley

These were actually pretty hard for me, because I have a fear of sea creatures. Especially anything with tentacles. Happily gatheredthreads was cool with them being cartoony (they're for her daughter's room), so I was ok.


I based the jellyfish on PosiTori's crocheted ones, because gatheredthreads had them on her wist. Happily, she received a whole set from PosiTori in the same swap, so they match!
(PosiTori's amazing jellyfish - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361915.msg4246775#msg4246775)

I stitched him in DMC satin floss, which is 100% stranded EVIL. I will never stitch in satin again. Evil.
Ahem. Anyway, I used backstitch, long-and-short, satin stitch, and threaded running stitch. Including frame he's about 7 inches across if I remember correctly, more in height.

Close-up -

I also made this little seascape (4 inches across), which is a total knock off of penelopewaits' mini aquarium, only with crayon tinting, and a bit less good. Gatheredthreads had wisted the original, so I wanted to make her something I knew she'd like.

(here is penelopewaits' original -  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369670.msg4345501#msg4345501)

Thanks for looking! Ooh, also, if anyone has any tips for embroidering with satin, I'd be very grateful. It just about killed me.
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6  Re: Invite Your Partner Round 17 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sophieangele on: March 15, 2011 07:11:46 AM
Stop press! gatheredthreads has sent me the most awesome swap package in the universe! Like PosiTori, I was lucky enough to receive one of her awesome light-up Tardis quilts Smiley

On to the pics!

Check out the amazing detail and super-neat stitching!

Look, even the back is pretty! (Also, you can see the electrics in this pic)

She also sent me this beautiful card -

Thank you so much, gatheredthreads! I'm so so happy!
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7  Re: Poll idea - what size is my item? in Talk About The Swap Process by sophieangele on: March 03, 2011 02:00:50 PM
Can I ask a question about embroidery? I'm always in agony about how to rate my embroideries (large, medium, small) because although they are often tricky and take me hours and hours to do, they feel so small and insubstantial when you hold the finished product in your hands.

What size would you rate these, for example?

6.5 inches across; took 2 weeks to finish, working every day

This one was 4 inches across, all done in backstitch. It took a long time, but it did only use one stitch and it's a smallish hoop.

I can't remember the exact dimensions, I think it was 7 inches across, more in height obviously. This was an absolute b*gger to do - evil evil satin floss, long and short filler, threaded running stitch that needed to be couched, etc.

I ask because I am doing an embroidery at the moment for the Crafty Detective swap (so I can't show you the actual one), and I'm intending for it to be my large. It's epic, very detailed, and it's taking me forever. Do you think in general it's ok for an embroidery hoop to be a large?

(oh, on a separate note, what size would you say this wreath is? It's a full-size one, a knock off of one that was on my partner's wist [from a previous swap]-

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8  Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by sophieangele on: February 16, 2011 12:56:48 PM
I just received my package from thunderchild and it is awesome!

Group shot:

(also - not pictured are the 3 books she sent me for my book gemach - thanks tc!)

She stencilled me this awesome Doctor Who top:

the paint has a subtle sparkle to it that doesn't really show up well in the picture

I've just started learning to knit, so thunderchild sent me loads of knitting stuff

sooo many needles! Just what I needed Smiley

Some gorgeous yarn (we have rubbish yarn in Israel), inlcuding a lovely pink fingering yarn that she dyed herself!

This is a picture of a project I really want to do from the awesome knitting magazine she sent me (another thing we don't have in Israel), which is full of gorgeous patterns that I need to get good enough to make

And finally, check out the cute mug rug she made me (I'm taking it to ulpan tomorrow!), and three flexi hoops that I'd requested (yet *another* thing we don't have in Israel!)

I also got a lovely card, which I forgot to take a picture of, sorry

Thank you so so much thunderchild, you were an amazing swapper! Your thank you card will be winging it's way to you shortly Smiley

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9  Yesha, the incredible embroidered cat! in Needlework: Completed Projects by sophieangele on: January 01, 2011 10:21:33 AM
It's been a while since I posted any embroidery, so I thought it was time to take up the needle again.

The current love of my life is the cat I currently share my apartment with - Yesha. She's definitely the royalty in this house - she has a pen-and-ink portrait of her on the fridge, a 3D knitted version of herself, and now, a portrait in embroidery floss:

Here's the real deal, so you can compare 'em.

Technical stuff - the outline is 2-ply split stitch, and the fur is mostly 2-ply long and short, but her face is a bit more idiosyncratic - I tried to capture the directions of her fur. The paw pad is satin stitch, and the toes are french knots. Her funny furry ears are just straight stitch.

Gratuitous Close-ups:

I wish the hoop were nicer, but it seems hard to find nice hoops here in Israel - it was hard enough finding a smallish one, they all seem enormous.

Oh, and a gratuitous kitty shot!

C&C more than welcome!

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10  Papercut Chanukah/Hanukkah cards! (Img heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by sophieangele on: November 26, 2010 05:11:38 AM
Chanukah is almost upon us (starts the evening of Dec 1) so I've been cutting like crazy to try and finish enough cards

Each of these takes me *hours*, so it's been a bit of a long week...

Group shot:

Dreidel 1:

The writing says "Who performed miracles for our ancestors in their days at this time", part of the blessing we say on the Chanukah candles

Dreidel 2:

The writing is the first line of the Chanukah hymn, "Maoz Tzur" - "Mighty stronghold of my salvation, to praise You is a delight"

Moroccan Menorah:

The writing says "Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light" (another bracha said on the candles)

Upright Menorah:

Hanerot Halelu- "We light these holy lights for the miracles" - from another Chanukah hymn

Oil lamp:

the text is from Hanerot Halelu again

I still have more to do, argh. My poor fingers!

C&C welcome, I'd love to hear what you think. They're a bit more traditional than my Judith and Holofernes card, heh heh. I'm pretty pleased with them though - the oil lamp ones aren't as well cut as I'd like, but I really love the dreidel ones.

Thanks for looking!
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