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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 38 ENTRIES / Voodoo Egg Chieftain on: May 02, 2009 02:20:42 PM
So I really enjoy making little voodoo dolls, and I'm always on the lookout for unusual things to make them from. Why not an egg?  He also doubles as a pincushion and pomander! Mmmm...a voodoo doll that smells good when you stab him with pins. Pure yolk-magic!

 I started with a plain Easter egg. Blue. Made some arm and leg holes, then made some arms and legs by sewing tubes of cloth, and stuffing them through the holes.

Then I painted on a sugar skull face. Glued on google eyes. Added a nice leather fringe skirt. Added raffia hair.
( I started with Easter grass hair, but that did not work well at all! What a mess!) And then some lovely feathers for a headdress and a magic fan.

Being an Easter egg, one of his favorite games is hide and seek.

Here he is shyly peeking from behind his feathered fan;

And again hiding in the houseplants:

Finally, I caught him and added the last details, a jewel at his 'waist' and a pattern on his headband;

Here is where he hides his pins. I made a small cushion to fit the bottom of the egg, weighted it with sawdust so he'll sit upright, and added spices for scent.

Here he is hiding in the sewing box, (seated atop, of course, a box of pins) wondering why he didn't get any seed pearls like some of his brothers. ( the body of a doll-in-progress is visible through the sewing tray.)

Now he rules his new kingdom from his turtle shell throne, ( don't worry, no turtles were harmed to take this picture, that shell was found in the woods many years ago.)


Hope you like him. He was fun to make, and I'm sure I'll be making more egg dolls in the future.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Moonflower Britches on: August 25, 2008 05:50:46 PM
So recently my sister and I bought jeans on sale that looked exactly alike. Being selfish and siblings though, we don't want to share whenever we get them mixed up, so I decided to decorate mine with a funky flower. I was inspired by a pattern I found somewhere online once, but lost.  Cry 

Anyhow, here it is. Now I did this without a hoop, so the stitches aren't as smooth as I would prefer. But then again, I couldn't get my hand, a hoop and my good intentions all up that pants leg either.

 Full shot, backgrounded by my lovely washing machine. Note the presence more lines on the fabric that did not get embroidered in or washed out. ( yet)

 Closer. Thanks to the fabric texture the circles did not turn out completely circular, which drives me nuts.

Even closer...love my zoom button.

Picture of the 'grass' under the flower stem. I embroidered that first and almost quit there, the stripes looked so good. ( in my not-quite-humble-enough opinion  Wink)

And an in-progress shot for the fun of it.

For us stitch geeks, I used chain-stitch, satin stitch, and outline stitch for the bulk of the stitches. ( yes, all those solid circles, and the stems are satin stitched, because I am ambitious, but not bright.) There is one incidence of back stitching in a top circle, and one bottom one has a brown eyelet.

So please tell me that one light blue circle on the right doesn't look too distorted! I'd rather die than pick out those stitches. Okay maybe not die...but something close, like...losing my favorite needle?

I'm probably going to add some more of those bubbles on the back pockets as accents later on.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Amulet Bag on: July 08, 2008 11:30:52 PM
So...I am about to begin a very daunting task of personal betterment and decided to make myself an amulet bag...just for good measure. I wanted something without beads, and in an interesting shape. This was supposed to look like a miniature duffel or ye olde money bag, but I think it rather resembles a pickle. What do you think?

This is the front. I found this really pretty green cloth for twelve cents in the remnant bin. I love the openwork stripes in it.


The side stripes:


It's not very big either...( The drawstring is kind of lame, but it was what I had on hand.)

Detail of the stitching.

Stitches used:

Lazy Daisy
Detached Chain
Forbidden Knot
Checkered Chain
Straight Stitch
Back Stitch
Outline Stitch
Buttonhole Wheels
Woven Wheels
Satin Stitch

 The arrangement is from some crazy quilt designs I have collected over the years.

Hope you like!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hummingbird Torture on: February 12, 2008 04:49:05 PM
I mean of course, that the hummingbird was torturing me, not the other way around!  Wink

This project was a pain in the pinfeathers, but I started it for my grandmother and I made myself finish it for her.

 The pattern was a Dover freebie. The colors and stitch ideas were my own, so therefore, not as good as they could have been. I got a little lazy with the greens. The pictures aren't great because the cloth was uncooperative, the weave was not very good ( but it was the only natural color I could find that day!)

Here she is incompleted:

This leaf center ( left)  is done by weaving the thread through cross-bars. Don't know if it has a name:




And it's small too:

Stitches used:

Satin stitch
Long and Short stitch
Chain stitch
Outline stitch  ( the stems are all rows and rows of outline in varying shades)
Split Stitch
Woven Spider wheels ( I love these things)
Wheatear stitch
Fly stitch
Feather stitch
Straight stitch
Knotted stitch
Tapestry Stitch
Double Laced Backstitch
Laced chain
Laced backstitch
Double-laced backstitch
Backstitched chain
Coral Stitch
Forbidden Knot

I think that is all.

Hope you enjoy!

5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Craft The Vote! / Go Vote Pennant on: February 04, 2008 12:42:03 AM
A little crafty embroidery for the elections. A cute little pennant to inspire spirit. I even designed my own donkey.

Hope it's okay to put it up here.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Breast Cancer Awareness Dove on: November 26, 2007 10:04:01 PM
This one is a present for my aunt, who is going through chemo. I put lots of good wishes into it for her.  Smiley 

 Stitched on felt using outline stitch, chain stitch, forbidden knot, backstitch, whipped backstitch, lazy daisy and satin stitch.

First shot shows the pink: ( it helps that it's also her favorite color.)

Then a detail shot of the flowers,

Remember ladies, do your exams. Please.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / ABC Baby Dress on: November 16, 2007 08:45:38 PM
I was rooting around in my closet and found a few finished embroidery projects!  A couple of years ago, I got in a big way of buying baby dresses at thrift stores and re-decorating them. I call this one my ABC dress, because whoever made it, ( it's hand-made), used ABC material for the trim. It's cute.

I added the flowers at the yoke, and the butterfly on the skirt. It's done in satin stitch, chain stitch, and outline stitch.

Full shot: ( ignore my dirty floor.)


Detail 1:

Detail 2:

Butterfly Motif:

I'll have to pick them back up...there are always baby girls needing pretty dresses in this world!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Goldie Feathers on: November 06, 2007 10:17:58 PM
Dove Christmas ornament #2.

This one is prettier I think.

This was to try and catch the white-on-white.

A dark one to show the relief:

And one detail shot:

These are really fun to do! Now I have to reverse the pattern and try a couple of left facing birdies.  ( you guys may get really bored with seeing my doves. Just throw some tomatoes at me!)

Chain stitch, running stitch, cross-stitch, Forbidden knot, seed stitch, straight stitch, satin stitch and blanket stitch.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Funky Dove Xmas Ornament on: November 04, 2007 08:20:45 PM
Halloween is over and it's time to work on Christmas crafts! I sat down last night and worked this dove, hopefully the first of a set.

Embroidered on felt, using satin stitch, chain stitch, fern stitch, straight stitch, lazy-daisy, French knot, cable chain stitch, outline stitch, running stitch, whipped chain stitch,  blanket stitch,  and heavy chain stitch.

Unfortunately,  the quilting didn't show up very well.

Full shot;

Detail of head;

Detail of tail;

I  needed a project to take my mind off the craft challenge. Cheesy
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 22 ENTRIES / Left Hand-Right Hand, The Pillowcases of Many Opposites on: November 02, 2007 01:46:57 PM
Okay, here is my entry. I didn't find out about the challenge until the middle of the month, and then it took me forever to  find a black pillowcase! So these are a lot less detailed than I would have liked.

The theme is left and right. But also can be interpreted as 'black and white', 'good and evil', and 'life and death'. They also have the symbols for day and night. ( and does it count to have one cheap pillowcase, and one expensive one?  Smiley )The decorations were inspired by sugar skulls.

Since I am right handed, I used the white pillowcase. Here is the beginning:

The whole hand traced and the details in progress;

The skull-flower in the center;


Detail shot;

And then the Left hand;

( Just to be completely opposite, I used reversed chain stitch on this one. A little embroidery humor.)

Working on the skull-flower;

Whole hand;


Detail shot of flower;


Their first side by side;

Their final resting spot;

Stitches used;

French Knot
Forbidden Knot
Running Stitch
Whipped outline
Backstitched chain
Double Laced Backstitch
Straight stitch
Seed stitch
Padded satin
Bayeux stitch
Pistil stitch
Ribbed spider wheels
Fly stitch
Heavy chain stitch

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