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1  Re: Learn to fly...fill-in in Needlework: Completed Projects by rectangel on: November 13, 2009 12:31:50 PM
Ha! thanks Smiley

If anyone is interested I uploaded this excerpt from a Coats and Clark booklet that I got from the fantastic Beetastic that explains how to do the trellis stitch I used on the Ace Smiley
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2  Learn to fly...fill-in in Needlework: Completed Projects by rectangel on: November 12, 2009 04:01:38 PM
So I've been working away on the tea towel tour but while all that was going on my best friend decided to move away and I wanted to make him something to put up in his new home...both of these are Sailor Jerry designs the Ace of Spades took around 8 or so hours and the Love Thy Neighbor was in the realm of about 20 hours.

I hope you like them...I was really stressed about the Love Thy Neighbor piece and I'm not sure what I think about my shading but I am glad I gave it a shot.

this baby features the trellis stitch ... and wanted to post it on here because I originally saw the blue/black embroidery floss combination here on craftster some time ago and loved it and this was the first time I got to try a version of this effect out.

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3  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by rectangel on: November 11, 2009 09:25:54 PM
Wow! Glenda you totally rocked your last design ice cream girl looks awesome Smiley

Here is my last design for aadaI think this is how it will sit on her apron

The shark is a sailor jerry design and I love it sharks are awesome and no nautical towel should be without one Wink  I used the satin stitch to give it some contouring and the new variation floss in ivory for the teeth you can't really see the variation but I think it makes the teeth more real.

I added a compass rose of my own design with a SS tattoo A for you know whoI think it came out awesome and it allowed me to use my newest weapon the trellis stitch Wink

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4  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by rectangel on: October 26, 2009 09:45:27 AM
Sohere is my design for Kittykills towel this design was originally sketched by my sister.  She drew it for me based on last round theme of vintage travel long before the talk of a movie etc.  I have wanted to stitch it ever since but have never found the time and it is lucky I decided to make it for Kittykill because if I was making it for myself I would have given up on it after I took the lips out 3 times and the eyes out 2 twice and even ended up reworking the nose once.

The airplane was drawn by me based on the plane Amelia Earhart flew and I have added my initials to the wing as a signature for me and my sister who grew up with the same initials.  I have not done justice to the pretty girl my sister drew here but I do think she has her own charm and will be a fitting picture at Kittykills work.

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.  -Amelia Earhart

Everything is looking good here in the gallery I will try and take some time tonight to get caught up on comments Wink
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5  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by rectangel on: October 19, 2009 10:05:09 AM
Hey Everybody,

Hope all is well!  Heres my design for Glendas towel.  I love to work on medium weight tightly woven fabric so this napkin was a dream come true for me.  Glenda has a suggested theme of astrology but since there are only 3 in her family plus the canine member and we have 5 stitchers I  decided to grab the middle and create a design show it was her familys signs.

I used old fashioned variegated floss on a lot of this but most especially the roseI like the old stuff because you are guaranteed the shades all work together but you can control it to the point where you almost have 3 or 4 solids.

Danielle and I Sew Cute both did a fabulous job and scaled their designs really nicely so they were the same size.  I centered mine and I think the last two will fit like a charm!  The design is a reworking from my Sailor Jerry tattoo stencil book.

Now for some catching up.

Rita I love the scooter it has a real wind in the hair feeling about it

Lily- Your bird design looks great with the others good choice!

Zombie Queen cute gnome his beard looks fuzzy! & a nice job on the logo

GreenLight- I love the purple I am glad that towel is turning out so colorful!

Mamaphunk- time sometimes catches up with usit was interesting to hear such a honest take on smoking I have never smoked and it always seems strange to me that people can breathe in smoke

Susie -your chips cracked me up I love the colors you picked and all the little details that really make it a scene!

Glenda! your fish totally cracked me up I love how you set the scene!

Sarah! wow that was the perfect addition that towel looks great your color scheme is fantastic!
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6  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by rectangel on: October 05, 2009 08:31:46 AM
Hey I've been away for the weekend and you have all been busy...so I will pour over your designs after work today but before that I have to post the design I did up for I Sew Cute before I torture her any longer with waiting.

I was super excited to work on this design but it turned out to be really hard for me.  I love Jenny's designs but I'm really detail oriented and find some of the long stitches too long for me.  This is the very first time I've used beads though and I'm pretty pleased with how that worked out since the French Knots weren't punchy enough. 

ISC said she liked pin-up girls and we all know how crafty she is so I played off of doo_leroux's design of "Sewing is Sexy" with my own often heard when there is crafting going on "No Peeking"  I love the double meaning it adds with her peeking around the corner Wink

Now before I go I have to say GLENDA! it is gorgeous Smiley thanks so much for such a thoughtful design it is really pretty...I can't wait to peer at it some more later.
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7  Re: Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by rectangel on: September 13, 2009 07:48:25 AM
Glenda!  I cant wait to see your geisha she looks absolutely stunning!  I love the inline stitching on the cherry blossoms.

ThirdMargaret!  Your cake looks great my short long stitch is often irregular but I kind of like it that way Wink

Jq the buffalo looks great and ha! I hate stitching in the middle of the towel especially if it is a big towel because I feel all claustrophobic and smothered.

Here is my design of doo_lerouxs towel.  The request for this towel was fish.  This was the only fish I have ever thought about stitching so I had it ready and waiting when the towel arrived.  The design is something I reformatted in photoshop from the scanned transfer that Claudia Marchan posted in Hoop Love http://www.flickr.com/photos/claudiamarchan/3511050710/

Im really pleased with my interpretation and the color; the back is not as clean as my usual style but I found the plants to be interpretive and when Im not working from specific lines I tend to get kind of sketchy with my floss.  

For the scales I used a length of variegated orange (the stuff that doesnt change fast) and purposely arranged the color change to get the light yellow/orange in the middle. When I dont have the colors I want I always resort to variegated floss.  Incidentally the orange of the fish is floss from the Sublime bib kit (it is kind of odd (really twisty/corded) but once again it was the color I was after).

Oh and I also wanted to mention if you are looking for a design for this towel it is quite small so you might want to stay around the 5" by 5" range.


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8  Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV in The Swap Gallery by rectangel on: August 17, 2009 10:06:00 AM
Post 'em when you got'em Smiley

This is my design for my tea towel -you may recognize her from many sources as she is based on some old flash I've seen in various places but most recently BrookeOwens did a couple of versions of her.  This is my take on it -the image I used was from about 2 years ago when someone posted her as a "thanks for the add" on a myspace account I had Wink  I searched for a source and she is a lot like a tattoo from a X-files episode but in the end I couldn't find the source and since I had seen it reused on so many things (shrinky dink necklaces, stationery) I decided it was fair game.

It took a lot to get her to embroiderable state and redraw a line drawing for this.  I wanted to make it my own and practice some stitches.  I had to get a bunch of pictures of girls looking over their shoulder because I keep thinking it looked like she had a broken neck and her eyes were crooked.  I even took a picture of myself to see if the pose was plausible and where the irises of the eyes should be...I love Hank Williams and so I thought this was very apron appropriate...I drew the banner myself and which leads me to mention that if you write text out in a drawing always leave lots of space between the letters because embroidery letters are always somehow puffier.

For the first time ever I documented my transfer process because when I work on something so small and detailed I can't use my transfer pen and have to use carbon paper.  The pictures are on my other camera though so that will have to wait.  Happy Monday!

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9  Tea Towel Tour 5 [CLOSED- SEND Sep-2] in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rectangel on: August 13, 2009 06:44:57 AM
Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=317571.0

The Rootbeer Raiders

rectangel (R)      -- 1Ro - 2De - 3Il - 4Gl  - 5Kl - 6Ao
aada (A)             -- 1Ao-  2Ro  - 3Do  - 4Il - 5Gl - 6Kl
kittykill (K)          -- 1Ko- 2Ae - 3Re - 4Do - 5Io - 6G
~Glenda (G)        --1Go - 2Ko  - 3Ae   - 4Ro - 5Do- 6Ie
I Sew Cute  (I)     -- 1Io- 2Ge - 3Ke  - 4Ax - 5Ro - 6Do
doo_leroux (D)    -- 1Do - 2Ie- 3Go - 4Ko - 5Al - 6Rl

Group Leaders Glow Wink

The Raiders    
I Sew Cute 2 rem
Lazy Daisies
Sassy Stitchers
Kitten Wrangler    
Lounge Lizards
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: rectangel
IamSusie, GatsbyGirl, ritapizza, Beetastic, and Lilyvanilli have agreed to be co-organizers/group leaders!

Sign-up date range: 08-12 until 08-31 or before if all spots have been filled.
Date to send item by: Wednesday, September 2, without exception

Limited to a certain number of people? YES!  - 36

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES & NO
If so, which country? ALL AS SPACE ALLOWS
All ages allowed? Or 18+? all ages
Priority will be given to previous participants until August 14th then remainder spots will be open to all

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap: Welcome to the 5th round of the Tea Towel Tour! This swap is a great way to get to know people and improve your skills. Beginners and experienced hand embroiderers are welcome. You can send a cloth napkin, an apron, or a tea towel, whatever you choose to send make sure it is washable, lightweight, light colored, suitable for embroidery, and pinked or basted if the edges are raw.  DO NOT ask permission to send bulky, heavy items, or dark colored items.

You will be put in a group of 6 forwarding each towel you receive to your assigned person after embroidering it. This is a multiple send out swap with strict timelines.  Towels circulate in a round until they complete the circle and return to the owner after 5 other people have stitched a design on the towel.  

Towel A circulates from owner A to B to C to D to E to F and then back to A
Towel B circulates from owner B to C to D to E to F to  A and then back to B and so on.

Communication with your group leader is key in this swap.  If you feel you are falling behind, cant keep up, experience problems your group leader can help so be proactive in contacting them if you feel you may have an issue.

Before you send attach with a safety pin or baste a tag to your towel with your name and address and put your towel into a Ziploc bag.  You may want to include a card to your fellow stitchers.  And if you have time you might want to start out your item with a design but this is not a must and should not interfere with you making the sending deadline.

When you receive a towel YOU HAVE ONE WEEK from its arrival date until it needs to shipped out again.  When a towel arrives you need to let your group organizer and the sender know.  

When you ship a towel you must PM the receiver and your group organizer and let them know (include the DC #).  If you are running late let your group organizer know ASAP before the deadline passes.   Failure to communicate could result in you being skipped or dropped.

Although this idea originally started with Sublime Stitching you can use any embroidery design you like and post it in the gallery as soon as you are done.  For this swap we request that credit the source of your images and use imagery you have obtained legitimately (purchased or is copyright free) or have permission to use.

Please remember that several people need to embroider it in a short amount of time so pick something that fits with your skill level and allotted time frame (one week) and leaves space for other people to add.

Anyone who is not in contact on a weekly basis via posts or PMs without prior notification will be considered flaking.  FLAKERS SLOW DOWN THEIR WHOLE GROUP, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR SCHEDULE CAN ACCOMODATE THE TIME COMMITMENT.  

NEW!  Feedback comments will reflect the number of times you sent on time, your level of communication and your level of participation/co-operation in a standardized format.  So many of you are awesome and helpful we want to make sure it gets reflected in your comments.

If you want to participate, send the following information to the organizer.


Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Postal/Zip Code:

What would you say your skill level is on a scale of 1-10 (1 you are new to embroidery, and 10 being that you work quickly and can do pretty much any stitch well)?
Do you wish to allow other kinds of embellishment (are beads/ribbon okay)?
Will you be regularly washing this item?
What colors do you like?
Is there a BROAD GENERAL concept/theme you are hoping will inspire your partners (keeping mind this it is up to your partners whether they use it)?
Is there anything that you would not like to see on your item?
Any other information you think is relevant?

Questions for organizer...
Would you like to be in an international group?
If you said yes to the question above and live in the USA would you be willing to be the overseas shipper for your group?
Do you agree to sending the item Xpresspost or Priority Mail if you run late?
Do you have reliable internet access?
Finally, depending on interest I am looking at creating a slow start group (this group will send their first towel at the same time as everyone else but not be required to send the next towel until October 6 after that they will resume the weekly schedule).  Are you interested in this?

If you are new to swapping/craftster and don't have any posts on the needlework board I would appreciate it if you could send me a link to some of your work.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

01. rectangel -CAN
02. IamSusie  
03. GatsbyGirl
04. ritapizza
05. Lilyvanilli
06. mamaphunk
07. doo_leroux -CAN
08. I Sew Cute
09. sarahj2001
10. sew~amy
11. fabricfriend
12. Zombie_Queen
13. greenlightgo
14. sundayafternoonhousewife
15. Kitten Wrangler -AU
16. sonjabegonia
17. aada
18. craftymama06
19. ~Glenda
20. AlwaysInspired
21. cupcakeguru
22. sixblueirises
23. PaleAngelLex
24. mego
25. j_q_adams
26. fenifer
27. millik
28. Pearliepie
29. kittykill
30. fiberartsy
31. ThirdMargaret (30)

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10  Don't forget to throw the garter! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by rectangel on: June 26, 2009 07:09:57 PM
I made this for my friend from work who is getting married on the 11th she wanted something pretty vs racy/sexy and was very pleased with this Smiley  The lace was hand gathered and it is the stretchy kind so it isn't so itchy - I used grosgrain ribbon on the inside so it wouldn't slide down either.

On another note I haven't really explored these boards before but I'm amazed by what I was missing!
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