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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pinup Mermaid/Merman Pillowcases (IMG HEAVY) on: May 22, 2009 07:32:21 PM
I took part in the Embroider Me to Sleep! Pillowcase Swap earlier this month, and my partner received (two days from St. Louis to Co. Galway, Ireland - not too shabby), so here I go posting the pillowcases I made.
My partner told me she likes mermaids and pin-ups, so I made an effort to combine the two.  Thanks to my friend amaryllisroze, I found this great website, where I found these two pinups:

I took the two pictures, altered them in Photoshop, and came up with these:

(I couldn't get the merman's tailfin right, so I waited until I was transferring to do it by hand.)

Then I took the name of my swap partner and her husband, put them into this font (which I thought looked watery without being too pirate-y) (I can't remember the font name!):

I took both pillowcases and painted them with Jacquard Lumiere paints.  As soon as they dried, I washed them out and dried them to color seal them, then got to stitching!

I used satin stitch for the names, backstitch for their skin, couching for the mermaid's hair, and chain stitch for the rocks and the merman's tail.  I took on this swap because I thought it would be an easy, simple, no-big-deal type of thing, but then I just had this idea in my head that the mermaid needed sequins on her tail, so I spent more time doing those than I did anything else!  In order to do them, I had to glue them down with Elmer's since it's water-soluble, then stitch.  They kept popping off, but I got at least half of them done that way.  Then, when I washed the cases, the glue just came right out.

I had a lot of fun doing these, but I made the stitches too tight in the merman's hair, and you can see where the fabric pulls right there.  I wish I'd had time to fill in the mermaid's hair as well, but I thought it was a pretty good combination, with him having more detail on his hair since she had so much detail on her tail.

Comments, questions welcome!
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Swirlies Vice Holder on: November 17, 2008 08:52:14 AM

Teapotdnky, my partner in the child-free swap, requested some type of holder for her adult vices.  I created this out of polymer clay swirlies, then gave the whole thing a wash with a mixture Jacquard Lumiere paints in blue and green.  I then sealed the whole thing.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Metal-Free Resin Necklace on: November 17, 2008 08:49:53 AM

My partner in the child-free swap was allergic to metal, so I made her a completely metal-free resin pendant and a metal-free necklace to go on it!  I used a match to melt the plastic spoon around a pencil, then cast the resin in the bowl of the spoon.  The sparkles are chunky mylar glitter I got from Michaels.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Freezer Paper T-Shirt on: November 17, 2008 08:47:16 AM

I made this shirt for the Childfree Swap.  My partner, teapotdnky, has received, so now I post here!  I got the shirt at Target for $2.50 on clearance, and ironed it to limit the ruching to the top so I could work with it.  I printed out the phrase (her idea) in the font Coolvetica, which is a modified version of Helvetica, then cut it out on the freezer paper.  Ironed it to the shirt, painted with Jacquard pink halo paint, and voila!  What you see here.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Christms Altoid Tin Swap on: November 07, 2008 06:49:07 PM
I'd love to get a Christmas tin swap going, but I can't organize it!  Anyone in? Anyone interested?
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / T-Shirt and Some Onesies on: August 01, 2008 09:29:53 PM
My sister is due on the 19th, so I made the baby and her big sister a matching onesie/t-shirt set:
The font is FontDinerDotCom Luvable from, shockingly, http://www.fontdiner.com.

Then I ironed some cute designs from http://www.urbanthreads.com onto some more onesies:
(Sorry for the crap pictures.)
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Amoeba Pillowcases II: Electric Bluegaloo on: July 30, 2008 07:44:18 AM

Sorry for the dorktastic subject line, couldn't help myself!

This is a variation on my previously posted amoeba pillowcases, this time with electric blue and green instead of pink and orange.  Same as before: split stitch, with French knots.  I know it's silly to have a favorite, er, spore or cell or whatever you want to call it, but I love the enormous one in the bottom left-ish.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Amoeba Pillowcases on: July 29, 2008 08:31:13 AM
This is a set of pillowcases I embroidered.  I did it all freehand (mostly split stitch, with some French knots thrown in for good measure), and I love them, but i have absolutely no use for them, since they don't match anything I own.  (They'd be fine if they were just pink and brown, but the majority of the French knots are orange.)
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pink and Brown Circles Pillowcase on: July 28, 2008 12:00:32 PM
This isn't my first embroidery project, but it is my first foray into Craftster, so I thought I'd start with a relatively simple one.
It's a pillowcase I embroidered with pink and brown circles to match my comforter; I had originally done a coordinating one with stripes, but I didn't like how it turned out.   Tongue
The top pic is a long shot, the bottom two are closeups.
To make the circles, I stretched the pillowcase in a hoop and used a compass and pencil; for the smaller ones, I used coins as templates.  I used running stitches, backstitches, split stitches, and chain stitches (that about covers all the stitches I know, save for satin stitch). 
I like the pillowcases I've seen where the stitching is done more on the "pillow" part of the case, but I prefer to do it on the edge; it kind of gives me a natural border.
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