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11  Hand Embroidered Sweet Little Dress + 2 more versions in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: August 29, 2011 10:55:36 AM
Kimbabwe has made lots of these Sweet Little Dresses from the Leila & Ben pattern and inspired me to try it out, too.  My first one used some brown cotton from my stash, I hand embroidered it with a vintage pattern to liven it up a little bit.  This is my daughter and her trusty sidekick modeling it.

The next dress is made with some Quick Cuts fabric that I got on clearance at Walmart

Lastly, I made a top with some fabric leftover from another dress I had made.  These fabrics are from Hobby Lobby.

I highly recommend this pattern for beginners.  The instructions are easy to follow, it sews up quickly, and you can customize it in so many ways!  I wish it was offered in my size.  Thanks for looking.
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12  Re: Quick Plush Monster Swap GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by xperimentl on: August 01, 2011 01:15:40 PM
Everyone is getting so creative with this pattern, I love it!  For such a quick swap I am seeing some awesome stuff.  Do we all just have this neat stuff sitting in our stashes waiting to be transformed?  I'm definitely inspired to make more fast projects with the supplies I have on hand.

My package from abbeyrd83 arrived today.   Thank you, USPS,  for the speedy delivery!.  She nailed it making a sweet monster for me that ties in my love of trees and birds...

I'm loving the birch fabric and the expression on my monster's face who seems to be saying "AAH! I have a bird on my head!"  Hope my photo does it justice.

She also included a groovy Capri Sun coin purse because I mentioned I like recycled stuff.

Thanks partner!  Smiley
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13  Power to the Stitchers! in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: July 18, 2011 10:22:09 AM
I just revamped my craft corner and it was missing a little something, so I decided to stitch a piece of inspiration.

The pattern is "Craft Revolution" by Urban Threads.  It had a stiffer propaganda feel to it, but I took it in a wonkier handmade direction.  I didn't stress about my stitches being perfectly formed or staying perfectly with the pattern (very freeing) and I fused some scraps from my reproduction fabric stash onto the background to make it a little more playful.  My desk has lots of orange and green accessories and I had more lavender fabrics than anything else, so I went with it.  The pattern offers a lot of possibilities for colors, stitches, etc.

Thanks for looking!
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14  Fatherly Advice in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: June 10, 2011 05:02:28 PM
This is a Father's Day gift for my husband who likes to use this phrase whenever one of the kids is getting a little too whiny.  I thought it would bring a little class to his work bench area in the garage.  He thought it could also apply to co-workers and is considering putting it in his office.

I'm usually an embroiderer, but cross stitch seemed like the right medium for this.  I've never done counted cross stitch before, not sure if I'll do it again.  Let me tell ya, I've got a new found respect for you x-stitchers of the world.  Graph paper, math, figuring stitch size in relation to aida counts in relation to size of frame, number of strands of floss for coverage...that's alot of prep.  Then the whole thing can get thrown off when you're stitching just because of a little miscount.  Yikes, let me trace a pattern on my fabric where I can just follow the lines with any stitch I want, so much easier for me.

Thanks for looking!
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15  Some of my best friends are Republicans in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: May 30, 2011 08:43:35 PM

Sometimes it's fun just to stir things up a little.

Vintage floral pattern from Mary Corbet (needlenthread.com).  Stitches used include stem, french knot, backstitch, chain, buttonhole, lazy daisy, satin.

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16  Little Birdie Cardigan in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: May 16, 2011 04:09:28 PM
I live in Arizona and won't be needing cardigans for the next few months, but I've wanted to stitch something up on this boring ivory one for a long time.

A closeup.  This is my first time stitching on a sweater type knit.  I put a lightweight interfacing on the underside and used a tear away stabilizer to trace my design on and stitch through.  Next time I think I'll try to use a water soluble stabilizer.  It was tricky to get the stabilizer off with the tweezers without also pulling up fuzz from the sweater.  Live and learn.

Embroidery pattern from doe-c-doe, available on her blog and flickr photostream.
If anyone has other tips for stitching on sweaters, please share!  Thanks for looking.
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17  Are Clowns Goodfellas? in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: April 28, 2011 04:52:11 PM
I was watching the movie Goodfellas when I heard a line that I knew I needed to stitch.  The quote just wouldn't stand on its own, so I went in search of the perfect image to go with it.  For some reason I thought a creepy clown would be a good fit; when this one came up in my search I knew it was the one and hope you'll agree. The pattern was traced off of an old quilt block that fellow Craftster iamsusie shared on her blog.  It is also available in the Hoop Love flickr group.

Poor little duck. Quote from Jimmy Conway, Robert De Niro's character in Goodfellas.

CraftyOctober inspired me to do use the turkey work stitch for the clown's pom pom with her awesome Mythbusters project.

Comments and suggestions are always welcome.  Thanks to everyone on Craftster for keeping me inspired with their wonderful work.
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18  Laundry Themed Love in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: March 25, 2011 11:48:40 AM
I made these hoops for some stitchalongs on Flickr for vintage Day of the Week patterns.  These are two related to laundry that now give me a reason to smile while I load the washer.

Stitched the little ironing bird on white cotton and appliqued onto some vintage feedsack fabric that I sewed together into patchwork.

Bonnet and dress were appliqued with fusible web and then embroidered.

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking.
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19  Round Neck Top with Pillowcase Fabric in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: March 25, 2011 11:26:07 AM
I haven't figured out how to use regular patterns, so I tend to download patterns that come with step-by-step photo tutorials.  I ordered this "Round Neck Top/Dress" pattern from that*darn*kat on YouCanMakeThis.com  It was very easy to follow and I was able to make it using fabric I had on hand.  The floral print is from a thrifted pillowcase and the contrast trim was a sheet.  The rounded neckline has cute button closures on both sides that don't show well in the photo, but add some pizazz to it.  Looking forward to making more as both tops and dresses.

Thanks for looking.
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20  Too early for a Valentine? (She got framed) in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: January 02, 2011 08:20:34 AM
Guess I was ready to be done with Christmas, on with the New Year and upcoming holidays.  The design is from a vintage coloring page that I found online.  I ironed the accent fabric on with fusible web and stitched around in stem and backstitch.  

Still deciding whether to frame in the hoop or make something out of it, so I am open to suggestions!  Done in an 8" hoop, fabric is Kona cotton.  

Check out her giant jar of paste!

Thanks for looking.

Update:  Thanks for all of the great comments and suggestions on what I could do with this project.  I ended up purchasing a black architectural style frame and will keep her under glass for now, unfortunately my photo doesn't do it justice.  I may make some additional valentine accessories using the same fabrics to place around her on my mantel.
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