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31  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Swap! (SignUp 8/6/10 - 8/20/10, SendOut 9/20/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by xperimentl on: August 06, 2010 04:39:11 PM
Just sent in my questionnaire.  I am a sucker for stuff framed in hoops.
This is the view from my computer where I spend a ridiculous amount of time on Craftster, Flickr, and Etsy looking at all of the crafty goodness.  I only have hoops with my embroidery on there now, definitely need some fresh stuff from someone else to add!

And for the beginners, you can create a beautiful piece with a simple design and simple stitches.  I have done this for a little while now, but I still tend to stick with basic stitches on my stuff.  I think it's better to know how to do a few stitches really well than a ton of stitches with mediocrity. Smiley
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32  Never do it in the street in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: July 25, 2010 03:30:20 PM
Stitched this up for my brother who is an avid mountain biker.  This is my first piece that is intended to hang in a garage.  The saying and design are from a coloring book with various safety rules for children.

I printed the text from the coloring page onto fabric.  The font was just so perfect for the picture that I didn't think I would do it justice in stitches.  It is tinted with chalk to blend more with the fabric (though it doesn't show in the photo) and fused on with fusible web.  Used satin stitch, backstitch, stem stitch, running stitch, straight stitch, and chain stitch.

Those first pictures were scanned, this one is more true to color.  The fabric is a kind of pumpkin shade and the red of the bike is DMC666, so it's pretty bright.

Thanks for looking.  C&C welcome.  More silly safety stitcheries to come, so any suggestions for future improvements are much appreciated.

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33  Stitched a Birdie on my Shirtie in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: July 16, 2010 03:19:22 PM
Vintage pattern from the Hoop Love Flickr group.
Would probably use 2 strands for the birds and roses next time for a crisper, cleaner look; some of the detail was lost because of the thickness.  Used 2 strands of a lighter gray for the leaves.
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34  Oh no, not another cupcake project in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: July 11, 2010 04:52:22 PM
I had to do it, they're just so darn cute and appropriate for my girly girl SIL's kitchen.  The pattern is from
big B's Cupcakes! Embroidery Pattern Packet.  I crammed the biggest pattern into a little 6" hoop, so the stitches are smaller than they appear, most are 2 strands, some single.

Definitely a fun pattern to experiment with, lots of chances to change up stitches and colors.

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35  Towel Two Pack = One for you, one for me in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: July 01, 2010 07:44:36 AM
Stitched this towel up as an anniversary gift for my desert-dwelling in-laws.  Pattern from sewcharitable on Flickr.

Stitched this towel for me.  Cheesy  Pattern from mmaammbr on Flickr.

Thanks for looking. C&C welcome!
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36  Hexagon Happiness in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by xperimentl on: June 28, 2010 09:12:13 AM
I've been working on a quilt that is going to take me forever to finish, so in the meantime I thought I would do some smaller scale projects using some of my scraps.  These are paper pieced and hand sewn hexagons, the pendant has felt whipstitched to the back and the keychain has another hexagon flower sewn to the back to make it double-sided.  Each is about 2" across.  Please let me know if you have any other recommendations or ideas for translating these little flowers and hexagons into jewelry and accessories.  Thanks for looking!

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37  Nascar Needlework in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: June 24, 2010 07:54:36 AM
The men in my life often get short changed when it comes to handmade gifts; I just can't come up with ideas as easily for them as I do for the ladies.  My dad is a nut for Nascar and has a whole room devoted to racing collectibles (my inheritance, oh joy) so for his birthday I stitched him as close to an inspirational quote as I could find from a Nascar driver.  Thus, the Dale Earnhardt hoop was born.

I found an image of The Intimidator's signature online and backstitched it with a single strand of floss.

Backstitched the quote in two strands.  Wabi-sabi, but I like it and I know my dad will.

I looked all over the internet for other Nascar-themed embroidery pieces and couldn't find one.  I guess our two worlds don't intersect much, who'd a thunk it?
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38  Re: OTET: One Tiny Emboidered Thing GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by xperimentl on: June 12, 2010 07:00:52 PM
Lucky me, I get to be the first to post my OTATET (One Totally Awesome Tiny Embroidered Thing).  Behold my bird by volomortuus...

Tiny satin and fill stitches with only one or two strands of floss, shading, color choices, detail (look at that eye); I just think he is so cool and beautifully stitched.  Volomortuus says she's a beginner, but I don't believe it!  Adorable frame, too. Thanks partner, hope you like your TET half as much as I like mine.
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39  Little League Coach Appreciation Gift in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: May 28, 2010 11:51:51 AM
Our local Little League uses professional baseball team names and logos for the little guys and this year my son was on the Cardinals t-ball team.  As a thank you for the coach I purchased this wool pennant with the St. Louis Cardinals logo on it and hand stitched the kids' names and a little thank you to the coach on it.

I printed the names from the computer first, then traced them onto a tear away stabilizer, pinned them to the pennant and stitched them on using backstitch. 

Nothing fancy as far as stitching goes, but I love when I can use my embroidery for a man's gift that I know will be appreciated.

Thanks for looking.
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40  Swing for Spring in Needlework: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: May 21, 2010 02:12:50 PM
Another try at incorporating fabric into my embroidery, this time using a reproduction 1930s print in a vintage coloring book illustration.  Used all backstitch for simple look. The quote is by David Baird.

And in the frame I got at Goodwill for $2 which inspired me to do a retro design

Thanks for looking.  C&C always welcome.
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