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11  Lucky Cat Apron in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by Zhad_Squad on: April 25, 2009 09:46:43 PM
A sweet little apron I stitched up for my sis-in-law using SS's "I heart Sushi" and Craft Pad patterns:

Detail of the Lucky Cat. I admit, I love the "pop" the metallics give it!

Details of the nummy food. The noodles are all just tight backstitching with orange French knots for that chili powder you sprinkle in your udon:

The full design, laid out:

Thanks for looking!

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12  What a long, strange stitch it's been (Image heavy) in Needlework: Completed Projects by Zhad_Squad on: April 25, 2009 08:31:28 PM
Soooo, this is a piece I've actually had completed since December of last year. I haven't been able to share it before now, which has been killing me since I've been sooooo proud of it!

This was/is my Dad's Xmas gift, for Xmas '08. He's a HUGE Grateful Dead fan, but an even bigger fan of handmade gifts. This -- thanks to the spark of suggestion from my brother -- was indeed the perfect gift for my Dad. A stitched version of "Steal Your Face."

It took me about a month to complete. It's about 6 inches in diameter, and done completely with satin stitching and long-and-short stitching.

The full saga of me and this piece is posted on my blog (link below in my signature), if you're interested. What a long, strange trip it's been!

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13  My first scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by Zhad_Squad on: April 04, 2009 06:06:49 PM
So, aside from a little 9" test square, this is my first real knitting project ever. I'm more of a needlework person, so this was definitely a new experience!

I love how the variegated yarn brought out a triangular/stripes pattern.

Made with love and more than its share of patience for my husband, who told me he's never owned a scarf before. Now he has to wait until the weather cools down again to wear it! Tongue

Thanks for looking!
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14  "Kurt Halsey" bread basket liner in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by Zhad_Squad on: April 04, 2009 05:55:12 PM
I had a single white dinner napkin floating about my linen shelf (from where, I have no idea) just begging for some embellishment. I thought that Sublime Stitching's "Kurt Halsey" pattern would look sweet and inviting for a bread basket liner.

The full design on one side:

The other side:


Modeled with some Irish soda bread I whipped up for St. Pat's this year.

Thanks for looking!
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15  I have a theory...it could be bunnies. in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by Zhad_Squad on: April 04, 2009 05:43:03 PM
Two cute, Black Apple bunnies:

I figured it was a good time to share these two (which I've actually had finished for a while) with Easter around the corner. The green one was made for a friend, though I've got another identical one in the works for a bunny-riffic project. How those rabbits multiply...

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16  "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" stitches galore in Needlework: Completed Projects by Zhad_Squad on: April 04, 2009 01:14:49 PM
So, It's kinda embarrassing how many stitching projects I've done centered around "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" lately, but that's what happens when there's a show with so many wonderful quotable quotes just aching to be immortalized in thread!

The first two projects I made as part of the Ultimate Wedonverse swap a few weeks ago. I designed this based around my swap partner's favorite character, Anya, who's a former demon learning how to be human again. When she realizes she's winning in the board game "Life," she gleeful asks:

And yep, those are supposed to be little "Life" cars, with little people-pegs. Those were fun to design.

This is based off a song lyric from the musical episode "Once More with Feeling."  The heart was a Sublime Stitching pattern, but I wrote in the words myself.

It became a pincushion...complete with little slayer-stake pins. 'cause you know. Vampire heart, stakes...

It's all in glow-in-the-dark thread, which I sadly didn't grab a picture of. It looks really neat in the dark.

And this, actually, was the first one I did, about a year ago. It was a housewarming gift for a couple fellow BtVS fans, based off one of their favorite quotes.

My husband gets credit for designing the fire.

I hope you enjoy!
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17  Re: Ultimate Whedon-verse Swap Gallery - SEND 2/10 in The Swap Gallery by Zhad_Squad on: February 20, 2009 07:07:44 PM
After a very loooong day and a half waiting to be able to pick up my package from ye old  post office, I finally got my hands on the goods. I have to say, I am THE luckiest swap partner out there today!

kcfirecracker, you friggin' rock my socks!!

Or should I say spats? Amazing, custom-made Firefly inspired browncoat spats?

Action shot: doin' a browncoat jig:

As if those weren't amazing enough, kc went and made me the most LOVELY pillowcase I will ever own: an applique of Faith from the cover of BtVS season 8 "No Future for You, Part 2" (my favorite cover from the entire series):

Details of the lovely stitching. I adore the use of texture:

One more for the road. 'cuz I'm in love:

Thank you sooooo much D!!!! I adore it all (and yep, the spats fit beautifully)!!!
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18  Sewing Machine Cover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Zhad_Squad on: February 16, 2009 09:59:47 AM
I know it's not much, but this is my very first non-supervised machine sewing project:

A sewing machine cover for my new Singer Featherweight.

I felt this little machine deserved a special cover now that it's out of the box, and though the cover isn't perfect, it still looks a lot better than a dusty old case I was hiding it in. Besides, how can I not get excited about sewing when I see that on my desk?

I made it using a tutorial from craftblog.com.au. It's a bit lumpy on one side, but it's lined, and it fits, so it's a win for me. Smiley

I'm planning on making a similar one for my Kitchen Aid mixer (and I even have some adorable fabric all set). Who knows? This may be the start of a cozy craze in my apartment!

Thanks for looking!
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19  The owls are not what they seem... in Needlework: Completed Projects by Zhad_Squad on: December 01, 2008 12:54:17 PM
...well, I guess they kind of are!

This is from a test pattern I volunteered to stitch for Annie Oakleaves.

The adorable runt:

The biggest of all four:

My not-so-secret favorite:

This one I call "Tweaky," 'cause seriously, look at his eyes!

Thanks for looking!

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20  Let's Build a Snowman! in Needlework: Completed Projects by Zhad_Squad on: December 01, 2008 12:47:34 PM
"We could name him Bob, or we could name him Beowulf!" -- Cannibal! The Musical

Stitching of a free Annie Oakleaves pattern, just in time for December.

I'm seriously hooked to Annie's patterns, they're so simple and so sweet, I can't help but feel cheerful whenever I work on one.

Thanks for looking!
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