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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first scarf 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!
12  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / "Kurt Halsey" bread basket liner 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!
13  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / I have a theory...it could be bunnies. 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...

14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" stitches galore 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!
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sewing Machine Cover 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!
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The owls are not what they seem... 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!

17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Let's Build a Snowman! 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!
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Cake or Death!" Embroidery on: October 22, 2008 12:08:30 AM
I hope its okay to post this under original needlework projects, since this piece incorporates both my own designs with a pre-existing pattern...

This is a quote from Eddie Izzard's "Dress to Kill" stand-up show, and the first semi-original piece I've ever embroidered (as opposed to cross stitch). I designed the layout, drew the cupcake myself, and adapted Sublime Stitching's "Tattoo Your Towels" pattern for the banner and daggers (I changed the design of the dagger handles a bit). It was a lot of fun to stitch!

The piece is roughly six inches tall by seven inches wide, and everything except the banner is filled in with satin stitch, long-short stitch, or really tight backstitching. I'm not entirely thrilled with how the long-short stitching came out, but for my first time trying it, I think it came out okay! I also braved the metallics again to give the daggers a little shine around the edges. All in all, I'm really happy with it.

A bit more detail:

Thanks for looking!
19  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Leftover Lanterns Mini Wall Hangings on: September 08, 2008 10:37:11 AM
I mentioned when I posted my Chinese Dragon wall hanging yesterday that I ended up chopping off the top part of the design.

Originally, I'd had three lanterns hanging above the dragon, but I just didn't feel like it was working. So, I cut them off, and decided to give them a similar treatment to the larger piece. I made mini-wall hangings out of them, with some pretty fabric and vintage and new buttons. All I need is to make a ribbon loop for the back and I can hang 'em up!

This little round one is my favorite one. Turquoise and chocolate brown is quickly becoming one of my favorite color combinations:

This one reminds me of a sundress my Mama used to have:

This one...I got a little button-happy on. But I still like it!

And all three of them together:

Thanks for looking! Comments and suggestions welcome.
20  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Chinese Dragon Wall Hanging on: September 07, 2008 02:51:15 PM

I've been working on this wall hanging -- made with Sublime Stitching's "China Town" pattern -- on and off for a few months, and its finally done!

I'm really pleased with how it came out, considering the design used to be taller, and I ended up lopping off some bits that didn't work with the overall design (which I'll share later). It's hard to tell from the photo, but the whole thing is about a foot square.

I made the frame with some red, scaled fabric (like dragon scales!), black ribbon, and vintage buttons. I need to get a dowel to hang it with, though, it's too heavy to hang with just a ribbon!

Here's a detail of the dragon:

Detail of th pagoda:

Thanks for looking! Comments and suggestions welcome.

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