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11  1st Embroidery - what did I do wrong?? in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by kianee on: September 29, 2007 03:29:32 PM
I tried to embroider a picture I found online in a coloring book:

Since my boyfriend didn't recognise the thing - this is supposed to be an octopus. The french knots look okay, I think, but the dark blue lines are supposed to be the stitch that looks like a line, but my stitches don't look straight at all: they stick out from the fabric and seem to be divided in the middle, which isn't like the stitches I've seen in examples of this straight stitch. What I did was make a stitch and then went back and went through the middle of it and made a second stitch, like the tutorial said. I have a close-up of the worst of my stitches:

This is what I mean. Unfortunately, I don't have a 'real' person to ask those questions. In the internet tutorial I used it said 'use small stitches, and it should look like a continuous line'. Well, apparently my definition of 'small stitches' is really really off. Is there anything I can do to improve future embroidery projects?

Because I think this is really a fun thing to do. I especially enjoyed making the knots Smiley Thanks in advance for any tips you might have!!
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12  Re: I can ___ but I can't ___ Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kianee on: September 19, 2007 07:19:00 AM
I received! Yay! I'm totally in love with what I got, check it out:

This is the superb Transformers tote bag craftykaida made me! Now I can haul around all the baby stuff and my books in true Transformers style!! I love it so much, I almost took it to bed with me Smiley

She also sent two adorable coin purses, a notebook and a scented candle. Love the grammar and spelling hints that are printed inside the notebook Wink

And here goes an action shot with the bag:

Thank you, craftykaida! I now have the coolest tote bag in all of Germany Wink
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13  baby book in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by kianee on: September 03, 2007 02:39:12 AM
I hope this goes under 'playthings'. I made a geeky baby book out of fabric scraps. It even crackles when you grab the pages, because I put baking paper in between the pieces of fabric and the resistor and the rocket are filled with lentils. It's made stiff with fusible interfacing and entirely hand sewn. Took me about two weeks from start to finish.

Please ignore the german captions in the picture:

Top left: Resistance is futile
Top right: Apple of Discord and Piratebay logo
Middle right: image of a hacker and a fluffy chicken (that one's an inside joke, I guess)
Down right: Ubuntu Linux logo and two robots holding hands
Down left: The rocket 'Fairy Dust' (a Chaos Computer Club thing)

And an action shot with the baby Smiley

Hope you like it...
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14  Re: I can ___ but I can't ___ Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kianee on: August 31, 2007 12:53:37 AM
Cinderblock received from me a couple of days ago, and said I could post pictures.

She said in her questionnaire 'anything with cassettes', so I stencilled a shirt for her and hand-stitched a little purse with a tape on it. I also put some german bottlecaps and a few contact paper transfer stickers in, because I stalked her posts and knew she liked bottlecaps and had just started on ATCs.

Here are pictures:


The "small" stuff - the tape sticker on the purse is stitched on the contrasting fabric, which is in turn stitched on the corduroy

The little purse - I even lined the thing and put a zipper in - things I've never done before in my life. It took me hours to figure out Wink

I'm very glad cinderblock liked what I sent her, I was rather nervous when I sent, as this is my first swap Smiley
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15  Re: Stencil from a picture in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by kianee on: August 19, 2007 02:05:42 PM

after a two minute doodle, I come up with this:

It's not perfect at all, but maybe you can work from there? You will have to enlarge it quite a bit, though to fit onto a men's shirt.
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16  sushi box in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by kianee on: August 13, 2007 10:22:13 AM
There's a new sushi delivery in town and they decorated their menu with little sushi pictures. I'm not much into sushi, but my partner is, so I decided to make him a sushi box. I had this pink box lying around which painted gold, glued the sushi pictures on and put a layer of clear varnish on top.

I know it's not terribly creative, but I like it. Here's a picture:

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17  Heavy Tshirt Repair (many pictures) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kianee on: July 28, 2007 09:17:36 AM
I'm sorry if this is in the wrong board, but it's sort of reconstructed - it was unwearable before!

One of my favorite shirts got heavily burnt a while ago (Kids: never throw fabric over a lamp at home! And especially not your favorite clothing items). There were about five holes in the back. I cut out some green felt and hand-stitched it on the shirt, to cover up the holes. I also stenciled a buddha on the front, to further pretty up the thing.

On to the pics:

The felted applique - sorry, no before pic

(Too dark) action shot - mirror Sad

Making the buddha stencil in front

Finished buddha - my first two-colored stencil!

Action shot! (man, I hope my boobs will get smaller again once I stop nursing...)

What do you think? I'd love to hear Smiley
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18  hello cthulhu EDIT: now with action shot! :) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by kianee on: July 10, 2007 04:18:58 AM
Hello Kitty is cute and all, but my baby is cute enough, so I figured I'd make him a "Hello Cthulhu" onesie. The picture came somewhere off the web (I think it was an ubuntu spoof logo). I had to wing the writing, because apparently there's no Hello Kitty font available for free.

Hope you like it, here's a picture:

And here the promised action shot:

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19  onesie with appliqued letters in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by kianee on: June 25, 2007 02:33:38 AM
I don't post much, because with my baby I'm busy enough without crafting. Nevertheless, I just finished a onesie I wanted to make for the longest time:

The word is german and could be best translated as 'binge/coma drinker'. Germany has a rather large public discussion about this, as some bars offer alcohol flatrates and some youngsters use this to literally drink themselves into a coma.

This in itself isn't funny at all, but I've noticed how my baby will nurse itself to sleep very often and is therefore a coma drinker as well, hehe. Smiley

I'm not very good at sewing, and this is my very first time trying anything like embroidery/applique. I had to glue the letters on first, otherwise they wouldn't have stayed where they were. I think there's a better way, but I really have no clue how it's supposed to work... Here's another picture, a close up of the letters:

Thanks for looking! I'd appreciate comments.
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20  Onesie stencils for the coolest baby :) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by kianee on: April 02, 2007 04:09:47 AM
My baby is due in a few days, so I made him and the baby of a friend a couple of stencilled onesies, craftster inspired. Those two are going to be the coolest babies on the block Smiley


Robots love you!

Arr, avast ye mateys!

A plain jolly roger with the stencil that made it

Hope you like them Smiley
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