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1  Sweater Weather... in Needlework: Completed Projects by BeatnikChick on: October 13, 2008 07:23:10 AM
Hand embroidered unframed piece on "What does fall mean to me?," the first thing I thought of was sweater weather and hoodie weather, normally I would have picked anything Halloween... stepping out of the box, I did something more mainstream. Love the color pallet. Check out the texture of the sweater. The first is unframed and scanned, the second is the reverse side, and the third is in a frame.  The design is my own... Mostly made with the stem stitch, but the sweater is done with a chain stitch and satin stitch as well, giving it a really cool cable knit sweater look... I'm pretty happy with the finished look of the sweater.



In a frame:
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2  Re: Any Tatters? in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by BeatnikChick on: August 30, 2008 09:22:03 AM
I cannot claim these little vintage pieces of my own, but I can claim them as work done by my relative!  I didn't want to put these in the completed projects section due to the fact that I didn't work on them, but I am posting these here for you to enjoy/admire, etc. I found these in a couple of very old books that I had.  One is tatted the other looks like it's mini/micro crochet.  Enjoy the vintage!

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3  Summer Vegetables Kitchen Towel -No Frills- in Needlework: Completed Projects by BeatnikChick on: August 18, 2008 06:54:28 PM
Okay, I've had a couple of Vintage dish towels that my grandma made which I confiscated from my mom on one of my visits home.  I wanted to recreate them because I still use the vintage ones and maybe give the new ones back to my mom. 

I happened to come across the pattern that the vintage ones were made out of at a local fabric and craft store and had to buy it. 

Yesterday, I had a whole day to veg-out with a quick embroidery piece (as I watched the marathon of Mythbusters).  It's an Aunt Martha Pattern called Fruit and Vegetable Motifs # 3632. 

No frills, no bangs or whistles, just a simple embroidered tea/dish towel. Plus the vintage dish towel with stains and all.

Here's the Front of the new one:

Here's the reverse side:

And this is the vintage towel made in I have no Idea what year, could be anywhere from the 1930s to the 1950s:

You can definitely tell this was just a domestic use piece, but I love it!
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4  King of the Zombies/Shaun of the Dead Sampler in Needlework: Completed Projects by BeatnikChick on: August 07, 2008 09:10:21 PM
Ed asks Shaun while learning how to 'act' like a zombie to camouflage themselves in the zombie mob, "Who died and made you f-ing 'King of the Zombies'?"
This quote makes me laugh every time because "King of the Zombies" is a movie from 1941... Many a quote from Shaun of the Dead that make me laugh, I settled with this one, I omitted the obscene word so I can display even when my friends' children come over. 

This modern sampler is done on a black cotton bandanna with the lettering and hands rising from a grave done in "Glow in the Dark" DMC floss, and the border is done in a "sea foam green" Kreinik Metallic blending filament (very fine braid). 

I've done a lot of study regarding cemeteries and funeral customs in my past, and I think I'm definitely going to add more iconography of "resurrection" symbolism to this piece in the future.  (Pomegranates, palm leaves, Morning Glories, rising sun, acorns, butterflies, scarabs, wheat sheaves, and such all depict the idea of resurrection in many cultures, very fitting for zombies! LOL)

Enough talk, the images (2 photographs, 3 scans)

Washed out photo of sampler in frame:

Washed out photo without frame:

Scanned work, left side, truer colors, complete with lint and dog hair!:

Scanned work, right side, truer colors, complete with lint and dog hair!:

Lastly, some stitch detail:
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5  Re: Embroidery elbow and wrist in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by BeatnikChick on: July 03, 2008 09:05:41 AM
Let me know what you find out.  I sometimes do have this happen to me, but I try to only embroider for one hour at a time, except when I'm REALLY motivated to get something done.  This cuts down on some of the odd pain in my wrists and arm.  Also try holding your hoop differently.  (More so, I have this happen with my writs, I've noticed this even more since I HAD to get this new hoop by Clover.) 

I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the new hoop.  I purchased it because I was excited about the screw threads being encased and not having my floss snag on the threads of the screw.  However, it is much heavier than my regular plastic hoops and I've actually changed back to them.  Weird huh?

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6  MovieMonster-GillMan Glow in the Dark on Black Background in Needlework: Completed Projects by BeatnikChick on: July 03, 2008 07:39:09 AM
I am changing the theme of my bathroom from just Black and White Movies to one specific movie-The Creature From the Black Lagoon.  I went to a Horror convention this past weekend, and 2 sisters were selling soaps with horror themes... I fell in love with 2 that they did, a businessman zombie coming out of a grave and a GillMan head. 

I bought the zombie, but on my way home I was totally inspired to change my bathroom theme to The Creature From The Black Lagoon!  It was natural for me to choose a horror theme, especially since it was an old horror movie, and it is a total play on "EVERYONE'S bathroom who has a fish theme" again this is natural.  The GillMan HAD to be my next embroidery project.  (Anyone have any other suggestions of things for my new bathroom theme?)

Since I just ordered the Glow in the Dark Embroidery thread from Sublime Stitching and was impatient to get a move-on with this piece, I looked high and low for glow in the dark thread around where I live, I found some and quickly stitched up GillMan for my bathroom!  I also used a dark green floss with the Glow in the dark thread on black cotton fabric and "HOORAY" here's my result:

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7  67 Mustang on black background in Needlework: Completed Projects by BeatnikChick on: June 25, 2008 09:42:33 PM
This was my first attempt at working on black as a background, I used Solvy with a white tracing using a Clover water soluble pen.  I with a little experimentation, the best way to apply the solvy was to lightly mist my black fabric with a spray bottle after I ironed it so it was wrinkle free and warm (then a fine mist from a spray bottle) and applied the white traced pattern on the solvy.  I was very hesitant to apply the solvy with my tracing on it for fear that they BOTH would disappear, however, it turned out great, the stabilizer worked like it should and made the tracing stand out wonderfully against black fabric.  Coolness... The result, this test embroidery that I'm giving to a friend in a frame for his little boy's bedroom.  I'm still really not finished, I want to seed stitch the red body paint for more contrast against the black background.  I used the "silk" DMC floss in grey and red and the metallic in the closest that is silver.  (Obviously, this isn't my greatest work, I did it in a couple few hours today.)  Not bad for a simple test.

Oh yeah, it's just an Aunt Martha pattern called Road Rage, I think.  =)

Lastly, any suggestions for framing?  I've never framed any of my work as of yet... My friend's father is creating 2 wooden frames for my gypsy and psychobilly guy, but I've yet to get them in my hands.  Suggestions, do you use foam core as a background to put it in a frame, or something better?
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8  Re: Transfer FRUSTRAAAATION!!! in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by BeatnikChick on: June 17, 2008 10:04:40 PM
If you reverse the image and print it out on a Xerox machine, or laser printer you can iron it on with a dry HOT iron.

The printer has to use toner ink to work. If you have an ink jet printer at home just reverse the image, print, hand take it to a local Kinko's or copy shop.



If you want this the same direction don't forget to flip the image in a program before you print and copy so it looks like the artwork if that's what you're looking for... I've forgotten to flip, that bites!

If it were me, I would just print out the design and hang it in my window on a bright and sunny day then tape up my thin cotton fabric over it and trace with my water erasable fabric marking pens, then start to embroider. 

I have used my red transfer pencil on one project before, not only is it really light unless you press hard, but that also frustrates me because the pencil kept breaking and I was just losing the pencil more from sharpening...

Look for the sulky permanent ink iron-on transfer pen (in black ink). Found this at Michael's Crafts in the area near supplies for making T-shirts.

or DMC makes an embroidery transfer pen of blue water soluble ink (found this in the embroidery section of Joann Fabrics, however, the same thing is on the notions wall for sewing, like near the pins, sewing kits, needles, etc. Dritz makes these too.)

or for black or dark fabrics, Clover makes a white marking pen that is also water soluble pen that reminds me of those gel ink pens, this can run like $7 for one pen, expensive, but I know Joann Fabrics has the 50% off coupon every once in awhile dealie, this helps on crazy priced items like this.  (Found this in 2 places, in Joann Fabrics, it was in the quilting section near the hoops and quilting notions, and also in Michael's Crafts in the quilting notions section, near needle threaders and cutters.)

Hope this helps you out.
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9  Gypsy Dia De Los Muertos Tattoo embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by BeatnikChick on: May 09, 2008 06:36:53 PM
Hey, after 38 and a half hours of work, she's finally finished... She's about 8 inches by 5 inches.  This design was from a photo of a tattoo by Abdiel from Electricbodyart in Marietta, GA.  I saw the photo and asked the creator if I could copy the work as a hand embroidered piece, he said yes, and then I started working... I even tried working with metallic thread, which was killer easy... Here's my latest creation:

The Front:

The Reverse:

The original photo of a tattoo:

For an even bigger photo of this see my myspace page you can see the details of sizes of stitches and thicknesses of threads, or you can check my flickr link:
and for the reverse:
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10  Northern Illinois University Tribute in Needlework: Completed Projects by BeatnikChick on: February 24, 2008 09:38:20 PM
Ever since I was hired at NIU, I put down my needle and have been working at my job very hard.  On the 14th of February 2008, a gunman opened fire on campus in a lecture hall, injuring many students and killing 5, then killed himself while I was working on campus.  Everyone in our entire community from the university to everyone who lives in the area here has been affected by this act of violence.  Tonight there was a memorial service.  For healing, as an employee and an alum of NIU, I picked up my needle and I created this:


Reverse side:
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