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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Stitching Hints, awesome page on: April 03, 2011 10:14:49 PM
I've found an awesome Stitching Hints page and wanted to share it with all of you... please forgive me if it has been posted before...


I love Rainbow Gallery threads, but I'm quite ill-at-ease to work with them... however, while browsing their site I found a tips page that gives me some hints and I'm more willing to try this time...
2  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Free Sublime Stitiching Pattern? on: February 04, 2011 10:20:24 PM
I swear that I saw a really cool free pattern from Sublime Stitching that was of a female with a ponytail holding an embroidery hoop and working a piece... Looking all over for this pattern... Anyone know where I can find it? 
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Hey Cross-stitchers... Fabric Question... on: August 05, 2009 08:32:22 PM
Name that fabric...

If you head on over to my photos on flickr of the Spooky Spider cross-stitch that is here:


is there anyone who can tell me the type of fabric that I worked on?  It was nice and smooth, not stiff, very nice stuff... it is not Aida cloth... Little help?
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Spooky Halloween Stitching on: July 22, 2009 09:39:30 PM


Yep, I've put up a cross stitch project... I enjoy the non-structured carefree feel of embroidery much better, but I couldn't resist working on something small for Halloween.  I have given this away to my mom, but didn't scan the final piece, it had beaded tassels and a hanger and was sewn into a tiny pillow... I really enjoyed the beading on this piece...  so, there it is, probably one of the only "structured" pieces I will do... Enjoy!  =)
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Looking for an old post, Embroidered Upright Bass on: May 24, 2009 09:59:18 PM
I'm trying to embroider a bass guitar for my friend... but I wanted to reference a project that was done some time ago... this wonderful craftster embroidered an Upright Bass and possibly other stringed instruments in detail.  I remember that this person used the clear acetate to trace then transfer her design... I loved this, now I wanted to check it out again for reference, and can't remember who or what exactly was done... Anyone out there that can help a chick out?  it was probably from 2007 maybe?  Was it Rectangle?  Little help?
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sweater Weather... 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:
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / How or where do you store your embroidery supplies? on: September 27, 2008 09:37:31 PM
I'm not just talking about floss... I'm thinking about getting one of those $20 plastic storage drawer thingies to keep my fabric, floss, needles, hoops, patterns, markers, pens, tracing paper, and the like in...

Something like this:

I used to just have a couple army tote bags that I kept my current work and some supplies in.  However, obviously, this has WAY overgrown...

So, now I'm curious... How or where do you store your embroidery stash so it's handy?
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Summer Vegetables Kitchen Towel -No Frills- 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!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / King of the Zombies/Shaun of the Dead Sampler 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:
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Ever enter your 'modern' work in a County Fair or similar? on: July 15, 2008 10:41:23 PM
I've been thinking about spicing up a local county fair with one or a few of my embroideries.  I actually enjoy looking at the "home arts" building when I go, but I can get really bored with seeing flowers and such. 

I really would like to add one of my modern pieces into a 'show' but have never done it.  I think it would be interesting to see what is said about it and see if it wins any silly ribbons. 

Have any of you entered anything into something similar, and if so, what kind of reactions did you get?  Curious.
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