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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cat in the Moon on: October 28, 2018 03:54:03 PM
For those of you who don't stalk the Stitchalong board... Tongue

I finished "Cat in the Moon" by Handblessings just in time for Halloween!

You can see the stitched-as-prescribed version here: https://www.123stitch.com/item/Handblessings-Cat-in-the-Moon-Halloween-Silhouette/HB8020 - I used a slightly different fabric than recommended, and also painted my silvery charm black in order to better match the design.

It's about 4" square on 14-count Aida, and was a fun little stitch.  The fact that most of the background is done in half-stitch made it work up quite quickly!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Christmas Cats on: December 14, 2017 03:19:32 PM
I cross-stitched some ornaments for my mom from her grandkittens and furkid - my two cats and hers.  I found the patterns on Etsy and altered them to match everyone's markings, then framed them in 3" wooden embroidery hoops painted gold.

It's hard (okay, impossible  Roll Eyes) to tell from the pictures, but I used opalescent Aida cloth so that if/when she hangs them on the tree, they'll catch the lights.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Halloween Cat on: October 30, 2017 06:21:28 PM
Hark!  I managed to finish a project before the holiday for which it was intended - I'll have to put a mark on the calendar.   Roll Eyes

I love Satsuma Street's cross-stitch designs, and when I first saw "Halloween Cat" last year, I knew I had to stitch it up!  It took me a while, but I was working on other projects in between.

Neatly framed (and oh-so-slightly blurry, apparently, but at least there's no glare on the glass):

There's a longer ramble on my blog about all the little tweaks I made to the pattern, plus a time-lapse video.  I'm just sad I can't reasonably keep this on display all year.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vintage Pumpkin Tea Towel on: September 17, 2017 06:09:51 PM
I stitched this up for ilovesnails in the Vintage Halloween Swap.  I found the vintage-y pumpkin image on Pinterest.

All folded up and ready to be shipped out.  I didn't think to photograph the whole tea towel flat for size reference, but the design is about 4 1/4" x 4 1/2".

A close-up of the stitching.  I kept things simple and used backstitch for the bulk of the design, but busted out a little satin stitch for the eyes and mouth.

I love how this came out, and kinda want to stitch up a second one for myself!

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Here Comes the Sun on: April 02, 2017 07:30:37 AM
Oof, I'm just a little bit late in posting this.  I stitched this up for ilovesnails in the Box of Sunshine Swap.

The pattern is from SewingSeed on Etsy.  I changed the fabric colour from what was recommended because I liked the airy, blue-sky-'n-clouds effect it gave.  I also changed a few of the yellows, as some of the palest shades the pattern called for wouldn't have shown up properly.  I'm really happy with how it turned out!

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Happy Toast on: July 10, 2010 09:05:41 AM
I embroidered this onto a toaster bag for my parents' anniversary (but I won't bore everyone with the whole story behind that, LOL).   Cheesy  I used an Urban Threads design with some pretty basic stitches: satin stitch for the crusts, eyes, mouth, and hearts, and backstitch for everything else.  This was also my first time trying crayon tinting - mainly because I was too lazy to use a fill stitch of some sort for those vast expanses of peanut butter and jam - and I'm pretty pleased with how it came out.  It was well-received, and is now a key part of breakfast preparation in the household.

Thanks for looking!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / R.I.P.'s Girl on: October 18, 2009 01:52:40 PM
I found this project in the Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue.  Isn't she cute?  I only wish I had thought to take a picture in the dark (her eyes are stitched with DMC Light Effects glow-in-the-dark thread - by day, they look totally unassuming...muahahaha!) before I took her to work to delight and amuse my coworkers.  Heh.

And yes, those are red seed beads on her jewelry and glasses.  Smiley

Thanks for looking!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Onesies (lots of pictures!) on: April 04, 2009 09:49:32 AM
One of the girls on my bowling league is pregnant, and I thought I'd stitch her a little something for her pending arrival.  Naturally, the Bowling Betties patterns sprung immediately to mind:

This one was all done in stem stitch, with a little satin stitch for variety.  Of course, we bowl five-pin, so our balls are smaller (tee-hee!) and don't have the finger holes, but the overall effect is there, I think.  The configuration of the pins amused me, too, because if you manage to hit the head pin and the ones on either side of it, you've just scored Aces, which is roughly the equivalent of a seven-ten split in ten-pin (I think), and terribly difficult to spare.

I didn't know whether she was having a boy or a girl (and she doesn't either - but we'll be finding out by the end of the month!), so when I decided on the kitten motif, I made it as gender-neutral as possible.  The fur is stem stitch, but the bow and features, and the "Baby", are all done in backstitch.  I got lazy, haha. 

I gave them to her this Wednesday, and she absolutely loved them, as did her teammates.  They couldn't believe I had done it all by hand!  I don't think you can find bowling-themed baby goods in many places, so she's got a one-of-a-kind item!

Thanks for looking!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Lisa Petrucci Angel n' Devil Tea Towels on: October 14, 2008 05:37:51 PM
These were a combination housewarming/birthday gift for my friend Dan - she loved them!  (And thought I bought them already embroidered....sshhhh!  Cheesy LOL.)

Posing side-by-side on my oven door:

And close-ups!

I remain thoroughly enamoured with the devil....I may have to do her again and keep her this time!

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Bite Me" Cross Stitch on: August 22, 2008 06:45:10 PM
I do love Subversive Cross Stitch, and when I found out my operational support clerk at work was moving to another team, the "Bite Me" design seemed like the perfect snarky-yet-vaguely-work-appropriate parting gift.  Heh.  I jazzed up the colours a bit to suit his personality, and mounted it in a trivet under the pretext of making it at least somewhat functional.

The stitching:

All framed and ready to go:

The lucky recipient:

I'm really happy with how it turned out (love those fluorescent threads!), but by far the best part was hearing him crack up once he took a closer look and read what it said.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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