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51  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / True Colors Tiger Needlepoint Pillow on: May 19, 2009 01:15:20 PM
I bought this unfinished needlepoint on etsy about a month ago.
It had a tiger already finished and all you had to do was fill in a background with whatever stitches you wanted.

So I added some of the lyrics from Cyndi Lauper's True Colors song.

The tiger looked so shy and awkward and a little afraid and that's why I thought of the song and how perfect it would be for the pillow.
Here's how the needlepoint looked when I got it.

It was from the 70's and a few stitches were missing here and there.

Here's the top and bottom of the pillow. It was hard to get a photo of the whole thing once I put the pillow in. (I know. I should have taken a photo before I put the pillow in!) D'oh!

I did all the lyrics on here free-hand without graphing them or anything so it's not perfect.

There is the sky, the sun, a rainbow, the ground, and some grass.

But the most beautiful thing on the pillow is the tiger.
I hope he knows that now.  Grin

52  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Freddie Mercury - Killer Queen Afghan on: May 01, 2009 06:50:51 AM
This has been a long time in the making. (Click photos to enlarge).

My Freddie Mercury - Killer Queen afghan

It's so huge, (57" x 78"), that I couldn't even fit it all into one photo.

The right side is based on artwork by Lynda Pedley.
The left side has a portrait of him minus the famous mustache, yet, sporting a killer leather hat and jacket.

The afghan is tunisian, (afghan) stitched using my trusty size J cabled afghan hook.
Black yarn is Red Heart, blue yarn is TLC Essentials, the multi-colored yarn is called "Tapestry" by Simply Soft.

If the weather ever turns nice around here I will try to take a better photo outside standing on a ladder or something to get the whole afghan in one shot.

There's more photos of the afghan in my blog, (see link below), where I go on and on about how great he was. I won't bore you here with all my gushing but I just wanted to say what a fabulous and talented man he was.
There's no one today that can match his extreme musical abilities and showmanship.

53  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Thestral Tessellation Afghan on: March 13, 2009 08:08:57 AM
I finally finished this colorful beast of a project!

I'm calling it Thestral Tessellation.
It's an homage to J.K.Rowling and her awesome creation of the Thestral, (which, for non-Potter-a-hol-ics, is a winged horse-like creature that is invisible to most people). Most children anyway.

I've also crocheted the words "Read with me!" in there as well. I was going to put "Read to me!" but I thought "with" was more interactive.
It's the theme of the whole afghan as I believe reading with your children is so very important.

It's crocheted using a size J cabled afghan hook and many colored yarns.
(Mostly I Love This Yarn and Red Heart yarns. Also some TLC yarn as well.)

Here's the back and the front before I wove in all the loose ends and added the manes to the thestrals. They look like a bunch of bald-headed sea monsters with wings.  Cheesy

This is the back after weaving in the loose ends.
The manes were sort of surface-crocheted onto the front using the vertical stitches that are present when doing the afghan stitch. That is why they don't show up here on the back of the afghan. You don't go all the way through the afghan.

For the border I single crocheted around and around with a regular size J hook. I wanted it to look like a rainbow. There's a dark row and light row of each color, (except purple because I ran out of purple), and a black row between each color.

I used a graph for the thestrals that I got at Jessica Tromp's site.
I used a cross stitch alphabet for the words.
And I made up the castle part on my own.

My kids are now 21, 20, and 17. I miss reading with them. We always couldn't wait for the next Potter book to come out. I really miss that.
Hope you enjoy the afghan!

54  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Time For Peace on: January 28, 2009 09:59:44 AM
I found a needlepoint canvas for sale a few months ago.
It had barely been started, had a small square cut from the border to repair a hole in the middle of the canvas, and had some gunk of which I can only imagine was food or drink spilled on it clogging up some of the holes by the child's left hand.

Yet still, it was such an awesome needlepoint that I HAD to get it and work it up.

Here it is completed, as well as the hideous back side for those who always want to see the gross underbelly of my work. LOL!! (Please click on the photos to enlarge them).
It came with no thread, only the canvas. It was started with six-strand floss instead of what I expected to be wool tapestry thread. So, luckily I had tons of left-over threads from finished cross stitch projects past with which to do this.

There was no photo of how it should look when done, but I recognized this painting from a print on the wall at my kid's pediatrician's office.

Here it is again next to my bag of used floss. I still have lots and lots left.

Here's the original painting...

It's called Mother and Child by
Artist - Irene Awret

I did some digging to find out about Irene Awret.
She wrote a biography about her life during WW2 called They'll Have To Catch Me First.http://www.wisc.edu/wisconsinpress/books/2373.htm

Her artistic talent was "discovered" in this way according to that book.
Arrested by the Gestapo, she sat in a cellar prison cell destined for transport to Auschwitz. To calm her fears, she made a small detailed drawing of her hand which was to save her life. Incarcerated in the concentration camp in Mechlen, she was assigned to paint signs, posters and numbers for her co-prisoners to wear around their necks.

Yesterday they just celebrated  the 64th anniversary of the day Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz. So I wanted to post this in rememberance of that.

To everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.

55  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bride of Frankenstein Afghan on: October 12, 2008 02:41:51 PM
Just in time for Halloween, I've finished the Bride of Frankenstein afghan.
(Please click on pics to embigger).<---(Too many Simpson shows). LOL!

This is Elsa Lancaster as Frankenstein's Bride.
It is tunisian crocheted with a size J cabled hook.
I made her as a companion afghan to my Frankenstein afghan from last year.

Here's the happy couple together. Aren't they a pair to die for? LOL!

Oh, and here's the yuchy back. There's always someone who wants to see the back.

Anyway, Happy Halloween everybody!!!!

56  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece Poncho**NEW**Puzzle Scarf added!!** on: May 28, 2008 07:50:51 PM
Yay! Another project to use your left-over yarn on!
(Please click on the photos to enlarge the images).

(Yes, that's me in the poncho).  Tongue

This was crocheted using a size J cabled afghan hook and left-over yarns consisting mostly of Red Heart and I Love This Yarns.

Here I've put my hands on my hips to spread out the poncho so you can see it all clearly.
(I wish I had a photo taken with my arms at my sides from the back too but I didn't think of it at the time.

The poncho is done Tunisian crochet style by repeating a small puzzle piece graph I made up myself using a pencil and graph paper.
The popular "symbol" for autism is a puzzle piece or puzzle pieces. Especially made with different colored pieces. I thought this would make a nifty pattern.

It is two seperate panels which I joined together after finishing them. The end of one panel is joined to the side of the other. And that panel's end is joined to the side of the first panel. (I hope all that makes sense).

Finally, I trimmed the edges in single crochet stitch with a combo of Moda Dea's Chichi, (mmm, soooo soft), and Fun Fur. This stopped any curling that there was and also filled in the part around the neck to make it nice and toasty.

Now, all I need is a nice cool day to wear it.
(Too bad it's becoming hotter every day).  Undecided

edit: I've added a puzzle piece scarf to the end of this post. I think it's page three. Grin
57  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Times They Are A-changin'/ Bob Dylan Afghan on: May 05, 2008 02:37:55 PM
This is my tribute to Bob Dylan. (Please click on the photos to enlarge them).

It is a crocheted afghan using a size J cabled hook.
The white and red yarn is "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby. The black and blue yarn is Red Heart yarn. (I ran out of the blue and went to every yarn store around and couldn't come up with the match so it gets up to a darker blue near the top.) Oh well.

There are two images of Dylan. One from the album cover The Times They Are A-changin'

 and one from "The Essential Bob Dylan" album.
This way there are two Bobs One for his early accoustic guitar years, and one for his later electric guitar years.

I decided to crochet them seperately and then join them in the center. It was easier this way. All the letters and color changes at the top, and the size of the afghan made this the most logical way.
I graphed the images at microrevolt. The words, (font and all),  are all from the first album cover.

I absolutely love this song. (The Times They Are A-changin').
I heard it for the first time on a Simon and Garfunkel album and I was blown away - it  was so awesome. I have provided links in my blog to some versions I found on Youtube.
This one was a nice version with a montage of photos of Bob.


Also there are a few more photos of the afghan in my blog including the back.

Tomorrow is the Democratic Primary elections here in Indiana. And, of course, the Presidential elections are in November. So I wanted to get this posted tonight for you-all.

Dylan really is awesome! Grin

58  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Recycled Pop-Top Granny Square Vest, (for Earth Day) on: April 19, 2008 07:59:55 AM
Two years. That's how long it took to make this Recycled Pop Top Granny Square Vest.
(Click on the photos for enlargement).

It took 960 pop tabs to make. (Four tabs per granny square).
I used Omega nylon thread for extra strength, (it's heavy), and a steel thread crochet hook US 5 (1.7 mm).

Here's the whole front laid out so you can see it all at once.
I used a denim vest that fit me as a template. I would lay the finished pop top granny squares over it and know where to sew the squares together to create the vest.

After they were all together, I strung lots of beads onto the thread and crocheted a sort of fringe around the bottom and sides.

Once I had the "skeleton" of the vest made, I knew I would have to line it, (although I dreaded it because I really can't sew at all). But it needed the lining because of the roughness of the tabs and occasional snagging onto my shirt.

So, I folded over some black "marbled-looking" material and sewed to the inside of the vest.

This flower pin is made with one of the granny squares. Inside the center I put an old bottle top I had picked up many many years ago. It says "Recycle Smiles" on it. So that's why I have chosen some smiley buttons to put on it too.

I also have a surprise for you-all. I made a tutorial on making the Pop-Top Granny Squares so you can make them too. (Granny squares are so versatile and you can make whatever you want with them. Scarves, hats, purses, and, yes, vests!).

Here's a link to the free tutorial. It's super-image-heavy because I knew that a picture is worth a thousand words and it was the best way to explain how to make them). Hope your computers can handle all of them.


There's a few more pictures of the vest in my blog, (including me wearing it. My son also modeled it too). It's very shiny. The camera just doesn't pick up on the shininess of it all.
I'm not sure you could wear it going through an airport security scanner, LOL!!

Earth day this year is Tuesday, April 22nd. I might be brave enough to wear it around that day.

Have a great one!
59  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Marilyn Monroe - Warhol Style - Afghan on: March 17, 2008 04:15:20 PM
The snow has finally melted off our deck and I was able to bring out my latest afghan and take some pictures.  Smiley

I couldn't seem to get the whole thing in one photo. Sorry about that.

This is crocheted in tunisian (afghan style) stitch with a size J cabled crochet hook.

I crocheted it in three different panels of three graphed Marilyns.
Starting with the top right one, on the right side, and crocheted it throughout to the left side, (going across). That way I only had to work with one Marilyn color scheme at a time. Then I crocheted the three panels together in the middle. Once it was all together,  I crocheted around the whole afghan. I wanted it to look like nine portraits like Warhol's pictures. (See below).

I used all the left-over yarns I had from previous afghans I have made. But I had to keep going back to Hobby Lobby to buy more black yarn. (You can never have enough black! LOL!!)

Here's the ugly back. You can see where I wove in some of the yarn into another colored area because there wasn't enough of that color to just weave it in and blend it with the matching color.  Tongue

The picture of Marilyn is, of course, based on the great artist Andy Warhol and his 1967 artwork of Marilyn. The photo below is his work...

I decided to do this multi-colored Marilyn theme with the colors I had available to me. My Marilyn's are meant to represent her as a sort of "Everywoman". That is, no matter what colors are splashed on her, her beauty still shows throughout. She is a timeless sex symbol. I hope you all enjoy it. It was a lot of work but a lot of fun too!

60  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Partridge Family; Mondrian Afghan on: February 13, 2008 09:49:22 AM
Please click on the photos to enlarge the pictures).

Hey! I Think I Love You!

This started out as a Mondrian-style afghan using a pattern found at the Lion Brand yarn site. Half-way through I decided to make it a Partridge Family bus theme.

My blog has all the info on the making of this afghan. (I tend to babble on so much I think I would bore you to death posting it all here.) So please, if you're interested in all the details including the back shots of the afghan, just go to the blog, (link is at the bottom of this post), and you can see all the other shots.

It is done in tunisain afghan stitch using a size J cabled afghan hook.
The yarn is "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby.

This afghan is a salute to all the single working Mom's out there. I don't know how you all manage it. You're amazing!
Happy Valentine's Day!

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