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1  Om Sweet Om Pillowcase *image heavy* in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by wandalicious on: April 04, 2006 09:02:22 PM
So I started these pillowcases like *forever* ago for my mom (probably last spring for Mother's Day 2005) and am JUST NOW finishing. My mistake? Metallic thread, which got me so riled I had to put the project away for a while. Finally, it's done. Life is short, so I gave them to her already!

They are done on really, really soft Ralph Lauren pillowcases that were DREAMY to stitch on! I know the colors seem muted, but I was trying to match her existing sheet set.

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2  Re: Sublime Stitching 2! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by wandalicious on: April 04, 2006 08:43:55 PM
Okay, since I can't get to the post office to get my package until tomorrow (grrr), I'll post some pics of what I sent to subiestitcher:

A tote with a mermaid on it (sorry the picture of the tote is all fuzzy):

Here is the mermaid - she was VERY fun to embroider!

A couple of tea towels (with ribbon embellishment):

I even put sprinkles on the cake!

And finally, this was supposed to be a tampon holder, but it turned out HUGE (and long), so I think she is going to use if for pencils. It would also hold makeup brushes, eye glasses, whatever. Somehow I don't have a picture of the finished product, but here is the front and the back:

I'm just loving seeing what everyone else made!

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3  Re: Lucha Libre with BLING! HERE IT IS! EARLY PICS! in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by wandalicious on: January 08, 2006 01:30:25 AM
Okay, I have been OBSESSED with this project, so here are some early pics. Sadly, the camera does not do the shirt justice. The design is coming out AWESOME if I do say so myself!

Both Luchas have rhinestones all the way around them - those don't show up well in the photos. I researched tons on Craftster (thanks everyone!) and finally went with the Westrim rhinestone setter and Swarovski crystals. Easy! Also got really good deals and TONS of info from Phil at www.rhinestoneguy.com so if you are thinking about heat fixing or tiffany setting rhinestones to embellish your embroidery, check his site for good info.

This first Lucha is the most in focus. There are rhinestones around and clear, iridescent sequins on the head part.

I had a hard time getting this guy in focus. He's turquoise and orange with silver DMC thread accents. Yes, it's evil to work with, but looks good.

For the Lucha Libre logo, I used three strand DMC floss with one strand of silver Kreinik mixed. Kind of hard to work with, but looks pretty good. I wish it were more sparkly, but then I am part magpie, I swear.

There are two larger Lucha heads on the back of the shirt. I will post more pics if anyone is interested when I am done.
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4  Advanced Embroidery? (pictures!) in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by wandalicious on: December 28, 2005 10:27:22 PM
Well, this might be an esoteric, non-Sublime Stitching related topic, but I am wondering what makes embroidery skills "advanced" as opposed to beginner? Is it the complexity of the pattern, the skill level of the crafter (i.e., the size of the stitches and the neatness of the back of the piece) or the way that the pattern is executed, i.e., embellishments, etc.?

Also, is it me, or do some of Jenny's newer designs seem a bit more complicated than the earlier ones? I am not saying this as a negative thing, but I just completed the monkeys and they were very detailed, then on another pillowcase, I did the robot/rocket and that seemed much larger and less detailed and therefore, easier.

Right now, I am struggling with the bones of the Dia de Los Muertos bride and groom. Lots of little stitches! But I thought the sugar skull was easy!

What do you think? Is there beginner/intermediate/advanced ratings, or is just what you bring to it? (like most things in life). Or am I just batty from those little skeletons?


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5  Re: using metallic thread in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by wandalicious on: November 08, 2005 09:00:09 PM

Exactly what is it about metallic thread that causes people to call it EVIL? I haven't tried it yet, but keep hearing this. What makes it difficult to work with?

I'd love to see a photo of the finished Western guns if you have any available...I was just going to use that pattern myself for a "manly" set of dishtowels for someone. Smiley

As I think has been said, it's stiff, it frays, and it's hard to thread. You know how there are 6 strands of embroidery thread? Well, metallic thread comes apart so it seems as if there are 10 strands, or more. And it can break in the middle of a section - it's fragile. So, that seems evil to me!

Here are the guns I embroidered. Not a great pic, but I think you can tell which parts are metallic and which are not. This is from the back (yoke) of a vintage western shirt that I embroidered on.

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6  Re: Shrunken Heads for Halloween in Halloween Decor and Parties by wandalicious on: November 01, 2005 08:30:34 PM
Well, I gotta say I was skeptical, but these turned out GREAT! We made them on Oct. 10 and I left them to dry in the oven (not on). They got moldy in a few days, which was weird, but I figured the blue crud added to their charm. I took them out and left them on the counter (we live in hot, dry, SoCal) and they dried right out. Really creepy. Added hair on 10/30 and hung them outside on the porch for Halloween.

Thanks for the directions! The rice was a little hard to deal with, so I used staples for one mouth - meant to be braces but it turned out really creepy!

I love them and will make more next year!

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7  Too Ugly for Children? Tell me the Truth! in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by wandalicious on: November 01, 2005 08:18:33 PM
Okay, so I made this bib for my nephew using one of Jenny's patterns and my mom says it is simply too "dark" for a child and too "disturbing." My sister agreed. It's been sitting around for quite a while. My nephew is now TWO. I tried adding some mauve edging to "soften" it, but maybe it needs words? Additional designs? A permanent home at the Goodwill? My mom says to "find some of my punker friends" to give it to, but none of them have infant boys right now.

What do you all think? Did I seriously miss the mark here? I don't have kids so maybe I don't know what's "appropriate"? Well, I think it's cute, but it won't fit me. I'd like to fix it, but I really don't think my conservative family deserves it now!
What should I do with it?


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8  Re:Bottle Cap Magnets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by wandalicious on: November 30, 2003 07:04:12 PM
These are so cute! A while ago I spent about $6 EACH on bottle cap magnets from Albuquerque artist Goldie Garcia (www.goldiegarcia.com). Not to put her out of business, but I have been dying to make my own and now I know how! Thank you Crafster!

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9  Re:Glass Marble Magnets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by wandalicious on: November 30, 2003 06:51:37 PM
Hello! I got really excited about this project, but when I went to get the glass marbles, they only had really small ones at Target and Michael's and really BIG ones at JoAnn's - the small one is about 3/4" and the big one is approx. 1.5" (see photo).
The one with a design in the middle is one that I bought for $5 from Albuquerque artist Goldie Garcia, who does magnets and bottle cap art. Check her out at www.goldiegarcia.com for more inspirations.

My question is: which would be better for the magnets? Which are y'all using? Or should I try some of both?

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