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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Memory Pouch on: June 29, 2009 03:03:21 AM
what a brilliant idea! love it!
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross stitch tree frog on: June 29, 2009 02:13:26 AM
I made a quick tote bag with a rough hessian outer layer and thought it'd be perfect to cross stitch on, so...

It's cross stitched with wool, and the leaves are made out of ribbon. This is what the whole bag looks like, as modeled by my dog (isn't he cute?!):

I've put a few more details on my blog.
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: first temari attempt on: June 02, 2009 11:55:34 AM
ohh padfoot, you're right! I hadn't thought of that!
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: first temari attempt on: June 02, 2009 04:46:14 AM
I bought a kit in a department store in Hiroshima - don't know how useful that is! But the one in the photo I just did following the instructions in the magazine, although I used a styrofoam ball because I'm lazy like that. It doesn't really need much materials: a styrofoam ball (or a sock and some filler), some yarn, a spool of sewing thread and some embroidery floss (I used a pink #5 perle cotton in this one).

I think the woman who designed it (link in first post) does courses and stuff, so she may sell kits as well. Otherwise there seem to be a ton of sites with patterns on them. I was checking this one out this morning: http://www.temarikai.com/
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / first temari attempt on: June 02, 2009 04:26:28 AM
I've been seeing these balls around a bit, even bought a kit, but hadn't tried it before. Then the latest Inspirations had this temari design in it (Oliver Twist by Barbara Suess) and I gave it a shot.

Took me three tries  Embarrassed but I got there in the end. Now all I want to do is make more of them... this stuff's addictive!

16  EUROPE / GERMANY / Re: Bastel Brigade Craft Party in Berlin!! on: May 27, 2009 02:51:45 PM
Hi venusinFurs,

We'll probably be doing it again, and make sure you also check out La bastelleria - they do craft parties independantly as well, and I think I'll be at the next one!

17  EUROPE / GERMANY / Bastel Brigade Craft Party in Berlin!! on: May 17, 2009 03:27:30 PM

Bastel Brigade is a new crafty networking collective formed to help bring crafters in Berlin together to pool resources and help promote craft culture in the city.

This event is all about recycled and remade fashion.  Workshops in the courtyard during the afternoon to live music and a special screening of "Ein Traum in Erdbeerfolie" (German only) in the evening.

Bring a piece of clothing you want to reinvent, or just come out and create your own accessories!

Collective sponsors for this event are:

Linkle - http://www.linkle.de
Stitchalicious - http://stitchalicious.com
City of Craft - http://www.cityofcraft.com
La Bastellerie - http://www.myspace.com/labastellerie
Eiszeit Kino - http://www.eiszeit-kino.de
Modular - http://www.modulor.de
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Anchor's Away! (Stumpwork/Goldwork) on: May 16, 2009 07:07:16 AM
This was the last piece of my recent stuff (I'll stop hounding you soon!). It turned out to be more goldwork technique than stumpwork, but sorta had a bit of both.

The star at the back is satin stitch, outlined with some couched funky metal-covered green threads I found at the Stitch show in the UK a few years ago. The pink bits are the same kind of thread, also couched down. The anchor is a fake leather fabric I've had hanging around for ages and is on layers of felt. It's outlined with purl, which I stretched a bit and ran some brown DMC through.

The rope was the worst thing to stitch EVER - the coils around the rope are ultra long bullion knots, with about 15 turns in each and each of them took about 5 minutes... count up how many there are! I did those over a brown wook core I needlefelted to get the shape I want.

19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: rose, wire and mum stumpwork on: May 13, 2009 11:05:55 PM
lisalady: it'd be nice if that happened!
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Miss Van on: May 13, 2009 12:15:06 PM
Oh I adore Miss Van!! (she had an exhibition here last year)

Great work, this is fantastically stitched and the details are just perfect!
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