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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: rose, wire and mum stumpwork on: May 12, 2009 11:04:08 PM
Thanks everyone!

Marie-lynn: the edges almost drove me to distraction Cheesy I couched wire down onto fabric in a hoop, then really couched it down, covering all of the wire. Working with only two  strands of thread it took an age (it would have been a smoother, less bulky finish if I'd used only one but I was working on a time limit!).

   The barbed wire is 0.8mm steel wire. I had made the barbs individually around needle nosed pliers and then glued them onto the main wire. I tried all manner of twisting the wire together to avoid glueing, but just couldn't get the turns tight and neat enough at that size.
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / rose, wire and mum stumpwork on: May 12, 2009 03:00:14 PM
I finally got the other pieces finished - and in time too! This is the second stumpwork (after the heart one) and is also inspired by classic tattoos:

23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cross Stitch V. Embroidery on: April 15, 2009 01:56:07 PM
I love embroidery for the creativeness and freedom. I love cross stitch for the relaxation. If I want to mentally turn off and just stitch it's cross stitch process that does that for me, while embroidery is little more like work but I'm more excited by the end product.
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: April's Featured Project and Interview on: April 15, 2009 01:52:33 PM
Thanks everyone! It's been really inspiring to jump back into this forum with so many enthusiastic and talented embroiderers and totally thrilling to have been chosen as a featured project.
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Houdini x-stitch -- Tada! on: April 08, 2009 03:55:37 PM
this is really fantastically done! And that you just eyeballed the shades in rummage bins to get them right - wow. You have an eye I envy.
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Darwin and a Dodo embroidery on: April 08, 2009 09:52:25 AM
ahh the biologist in me just swooned a little Wink
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Gypsy Dia De Los Muertos Tattoo embroidery on: April 05, 2009 11:30:36 AM
Gorgeous! Your stitching is magnificent, using that design is inspired and the execution perfection! I totally adore it.
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's your favorite type of hoop or frame? on: April 01, 2009 04:52:07 AM
For little on-the-go type projects I use the metal springy ones sunnysarah mentioned. Quick and easy, I find they hold tension excellently and it's no work to undo them again at the end of the session.

For my larger projects and ones that I don't want to take in and out of hoops at every session I use a roll bar frame like mrxstitch. I have a few different sizes, so several projects can be framed at once, and a floor stand (of a slightly different layout than his). What I do slightly differently is treat is a little like a slate frame and 'baste' it to the sides - that way tension is kept horizontally as well as vertically. It's a bit annoying to have to undo that all to roll the bars and move the embroidery up, but for the stumpwork pieces etc I only work on a frame which can show the entire work at once, so that's not too much of a problem.
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Love Bot on: April 01, 2009 04:41:08 AM
love it! As I suppose I have to, it being the love bot and all - tell me does it attack with love, enforce love or spend all night with sweet, sweet loving?
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cross stitched Tetris magnets! on: April 01, 2009 04:39:19 AM
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