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3771  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Nessie Diptych on: March 06, 2010 08:28:05 PM
I've been thinking about this since I saw it early, had to wist it for sure.
But I finally realized what it made me feel like when I saw it.
Like staying in a log cabin just off of the lake, and looking out and seeing Nessie swimming and playing.

Aw, thanks!  I thought the frames looked a bit like old window frames, too.

uh... this is amazing. Like A LOT!

Thank you!
uh... this is amazing. Like A LOT!
uh... this is amazing. Like A LOT!
So very cool. I love all the texture and the stitches you chose for the background. He really looks like he's popping right out of the fabric. And the idea to do a diptych--genius!

Thanks!  I wanted it to be all about Nessie, but didn't want him just floating in the middle of the fabric.  It was hard for me to find the balance between a simple background that told the story and full on filling in the whole thing.

oh, this definitely rocks!

Thank you!

Very cool!!! Smiley Smiley Really has a 'depth' to it! The 2-tone water looks great too!

Aw, thanks!  I think every stitch but the eyes was with multiple colors of floss on the needle at the same time.  I want to continue exploring that at some point.
3772  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Nessie Diptych on: March 06, 2010 05:36:53 PM
Love how the chain stitch makes such perfect scales. Hmmm, makes me want to embroider something scaly!

Thanks!  It felt like an epiphany when it occurred to me to use chain stitch.
3773  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Nessie Diptych on: March 06, 2010 05:30:10 PM
OMG I love this!! I may have to make one!

Thanks!  I'd love to see your interpretation of a lake monster!
3774  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Nessie Diptych on: March 06, 2010 05:19:59 PM
That's amazing. I love it. Nessie rocks my socks.

Thank you!  Those must be wet socks!

Oh I love it! It looks like an antique, I love that you used 2 frames for it!

The frames may be antique, they're definitely vintage; purchased at an estate sale.
3775  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Nessie Diptych on: March 06, 2010 04:16:47 PM
I made this Nessie diptych for a far-away friend and fellow cryptid enthusiast.  She received it in the mail today (a total surprise) so now I can finally post it!



I used 4 combinations of a single strand of metallic floss with 1 strand each of 2 more colors of DMC to make his body seem more slick and scaly.  You can see the metallic a bit more in these shots which also have the best representation of the true colors.



A closer look at the shoreline:

There are 4 deciduous trees in the forest, but only this one has a few autumn leaves left on it.

The 2 pieces off the piptych together:

I used chain stitch, satin stitch, long and short stitch, french knots. back stitch and whatever it's called when you just do one stitch of running stitch.
3776  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Cupcake With Cat Filling! on: March 05, 2010 06:25:20 PM
That's the most engineered cupcake I've seen or heard of!  Plus it's adorable.  I'm so glad Key likes it (at least for now).
3777  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Butterick 4790 Retro '52 dress on: March 04, 2010 02:42:06 PM
Oh, man!  That turned out so nicely!  I've been going through a bias tape-making phase and that version might be the thing that gets me back into sewing real clothes after 20 years.  Not just costumes anymore for this T!  (maybe)
3778  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: pterodactyl dresser on: March 04, 2010 02:12:11 PM
This is just marvelous!  It's so colorful and yet still sophisticated.  It should age well as your son grows.  I hope the pup isn't as stern about the nursery as it looks.   Wink
3779  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: April bag - sew mama sew on: March 04, 2010 01:38:49 PM
Cute!  Just 2 days ago I was at Ikea loving that fabric and wondering what I could make out of it.  Now I know.
3780  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Come celebrate National Craft Month! Share your pictures of "crafting in public" on: March 03, 2010 10:43:13 AM
ha! this is great!

i've tried crocheting at the lunch table at work... it was not well-received! haha

Unless you get crazy with your elbows, I'm can't figure out why anyone would mind.   Tongue
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