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4221  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Self-portrait: mastectomy scars on: October 12, 2009 06:34:41 PM
A courageous woman with a brave photo turned into a a moving and potent piece of embroidery!
4222  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Admiral Cottonbotham Hates Cancer (NSFW-crass language and fuzzy bunnies) on: October 12, 2009 06:31:43 PM
It seems like all of a sudden I'm surrounded by friends or the family of friends getting cancer.  While no one that I know of in my circle (and my circle's circle) has breast cancer right now it is also true that none of them have the same form of cancer.  I feel hyper aware of all cancers these days and I've had my own "abnormal mammograms" in the last few years. This sums up my complex responses to cancers.


I used satin stitch, long-and-short stitch, french knots, stem stitch (my first time!), and some unnamed stitch.  I was also able to use mostly supplies I already had on hand (except the blue floss and the hoop for display) which includes the thrift store magenta of his sash... which bled and caused me some distress.

I posted a plea for help and advice and through the kind and patient answers I decided to try the bleach pen which I applied with a small paint brush.  It's not perfect as there are spots I couldn't get to, some bleaching of the floss and the black print on the fabric and some discoloration of the fabric.  Also, a mystery brown stain at the outer edge of the bleached area that would not come out with bleach.

I had plans to use light-colored sewing thread to add a bit of color to the fruit at the bottom of the piece, like I did on his ear, but after the whole bleeding incident and recovery (and the resulting imperfections) I couldn't bring myself to work on it any more than mounting it in the hoop.  I didn't finish off the back as planned either.  I was SO loving his little dandy jacket with all the metallic details, but now he's just sort of disappointing.

The fabric was another scene from the same Beatrix Potter toile I used on my Fuck Cancer piece this spring. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=303150.0  This is what Admiral Cottonbotham looked like before.

4223  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Emotional Abuse-FEAR on: October 12, 2009 05:39:47 PM
A powerful and important image and story.  Thank you for sharing them both.
4224  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Backseat Cover/Dog Blanket: Who wants to go for a ride? (litter of pics + NEW 1) on: October 11, 2009 08:48:09 AM
This is pretty much awesome! When I first saw it I too thought man that would be great to have under the car seats! All the yuk under there, gross! I don't know which is more gross the damn dog drool and hair or the kids mess. And I mean damn in a good way, I'd trade my kids before my Benny, lol

All in all did it work?? And the Miss Olive looks very appreciative!

Need to put that on my thrift list!

Thanks!  It's funny that you mention carseats.  A friend of mine wants to commission one for her dog, but says she only needs half, because of the car seat.  Her little man is too young yet to have much of anything in his hands when he's back there, but I'm going to tell her how many people have thought about it for carseats and remind her her that before she knows it that kid is going to have cheerios crumbled to dust back there.

It works great so far as I can tell!  Stays in place pretty well and she doesn't seem to mind it.  She certainly gets tangled it in less than the ratty old sheet that was bck there.
4225  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Good Cause Challenge! on: October 10, 2009 05:33:11 PM
Is it time?  Is it time?  Is it time?

It's gotta be Monday somewhere, right?
4226  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Gag Gift Commission (NSFW) on: October 10, 2009 09:31:13 AM
That is awesome! Kitty Karma kicked her butt!

Thanks! Now I'm sorry I teased my own cat when he had tapeworms.
4227  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Gag Gift Commission (NSFW) on: October 10, 2009 08:39:53 AM
Ocular herpes is no laughing matter, but your gift sure is! I hope she takes it in good humor, and how creative to make a sachet out of it!

Great job as always!

Thank you!  At one point during the process, I was feeling pretty awkward about making this for her as it's in my best interest not to alienate her, but he assured me she has a great sense of humor.  She also has a solid sense of justice and realizes she's just getting what she dished out. 

The lavender in the sachet is from a swap package and smells GREAT. 
4228  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Good Cause Challenge! on: October 10, 2009 08:36:07 AM
Prizes?! I forgot about PRIZES.  Whoo!
4229  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Gag Gift Commission (NSFW) on: October 10, 2009 08:32:01 AM
*falls over laughing*  That's awesome.  Both the story and the sachet.  I totally want a penis-shaped sachet for my underwear drawer now (crude= my middle name, haha).  

Also, that cat is adorable.  I just want to snuggle her, eyeball herpes and all.  

Thanks! I almost put into my descri[ption "not herr underwear drawer."  The cat is not the cuddliest of felines, but I enjoy snuggling on her while she struggles to get away.

I want to point out that not all, nor even most, of my crafts involve a phallus.  Ahem.

Ha!  Smiley Nicely done.

Thank you, ma'am!  I actually stitched it twice, because I hated the first one.  

love it.  I have no clue how, but I've also contracted ocular Herpes in my right eye.  the herpes has scratched my cornea, so my eyesight is sh*tt*er that ever unfortunately.  We think I may have gotten it from my mom, as she has shingles, and works with people who have shingles and was dosing me with eye drops around the time I contracted it...

Love the sachet.  May make one for myself...mom would get a kick out of it!

Wow.  Thanks!  I was kind of nervous that this would offend someone afflicted and was on the fence about posting it.  When I read up just the littlest bit on ocular herpes, I realized it could be quite serious and I'm sorry to hear about your scratched cornea, even though that's not how it's being treated here.  (Of course, she's treating it seriously). We've heard that it can be dormant and then pop up when given the chance just like shingles is always there if you've had chicken pox.  I hope you'll share if you make one!

O.M.G. That is friggin hilarious! MissT your are the awesome-est!

Aw, shucks.  Thanks!  I was lucky that I just happened to have a fat quarter of that tie-dye-looking purple-y fabric which worked out great for this (and is more vibrant than the near-dusk lighting in the photo suggests).
4230  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Gag Gift Commission (NSFW) on: October 09, 2009 07:37:26 PM
Several years ago a friend of mine's cat got ocular herpes which is in the same family as chicken pox, shingles and oral & genital herpes. This friend's sister gave him and the cat LOTS of grief about it, calling into question the cat's moral character.

You can see the scar on the lower right edge of her right eye.

Well, turns out this same sister contracted ocular herpes herself over the summer!  And my friend only found out through their mom.  Seems it's a very common virus, but turn about is fair play and he's been getting even on behalf of his cat.  Part of that is this birthday present which he commissioned from me.

He gave me the parameters of "penis shape, obvious chancre, and the phrase "I survived herpes. One day at a time."  I suggested making the "I" and eye.  Because she's not going to like it- like it and it's not the kind of statement one displays AND I don't like to think my work, even the simple, crude work, will be just thrown away, I made it into a lavender sachet.  That way she can throw it in a drawer and forget about it.
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