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on: November 25, 2009 11:30:03 AM 
Started by rectangel, Message by ritapizza
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I got my apron back today and I looooooooooooooooove it!! Thanks so much to everyone in my Sassy Swaggering Stitchers group! IamSusie, Kitten Wrangler, pearliepie, j_q_adams, and sarahj2001!!!

Here's the whole apron:

Here's another shot where I folded it to see the everyone's stitching closer together:

pearliepie's teacup girl!

j_q_adams's cute birds and fruit!

sarahj2001's utensil friends!

IamSusie's Flirty chips and guac!

Kitten Wrangler's kawaii teapot!

my bunny cup!

Thank you sooooo much everyone! You guys are all so amazing! It was wonderful stitching with you this tour!
I can't wait to turn this into an apron! Maybe I'll wear it at Bazaar Bizarre next month when I meet Jenny Hart! Wink
on: December 04, 2009 07:24:03 PM 
Started by rectangel, Message by j_q_adams
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I got my completed towel back!  Here it is in all its glory:

And here's a rundown of everyone's stitching.  First up, my initial design:

Here's an adorable Nemo fish from IamSusie:

ritapizza stitched a beautiful mermaid:

This coral made entirely of french knots by Kitten Wrangler feels amazing!:

Another awesome sea plant courtesy of PearliePie:

And SarahJ2001's contribution is this cool seahorse:

Thanks to all of the Sassy Stitchers for making my first tour so enjoyable!
on: December 13, 2009 11:41:23 PM 
Started by rectangel, Message by Beetastic
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The lazy daisies are winding down the last towel just needs to be delivered.  They were the best bunch of gals you could ask for.  I did not participate this round because I was going to be busy but I was a group leader.  My group all decided to send a towel around for me without my knowledge.  I just got it a few days ago but had to share since it is part of the tour now.

Greenlightgo's embroidery

Sew~amy's embroidery

I do not know who actually did these.

Thanks again lazy Daisies!!
on: September 16, 2009 08:15:06 AM 
Started by rectangel, Message by millik
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Wow! I've just managed to catch up on the gallery and I must say we have quite a talented group Smiley Everyone's stuff is very cool... I can't wait to see that octopus up close and in person!

I'm going to try and catch up here in one post so bear with me. First, my towel went out to Mamaphunk with a tiny cross stitch on it... My theme was video games, so I stitched up some life points for the towel. 2.5 hearts out of 3, but I'm sure we can make it to the end of the level on that, as hopefully there aren't too many enemies.

Okay and now we have my addition to fenifer's towel. This will need some explaining... The towel started off blank, so I researched a little and found that we both like the band The Flaming Lips. During some shows, the band will hand out laser pointers, which the entire audience points directly at the lead singer. He then takes out a giant, round mirror and reflects all the lasers back into the club. This is an abstract representation of that. At first I wanted to do him rolling over the crowd in the giant hamster ball like he does, but I think this facet transferred a bit better to embroidery and is pretty much just as cool in person.

And here's a photo for scale--the fabric is kinda small. I made my design to fit a 4.5 inch square.

Annnnd... if you're curious to know what this phenomenon looks like in person, here is someone's photo on flickr (not mine): http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomerickson/3835743109/
on: October 14, 2009 06:23:52 PM 
Started by rectangel, Message by greenlightgo
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This is my addition to cupcakeguru's halloween theme tea towel.
 I decided on two designs. The vampire is stitched in glow in the dark thread by DMC and is an Urban Threads design. The gravestone is a Sublime Stitching design, but I added another crack to it at the bottom, and added the flowers to the sides, and the 2009 TTTV under the RIP is also stitched with DMC glow in the dark thread.

The whole towel so far
on: October 20, 2009 12:15:15 PM 
Started by rectangel, Message by millik
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Here is my addition to mego's forest themed towel with a bit of a sad cautionary tale. The pattern is from the Hoop Love flickr pool. I used some vintage thread for her hat and dress without testing or washing it first. Then, the night before I was supposed to mail it out, I sprayed it with water to get rid of the blue pen and it bled out all around her.

I tried a bunch of different stain removers but nothing worked, and eventually I ended up painting on bleach with a paint brush. It stained some of the thread, and didn't even really get all of the pink out. From here on out, I will always test any red thread that I use first! I messaged mego already and we've talked about it, so I feel okay posting it here now...

And here is one of the less disastrous parts Tongue

Thanks, mego for being so very understanding!

on: October 21, 2009 07:26:11 PM 
Started by rectangel, Message by Pearliepie
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Here's my addition to IamSusie's towel. There was no specified theme, but I really liked the flowers and tree that were already on it, so I wanted to do something similar. I found this pattern in the Hoop Love Flickr pool, but it wasn't quite right.
So I played around with the elements of the design and came up with this:

Here's a detail of the center stem

The right flower with mountmellick stitch around the edge and button hole stitch on the next two stripes.

And my favorite part- the center flower

I am so in love with this design that I'm going to have to stitch another for myself!
on: November 10, 2009 10:27:41 PM 
Started by rectangel, Message by greenlightgo
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You are so welcome JQadams- Thanks for all the inspiring work!

I FINALLY finished Fiberartsy's tea towel. I had a little issue with finding the right thing to stitch- At first I picked out a large drooling crazy dog design which is a original of my brothers, because of all the crazy cats and  fish and bird action, but my husband told me that I shouldn't be the crazy lady who stuck the rabid dog on her towel, so  had to start all over- thank goodness I have washable transfer paper, and my design lines came right out, with little effort! SO, I searched, and thought, and finally came up with two designs ( I'm not sure why I like to do two- I guess it tells a story?) SO~ The buffed up fish is an original design from one of the sets of tattoo flash my brother Ronnie has drawn up(who also happens to be the guest artist for Nov on Urban Threads!) , and the boxing kitty is from Hoop Love on flickr, and since fiberartsy's theme was no theme, and it ended up with a lot of cats and a fish and some birds, I thought that the cats won, but not with out a fight! LOL  I hope she likes it!

and the whole towel
on: August 28, 2009 03:08:59 PM 
Started by rectangel, Message by PaleAngelLex
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This isn't quiet done yet. I have to fill in the scrolls and finish the edges of the fabric, but I wanted to post this rather badly.

My theme is birds, and to start I stitched up my budgies. Aren't they cute?

I'm adding these pictures to answer some questions.

For the birds, I just used more than one color to work the back stitch. I didn't know how else to get the colors in there. After looking at my birds, I really couldn't think of a better way to get those colors in by just outlining. For the scrolls I whipped some pink around the purple to make it more interesting.

Yup, it's a mirror and shisha (I can't imagine budgies without mirrors). I wanted people to really know I don't mind extras on my towel, so I thought I would lead by example.
on: September 07, 2009 12:16:29 PM 
Started by rectangel, Message by GatsbyGirl
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Kittykill, I love your little sailor girl and I can't wait to see your mermaid in person sixblueirises.

I just finished mego's towel. Her theme is Forest/Nature, so I went with a folk art fox:

The pattern is a vintage quilt pattern I found on eBay. When I was post-stalking I read that mego isn't a big fan of how satin stitch looks, so I kept it to a minimum (only the tip of the nose and the eye).

She didn't get to take a picture of what she stitched before sending out, so here it is:

The first two designs are positioned at the opposite ends of the towel on the horizontal, so I folded up the extra white space in between to get a shot:

on: September 08, 2009 08:08:13 AM 
Started by rectangel, Message by I Sew Cute
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Due to internet issues I've been having...I have a lot to catch up on here~

Rectangel - your pinup is stunning...I really love her eyes and coy expression!

Sew~Amy - clever idea to do the VW Bus! It captures the whole theme of the Tour!

GatsbyGirl - love your use of sparkly floss...the fireworks really twinkle!

j.q.adams - sweet towel... love your color palette and the octopus. The binding is a fabulous touch... I hate to do binding myself...your binding offer is really generous!

sarahj2001 - I love the butterfly frame you made! Great work!

Mamaphunk - backing a towel is such a super idea~ I like how the threads on the back are protected...not being too worried about how they look...I'm more concerned about them getting pulled out.

greenlightgo - your green man is awesome! Great work on the eyes!

Paleangel - the parakeets are adorable...I love mirror images too! The color mixing you did is super! Looks spot on!

Fiberartsy I can just imagine what your housecat is saying to those bird people! Very creative!

AlwaysInspired love your name & what a great thing to put on your towel to inspire others! (wish I had HBO to see True Blood tooand hope to read the books this winter when I dont have acres of lawn to mowbut I digress)

ZombieQueen your freehanding is great! I love that font!

Doo-leroux thank you for adding the TB link!  Wink  I cant wait to see what youve got planned for me!

Cupcakeguru - *gasp* LOVE your pumpkin!!!

Ritapizza your teacup bunny is the sweetest thing! Kawaii cute!  Smiley

Sixblueirises your mermaid is lovely! Wishing I could see more details of her scales & that metallic thread you used!

Kittykill your sailor gal is fab! Ssssasssy!!! (stalking for tea towel purposes is encouraged in my book!)

GatsbyGirl love your fox! The folk art flowers really work well!

Megos deer & bunny are darling!

AlwaysInspired love itfabulous quote! Ill be using that one around the house since I keep swearing to a bare minimum since becoming a mombesides, H_E_double hockey sticks doesnt really count as swearing anymore does it? The devil gal rocks!

Sarahj2001 lovely seahorse! Its a really nice compliment to j.q.adams octopus!

Im driving to the post office to pick up Glendas towel which had arrived over the long weekend today & I cant wait to get stitching on it!

Here are some images of my towel which was sent out to doo_leroux:

It's good to have reliable internet service again!  Wink
on: September 08, 2009 01:54:56 PM 
Started by rectangel, Message by PaleAngelLex
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I finished up my stitching over the weekend. I thought I did okay and didn't have any other plans for it, mostly because I can't draw faces. My mom kept asking me questions as her way of telling me she doesn't like it or thinks I should have done more *sigh* I can't magically draw faces because she doesn't like it, and it's a bit late to start over, so I'm sorry if it looks unfinished. I liked it...

The goal was to make it look like a sepia toned cameo. I added cherry blossoms, and I hope it's not too much pink. I kind of added them before I found out you don't like pink, AlwaysInspired.

My friend who cross stitches was very jealous of my french knots. I told her they are easy, and I'll show her how to do them when ever she wants.

I had a lot of fun with the hair. I tried to do them with fluid motions and not the stabby style I'm use to. If I'm going to get better, I might as well practice!

I'm also loving the roller coaster and Halloween tattoo. I can't wait to get going on those. The Sailor girl was very pretty, and the she devil and her quote are really making me think about what I'm going to put on that towel when I get it in a day or two.
on: September 11, 2009 04:08:17 PM 
Started by rectangel, Message by ~Glenda
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Here's what I stitched on kittykill's towel. It's an Urban Threads design. Kittykill had requested themes of women or great quotes (or something else, which I can't recall at the moment!) -- in doing a bit of stalkering, I saw that she likes cherry blossoms, so I opted to go for a beautiful woman surrounded by cherry blossoms .

Kittykill's going to frame each design to hang in her office, so I was happy to have an excuse to do some crayon-tinting. I think kittykill does such a beautiful job in her crayon-tinting that I felt the bar was set plenty high for me!! I crayon-tinted the kimono (but not the obi), the tree, the loose petals around her feet, and her hair, then left the whole flowers, obi, skin, and fan untinted (the fan is stitched with metallic floss).

Sadly, the pictures don't show off the crayon-tinting very well. I purposely did the tinting so it'd be faint, but still noticeable, but in the pictures it's just mostly not noticeable . I don't know if that's because it's rainy today and I couldn't get any decent light to take a picture, or if it's simply that I need to tinker around some more with getting better pictures -- my hubby, the photographer, is out of town today, so I don't have his brain to pick about that!

I really love this design and am super happy with how my crayon-tinting and embroidery turned out.

on: September 12, 2009 05:40:33 PM 
Started by rectangel, Message by j_q_adams
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I finished up the first design on Pearliepie's towel and sent it off this morning.  Pearl asked for a "Wild West Saloon" theme ... hope this comes close enough!  Since the towel was blank and this was a pretty large design, I centered it on the towel.  I hope that's OK -- I know it's prime real estate!

The pattern is a free pattern from Andrea Zuill's Badbird blog (http://zuill.us/andreablog/category/embroidery/free-patterns/).
on: September 14, 2009 09:12:47 PM 
Started by rectangel, Message by I Sew Cute
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The gallery is just busting with goodness & I'd love to comment...but I can hardly keep my eyes open as it is & I wanted to drop in and say that I mailed Glenda's towel today! Her theme is horoscopes...so after sketching some ladies, fish, and crabs...I went with pisces.  Wink It was wicked fun & I hope you like it Glenda!

Perfect timing on the mail, because Kittykill's towel arrived this afternoon & my head is just spinning with ideas for it!  Grin
I'm in awe of Glenda's Geisha in person! It's one thing to see these on a computer screen...and then to see a design in real life! Wow!
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