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Topic: Super Crusty Curtains(&shirt)into Super Cushty Cross Stitch Wrap gift for mum  (Read 11444 times)
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« on: February 07, 2011 03:24:22 PM »


Well i hope i have made the deadline as i dont know weather you are ahead of me or behind me but i haven't been able to post this project as i have been having camera problems, if i have missed the deadline oh well never mind it was fun to make and i will try again next challenge.....any ways to get to the point

i turned This;

 a pair of stiff crusty old  pastel green curtains i(4) and a hideously overpatterned flowery shirt (3) in shades or mauve/pink that looked like Dylon had exploded on it and was so small i doubt it would fit on a  barbie doll and turned it into the coolest Cross stitch thread wrap EVER, as a gift for my mum....as omg that hideous curtain material...she liked it...as green is her thing and cross stitch is what she does best and is currently using an old piece of card, with pencil scribbles on to separate and identify her floss, she is forever getting them mixed up and the flosses are forever tangled and she really needed a better system, so when she said she liked my ugly material and i was in need of a creative project and this seemed like a perfect solution to both our problems. so after lots of umming and ahhing and scribbles on bits of paper and having to sew and unpick and sew and unpick almost every facet at least twice i give you the "super crusty curtains(and shirt) to super Cushty cross stitch wrap gift"

Outside Closed

Outside Opened

outside embroidery detail; picking out the patten in the curtains i used daisy chain / detached chain stitch to make the flower petals in a variety of colours that matched the inside lining. i used clusters of french knots to make the centres with two different flosses in the needle one a dark and the other pearlescent and accented with some pinks iridescent seed beads to catch the light. then i used stem stitch to make the flower stems. the whole of the front is bordered simply with open chain stitch using a green multicolour pearl cotton.

inside whole.

inside details
accessories Panel including two clear pvc pockets, and a three page felt needle book. and a section of elastic to hold items such as a pencil scissors, seem ripper etc. all hand trimmed with blanket stitch in the same matching multi colour thread.

Floss Holders.
the only part of this project that didn't come out of my stash was the metal rings i used to hand the floss on. i chose to use a white background behind the floss so its easier to see the floss colours, but my favourtie part is the the identification system. i used more clear pvc i had in my stash and made a row of tiny clear pockets above each floss ring so that you can slip the relevant key code in them above the floss and it keeps every thing neat and tidy, and when you do the next project they can be taken out and replaced with the new key. along the bottom of the floss section i also put an envelope flap that can be opened with poppers so that any long ends of floss can be tucked in and protected from damage of hanging out of the bottom of the wrap. everything was again hand embroidery trimmed with open chain stitch

Other details
inspired by another craftster's members project, i used poly clay to decorate the heads of 5 pins with daisy's(my favourite flower) to use as stitch markers, return to points so she doesn't keep loosing her place when stitching. she can just pop a daisy in the place and know where she has to come back to. also being a gift for my mother i also bought her a tub of thread heaven. and a gorgeous gold pair of DMC embroidery scissors and some little pots to go in the pockets for keeping beads in, oh and a pencil/ rubber sharpener set, but they aren't really part of the project but they are part of the gift.

that was so much fun to make i want to make one for myself now, and cant wait for the next challenge it was great having a deadline to work towards too
« Last Edit: February 07, 2011 03:54:50 PM by MissThing - Reason: edited to add prices of the uglies. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2011 04:03:04 PM »

You did a great job.  I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2011 04:17:52 PM »

Wow, that's pretty elaborate and a good change from your starting material. I hope your mom loves it! I know I would.
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2011 07:02:44 PM »

Fantastic job! I love the idea of marking the floss w/ the key code from the pattern. That would be another brilliant idea that would never dawn on me in a million years. Thank you for the inspiration!

« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2011 07:19:24 PM »

thanks so much for the kind words it was loads of fun even though i did it wrong 20 times as i didn't use a pattern and made it up as i went along lol. i love it now It's made and that patterns really grown on me but there's  only enough shirt left for needle book i think lol but i'm gonna make myself one of these for my embroidery asap.

i noticed in picturesq that the rockets and needle book look crooked, but that's just cos its hangin on the clothes horse in the light so i can take pictures......they are straight really!! honest!!! (i think lol )
 many thanks for likin my project again xoxox

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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2011 02:03:17 AM »

Oh wow! This is amazing! I cant believe how much detail there is on it! You got some serious skills and I want one of these so bad - its cute as can be!  Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2011 02:35:44 PM »

You can see that a ton of thought and effort went into organizing this. It's fab!

« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2011 03:36:48 PM »

I absolutely adore this piece -- I used to embroider and I would have thought this the BEST.  Holds a lot, but travels well.

Really excellent final product and zomg, nice transformation from crusty to cushty!

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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2011 10:55:24 PM »

Ingenious!! I adore it!

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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2011 08:44:05 AM »

This is sooooo sweet!  You Mom will love it, not just because it's COMPLETLEY AWESOME, but because you very obviously put so much work and effort and love into it! 
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2011 01:16:44 PM »

Thanks again to all the new comments i'm really happy you like it Cheesy

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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2011 11:11:27 AM »

This makes me wish I could embroider just so I could use it! 

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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2011 09:48:39 PM »

Your Cross Stitch Wrap is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! you did an awesome job on it!  Grin
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2011 10:14:05 AM »

Very well thought out!  You Rock!  I love the rings and clear plastic pockets above them for the code.  All the details are so cool.

Hope your mom loves it forever!

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« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2011 01:11:21 PM »

Wonderful gift! I love how many little compartments it has Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2011 02:48:43 AM »

such a brilliant idea and a great project!..  Shocked I loved it so much and now I want one!!..  definately "this rocks" ..
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2011 03:10:25 AM »

Aw thanks again! i've decided to make myself one out of brown fake leather... i've designed it to be so furiously over embellished with embroidery its gonna take me all year to finish lol

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« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2011 10:07:00 AM »

this is gorgeous - and wisted  Grin

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« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2011 05:43:36 AM »

Absolutely gorgeous! I'm sure that your mom loved it  Smiley

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« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2011 06:26:19 AM »

This is definitely one of the best gifts I've seen on here. I love all the detail, especially the pockets for labeling the threads.. if I had this I might have finished my cross stitching at least once! (Turns out I'm not organized enough, I always ended up with the thread, pattern, and actual project separated from each other)

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« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2011 09:40:31 PM »

Love your project. would love a tut.
« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2011 06:07:47 PM »

I think i just found what I am making my MIL for xmas!!! good thing i have several months to find ugly curtains and shirt! lol
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