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Aperture Cross Stitch

Aperture Cross StitchI made this set early last year and tucked it away in the unfinished projects drawer because I was too lazy to frame it. Several months after the stitching was done, I picked up a frame and some foam core to substitute  for an actual picture frame mat. Upon discovering the foam core was too thick to fit in the frame, the project was re-abandoned. Finally, about a week ago I picked up a piece of plain ‘ol poster board. It doesn’t look like a proper mat, but it got the job done.

I miss cross stitch. Now, with my rekindled love, I just need to figure out a new project. I have hundreds of designs, I just don’t have a finished object to put them on or an idea of what they’d be useful for.

 

 

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Cross Stitch

It has been a long time since I participated in a Craftster swap, but here are two old creations. Sadly, the Link cross stitch went to someone who dropped out, so I never heard anything from her about it. It was matted under glass and everything! The recipient of the sun was happy, though. It’s a cuddlier version of a shirt from Jinx she had on her wishlist.

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Gnomes

Well hullo thar.

It’s hard for me to think of gnomes as cutesy little woodland creatures. My first experience with gnomes was in Everquest, where they lived underground and tinkered little mechanical beasties all day long. Despite my differing perceptions, I created a cutesy woodland gnome hoopla for a member of the Ongoing Hoopla Swap on Craftster. She had a teensy little gnome hoop listed as a favorite, so I took that idea and ran with it. The original was in a three inch hoop, and mine was somewhat larger. I took the opportunity to discover some new stitches, which I have listed with the full picture of the hoop under the cut.

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Embroidery Companion, Indeed

I admit it, I don’t own a ton of craft books. When one is mentioned somewhere, I check it out from my local library. I do have some crafty books. Like all of my books, they are ones I refer to again and again, ones I will re-read many times. I love having full bookshelves, but I want them to be books I will use and read and enjoy for years to come, not something I just picked up because it had a pretty cover. That said, I am definitely adding a crafty book to my crafty book collection: Embroidery Companion by Alicia Paulson. When I read about it, I checked out a copy, as usual, from the library. I read through it once and loved it. I picked it up again to mark the projects I wanted to refer back to, and realized I was marking every single project. I never do that. When I get a crafty magazine or a crafty book, I generally plan on making maybe two of the projects. I can never find ways to actually embellish things with embroidery, and not only is Paulson’s book chock full of neat things to embellish, but her designs are all lovely. In case you haven’t gotten the point yet, get this book!

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Christmas Gifts in June

Finally, a long overdue list of Christmas gifts, complete with pictures of our hastily scrounged together menorah. Mr. Chemist and I have a menorah that he adores, given to us by his mother. However, with our big move across the country, it still hasn’t made it out here. We found ourselves on the first night of Hanukkah without a place for our candles. Somewhat surprisingly, Mr. Chemist was the one who figured out a crafty solution. I have a collection of glassware, including many 50 mL beakers and Erlenmeyer flasks, which turned out to be great candle holders (with a little crafty foil modification). The servant candle, which is traditionally on a separate level from the others, was simply set on my little jar of ink to raise it up. Voila, menorah!

I tend to plan my gifts more thoroughly since they require a larger investment of time and handmade gifts have a bad enough reputation already. Several of my ideas and their results are posted within.

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These are a few cross stitch patterns I’ve been working on. Some have actually come to life with needle and canvas, others have not been so lucky (yet). (more…)

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