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Another Felted Chickadee

Another Felted Chickadee

Using wool and a felting needle, I crafted my second little chickadee bird from a kit ordered through Benzie Design.

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Woolly worm on a leaf

Woolly worm on a leaf

At one of my guild meetings, I picked up a small dimensional embroidery kit by A Candle In The Cellar, aptly named "woolly worm on a leaf". I put it away for a time because at a glance, it looked like it used bullion knots to make the worm and I wanted more practice...

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Shawkl’s ICQC 103 Mixed Media

Shawkl’s ICQC 103 Mixed Media

I am part of the Embroiderer's Guild of America (EGA) through a local chapter, and I recently came across a little hedgehog-on-a-log piece that Terry Vanderslice designed as an introduction to raised embroidery (also known as stumpwork). I knew I wanted to try it for...

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Pretty Birds Flamingo

Pretty Birds Flamingo

While I still had Pretty Birds laying around, I made a flamingo. I wanted to see how goofy the long legs would be. Instead of using just fabric, I stuffed each leg with two pipecleaners; I love how they turned out with this trick! It isn't too noticeable, but because...

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Pretty Birds Parrot

Pretty Birds Parrot

I still had my Pretty Birds book out, from this post here, and decided to make a parrot just for fun. I think I'll give it to our friend who makes sure Sasha gets her twice-daily does of thyroid medicine when we go out of town. He loves birds and kept a parrot for a...

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Aunt Martha’s first test

Aunt Martha’s first test

I picked up an Aunt Martha's tracing pad and transfer pencils recently and wanted to see if this is something that can help me going forward. The process is simple: use the tracing paper to copy an image with the transfer pencil, then use a hot iron to transfer the...

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Pretty Birds Cardinal

Pretty Birds Cardinal

A while back I was at a discount bookstore and picked up a book by Virginia Lindsay, Pretty Birds. It has very simple patterns to make a range of different little birds and was just the thing I needed to find an idea for the handmade ornament exchange my embroidery...

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even more cacti

even more cacti

I made some more mini felt cacti (see the originals here, and my last round here). I needed a gift and it never makes sense to only make one since they are pretty easy so I was experimenting with a few options. You'll notice I tried painting the terra cotta pots. One...

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needle felted chickadee

needle felted chickadee

I picked up my first needle felting kit when I stopped by Benzie Design in person (an adorable shop!). I was not sure what I expected. Would I like it? Would it be difficult? Would I be good at it? How do you turn loose wool into shapes? How long does it take? How...

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more mini felt cacti

more mini felt cacti

I made two more felt cacti, although they are less-mini than the previous set. Unfortunately, I gave both away without getting a photo next to the tiny originals for a size comparison (they happen to be on display at the county library with other embroidery guild...

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mini felt cacti

mini felt cacti

I made a little potted garden of mini felt cacti! I set out to make them for Boy's office, but then people caught wind and wanted some;) You might remember from last week's WIP post that I was using Delilah Iris's Cactus Plush pattern. I added bead melon's to some of...

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Little Lark ornaments

Little Lark ornaments

For my embroidery guild ornament exchange, I decided to make a Little Lark - Gingermelon Dolls makes the cutest little plushies, and she is so generous to offer some patterns for free! To test out my skills and the pattern, I started with a fabric I really liked and...

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WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 49

WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 49

Brrr it is cold out there! This week's Works in Progress do not include TAST, nor has there been progress on my crazy quilt block, but I do have things to show! I needed to make something for the ornament exchange with my guild. I will write about that in another post...

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WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 48

WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 48

As suspected in my last post, I completed the needlepoint portion of one of my WIPs. More to come when I figure out how I am going to mount it to the wood block! Although I didn't get a chance to work on TAST, here is where my current pennant stands - it is another...

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I’m back!

I’m back!

I know my blog has been quiet for weeks - nay, months - now, but I am back home (at least for now). My anthropology project was awesome, and I'll pop over a little note on that blog sometime. So, what crafty news do I have to share? Well, first up, my Heart Mouse...

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Scarf Mouse Sold

Scarf Mouse Sold

Remember these very nice mice, made with Ann Wood's pattern? I had given three total to a shopkeep down the hall from the candy store. They were my "practice" ones before making my friend an ornament. She notified me yesterday that someone bought this little dude: So...

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Mabel the Raccoon

Mabel the Raccoon

An embroidery whirlwind blew through town this weekend and I finished up my raccoon embroidery. I had so much fun figuring out what stitch to use and how to solve problems along the way! I didn't even mind - at all! - re-doing some sections. And bonus, I learned some...

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Very Nice Mouse Ornament

Very Nice Mouse Ornament

After making a few practice goes that have all since been spoken for, I made yet another very nice mouse ornament! Each time I make one I think of something new to try out for the next one, so the process is quite fun. This time, I used beads for eyes, really built up...

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Very Nice Mice

Very Nice Mice

A guild member gifted me some amazing fabric - lots of it. I cannot wait to get going on a crazy quilt design! To thank her, I wanted to make her an ornament. The guild had a holiday dinner with an ornament exchange so I was hopeful to make two. Alas, I had zero...

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skull pillow & tuatara

skull pillow & tuatara

I would be seeing my bioanthropology friend from New Zealand at a conference so I wanted to make her something - of course I chose a skull pillow! She also brought me a gift; a tuatara - a native reptile of New Zealand. It is from a company called dodoland and there...

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