carved in wood

embroidered initials woodcarving, originally uploaded by fingerpistol.

this was the first christmas present i completed this year. (oddly, it’s also the last one to get where it’s going. i forgot to mail the damned thing on time. but they’re getting homemade gingerbread cookies to make up for it, so lucky them.)

the original idea was just to embroider the initials inside a heart, but it just seemed kind of boring that way. so then i went dumb and decided to embroider woodgrain behind the “carving” to really give the impression that it’s carved into a tree. that was about the most fun i could have had (without actually having any).

i don’t know what i was thinking with the satin stitch (the “carving” is just a few rows of backstitch offset next to each other to create a jagged effect, while the woodgrain is satin stitch), but it SUCKED. whenever i moved the fabric in the hoop, my satin stitching would go super wonky. so i ended up pulling most of it out and redoing it all until i liked the way it sat.

it looks badass now, but some fairly harsh words were exchanged periodically until it was finished. the back isn’t fancy (i got lazy and frustrated and just hot-glued some matching fabric over the back of the hoop), but at least it’s done.

i wish i could have gotten a better picture, especially a close up, because it looks pretty cool up close. not that this crappy super-blurry and washed-out picture isn’t great, too. (gah.)

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cera’s less bitchy younger sister

embroidered triceratops, originally uploaded by fingerpistol.

behold! my very first embroidery project EVAH!

this little cutie (who, let’s admit it, totally resembles a non-aggro cera from the land before time) was drawn up by my roommate, devin. i made him draw me a page of dinosaurs to embroider, and this is the first one i attempted. friggin’ adorable, right?

dammit, i wish i could draw.

anyways, she’s mostly done in split-stitch and backstitch, with a teensy bit of satin stitch thrown in for good measure. she’s actually purple and orange on green starry fabric, but it’s kind of hard to tell because i have NO PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLZ whatsoever. i actually made this about six or seven months ago, when i first started learning to embroider and cross-stitch, but i am insanely lazy and sans camera cords, so… meh.

must embroider more dinos…

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finishing move

i finished my mama’s christmas present. so MEH! take that, universe.

i blatantly stole the idea from katie.cupcake. amusingly, i have done my own version of both projects she has there, and both are intended as christmas presents. the embroidered note i found on flickr ages ago, and i’ve just been looking for an excuse to use it (thanks, mama). but i have also made a woodcarving embroidery of initals for my dad and his wife. i’m a little butt-hurt that she apparently came up with it waaaaay before i did (gah!), but mine’s different enough that i don’t feel like a copycat. so go me, heh.

i have to say, i’m pretty pleased with it. i used press’n seal as a transfer medium/stabilizer, and it was AWESOME…right up until i needed to pull it off. i thought it’d come off wicked easy, considering how many stitches i’d put through the damn thing, which i assumed would work as a sort of half-ass perforation. but uh…yeah, not so much. actually made it waaaaaay harder to get off. i had to pick it off piece by piece with my tiny scissors and my needle. peeling out the bits between the letters was especially fun (read: i wanted to kill myself).

but whatever, it kept my lines straight and the fabric clean. i’ll take pictures later this evening, hopefully. not i just have to start working on my brother’s prezzie. on a good/bad note, my brother’s flight got wicked delayed. half-good because i now have three, almost four extra days to work on his present uninterrupted. half-bad because dammit, i want to see my little brother NOW!

/whinging

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“i love you, mama”

“i love you, mama”, originally uploaded by fingerpistol.

HA! a picture! that makes me official, dammit!

so yeah, this is my very first cross-stitch, as well as my very first (dear sweet mcshizzy, please let this actually be an) original idea. i recorded myself saying “i love you, mama”, then converted the soundwave into a graphable pattern, which i stitched up for my mom.

i actually made the thing a few months ago, but i have problems with cameras. (they don’t like me, and i return the sentiment.)

it’s maybe 2″ wide by 1-1/2″ tall, done in simple red floss. at the time, i was unaware that when cross-stitching, you are supposed to cross all of your x’s the same way, so that’s fucked up. but otherwise, i’m still pretty pleased with how it turned out.

i came up with the idea when i was trying to think of original items i could craft to sell on etsy. i’m going to start working up a list of different phrases and sayings, and eventually i’ll start working on them, but i am just way too smooshed for time with christmas coming up. so it’s gonna be a while.

oh well. at least my mom likes it. (and that’s really all that matters.)

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i’m a genius when i’m high

so you know how there’s always that one person in your life that you just freaking can NOT figure out what the hell to give them for christmas?

my brother is one such person. if he wants something, he buys it. unless, of course, he can’t afford it (which means there’s no way in hell i can, either). hmm…difficulties…

so whenever december pops around (lucky me, christmas and his birthday in one month…wooo), i stress about what to give him. this particular year has been giving me heart palpitations because i don’t even have the (usually preferable) option of letting him pick his own present (like with a giftcard or a visa cash card or something). i love my brother into teeny tiny pieces measured in the millions, and i swear i know him better than just about anyone else in this world, but what the hell am i supposed to make the guy for christmas?!

then, last night, as i was enjoying a leisurely evening amongst drunken friends (while we watched a crazy season-ending episode of dexter), i finally figured out what i’m going to make him!

HA! take that, stupid brain that never wants to think of things when i want it to! (seriously. if i need a specific word or recipe or phrase, my brain thinks it’s hilarious to just stop all functions and watch me sputter…not cool, brain. not cool.)

i don’t want to ruin everything by sputtering my idea all over the place immediately, because i have a rancid tendency of totally jinxing myself, but i am quite pleased with my idea. and for once, i’m pretty sure he’s actually going to LOVE it. now i just have to figure out hoooooow to make it. huh.

anyways, work is slow, so i’m working on one of my mom’s two gifts (both embroidery pieces based on her favorite children’s books, which she will also receive). what i NEED to do is get some damned pictures taken and post them up so i feel like a real, live, honest-to-goodness crafty blogger. until then, i’m really just all talk, aren’t i? (and lots of it, too. meh.)

back to work now!

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going for broke

for christmas this year, i asked santa for a job. oddly, he acquiesced just this once (albeit after nearly nine months of waiting, the lazy fucker). the only downside is that i won’t actually receive my first paycheck until after christmas. so, for the first time in nearly fifteen years, i am forced once more to craft all of my christmas presents. (insert horrified shriek here.)

i have, as a direct result, been learning how to cross-stitch, embroider, loom-knit, screenprint, and sew. so far, i have one item completed out of about fifteen. yeah, no way in hell they’re all getting done in time. luckily for me, only three of them actually have to be completed by christmas. the rest are for my dumbass friends (all dudes in their mid-to-late twenties), who couldn’t care less when they get their gifts, so long as they get gifts. (boys are so easy to please.)

aaanyways, since i’ve finally managed to get off my lazy ass and start crafting (something i’ve been meaning to do since i hit some strange domesticity phase a couple of years ago when i started baking for, and cleaning up after, my ridiculous male roommates), i figure i might as well satisfy my own selfish desire for attention by posting my (very slooooooow) progress online. that way, i can keep track of all the weird shit i make, even if i’m dumb enough to give it all away.

sweet.

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