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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Egg Hunt

I did NeedleKnowledge's Easter egg SAL:

Hooped up, the egg shape was near perfect, and I was careful to sew just along the outside edge of the chain stitch, yet the stuffed egg is all lumpy and weird.  Sigh.

It's not a major holiday if I don't do a Martha Stewart craft:
I didn't actually have styrofoam eggs, so I took styrofoam balls and hacked at them until they were vaguely ovoid.  I love the roving; I used the teal one to make one of my favorite pairs of earrings.

Tiny beaded eggs, based on a pattern from Fusion Beads:
I didn't have size 8 seed beads in Eastery colors, so I made them with size 11 beads.  And originally intended to make earrings, but I couldn't decide on a favorite color way (also, I really have a lot of earrings).  Perhaps a charm bracelet or necklace?  Or some sort of ornament?

Finally, traditional Easter eggs, dyed by the Beadboys:
Yes, that's two swords on the red egg.  It's kind of Eastery, I guess.  I had lots of dye left, so I tried a couple more projects with it, which I'll write about later.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Overheard on the Street

Mom: You want ice cream?  You think that's a good idea before your dentist appointment?

Child: ... yes?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Earrings Redone

A few years ago, inspired by some beautiful flowers at the Phipps Conservatory, I made some beaded flowers from The Beaded Garden-- dark magenta and vermilion tulips, yellow daffodils, and dark purple pansies.  I strung them on some headpins with green seed beads and made earrings that way, but I was never thrilled with the way they moved, or that the tulips were upside down, or that the pansies kept falling off.

Today was a warm, spring day, and I really wanted to wear the flowers, but also fix the earrings.  So in the hour before we left for our lunch, walk, and errands, I removed the flowers and sewed them onto green felt, backed them with more felt, and sandwiched in a jump ring:
This worked better.  But it is not perfect.  For one, the pansies don't match; I didn't have time to make a new one to match the lost one, so I grabbed an extra made with different beads.  Also, I have several earrings now backed with felt.  I think when I have some time I'll bead a background for these.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Egg Cookies

I thought I'd try the new Martha Stewart recipe for Painted Egg Cookies; less for the cookie recipe itself and more for the unusual glaze -- tempera, or egg yolk mixed with a bit of color.  I find decorating cut-out cookies tedious, but this seemed like a good shortcut, because one simply brushes on the dyed egg yolk before baking.

And it was a good shortcut!
Mine, of course, aren't anywhere near magazine-quality, but they were good nonetheless.  I did learn that it is wise to let the yolk rest after mixing in the dye, to reduce baked-in air bubbles.  And next time I think I will try adding a pinch of sugar to the yolk.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

More Chain Stitch

I couldn't resist a second, mini-sampler of detached chain stitches:
The stitches, from the center out:

Russian chain stitch
Tulip stitch
Oyster stitch
Rosette stitch
Berry stitch/double lazy daisy stitch
Lazy daisy stitch with bullion knot and detached wheat ear stitch
Lazy daisy stitch and twisted detached chain stitch

The two samplers together:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Beadboy3's Stocking

I don't want to be scrambling to finish this come December, so I've set goals -- I have to complete a motif before I can start a new project.

The first motif (and the biggest):

Monday, March 31, 2014

Chain Stitch Sampler

From left to right:

Rosette chain stitch
Spiny chain stitch
Twisted chain stitch
Feathered chain stitch
Rope stitch
Backstitched chain stitch
Ladder stitch
Zigzag chain stitch
Broad chain stitch
Shell chain stitch
Chain stitch
Snail trail stitch
Heart chain stitch
Heavy chain stitch
Cable stitch
Wheat ear stitch
Petal stitch
 Linked chain stitch
Crested chain stitch
Chained cross stitch
Linked double chain stitch

I was initially worried I wouldn't have enough to fill up the hoop, but clearly I was wrong; there are lots of other variants I didn't get to try.

I plan to finish it with a nice wooden hoop.

The Complete Book of Embroidery (Reader's Digest),by Melinda Cross
Complete Guide to Needlework (Reader's Digest),ed. by Virginia Colton
Judith Baker Montano's Embroidery & Crazy Quilt Stitch Tool