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Jul. 12th, 2010 @ 02:37 pm Hello!
Thought I'd peep in here and see if anyone was still about.
I'm mostly into sort-of stumpwork. Here the last I finished....

approx. 17 hours of work in this one. and roughly 3 inches long.
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whoa, shock, disbelief
Nov. 27th, 2009 @ 01:13 am 'allo?
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Dec. 23rd, 2008 @ 09:40 pm Embroidered Cuffs
Here are a couple projects I've completed recently. I enjoy making these art cuffs because they turn out beautifully and don't take weeks to finish like the usual projects I tackle. They are also for sale on my etsy account, so please spread the word if you think someone might enjoy these.

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Oct. 31st, 2008 @ 05:19 am Squid Embroidery
My most recently completed project in the squid series. I tried out a few different stitching styles with this one and I'm happy with how it turned out.

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Me and My Gourd
May. 15th, 2008 @ 05:13 pm Thankful
I'm finally completing projects again. It's a relief to feel that movement again. All partially completed projects are actually done now.

This is Thankful

Such a nuzzle going on here!

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It will be posted for sale on www.hissen.etsy.com soon. (Anyone else here sell on Etsy? I'm wondering if any one has had a lot of interest in embroidery)

Of course the colors never seem to photgraph the way I would like them to. The fabric is hand-dyed dark green cotton. Most of the embroidery floss is generic -yet lovely, but the light lavedar is a hand-dyed Six Strand Sweet (one of my favorite floss companies) and has slight varigation to it.

Possibly it is time to move away from tentacled subjects for a while, but I'm not sure what to tackle next.
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Jul. 4th, 2007 @ 09:43 am Poisson d'Avril
I've been wanting to post this one for about a week, but couldn't as it is a gift for a friend. Luckily I finally framed and delivered her yesterday so now I can show you my recently completed project, Poisson d'Avril.

I really love how the colors turned out, although I got kind of nervous in the middle of the project. I'm also really happy with the beadwork as minimal as it is. I need to get a much smaller needle if I'm ever to do a whole lot of it. The method I used was pretty time consuming, but I would like to incorporate this technique more in the future.

Ingredients: hand-dyed fabric a-la-mom, Six Strand Sweets, and some regular run-of-the-mill embroidery floss, a strand of overdyed floss, beads, many seasons of various television shows on DVD, the strong need for a neck and shoulder massage.
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Mar. 23rd, 2007 @ 09:42 pm Dragon Parade
A thank you gift for my cooperating teacher during student teaching. I chose to show her my favorite moment of student teaching -celebrating Chinese New Year and Tet with our kindergarten students -a nice colorful inspiring day.

The scanner does a way better job showing the hand-dyed fabric than the digital camera. Makes me want to scan everything I've made up to this point.
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Me and My Gourd
Dec. 2nd, 2006 @ 03:56 pm Google let me down
Or maybe it doesn't exist

Any one here know if a site that one can down load drawings to transfer? I have a particular interest in PA Dutch Hex signs, or other folk art motifs. I don't like counted patterns, just  want an outline, as I can't draw for anything.....

Thank you!
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Nov. 27th, 2006 @ 03:00 pm Crow
Here's a recently finished project. This is my first attempt and mirror work, and I'm pretty happy with how that went. I have lots of ideas for using it in the future. Also, this is my first "free hand" embroidery. Normally I draw a design on the fabric first, but this time I just sort of looked for a picture in the "clouds" of the hand-dyed fabric.

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Me and My Gourd
Oct. 5th, 2006 @ 07:16 pm Wow
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: tsunami bomb
Hello all my name is Abby. I just joined here and already I can see Im going to be totally inspired by all your lovely posts. I have always been facinated by the embroidery on vintage clothes I see in thrift stores and Im going to attempt to start embellishing some of my own. I found a few awesome embroidery supply sites online namely sublime stitching, amazon, ebay and my local rag shop. I hope to learn alot of tips and techniques from you guys. I want to share with you my favorite shirt ever, I didn't do this work but Im sure some crafty woman spent a long time making it look this good...
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Sep. 30th, 2006 @ 09:48 pm Another Squid
I have finished squid #2, the grand high wizard squid. The colors came out pretty well -it's only a little washed out, so yay! I've really been enjoying the Six Strand Sweets. I highly recommend this thread.

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Sep. 22nd, 2006 @ 09:01 am My Octopus
I've finaly taken some more photos of my work. Here's one of my favorite. Maybe I'll share my squids in the next few days. I'm definitely in a tentacle phase of embroidery these days. *smile* The colors -as always are a bit of a challenge to capture. The moon has a lot of detail in it that got kind of washed out, but maybe one day I'll get really good at this photography stuff...

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Aug. 20th, 2006 @ 10:35 am Transfer Paper
Hello, All- I am hoping you can help me:

I like to make my own designs for hand embroidery, and as I've never had much luck with carbon paper or tracing, I tend to favor ironing on my designs with transfer paper. The part I DON'T like about this is all the extra paper between the outlines that cracks and peels after the outline is stitched.

I am looking for a heat transfer paper (iron on) that will transfer a design but not the blank, non-printed area inside. For example, if I were to be using a graphic from a children's coloring book, it would only transfer the black lines and not the white space intended for coloring.

Do you have any ideas?
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May. 1st, 2006 @ 10:00 pm (no subject)
If any one can send me a couple links to embriodery kit sites I would heart you forever. I have wanted to take up embroidery for a very long time now and all that i can find arwe these old boring grandma kits. Maybe something with pin up girls or really bright flowers??? Thanks so much!
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Mar. 27th, 2006 @ 10:04 am um... hi!
New to the group... I just started working with embroidery this past fall. I'm more familiar with paint and drawing media, and until recently my fiber projects were mostly knitting and monster-making related... but there's something about combining drawing with fiber that appeals to me. Maybe it's being able to add the element of touch to it... hm. Anyway, here's some of what i've done so far:

monster patch for my beloved jeans...

patch- Kreinik silk and metallics
question mark

patch- silk
blue eye

I have been using this starched gauze stuff by a company called Fibermark... not sure what the original intended purpose was. I made myself a frame out of jewelry wire and have been whipstitching the fabric onto it... makes the whole thing nicely portable. Anyway. Yup.
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Mar. 13th, 2006 @ 10:08 am And One More
This was a quick project inspired by my dog and a return to the old mask and costume theme. After months of embroidering on denim, it was a relief to return to hand-dyed fabric (thanks Mom). I also used a lot of hand dyed thread, which is really cool. It makes some nice effects. The sun had gone done yesterday by the time I finished, so it was hard to keep shadows out of the picture, but the colors are pretty true to life.

and a close up:
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Mar. 13th, 2006 @ 10:02 am (no subject)
Here is the embroidery I finished a couple weeks ago. It's done on denim, so I've built up tough fingers from the months I spent working on it.

And here's a closer look:
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Me and My Gourd
Apr. 22nd, 2005 @ 01:09 am HI, I'm new.
Hi, I've been a member for a short amount of time.
I love to emboider and although I have not done any freestyle embroidery stuff yet, this seemed like a nice interesting community to watch.
Also, I wanted to inform you, that in my website, http://www.lola-lullaby.com I have linked your community in the links page: http://www.lola-lullaby.com/links.html
I wanted to make sure this was okay to do. I linked some other of my craft and such livejournal communities that I am in. I figured it would be helpful for others who view my site that would like to get more involved in embroidery and other crafts and such.
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Mar. 10th, 2005 @ 10:26 am Uncommon Threads/DIY
Hi Embroidery Friends!

I hope you don't mind me posting, but I came across the Freestyle Embroidery Group while searching for guests to be on a new needle arts show on DIY called Uncommon Threads. I think some of you would be awesome for this show. It's being produced by the same company that does Knitty Gritty and this show will have a similar vibe.

If you think you might be interested, please email me.
THANKS!!! :)
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Mar. 1st, 2005 @ 04:31 pm Hi, intro
Current Mood: creative
Hi I'm new to this community, but I love to embroidery, and have been designing my oen for many, many years. I srtaed out doing kits, but, as my husband pointed out, I would enjoy designing my own. I do.

Sometimes I do cross stitch, because it's easy to work, sometimes crewel, because it's less restricted.
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Feb. 24th, 2005 @ 11:53 am Seahorse
I just wanted to share the embroidery I just finished. It didn't completely fit into the picture, but I think this one showed off the stitching the best. It also does not do justice to the colors. I used hand-dyed floss, which is subtly varigated. The fabric I used is also hand-dyed, which I think was neat for a little of that underwater feeling. I drew the seahorse myself, keeping in mind the colors I wanted to experiment with.

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Me and My Gourd
Jan. 2nd, 2005 @ 09:58 pm (no subject)

Our new exhibition opens Friday night at thingsfromhere

Artwork from
Jenny Hart
Allyson Mitchell
Breanne Trammell
Julie Jackson
Katherine Shaughnessy
Dana Carlson

and more...

Nearly all these crafty ladies have kits on sale in the shop

Cross posted like crazy because i'm all over excited
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