G is taking off for Japan this Christmas (read: “took off”) so I had to finish her gift early. I saw these and actually watched the video to see the instructions and thought they’d be PERFECT for my stitchy family and friends this year… I mean, I love them, so they must too, right? My father always tells me that the best gifts are ones that you would like to receive yourself… perhaps that’s why I get a lot of tools around Christmas some years…
Anyways, I made a few, so here they are! This one is G’s:
It consists of a cotton exterior stuffed with fiberfill, with a small oval piece of balsa wood on top of a candle holder for a base, a wooden sphere painted in glitter to top it off, and a piece of fuchsia tulle to finish it, and a couple of pretty pearlized pins for good measure. And a whole lot of hot glue – my favorite is the kind with glitter.
Here’s my mom’s:
The front and back are a safety pin pattern and the sides are a zipper pattern. This one has the top in silver glitter and has a scarf from Martha Stewart’s new glitter eyelash yarn.
This one is my MIL’s:
Notice the orthogonal placement of the measuring tape pattern between the sides and back. This one has gold glitter and gold organza that I dug out of a closet.
i ordered these flowers and the bobby pin blanks a while back, but i hadn’t gotten around to actually doing anything with them. but i couldn’t resist the glittering hot glue 😀
and i did one pair of matching earring… then ordered more flowers 😀
i still have alligator-style barrettes to play with too 😀
here it is. there was much pain and foul language and waving around of arms near the end, but after somewhere between 5 and 8 hours (i have almost no sense of time, which i attribute to acute adhd) it is complete!
it’s on the left side (left if you’re the one wearing it, right if you’re not) of the front of a zip-up hoody. go ahead, compare it the original. I’m not very happy with my personal rendering of the original piece, but i like my version in its own right. I’ve learned a few things:
- Urban Threads has a thread list with the posting. use it. or else. or else you’ll end up with purple shading on your red roses. i feel like such a retard.
- Start at the beginning of the day and just keep going. no matter what. at least ALWAYS finish the color. getting back to the middle of a skull after giving up and shutting it down the night before was past painful and resulted in that stray line around the back of the head on the bottom skull. Who knew it would take upwards of 8 hours to stitch out a design that cost $1?!
- I have an option to baste around the pattern before I started… i reeeeally should have done that…
anyways, i classify it as a disappointment, but not so much that i won’t wear it proudly. after this one I did another one:
it’s beautiful and shiny and centered on the back of a hoody. after I finished it i got the idea to do some sleeves… maybe some stars? 😀