By the time 2012 rolled around, I had seriously lost my needlework mojo; I only completed two needlework projects. I did, however, get interested in Zentangle towards the end of 2012 and that interest carried over into 2013.
APR. 2012 — FOXY SWEETHEARTS: By this point, I’d embroidered pillowcases for both my husband and my son, so next up was embellishing a pillowcase for myself. This design is from Urban Threads.
JULY 2012 — INFINITY MARIO & LUIGI: This was a fun stitchy gift. I can’t find the link to the pattern (which I think was a freebie), but it can probably be found by rabbit-hole’ing google or pinterest.
NOV. 2012 — “ART EVERY DAY” MONTH—>ZENTANGLE: These were my two favorites of the projects I drew during “art every day” month. The Cats & Dogs design is actually an Urban Threads embroidery pattern, but it worked great for zentangle. The second design was free-handed and lightly water-colored.
2011 was another light-on-the-handcrafts year, with just a smattering of projects.
MAR. 2011 — HEART ON A STRING: This is a project I contributed to a giveaway basket put together by my local EGA. The pattern is from June at Noon. (Gretchen also has an Etsy store by the same name, but it’s on hiatus as of the date of this blog post.)
APRIL 2011 — MICKEY & SHRINER’S HANKIES: I think the golfing Mickey was a freebie coloring book page; the Shriners’ image is actually the Shriners’ logo.
MAY 2011 — SQUIRREL WITH FLOWER: My notes on the photo say this was for the “vintage patterns stitch-along”, so it was likely for one of the vintage-patterns groups on Flickr. This is one of the few things I’d made for myself back in the 2008-2011 period.
JUNE 2011 — FATHER & SON HANDPRINTS: I had seen this idea all over the place, so made it for my husband for Father’s Day 2011. In hindsight, I’m so glad I included my husband’s and son’s ages on there.
OCT. 2011 — HOME IS WHERE THE CONTROLLER IS: Back in 2011, the Xbox was being used hard and heavy by the fellas in our household. So I commemorated that time in our lives with this freebie cross-stitch design from the Domestic Scientist blog. I made a few color tweaks to the controller buttons to jive with our Xbox controllers.
NOV. 2011 — VICTORIAN HEART PINCUSHION: Back in 2011, I participated a little bit in a yahoo group called StitchMAP (info HERE). I’m not sure how active the group is, currently, and I didn’t participate in the group for terribly long back in the day, but I did participate long enough to make this Victorian heart pincushion for myself. I loooooved doing all those french knots!! I do like me some french knots :D.
DEC. 2011 — CAT TREE ORNAMENT: I love the Brittercup cross-stitch designs! This was made for a holiday needlework swap.
DEC. 2011 — LEGEND OF ZELDA PILLOWCASE: I ended the year with some Legend of Zelda love. This was a fun stitch, and I was so happy with how it turned out. This was another of our embroidered pillowcases which was used until it fell to pieces after so many launderings!
I hit crafting burn-out at the end of 2009, so most of 2010 was a long, dry spell. However, I did gear up as the holidays approached and made some gifts for a handful of people.
MAY 2010 — LEG LAMP: Inspired by the iconic leg lamp from A Christmas Story :D. I had a blast stitching this one up. Instead of filling the lampshade with stitches, I used fabric.
SEPT. 2009 — MINI SKETCHBOOK/COLORED PENCILS KIT: The cherry-fabric kit was my trial run, which I kept for myself, and the faux-fur kit was a gift for someone else. These were a good challenge for my very beginnerish sewing skills, and I was happy with how they both turned out…but they’re not a project I care to make again!
HOLIDAYS 2010 — FOR MY HUBBY: The coffee coaster and the pillowcase were both used until they were plum worn out, which is exactly what I intend when I gift things which are designed to be useful! The name tag was my design, and the camping designs were Sublime Stitching.
HOLIDAYS 2010 — FOR MY SON: Lots of reading was happening, so bookmarks were a good option. I particularly loved the pirate’s french-knot beard & hair! The ninja/pirate pattern was Urban Threads, and I believe the video game characters were from Sprite Stitch.
HOLIDAYS 2010 — FOR OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS & FRIENDS: The dog patterns were freebies from the Orange You Lucky blog (although I don’t know if the patterns are available any longer). I can’t find the source info for the Poinsettia pattern. The Snowflake pattern is Polka & Bloom. The Dove pattern is September House (So September blog). The Speckled Bird pattern is Andrea Zuill. I can’t find the source info for the Mama-n-Baby Bird pattern.
Continuing from where I left off from 2009 Needlework: Part 2 . . .
SEPT. 2009 — SUGAR SKULL: An Urban Threads design. I love the brightness of the fabric with this design!
OCT. 2009 — HAPPY FISH (Craftster swap): This was a freebie coloring book design I used for a Tea Towel Tour.
OCT. 2009 — OH LA LA! (Craftster swap): This cute gal is from the Leisure Arts “Stitchin’ Retro” booklet. The stickers on her luggage correspond to the states of all of the stitchers in our Tea Towel Tour group.
NOV. 2009 — ICE CREAM GIRL (Craftster swap): Another freebie coloring book design for the Tea Towel Tour.
Not a needlework design, but I found this photo of a papercutting project I did in May 2009, using a (probably freebie) design from Fog & Thistle, which appears to no longer be an active business or website.
Continuing from where I left off in 2009 Needlework: Part 1 . . .
MAY 2009 — ROLLER DERBY BABE: Love her! This was an Urban Threads design, and I based her on the person to whom I gifted her. She’s crayon-tinted and embroidered, with the skate’s wheels and laces having been stitched with fluorescent floss.
JULY 2009 — CRAFTSTER SWAP (4 Napkins): These were Urban Threads designs which I stitched onto some cloth napkins from Target.
SEPT. 2009 — GEISHA (Craftster swap): This is an Urban Threads design stitched up for my crayon-tinting inspiration, Craftster’s very own “kittykill”, for a Tea Towel Tour.
The remaining 2009 needlework projects follow in the next post! (2009 Needlework: Part 3)