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Frakkin’ Awesome!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
By Twistie

STEOTCH is at it again, this time taking on Battlestar Gallactica.

See? Starbuck approves.


Hopefully They Won’t Induce Narcolepsy

Friday, November 18th, 2011
By Twistie

Mr. Twistie and I have a very good friend who has a habit we tease him mercilessly over. He loves the series Mythbusters… but whenever he puts it on his television, he falls asleep within minutes.

I’m wondering if he could stay awake for these awesome embroidered portraits of hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman?

Meh, if he falls asleep, we’ll just blow something up to dispel a myth. That should wake him up again.

Meanwhile, I’m going to admire the  exquisite representations of both gentlemens’ beards and spectacles. They really are tremendously well done.

That Dweam Wifin a Dweam

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
By Twistie

Is this not one of the most wonderful wedding gifts of all time?

How did I not find these people before?

Seriously, whether or not you do counted cross stitch (and they do have links to their patterns for sale on Etsy, for those who want to recreate some of their masterpieces), this is a site well worth checking out if you’ve got a sense of humor.

Here’s an amazing historical tidbit I learned about George Washington in the explanation of this portrait:

 He presided over the writing of the Constitution in 1787 on a horse made of crystal. As the unanimous choice to serve as the first President of the United States (1789–1797), he developed the forms and rituals of government that have been used ever since, such as using a cabinet system, copulation with bears and delivering an inaugural address.

Wow! Educational, too!

Keep Yourself Organized

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
By Twistie

As any needleworker knows, keeping your tools handy and organized is as important a step as there is. Tangle threads, lost needles, and mussed charts are a nightmare.

But the good folks at Roberts Crafts have this lovely organizer created by thread giant DMC to help you keep everything in its place. It’s made of sturdy, attractive embossed denim that will live up to wear and tear on the road or at home. But inside is even better.

It’s got: 1 large pocket to hold a book, 3 tabs for stitching accessories, fabric ties to hold design materials, two pockets for scissors and similar accessories, and a section with eight fabric ties with rings to organize your thread or floss. It even comes with a felt square to keep your needles safe and handy! Just fill the portfolio and be on your way!

All this for just $27.49. Twistie sez: this is a great deal.

This Is Your Spider on Drugs

Friday, February 4th, 2011
By Twistie

It’s fun to go wandering on Etsy and see what there is to see. This morning, I found this.

So what precisely is it? Well, it’s a spider web embroidered in holographic silver thread on a black satin backing. The thread throws off a rainbow effect when hit with sunlight.

As for why the picture announces ‘Caffeine’ at the bottom… that’s the beauty part. Here’s what the artist, Amy Sweetman of Anatomology, has to say about that:

Dr. Peter Witt spent over 22 years investigating spider web building and its sensitivity to drugs. He did his analysis by measuring and analyzing photographs of webs build under different circumstances. These embroidered images are replications of some of his photographs in his book, A Spider’s Web; Problems in Regulatory Biology; [by] Peter N. Witt, Charles F. Reed [and] David B. Peakall Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, Springer-Verlag, 1968. Viii, 107 p. illus. 26 cm.

I don’t know about you, but at the bargain price of $32.00, I want to hang one right over my coffee pot. And maybe get a couple for my similarly caffeine-dependent friends. It won’t stop us drinking coffee, or even slow us down, but it will make  us giggle a lot.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a rather graphic way of offering your heart to someone for Valentine’s Day, Anatomology also features an anatomically-correct heart pendant that may interest you.

Save On Craft Supplies and Kits for Spring

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
By Twistie

After months of dark, early nights and cold weather it’s nice to think about bright colors and cheerful images. It’s even better to think about making something so bright and cheerful.  Perhaps something as fun and happy as this delightful wildflower crewelwork pillow kit from Robert’s Crafts. It’s just $14.95 and includes everything you need: fabric, backing, threads, and instructions.

Oh, and if you order $50.00 or more from Robert’s by January 29, you can save $10.00 by using discount code ROBERTSTENW when you check out. (more…)

Inspiration Gallery: Smocking

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
By Twistie

via Northumberland Hills Stitching Guild

Many of us have seen smocking mostly on children’s clothes of a certain era. As a small child, I had a couple dresses that looked just about like the above illustration. It’s easy to see why it was so popular for little children of both genders. It’s attractive but launders reasonably well, and it obviates the need for fussy closures on small, squirmy children.

But when smocking started out, it was worn as much by adults as by children, specifically by adult male laborers. More fanciful stitch work on finer fabrics would be worn by wealthy people on their linens, as in this detail of a sixteenth century painting by Ambrosius Holbein:


Free Patterns for Valentine’s Gifts

Friday, January 7th, 2011
By Twistie

via Berroco Fine Knitting Yarns

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner… in crafting terms. If there’s a special someone you would like to give a handcrafted expression of your affection, now is the time to get started. But what to do? My dears, the net is chockablock full of fun free craft patterns for nearly any technique your little heart desires. That’s right, every one of these pretties is a free pattern!

For instance, those charming knitted and felted hearts shown above? Are explained in detail in a free PDF from Berroco Fine Knitting Yarns. They’re easy and fast to make, but I bet someone would love to get one of these. I know I would!

But what if you’re not a knitter? Ah my lovelies, I haven’t forgotten about you. Read on and see what goodies I’ve found.


Inspiration Gallery: Ribbon Embroidery

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
By Twistie

This is ribbon embroidery, the art of taking lengths of ribbon and sewing them decoratively onto a background. I love ribbon embroidery. I think it’s a fun, imaginative craft with a lot of possibilities to it.

This particular piece is part of a series of lessons that used to be offered by Sharon B’s Pin Tangle, but she has, alas! ended the courses. Why? Because most people on seeing it either  say they couldn’t possibly do it or they don’t have the time to learn. But it doesn’t take longer to learn than many other crafts and while it offers many possibilities, I can’t imagine the basics take much more time and skill to learn than other forms of embroidery. The good news is that Sharon’s website dangles the possibility of a collection of her designs for sale if enough people show an interest.

So why should we be interested in learning ribbon embroidery? Take a look and see.


Carpe Diem Chau

Thursday, December 16th, 2010
By Twistie

Every once in a while you find a crafter whose work is intriguing both artistically and technically. Diem Chau is one of these crafters. She’s come up with a subtle and unique way of expressing herself that is at once wistful, delicate, and oddly bold.

What precisely does she do? She embroiders pieces on silk, usually of people or body parts, frequently with threads or braids depending from the piece, and then attaches them to pieces of porcelain found in thrift stores.


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