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Crewel: 21, originally uploaded by punquin.

It's been so stressful around here, paying for two houses at once, so I've been taking time away from my computer to do crafty projects to relax myself. On the house-selling front, we are accepting an offer today. But, I won't relax until we are past all possibility of the buyer backing out. Can you believe we've had 7 written offers before this? They were all too low, and didn't respond to our counters. This buyer actually accepted our 5k higher counter offer. But, this post isn't about that. It's about my craft projects.

Anyone who knows me well enough personally, knows that I love to bead jewelry. Unfortunately, I haven't really had money for beads lately. I did buy a $5 1 lb. grab bag of glass beads. You end up with a lot of broken, misfit beads, but you do get a lot of fun and interesting beads as well. So far, I've made three necklaces using those beads, and leftovers from my stash.

Misfit BeadsEarth & Sea NecklaceSea Foam NecklaceSeeing Red NecklaceBeaded Necklaces

One project I've wanted to do for over a year is a crewel/jacobean embroidered bag. i have a bag my mom made that I love, love, love. Unfortunately, it is probably 30 years old, and the fibers are starting to degrade, I want to take apart the bag, do some repair work on the needlepoint, and frame it. But I also don't want to loose my bag. So, I am making a recreation. Two recreations, actually. I will be doing one in the original colors, and one in vibrant colors of my choice. The design I am working on right now is the vibrant one. I am loving this kind of needle work. All the women in my family have done needle arts (in fact my aunt owns a store in New Mexico for it). I've enjoyed it, but get frustrated having to count to follow the patterns. I inevitably count wrong. This style of free embroidery that needs no counting is perfect! And, I don't have to make a million X's like in cross-stitch. There are so many interesting stitches.

I've been taking photos of my project as I progress. Here are a few. If you want to see more, just head over to the the set.

Crewel: OriginalCrewel: 02Crewel: 05Crewel: 07Crewel: 09

Crewel: 13Crewel: 15Crewel: 17Crewel: 19Crewel: 20


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Mar. 5th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
i like that kind of embroidery. cross-stiching would drive me crazy. the work you've done so far looks great. don't forget that you can use those broken beads for mosaics and picture frames and stuff :)
Mar. 5th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
ooh pretties!
Mar. 5th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Wow, your needlepoint work is amazing. =)
Mar. 5th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
You're such the crafy lady!
Mar. 5th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
I am so jealous of your craftyness!

Have my fingers crossed with the offer...let us know how it goes! =)
Mar. 5th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
Well, our agent just called and asked where the neighborhood pool is... There is no pool! I hope it isn't a deal breaker for the buyer. We never advertised a pool.
Mar. 5th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
It there anything you cant do haha:) The beaded necklaces are very pretty and the embroidery looks just like the one your mom did:) very nice!
Mar. 5th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
That looks so lovely! I'm great at cross stitch and other counted work but suck at freehand embroidery. You should put a scrap piece of muslin (or cotton fabric) over your stitches to protect it from smushing. I've had Q-Snap bars do bad things to my work (love them otherwise).

*fingers crossed* that you sell soon!!
Mar. 5th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
that is going to look stunning when it's all done - it already does! :)
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
Nice work! I like how the upturned edged of some of the petals make the flower pop.
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