A list of my completed craft projects. This page is periodically updated. Unfortunately, I still have various art projects I have not posted to this list yet. This is not all of my artwork and craft projects. There are also quite a few projects from several years ago that I still have not finished. In the future, I plan to go through all of my artwork and craft projects and add more photos and notes.
Year Completed: 2020 – 2018 – 2017 – Childhood Art
2020 Completed Craft Projects
Three cats diamond painting
Year Completed: 2020
Notes: Reminds me of my cat Tabby at the shelter with her two other sisters. They all got adopted. I still remember going to the shelter with my dad. This was a kit purchased on AliExpress over a year ago. I glued it to mat board and it did warp. In the future I am not using mat board, only canvas panel or stretcher bars with acid-free foam board. I did seal it with a glaze (Judikins Diamond Glaze) and I learned you have to be somewhat slow and gentle applying the glaze or some of the diamond drills will become loose and you will brush them off of their original placement.
Chateau De Chambord, France
Year Completed: 2020
Notes: I purchased the canvas poster from AliExpress.I added the ribbon and some patched and picked out the fabric from the remnants section at Joann Fabrics and Craft store. Next time I might glue the poster the canvas parially as it is just not flat on the fabric. I satin stitched the sides and then hand stitched the ribbon. I stapled it to stretcher bars with foam board. In the future I will probably glue the fabric to the foam board. I actually put it in a frame with plexglass and am hoping to get a point driver for Christmas to secure it to the frame.
Yellow Roses Diamond Painting Embroidery Kit
Year Completed: 2020
Blog Post: No
Notes: Used yellow fabric for the background. Actually sealed the diamond painting with acrylic matte gel medium (probably not the ideal sealer) and it still has a nice since. Framed on 16×20″ (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm) stretcher bars. The kit was purchased on AliExpress. It uses round diamond and not square. I currently prefer the square diamonds. I added ribbon and the picture frame/decorative bookend corners using acrylic matte gel medium. I signed the back and added my custom sewisabel stamp. The kit may have cost around $5 and the stretcher bars and fabric etc maybe around $10 plus labor and shipping costs. I think a fair price is at least $30 for the completed and framed kit.
2018 Completed Craft Projects
Tabby Cat In A Flower Pot Diamond Embroidery Painting Kit
Location: Displayed On Wall At Home
Year Completed: 2018
Doorway Diamond Painting Embroidery Kit
Year Completed: 2018
Maple Leaf Park Paint By Number Completed
Year Completed: Probably 2018, did not write on back yet
Notes: I have this framed in a Blick (R) wood gallery frame (16×20 size or 40.64 cm x 50.8 cm) that holds stretched canvas up to 1.5″ deep
Happiness and Longevity Pig Cross Stitch Kit
Year Completed: 2018
Notes: Kit purchased on AliExpress. I signed the back using fabric marker on an additional piece of fabric I attached to the back. The back turned out really nice, but I ended up covering it didn’t fit in the embroidery hoop without extra fabric.
2017 Completed Craft Projects
Going forward I plan to frame my diamond painting kits using acid-free foam board and stretcher bars or just adhere them to a canvas panel board or acid-free foam board. I did not glue these to the foam board and used to thread to secure the back and add the string or yarn.
Deer Diamond Painting Embroidery Kit
Year Completed: Probably 2017, did not write it on the back
Park Diamond Painting Embroidery Kit
Location: Personal Home Storage
Year Completed: 2017
Tabby cat with flower diamond painting kit
Location: Personal Home Storage
Year Completed: 2017
Blog Post: None
Cross Patch Bead Embroidery Craft Project
Year Completed: 2017
Blog Post: No
Notes: This was just a cross patch I purchased on eBay and I added it to an embroidery hoop. I added a few extra beads to the patch and added some black tulle to the fabric for more of a shine. I painted the embroidery hoop and added a glaze.
Below are 3 coloring canvases of Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden that my dad got me as gift for either my birthday or Christmas. I colored in the flowers and leaves with marker and used yellow acrylic paint for the background. In the future I may add a fixative spray to them.
Then there are two partial round drill diamond mosaic paintings I purchased from AliExpress (the sunflowers and deer).
Then there is the winter tree cross stitch kit I purchased on AliExpress for myself. It was a good deal. It was 11ct printed and I added the sequins and beads around it. The size is 14″x14″ (35.56cm x 35.56cm). I have all four seasons of that tree, and plan to put them together in a 30″x30″ (76.2cm x 76.2cm) piece with my dads help. I can buy a 30″x30″ frame that is 2″ (5.08cm) deep from Jerry’s Artarama such as the Gotham Black Deep Gallery Frame and fit each of the four cross stitch trees in that. Otherwise I would have to go a custom route which is generally more money. I plan to frame each of the four seasons trees on 14″x14″ stretcher bars and then my dad is going help me put spacers between them and then I am going to frame them in a 30″x30″ extra deep gallery frame.
I decided not to frame the diamond painting kit of a park below and only consider it partially completed (since it is unframed). It was foolishly sealed with matte gel medium and it has no shine except for a a little glitter. The plan is to just let this sit in storage.
Childhood & High School Artwork Photos
Below are photos of some of my childhood artwork that my dad saved. I took the photos in August 2020. Some of it is definitely from the 90s.
The slideshow below is made up of twenty photos I took of a blue winter tree cross stitch kit I completed. It is posted on YouTube also. As of writing this it is my second uploaded YouTube video. My first one is a watercolor logo sketch video. I decided to frame the blue winter tree cross stitch kit on 14″ x 14″ stretcher bars after reading instructions on the website NeedlepointTeacher.com. The kit and stretcher bars were purchased on eBay and the slideshow was put together by a seller on Fiverr.com. This really is my first completed cross stitch kit. It appears to be part of a set of winter, spring, summer, and fall trees. I later purchased the other ones and plan to complete them. I used the YouTube channel Peacock & Fig to help me learn to cross stitch. Completing this kit has helped increase my focus and it was meditative and relaxing. I definitely enjoyed it.
I added some silver metallic thread to the embroidery thread and that is evident on the bottom of the tree trunk and other parts of the piece. A few spots I used too many strands of thread, it was too thick and difficult to work with. I learned the importance of using three strands for eleven count and two strands for fourteen count because of this. A few spots I temporarily confused the numbers five and six. I came across some knots in the thread I had to undo when I was stitching. I was getting used to using the long thread. Some parts on the back I made the thread travel far. In some cases that seems necessary, so I wonder if that would take off points if it was getting judged in a county fair. I actually have few squares where I added extra diamond embroidery kit non-shiny rhinestones under the cross stitch ‘x’ in the upper right of the tree. It does not look horrible, but I decided against it as it would take more time and it made it more difficult and it was not necessary. I added sequins and beads around the tree to look like snowflakes. I used a very small amount of craft glue on two of the snowflake sequins because they got slightly bent when I was framing the piece. There are a few parts on the back where I thought I pulled the thread all the way through but I did not. I had issues with the metallic thread coming apart because it went through the cross stitch aida fabric so many times. It seemed the silver metallic thread was wrapped around a white piece of thread or one side of it was not metallic and occasionally I had issues with that. Still, it made something beautiful.
I decided to sign the back using the pen name Michelle A Meadows for privacy reasons (identity theft, gossip, interference with employment etc.). It was something that came up on a pen name generator. I considered whether to choose a unique or common pen name. A chose a somewhat common name for a pen name again for basically privacy issues. The kit was purchased on eBay for under $4 with free shipping. This cheaper price has served as a gateway into cross stitch for me. I would not have bought it if not for the cheap price. I now want to complete more cross stitch kits in the future. The stretcher bars were purchased for just under $10 on eBay. The cheapest price I have seen online for completed embroidery kits is $40. If I were to sell this I think $40 is definitely a fair price because of the cost of shipping and supplies and labor. Most cross stitch kits are over $4, but not this one. I did come across one nice piece of fiber art at a thrift store for $3 with a wood frame, but it was damaged and needed some cleaning. Thrift stores are generally hit-or-miss and a lot of people resell items from thrift stores online. Oftentimes the thrift store is not exactly what you had in mind or it is something another person did not want or items that were difficult to sell. You are lucky when you find what you are looking for at a thrift store.
Below are some photos of projects I completed this month and a few months prior. The paint-by-number and cross stitch of a winter tree were purchased on eBay. The coloring canvas is of Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden (#johannabasford http://www.artalternatives.com 10″ x 10″ or 25 cm x 25 cm). I used felt tip markers to color the flowers and acrylic Naples yellow paint for the background. The diamond embroidery was completed several months ago and is of a vase of sunflowers. I am not sure if I am going to frame it or exactly how I am going to finish it. I have a few other diamond embroidery kits completed I have finished but not framed. The cat in the embroidery hoop is a finished dimensions punch needle kit. I plan to sew the back instead of gluing the fabric to finish it. I want to put some handmade and sewIsabel.com labels (that I have purchased of AliExpress.com) on the back and eventually try to sell some of these on Etsy and or eBay and hopefully this site someday. The sewIsabel.com labels from AliExpress.com I have just purchased and have not received in the mail yet. I also want to put a date and sign my name with some Fabric Markers on the back of the embroidery hoop. Most of these projects are almost finished. The cat embroidery I purchased from Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts and the BeeYourself embroidery kit was probably from CreateForLess.com.
To the right are pictures of a Star of David bead embroidery craft project I finished. As far as I currently know, a lot of bead embroidery is done by hand and I wanted a craft project a machine could not easily copy. The star is currently hanging on my living room wall in an 8″ inch (20. 32 cm) embroidery hoop. I ended up using a clear damage-free hanging utensil hook that holds .5 lb. I used three different colors of seed beads: crystal, glass transparent, and gold. Also, used six small silver heart shaped beads purchased on eBay. I used Microsoft paint and drew one triangle and copied it and rotated it to make the star. An internet search would have brought up a plethora of stars to use, if desired. Nevertheless, here is the Microsoft paint document of the star, star of David embroidery 7 or 8 inch hoop.
The picture to the right with the gold seed bead border and no water soluble stabilizer shows how I ended up having to put gold seed beads over other gold seed beads where the lines met and to avoid that I would complete it one triangle at a time. The next time I make this project I would outline one triangle first with the two or three rows of gold seed beads despite the minor nuisance of the water soluble stabilizer. The picture shows no water soluble stabilizer as it disappeared rather fast when water was run over it. A water erasable white ink fabric marker was used to draw straight lines in the star to help keep me on track in the direction I was hand sewing them. The organza fabric made it difficult to use the marker. In the future it may be better to use the marker on the kona cotton and then place the organza over the cotton fabric. I just used a standard small eye hand sewing needle and aimed to put five beads on it at a time and the sewed back maybe two or three beads and then added about five more beads. There was an issue with some seed beads not fitting through the needle and those beads were placed in a small separate container.
The center beads are Beadaholique brand and were already pre-strung on a piece of thread. It seemed like it would be faster to just attempt to fasten down the pre-strung strands as opposed to the five bead method mentioned in the paragraph above. However, this lead to the beads being less secure, less straight, and overlap (having to place beads on top of each other, like with the gold seed beads). The beads in the center use the pre-stranded method and the hand sewing five beads at a time method. There was an issue with the Beadaholique beads not fitting past the needle eye and I would say it was worse than the Darice brand seed beads. This makes me wonder if using a beading needle would be better. Supposedly, because they are longer than most needles they are cumbersome and are for weaving and knitting fabric more than hand sewing beads. The six small triangles use the Darice glass transparent beads using the hand sewing method with about five beads at a time.
For the thread, I originally started using a metallic silver thread with beeswax for a thread conditioner. Still, I ran into issues with the metallic thread. The silver metallic part of the
thread sometimes separated from the inner white part from going in and out of the fabric. I ended up using a hand sewing thread. Although it was not silver in color it was much easier to work with and did not need the conditioner. I added a black organza fabric on top of the black kona fabric (which was on fusible fabric for stability) to add a more finished and delicate and decorative look. The fabric was washed and ironed. I tried using a tambour hook with the three layers of fabric and it did not work out well. Possibly, tambour hook embroidery needles work best with one layer of fabric. Also used a no slip Morgan hoop. I have used just the wooden frame embroidery hoops in the past. The Morgan hoop is more deluxe. I did make a few mistakes such as a few beads on the back of the hoop. I glued the fabric around the hoop to the back also. Despite the mistakes it made something beautiful.
Below is a picture of my sewing machine and a close up of the decorative stitches. It is a Husqvarna Viking (R) Tribute (TM) 140C 140th Anniversary Limited Edition Sewing Machine. It is the same as the Husqvarna Sapphire, but is red instead of blue and has some different outer cosmetics such as saying 140th Anniversary. It does date the machine and myself, but it is something different and I like it. I received this a few years a go as a birthday present (maybe 2014 or 2012). It is not the best machine and it is not the worst machine. It does not have embroidery, but you can argue some of the decorative stitches it has are embroidery. In the past I tried one of those $20 cheaper sewing machines and it basically stopped working. This machine has four fonts: Block, Brush Line, Cyrillic Alphabet, and the Hiragana Alphabet. It has utility stitches, quilt stitches, decorative stitches, and my stitches. For the ‘my stitches’ you can type in and save up to forty stitches and letters.
This bag was started as part of a beginning sewer’s class at JoAnn Fabric & Craft. You can see my currently fourteen year old cat looking at the camera. She likes to keep me company, is great company, was adopted from The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago, and was born in 1998. I have not completed the bag yet, but hope to try to sell it on Etsy when I finish. I have added some ribbon and decorative stitches and a butterfly punch needle kit design from Dimensions. You can see there are two linings I could choose from, the white or green design. I also have to add the handles or straps on the bag and will probably use large buttons to secure them.
Here is a McCalls Pattern 3341 Misses Skirt completed from a class at a local sewing machine dealer and a matching tunic I would like to make. There are some parts I would like to customize of the tunic such as not using the recommended size for a better fit and making the sleeves longer. Hope to use it for personal use and to learn to sew better. The pattern for the tunic is Kwik Sew (kwiksew.com) 3683 Fun & Easy Misses’ Tunic, Belt & Scarf. It is a pretty basic, simple, and quick pattern. However, as a beginner I appreciate the help of an instructor with this pattern.
This is a wall hanging quilt kit I bought from the Quilt & Sew Shop online. It is for the Log Cabin Star and includes instructions, batting, and fabric. This size is rather small at 22” x 22” (55.88 cm x 55.88 cm). Still, as a beginner I am happy with this. I do not think an advanced quilter would use a kit, but it is all a learning experience.
This is from a beginner’s quilting class I took at Joann Fabrics and Crafts. The instructor was really good but openly deviated from the the recommended project and course outline. I have not added the backing yet and am still working on the border. It is not really a quilt, but was good practice. I think I could use it as a sort of sitting blanket for my currently fourteen year old cat Tabby.
This is to make a fringed denim tote as per a free project design at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft. The skill level is two (some experience necessary) and the estimated time is three hours and forty five minutes. I am using old denim clothes that I no longer wear or that do not fit me anymore. It calls for two different shades of denim. I also have a punch needle of a cat looking out a window from Dimensions (R) (dimensions-crafts.com). I was using a punch needle set from Boye (wrights.com) and was happy with it but then the needle threader broke and I was unable to find a replacement even online. The replacements were for different brands and too short for the Boye punch needle. I might have to buy a new punch needle set from Boye, but I do not need and want the additional punch needles. I will probably switch to a different brand of punch needles. I am not sure what I am going to do with the Boye punch needles, as they are too difficult to thread without the correct needle threader. They are too tall.
I am also interested in starting a stitch Bible as per the Stupendous Stitching class on Craftsy.com. I have some decorative stitches on my sewing machine that I would like to use and learn. Also, I have some patterns I got on sale (see post Pattern Buying Splurge 2012) and I cut them out in my spare time while watching TV or listening to the radio sometimes.