First up are two framed embroideries that I'm going to be hanging on the wall of my studio (okay, it's the dining nook of our apartment that I turned into my office/studio. Who really needs a dining room, anyway?).
The original designs for both of these had knitting needles tucked in the yarn. I don't knit, but I do love to crochet, so I used Paintshop to change the needles into hooks before printing out the design to trace onto the fabric. For the fox, I wanted it to be colored in, so I did the "melt wax" approach (okay, color in with crayons, then use the iron to melt the wax into the fabric) before embroidering the foxie by hand. For the cat, I picked black with green eyes because that's the color of my own furbaby.
Both of these are finished in the back like how I did this one; it keeps everything all neat and tidy. I handpainted and varnished the frames, too. The ribbon is at the top to hide the knob of the hoop.
The other two things I embroidered were pouches/bags that I'm going to be using for "Dungeons and Dragons".
I actually embroidered this one about two years ago, but my craft bin ate it (I was thinking I had a Bin of Holding, but I'm thinking it's more like a Bin of Devouring). This week I did rediscover it, though, and sewed it up into a pouch. I used green and brown because that's my favorite color combination. I picked a gold ribbon and amber-looking beads to look kinda like treasure. Or something. I liked how it looked, anyway. (Plus I'll be using this for D&D and my character's holy item is amber.)
My awesome husband (aka my group's Dungeon Master) bought me the 2nd edition "Deck of Priest Spells"- basically a deck of cards with all the D&D priest spells printed on them. I didn't want to carry around that huge box, however, so when he mentioned just taking the spells I use out instead of carrying them all- well, I needed something to put them in. I decided to sew up a pouch, but also wanted to embroider something onto it to make it more relevant.
I made this to look like something my priest would carry; the bag is very close in color to his robes, feathers are part of his holy item (his holy symbol is a feather inside amber- and a fox with feathered wings, since he has two symbols), and he likes oranges, reds and browns. So this is very personal to my character. Why yes, I am a geek. ;)
The one picture includes the cards I'm going to keep inside. I'm hoping I left room for more cards as I level up and get more spells! (That priesthood follows the god of Messages/Mischief, so they don't do much in the way of combat- but they have TONS of spells. I think I have about 130 cards!)