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1  Re: Givers and Needers Swap Round 13 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: August 27, 2015 04:00:30 PM
I received a hugely generous package from quaggy today!

There is a ton of beautiful fabrics (orange especially lol) that will be used for TM and screen printing projects. There is also a ton of charms and beads that will be great for embellishing, some yarn I plan to make into something cute for my niece, and a package of brand new scissors! and embroidery floss....I mean, really, what didn't she include?

Quaggy you are such a good heart, and I thank you so much for this package. I hope you like the thank you I'm making  Grin
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2  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: August 11, 2015 05:38:52 PM
cmouse - cute hat and cowl set. And even cuter model haha.

smeddly - welcome back! And you've come back with a gusto  Cheesy Those projects all look so fun, but the pygmy puff looks especially cute.

I have finished my first project in what seems like a very long while. I decided to make a rug (I almost regretted starting the darn thing) for my new house and just finished yesterday.

Here it is in progress...

And finished in the den...

I made a post here with a lot more rambling and details about making it if you want to be entertained by my frustrations and efforts  Cheesy
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3  The Rope Rug that Wouldn't End...but finally did! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by sheepBlue on: August 11, 2015 05:04:18 PM
My boyfriend and I just bought our first house. The minute we put an offer on the house and it was accepted, I was instantly in nesting mode, combing through pinterest for all sorts of ideas for things we could do around the house, and of course things I could make to turn our new house into "our" house. One of the first projects I found was this great blog tutorial for making a rope rug. Skip forward in time to us actually moving in...our lower level is where we primarily hang out now. It's a neat space that's tiled with some windows for natural light. The only problem is that on most days the floor is freezing! This is where the rug comes in. I decided it would be the perfect thing to make.

I tried to take progress pictures as the rug grew....and kept notes on how big it got compared to how much rope I was using.

This was the very beginning, it's so cute and dainty. I only had half a bundle of rope and this is where it ended...

Adding another bundle of rope...for reference, each bundle is 100 feet. I took this picture to show off the beauty of the rope all wrapped and ready to be sewn in all it's glory. *Sidenote: wrapping up hundreds after hundreds of feet of rope is not friendly on your wrists or fingers....it is a fantastic way to use up scraps though!

This next picture is after the next bundle of rope was added? The cutting mat next to it is one of those full sized ones that is 24" long I think just for relative reference.

Here's what my set up looks like after it got too big to keep sewing on the table like one would normally do. I did my utmost to sew flat and level but my rug still got wonky and the edges kept curling up no matter what I did (more about this later).

And I think this is about when I killed my sewing machine  Cry Well not really. But I did learn that sewing too much in one sitting is a recipe for jamming up your machine (i.e. I guess the metal parts get too hot and then stick together or something? I don't know, the professionals had to fix this one for me). Live and learn (I'm guessing all you seasoned sewers out there knew this already - let's just say I've never sewn so much for so long...this project took a long time!).

Ok, got the machine back all spiffy and in good shape again. Back to sewing sewing sewing.. well only 15 minutes at a time, then letting the machine cool and take a break, etc. I was very paranoid about jamming up my machine again. $120 to get it fixed up once is more than enough, thank you!

And now it's done!

I will say that this is not how it looked fresh off the machine. After I was done with the sewing, it was kind of horribly lumpy and I was rather dispirited that I had spent all that time and energy (and money!) making a lumpy mess. But the blog advises to spritz and iron the rug if this happens...the ironing didn't do enough for me, so I literally rolled it up, and stuck it in the shower to give it a good soaking. Then I laid it as flat as I could get it on the floor (hey the carpet will dry!) and put some heavy flat things on top of it (a really cheap bookcase and the removable shelves) and after a day it's looking good!

Here's a standard fold up chair on top of it to give an idea of the size.

Now to the fun part. Numbers. I told you I kept track of how it grew...so here it is!

0.5 of a bundle of rope (approximately 50 feet).......15 inches
1.5 bundles......24.5 inches
2.5 bundles......31 inches
3.5 bundles......36.75 inches
4.5 bundles......41 inches
5.5 bundles......45 inches
6 bundles.........47.75 inches......the total size of the rug.

So to recap, this ended up being made up of approximately 600 feet of rope, making a rug 47.75 inches wide in diameter...I wish I could have kept going to make it even bigger but I seriously don't want to kill my machine again, and it is very very hard at this point to maneuver it through the machine smoothly. Still I am really happy with how it turned out and will love this rug for a long time  Cheesy

Oh also, at first I had though to do an ombre effect with the fabrics as I went and I am so so so so glad I didn't. While it would have been stunning if I could have pulled it off, it would have required so much specific colors of fabric in specific order that would have been way more effort than I would have cared to put in (beyond the effort I was already expending). Not to mention I love the bright rainbow colorful scrappy look of it. It's definitely my style  Grin

Here it is in its new home, on the tile.

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4  Wings of Freedom Ticker Tape Art Quilt in CHALLENGE 109 ENTRIES by sheepBlue on: August 11, 2015 04:37:20 AM
I made this piece for artsycandice in the 27th round of the IYP. She loves woman figures and winged things so I combined the best of both worlds. I attempted a sort of ombre effect with the background too to give it more interest  Smiley It's approximately 24 x 36 inches I think.

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5  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: June 21, 2015 12:17:12 PM
I finished the felt lettuce to go in my niece's play garden!

And all the detail and time that went into making them (of course you can hardy see all veining on the leaves in this picture) have promptly killed any desire in me to make more felt food haha. Well that and I should be packing! I move in 2 weeks and have just now started to pack. Ugh I hate packing!
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6  Re: OWS Round 113, 114 & 115 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: June 19, 2015 05:22:27 AM
I received a fantastic bag from Averia yesterday. She was such a sweetheart and ordered special fabric specifically for this project. The weave is so funky and tribal and colorful, all things I love! It could not be any better. And the strap is long enough to use as a cross body bag, or I can shorten it up and use it as more of a purse. Thank you so so so much Averia, for the time and thought and care you put into making this bag for me. I'll be using it for years to come!

And on top of that, she sent along the extra fabric left over so I have more of this awesome woven fabric to play around with. Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Cheesy Kiss
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7  Re: OWS Round 113, 114 & 115 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: June 13, 2015 09:15:16 AM
I received an awesome supply package from Alliekat914 last night packed to the brim with tons of washi tape, socks and candy (socks not pictured as one of them are on my feet right now, and the others tidied away, and candy...well let's just say I took the evening off my diet, whoops!).

Commence with insane washi tape goodies!

Now I need to make a washi tape holder for all these beauties  Cheesy Thanks so much Alliekat!
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8  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: June 07, 2015 11:26:29 AM
Lovely knits and embroidery!

I got a bug in my bonnet to do some destashing this weekend. I've wanted to make some covers for my clothes hangers for a while but it's one of those easy little projects that is so easy to put off and forget about. So I finally dug out a bunch of little balls of yarn and use them up in these hanger covers! I tried doing single crochet over the wire for 2 of them but got fed up with how long it took me to make them so then made a different style based off of this pin https://www.pinterest.com/pin/220606081723783240/

I just did 4 rows of double crochet and then sewed buttons on to secure it to the wire. Easy-peasy  Smiley

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9  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: June 06, 2015 04:50:23 AM
Thanks for all the lovely comments! I wanted to share the felt food I've made so far - so fun to make  Grin

I just decided I want to make a couple of heads of lettuce as well but don't have enough of the same green felt to make it right now. Oh and some flowers to plant in the veggie garden  Cheesy I'll share more pictures as my garden grows  Wink
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10  Re: OWS Round 113, 114 & 115 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: June 04, 2015 02:19:59 PM
I received from redpopicles today  Cheesy

She sent me a bunch of felt that will come handy with all my felt veggie and garden crafting. And she also included 2 wrapped hangers that will be awesome because I hate when my clothes slide off my hangers!   Grin

Thanks redpopicles!
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