I don't know what prompted me to do this - possibly a whole slew of pink flowery patterns in a cross stitch mag I've got. Well. I'm not that subtle. So here's my tip of the hat to all those brave women who fight breast cancer, and my not so subtle wag of the finger to the rest of us who should do our self exams every month.
I blatently stole this from the wonderful komen.org site and used a pink transfer pencil to iron it onto muslin. I'm considering making all of them and either making them into individual pillows, or putting them into a long row-type wall hanging. Might make a nice donation to a women's clinic, perhaps?
Please forgive me, because this is on a dishtowel that I use. So it's a little wrinkled and err.. stained here and there. But here are my suggestions: Get a fabric that has a tighter weave than most flour sack towels. Use only two strands. Do face/hands/etc in black (or very dark skin-tone) backstitch - the pale peach just didn't work out at all.
For what it's worth, what I did was to put just about every design in that pack on my dishtowel and work my way around doing the stars and snakes first, to get my "embroidery muscles" back, and to practice different stitches - then I did the cowgirl last.
Mine's just muslin, since it's intended for a quilt. In the future, I may make some "dolls" like Hilary did, and use canvas for that.
I finished my second girl, though, and thought I'd post that. It's been up on flickr for a while. I've gotten distracted by school and home-stuff since then, though, so it may be another month before I get to the other two. (We bought a house! Moving in a month! yay!)
This is what I've been working on lately. It's from the Stitchettes pattern on the http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com site. I'm planning a quilt with all 4 of these girls. Would like to do a 3x4 quilt, so I'm thinking of finding either animals or flowers for the other squares. Or maybe just leaving it blank. We'll see.
Here she is. Done 99% in chain stitch, because I like the way it looks, and because the back is tidier than my back and split stitches. Hemline is french knots, and the lines on her dress and skateboard are some kind of perverted stemstitch that I took up. (Actually, no, I lied. The lines on the skateboard are double running stitch. I wanted to try it. Nice effect, eh?) Colors are a touch off in this scan, but they're a muted palette. Love 'em.
I made another, but with $2 fabric from the clearance rack. It reminds me of occupied japan for some reason, and it's pinker than the picture ended up. It also needs pressed, and the shirring is more normal this time. not the most flattering picture, but I blame the shirt. (One drawback to these is that if you overlap the shirt, it gets bumpy from the gathering beneath it. Oh well.)
So... I saw this skirt on someone the other day that at first looked like an aline with 8 gores, but upon closer inspection the gores turned out to be pleats. It looked very similar to the following, but the pleats seamed a bit different. Like instead of laying the extra pleated fabric all the way to one side, it looked like it was "folded" and pressed, so that it was flat against the stitching line. Does that make any sense?
Now... how would I go about drafting a pattern for something like this? I'd definately need a zipper. Then I figured I'd take my measurements, divide by two (for two panels), then add the requisite ease and seam allowances, and then add an inch for each pleat I wanted.
Am I on the right track? Anyone know of an off the shelf pattern for something similar? Thanks for any help that you might be able to offer.
I made the a-line pattern on brown paper by tracing a skirt I have and love. Then I made it about 4 or 5 inches too big, but enough to slide over my... derriere. I used Gutermann's elastic thread that I found at Joann's, but I'm so addicted to shirring that I may have to buy a large spool of the stuff, or go broke. I found the one problem I had was caused by not pulling the bobbin/elastic thread up properly. If I wasn't careful, it wouldn't catch in the tension mechanism, and just pull haphazardly up, and not be taught at all. I enjoy that the lines don't have to be perfectly perpendicular, and it still looks great. And all this without the scariness of a zipper!
I was probably a little wasteful with the fabric, but I've got enough scraps left over for a nice matching headband, and maybe for the liner of a little handbag - I used 2 yards, and it's below knee length. And it happens to perfectly match this uber comfy shirt from Target. I may shorten it, or I may not. I can't decide.
Ok, not exactly finished, but halfway there! Well, my future father in law collects Christmas stuff. He goes to yard sales and flea markets and has at least 4 different sheds packed full of it. He says he's going to open up a store, but I don't think he ever will, because he likes it too much. That's ok, though, because it's the cutest hobby I've ever seen.
We always have a hard time picking out a gift for him, because who knows what he's already got, etc. And he still hasn't hooked up the printer we got him last year. So this is what we're making him this year: microscope slide ornaments with American Lung Association stamps sandwiched in the glass. I have all the years from 1917 on up, though somewhere in the 70's they became abnormally sized and don't fit in my glass. So we stopped at 73. Some of the years have more than one stamp, so we tried to do all of them. (My favorite is 1955! It's the lime green one in the closeup that's out of focus.)
I posted a few of these in the jewelry forum discussing stamp slide pendants. But since then I've made bunches more. I'm getting much better at soldering. Here they are:
And a question!! How do you think I should package these? There will be around 70 or so in the end, so how do you think I should box them up to store them? Any ideas? I'm fresh out.
In any case - I DO have some more crafting to post here, so here are my pads that I made in the past few days. The snaps definately are a pain in my rear, and I think I'll switch to velcro or something easier next time around. Found this fabric in the discount bin at Joann's. $1.50 for half a yard, and I got enough to make 4 pads, plus a few scraps for kitty toys and such. (I can't bear throwing even reasonably sized scraps out.)
Since I'm sewing-machine challenged, I just made 'em circular, based off a rag hag pad I got. The edges are just zig zag stitched and cut close, because that edging stitch is really hard to keep straight. Maybe someday I'll have a serger, but I think these will work just fine. I guess we'll know after the first washing. Dimension wise, they're about 7.5" across, though I think I should have made them just 1/2" bigger. They do have a slot in the back as you can see, though I haven't gotten to making inserts yet. These are just for 'spotting' and backups right now. (Har har.)
Yay! I finally got around to trying this. My soldering isn't the best, but I kind of like the blobbiness in a way. I'll get better. I'll be using these for little Christmas trinkets for packages and gifts. Love them! The Lung Assn. seals have clear glass around them, but the paper I had them on is red!