I embroidered this little musical baby sheep from DMC for a girl at work who's giving it at a friends baby shower, and thought I'd show it off here. It's actually a little bag also, to put baby pyjamas into. I got the picture from a magazine, and borrowed the little butterflies from another pattern I have.
Cool! I finished a Midsummer Night's Fairy a few years ago, and still have July's Amethyst Fairy to start...that's only after I finish all the other things lying around....
I thought I'd show a pic of mine - sorry it's a bit wrinkled. I've never had it framed, cos I'm still missing 2 beads for the wings - it's a bit difficult getting them here, and a tad expensive ordering them online and then getting them shipped. So, I keep looking out over here hoping to find a local importer.
I also did the beads last and use a roller frame to do it. At one point I too it off the frame to put some of the beads on, as I didn't want the ones already done to distort the fabric. I did my beads with a half cross stictch. I don't like the little holes of the beads at the top, and mine now all lie facing in one direction. I did them in the same direction as I did my top stitch of the cross-stitch (does that make sense?).
The most complex part for me of her patterns is all the tweeding that you do, and sometimes you use one color for only like 5 stitches. It can be very hard to keep track of everything.
Mirabilia's stuff is amazing!
Good luck with yours and I hope you have a lot of fun doing it.
I sent overseas to Fury-Inc, tried to think of things that would fit in a flat envelope so I could afford to ship...
IqJones.....If only you knew how the postoffice hates me.....(or is that me hating them?) I've been going there almost every day this week, and still nothing! I won't say who I sent to, but I hope she gets her stuff in time. Now that I'm seeing what's on the way I'll have to sleep at the postoffice, or offer to help them unpack or something. Don't get me started on shipping - DHL wanted to charge me about $200 equivalent to get the stuff there in 3-4days....I nearly fainted!
Here's what I sent my partner - hope she gets it soon! (I checked and she hasn't been online since the 20th it seems)
A spider bag with long legs....
A skull bag, all nice and red on the inside
The last item I forgot to take photos of, but it had a little cross-stitched plastic canvas witch and and bat on the straps that you could take off and use elsewhere...
Seeing as halloween is around the corner, I made my own little voodoo trio, and thought I'd show it off. The back of the bag has an open pocket that's the width of the bag, and inside is a small hanging pocket. Even my boyfriend thinks this one is cool, and that's saying a lot! If only I could get him to model it
The zipper pull has a safety attached to it with a little felt heart. I might change the pin to a ribbon and stick the pin through the heart later as the pin makes it stand a little stiff.
So...when I get obsessed I at least try to be good at it - like when I find/discover a fabric, then I make a whole lot of bags from that till the fever passes... a while ago it was cowspots, after I found this cool material (almost furry), in white on black, black on white and black on black cowspots. So I made a whole lot of little bags (photo), and some medium ones too, and lined them in black, and one or two in red. This was also an experiment with zips, and finding a way to put them in that I was ok with.
Then there was the denim phase, which is still passing, where I'm trying out embroidery and felt on denim, in different bag styles. These are my latest attempts inbetween making things for a halloween swap. Here I was trying out the different kinds of pockets, and I'm pretty happy with the way they all came out. The green bag has a little zipper pocket inside, while the whale bag (yes, that is indeed a pink whatle - or at least I think it is) has a zip pocket outside and an open hanging pocket inside. I think I need to iron the green one a bit ....sorry
The bunny one doesn't have any pockets...I was so busy trying to figure out what to do with the damn thing I forgot about pockets. :
Umm....that pink is not that bright though.....I've got to learn not to try and photograph bright pink!
Thanks to everyone for all the pocket tutorials - they're all a great help!
It's been good to get back to seeing what everyone is doing - I've been having a hectic time, and I think my sewing machine is going to sue me for neglect (maybe my boyfriend, too?).
I decided to scrounge around and show some of my very first bags (they also deserve their 5 minutes of fame I guess). They're all from felt, and the lining is optional as you don't have to put a seam in (I prefer putting a lining in). Their about 25cm (10inches?) wide and about 30cm (13inches?) high. All that's missing is a nice snap closure.
The other small bag is a velvet drawstring (I have to get over my velvet obsession), and I was playing around with small studs. The little swirly things looked like a good idea but I kinda feel they lost something in the translation - oh well...next time.
That's it I guess...the whole place is lying full of half-finished bags and ideas scribbled on pieces of paper...Please let me know what you think - I'd like to hear thoughts on the finishing of the felt bags, since their very quick to make, but sometimes look a little rough to me.
I finished this little bag last night - I had a friend in mind who hates big bags, and the smaller the better, so buying a bag for her is usually a nightmare.
I used part of the one zipper tute I found here, and the rest is just me playing around. The hot pink came out a little too hot on the photo, but I hope the inside looks clear enough.. I'm thinking of putting in a little pocket inside next time. The strap is just black webbing, about 1.2m long.
I came across Craftster quite by accident, but since then seeing what everyone does and how you share ideas and thoughts about all the different projects has made me want to share my habit/addiction with everyone. Feel free to tell me what you think - and I hope you enjoy them.
The first 2 are small black velvet evening bags, the one with eyelets, and the other with flowers embroidered using normal lazy daisy stitch. Both have black linings and zips. The velvet was reinforced with fusing (to make it easier to use, and to stop the fluff from taking over). The pattern I modified from a large beachbag pattern, but it's similar to the jordy bag with the corners. Both are big enough for a mobile, girly stuff and a small wallet, one lined in black and the other n a goldish tafetta. The eyelet one has two straps crossed over at the top and fastened with an eyelet.
The other two are little denim clutch bags, both with x-stitch on the flap. I'm still trying to sort out what to use to reinforce them and not have them feel so floppy - basically keep their shape. They're not very big - just space for a mobile, lipstick and small wallet perhaps. The dragonfly one has a light purple lining, and the other a grey lining, both with velcro vasteners in the front.