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1  A reversible skirt and 2 tops in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Anna Key on: October 08, 2007 01:42:00 AM
 Grin Been a mad sewer tonight!

Made this reversible panel skirt for an 8 year old.  It has an attached belt that snaps onto the outside to keep it up.  One side has silver glittery dragonflies printed on and the other has verigated pink serging detail.





And this is a simple shirred halter top.



This is just a cotton crossover halter top that snaps together at the back.'



Was lots of fun but now I'm sleepy! lol

xxx Lou
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2  Yay! Bright Colours! in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Anna Key on: October 07, 2007 05:05:37 PM
Thank you TheGoodSheep!  I got bright colours!  Just using food colouring but altering the method.



xxx Lou
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3  Re: Fiber Friday 10/05/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Anna Key on: October 05, 2007 04:35:39 PM
You guys are amazing!  Your yarns are all so even and gorgeous.  I love all the different colours.

I have 2 for my first Fibre Friday.  Smiley

This first one is spun from coopworth roving, that was gifted to me.



This is spun from my hand dyed polworth roving, and plied with irredescant thread.



xxx Lou
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4  Re: My first dyed sliver (roving) in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Anna Key on: October 02, 2007 12:20:21 AM
 Cheesy Thanks!  I was getting confused about what roving might be, lol...  Then I wanted to eat it because you are right - it looks like cotton candy (we call that candy floss, lol!).  I dyed some more last night, the purple is a bit deeper than in the picture, because I took it at night with the flash.



xxx Lou
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5  I'm so pleased with this wool! in Spinning: Completed Projects by Anna Key on: September 30, 2007 03:34:55 AM
I dyed this yesterday:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199059.0

And spun it this evening:



I spun this up with my smaller fly wheel, which helped me spin it finer, but I still wanted it slubby (yeah, that's my story!) then I plied it with a dark irredescent thread.  There are also beads spun in.

I am stoked with how this came out!

xxx Lou
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6  My first dyed sliver (roving) in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Anna Key on: September 29, 2007 08:44:10 PM
My first 2 braids of hand dyed sliver.  (Is it called roving in the States?)

I found it really different to dyeing spun yarn - it seems much more fragile. 



Not sure yet whether I will spin them together or not.

It's Polworth fleece, which is very soft and comparable to merino. 

xxx Lou
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7  Patchwork Skirt - Inspired by Vegbee :) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Anna Key on: September 29, 2007 12:27:05 AM
I wanted to give it a test run before I made a dress and this is what I came up with.  I'm glad I gave it a go first, so I could get it straight in my head, lol.

Thanks for the awesome tutorial Vegbee!





xxx Lou
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8  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Anna Key on: September 26, 2007 11:06:13 PM
There are some amazing photos in this thread! Shocked

I am loving looking through them!

Here are some of my pics, I mostly like photographing kids.











xxx Lou
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9  Mens Pants Trauma! in Stitch And BOTCH by Anna Key on: September 25, 2007 10:46:46 PM
Sewing men's pants sucks.

First I sit down to cut them out. I diligently iron all the pieces of the pattern I picked up for 20c at the sallies. Then I flop out the fabric and get my bits and bobs out. I arrange the pieces on thge fabric only to find there are no legs. Just a waistband and pockets... Sigh, roll it up and put it away for another day.

I buy a new pattern and excitedly cut out each peice..Yes, they are all there. I am pleased. I get the sewing machine out. My first stitch and I break the needle. Nevermind I have more... Oh, but where? No, an hour of hunting can't find them. Sigh, roll it up and put it away for another day.

I have a needle snuggly embedded in my sewing machine. Excellent. I carefully and diligently handcraft each leg of these masterpeice pants. They are beyond excellent. They are tailored with perfection and passion. Not a stitch is out of place. Put one leg inside the other and sew the centre front seam up to notch, it says. Why is this facing the wrong way? I begin to realise with a sense of impending doom that it may have occurred that I sewed two left legs. With one eye closed and the other peeking through a slit in my tightly clenched fingers I have my fears confirmed. There are indeed two left legs. Really, you only need one, and a right one comes in handee too. Sigh, roll it up and put it away for another day.

Unpick. Sigh, roll it up and put it away for another day.

Unpick. Sigh, roll it up and put it away for another day.

Unpick. Sigh, roll it up and put it away for another day.

Restitch right leg. Just the one. I sew it to the left leg, I am making progress. What the hell does that mean? I can't stitch the facing inside out and upside down whilst doing a cartwheel in my undies, these instructions suck. I'll just make it up.

Unpick. Sigh, roll it up and put it away for another day.

I insert the zip with the precision of a 2 year old. Sew the waistband on. Bum, I need to put the belt loops in first? Why does it say that next on the pattern? I unpick again. I really ought to buy an unpicker, pins just aren't cutting it...

Sew the waistband on again. Now, I am at that scary moment where you are within an hour of finishing but you could potentially stretch that out to, I don't know, 6 hours? With a sprinkling of stupidity of course.


I did get these finished in the end though.  Smiley 





There is hope!  Don't dispair!

xxx Lou
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10  Knitted Longies in Knitting: Completed Projects by Anna Key on: September 25, 2007 02:58:11 AM
I'm unfortunately not a very good knitter, but really wanted these for my daughter, so just had to try.  Embarrassed

They are knitted in felted NZ lambswool, and are so thick and scrummy!



I have never done a picture in knitting before, so kind of just fudged how to do it, using a grid on the fantabulous internet and making use of my 3 weeks immobile with a torn back muscle, lol...

xxx Lou
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