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1  Dresden Plate potholder - 100% hand sewn in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by karin_ on: October 05, 2014 03:11:43 PM
My husband and I have been listening to a lot of audio books lately - such a great way to fit reading in to a hectic life! I started this little project to have something to do with my hands while we were listening to a particularly good book, and it only took me two (rather long) evenings to complete. A Dresden Plate potholder/trivet, 100% hand sewn!

I made the potholder using English Paper Piecing so that I could do it all by hand rather than by machine, and I hand quilted it as well. Please excuse the messy stitches! I really need to work on my hand quilting... I found it super tricky to quilt through all the layers (even though this potholder only has two layers of batting, one being Insul-Bright and the other Warm&Natural) which is why my stitches came out so large and far apart. If you have any tips on hand quilting, I'd love to hear them!

I love EPP and hand sewing in general, it's so relaxing! Don't you?
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2  Subversive Machine Embroidery - Hoopla extravaganza in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by karin_ on: September 03, 2014 02:17:13 AM
My mom has a fantastic embroidery sewing machine (a Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond) and every time I visit her I take some time to play around with it. These are a couple of pieces I made the last time I visited - "Subversive Cross Stitch" inspired machine embroidery!

I programmed the designs myself in 4D Cross Stitch, and I actually liked the "Girls just wanna have..." one so much that I ended up making several versions in different colors. Most of them are embroidered on plain cotton, but I also tried some structured linen (the one in the large hoop above for example). That's one thing I love about machine embroidery, you can experiment and make several versions of a design in a relatively short time. Not so much so with traditional cross stitch!

I also made a couple of hooplas featuring "subversified" sayings in Swedish (my native language). Not sure how to translate them into English though...  Roll Eyes

Most of them were mounted in embroidery hoops I had laying around, but I also took a trip to the thrift store to buy some frames which I painted to fit the designs.

I hope you like them! I actually sold two of these within minutes of posting them on facebook, so I would consider that a success. And of course I am keeping a few for my own wall! :-)

Comments and criticism welcome!  Kiss

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3  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 2 (signups until Nov 18, Send by Dec 9) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by karin_ on: November 11, 2011 11:25:29 PM
Would personalized ornaments be allowed, like in the regular SSS when people do customized offerings? I was thinking of maybe offering a felt photo ornament like these:

I made a set of these for my family last year and they seemed to go over well. They are made of felt, with the photo printed on printable fabric (not iron on, the nice kind!) So, whoever got me would just need to email a portrait photo.
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4  Re: Paper and Ephemera Swap - Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by karin_ on: September 03, 2011 01:29:43 AM
Great packages! I don't know a thing about embossing, but it looks really cool! Smiley And those vintage images are great!

I received my thank you from indigo_roses today: Two lovely ATCs! And see that tiny card on the left? Too cute! Smiley

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5  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by karin_ on: March 25, 2011 01:09:31 AM
Lovely book, noo, can't wait to see it finished! I must confess I have been eyeing your metal punch signs and am mighty jealous! Smiley

My art journal has been pretty neglected these past weeks, lots of thesis work... But here are a couple of completed pages:

Will scan the rest and post soon!
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6  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by karin_ on: January 31, 2011 12:32:57 PM
Awesome pages Imrahil! And I think I can spot a scrap from our swap! Smiley

I just uploaded my February spread for the calendar challenge... I wanted to make a Valentines themed spread, but it turned out a little too cutesy... Might have to splatter it with some black paint later! Smiley

I also made a couple of background papers using the shaving cream marbling method I found over in the techniques thread!

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7  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by karin_ on: January 23, 2011 02:04:41 PM
Adorable owl! And congrats gavagai on the life change! Smiley

Here are some of my first journal pages for 2011. I've been playing around with different color combinations and drawing lots of different faces.

By the way, mine isn't strictly an "altered" journal since I am working in a new book... I hope it's still OK that I post pics here! Would love to get comments and tips from you talented gals.
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8  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by karin_ on: January 07, 2011 05:23:13 AM
Hey guys! I haven't participated in this craftalong before, but I just wanted to drop in and say thanks for all the inspiration I've found in this great thread! I just finished my very first art/visual journal, and I've been stalking this thread for ideas and inspiration for months. Smiley I loved journaling for these past months, so you might see more of my pages from now on. If you'd like to see some pages from my first journal, I've posted them here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369274.0. Would love to hear your comments and ideas!

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9  First Visual Journal! (pic obese) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by karin_ on: January 07, 2011 05:18:18 AM

I finally finished my very first visual/art journal! I'm really excited to show it to all the journaling pros here. Would love to hear your comments, ideas and advice!

These are some of my favorite pages. Most of the writing is in Swedish... One of the things I want to improve for my next journal is to add more ART into my art journal! Many of the pages in this one are more journalling and writing, either plain or on painted/collaged backgrounds. For my next journal (I'm starting a new one straight away!) I want to do more pages with mostly art and less writing. Any ideas on how to get started would be welcome!

I apologize for the quality of the pictures, my scanner isn't the best... How do you guys scan/photograph your pages?

Hope you like them! C/C welcome!
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10  TRUE BLOOD Sookie and Bill costumes! (pic heavy) in Halloween Costumes by karin_ on: November 02, 2010 02:32:21 AM
You might think that I'm a year late, but I got this idea in my head and couldn't get rid of it, so it had to be... Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton for Halloween! The silly thing is that I have brown, chin length hair and my boyfriend's hair is reddish blonde and very short... So these fairly simple costumes became a lot more complicated than they could have been!  Roll Eyes

This is me in my brand new blonde wig! This was the most Sookie-like style I could find. I sewed the apron myself, and customized the t-shirt to fit Sookie's Merlotte's uniform. I did change one thing in the costume: Short shorts might work well in southern USA, but in Sweden at the end of October it's just not an option! Black trousers worked well with my black and white sneakers.

Some close ups of the apron and t-shirt. I sewed the apron from scratch out of green broadcloth, it has a pocket on the front and the Merlotte's logo was made using a printable fabric sheet and appliqued to the front of the apron. The t-shirt is customized with another printed Merlotte's logo.

On to Bill... One of the good things about this costume is that you can wear pretty much normal clothes. I did the make up for this one, using a regular concealer, some white and black Halloween makeup, a red lip liner and of course some fake blood (the same used on on my neck).  The most time consuming thing about this was the wig. We couldn't find a perfect Bill hairstyle, so we bought a wig with much longer hair, and I had to cut it to style. The first pic shows the original wig (called "Liam", I'm guessing after the Oasis singer) and the second one is after the haircut.

We also made a couple of Tru:Blood bottles using Bacardi Breezer Watermelon. Just stuck them in hot water to peel of the labels, printed labels we found online, and attached them using my Xyron Create-A-Sticker! This is the result:

Bill having a drink:

Bill having another drink:

And this shot shows the retractable plastic fangs in all their glory (please excuse the adorable goofy facial expression! Kiss):

If anyone's interested in making their own Sookie costume for next year, here are the images I used for her outfit. The first one is for the T-shirt, and the second is for the apron. I used printable fabric sheets, but you could easily use iron-on sheets too. They'd just be a little less long lasting.

That's it! Whew! Sorry about all the pics, but this is the first time I've had anything to show for a challenge so I'm very excited!  Tongue I would love to hear your comments!!

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