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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dresden Plate potholder - 100% hand sewn on: October 06, 2014 12:00:18 PM
Thanks everyone!  Smiley The cat fabric is actually a Spoonflower fabric by awesome designer Andrea Lauren. This particular fabric looks like it's been discontinued, but I can totally recommend a look through her Spoonflower shop - lots of fun and quirky designs! :-) (http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/andrea_lauren)
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dresden Plate potholder - 100% hand sewn 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?
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: The one I didn't want to give away on: September 19, 2014 12:13:09 AM
Beautiful quilt, I am amazed by the hand stitching! What are the dimensions - lap sized? You must have such patience.  Shocked
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Ticker Tape Skulls Art Quilt! on: September 19, 2014 12:10:18 AM
This is fantastic and looks SO well done! Hard to believe you're not a professional quilter. I was wondering, did you use any type of batting under the individual "tiles" in the fabric mosaic? I love how they look a little 3D!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Subversive Machine Embroidery - Hoopla extravaganza on: September 04, 2014 11:30:13 PM
Still giggling. And wonderful job all the same. I would hang a cuss word on my wall any day! In any language. It would make neat conversation to describe to friends...and selected family...what it means  Cheesy


Thanks again! Us swedes are pretty relaxed about cuss words so I wouldn't think twice about hanging one on my wall either. :-)
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Subversive Machine Embroidery - Hoopla extravaganza on: September 03, 2014 11:02:21 PM
Thanks for you lovely comments, they really made my day!!  Kiss Kiss

Ha, I understand the right one in swedish - it's one for all, all for one, is it?
The second one is "love and respect - should they be so hard?", at least that's what google says. Since svart also means black, I guess there are some cynical submessages in there? Like, "your love - has it to be that bad"?
Anyway, I really like it and never would have guessed it is machine stitched.


karin, your first Swedish hoop has a cuss word  Grin But fits the sentence exactly.
it says, "Love and respect, it should be so f-king black" {'black' meaning...black and white and obvious?}

second one is, "Hen for all, all for hen". {probably having to do with farming, cooking, kitchens, and feeding large families. Just my silly American guess.}


Very nice projects. I love your girls want to have....hoop. Don't we all wish for that? your flower embellishments are cool, too. wonderful job.

You are both close but not quite right! Let me see if I can try to explain...

The "Hen" hoop is a play on the traditional "one for all, all for one" but the "one" is substituted by new Swedish gender neutral pronoun "hen" (a mix between hon=she and han=he). Gender neutral pronouns are being discussed a lot in the Swedish feminist/lgbt-communities at the moment so the hoop is a comment on that (obviously, I'm all for trans rights and am amazed that we haven't had a gender neutral pronoun before now!).

The "Krlek och respekt" one I would translate loosely as something like "Love and respect - is that really so f****ng hard?". The last word is svrt (=hard) and not svart (=black). Note the little ring over the a!  And yes, "jvla" is a Swedish cuss word! :-) I didn't black it out since I figured so few Craftsters speak Swedish anyway. :-)

I hope that explains everything a bit better! Cheesy
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Subversive Machine Embroidery - Hoopla extravaganza 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

8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 101 ENTRIES / Re: Crocheted River Rocks on: August 11, 2014 12:14:21 AM
Ooh, I love crochet covered stones! Yours are so pretty. I love the idea of leaving them around town for someone to find! :-)
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Magic Mosaic on: October 12, 2012 11:52:08 PM
This is just too awesome!!  Shocked
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: August 2012 Ongoing Pinterest D&G on: August 29, 2012 09:51:50 PM
Karin, I would love to help you out but you didn't link us your Pinterest!

How silly am I... Roll Eyes I was so sure I had the link in my signature, but it turns out all I have there is the old wist I don't even use anymore! So sorry. My pinterest is at http://pinterest.com/karinbroberg/!
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