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11  Name that technique - what stitch is this? in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by wealhtheow on: January 16, 2007 06:30:06 PM

This is traditional Norwegian embroidery as found on some of the folk costumes -- and is apparently a national secret.  I cannot find instructions on how it's done or patterns... I've pirated enough pics to figure out the motifs, but could you tell me - is this just a satin stitch?  It is so beautiful, and I want to add it to my flower girl's dress to reflect my heritage. :-)
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12  Knitting tape measure - sheepy shaped in Knitting: Completed Projects by wealhtheow on: December 31, 2006 07:31:28 PM

Sorry, it's not a really great picture.

I got this idea from a catalog I received in the mail.  I knew my sister, a knitter, would love it, so I proceeded to stitch it up.  I just took the clip off the back of an extra tape measure (the thin, plastic kind).  Then, I traced around the tape onto a scrap of fuzzy fabric, making the shape just a smidge larger, sewed it right-sides together and turned it out.  Then I stitched up the hole up to the part where the tape comes out (yes, it comes out his "butt").
I stitched on some features, using the catalog picture, hot-glued the legs and ears, and voila!
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13  Autumn weddng DIY's in progress (img heavy and getting heavier) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by wealhtheow on: December 31, 2006 06:52:53 PM
In the spirit of collecting and sharing cool ideas from other Craftsters... here's some of what I've been working on for my September 07 wedding:
Memorial votives -- photos printed in sepia tone onto velum and double-stick taped to votive holders.  The photos are bad, but they look very nice in person.   I would love to hear any ideas about how to display them.



DONE Card basket: hot glue and a basket I've had for a couple years:



DONE Bout's and corsages from silk - they are pinned onto watercolor paper and labeled for easy reference:



I will be making:
the flower girl dress from an adorable Simplicity pattern closer to the date because my flower girl is growing like a weed!

*done* Here's a super-easy flat-bottomed purse I made for my flower girl from 2 remnants - 1 for six cents and one for a little over a buck -- beautiful sparkly red acetate, and there's loads of it left.  I added some clear glass beads I had laying around and a little applique'd flower on the front the matches the pattern of the fabric I'm using for her dress.


wraps for the bridesmaids, also from Simplicity
little black pursesalso for my bridesmaids using remnant fabric and costing about a total of $3.  Excuse the pics, they are quite nice-looking in person. :-)


possibly the groom's vest (McCall's)
The cake topper - Little People. The idea is from another post on this forum that I thought was SO Cute and original ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=47293.0 ).  I am trying to come up with something to go behind them on their pedestal so it doesn't look too blank.


 I am still looking for ideas about decoration for the reception and ways to make everyone feel "recognized/special."  So far, I have made/embroidered handkerchiefs for my mom and soon to be mom-in law, and I plan to chip carve some more
ornaments
and boxes for the wedding party. 
Guestbook Pen - a wooden blank that was turned by a friend and ready for carving.  All you do is insert the "guts" of a Bic Stic pen, and there you go.  I think I'm going to paint the ugly little plastic part, or possibly wrap it in ribbon. It will be stained, but it's too cold here for outdoor work or proper ventillation. :-)


 My bridesmaids are getting personalized denim totes, which I wil also post when they're done.

Thanks for looking and any comments/suggestions/questions are welcome!

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14  chip-carved ornaments in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by wealhtheow on: December 27, 2006 09:01:59 PM
Just wanted to show off one of the ornaments I made for xmas and have not yet given away.  They are chip-carved basswood rounds with little screw-in loops and metallic string.  The pattern is from my good friend, Mr. Barton.
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15  Mistake cover-up ideas - Smudged Bruce Campbell in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by wealhtheow on: December 11, 2006 07:42:48 PM


I wasn't able to take a very good picture of what I wanted to show you, but I smudged the paint onto a few areas above the text on the shirt.  (Please ignore the white stuff, it's just tailor's chalk so I could tell where I wanted the design once it was stretched out.)  I am trying so hard to think of something I can stencil over those areas that won't totally ruin the design and will possibly be relevant to "Army of Darkness."  Any ideas for "design accents"/aka "oops cover-ups"?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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16  Stitch marker diameter question + pic of WIP in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by wealhtheow on: December 06, 2006 07:23:26 PM

Here are the silly stitch markers I am making for my sister for xmas -- one problem: I got the bottom parts done, but I'm unsure how big the top loop/hoop should be.  I've read various things on various sites including this one, but they all use different supplies.  As knitters (which unfortunately I am not), what would be a good size/variety of sizes for this part?
Thank you!
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17  NERDS Advent calendar in Winter Holidays by wealhtheow on: November 29, 2006 06:36:27 PM

Sorry for the crappy pic.  I'd take more, but it HAD to be in the mail the morning after we made it. :-)
I just had to share:
Last night, the boy and I spent the evening making an advent calendar for his sis out of: A bag of mini Nerds boxes, a half-piece of poster board, some wrapping paper, packing tape and my trusty inkjet printer.  I'm working on posting pics, but the upload is really really slow tonight.  Anyway, it's easy enough to accomplish and turns out pretty darn cute.  First, empty out the Nerds (we left one box full, just for a "surprise"). Print out little labels, 4 x1.5" with numbers 1 through 24 on them, and wrap around the boxes, securing with tape.  Stuff the boxes with little toys, tiny scrolled messages, coins, chocolates, etc and tape the flaps shut. 

Now to make the holder: you can use pretty much any method you'd like, but basically wrap the cardstock around the boxes so that it covers 3 sides, leaving one edge facing out so you can see the number on the label and mark that measurement.  Cut a strip that width using the entire length of  your posterboard.  Using glue stick, cover the posterboard with wrapping paper and let dry. 
Use the same method you would use to wrap a present to create the bottom of the box and tape/hot glue into place. 
Place small boxes in holder and fold down the excess at top to mark then cut slits so the top can be folded over flat, with the excess covering most of the boxes on top to keep them in place.

At this point, I reinforced the whole thing with packing tape, which you really could do after letting the glue dry. 
Then, I used a needle to create an embroidery-floss loop for hanging at the top and I used the holiday embellishment from the treats we bought to fill the boxes to decorate the front.  Voila!   Total cost: about 5 bucks.  Time: about an hour, including coming up with all the cute little things to stuff the box with. Let me know if you want to make one of your own and need clarification! :-)
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18  Re: Silverware in What the heck can I do with THIS? by wealhtheow on: November 04, 2006 03:45:35 PM
Well, I'm sorry to say I didn't make this, but I did purchase it at a craft fair and it accompanies me to work at least 3 days out of the week. :-) It looks relatively simple to make -- I believe it is probably heated (butane torch?) and bent repeatedly until the "fork/spoon part" falls off (possible hacksawed), then bent around a mold, filed and heated at the ends to smooth, then small holes are drilled in both ends of both pieces and hardware/beads are added.  I haven't tried it yet, but plan to sometime in the future.  The coolest feature of this bracelet is that it has magnetic clasps, so all you do is drape it over your wrist and it closes for you. :-)
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19  Ducky Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by wealhtheow on: October 25, 2006 06:06:20 PM
I made this for a friend's new baby in the spring -- my first non-crazy-or-plain-square quilt. :-)
Sorry it's a little blurry.
Anyway, I picked up the pattern for a song via web, but it's not too hard to figure out - just squares and triangles, then applique'd eyes (basically yo-yo's).  The ducks came together very quickly, but cutting everything out seemed to take forever!
There was a really nice yellow-striped border around the original, but I was running out of time and wanted to have it ready for the little one's arrival, so I just used yellow quilt binding. And, since I don't have a quilt rack, it is just hand-tied with some pretty yellow and white Cream and Sugar yarn. 
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