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41  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery Rooster with Jacobean Flowers on: November 27, 2008 09:49:54 AM
First - Lilyvanilli did this incredible piece of work that I completely lusted over, obsessed about, looked at over and over... So I decided to make one for my Mum for Christmas; I think it will go really well with her kitchen.

I admit - this is a complete knock off (I'm not claiming ANY originality for this.). Props to Lily for her awesome color choices that simply couldn't be improved upon.

Still needs washing and ironing.
42  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lilac Towel Set on: November 22, 2008 06:42:28 PM
My mother-in-law's kitchen has wallpaper with a lilac pattern, so for Christmas, I decided to make her a lilac towel set.

The embroidered towel took about 4 days of on and off stitching and is done in stem stitch, back stitch, colonial knot, and an open lazy daisy stitch. The pattern is vintage - mid-1940s (the transfer came with a Workbasket Magazine from that era).

The huck woven towel took about 45 minutes to do. The pattern is from the May 1954 issue of Workbasket Magazine.

Comments/criticism appreciated, as always!
43  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / YWAM towel for S-I-L's Christmas gift... on: November 22, 2008 06:11:53 PM
Long story short, my SIL and her husband do mission work for YWAM. Currently, they are starting a flight school to train missionaries, so that needed medicine, supplies, food, etc. can be dropped/delivered in impoverished areas of the world. Her husband is a pilot and is licensed to teach. The school opens early 2009!

Annnnyway, since the school is their 'baby' and their kitchen is decorated with a flight type of theme (they have airplane drawer pulls and cabinet knobs), I decided to use their flight school logo to embroider a tea towel for their kitchen.

The towel:

I'm debating about filling in the YAFTA letters with satin stitch - they are solid red on the official logo. What do you think?

Comments/criticism appreciated!

(to see their actual logo, you can go here: http://www.ywamaviation.org/pgs/Home.php - wasn't sure about the legality of lifting their pic from the site and posting it here, myself.)
44  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zig Zag Pocket Bag on: October 24, 2008 07:05:00 AM
I made this bag for a swap I am in. My partner received today, so it is safe to post. I love this pattern! It is Vogue V8274. The pattern calls for the front pockets to be made from one fabric, but I used two for contrast. The bag went together very easily, but I wasn't 100% pleased with my lining. I had to make some adjustments to that.

Comments/criticism appreciated.

I'm planning to make another for my step-daughter for Christmas, but in her favorite colors (lime green, turquoise, and purple). Believe it or not, I found the most perfect fabric in those colors! Also I'll need to make the next bag smaller to fit her frame.
45  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / unthemed tea towel set on: October 20, 2008 07:01:27 PM
Seeing La La Laurrenn's crafty little snail reminded me that I never got around to posting pictures of some towels I did for a swap...

There was absolutely no theme - I just picked several of my partner's themes of choice and did one for each...

Theme: vintage

Theme: vintage, flowers, monograms, green

Theme: vintage, owl

Thanks for looking! Comments/criticism welcomed...
46  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / More Huck Weaving (Sorry! I REALLY like doing this!) Img heavy on: October 04, 2008 06:24:41 AM
Ok - here are three more towels I did over the past couple days. I personally love the Burgundy shaded towel, color-wise, but I think my favorite pattern is the blue one. The green/pink/yellow one makes me think of Easter.

Anyway - I used vintage Workbasket Magazine patterns, various issues. I did modify the pattern on the green/pink/yellow one. The top and bottom green were just straight stitches all the way across, which looked to plain, plus I wanted to add some height to the design, so I added the loops on every 3rd stitch.

And I'm starting another one today, in all Autumny colors - shading from dark brown to a cinnamon color, to leaf orange, to yellow. I think it will be really pretty.

47  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vintage Huck Weaving Pattern - on tea towel on: October 01, 2008 10:35:24 AM
 So I decided to try my hand at Huck Weaving. I had ordered some huck towels to embroider, for a tea towel swap. I wasn't impressed with the towel quality for embroidery. The weave was too loose, but they were still good towels and I hate to waste...

I pulled out my stack of vintage 'Workbasket' magazines and chose a pattern for huck weaving. Oh my gosh - this is so addictive, so quick (for those of us who like instant gratification, so inexpensive (for us frugal types), and soooo pretty when it's finished.

The only thing I can't decide is whether or not I should cut the towel in half and crochet a towel topper on, to hang it from the fridge handle by? Or leave it long... Your thoughts on this would be appreciated!

Close up of the stitches...

Action shot on my stove...

Another random shot...

Oh! Almost forgot...

I used 6 strands DMC embroidery floss in colors 907, 906, and 905. The pattern was from the Workbasket issue May 1954.

48  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / What to do when a table needs refinishing? Crochet a runner! on: September 25, 2008 06:52:41 PM
I am a sucker for anything vintage, and I fell in love with this pattern the moment I laid eyes on it. I bought the book, Hiawatha Household Crochet Book No. 14 (c)1945, on ebay, specifically for another pattern that I had found free online. I also liked this one, from the same book, so I figured that if I liked two, I might like the rest! I was right - out of the entire book, there is only one pattern that I didn't care about one way or the other.

But this is the one that just had to be made!

So I finally made it... 11" x 24", 53 individual motifs.

49  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pretty Puffs Slouchy Hat on: September 15, 2008 03:00:28 PM
So my step-daughter turns 13 tomorrow, and I wanted to make her something for the cool weather in Maine, where she lives. I ended up making this hat.

I used Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends in Sky. Personally, I think it came out pretty well, and my 11 year old (modeling) loves it... but I'm hoping our 13 year old does!
50  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Look What the Cat Dragged In (a.k.a. Cat Scratch Fever) on: September 05, 2008 06:42:28 PM
So, My entry for the ironic cozy challenge is rather mundane compared to a few I have seen entered, thus far, but mine should get points for cutesy! =)

My poor optical mouse is so old, the finish is worn off where my hands rest, and it was looking cold. After all, 6 years is a long time for a mouse to be alive.
So, we have a mouse cozy that looks like a... Mouse!

Of course, my pencil jar didn't take too kindly to being left out in the cold, all the attention lavished on a rodent! I was able to whip up a pencil jar cozy in a matter of minutes...

Now they have made peace on my desk. Here they are together:

Both are crocheted, then embellished.
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