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1  Monster hoodies in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by seamlessgem on: November 01, 2011 05:44:41 AM
This year my 4 year old son, who has refused to wear any form of costume since he was big enough to tell me so, requested one for the nursery Halloween party.
I was told that "I shall be an alien and you shall sew it for me Mummy!"
So this is what I came up with. I took a cheap blue hooded top and "monsterised" it.

It's really an update of this one that I made him when he was about 18 months old

He informed me that "it should have one silly eye poking out the top for looking at you with."

Aliens love chocolate, apparently.


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2  Posh interlined eyelet curtains/something from my day job. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by seamlessgem on: June 28, 2010 06:34:02 AM
I've been posting on Crafster for quite a while now and I realized that I had never put up anything I have made for my work.
I did an apprenticeship as a seamstress making hand sewn soft furnishings, back when I was about 17 (which is longer ago than I'd like to admit  Tongue) and I've been sewing professionally on and off ever since.
I've just finished the living room curtains and window seat cushions for a newly converted apartment in Edinburgh's old Royal Infirmary buildings. The curtains are made from a Jacquard weave fabric (so already really thick), then interlined(lined with a thick blanket like material), Then lined with high quality cream cotton sateen lining. This makes them extremely thick, heavy and perfect draft excluders for period properties that can't be fitted with double glazing. It also means making them is a rather slow and skilled job. At the bottom of this picture you can see an off cut with the layers in place.

The client wanted eyelet headings, so I had to first stiffen the tops with buckram (can't use tape it would leave tram lines of stitching at the top which would make it look cheap), workout the placement then cut the holes and set each eyelet in place (there were nearly a hundred Undecided).

I'm soooooooooo glad this part of the job is done, my fingers hurt!

I also made window seat cushions for the same room.

These had to hinge in the middle because the central part of each window opens like a pair of doors.
Here they are folded up, you also get to see my lovely (if cramped) work space.


I've now got to get on and finish the roman blinds for the bedrooms, one of which is over 3 meters long!
I'll post action shots when I go and hang it all soon.
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3  Buddist monk embroidery, for the Phat quarter zen swap. in Needlework: Completed Projects by seamlessgem on: June 08, 2010 04:27:39 AM
This is what I created for paghababian in the Zen swap over on Phat Quarter.
You can see my fellow swappers fantastic finished products here
http://www.flickr.com/groups/phatquarter/discuss/72157624005088763/

I wanted to create the simple and uncluttered feeling of a Japanese ink painting, something calming to rest your eyes on.



It's a bit bigger than the guide swap size of 7"x5" 'cause it just didn't feel right any smaller.

The red shrinky square contains the Japanese symbol for zen.



Here's a look at the back



I hung it on 2 bamboo chopsticks to give it that oriental scroll look.

I'm rather pleased with it and might have to make another one for myself!  Grin
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4  NastyBiscuit T-shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by seamlessgem on: May 28, 2010 02:38:55 AM
My best beloved is a talented DJ and goes by the name of NastyBiscuit and he's been going on at me to make him a shirt with it on for aaaaaaaages. Roll Eyes
so here it is:





The "nice" bit is free motion machine embroidered with glow in the dark thread and the "nasty" bit is puff
fabric paint.

For those of you outside the UK a Nice(pronounced like the french town not the adjective) Biscuit is a cheap generic coconut-ish flavoured cookie and it looks like this:



After a evening demolishing a whole packet of these between us we decided it would be cool if you could get them with Nasty written on instead and out of such humble beginnings his alias was born. He loves it 'cause it's stupid enough for people to remember! 
Here's a nice action shot of Mr Biscuit himself spinning some banging toons at a gig last week:


If you fancy a little listen you can find his show here on MuckFM.
http://muckfm.com/red-eye-player/the-nastybiscuit-box-9th-may-2010

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5  Octo-tastic freemotion embroidered hoody in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by seamlessgem on: April 12, 2010 09:30:30 AM
I bought this dodgy red(shade is more "tomato soupy" in real life) hoody off the sale rail in Tesco for a few quid.

After badly unpicking and ripping off the original cheesy motif (sorry, no before pic), I covered up the resulting mess Tongue with a panel cut from an old t-shirt and set to stitching on this big old sea monster.

I sketched him out roughly on freezer paper ironed it on, then stitched through it before ripping it all off and adding the detail freehand.

The design goes over the panels edges 'cause I never was the kinda kid to colour inside the lines and I think it looks cooler that way!

I'm really happy with the way it turned out and I've been wearing it loads Grin
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6  Head spinning and hands in the air. in Quilting: Completed Projects by seamlessgem on: April 01, 2010 02:22:58 AM
Just finished this quilt as a birthday present for my man. Three days early, how cool is that!
I might actually have time to bake him a cake now.  Grin

Sorry for the less than perfect photography, I was getting loads of glare off the snow and the wind was blowing it around a bit... Tongue
I made this to stop him going on and on about this quilt http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=313578.msg3606403#msg3606403 Know to him as "That quilt you should never have given away!" It's got the same appliqued motif, but while the original was only about 14" square, this is 50" square and is more heavily quilted than I have ever attempted before.

The centre is echo quilted and the black panels have quilted outlines of mine and my sons hands with infills of random stippling.

Here's the label which I free hand embroidered on my machine.
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7  Self portrait, squiggly mini art quilt. in Quilting: Completed Projects by seamlessgem on: March 08, 2010 09:07:14 AM
We recently got a web cam (thanks Mum&Dad!). The low-res images you can make with them are really inspiring and really lend themselves to translation into graphic designs.
This little quilt (approx 10" x 12") was an experiment and I'm not to sure what I want to do about finishing the edges. I quite like them open with all the batting sticking out!








My darling man always moans at me for not signing my work, but I remembered this time!
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8  acorn pin cushion/what to do with all those yogurt pots. in Needlework: Completed Projects by seamlessgem on: February 08, 2010 08:33:34 AM
This is what I made gamemom42 for the "one tiny thing" swap.

I made acorn cup with the little pot from an activia really creamy yogurt. They are such nice rounded little pots and I find it really hard to chuck them out.
I covered the pot with a scrap of silk I had been hanging onto for aaages (Hoarder... Me? Never...)
and made the acorn itself from a (new) brown sock, left over from a sock monkey making marathon I did a while back.

The leaves have a bit of free-motion machine embroidery embellishment.
My partner said she needed a needle book after I had started this so I added a wee one between the leaves.

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9  Re: OTT 23 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by seamlessgem on: February 08, 2010 02:30:30 AM
Really luvin the bright orange of that quilt square!

Here's my lovely owl pincushion from gamemom42

I love spice colours and it has an antique embroidery feel about it that is brilliant.

I'm very relived that mine finally got through to you gamemom, I was really worried that it would be lost forever in the vagaries of the Scottish postal system!
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10  red cog shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by seamlessgem on: December 10, 2009 01:26:10 AM
Here's the first of several T-shirts I'm crafting for my best beloved's Christmas present.
I'm a bit hung up on cogs right now and I really like the soft edges this style of applique gives to the industrial shapes. The cogs are cut from an old shirt of mine I had ruined while trying to funky it up a bit Roll Eyes(I don't like to let anything go to waste).

Here is the finished shirt modeled by the embroidered portrait of the recipient.

The colours have gone a bit odd in these pictures, but I guess it is a bit of an odd combination anyway, a deep red wine coloured shirt with tomato soup coloured cogs.  Tongue
I like it... I hope he does!

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