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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Zombie Valentine on: February 17, 2011 06:27:06 PM
This is my first time posting a project in the needlework category! Also the first project I've done that was so involved. I've only ever stitched letters and words on things, and usually all in the same color.

Here it is!

Detail shot:

I designed and drew it myself. It is done entirely in split stitch, as it was the only stitch I knew at the time. By at the time, I mean 2-3 weeks ago. I just learned satin stitch.

I'm not in love with the way the black eye turned out, but I think it's not bad for a first try.

C&C always welcome!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery stiches that look like lace on: February 17, 2011 04:50:50 PM
I'm embroidering a wedding portrait, and I've hit a roadblock with the dress. I want to make it really ornate, but I want to stick to thread, i.e. no beading or appliques. I've looked into tatting and needle lace, but I don't think that is what I'm looking for.

So, are there any embroidery stitches that can make something look like lace?
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Satin Stitch: a few questions on: December 26, 2010 09:44:18 AM
Hi everyone! I have a project in mind that I'd like to use the satin stitch for, and I have a few questions.

(1) Is there a recommended length limit for the satin stitch? Whenever I try the stitch over a relatively long distance, the fabric gets all bunchy.
(2) Can I use the satin stitch around other stitches? I'd like to satin stitch a face around split or chain stitched features.
(3) Should I outline the area to be satin stitched? If so, what stitch should I use?

Any wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Have you seen this slip cover? on: August 21, 2009 09:35:55 PM
I remember stumbling upon a particular diy slip cover project (for a couch), but I must not have bookmarked the page because now I can't find it. Huh I was wondering if any of you had heard of this project or knew the website.
The slip cover had two pieces: one that basically draped over the whole couch and one plus-sign shaped piece that went over the top of the first piece. You'd then secure the side parts (the parts draped over the arms) of the plus-sign pieces to the back parts or just leave the side parts to hang.

This is my MSPaint rendering. The burgundy is the outline of the plus-sign shaped piece.

Please let me know if you have any leads. Thanks!!!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / OMG...Shoes! on: July 13, 2009 09:51:35 PM
Hey, eager swappers!! There are a few threads here proposing a shoe swap, but it looks like this genius idea never got put into play. We clearly have some serious shoe-decorating talent here at craftster; look at all these fabulous goodies: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=241.0!! I suggest we put it to good use with a swap! Cheesy Here's my idea:

*We have sign ups like normal.
*You get a week to discuss with your partner, go out and buy a pair of shoes that fit you, and send them to your partner.
*You get a month or so to pimp your partner's shoes to the high heavens and maybe also make two smalls(??).
*You receive an awesome pair of shoes in the mail and show them off to everyone in the gallery. Wink
I'd be willing to organize, though it'd be my first time.

Any suggestions? Does anyone have a particular time frame in mind? I'd personally like to wait 'til mid-August. What do you think??

Thanks for reading!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I think I've killed my sewing machine. on: July 11, 2009 11:37:42 AM
I'm having some trouble with my machine, and I wanted to run it by the experts. Cheesy This is what my machine is doing when I set it for a simple straight stitch. I've changed the tension, and it has no effect. Huh

It looks the same at other tensions. (Enlarge the thumbnails to see)

This end had a tail (extra thread) when I started, but I guess it got pulled along as I went.

Also, this is what it did to a three-step zig zag. The light blue was the spool thread and the dark blue was the bobbin thread.

In addition to messing with the tension, I've rethreaded the machine and dusted it out with compressed air, but nothing is working. It's a three-year-old brother machine, and I've never had this kind of trouble before. I've never even done a gathering stitch (on purpose, anyway). Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


EDIT: I just tried the dental floss thing suggested by cyndiq in this thread (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312034.0) and made sure the tension discs were catching the thread and actually changing the tension when I turned the knob. Still no luck.
I have a Brother LS2125.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Contact paper on windows. Is it REALLY removable? on: June 21, 2009 01:38:02 PM
Hi, everyone! I'll be living in my first apartment next year (very excited) and I think I'd like to use some sort of film for my window.

The window has no hardware for window treatments, and I'm not allowed to install any. I could probably use a tension rod, but I like the idea of keeping the window simple, as there will be a lot of colors and textures going on already.

I've seen people suggest all sorts of "ready made" products from ikea and home improvement stores, but I'm a poor college student: I'd like to keep the budget for this project around $10. I stumbled upon a project in the design sponge blog (http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/03/diy-project-window-films.html) using decorated contact paper. I like the idea of being able to customize my window clings.

My question is: are they really removable? A commenter on the blog claimed they were, but I would love to hear from you guys. Have you ever tried removing a project like this? How did it go?

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Girly "Man Wallet" on: August 08, 2008 06:11:14 PM
I've never been much of a purse girl, so I've always wanted a "man wallet" that could fit in my back pocket, hold a few cards and some cash, and still fit my personality. So, I finally got brave enough to actually try making one. It's based on e.r.i.k.a's tutorial (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0). The only difference is that I added card slots on the outside. So, here it is!

My camera was having focus issues...

The lining.

The wallet in action:

Any comments or feedback would be greatly appreciated!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My First Skirt :D on: August 05, 2008 04:25:47 PM
So, I got this fabric for Christmas and just now decided to use it. Sorry that my pictures aren't that great, but you get the general idea.

You probably can't tell, but it's a wrap skirt.

My first machine buttonhole!!

Any comments or feedback would be greatly appreciated!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My First Recon: T-shirt to Gathered-Neck Halter on: August 05, 2008 04:21:53 PM
Here it is! Yea, I have a pretty sweet farmer's tan.

Any comments or feedback would be greatly appreciated!!
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