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1  Re: Fiber Friday, 3/13/2009 Friday the 13th!! in Spinning: Completed Projects by homegrownrose on: March 14, 2009 08:31:45 AM
There are SO many beautiful yarns this week!! Smiley   Here are mine:

1. 100% camel yarn.  This was so much fun to spin, and turned out so beautiful, spun thin.  It is its natural color.



2. This is some yarn that I overspun to look "romantic" - sortof curly and unpredictable, yet soft.



This is what it looks like dyed and rolled up in a ball:



3. Here are some other things I've been spinning lately:



And one of them dyed up using clothing dye (love how it gives a pastel color!)



I have some gorgeous pink that I dyed as well, but I don't have a picture at the moment.

Love seeing everyone's yarns!
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2  Recovered Scrapbook Tote in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by homegrownrose on: March 10, 2009 12:54:19 PM
I'm not 100% sure if this is the right place, but since I use this ONLY for my paper craft supplies, I thought I'd share here. Smiley

I have been slowly revamping my creative space.  One of the banes of my creative existence has been my scrapbook tote.  It has served me well, as an amazing gift from from my best friend, years ago, but frankly, I had beaten the hell out of it.  We'll just say it had been well loved.

I wanted to continue to use it because it functioned well, aside from a few torn pockets and busted zippers... it just looked like it had been used and abused (which it had).  I tried cleaning it off, but it seemed to only get worse, and that did not remedy the broken zippers & ripped pockets issue.  I really couldn't take it to a crop without feeling self conscious either.  I'm hard on my equipment, apparently.

So, in the spirit of revamping my creative space, I decided that I needed to give my tote a makeover.  Take a deep breath... here's what it looked like before:







I feel bad... truly.  Its a good tote - and one of the biggest things that has lasted for me year after year.  I'm a bad tote-mama.

To redeem myself, I went and picked out a pretty upholstery style fabric.  Can't beat the price either at $2/yd!

Then I sewed and sewed and sewed....



After many long hours of sewing, hot-gluing, and cursing a little bit (I have a few blisters), here are the results:





Isn't she beautiful?  I made a huge pocket on the front, double-seamed for durability and with plenty of give for storage.  There are NO ZIPPERS on the outside pocket.  On one side you can see that I sewed a couple of elastic strips on as well, that I use to store my pens & scissors for easy transport.  As a little something extra, I stuffed dried lavender blossoms between the fabric and the tote itself so it smells wonderful, too.

I love that this beautiful tote won't wind up in a landfill somewhere, and that I was able to revamp it for less than $5 worth of fabric (seriously took less than 2 yards of the $2/yd fabric!).  I have enough of the fabric leftover that I may make a tote or two that coordinate with it to hold extra scrap goodies for crops! 
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3  Re: Fibre Friday - 6th March 2009 - First of Spring! in Spinning: Completed Projects by homegrownrose on: March 06, 2009 08:32:44 PM
These are from last week! Smiley



Merino Roving



Handspun



Kool-aid dyed, and called "Spectrum" (I spun it in honor of my daughter who has Autism and started her Special Olympics training today!



This one is called "Beet Juice" (which would be cooler if I had actually used beets to dye it, but I used Kool-Aid)

Thanks everyone!  I have a bunch of other yarns to share soon!
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4  Peasant Top (with alterations from original pattern) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by homegrownrose on: July 30, 2008 09:26:29 AM


I left the elastic out of the sleeves to give it a different look and added a button on the center front. Smiley  Original Pattern from Just Tutes
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5  Pants & Shirt from recycled clothing (2 Tutorial links Included) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by homegrownrose on: July 15, 2008 10:20:04 PM
Hi All!  I've been sewing up some clothes for fall, and have been creating tutorials as I go.  Here's one outfit that I made from a woman's tunic, size Large.  (Tutorial Links below!)





Check out the Tutorial for the shirt here!

Check out the Tutorial for the pants here!
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