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1  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by chirel on: August 18, 2014 10:40:40 PM
So here are some of the patches I made.

I really like sewing by hand so this kind of work is very meditative for me and I enjoy doing it. Also my stash of clothes that need mending and repairs is smaller now Smiley
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2  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by chirel on: August 09, 2014 06:45:52 AM
I'm back with yet another decade long project Cheesy

Years ago I dabbled at pottery and made some project that resulted with tiny clay stars. I fell in love with those and decided to try to make beads from them. It was a risk, but they worked! The holes I'd made stayed open. I painted the stars and did nothing with them. Fast forward ten years (at least) and here they are Smiley

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3  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by chirel on: August 06, 2014 09:05:35 AM
Some serious destashing this time.

I made paper with orange peels that I dried last year with the idea that I'll use them for papermaking right away...

The other batch is made with Cota tinctoria I saved ten years ago when I attended a course on dyeing Tongue And yes… I meant to use them right away  Grin

So happy it's not taking up space in my freezer any more \o/ And it made such lovely paper Smiley The orange peel didn't work as well as I'd hoped. I'll have to use some washing soda next time I try.
The paper pulp is made of a batch of old important papers that needed to be shredded. Didn't really manage to even make a dent in that stash Tongue
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4  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by chirel on: July 30, 2014 01:02:38 PM
So here is something I made that actually fits the map theme \o/ My first de-stashing project Smiley

Here's a link to a more detailed description of the process and materials.

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5  Plaster frame into jewelry holder in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by chirel on: July 30, 2014 12:24:39 PM
This is one of those never-ending projects, a crash landed UFO (UnFinished Object) that finally got finished! I'm really happy Smiley

This is part of DeStash-along 2014 so I'll list the materials.

At least four years ago a friend brought the plaster frame to me because it was broken and apparently could not be fixed. You can see the cracs on the corners where the plaster had cracked. The wooden frame beneath the plaster was a bit loose but otherwise fine, so I accepted the frame. I knew instantly that I'd want to use it to make a jewelry holder.

Other materials:
the sea chart I got from someone, who said it was out of date and too worn and torn to be used, but that she thought I might think of something to do with it. Sea chart is kind of like a map and maps are just awesome! So I said yes even though I had no idea what I would make of it (earlier I've used it for cards and there's still some left).
The lace is leftover from a steampunk style skirt I made. It was the exact right lenght for this project! No leftovers \o/
The hooks I had bought for my kitchen. Screwing them on the board beneath my top cupboards proved to be so difficult that I decided one was enough. These three have been waiting for a new purpose for two years.
Corkboard I got through a recycling group on Facebook.
Oaints: green I already had. The gold and glitter I had to buy. They are the only things I bought for this!
Last week when I decided to finally finish this project I intended to go buy some kind of lace and hooks and other stuff, but then I found the DeStash-along and decided to make do with what I had at home. I'm really glad I did, because I didn't need to wait for a chance to go to the stores and I was able to put these materials in use instead of just storing them.

The frame without jewelry. And in this photo you can see that the hooks are not straight, but it doesn't matter as I only noticed it in this photo.

The process:
I glued the loose corners and painted the frame first with green, then applied gold to highlight the ornaments and last I added some glitter.
I re-positioned the wire in the back. (The frame used to be horizontal.)
I cut the cork board and glued the chart on it. And the lace on the chart. Then glued the cork board behind the frame. It was the exact right thickness.
Then I screwed the hooks through the cork board (lot easier than screwing them on the kitchen board Cheesy ). The difficult part was cutting the extra length off of the screws so they wouldn't scratch the wall. i tried cutting them and sawing them but finally had to ask for help.

A picture of one of the cracks. I think they just add to the frame and make it more interesting. There's actually a small piece missing from one corner (the edges of the crack had broken off), but I just painted it over and now you can hardly notice it. This is also a detail of the paint job.

It's hard to understand how it took four years to finish something that was so easy to explain, but I suppose I just needed the time to think through different solutions while I focused on other things.

Most of the jewerly is also my designs. (Although you can't really see them.)
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6  Cushions to match my mums quilt in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by chirel on: July 25, 2014 12:20:24 PM
This project took me almost two years to finish, but I did it!

My mom made me a quilt for my bed-couch and she gave me some of the fabrics to make cushions. I wanted four cushions that would not cover the ornaments on the bed-couch. I went through my fabric stash and found some linen and some green upholstery velvet. I didn't want to buy anything for the project, but ended up buying the ribbons and lace because I didn't have any in a suitable color.

I found an old (and hideously ugly) bedspread and used it as a base for the pillows. I made four bags from it and then spent at least two months cutting up clothes, old bed covers and other fabrics I didn't need any more. Seriously, I watched the intire Prisoner (the 60's series) and half of Babylon five while cutting and I had blisters and my hand was cramping, but finally i had enough scraps to fill the bags. I hand sewed the bags close and started designing the actual pillowcases for the pillows.

The fabrics were leftovers from other projects so I had to adjust the design to fit their shape. This is why theres two colours in back and front instead of two different coloured sides as I had originally planned. I like the result a lot (more than the original idea Smiley ).

I used the quilt fabric scraps (they were leftover strips) and lace to decorate the bases. Each of the cushions is different, variations of the same theme. I hand sewed the ribbons to each of the pillows. The vertical ribbons are only in the front of the pillows, but the diagonal ones continue to the back. This took hours and hours (One hour per seam… ) and it was a real pain to sew the ribbons on the velvet. They kept shifting and the result wasn't exactly straight, but it's close enough. I brought the project with me to class and to parties and meetings and everywhere.

Finally I finished sewing the ribbons and could sew the decorated bases into bags with one long side open. I figured it would be easier to get the pillows in the bags this way. The last side I again hand sewed shut. I really like sewing by hand, but there were times when I almost gave up Cheesy But just look at this pile! I'm gald I kept going and finished the project (before it was time to buy a new couch Cheesy)!

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7  Knitted Frankenstein's blanket in Knitting: Completed Projects by chirel on: December 19, 2013 01:00:53 PM
I've worked on and off this project for almost a year. It felt so good to finally finish it Smiley I call it Frankenstein's blanket because of the colours. They are hideously wonderful.

The whole project started with a yarn discount… I bought ten skeins of variegated yarn that I didn't even like much. (Who would combine dark green and greyish rosa anyway?) Still, something about that yarn made me buy it and then I thought of finally making a blanket big enough to use during nap time Smiley So I had t buy more yarn. Something to mach the colors… except that I was impatient and there was nothing right at the shop, so I just bought two colours I liked and decided they would all just somehow blend together in the end.

The blanket is huge… My goal was to make it 220x150 cm (standard cover size), but I think it's bigger. In the picture there's just half of it and it's the size of my living room rug.

The technique is my own idea. I used three different yarns and garter stitch, knitting one row with each yarn. That is what creates the color effect (and the variegated yarn).

The size of each piece was determined by the variegated yarn and the fact that I started the first piece with 60 stitches. I finished each piece by crocheting with turquoise yarn and joined the pieces. Then I crocheted around the whole blanket to create a bit of a border.
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8  Decoupaged stool set in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by chirel on: December 19, 2013 12:41:54 PM
Last February (almost a year ago) I bought four stools and this week I finally finished the project. Lots of randomness happened… but I'm happy with the result Smiley Green and gold was what I wanted.

All four of them are different, but variations of the same theme. They each are decorated with book pages (different languages) and with stamps (different themes).

I varnished the legs with brown, and it was a mess, but I decided it's mostly how I wanted it… I'm not very good at painting things in a planned way. The gold crackle paint was part of the original idea, but it didn't really work the way I had planned. I was able to save the project anyway.

These two were kind of ok, but a tad bit boring, and I think the gold actually mostly improved how they look, although it didn't work as I had planned.

This was my favorite before the gold paint… I added some gold leaf (first time ever I used it). Now it's not so bad, but I still feel sad about it.

This one I liked the least before the gold and now I think it's my favorite. I added some gold-marbled paper pieces to it to cover the worst spots of gold paint and I really like the result. And the best thing is that I got this paper from a friend I don't really see that often, so now I think of her every time I see this stool.

And here they all are happily together, waiting for the guest to come Smiley
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9  Repaired a pair of shoes for winter in Shoes: Completed Projects by chirel on: September 28, 2013 07:57:54 AM
So, about four years ago my trusted shoes gave up and I had to buy new ones. I'm picky when it comes to shoes and I couldn't find anything I liked, but I really had to get new ones right away, since here where I live, you'll freeze to death in the winter without proper footwear. So... I just bought a cheap pair that didn't look too bad and ended up wearing them for four years until last spring they finally gave up.

There was some knitwear around the edge, but it was so frayed that I cut it off in March thinking, I would never need the shoes. But I kept them anyway, because deep down I knew I'd be facing the same dilemma that I had four years ago. Today I went to a shoe store and came out empty handed. So I dug out some hot glue, an old woollen beret and scissors, and a half an hour later I had these

Let's see if they hold up until I find a pair I like enough to actually buy them.
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10  Tallukkaat - the Finnish traditional home-made shoes in Shoes: Completed Projects by chirel on: February 05, 2012 09:13:35 AM
I got a chance to be on a workshop on how to make these traditional Finnish homemade shoes (n. tallukas pl. tallukkaat). I've been wanting to learn how to make them for more than ten years and I'm so happy now Smiley
Here http://www.kotiposti.net/narvasoft/museo/vkm/museo703.htm you can see the traditional versions (pictures 3,4 and 6), but of course I had to do something completely different. The others ended up calling my shoes Robin Hood Boots, I can kind of understand why...

The traditional shoes have been made on a relatively small area in central Finland from circa 19th century. The traditional materials were anything that could be recycled and would be warm, so old woollen socks, sweaters, felt, flannel was used for different parts of these shoes. They even used parts of old shoes to make new ones. These were especially popular during the world wars, because of lack of material of any kind.

For my shoes I used mostly new materials, mainly because I happened to have suitable new materials instead of recycled materials. Theres three layers in the shoe. The outer and inner fabrics are wool fabric and the middle layer is knitted wool. The soles also have several layers. The inner sole is made of three layers of fabric then theres a thick wool sole and a rubber sole. Inside the shoe theres also a removable liner that I made using a regular cardboar liner on witch I stitched some felt I had lying around.

I machine stitched the fabrics together, I didn't want to follow any of the traditional designs so I just winged the design and then copied it to the other shoe. Almost everything else is hand stitched. Traditionally there's holes for laces, but I don't like using those metal things (because I'm not good at it), so I had to do something else, hence the green cords.

I have walked with my shoes today. It's about -20 Celsius degrees and my feet were completely warm, but it's funny how I can feel the ground through the soles. These shoes might be a bit too large for me, but I hope a thick pair of woollen socks will fix that problem. Other than that they are very comfortable and definitely warm.

I'm happy to answer any questions, but I won't be writing a tutorial and unfortunately I only have pictures of the finished shoes.
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