I made my first embroidered piece! It's just a simple outline practice with some backstitch and stem stitch, but I loves it lots. (and the I Want to Learn to Swap is great, check it out!) I'm thinking about framing it... but I might want to add some details. Haven't decided though.
Also, because I was just practicing, I didn't want to haul out the iron and everything, so here's what I did, essentially: 1- Print out the design on paper. 2- Cover the back of the paper with graphite (like a pencil rubbing) 3- Trace the design onto the fabric, pressing firmly. (you may want to pin paper and fabric together and make sure you do this on a hard surface.) 4- Remove paper and check out your outline!
I know, this swap is pretty quite, but I received my angel package from elvissatx! Sorry for the delay (I left my computer power cord at my dad's...) but I really loved my package! And I've got a picture of my first embroidered piece ever! Sure, it's on practice fabric, but it makes me happy.
Here's the package the way it came, first. I love how everything was already nicely in the bag! Made it so easy to take everything outside for pictures...
And look at the bag! The lining is cute too, blue with white spots. I run out of craft bags all the time, so it's perfect!
Here's a nice everything shot.. That Sublime Stitching book is infamous, so I'm really glad I got it. I really like the writer's voice.. And all of those patterns? eek! There's floss, bobbins, hoops, a transfer pencil, towels (!), and practice fabric.
elvissatx tried to include colors that I'd like and look! The red and orange even matched to shirt I was wearing! And the white in the corner? That's not white. It's freaking glow-in-the-dark! Even my brother and the boyfriend were excited.
I loved the card too! I have a thing for frogs, and even though I've never tried paper crafts, I can completely appreciate them.
And here's what I did with it! I really just wanted to practice stitches, so I just traced out a simple pattern with an old artist's technique. I'll spare you the details, but it'll be on the blog hopefully within a day or two... And it's not ironed or anything. I'm rather pleased with the size of my stitches, but I might need to loosen up a bit. ^.^ I just free-handed the labels.
Thank you so much elvissatx!! I can't wait to do more! And thank you for being my angel!
Here in North Carolina, it's warm enough that my drinks are all sweating ...profusely. Since the puddles are annoying, I made a few coasters. They're really easy, just two rounds, and are great stash-busters! Pattern's on the blog and Ravelry, but it's a really simple pattern. (I got the name from wiki-ing the list of Crayola colors and choosing the closest catchy one..)
I received! Only a little past the send date! (I posted earlier about the package I sent.) And I was also recently assigned an angel (who sent today) so I'll be back with those pictures soonish. Anyways, my partner was Elensule, and I mentioned things like sewing, embroidery, etc. Sorry, my camera was dying, so there aren't a ton of pictures.
The box: it looks oddly like the one I sent, but then again, boxes look pretty standard
Embroidery hoop and thread:
Fabrics: I like all of the different weaves and textures!
A Bag: It's huge and perfect for school!
And everything together:
Thanks again, Elensule! I know this has been a crazy month or so for you, and I loved the package!
Who isn't always losing their pencils at the bottoms of bags?? I made this bag to solve my problems... The pattern's really easy, and I've seen the stitch pattern before on scarves and things, but if you need help, the full pattern is on the blog and linked on Ravelry.
In an effort to raise awareness for the Condom Amulet Project (http://www.knitacondomamulet.com/history.html), I've altered my original pattern to a condom carrying sperm! He's a bit bigger and not as squishy but, with the ribbon and everything, he's really quite cute, I think. Pattern's on the blog and Ravelry (see the signature for links). Remember to be safe!
In an effort to reduce my pile of yarn scraps, I've started making small things (toys, really) and I noticed a dearth of free, easy patterns for sperm. This is what happens when you spend too long browsing the Naughty section on Ravelry... The pattern really is as easy as it looks, so I won't bother posting it on Craftster (consider it another challenge, if you must) but a pattern is available on Ravelry if you get stumped. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-swimmers
Also, I like my sperm dead and not impregnating me (I'm 18) so mine is dead. Yours can be alive and happy, if it'd please you more.
I always make blankets for people who are expecting, so when my Chinese class and I realized our teacher was about to pop, I knew I had to get on it. The pattern is the Chevron Blanket (knit version) found on Ravelry, with a few simple changes. I used Vanna's Choice Baby (acrylic, I know) and size 8 US needles. Because of the stitch pattern, the edges tend to curl horrifically. I tried to straighten them out with a crocheted row, but it really didn't help... oh well, I love it anyways and I don't think the baby's about to complain.
Since my partner has received, I'm going to go ahead and post my pictures of what I sent. My partner was Elensule and she wanted to learn to knit.
I started her off with some basics, like yarn! I included some Red Heart, mainly for practicing with. And she mentioned liking neons, so there's neon orange and green. Since no Firefly fan can go without a Jayne Cobb hat, so there's some appropriately colored yarn as well. I wound this up into balls so it would package easier:
I wanted to try making my own knitting needles and, since they came out quite decently, I sent her 3 pairs.
Since stitch markers are always handy, I continued the slight Firefly theme with these Jayne Cobb hats:
And included another set of stitch markers that were modeled after her favorite musical, Repo. They're all posters from the movie and every one is different.
For an example of what knitting should look like, I made her a scarflette (and sent the tiny amount of leftover yarn as well):
And a Transformers Washcloth because I really wanted to try to pattern and who doesn't like the Transformers?
Since there was still room and I'd gotten a bunch of chocolate as a gift, I had to share the love (complete with more accurate picture of washcloth):
Because getting instructions on knitting would be *very* important, I made a booklette! And learned to bind books in a day... This is the only picture I have, but I'm trying to make it available online.:
And finally, everything packed away.:
Yes, I know the box is tiny...
She says she loves it, and I'm going to believe her!
I have the biggest problems naming my patterns. All of these patterns are already on Ravelry and my blog, but if I get a suggestion I like, I have no problems changing the names. Some of these have already been posted on Craftster, but others are new.