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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Little Floss and Some time to Kill on: September 14, 2009 11:58:09 AM
So I have been trying my hand at embroidery lately here are the results:

First a warning that this project contains obscenities...

Ok next up a gift to a friend in remembrance of a job we had writing ads for job openings. The words embroidered were written late one evening as we deliriously struggled to meet a deadline. Someone out there was hiring a line cook at a famous pancake restaurant, and here's what we came up with:

Then a sweeter touch for my husband and his combined love of Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Star Wars...

And there you have it!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Tiny Shrines - A tribute to Santa Fe on: September 11, 2009 10:47:11 PM
So a group of friends and the hubby and I packed up the car and went to Santa Fe for Labor Day. Upon returning I wanted to make a little memento for everyone. I used the idea from Mark Montano's "Big Ass Book of Crafts" to create a 3D picture (choosing layers from an individual photo and cutting them out and elevating each layer in turn). I happily reused some old boxes from dried apricots and plenty of sequins.

I wanted to make them look like tiny shrines (as I had seen here on craftster) as a tribute to Mexican Folk Art while in New Mexico. Here's the first one:

I tried to show the layers by turning it at an angle, but alas it was to no avail.

Here's the second:

C & C welcome!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / The Little Book of Love on: March 04, 2009 08:09:51 PM
So Hubby and I celebrated our 6th anniversary of dating/knowing one another (we'll have been married 4 years this July). I made him a little book of love for our anniversary and put it into his lunch that day. It's my first attempt at paper bag scrapbooking and I think it turned out just swell!

Here are a few of our favorite pages:

The front - image from an old comic book and hand sewn binding

Inside the front cover...lists of things I love about the hubby

First page (explaining how to read this book)

An inside page (you love to travel on the right) and a pull out about how he makes me cookies all of the time

The right page folds out to say "But if you were gay it would be totally ok, you could just tell me you know" 

Another little pull out about his letting me cheat and that being pretty sweet!

And lastly the inside back cover, with more little things I love about him. Oh and on the left, a pull out that says "your huge wiener" and includes his very own felt hot dog!

So what do you think?

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A Memory Box for a wee one on: February 19, 2009 09:59:43 AM
Once upon a time (August) my Canadian friends minted a baby. Then I was very slow at sending a gift, but finally I finished making a customized memory box:

I was sent photos and decoupaged the entire outside in different sized circles. Then coat after coat of mod podge to seal the box and waiting for it to dry but I finally finished and was able to ship it away to BC.

Thanks for looking!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Let's Have Fun With Wool Beads! on: February 17, 2009 07:27:33 PM
Hooray for wool beads!

Recently there's been an influx of gifts needing to go to people, so wool beads came to the rescue! This first one was just wool beads all the way around with some embroidery on each one. The camera phone that had to step into the normal camera wasn't up to the task of getting pics of the embroidery.

All right then I thought, what about using beads of all forms, like wool, wood, plastic, glass...etc...

So this is the result! It ended up being about 24 inches long. The color of the beads  is really ruined by the lighting and the yellow chair cushion behind it, by they were purple, lime green, blue and brown.

Thanks for looking! All comments are welcome!
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Wool + Kool-Aid = Love on: February 02, 2009 09:05:29 PM
I was looking up ways of turning my blah all natural wool leftover from a recent crochet marathon with the local library into something pretty and fun. I came across kool-aid dyeing on knitty.com and a few other sites (just google kool-aid wool dyeing) and realized that fruity yarn was the answer to my woes!

I looked on craftster for recent posts and saw some much older ones, and it looks like Jenya just posted one (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=223003.0) and chocodog (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=4268.0) in the past few days. But here's my tutorial any way (note this was my first try, see reflections on how not to suck at this at the end).

First I gathered my supplies: 100% wool yarn about 3.5 ounces, kool-aid: grape (sugar free oddly enough), cherry berry, grape magic twist (gold powder turns red and tastes like grape...sales gimick, clearly worked on me), blue raspberry, water (brought to a boil then allowed to cool a bit), spoons, mugs that wouldn't stain/I wouldn't care, turkey baster, plastic drawer, pot w/ steamer, & plastic gloves.

To prep: wash yarn in a mild soap, look on yarns package to discover roughly what temp to use and let sit in the soapy water and sink while you mix the kool-aid. All of the instructions I could find said a "few" tablespoons per package, one package per ounce of wool. I used 3-5 tablespoons (3 for blue as it was just a .23 oz package, 4 for the cherry berry and grape magic twist which I mixed together to make red, and 5 for the sugar free grape as it was a larger package). Stir all the dyes with a separate spoon and make sure all of the flavor crystals have dissolved. Give the yarn one last rinse in the same temp water it's been sitting in and away you go...

I found a large plastic drawer that I could use to dye in and not get it all over, here was the set up:

Don your plastic gloves (because my job prefers non-purple fingers) and go to town basting that dye onto your yarn!

I just sort of guessed at how to dye it to make it turn out variegated evenly. Just try to evenly get dye all the way from one layer to the next. Once the top looked thoroughly soaked, I turned the skein and over and basted the last of the kool-aid onto the back side and into the ends.

The purple looked really dark (almost black) and I was very worried, but it all turned out great in the end!

Between colors I rinsed the turkey baster out in a tall cup of plain water, which went into a mug to keep clean water from the slightly colored.

Once I ran out of dye I carried the tray over to the stove and after pouring boiling water into the bottom of the pot, added the yarn to the steaming basket and closed it up for 45 minutes.

I made sure not to open the pot for the whole 45 minutes (note sure if that's important). Once there was steam spewing from the edges of the pot I decided to shut off the heat and let it sit for the rest of the 45 minutes.

Time's up! Open your pot and see what kind of yarn you've cooked! Let it sit until you're comfortable handling it...yarn will be HOT HOT HOT! Then rinse in water that is the same temp as the yarn or it will start to felt.

Once the water runs clear (which was nearly immediate for me) wash again in mild soap and ring out as much water as possible. I noticed that it looked like the yarn had felted a little bit, so I set up a fancy unwinding the yarn tool (the back of my chair with a bag on it).

Then it went onto a hanger and dried in the shade/my bathroom for about a day.

Finally it was finished and man was I excited! The colors are so pretty and the yarn now smells like fruit!

Ok reflections on not sucking next time:

1) Turkey basters are drippy, I think I'll try a syringe minus the pointy needle.
2) Let yarn cool after the steaming until it's cool to the touch (less than room temp) and then you can use cool water to rinse it and I don't think it will felt as much.
3) If using the small packets (.23 oz) get about 2 packets per ounce if you want really saturated colors. My yarn has a few white spots because I didn't get the dye through all of the layers.
4) If you just want one color see the instructions from here: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/FEATdyedwool.html

Your feedback/tips are more than welcome!

7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / A Tale of 2 Octopi on: January 14, 2009 08:33:34 PM
Once a long time ago (this past weekend), a lone hooker embarked on a crocheting journey under the sea. Along the way she found 2 lovely friends.

Meet Percy and Cisero!

These two gents would love to show you around their garden. Warning, Cisero isn't as friendly as he seems.

He's been known to bite people from time to time.

In fact his front two tentacles are mightily fierce.

But don't worry, his pal Percy is more than sweet. He'll gladly assist you with all your upcoming under sea needs.

Crocheted from a lion brand pattern, but altered a bit to make them into "puppets" these fellows have very interesting fates ahead of them. Percy is headed to Vancouver for a lovely life with a 6 month old, whereas Cisero has taken up residence with a roller derby doll.
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