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1  Beautiful *Lolita* Lace Cuffs -*with tutorial*- in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by katara on: October 01, 2014 06:03:40 AM
Beautiful *Lolita* Lace Cuffs

These lace cuffs are simple and lots of fun to make! The best thing about them is that you dont even need a sewing-machine :-D


This is what youll need:

Please note: In order to hand-stitch these cuffs, your choice of lace is EXTREMELY important! Try to get the same lace as the lace that is pictured. It MUST be stretchy. It costs more than normal lace, but is well worth it. In fact the successfulness of this entire project is pretty much dependent on the lace you use. Obviously you could make these cuffs using a serger/overlocker too Cheesy

Here is a close-up of what the lace I use looks like:
The front:

The back:

This lace has stretch as you can see on the right-side

So far Ive come across 2 variations of this lace. One type just has lace at the bottom, while the other type has a pleated satin-type fabric at the bottom with a layer of lace on top.

Now that you have your supplies, lets get started!

First you need to cut the edge of your lace at an angle. This will ensure that your ruffle doesnt look like its been swallowed-up at the back seam.

Next we need to treat the raw edge, as we dont want it to fray. You could use something like fray-check, or watered-down mod podge, if you want although I cant guarantee that it wont leave a scratchy edge. Personally all I do, is fold over the raw edge (towards the wrong-ride of the lace), and stitch it with overhand-stitch.

Here is another picture which might show it better...

Take the lace and place it around your wrist so that you can see how long the lace strip needs to be. Dont stretch the lace out  much when you measure, and dont leave a seam allowance. We want the cuff to fit snug and not be too loose around our wrists - yet it still needs to be able to stretch over your hand. Mark the point where the 2 edges meet around your wrist. We are now going to cut the other edge of the lace at an angle, so that it flares out towards the bottom. Treat the raw edge in the same fashion as you did previously.

You can now proceed to stitch the cuff together, although it could make the task of stitching on embellishments slightly more challenging. Alternatively you can stitch on the embellishments first, taking care to find the middle of your cuff, to ensure your embellishments are centred.

To stitch your cuff together, fold your cuff in half, right-sides facing, and stitch together using overhand-stitch. I find that using over-hand stitch leaves a neat edge, and kind-of 'overlocks' it.

Now for the FUN part embellishing your cuff! I like using ribbon with different widths. You could create 3 separate stacked bows or 1 layered bow. Let me show you what I mean.

I would also recommend cutting the edges of your ribbon in an inverted V shape to lessen fraying, or treating the edges with fray-check.

Have fun and embellish to your hearts content. Think ribbon, beads, sequence, jewels, chain - the possibilities are endless!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial - and if you use it to make some lacey cuffs of your own, please be sure to share your handiwork. I would love to see your cuffs Cheesy
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2  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* in Craftalongs by katara on: August 19, 2014 12:57:38 PM
Ludi - the detail on the onion is fantastic!

Lilletia - Can't wait to see your finished project!! I'm super excited  Grin

Sorry I haven't been very active lately - I got a freelance job last month and its eating into all of my crafting time... I do have my next square planned and I hope to stitch it soon...


And just because I thought it is appropriate...

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3  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* in Craftalongs by katara on: August 02, 2014 01:07:11 PM
Those 2 hugging bears are super sweet!  

Love the starry night sheepblue & the monogram Ludi!

I had a spare moment, and stitched my birth date Smiley

Total square count: 3/33
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4  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* in Craftalongs by katara on: July 14, 2014 05:39:11 AM
I managed to do a little stitching today - Finally!!

Here are my first 2 squares. I restarted on new fabric because I wasnt liking my original fabric so the first square might look vaguely familiar...

I must say, everyone is making FANTASTIC squares!! Can't wait to see some finished '39 squares' compilations!
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5  Re: Twinches Needlework Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by katara on: July 01, 2014 10:39:43 AM
My twinchies have arrived, and I LOVE them too bits!!  Grin
Thank you soooo very much CraftyMamaBee! The card is super cute too  Wink

Here's some eye candy for y'all

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6  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *starting June 1st, 2014* in Craftalongs by katara on: June 04, 2014 07:01:52 AM
I am going with 33 squares. My grid is 6x6 squares, but I've combined 4 squares in the centre to make one big block. My squares are 1 and a half inch.

Here is my first one.... Just a doodle...

Can I just mention that I HATE stitching satin stitch??? lol...
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7  Re: Twinches Needlework Swap Sign Up 5/15-5/22, Send Out 6/23/14 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by katara on: May 23, 2014 11:21:19 AM
There seemed to be some interest in the "39 squares" stitchalong, so I created a Stitching INCHIES Craftalong!!

Join in the FUN here -----> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433641.0#axzz32Z2DCfrG

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8  Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* in Craftalongs by katara on: May 23, 2014 11:16:18 AM
Stitching INCHIES Craftalong!

Cake Smiley by oh_merci on Flickr

  • Do you like to embroider, but just find that you don't have the time?
  • Are you an embroidery noob, who would love to 'practice' new stitches?
  • Do you like stitched samplers?
  • Do you want to have some FUN?

Well then this Craftalong might be JUST for you!! Cheesy

This Craftalong is inspired by the "39 squares" stitchalong.
Read more about it here --->  http://39squares.blogspot.com/

finished2 by inspireco on Flickr

Basically you embroider a square for each year of your life (your age). You might have to use rectangles that take up 2 or 3 squares to make it come out right...

See more examples here ---> http://www.pinterest.com/marybethburrell/39-squares-stitch-a-long/

You are welcome to follow the above premise, or to stitch single loose inchies - The choice is yours!! Make as many or as few as you like!
Only requirement: The stitched square must not be bigger than 2"x 2".

Starting June 1st, I'll be listing some themes, prompts, and challenges right here, to serve as inspiration for your inchies. You are however more than welcome to do your own thing too.  Wink

This website contains all you need to know to get you started!


*In the mean time, prepare your fabric, gather your embroidery threads and embellishments!
Stitching officially starts June 1st! *woot woot*

Missed the starting date?? - This is not a problem! You are welcome to jump into this Craftalong AT ANY TIME!
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by katara on: December 07, 2013 08:02:02 AM
Ffrogg526 - Love the Summer wraps and congrats on finishing the sweater  Grin

I just completed a wreath, completely from stash!

Here's the post:
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10  My Yarn Wreath (with mini tute) in Winter Holidays by katara on: December 07, 2013 07:53:26 AM
My Yarn Wreath,

I whipped up this wreath completely from stash.

I didn't have a base so I made one from cardboard. I used an old cardboard box for this. Basically I started with the biggest circle (I traced around a plate for the outside circle and used a small bowl for the inside ring). I used a craft knife to cut the circles out. This was the most difficult part. I then cut out 2 smaller rings, to glue on top of the 1st ring so that my wreath base would be more 3 dimensional. I used woodglue for this.

Next I cut batting into long strips and wrapped it around the cardboard base.

My wreath base ready for decoration!

I wrapped the wreath with some fluffy white wool. I find that fluffy or eyelash type of yarn gives the best overall finish.

And then I embellished it with some beads. Basically I put a small bead on the pin, followed by a sequin and then a slightly larger bead and stuck the pin into the base. This method I used for all the beads.

I tied some thin metallic ribbons around the wreath, and curled the edges with a scissors.

The red ribbon is made from felt, and the silver 'baubles' are polystyrene balls covered in tinfoil. The dangling heart is a polystyrene heart covered in tinfoil too.

Everything on the wreath is 'pinned' on. That way I can easily remove all the embellishments and use the base again for a Valentine or Easter wreath.

C&C welcome! I'm also happy to answer any questions  Cheesy

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