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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: site is displayed wrong , please help on: October 16, 2010 03:05:59 AM
Weird! I'm running Firefox 3.6.10 and it's not doing that to me. I'm on a mac, though?
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: teal deer cross stitch pattern on: May 26, 2010 08:19:39 AM
I love it - but I'm sure I've told you that before.  Wink <3 Nice start on Craftster, and welcome!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Pimp my Rolls Royce (Img heavy) on: May 07, 2010 03:47:16 AM
What a beautiful job! She'll treasure that for years.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Patchwork skirt and a rescued top! on: April 17, 2010 04:54:00 AM
it's great!! it's prettier than the original.  as a certified (certifiable?) klutz, i know there are some of us that just shouldn't have white clothes.  in case she doesn't grow out of that, she will at least know how to rescue her white clothes, when you tell her this story!

I never buy white clothes for myself for exactly that reason. Why I thought a four year old would have better luck, I do not know...  Roll Eyes

Thank you for the vinegar tip, too, I'll try that.

And thank you to everyone for your kind comments! I do love making clothes for the kid, it's far less frustrating learning to set a sleeve than it is being faced with an entire department store's worth of Bleghh Pink.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Patchwork skirt and a rescued top! on: April 17, 2010 04:13:50 AM
Being a bit of a William Morris nut, I have a bad habit of collecting fabrics based on his designs. So when I saw a charm square pack of Morris fabrics (pretty sure they were Moda), it seemed like a perfect opportunity to do the indietutes patchwork skirt for my wee elflet!



The top shown with the skirt was one I picked up in a shop, just because it seemed like it would go so well... and it did, right until aforementioned elflet managed to cover it in brown stains that WOULD NOT COME OUT, even soaked in neat bleach.

So, I decided to rescue the top with a little judicious tea-dyeing and embellishment!



Tea dyeing went roughly as follows:
1. Go to make cup of tea, realise one is out of teabags. Sigh. Go to make pot of tea the hard way, realise loose leaf tea is stale. Shriek.
2. Decide that when life gives you stale tea, it is the perfect opportunity to "do something" with that stained shirt that's hanging around the sewing table being irritating.
3. Look tea-dyeing up on the internet, assimilate basic principles, make it up from there.
4. Throw handfuls of tea into a bucket, add plenty of salt. Fill bucket with hottest of hot water.
5. Taste, wish you hadn't. Resolve to buy more tea at soonest opportunity.
6. Throw in shirt, leave to soak all afternoon, poking and stirring occasionally.
7. Rinse. Rinse, and rinse some more.
8. Throw in dryer, in vague notion of "setting" the colour with the heat.

Ta da! One brown shirt... that still had visible stains on it. Dammit.

So, I found adorable Cicely Mary Barker fabric (this is the "Autumn Fairies Panels", Plane Tree Fairy panel), and appliqued that on the front over the worst of the stains, with double-sided interfacing and the zigzag on my sewing machine. Then I hand sewed on a fabric yoyo from another random crafting experiment, and a few ribbon roses. I don't think you can see, but the thread used for the zigzag is the same burgundy colour as the roses.

Ta da! One brown shirt with additional fairy and flowers, and only stained if you're looking REALLY HARD. I win!  Grin It still goes with the skirt (in a busier, fussier kind of way), and best of all, the elflet adores it.

I have yet to wash the shirt... will let you know how that goes.  Undecided
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered sweet bag on: April 08, 2010 02:24:38 AM
It was a "Stitch" mag from 3 or so years ago. Sorry, I don't know any more details, can't find the mag in my archives.

No, that was helpful; I went to their website and found the project on the cover of one of the back issues from 2008. Thanks!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered sweet bag on: April 07, 2010 03:07:31 AM
Can you tell us at all which magazine the pattern came from? It's so lovely, I showed it to a friend, and she'd love the pattern!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered sweet bag on: April 06, 2010 06:59:40 AM
This is very beautiful - I am so impressed!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Little My cross stitch on: March 30, 2010 12:06:43 AM
Moominstitch! I love it, well done!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Huge yet light as a feather lamp !! on: January 03, 2009 06:11:14 AM
Oh, I love this! Reminds me a lot of Tord Boontje's stuff.

I will have to try this some time.
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