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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / gerbera daisy pattern? on: November 16, 2005 06:58:24 PM
can anyone help? a customer wants a small dark pink daisy embroidered onto a bag- any ideas?

thank you!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / SS Dia de Los Muertos Napkin Set on: July 18, 2005 03:07:58 PM
I bought these luscious and boldly colored cloth napkins form crate and barell on clearance to start doing some SUblime patterns on, for simple tea towels and totes haven't been enough for me. I want to *see* my handiwork every time I have a guest over, eat, clean, leave my house, haha!!

This is the set:










...his pearly whites have to be my favorite
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Atomic Handbag! on: June 27, 2005 07:34:09 PM
I embroidered the canvas based on the inner fabric, my first shot at my own hand drawn design. You can still see a little chalk residue, I did the design mostly freehand and "invented" my own 'boomerang' stitch  Wink

So, I just wanted to show off....

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Progress!! on: June 20, 2005 03:57:17 PM
Man, I don't know about some of you other newbies, but based on what a lot of very skilled people seem to post as their first embroidery projects really intimidated me after I finished my first akward as all get out piece.

I mean, mine looked really really terrible. So I wanted to post telling those of you who don't get it right away, don't fret! You'll get better, a lot better. I've been working on a tea towel, playing with Jenny Hart's patterns... the first one is the pirate flag in the pirates ahoy set, in between I did several others, and then did another pirate flag. Amazing the progression...

Anybody else want to share and help inspire some new embroiderers out there?

I'll be back with a picture Cheesy

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Coloring Book Pattern... on: June 20, 2005 03:41:55 PM
I'm sure someone has already used this birght idea, but coloring books + Aunt Martha's transfer pencils = great line work for embroidery patterns.

I am a closet hello kitty fan, and I use my 5 year old as a conduit to express that love  Grin

Here's my first attempt at using a coloring book pattern:



thanks for looking!!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Alligator Stripes & Polka Dots! on: April 25, 2005 12:03:38 PM
these both have canvas exteriors and cotton linings. The first isn't interfaced, but the 2nd one, more of a handbag style is and also has a magnetic snap closure. The first also has a large velcro'd pocket along it's outside.



and



woo for summer inspiration!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / bias cut colorblock spring skirt on: April 11, 2005 10:16:30 AM
patternless! woo! this was a happy accident.

this is chartreuse and brown with a small dusty pink panel and a stretchy cast off shirt for a waistband. Little organza flower detail stitched on.







It flutes slightly at the hem and the brown fabric is semi sheer and lightweight. I feel like a goddess when I wear it.

I just used my favorite fitted skirt and traced the shape, leaving an inch around the outline. I realized I didn't have enough green on the bias to make the whole skirt so I sewed in the brown. Then I realized I didn't match the sides when I added the brown so when I put the wrong sides together, I had 2 fronts... that'ss where the pink panel came in  Grin

All told though, it only took about 2 hours to make.

I'm so happy that I finally *get it*!! Skirts galore!!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A Line Care Bears Pillowcase Skirt! on: April 10, 2005 11:35:19 AM
soooo... I have been on a roll reconstructing this huge bin of clothes I've put aside for a couple of years.  Undecided It's sort of daunting but when you're on, you're on, ya know? This skirt is from a cast off pillowcase and the bottom of a too small stretchy shirt.

So, while I'll post more when my 5 year old photographer daughter is done watching the Wedding Singer, here's what she took for me!

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-12/81706/cbskirtshape.JPG

rear- I love how I have *hearts* coming out of my ass!
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-12/81706/cbskirtrear.JPG

front- I love how strategically "rainbow trail" is placed.  Tongue naughty me!
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-12/81706/cbskirt.JPG

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Floor Cushion Covers on: March 26, 2005 06:44:22 AM
Or, how the Jordy Bag theory saved my apartment!!

SO..... right now we don't have a couch. It'll be here soon... in the meantime, we had this old couch we decorated as a pirate ship (only it had wheels and we rode it down the street and subsequently got pulled over for our vessle!) but my boy didn't destroy the cushions, so until we get the couch... (and probably after, since they're cozy) we get to use these-

This one shows what they looked like before covering (the gaudy, blotchy pink floral) with one that was covered:
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-12/81706/floralmod.JPG

and the others:
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-12/81706/cushions.JPG

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-12/81706/santamariacushion.JPG

So, I made these by basically making a tote bag for my cushions. The Virgin Mary is sewn shut, but the other two have overlapping (velcro on one) closures.

Ah, yeah, I did this all on the 3rd day of quitting smoking Wink

There's another that I didn't get a picture of too.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Vintage Marimekko? on: March 22, 2005 12:07:24 PM
Is this possible?

A couple of months ago I spotted some really bold red & white fabric and picked it up for about 3 bucks. About 2 yards of it. I get it home, launder it, and read the sidebar:



it says " maija isola  'lokki' c marimekko by suomi finland 1961"

Even if it isn't really from 61, it's still pretty cool!  Tongue


So, I'm not sure if I'm bragging, showing off, or what, but I had to share with people I knew would appreciate Marimekko!! Cos nobody in my (real) life gives a rats ass!!
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