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251  Tangram-esque sets with matching bags in CHALLENGE 69 ENTRIES by jexxican on: December 02, 2011 11:45:05 AM
Sew Mama Sew had a Passionate November. One of their passion days was Passion for Play and included in their tutorials was this one for a "tangram-esque fabric puzzle." I ended up making 2 sets: 1 for my brother's boys and 1 for my kids (i.e. me!)I used only fabrics I had on hand which means they weren't all quilting cotton. The only real change (other than size) that I made from the tute was that the backs match the fronts. She said she just used whatever colors and had I think 4 of each rainbow color and 18 white. That didn't make sense to me. THere are 6 of each color backing.

For Ethan and Connor (4yo and 3yo) I tried to get all the colors to be solids.
Here's the Front sides:

The backs:

And more fun!

I forgot to get a picture of the bag. For the bag I just cut 18"x4" strips of each non-white fabric and, well, made a bag with them.

And for me Russ and Alice (5yo and 2 yo) I tried to get all the colors to be patterned. These were a little bigger than the set for E&C. I learned a bunch.


The bag:

This bag was bigger, I included 2 strips of the white on it as well.

These were a lot of fun to make and play with. I want to do a set sometime where each fabric is a different texture. I think that would be cool.

Thanks for looking! C&C?
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252  Assassins Creed? Hells Yeah! in Needlework: Completed Projects by jexxican on: November 29, 2011 11:40:05 AM
The short story of how this came to be:
My partner in the Video Game Swap this summer dropped after telling me I am a horrible mother (because I stay at home) and my crafts suck so she wouldn't want to swap with me anyway.
But I had already planned this hoop! So I made it for my husband instead. He would appreciate it more than her snotty 12 year old anyway.
Wanted to follow along with the swap and have it done before the SO just because and surprise him with it but then my kids showed him the WIP and that killed it for me so I dropped it for a while but decided I really need to clean out my WIP bucket so I finished it in time for Cmas. Would have been cooler if I had it in time for the release of the new game a couple weeks ago but what's a girl to do? Cmas works just fine around here.

100% French knots, which is funny because in the second game with Ezio (so the 3rd game all together) the French are some of the bad guys.

Close up! I would generally have stitched something on the felt I glued on the back but since I included this J <3 G I decided to just leave the felt on the back alone. It will hang more evenly from my experience.

What do you think?
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253  Re: Christmas/Winter Ninni Swap GALLERY: send out by 12/7 in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: November 29, 2011 06:10:42 AM
Be prepared to be amazed at the wonderfulness of first time swapper Franknhurter! I received over a week ago but just opened it Sunday night and am now just getting around to opening it. Garsh, what a horrible swapper I was to pair with a virgin this round. I haven't started yet but I am making something today with the kids that will hopefully go into her box and then I'll start rolling. Anyway, on to the pictures of goodness!

Here it is all wrapped up. Even a treat for the kitty!

She sent a washcloth for each of the kids. A NINNI washcloth! I promise Alice is not stoned. That is just the best picture I could get of the both of them. You guys know how kids photograph.

Terrycloth side of the washcloths and the cat toy that is stuffed with Nip. It's funny, Nip turns my Eddie into a love machine so with wanting to play with the feathers while wanting to be a lover I think this has her confused.

And the grand finale:

My Winter Ninni! Yay! He is too cute. I love him. I am so ready to bust out the proper seasonal decor now.Yay!

Thank you sweet partner! I can tell you are going to be great in future swaps. Welcome to the family!
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254  Re: Fiber friday, November 18, 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: November 18, 2011 10:55:14 AM
Wow, Bella, that's a lot! I love the first one! The Squishy merino singles makes me want to do singles again. I can only ever get nice singles on my spindle though. ? Ooh, but I want to squish it and love it.

Here's my contribution:

It's some kind of wool that Chrissews sent me in a personal swap. I was going for a sock weight yarn but I don't think I achieved it.
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255  Should have used the egg shaped styrofoam balls...[Fabric Pinecones] in Completed Projects by jexxican on: November 14, 2011 02:59:02 PM

My grandma made a lot of, well, everything when I was little. After she died I found a bunch of fabric "pinecones" on my mom's Christmas tree I new had to have been made my grandma. I remember thinking how sad it was that the pins came out so easily.

A couple years later (read: this month) enter Sew Mama Sew's Handmade Holiday Inspiration month of October. Each day they had a tutorial for another bit of Holiday inspiration. I love their blog. Anyway, October 28th was a tutorial for "Pinecone Ball Ornaments." Hello? Grandma Millie? Is that you? I had to give this a try! I first, being the skeptic that I am, looked around the interwebs for other tutorials on the same thing and picked up a few tips but still stuck mainly tot he tute provided. Here are my first attempts:

I had some issues with getting enough close enough at the beginning so I had to add some on following rounds to make them cover the spaces. Then, even removing some/round on the end side I still felt like they were getting too thick. You can still see so many pins! So I decided to change the way I folded them from 1/4ing the squares into smaller squares like it says in that tutorial to 1/4ing them on the diagonal into triangles like I found on another website. This worked much better for me. I used 3 inch balls and using the 2 inch squares of fabric that they suggested I got 9 of them around on ALL rounds. Much easier for me.

This was the 3rd I made, 1st with the triangles. I also decided to NOT try to cover the end of it but rather use a big bow. I don't like things that you just set in a bowl. The ribbons make them feel more functional. You can still see the pins on this one, but I was working on it.

This one is my favorite, I think because of the patterned fabric. And because it was my real first "good" one.

Made 2 just like this. I think they came out pretty well!

Tips and tricks: like I said, I changed the folding from squares to triangles but everything else I did was just like the tutorial. Also, I read somewhere in my searching that dipping the pins in glue would help keep them in the balls, since styrofoam is very porous and things like to fall out. Since that was one of the issues I had with my grandmas balls *snrt!* I tried it. It really seemed like the glue just got left on top of the fabric and never made into the actual balls but I figure that's better than nothing, right? Also, this is the first time in my life I have ever voluntarily used a thimble. My husband was astounded! Another also, I think the starting point would look better on egg shaped balls. I have another 12 3-inch round balls so I won't be getting to the oblong ones until next year I'm sure but I am excited to experiment!

I hope this is the right place to post this. I plan on making a lot more, as soon as I get more pins. I think they would look great scrappy!

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256  Re: Spun to finished photos in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: November 14, 2011 01:18:44 PM
I MADE SOMETHING! I MADE SOMETHING! I seriously thought about posting it as it's own topic in the crochet forum titled "I lost my virginity to a broomstick" because it's the first time I've used this technique but meh, I want to post it here instead.


It's a broomstick lace scarf. It's not very thick but I think it will still work for it's intended purpose. I got the pattern from Ravelry. It's call the "100 Yard Dash Scarf" because it's only supposed to use 100 yards and I supposedly had 105 yards. I changed it a little by going down the side when the pattern said I was done and doing the last row again on the back part of the foundation chain. It just didn't look finished without a ruffle on both sides!

Full length. My husband likes the way the colors go. I Just like it period.

Action shot!

Oh yeah, I just remembered I made a hat for my 2 year old with some merino/bamboo I spun up this summer. I need to photo and post that soon. I love this thread!

Who else has been busy with their handspun?
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257  Re: Givers and needers R10 The Great Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: November 14, 2011 12:45:11 PM
I received from Jezebel_1982 today! Looky, looky!

She sent the shawl, not the couch.  It is great! There is more blue in it than you can really see in the photos, sorry I didn't get a close up of the colors, but I think I may have pinned this shawl. It is beautiful! And warm! And I like it a whole lot! My protruding belly has been getting cold lately so I bet this will help more than just trying to wrap scarves around it (and failing). And I love the way it smells like Mail. Thanks!
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258  Another (better!) Star Wars Family in Halloween Costumes by jexxican on: November 07, 2011 09:51:18 AM
I don't even like Star Wars but my husband has been dreaming of this for years so we did it.
All together:


Can't get a good picture of this girl! She got the prize for best costume at the church Trunk or Treat. I made for THIS costume:
Hat - tutorial from Here. Wish I could have found blue doll eyes but alas, my HL sucks. Yoda really has blue eyes.
Robe - McCall's # M5952
Shirt and Pants under the robe - no pattern. This si the frist time I have made a shirt with sleeve using only a store bought shirt as a pattern!

Luke Skywalker:

Made for Russ:
Pants - no pattern. Very tight, slits 1/2 way up calf so they could be tight enough to fit into his boots
Boot covers - no pattern again, zip up the back, made by sewing strips of fabric onto a bigger piece and then cutting down to size. I love how these came out, even though they ended up fraying a bit once he started wearing them.
Shirt - Another McCall's pattern but I can't find it to tell you what number. It was really a karate shirt, Russ calls it his "Hiya shirt."


Can you tell Leia is 4 1/2 months pregnant?!
"Wig" - crocheted basic hat and ran long pieces of brown through it, like rug hooking with 4' pieces. Then I put it on my husband and styled it. There were some dingleberries off the buns the longer I wore it, but I really think it came out OK.
Dress - Simplicity 6777 from 1966, altered for length and a hood.
Boot covers: These sucked but they covered my shoes and made them vaguely look like white boots.

Han Solo:

His vest is my favorite part of all the costumes! I didn't use a pattern, couldn't find one, but I did find a website that has super awesome close up picture of the vest so I used an old shirt of my husbands for the basic pattern and then drew out the pockets. The pockets are awesome!
Shirt - McCall's 6953 from 1980, modified to have zipper in the back because i couldn't find stretch fabric in the right color.
Gun - He ordered the gun but it came in white and orange so he spray painted it.
Blood stripes (down side of pants) - ribbon with sharpie and safety pins.
Also, he was working really hard on making a holster and belt because he wanted to be super authentic, but the Dremel died. He will finish it someday and then I know I will be dragged to a convention somewhere. *sigh*

R2D2, our candy bucket:

<--progress shot


Rebel Scum! Had to use a toothpick so it didn't just look like a nutsack.

Imperial logo.

And... that's it!
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259  Re: Fiber Friday, November 4, 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by jexxican on: November 04, 2011 08:05:31 PM
I remember when you posted your son's first spin, from pencil roving. I am loving the red and orange, though I don't think I would like them as much plied together.

Here's my offering, meant to post it a week or 2 ago. Oops! Some of that stuff I was given (that I still don't know what to do with the rest of it) there was some roving that I carded and spun worsted and I think I made it 2 ply with itself but I can't think with these buttheads talking nerdy behind me. They would be mad if I just told them to shove it. BAH!
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260  Re: MYB Round 15 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: November 03, 2011 09:51:41 AM
OK I finished crocheting out my MYB! I say, there was more yarn left over than I thought there would be. Turns out the stuff in the middle was more wound than the stuff on the outside. No wonder she couldn't fit more in there!

I opened it Monday to this:

Then I worked my ass off all day and didn't get to do anything. So Tuesday, after I finally finished Han Solos costume (it was good enough for ToTing but not for my OCD mind) I started working on crocheting it out. I love that! It's funny when you're sitting there in the groove of crocheting away and suddenly you look down and Oh! What is this that fell off the ball?! Nice! Anyway, here's the look. Like I said, not all of it was in the ball but all of it is in the pictures, lots of pictures! I hate it when people just take group shots of everything and you have to sit and stare at it for 10 minutes to be able to pick out what was actually in there. It all looks like a tangled mess that way!


Extra yarns! All handspun? I love the red with the beads in it. Ooh, it's nice. I remember when she posted this on FF a few weeks ago, I think. Love it!

Handmade things! 3 KNIT toys, a handspun-wrapped bangle, and KNIT wrist warmers. I love knit things!

Fabrics, zipper, bias tape, embroidery thread, Sublime pattern, pattern transfer pens, beaded string, and some hand-dyed silk hankies. Ooh, those silk hankies intimidate me.

Buttons buttons buttons! Stitch markers, roses (art yarn add ins?) and some little rubber circles. I wonder what those are for. More art yarn add ins?  I love the buttons! The leaf one is my favorite. I have a jar of buttons me and the kids like to play with and I think the leaf one will be a big hit the next time I make play dough.

Last but certainly not least (maybe most?!) The scarf I crocheted while dropping all these goodies. Not blocked because I don't really know how to do that and I don't think it would matter too much in my house anyway, but you can still the pattern, right? And to think, the whole time I was making it I kept thinking there wouldn't be enough yarn in the ball to finish it. I was so wrong. Look at the big ball of what was left over! I could have done another 4-row repeat on each side! Funny: our resident Queen of the Undead uses the same yarn/fiber supplier I have been for the past couple years. The name of this color way was "peacock" which I also happen to have bought in a different yarn from her and made some Mary Jane Slippers. So now I have a scarf to match my slippers! Isn't that totally sweet?! I love it. It has always been one of my favorite colorways from Kate McMullin.

Wow. It needs to be March already so I can quit being so wordy. Sorry you guys!
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