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51  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Opinions! on: December 14, 2012 08:33:21 AM
If you were going to make a bag for yourself, what would you include?  I'm trying to decide what purse I want to make - actually one for myself that I won't give away - and I'm waffling between something simple or something that will challenge my abilities.  Obviously, I am having some decision-making issues, so any input would be appreciated.

I currently have a small purse, which has its benefits, but also its drawbacks, so I think I'm going for a medium-sized purse.  Perhaps with a zipper!
52  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / PBW Featured Projects (October-December 2012) on: December 11, 2012 05:36:41 PM
Here are some of the fabulous projects posted to the Purses, Bags and Wallets boards from October 2012-early December 2012, as determined by the 'This Rocks' button and my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order.  

Plarn Gingham Purse by RecycleCindy

Upcycled Tote by WideEyedLife

Wallet from Leather Pants by zilamonster

Peg bag from a tea towel by ebygomm

Tardis Long Wallet by lilusa

Quilted Slytherin Backpack by TheBrokenButterfly

53  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Peacock greeting cards on: November 27, 2012 03:09:24 PM
I made some peacock greeting cards for jexxican for the Stocking Swap.  Of course, I didn't have enough of either color I wanted to use to make them all the same, so I had to make half and half, turquoise and purple.  I used a rubber stamp, marked up with stamp markers, and cardstock (duh) and made these:

I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out!
54  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / French Knot Additive Color Wheel on: November 27, 2012 03:07:30 PM
For the Stocking Swap, my partner, the lovely jexxican, said that she liked French Knots.  In perusing her Pinterest, I saw that she also liked the color wheel - and not just any color wheel, but the additive/subtractive color wheels.  I chose the additive and made it out of French knots.

It took me a while to do (I think the hoop is 5 or 6 inches), but I adore the texture of it and how it turned out!
55  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Shrinky-Dink buttons on: November 26, 2012 03:51:26 PM
Well, for the Stocking Swap, I saw that the lovely jexxican had a few awesome images pinned, as well as a cool tute for shrinky dink buttons.  I could hardly wait to start.


were the final products.  I used paper punches and a hole puncher to get them uniform.  They were SO much fun to make!
56  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Machine Embroidered Mitten Ornament on: November 26, 2012 03:47:24 PM
Well, I'm still learning how to work my machine embroiderer and this is my most favorite project yet.

It uses cut work (little blades on the needle that cut the fabric) and it was so fun to do.  Or really, so fun to watch the machine do.  Cheesy

I'm thinking I'll make two next time and have the ribbon link the two together - you know, like mittens used to have that long piece of yarn to hold the two together through the sleeves so you wouldn't lose one?
57  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Grill Notebook on: November 20, 2012 04:44:40 PM
I made the following notebook cover for a friend's hubby.  It really underscored how important having good thread is because halfway through I used a cruddy orange and it got all messed up so I had to start over!

I think it turned out pretty nicely, though! 
58  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Snowflake Ornament on: November 03, 2012 07:04:31 PM
Tonight, I cracked open my machine embroidery stuff and went to town.  Or rather, I made one ornament.  There was a steep learning curve, since this is my first machine embroidery cutwork ornament, but it didn't turn out too poorly.  I plan on keeping this one, since it was a first attempt, and using what I've learned to improve on future ornaments.

Anyway, here it is:

And with a business card so you can see the size (though I guess my hand in the previous one also showed that.)

I'm still working on figuring out how to get the edges as neat as I want them to be.   Any comments and criticism is very much welcomed!
59  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Cutwork question on: November 03, 2012 07:01:12 PM
Hi all!

Tonight I ventured into the world of cutwork.  My project came out okay, though it was a definite learning experience.  I know some of the things I need to do differently next time, but I would like advice if anyone is experienced with cutwork. (Really, if you've done it more than once, you've got more experience than I do!)

I don't know if you can see, but the satin edging doesn't completely cover the edges.  Is that because I didn't trim it closely enough?

Also, I used tearaway stabilizer and some double sided tape (I know - not the best) since I didn't have any fabric glue sticks in my house.  Do you think that had anything to do with it?

I do know that the ribbon I chose for it was not the right choice - it's too lumpy and didn't finish properly at the top.  Live and learn, eh?

Anyway, any advice on making this look neater/more finished would be greatly appreciated!
60  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing Holiday List Swap Round 9 Discussion and Gallery on: October 31, 2012 07:01:42 PM

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