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1  Re: Fabric Printing Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by p.kok on: May 14, 2014 01:32:16 PM
And here's the gorgeous fabric I got from goatgoddess. I hope my sewing machine gets fixed soon and I can sew a bag out if, because it's just perfect!







(the colours are a bit off, they are prettier in real life, I had to use my phone because all of my electronics are not cooperating and the camera doesn't want to work...)
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2  Swallow dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by p.kok on: May 12, 2014 05:43:43 AM

I made this dress to test the fit of the Elizabeth dress from Seving Vintage Modern by burda style. Even though it's a muslin, I waned to wear it, so I embellished it with nice Urban threads embroidery. It's one design that I separated in two and positioned to where I would have bird tattoos if I was brave enough:)


My favourite part of the dress is he back, where I experimented with a cut out, which I think turned out quite nice for my first try.


The fit needs some work, but I'm generally quite happy with how the whole dress tuned out.

More photos and words about it on my blog, if you're interested:) c&c very welcome:)
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3  Re: Fabric Printing Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by p.kok on: May 07, 2014 09:34:44 AM
Here are the wonderful fabrics I received from edelC:





I think they are all very lovely, but the mushrooms are my favourite:)

Thank you again edelC!
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4  Chevron cape in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by p.kok on: January 07, 2014 12:00:27 PM
I made this cape almost exactly a year ago, but completely forgot to post it here. It was one of my first bigger clothes projects and I'm still extremely proud of it. It's based on this "free pattern": http://matterofstyle.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/cape-coat-diy-free-pattern.html (I couldn't figure out if I can actually print it for free, so I just improvised, glued together the same number of A4 papers and drew the same lines... It worked out great:)). I also added a collar.



I've lined it with pink fabric. I don't know why, but pink is my favourite colour for linings:)



I also didn't really know how to make the arm slits, so I completely improvised that part. I made something resembling 2 giant button holes and then covered them with a black rectangle made out of the same wool as the collar. Probably not the neatest solution, but at least I can put my arms out and play with the dog:)

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5  regrowing kitchen scraps in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by p.kok on: October 04, 2013 07:13:54 AM
I've been trying to regrow vegetables from kitchen scraps for two months now  and some of them are actually growing quite well. I tried it with celery, leeks, lettuce and ginger. I thought they will grow a bit faster, but it might be the colder weather and lack of sunlight that is slowing them down (or maybe that's just the speed these vegetables normally grow at, I don't know:))

week 3:


week 8:


The only vegetable I'm not having any real success with is the lettuce. I guess I'm trying with the wrong kind (although I did try 3 different kinds) and it just starts growing the tall flowery part (or whatever that is called) and no leafs.

it looks like this:


So I was wondering, did anyone else try regrowing kitchen scraps and what was your experience with it? I'm thinking about trying it with other plants, but don't trust the general internet any more (since all of the regrowing articles claimed lettuce is perfect for regrowing:)) so I thought I might ask here first:)

ps: If you want to read more about my project, there's a report on my blog: http://pinkasblogblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/regrowing-vegetables-an-experiment/
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6  rocking wolf wall hanging in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by p.kok on: July 12, 2013 05:49:41 AM
I'm sewing a black jacket and want to embroider it with this UT wolf design on the back. But I wanted to try the design out on some of the leftover fabric first. The wolf turned out awesome (I did have some problems because of the low quality thread I used but it wasn't bad:)), but I didn't really know what to do with the piece of fabric once I established that the design is perfect. Then I remembered I have some of these pyramid shaped metal thinges that are so popular this days (I don't even know how they are called in Slovene, let alone English...) and decided I'll experiment a little and make a wall hanging. It's not really my style but I still think it turned out pretty cool.
I really love this UT design, the wolf even looks 3d-ish if you look into its eyes for some time. It's a bit scary Smiley



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7  pinup-ish red polka dot dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by p.kok on: July 11, 2013 09:37:46 AM
I've been sewing for quite some time now, but Ive learned everything by myself with the help of books and internet and therefore my skills weren't that good. But now my mom went to a sewing class and because she is friends with the teacher they agreed i could come along for free to learn some stuff. I thought Ill just visit them and observe and ask questions, but I actually got to sew a dress while having a real professional on hand to help me with all my qestions and problems. It was awesome! I usually have many questions and problems and end up improvising, so my clothes then turn out ok-ish, but this dress turned out perfect! The teacher helped me fit the pattern perfectly, taught me exactly how to sew facings (I usually just left that part of the sewing out and hemmed everything with bias tape Smiley ...), I leaned how to sew invisible zippers and I got to use a serger because they had one in the class. (I want one now. Why do they have to be so pricey?).

Anyway, on to the pics. This time, I'm even willing to show you the insides of the dress Cheesy









It's this burda style dress pattern, if anyone is interestd: http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/sweetheart-dress-042013
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8  The Cake of Thrones in Dessert by p.kok on: June 09, 2013 10:24:42 AM
My "better half" is a big Game of Thrones fan. And he's having his birthday today (the 9th of June) and he's getting his masters degree tomorrow (the 10th) and the last episode of GOT season3 comes out somewhere in between. So I had to make him a GOT themed cake:)



I made the fondant at home (although I've sworn I will never ever try to make it again a million times before) and it wasn't that good, so the iron throne isn't as detailed as I hoped it would be. The fondant was too sticky and too crumbly at the same time and I could barley cut all of the swords out.
The cake part is supposed to be a homage to the Starks and Winterfell, the red leaves are supposed to be heart tree leaves (I have a fondant cutter for leaves that I got in a crafster swap ages ago and I never used it before. This seemed like a good opportunity:)). The sword and blood (strawberry jam that is also inside of the cake) were just an afterthought because the cake seemed bare, but I kinda like how they look.



thanks for looking and C&C are always welcome:)
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9  faux cross stiched sweatshirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by p.kok on: April 05, 2013 07:49:20 AM
I really love this new trend of embroidered sweatshirts that have been popping up all over pinterest. But I'm not really good at embroidery by hand, so I made one with a little cheating. I used puff paint instead of thread! And here is a simple tutorial of how you could do it, too:)

You'll need:
-puff paint (textile paint that puffs up when exposed to heat) in as many colours as you want, but If you'll be using my design, you'll need 3 tones for the flower part and 2 for the leaves.
-plain sweatshirt



1. Find a cross stitch design you like. If you have time an patience, the possibilities are endless. But if you're a little less patient/lazy:) , use a really simple one (like mine, you can get it here: https://photos-6.dropbox.com/t/0/AACyZu_43NkQ_HUckKEuHd7klR9Fx9_qtwN18vumN9PlLg/12/4041760/jpeg/32x32/3/_/1/2/vzorec.jpg/ku8pYasGfBP928bgd0stHwQQ6bQBOVeGLvRnhmSGoEU?size=1280x960 )


2. Hoop the front side of the sweatshirt, so the fabric will be really stretched and there will be a smaller chance to smudge anything.

3. If you're really patient, you can draw a whole grid with a wash away fabric marker on the hooped area. Or you can do it like me, just draw tiny spots in the middle, in a straight line, 1 cm away from each other (or use any measurement you'd like, the measurement will later bi the size of the X-s)


(*i forgot to take pictures till here, so i just made a sketch, i hope that's ok:))

4. Now start "embroidering". If you've made a whole grid, draw crosses in the same areas as in the pattern. If you were lazy like me, start drawing crosses of the appropriate colour over the marked spots in the one line. Then just add a line above that, a line below, etc. until you're finished. Just remember, the crosses have to be roughly the same size.



5. Leave to dry for the night. It says 6 hours on the paint packaging, but give it more time just in case. Now take your iron and set it to the highest setting, put some parchment paper over the design and iron over it, until the paint puffs up (for 30 around seconds. Also, don't use steam!). Voila, you have a very stylish sweatshirt:)

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10  Re: Crafty Detective Rd. 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by p.kok on: March 28, 2013 04:00:54 AM
And here are all the wonderfull things i got from lindyv321.

First a pretty coaster and cup cosy. This part of the package is already in use Cheesy



Then a very pretty clutch. I love the button.



My favorite part: A cross stich embroidered shirt. I pinned something very similar to inspire my partner for this swap. I'm very happy it worked Cheesy



I also got some pretty jewlery.



But wait, I was spoiled even more! There were awesome extras in the package. Gorgeous fabric, matching zippers, stickers, a notebook and my favourite extra: a fondant mould. The planned Easter cake design has just changed! Smiley

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