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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Finally made my first wearable dress! (for my sister) on: September 19, 2012 02:31:55 AM
Two posts in one day, this is a big crafting week for me Smiley

I have started and almost finished about 5 dresses for myself... Its either unfinished zippers, unfinished hems, slightly wonky seams or the sleeve I just can't seem to make work... So they are all still in my box of things to do.


I thought, hey if I make something for somebody else... not only will I have more pressure to finish, I will also have a living dress form, because fitting my own clothes was becoming a nightmare!

My sister Jane, who is in the photos, decided on the pattern and the cute bird fabric. I have never fully lined a dress, had one with pockets or used boning... but oh well, I was going to give it a try!

I decided it was an experiment, and if I had another unfinished dress, it wasn't going to kill me, but least I could see if making things for others would keep me interested... It seems to work. It may have taken a few weeks, but here is my first completed (except for one little hook and eye needed above the zipper) dress!!!!

C and C welcome Smiley Haha and what are the chances of me ever putting that hook and eye on Wink
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Second Quilt... in only 2 days! on: September 18, 2012 05:25:33 PM
Aww thanks Ladies!

I know my mum gave me a blank stare and said it doesn't really look like much to the untrained eye, haha Thanks mum!

But yes I guess the basic idea is there, too realistic and it would have had machine guns. Not much fun for a baby girl.
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My Second Quilt... in only 2 days! on: September 18, 2012 04:34:19 PM
After taking almost 6 months to finish my first pacman quilt for my nephew, I have obviously become a master of shortcuts, because this one only took two days Smiley But I cheated, its just applique.... but anyway, I am proud of it Smiley

I wanted to make a baby quilt for my good friend who was having a baby. We are both airplane pilots, and her Husband is in the Army and works as a Chinook Pilot. This is a Chinook.

At first I wanted to do a aeroplane  quilt, but couldn't find any plane motifs of quilt blocks I liked and I was struggling to design one, then as a final attempt I looked up helicopters... and found this quilt online..http://projectmehappy.com/index.php/2012/02/09/quilted-ch-47-chinook-helicopter-baby-blanket/. I instantly thought it was cute! But my family just couldn't see how they looked like helicopters at all.... But I knew my friends would know.

My friend was due on the 10th, and it was already the 8th... but I didn't know the sex of the baby. Sad So when the 10th came around, I was down to Spotlight in a flash. She had a girl Smiley I decided on pink and green. I embroidered a message on the back which looked better in my brain then when I sewed it. My friend always called me Amentie as a nickname, so I became Aunty Amentie. I was careful to embroider it in a place I knew I wouldn't be sewing through later when I was quilting... and this is how it came to be... progress shots, after the wash, and after the iron!

So what do you think? Does it look like a Chinook quilt?

14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: I have a vision, but I need your help! Plus a bonus photo of Phar Laps Heart <3 on: July 17, 2012 01:41:44 AM
Wow, Kittykill, I'm a fan, Watch all your videos! Never expected for someone so famous  Cool to comment   Shocked ... I'm honoured.  Grin

Thanks for the tips. I love the tea idea. With the cotton, should I use something with a high thread count? I was thinking maybe a rough calico might also be an idea for the antique look but was wondering if the the thread count is important for the super fine work. As for thread, should I use anything special or is DMC pretty standard for all work.

Thank you.
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / I have a vision, but I need your help! Plus a bonus photo of Phar Laps Heart <3 on: July 14, 2012 04:03:50 AM
Hi everbody. I have what I feel is quite exciting inspiration for some embroidery, but having mainly stuck to cross stitch and only well planned out freehand, I feel I am at  a loss as to where to start on this project, but I am very excited by it and can't wait to begin!

About two weeks ago I was walking through the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, and other than Phar Laps heart, not a great deal had caught my attention.

But I couldn't walk past this display I found about Captain Cook.

I was so excited I took a photo, but sadly the iphone doesn't show the detail too much. Basically they are two embroideries; each is a hemisphere of the world as seen through the eyes of a young girl in the 17th century. Apparently the girls would embroider world maps as geography lessons and mark points of interest they had from their lessons. They would also track early explorers tracks around the seas and these hoops are unique in the fact that they only had Captain Cooks travels marked. Captain Cook discovered Australia in1770, so this particular map was even more exciting to me for that reason, plus I might learn more about him myself when making them! I love the fact that it was made before they even discovered that Tasmania is an island and she had it connected to the mainland.

I instantly wanted them! Smiley but the Museum would probably notice me smashing the cabinet to get them. Next best idea, make some myself, in the same style. Thats where the search began for similar work. But all the maps I could find were ultra modern or just down right ugly. I was sad I only had the dodgy photo I had taken, I remembered the amazing detail of the girls work, stiches so so tiny, words so perfect and just downright awesome. I started looking at old maps thinking I could copy them, and in my search I found the EXACT hoops I had seen in the museum online. The museum has an article on them and thankfully a very detailed picture!!!!! Yay.

Here is the link, lots of close ups and other photos!


Soooooo... This is where I need your help. First I have never worked on a hoop, and these ones were obviously made in the 1700s so were probably made differently to todays. Would love some advice on how to stretch and nail etc. The material to use? Reading the article, says that it is a layer of fine silk stretched across cotton. Is this a common thing to do? Do I just get silk and cotton and stretch them together when doing the hoop? What sort of hoops? The article says when you look at the back, you can see the girls used vibrant colours, but I am actually wanting mine to look antique from the start and so I think I will choose lighter colours to begin with. What is the best way to transfer the pattern onto the silk? So many questions, and suggestions would be great! I think it could be an interesting project for anybody living in any country, putting your own explorers and landmarks on them.

So, any suggestions at all would be greatly appreciated!
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 63 ENTRIES / Re: Dogtopusses on: June 09, 2011 04:13:24 PM
Love it!
17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 63 ENTRIES / Re: Hot dog spiders and cucumber & cheese flower! on: June 09, 2011 04:12:05 PM
Haha I LOVE it, such a great idea with the pasta and hotdogs!
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Deep Sea Dance on: June 07, 2011 04:04:00 PM
So beautiful! Such a standard I want to achieve oneday!
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Pacman returns! on: June 06, 2011 07:53:48 PM
Wow thank you for all the lovely words! I can't wait to start on my next quilt! I have got too many in mind to know where to start hahah.

I gave this quilt to him in May 2010, so he was 7 months old, and didn't say a great deal  Wink but his mum has taken some action shots and when I track them down I will put them up!
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Applique Treasure Map Play Mat / Quilt on: June 04, 2011 07:36:40 PM
Super cool!
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