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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / autumnal wall hanging on: September 30, 2011 01:42:34 PM
i have a lack of fall decorations, so i made this wall hanging from scrap fabric. the pattern for the embroidery is from the september stitch a long on feeling stitchy. the only thing i had to buy was the bias tape and backing fabric, less than $4. i have always wanted to try something like this and i am very pleased with the result. i would  love to hear what you think!



closeup of embroidery

thanks for looking.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / baby quilt from grandma's fabrics on: January 29, 2011 03:39:30 PM
hello all! this is my first time posting on this board, certainly not the last.
i made this small quilt for our baby niece born dec 9. the fabrics on the top were my grandmother's/her mother's. she has given me a ton of fabric in small increments over the years. i hoard it like crazy, but a new baby is the perfect reason to share!
let's see, mostly cotton, the light floral is linen. the backing was an old pillowcase, washed and i think the gingham used to be grandma's curtains ::)the ruching on the borders was intentional, it's not super wrinkled or anything. store bought binding :/ really easy to use though. i know it's summery, but it was summer when i started it, plus she'll be in her prime baby-ness this spring. i really loved it even thought the quilting was wonky in the middle, it pulled, which is frustrating. her mom and dad seemed like they understood how special it is so yay.

close up, so you can see just how wonky it actually is:

sorry to ramble but a lot went in to this. thanks for looking! comments welcome as always!
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / crocheted voodoo doll for evil cousin on: November 08, 2010 05:44:34 AM
one of my cousins is slightly evil like myself. so what's better for a 17th birthday than your very own voodoo doll? i based it off one i saw on flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/25234907@N02/2634097589
here he is, the little cutie. i also included pins for good and evil, and i altered the box he is sitting on with "creepy victorian imagery"

hope you like
thanks for looking
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / amigurumi fox with top hat on: November 08, 2010 05:37:00 AM
i'll try to keep it short and sweet but there's always a backstory i feel compelled to share.
today is my DH's birthday. he keeps dropping hints that he wants a fox ami but little does he know i have been working on one in secret for him. for some reason i could only picture a fox in a top hat and vest. i freehanded him with vanna's choice rust colored yarn. at first i thought he looked like a bear but now i think he is more fox-like. also, his nose is rather pointy you can't tell from the pic.
from the front. see the top hat? i know the contrast isn't so great.


thanks for looking, comments always welcome!                                 
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / giant head-eating bow on: November 01, 2010 05:42:16 AM
this is my first time posting in this category, i  hope it's in the right place.
so, after watching the japanese movie kamikaze girls for the first time, i woke up with the inspiration to make a giant frilly hair piece. this is my first lolita-esque item i have made, i am so happy.
i basically slapped together two rectangles of pink gingham and sandwiched some eyelet trim in between. yay stash busting! it can slide on a headband, you can put a barrette/bobby pin through as a clip, or you could pin it on your little bo peep dress. yay versatility!
and i think the best thing of all is that hubby thinks i am adorable in it!
for size reference on my watermelon of a cat

action shot

i know it's nothing major but i love it!  Grin
thanks for looking!
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / ami pea pod, turtle and flower pot on: September 20, 2010 07:07:12 AM
the peas in a pod i made for myself, with my own made up pattern based on all the cute ones i was seeing on etsy and such. the only pea-esque color i could find at the time was a bamboo yarn, which is very nice but thinner than the acrylic i am used to, hence the stuffing. it's not as noticeable in real life though. the pod was a little tricky, but that's how the baby was made!

the turtle i made for a friend. again, made up the pattern as i went, thats why he's not the best, but i thought he was cute. plus i had the yarns on hand, so free!

and his underside

the flower pot i made for my grandma who was very ill at the time and actually just passed away friday night. i thought the idea of crocheted flowers that need no watering and never die would be nice for her. it was funny, when i made it, again using yarns on hand, i wondered what on earth kind of plant would have these color flowers on it together. when i gave it to her i realized she has the exact same plant in a hanging basket.  oh yeah the pattern is from the lion brand website. the pot came out wonky so i had to change that part. and i had to make extra flowers and leaves. that was fun, attaching all those tiny pieces (sarcasm). definitely the most complicated ami i have done, but worth it as my grandma taught me how to work with my hands and i know she loved it.
oh, and it's the fisrt crocheted item i have made in a while without a face on it. it was considered, but i decided against it.

this is more true in color:
hairy, i know.

thanks for looking/reading, i know it's a long post. comments welcome!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / sublime kitties on: July 15, 2010 06:19:33 AM
i made this for my coworkers birthday. she has recently aquired two cats (after never owning one) and has quickly become the crazy cat lady. this was simple and easy to stitch up for her. i love the sublime stitching cat patterns because they are easy to customize, these two look just like her cats. simple, yes, but i know it will be appreciated. now if i can embroider something without a cat theme, i'll be good.
here it is:

sorry about the crappy photo, the shadow and all.

i worked it in 3 strands all around using stem/outline, chain, satin, back stitches, and a border of french knots, which i have a love/hate relationship with (love how they look, hate making them look even). i finished the back with a piece of floursack fabric from the flea market that i hotglued on. awesome!
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / sad amigurumi bunny on: July 15, 2010 06:11:54 AM
i have been working on this bunny off and on for a little while, i am glad to be finished! she started of as this bear but she decided halfway through that she wanted to be a sad bunny.
can someone please cheer her up? i don't know what to do with a depressed bunny on my hands Smiley

closeup of sad face:

any tips on how to make a tighter weave? no matter what i do some stuffing is always showing. i use a fairly small hook, i guess it should be smaller or something.

i think she is sad because i forgot to make her a tail...
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / amigurumi lucky octopus on: June 03, 2010 06:23:52 AM
here is another amigurumi i have made for my sea-life-loving friend rachel. i didn't use a pattern for it but drew on lots of inspiration from craftster and random blogs.
it was kind of funny, her legs ended up being eight stitches around by eight stitches tall. lots of eights, which is good, it's a lucky number! i'm so glad all the legs fit, i just winged it.
i crocheted him with some light green baby yarn from the old stash.  Wink
onto the pictures:

the underside (truer to color)

hope you like him! i love comments. thanks for looking!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / embroidered kittens flour sack on: May 30, 2010 06:59:01 AM
i stitched this for my mom, who recently bought a new house and is living on her own after many years (i am so happy and proud of her!) so i have been making her random things for her house. of course she is afraid to use it, every time i go over she has it draped on her couch arm (?).
it's only my second attempt at embroidery, besides practice pieces and such. the transfer is a vintage aunt martha's from my stash. it's a days of the week one but i omitted the day. is it just me or do they have vacant eyes? i might bring some floss over next time i see her. Wink i chose kitchen cat because she is always cooking, it's crazy. and the two little kittens are like my sister and i. such a nerd! i stiched them in mostly outline stitch and there is some satin and backstiching as well. i used three strands of floss the whole time. i really love the old timey look of outline stitching. they are not the best but she loved them.

onto the pics:

closeup of stove detail (i really loved the stove)

kitten heads!
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