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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A completely different purse on: June 13, 2014 07:02:43 PM
For those confused by the antlered ni in the corner of the flap, please refer to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, particularly the knights who say ni Smiley

For the recent TV/Movie swap I made this purse.

The back

has a big pocket hiding little pockets.

Map fabric for the lining with a single, long pocket.

The up-cycled black sheet is made sturdier by fusible fleece. The strap is padded with two lengths of fleece. Its long- 50-60 -but can be made shorter by tying or threading through/clipping to the loops differently.

The tribute I designed (I think. Sometimes ideas seep in without my knowing Roll Eyes by doodling on clear contact paper (the paper backing, not the plastic.) After cutting it out with a knife, I stuck the contact paper (the plastic) on the wrong side of the fabric and painted over it with dark gold fabric paint, making sure it soaked through to get the distressed look.

It was pretty fun to make!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Exploding Needlebox Etui Tutorial - No Sew! Vintage Travel Theme Optional! on: April 28, 2014 04:52:58 PM
Recently Ive gotten back into making fabric boxes. They are so fun, quick, inexpensive and easy to individualize!

I made this one for me!

The inside grommet tape will hold straight pins and needles (sharp and blunt-tipped) and safety pins that I can use to keep things (little bits of ribbon, bias tape, baggies of supplies) in place while toting them around in this box.

Want to make your own exploding box or etui? Read on! No sewing is needed. Perfect gifts for those who dont sew to make friends who do. Want to sew? Go for it! Glueing is much easier, though, and very sturdy!

You will need:
Chipboard, photo matting, cardboard or the like (maybe balsa wood?)
Thin quilt batting (I used cotton)
Glue (white tacky glue is fine)
Cord (silky cord works nicely)

Grommet tape, fabric, ribbon, ? for inside
Stuff to decorate outside (grommet tape, embroidery floss, beads, etc.)

Determine what shape, dimensions, features, whatever you want for your box. Cut the chipboard (or substitute) however you need. My new box is 4 x 6. I cut four 4x6 pieces and two 4x4. Then I cut four 3.75x5.75 pieces and two 3.75x3.75 for the inside.

(not all pieces pictured)

Glue one side of all your pieces to the quilt batting. Cut batting to same size as board.

Cut your fabric so each piece is about a quarter to a half an inch bigger on each side of its board. Dont glue the fabric onto the batting!

Lay chipboard batting side down on the wrong side of the fabric. Glue the corners of the fabric on the back (chipboard side) first then do the same with the edges.

Make sure everything dries securely.

Clothespins work well. So does sticking things under a book or laptop to dry Smiley

To make a hinge cut a strip or cloth as long as the edges youre joining and about 1.5-2 wide. Glue in half so right sides are showing both ways. Make enough for all the pieces you are hinging together.

To keep things nice and tidy trim hinges like so:

Push outside pieces close together (making sure its the layout you want) and glue the hinges on the back. Weigh down and let dry.

Take this opportunity to get interior decorating!
For the pin and needle holders I cut grommet tape to a little longer than the length of the chipboard

centered it onto the piece then glued it down on the back.

Glue down inside pieces. I started with ones that wouldnt have silky cord string attached (the lid underside and the bottom.)

Cut and attach cord. Mine are round 22-23 inches long. Glue to back of front piece then glue back piece on top and help it dry securely.

Cut small pieces of cord for the loops. Glue them down so about a quarter of an inch sticks up past the edge. Thread long strings through and adjust loop size as needed. It should be a snug fit. Glue back piece on top.

Let dry. The waiting is the hardest part Grin

Enjoy your work!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Still more macaroon coin purses: postmark, comic action, pie and a magic 8 ball on: February 08, 2014 05:21:33 PM
I've been busy Grin

I love macaroon coin purses. Have I mentioned that? Here are...(1, 2, 3...) 4 more!

I love vintage travel and one of my favorite places is Pullman, WA. It's a little city on the east side of Washington. I went there several times for sightseeing and- back in high school -FFA competitions (it's home to Washiongton State U, our land grant college.) I have very fond memories of bookstores, farmland, and pizza Smiley

I made this macaroon for a swap a while back. Mine is version 2.0. The air mail stripes and writing are done with fabric pen, no embroidery. It, like all the ones below, are coated with sealer.

This one's a comic action bubble! Inside is a US quarter to give you an idea of size. The outside is about 1.5 inches wide. Heehee. I think it's funny that he's little but so forceful!

This cherry pie one I wasn't too happy with, but my friend did so it's okay! Phew! The back is covered in gray, like an aluminum pie plate.

Oh, Magic 8 Ball, *whisper, whisper, whisper*

He's not very definite, but I thought he was kind of cute! The 8 is written in fabric marker on white fabric and the surrounding black is fabric paint. I painted the back too, to keep the shades and texture the same. The writing gave me fits. I had to use this pretty bulky-tipped fabric paint pen to get the white to show up on the dark blue. I think it was worth it, though.

Sheesh, that was a lot of macaroons! C&C always welcome!
4  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Woven scarf - made using a scroll frame for a loom! on: January 30, 2014 12:55:37 PM
Long ago I bought yarn with the idea of semi-recreating an awesome scarf I had once but gave up because I'd grown allergic to it  Cry This scarf is 100% me-safe!

After abandoning the notion of knitting or crocheting (which I admire greatly but actually doing either frustrates the heck out of me), I dug out an embroidery scroll frame, cut oodles of 3-yard-long black strands for the warp and started weaving.

The scroll frame had 2 split dowels that I slid the warp strands through but no pegs to keep the strands spaced. It was also a 6" frame. I had to keep pulling the finished part up through one dowel and manually untangling and spacing the next portion of warp before passing the weft through.

However, 4 days later = done! And I mean just about 4 entire days. I started on Boxing Day and didn't finish until sometime in the afternoon on Dec. 29. I just plopped in front of the TV and wove!

It's about 7 feet long with 10" fringe on either side. The whole thing is secured by machine sewing in black thread all around the edges.

It's warm and when I went back to work with it I got compliments! Not bad for a vacation project! I think I am quite happy with my new scarf.  Smiley
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / More macaroons: vintage Montessori globe & TARDIS on: January 05, 2014 02:00:09 PM
More macaroons! I love them. These ones were made for Christmas presents.

For my pal who's a Montessori teacher:

a Montessori-style world map! I traced the continents onto the blue fabric then painted them in with fabric paint according to the color-coding system we learned in teaching school. I went for neutrals with a vintage-y vibe for the rest.

And for a Who-fan:

TARDIS and space. I did the TARDIS side with a blue fabric marker and the space side with white fabric paint. As I didn't entirely trust the fabric marker not to bleed and had to put the paint on pretty thick, I coated both sides with modpodge. I like the finish. I'm going to remember it.

Thank you for looking! They're lots of fun to make. Maybe you'd like to try your hand at them? I'd love to see!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Huck embroidered TARDIS on: January 05, 2014 01:40:36 PM
I've decided that I really like huck embroidery (I went on and on about it here) but some of the patterns and/or color combinations can be very not me or anyone I know except a couple of my aunts who like antiques. For a Christmas present for a relation who isn't into that I did up this on a towel:

Picture was taken right before gift wrapping at night in an oddly lit room. Smiley

If anyone wants to give it a shot (I hope you do!) here's a pattern. When I was embroidering the towel I did the TARDIS herself first then went back and did the lines across. This pattern makes a more legit design, making the lines as you go along.

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for looking!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cathedral windows-inspired appliquéd pillow on: December 06, 2013 05:08:17 PM
I cut (a LOT!) and sewed this up for my buddy, Sticker, for the most recent IYP swap.

Like I did with this one, I cut the design out of the top fabric (osnaburg in this case, AKA poor man's linen. Love it!) and sewed it onto a blue backing to help form the quasi-cathdral windows-y pattern. This time I washed and dried it before sending so I could see how the cut edges turned out.

Running my fingers over it felt niiiice  Grin and the washer didn't eat it! Yay and whew!

I used wonderunder on the other, previous cover to trace interlocking circles as cutting lines and adhere it to the blue before sewing. This one is bigger- bed-pillow sized -and since I didn't want a potential break where 2 wonderunder pieces met, I had to think of something else.

I ended up using freezer paper to draw the circles then peeled it off (careful not to stretch my fabric out of shape!) My precious, baby, do-NOT-eat-or-drink-or-breathe-near-it osnaburg was then spritzed with a 50/50 school glue/water mix and oh-so-nicely patted onto the blue.

It wasn't near as strong a bond as the wonderunder- and pins were needed -but it helped quite a bit! Definitely will use it again!

After appliquéing the front, I stitched it to the blind-hemmed lapped zipper back (here's a tutorial I made up for that.) The seam allowances were finished, the whole thing was washed and dried and, finally, photos were taken  Smiley

Thanks so much for looking!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Keyword necklaces from pounded dimes on: December 01, 2013 10:44:35 AM
I think I love metal stamping and, best of all, it's cheap! Or, at least, it can be.

By taking keywords from a favorite quote of my Doctor Who swap partner's ("Im going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve Jammy Dodgers, and a fez" -the Doctor) 70 cents, some split rings and 3 repurposed necklaces...

...this happened! It's only my 2nd metal stamping project and I think it turned out pretty well. I was really happy when a family member requested something similar for herself! It made me feel all warm inside like a freshly-pounded coin.  Cheesy

She wanted one based on a character from the same show (Strax) but not using any 1 quote. And so...

Okay, crummy picture. I swear that one isn't yellow-y green in real life! The words are Holmes, boy, Strax, ha and grenade.

I am so liking this craft. I can't wait to do and learn more! Any suggestions?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Convertible mitts on: November 16, 2013 12:16:35 PM
I love convertible mitts and am a huge admirer of yarn, yarn crafts and those who can do them, but am simply not one who enjoys the actual process of knitting or crocheting. I have tried. It's just not me. I make do with others' talents for yarn. I do, however, like sewing! Thus, these were born:

The outside is a pretty stable, thin knit and the inside is a minky fabric. I used the same pattern I did up for these...

but allowed for the bulkier and less-stretchy fabric (the striped ones above were made out of very stretchable t-shirts.)

The pattern part is still a work in progress but I'm happy with both pairs even though I had to do in-progress tweaks. They fit (which can be hard for me and my short, stumpy fingers), they're warm enough for their respective uses and I didn't have to fight with yarn. Win!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pigeon Post on: November 03, 2013 12:30:17 PM
Belated Halloween greetings to you! This year for the annual Halloween parties I attend I came as a carrier pigeon bearing a message of the season:

Why a pigeon? I like em! I really like flamingos but I dont think I could pull off that look. While bemoaning that I decided to embrace the fact that Im kinda built like a pigeon. Thus, this costume was born.

The dress is made from 4 thrifted sheets. The wings are out of the leftovers from 1 sheet and a thrifted pillow case. The headband, shoes, leggings and bolero sweater underneath are from the store Smiley

I made the pattern for the dress and wings myself. (I turned my test dress into this. Fun when throw-away projects turn out!) Herere some close ups:

And a collage just because Smiley

Thanks for looking at my project!
Hope you had a happy, happy Halloween!
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