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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 1 hour "Vacation Dresses", swimsuit (top), and my grad/prom dress!! on: July 01, 2008 10:15:38 PM
I really love the grad dress, the mix of fabrics is great!
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Bird and bead totebag on: April 04, 2008 07:19:35 PM
This is so odd, I found a piece of embroidery at a thrift store with the EXACT same pattern and made it into a bag as well!  I should see if I have a picture somewhere.
Anyway it looks great, the beads are a really nice touch.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I never did post my prom dress.... on: February 17, 2008 01:45:27 PM
lovely!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: sewing+crochet+painting= 2 hoodies on: January 04, 2008 04:07:13 PM
I love the second one especially, what a great idea!
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: picture frames from old hardcover books on: January 04, 2008 04:02:06 PM
 They look great!  I saw something similar to this in Readymade a long time ago, and you just reminded me of how much I wanted to try it.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: leather blank book cover on: January 03, 2008 10:40:54 AM
Thanks everyone!
So professional looking!  I'm envious how you can "see" things in your found objects and create cool stuff.  Me?  I just see the found object.

What didn't your sewing machine like about the leather?  Thickness?  How did you solve it?

Again, great job!
I used needles specifically for leather, but I think the thickness was still a bit much for my machine.  So, I did some of it by just turning the wheel thing (I have no idea what this is really called) by hand and not using the foot pedal.  The rest I just went for it even though my machine made funny noises and sometimes the seams got screwey.
What a great job!  I love it!  I have an old blue suede jacket that I loved wearing, but it is too yucky looking to wear anymore.  I would love to do something like this.  Any chance of you telling us your source for the pattern, or if it is all yours, any chance you might share the how to??? Smiley
I didn't use a pattern, but it's really simple!  I will try to post instructions later, but in the meantime picture it this way: It's just one rectangle that wraps around the whole book with two smaller rectangles attached to form the pockets for the front and back covers, plus a long strap around the whole thing.
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / leather blank book cover on: January 02, 2008 10:04:19 PM
I made this as a holiday gift for my beau.  It was my first time doing anything with leather since stamping my initials onto a keychain as a little 4-H kiddie, and my machine was NOT happy with it.  But it'll have to get over it since I still have a lot of leather left over to make fun things with. 

The finished product:

I didn't make the book inside.  I was originally going to take another stab at bookbinding, but I ran short on time and and bought a nice little sketchbook instead.

It began as very worn and stained jacket in my house's free box.  You can kind of see the d-rings I used for the closure.


In progress (clothespins have so many uses, have you noticed?):


More pictures with other books for scale and fun:







18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: "And She Lived Happily Ever After..." on: December 13, 2007 04:21:51 PM
i love it, pearls included.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: a slew of dresses! on: November 11, 2007 03:11:21 PM
nice, i like the second one the best!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: eyes and wings and more gores then an angry bull + UPDATE in action with Lia on: October 05, 2007 01:13:31 PM
The eye motif is great, as is the yoke idea.  Ive been trying to make a top with a yoke but I cant get it to sit right, so Im especially impressed with yours!

Also, craftster wont let me insert apostrophes in this post for some reason.  So, sorry for the unpunctuated contractions.
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