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41  Macro Photo Entry: Lily Glow in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by PimpernelSmith on: May 03, 2008 08:36:46 AM


Had a really hard time deciding which picture to enter in my first challenge, but here we go! I went with a Lily rather than a once-in-a-lifetime picture of a bird because the flower is more colorful and literally DID require a Macro lens.

So without further ado: One lily, no photoshop --

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42  Re: bras, maybe underwear in general? in Clothing Sewalongs by PimpernelSmith on: March 22, 2008 04:46:51 PM
Okay, here is my first attempt at panties!  Jalie Pattern #2568, view A.
Cotton-Poly knit; Cotton Muslin liner; 1" elastic.

I did this at its most basic, no frills, version so that I could check the fit, and do a test drive before investing in edgings and such.

Ta-Da --

Fit is lovely! I plan to wear it tomorrow all day to see what the comfort level is.  Wink
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43  Silk Embroidery Advice Sought - pics in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by PimpernelSmith on: March 16, 2008 10:42:51 AM


I bit off more than I can chew with this project, but can I give it up? No. So any advice anyone can give would be most welcome.

The fabric is silk. The thread is Madeira brand rayon. Ultimately it is so be a all-over embroidered scarf for my niece, based on this pattern:

(I'm drawing a blank on the title of the book, but I'll post it as soon as I re-discover it.)

Where I am at:

I am using a tear-away, silk appropriate stabilizer. (And a magnifier light to save my sanity!  Roll Eyes  )

What I'm afraid of is that I'm going to do tons of work, only to have it too messed up!  Embarrassed

How do I place the hoop over already embroidered bits without damaging them?

What is the best way to smooth everything out once it is done?

Or have I created a time bomb of a project that is intrinsically doomed? Cry

Thanks for any help --
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44  Re: Suggestions for Men's Boxers? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by PimpernelSmith on: March 09, 2008 12:28:51 PM

Okay, at long last, some pictures! These boxers have been such a success that it is difficult to find a number of them laundered all at the same time. Finally, here is a sample --

The two orange ones at the top were some of the first and are starting to show fading.  On the whole it has been interesting to see how very differently the fabrics hold up.  The one thing I dislike about buying fabric is that the detailed data does not print out, and I'm not savvy enough to tell what's what on my own.,,,
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45  Re: Show off Your Custom Text Shirt from Spreadshirt in Craftster Itself by PimpernelSmith on: February 21, 2008 02:56:55 PM

WOW! HOLY COW!! Let's see, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st -- 3 DAYS and my sweatshirt is here!!

Have a look:
Specs -- Hooded Sweatshirt, magenta flock print, with quotes by Dorothy Parker and John Peel.

The Front

The Back:

The Left Sleeve:

 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

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46  Re: Clapotis from Knitty in Knitalongs by PimpernelSmith on: January 13, 2008 03:10:05 PM

Okay: Two skeins of Hand Maiden, SeaSilk yarn in the Paris colorway, and 1 year after beginning the thing --

Coiled view; the flash makes the colors look a bit more aggressive than they really are, but I wanted you to get an idea of the wonderful sheen of this stuff!

Spread out as a wrap:

Close Up, no flash:

I've already worn it as a scarf to a school event in the coldest MPR room in the whole district -- insert a sigh of deep contentment here!   Smiley
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47  Very Alien Alien - Finished at 2:00 AM! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by PimpernelSmith on: December 24, 2007 09:08:05 AM
My nephew requested an alien, based upon an image he found on the internet...This doesn't look much like it, but it IS unique!  Used a ton of super-stiff interfacing, and am now drugged up on Tylonol to make my hands able to function.

There was supposed to be a second pair of 'arms', but my hands gave out.
There IS a secret pocket worked into the seam at the base of the torso!


Side View:

Weirdly bird-like, 3-eyed Face:

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48  Re: October 2007 Birthday Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PimpernelSmith on: November 14, 2007 07:22:40 PM

Along with all my requested dietary lusts, PurpleHeather also sent me teas (Yea!), and made me cuff bracelets!
One in midnight velvet that exactly matches a dress I recently aquired:

And a matched pair of brocade cuffs in the wonderful wine color:

They are perfect for both dress and play!  Smiley
Now I just have to hide my cookies. I made the mistake of letting the BF try one, and now he lusts after them as well (yes, we have chocolate sandwich cookies in the USA, but they do not taste the same ((it's in the same way the the UK has hydox sandwich cookies, but they do not taste like Oreos!)) ).

On the very same day I received a package from Kayrun! Look at these goodies  Cheesy

Not only did she send me double-pointed knitting needles (and in a size I NEED no less!), she also sent me teas (how cool is it that both ladies read my profile), and a cloth in my beloved periwinkle blue!

I'm taking all the teas to work, as they will be very soothing; the trimester schedule change always make our students' behaviors go atomic.

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49  Re: October 2007 Birthday Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PimpernelSmith on: November 13, 2007 06:07:22 PM
Got TWO great packages today, and my batteries died after only one photo! So, just to wet you whistles I'll post the one, and close-ups and the rest will follow tomorrow.
PurpleHeather sent my a fantastic surprise from the UK -- both my longed-for snacks and crafty goodness!

And yes, I have already started on the chocolate bourbons and the Smarties!  It's by sheer force of will that I resist having crisps for supper!

Kayrun -- I got your package today also -- SO COOL! I'll get pictures asap!
 Grin Cheesy Smiley Wink Grin

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50  Re: Tea Cozy Crochetalong in Crochetalongs by PimpernelSmith on: November 11, 2007 10:39:23 AM
My flame-colored cozy works!  Cheesy

Cold weather has arrived; time to convert from iced tea to hot; tea cozy refinements come to mind...

The winning aspects  Smiley of the tea cozy I made are:
-- Felted wool definatly prolongs the warmth of the tea.
-- Having the bottom of the teapot covered not only helps retain heat, but acts as a buffer between the hot pot and the tabletop.
-- The snapped straps hold it snugly, so the cozy doesn't shift as the pot is used.
-- Having the cozy come up the base of the spout gives me a place to put my fingers without getting scorched (not a planned part of the design, but definatly a bonus).

Things I'll ponder fixing  Undecided when I make another include:
-- If I line it with fabric it would hold heat even longer.
-- It might be nice to be able to put the cozy on or off while the tea pot is full -- as it is I can only use the cozy if I remember to put it on before I start, as it requires tilting the spout to get the thing on.
-- I'll be careful to stop the sides before I reach the opening; as it is the wool extends up about a centimeter, and I have to be hyper-careful when pouring water so as not to wet the edges.
-- I'm going to make an elastic drip-catch for the spout that matches the cozy so that drips don't run down the spout and into it.

Overall, I am a very happy camper!!  Cheesy
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