Class : Transfiguration / Detention With Snape (Yes, I AM totally taking advantage of the fact that we can do double duty this semester!) House: Slytherin Project Name: Granny Square Purse Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410162.0 Brief Description: Being a Slytherin has it's perks: you can make your overdue transfiguration homework in detention with Snape! I made the purse below for my mother, with yarn that used to be our favorite shared sweater vest. For several years, we both wore the thing. When I moved out, it stayed in my mother's closet for a while, but she was transfigured by menopause and though she didn't gain any weight, the vest made her look as if she was pregnant. Not very flattering! It moved to my closet, but I had also since been transfigured, dropping 11kg(24lbs) and the vest was too big and baggy on me. I unraveled one of the sleeves (that was scary!) and transfigured the vest into this monther's day granny square purse for my mother.
The two squares were finished really quickly, but then the project sat without a strap on my desk for a couple of weeks, while I was making more interesting stuff. Making straps is so boring! So in detention with Snape, I finally finished off and attached the strap, so I'll have a nice mother's day present to give to my mum in July when we finally see each other again (we live ~200km apart).
I've wandered into the world of grannies (not just squares, I made a hexagon here, and a rectangle below) and these are my latest two projects:
A charger pocket for a forum-friend. She saw me post pictures of 2 other ones before, and she PM'ed me that she liked these and could I do a custom one for her, and that she would pay. I really was flabbergasted, I never actually imagined that people would approach me to know if I sold! I was SO honoured!
I also finally finished my gift for mother's day and HP Craftalong Detention With Snape / Transfiguration (so totally taking advantage that this semester, projects can do double duty!)
I made this bag from an old sweater my mother and I have both worn for several years. We've both transformed a bit ourselves (I lost 11kg, my mother changed shape because of menopause) and the sweater became too big for me, and my mother looked pregnant in it! I unraveled one sleeve of the sweater, and used that yarn to make this bag. (Best yarn ever!) I waited very long before actually finishing it, because making the strap wasn't quite as interesting as making the body (too many turns, and I kept making mistakes) but it's finally finished
I got mail from the UK today!!! The envelope was quite damaged (might have happened when they put it in the mailbox) but luckily the plastic bag inside kept the contents safe
Geek made me this wonderful retro apron (which doesn't quite work with the dress I'm wearing today, but let's ignore that detail) and I really love it. I can definitely see myself hosting a party wearing this apron, without having to cringe at the pictures afterwards, it really looks so pretty
The neck strap was too long, but I've fixed that with a slip knot on the back (once I get my mum's old sewing machine, I'll fix it more elegantly). The apron also has 2 pockets, which are practically invisble, but mainly very practical
I made this crochet purse for my niece's third birthday on the 30th of June. I previously made her this flower hat, so for her birthday I decided to use the left-over of the green and pink yarn to make her a purse.
It's a total of 10 rounds granny hexagon, crocheted with a 3mm hook I joined both sides with a rippling edge doing crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, double crochet, crochet and repeating. It's got a 19cm diameter, and the strap is 70cm long. I hope that won't be over- or under-sized for a three year old!
Seeing PFD's post in this topic pulled my attention back to this gallery and I realised that moving has kept our dear swap organiser very busy, which I totally understand! I did get an enthousiastic thank you upon delivery of these pillow cases, but time constraints have made posting the pictures somewhat difficult, so I decided to share them myself. I'm sure when Monica had settled in to the new house and life gets back to normal, she'll share some action shots with us
I first drew the image on the fabric with tailor's chalk, blotting out a couple of times because the images online are simply to tiny to blow up to a size big enough to transfer, then embroidered the piece (or well... I should say stiched right? Not too sure if this counts as embroidery) and had the covers sewn together. My mother did that last step because my sewing machine has transformed into a fabric devouring monster and she knows how to tame it.
Here are close-ups of both figures:
And to show off their size / give you a concept of how far apart these lovers are, this shot:
We only have EU sized pillows, so I didn't have anything to model this US king sized cases on, but I think you get the idea
I made this set of pillow cases for babalina in ongoing wish swap 80, they're inspired by this boldloft design, but as you'll see, I've had to flip it so the boy and the girl would be on the right side:) I wasn't entirely sure sure whether to post these pillow cases here or in the needlework board, so I'm going to trust the moderators to move this topic if necessary.
I first drew the image on the fabric with tailor's chalk, blotting out a couple of times because the images online are simply to tiny to blow up to a size big enough to transfer, then embroidered the piece and had the covers sewn together. My mother did that last step because my sewing machine has transformed into a fabric devouring monster and she knows how to tame it. I'm getting her old sewing machine this weekend! It's soo much better than mine
Here are close-ups of both figures:
And this is mainly to show off their size:
They're US king size cases, and we only have EU pillows, so I sadly couldn't take pictures of the cases serving their purpose, but I'm sure babalina will send over some action shots after the move is finalised and they're put to use
In ongoing wish swap 80, mama24boyz got me some crochet patterns for bellydancing belts and a bag of coins. I picked out yarn and beads at a shop, and I just finished making the triangle hip belt (the black one in the shop) and I'm really pleased with how it came out. Can't wait to wear it to my bellydancing class tonight!
Wearing the belt. Don't mind the skirt, and I know it's not the best of pictures. I included it so you'd get a better view of the beads
I'll be adding action shots in the evening! Pictures of my bellydance outfit:
I forgot to take my camera to dance class, so these were just taken by myself in front of the mirror, hence the flash and the lens flare.
I still need to find my camera to get better shots, but I at least wanted to share a webcamshot of me wearing the awesome tree of life pendant I got from PFD
I really like it I got a matching copper chain too, because those can be really hard to find. I already got compliments on the necklace today when I wore it to the hospital.
It might be silly, but I think this jewellery might help me heal. It just serves as a reminder that whatever comes, you keep on living, and you need to nurture life if you want it to prosper. Some bits of symbolism make coping with though stuff a bit easier right?