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1  Lame Sampler-style bookmark...Have to start SOMEwhere... in Needlework: Completed Projects by BionicPassenger on: December 27, 2007 09:32:34 PM
I am almost embarrassed to post these, after looking at the far more creative and bad-ass creations in the Needlepoint board. I do it only because it took me a long time to finish them (I get distracted easily with crafting...I always have something like 6 projects going at a time...). As a disclaimer, I will say that I do NOT usually do needlepoint - my passions are more in the making clothes/ knitting areas - but I wanted to make my friend a ridiculously feminine article since we are both pretty manly. Smiley

I took elements from several different needlepoint patterns I have, but the majority came from a book on samplers. I do not have the patience for a traditional sampler, so I came up with the idea to do a bookmark.

I did make up the pattern for the letter, by printing the enlarged initial of my friend in a font I liked in MS Word, cutting it out and using it as a guideline.

They're hard to see, but at the corners of the bookmark, beyond the stitched border, are whitework symbols representing love, friendship, fortune and health - all the things I wished for my friend as I sewed her super-femme bookmark.

The bookmark:

Action shot:

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2  Domiknitrix Mohawk Hat -- Finally, Achingly, Agonisingly Complete. Pictures Too. in Knitting: Completed Projects by BionicPassenger on: December 27, 2007 09:18:17 PM
I devoured Jennifer Stafford's Domiknitrix knitting book while recovering from a serious car crash. I was so in love with the knitting patterns that I ignored both my rather limited ability to move and my basic-intermediate knitting skills in order to begin the awesome Mohawk hat, and consequently spent much of the time cursing the hat most roundly before throwing the entire mess across the room numerous times. Being that I REALLY, REALLY liked the Mohawk Hat, I was able to dust off the increasingly cat hair-covered project and keep trying. Then, suddenly, it became almost...easy. I was able to finish the hat after weeks of it languishing around attracting angry muttering and dark looks from me. How, you ask? I simply ignored the book's confusing instructions and relied on my Scottish common sense and Japanese perserverence to pull me through. And now, finally, a finished Mohawk hat! lol Its recipient is very, very happy with it. And so am I. Smiley

I used 2 skeins Lion's Brand Chunky in black instead of the recommended Lamb's Pride Bulky for the hat itself, and some Lamb's Pride Bulky for the fringe. Colours were chosen by the recipient, and I think they look wicked awesome together.

The hat itself:

The mistake-riddled right side:

The perfect left side:

Just for fun:
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3  A Colorado-ready version of the SnBN Earwarmer. Image happy. in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by BionicPassenger on: December 27, 2007 09:03:16 PM
My best friend and semi-hero, Amanda, recently moved to Colorado. To help her prepare for the coldness (she's a native Texan), I decided to try my hand at the earwarmer in SnB Nation. It turned out so much better than I thought it would! Incidently, it is the first thing in the book I completed. (Finished projects are SO satisfying...)

I used the recommended (costly) yarn for the black headband-y part, but I used a less expensive yarn for the flowers (some Bernat Cashmere Natural Blends in white, leftover from my version of the Kittyville hat) and a more expensive one for the leaves (I inadvertently picked up Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK instead of the recommended one - it didn't really make a difference, except that it is pretty hairy compared to the other...). I used a double strand of DMC floss and some fake pearl beads (a large one in the centre and smaller ones at the rays), and 2 green crystal beads to jazz up the leaves. A single green square bead hid the join of the two pieces of I-cord that make up the stems.

The Earwarmer Itself


Another Detail

Amanda modelling (not her real face lol)

Amanda modelling, side view
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4  white kittyville hat -- a bit image-y. My 1st knitted in round project :) in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by BionicPassenger on: December 27, 2007 08:53:59 PM
This is the first hat I ever knitted, and also the first thing I have ever knitted in the round. SnB is probably one of the most exciting knitting books I've read, because the patterns make it easy for me to learn new techniques as I go along. I love both the lightbulb that goes off above my head when I figure something out in the book AND the finished project. The directions were surprisingly easy to follow, once I stopped trying to complicate things.  Smiley

I used a couple skeins of Bernat Cashmere Natural Blends in white that I picked up at Michael's for $3.99 apiece rather than the more expensive yarn recommended in the book, and size 9 circular needles (needled to obtain gauge).

I really like the way it turned out, though if I had to do it over, I would probably have made the ears closer to the front (they're not really visible from the front unless I wear the hat a certain way). I may also make some flowers or animals and use snaps to make them detachable to liven it up.

Oh, and a disclaimer. I'm not really photogenic, so excuse the weird expressions on my face in photos below:

Me wearing the hat

Better view of the ears

Side view

Top view

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5  No-sew hot pink tutu!! (w/ link to tutorial...) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BionicPassenger on: November 05, 2007 10:00:22 PM
So I was looking for a fairly simple project I could do while watching a week's worth of DVR'd TV shows and saw a post about tutus. Tutus being representative of my love of all things girly, I did a quick search and pulled up no less than 25 (!) pages in the Clothing board...looks like plenty of other Craftsters like tutus, too! Having tried to make a petticoat before, I had bad memories of working with tulle but the words "easy no-sew tutu" was like a heavenly choir of seraphim to my lazy craftin' ears...

Anyway, long story short (sorry for being long-winded, but I don't post often. I'll try to work on my rather rambling style in future posts...) -- As I don't have 10 posts yet, I can't post pics so the links are there...

Here is my version of the no-sew tutu:

And a close-up of the knotted strips of tulle on the ribbon waistband:

And the whole shebang modelled by my dressform:

The tutorial can be found here:

Basically, you tie strips of tulle to a ribbon or elastic band the size of your waist. I used 1" wide grosgrain ribbon the length of my low waist -- about midway between my waist and hips (plus extra for tying in a bow) -- for the waistband. I used 2 yards of soft pink tulle. You'll want to cut the strips to be twice as long as you want the tutu to be. The width of the strips and how densely you pack them determines the poufiness. My strips were about 3" wide and spaced about 1/4" apart, which created a moderately poufy tutu. A wider strip of 6" (my first test) was much poufier. Be sure to check out the tutorial because there's a specific way to tie the strips to the ribbon to get them to lie properly...

I think I'll make a waistband out of stretchy fabric to kind of tamp down the pouf on my hips, and to cover the ribbon band.

Happy tutu-making! Now...to figure out something to wear underneath my tutu. I'm not a teenager, and I'm not that brave anymore.  Smiley
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6  Modified Apron-Like Tops ***first post*** edited to add tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BionicPassenger on: July 28, 2006 10:33:25 AM
Last summer in France, I saw the girls wearing these utilitarian, modified apron-like dresses over their t-shirts and jeans. I really liked the look. After fooling around with some fabric I had lying around, I came up with these. Sorry for the crappy quality of pics - my camera is not the best. I got the pattern for the pocket on this board somewhere, but I can't remember who first posted it. (It's a round pocket that ties.) Thanks to that lovely woman or man! The straps snap into the aprons. I covered the snaps with decorative buttons.

The red one was the first I made. There were a lot of mistakes, but I'm pleased with how it turned out. I used leftover ribbon for the straps.

front view


The green one is the second one I made. I made the straps from the same fabric as the apron itself.

front view

back view

detail of snap

Really crappy, mini-tutorial:

I used about 1 yard (a little less for the red, a little more for the green) of fabric.

Constructing the pattern:
   The body of this apron is composed of 2 pieces.
   The front is essentially a rectangle with a triangle at the bottom. The rectangle should be long enough to cover from your mid-chest (or where you want the top of the apron to lie) to your waist or hips. The triangle is not a separate piece. I simply drew a line from the rectangle's end on one side out until I had a satisfactory flare. I then folded the paper at the centre of the rectangle's top edge, and used the side I had cut out for the skirt flare as a guide to cut out the other side.
   The back is the skirt back. I used the triangle front of the apron as a guide to cut out the back piece, and cut the top edge of the back piece of the skirt low, riding my hips.

1. I sewed the front piece of the skirt to the back piece of the skirt, lining up the sides. Unfortunately, when I tried it on, I couldn't really squeeze into it. In order to fit these bellydancer hips, I had to make those rather odd, squared-off cutouts at the waist to ensure a fit.

2. The straps - I sewed snaps to the ends of the straps and to the top edge of the apron. I folded the strap in such a way that the snap would not be visible, sewed it in place, and sewed a decorative button on the outside. This was probably an over-complicated method, but I had these really cute buttons I wanted to use. I then snapped the front to the straps, and had someone help me pin them at a cross in the back evenly. Then from the cross, I pulled the straps down to the back of the skirt, and marked the places where I wanted each strap to end (again, with an assistant's help). I then sewed the straps in the back to the places I had marked and at the cross.

I hope this makes sense!!!
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