I made this cute purse for adrienne_bowers for the IYP 23 swap (yeah, I'm a bit late in posting it). One of the things she wanted was a purse or bag of some kind, and when I came across this pattern, it seemed perfect for her. It doesn't have a lining since the pattern didn't call for one (said it was designed to not need one), and I remember it seemed pretty sturdy without one. (pattern here)
I'm finally trying to catch up with some of my craft photos, so yes, this was made a year and a half ago for the Craft Detective Swap. My partner was Whistley, and a couple things mentioned on her questionnaire was a need for a big project bag and a love of Disney, so I tried to meet both of those with this Disney princess bag. I used McCall's pattern 5722 for this, and while I didn't mean to go so purple with it, the best Disney fabric I was finding went with that color, so I tried to keep it colorful by adding some contrast to the straps.
This was kinda sorta a bit above my level with all the buckram and interfacing going on, and I did wind up getting a bit of help making the handles themselves (had them halfway done and I was feeling stuck, so my mom pretty much stepped in while I was gone and finished them ), but otherwise I'm pretty happy with what I accomplished on this bag... and I think it'll be a while before I attempt something this complicated again.
I made this guy last year for the poppet vs. amigurumi swap. I was paired with jkaywiz, and one of her favorite things was Alice in Wonderland, so I made her the Mad Hatter. She liked the Disney portrayal with more jewel tones, and go figure there was a perfect pattern for that. Gotta say he probably has the most personality of any of my ami so far. (pattern here)
I'm way behind on posting my crafts, so poor Stitch was actually made for the 2012 Secret Santa swap. I was paired with Calabaza, and he was one of her favorite characters (and a Stitch ami was one of her requested items if I remember right), so I tracked down a pattern on Ravelry and had at it. I probably should have rethought the stitching method on the ears, but otherwise I was pretty happy with how he turned out. (pattern here)
Finally got some pics of emilywildes' lovely package I received. One of the items on my list was an mp3/earbud cozy to keep things safe in my bag, and boy did she run with it!
First off, she knit up a cozy in Ravenclaw colors. She didn't have the dimensions to my player yet, but it fits my phone quite nicely. She also attached a cute felt penguin pin to it which I detached to give a better view of the cozy. It's a very cute penguin and I definitely need to find a perfect use for it. <3
Then after I remembered to send along the dimensions on my player, she went ahead and made this up for me as well!
It's a Hedwig cozy set! Here are the two pieces separately, and yes that's my mp3 player hiding inside! And you can hopefully see the winged piece has a zipper up the back to fit my earbuds as well. This should be perfect! Thank you!
Sorry it took so long to get some pictures, but jkaywiz sent me a very lovely poppet that I'm excited to finally share!
Full shot. I know she mentioned a while back having an ironing incident, but you can barely even tell! Also the colors go together very nicely, and the sewing is so beautiful. (Sorry, no problems with her ears, I think I just let it get caught in the hair in that shot >.>)
Close-up of her face. Isn't she so pretty? <3 Thank you jkaywiz!
My partner let me know that she'll take a while to undo her magic yarn ball since she's going to crochet it all out, so we agreed that I'd go ahead and post the pics for her. So adrienne_bowers, look away if you don't want to ruin the surprise!
Unfortunately I only got pics of the actual crafted items, so you can refer back to adrienne_bowers' earlier post showing the yarn ball I stuffed everything into. Also not pictured here were a couple things of chocolates (wasn't quite sure what kind she'd like ) and some purchased charms, buttons and various other trinkets to fill things out.
A shot of the yarn before I started winding the ball. The pink is a really soft cotton yarn from my local yarn shop and is also the yarn you see when you first start unwinding the final ball.
A crocheted flower motif with a sparkly button center, loosely inspired by some of her pins. Sadly I forgot to put a pin or something on it before wrapping it all up, so hopefully she'll still find a good use for it.
A set of knitting stitch markers I made from some cute beads I found. The colors get a little lost in this photo, but I really liked how they turned out.
I also made this antique-inspired charm for her, matching chain included. It was based around the heart charm, which opens up to reveal a tiny compartment inside.
Finally at the center of the yarn ball is this flower purse, complete with sparkly button at the center of the blooming side.
I've received from Calabaza! We agreed on a relatively small swap since we both already had partners, and everything from her end was great!
First up, her crafted item was a gorgeously done corset bag. I saw on her thread that this was her first time doing boning or corsetry in general, but believe me you'd never know to look at it close up.
Also a shot of the back for her lovely lacing detail, which I love:
And for fun, she also sent this silly item off my pinterest. I haven't used it yet so no action shots, but the idea is that you freeze ice cubes in the shape of shark fins with a huge chunk at the bottom to ensure the fins stick out of the water. I intend to have lots of fun with this one.
I got my package from Whistley and finally managed to get some pictures!
First up was this very clever amigurumi of Neville after he'd turned himself into a canary. Technically a book item, but we'd agreed that booky things were equally fine and that was one of my favorite one-liners in the books.
She also made an amazing Evenstar pendant from Lord of the Rings! Wow, I still can't imagine making one of these! Now I just need to find an excuse to wear it somewhere.
Another Harry Potter item, this was a very cool decoupaged box.
The inside was just as cool, and even had a surprise inside!
Also a mirror based on Enchanted, one of my all-time favorite Disney movies, and featuring my favorite character before she got humanized.
And inside an enclosed envelope, one last surprise! Some bookmarks based on one of my pins for both Narnia and Harry Potter. I'm already using one of them.
Thank you so much Whistley, you were a great partner!