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21  3 rag dolls - little girl, gnome and elf in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by shooting star on: December 18, 2006 08:20:29 AM
It's me again.  This time I want to show you the 3 rag dolls I made, again to give away to charity.  These rag dolls are made from my own pattern - after many attempts to get things just the way I wanted them to be!  My craft table looked like there had been an explosion at a doll factory with many different versions of legs, arms and heads, lying across my table!  Well at least I have a pattern to work from now.

Their bodies are machine sewn but all their clothes were hand sewn.  Their faces were embroidered on.

Juanita:
 

And my favourtie part of Juanita - her bloomers!!



Fizzle the christmas elf:



Nogbert the gnome:



group shot:



Comments and criticisms welcomed Smiley

ps heres a link to the ball animals I made - which were also given away to charity http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=139282.0
and also a link to my juggling bags http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=137945.0
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22  ball animals in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by shooting star on: December 13, 2006 09:05:10 AM
So heres 3 in the series of my ball animals.  I made the pattern myself.  These guys are pretty big with a circumference of over half a metre and take up loads of stuffing!!

I made these ones to give to a charity.  Heres a group shot:



Sparkles the penguin:

 

Francis the reindeer:

 

Percy the pig - my favourite one:

   

comments and criticisms more than welcome.
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23  3 wise monkey juggling bags in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by shooting star on: December 07, 2006 09:10:34 AM
Ok, heres the first in a series of juggling bag characters I'm making.  Meet the 3 wise monkeys (hear no evil, speak no evil and see no evil).





and one picture to get an idea of the size of them (heehee, it looks like he is camera shy and trying to hide from the camera!):



This set of juggling bags are going to my boyfriend to give away in the secret santa at his work, so I am having to say goodbye to them already Sad Though that just gives me an excuse for making more Cheesy

I have 2 more sets of juggling bags in the works just now so if you like these, then keep your eyes peeled over the next couple of days for more in the series of juggling bags I'm making.

Also I would be appreciative of any comments and criticisms people have Smiley  thank you
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24  Re: Unconditional Swap October 2006 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by shooting star on: November 12, 2006 10:04:45 PM
I just recieved a massive package from ScotSkipper402, full of loads of trims for my charity dolls I'm in the process of crafting.  There are some gorgeous trims in here that will just finish off my dolls nicely!

heres an overview of the whole package:



and now a close up of some of the items, though there were too many to take photos of!

Some of the buttons and patch things - how do you attatch these?  I've never worked with them before.



The threads:



tons of ric rac:



and some of the ribbon and lace - check out the ribbon at the right hand side, its absolutely gorgeous!
 

I also got some small plastic doll shoes, you may be able to see them in the big picture.

thanks so much again ScotSkipper, the package was wonderful and it will be put to a good use trimming the cloths of the dolls going to charity.
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25  tubby teddy - test in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by shooting star on: November 01, 2006 10:55:59 PM
Hey all.  This is my first attempt at a teddy bear.  I used a free pattern from planet teddy bear that doesn't appear to be there anymore - if I find it I will post it.

Because it was a trial teddy I decided that I would make him out of some spare fabric.  He was all hand stitched as well.  Now that I feel that he has turned out quite well I think I am going to make a personalised fur one for my little sisters 18th, with embroidered name on its foot.

So heres the pics:



His ears aren't lop sided like the middle photo suggests (see the first one is fine!), it was just the angle it was taken at and how his head was sitting at the time.

I just love how his oversized feet mean that he can stand unsupported without falling over.

So now I just have to finalise a few modifications I want to make to the pattern before I get started on the one for my sister.

What do people think?  Comments would be appreciated.

and sorry about the blurry photos, I don't have the steadiest of hands!
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26  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 12 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by shooting star on: November 01, 2006 10:43:06 PM
I hope nobody minds me posting this   Undecided

This was the first item I sent that got lost in the post somewhere.  We can only hope that it shows up some day.  I had planed on remaking this item but after moving to singapore I found it hard to source any appropriate yarn and I didn't bring the spare yarn (that you can see in the bottom picture) all the way with me to singapore.

Again it was based off of a wist and a slightly modified pattern from here, which I can't find right now but will post when I find it.



and a side view:

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27  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 12 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by shooting star on: November 01, 2006 10:37:55 PM
Well heres the pictures of what chittybangbang recieved from me - she asked me to post pics.

I sent her a cherry clutch inspired by an item from her wists.  The cherries are embroidered on - it was my first attempt at embroidery, previously I've just done cross stitch.  This was also my first time putting in a zip and making a clutch.



heres another, slightly blurry, shot:



I hope you liked it chittybangbang
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28  first quilt and incredibly proud of it in Quilting: Completed Projects by shooting star on: August 23, 2006 04:18:48 PM
Stick with me here folks.  Right, my uncles fiances daughter has just had a baby and after walking around shops I decided that I didn't want any shop bought stuff for the baby and so thought that I would try to make a quilt.  So I went and bought loads of brightly coloured fabric and designed my own simple pattern and heres the results.

The quilt in all its glory:



a close up of the square I designed.  Its made up of 8 squares and 4 rectangles per square:



and here it is all tied up and ready to go (I also embroidered the recipients name, my name and the date on the back, which you can just see in the picture):



It isn't the most perfect quilt, with some pieces not matching up exactly, but a lot of time and love has went into the making of the quilt and I am extremely proud of the results.  The mother of the baby and my auntie-to-be seemed really impressed with it, especially when they found out it was hand made and personalised, which made me feel even more proud.

details of the quilt:  I machine pieced it.  I wimped out of binding and decided to place right sides of top and backing together with wadding on top and sew together three sides of the quilt and most of the fourth side, then I turned it the right way around and slip stitched the opening closed.  I then hand quilted the whole thing using stitch in the ditch.

any comments?  suggestions?

ps I think I have the quilting bug and I really want to get started on another one but I don't know what to do next now as there are so many options.
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29  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 12 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by shooting star on: July 24, 2006 12:56:19 PM
I recieved my fabulous package from simplyfussfree today!  Soooo many goodies!  I asked for some knitting supplies and heres the great package I recieved:

First of all the wool (or yarn, depending on where your from):



I absolutely adore the red mixed wool.  Its got the most lovely colours running through it and red is a favourite colour of mine, particulary this shade of red.  Now I just have to decide what I'm going to make with it.  I have to make sure I do it justice!

I also got circular needles and they are bamboo as well!  I have never knitted in the round before but I have been wanting to try for a while now, and these will spur me on to finally give it a go!  And to finish of the package, I got some really lovely hand made stitch markers.  I particulary love the japanese(?) style ones:



and a close up of the stitch markers:



Thank you again for the most lovely package and for being the most amazing swap partner (is that the term still used for ongoing swaps?) and making this a really good first swap for me!
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30  first attempt at stitch markers in Knitting: Completed Projects by shooting star on: June 30, 2006 12:39:18 PM
ok, this is a bit of a blurry photo, but I'm sure everyone is used to them now when viewing close ups of small objects.  So heres my first attempt at stitch markers.  4 of them made in about 15mins, using only some wire, beads and pliers.



Now I can knit my cables without having to count and re-count stitches!
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