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1  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Amazon_warrior on: January 05, 2017 09:46:39 AM
o_0 I'm sure I put this topic on notify, but suddenly there's a whole bunch of posts I haven't seen yet!  *pokes forums with a stick*

Thanks for the welcome!  Smiley  The food looks yummy, roler, think I might have to try making those cookies, maybe with my little niece.  Love the mice, too!

gozer, that one cat in your bag pic looks like s/he's just waiting 'til your back's turned to start a bit of bag savagery!  Shocked  That bracelet is <3, you could never tell by looking that you had difficulties with it.

And a new project from me:

Prompt:  January (Pitfall)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Community, Brain Power
Project Name: Bunch of Flowers art quilt
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451264.msg5424411#msg5424411
Brief Description: I bought some soluble stabiliser (aka solvy) a little while ago because I've always wanted to try making something with it, but then didn't have a good project for it until now, when I decided to make my mum a wall hanging for her birthday.  I'm extremely pleased with how my experiments came out, I learned a lot and I can see more solvy butterflies in my future!  Cheesy  It's also the first time I've had a go at anything like needlepainting on my sewing machine (the 3D tulip petals), and I was chuffed at how effective they are.
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2  "Bunch of Flowers" art quilt wall-hanging in Quilting: Completed Projects by Amazon_warrior on: January 05, 2017 05:36:33 AM
I'm starting to think that my biggest crafting inspiration is blind panic.  Mum's birthday is today, and having mooched around the local shops recently, I knew I hadn't seen anything I wanted to buy her, and I knew she was a bit envious of the cushion cover I finished recently and gave to a friend, so this happened:

She loves flowers and plants, so I decided to make some that would last a bit longer!  Wink  The best bit?  The whole thing is almost entirely from stash.  I did pick up a couple of new specialty DMC skeins in case they were needed, but only ended up using one (and realised that I already had another, d'oh).  The 3D petals and the butterfly were made using soluble stabilser (the filmy kind, solvy), which I'd bought a little while ago but not had an excuse to use yet.  It was a bit of a learning curve, and I suspect that the kind I bought wasn't really designed for how I used it, but it worked anyway.

I used scraps of ribbon and short lengths of specialty embroidery thread (rayon or metallic) in all my soluble bits to give them more body and character - I really like the subtle sparkly effect and they seem sturdier as a result.

The blue background and the appliqued petals were all made the same way - by diving head-first into my scrap bin, hauling out suitable colours and then sewing them together randomly.  Then I used bondaweb to cut the petals out and used my machine's couching foot to couch matching embroidery thread around the flowers and over the stems, which highlighted them nicely, started the quilting and secured the petals in place:

I dithered over whether to add more quilting after I'd attached the applique, but I did in the end and I'm glad, I think it gives everything more texture and it looks more finished.  Although thanks to the piecing on the front, it's easier to see the quilting from the back!

Once the quilting and binding was done, I hand-sewed the prepared 3D petals and trumpets on (oh gods, the trumpets!  They were the worst bit easily!), made a little body for the butterfly from a couple of glass beads and a headpin, then attached that as well.  There's probably more elegant ways I could have done it, but I was running out of brain at 3am this morning!  :p

The butterfly's wings were made as four parts, by preparing an area of solvy-stablised blue-green organza with different metallic threads (blue, green, silver and white iridescent on one side, variegated gold in the bobbin), then I used a printout from the interwebs as templates to couch around the wing shapes and variegated blue cotton quilting thread to create veins on the wings once I'd got rid of all the paper.  The sequins happened when I decided they needed a little more ooomph.

For my next trick, I will be trying to find my sewing table under this lot:

(It's actually worse than that now, I hadn't started the butterfly when I took that photo!)
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3  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Amazon_warrior on: January 03, 2017 07:51:48 AM
It's mum's birthday on Thursday, so I am trying to make her a wall hanging as a present, including machine embroidery on soluble interfacing, which I never tried before:

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4  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Amazon_warrior on: January 03, 2017 04:38:56 AM
Can I play too?  Smiley  Hope I do this right...

Prompt:  December (Classical)
Team: Let's go with Textbook - love me some science!
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Decorated wooden box
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451152.0
Brief Description: I used a pre-made wooden box, paint, card, fabric, glue, beads and thread to make a little makeup holder for my sister for Christmas.  (And now apparently I have to make something similar for my niece because she just can't get enough of this one...!)
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Prompt:  Free-range #1
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Community, WIP it, Brain power
Project Name: Silk applique cushion
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451147.0
Brief Description: I used English paper piecing and some unusual hexagon templates to make my first finished EPP project - a cushion that I gave to the friend who wrote the software I used to generate the distorted hexagon shapes.  Started it a few months ago, then managed to finish the hand-quilting and turn it into a FO just in time to send it for Christmas.  Smiley
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5  Decorated makeup pot in Completed Projects by Amazon_warrior on: December 24, 2016 01:50:44 PM
My sister asked for a pot to keep mascara etc. in for Christmas.  I wasn't really sure where I'd find such a thing, but then I found a plain wooden "desk tidy" in The Works (this one) for a whole 1 and decided to decorate it myself.

The inside of the box I painted with black acrylic paint and varnish, and I used the box to cut out card templates of the sides, then covered them with scraps of wadding and some pretty fabric that I happened to pick up in a scrap pack recently that is just the kind of thing my sister likes:

(I never used a glue-dot dispenser before now - HOW good are those things?  Love it!  Made life so much easier!)

Then I dug out ALL my seed beads, ribbon, assorted trim, sequins and whatnot and spent a happy afternoon jazzing it up even more.  Smiley  Originally, I tried to encrust the top edges with tiny sequins glued on, but then I discovered that even hot glue doesn't stick to varnished surfaces (d'oh!), so I ended up sewing all around with gold braid, and actually I like the effect much better.  I also got a nice photo of my niece to put in one of the heart shapes.  Hope my sister likes it!  (Kind of want to make myself one, now.)
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6  Silk applique cushion in Quilting: Completed Projects by Amazon_warrior on: December 24, 2016 04:33:02 AM
This is a little proof-of-concept project that I did:

The band is hand-pieced from bits of silk ties (I buy them in charity shops, hand-wash them and unpick them - it's surprisingly satisfying!).  It's EPP hexagons, but with a bit of a twist - literally.

The hexagons are not regular, instead I used a small program a friend wrote to generate wonky hexagons (for something else entirely!), so I could see what they'd look like as patchwork.  I backed all the silk with my lightest interfacing to stop it stretching and misbehaving, but I wonder if something like mistyfuse might be better next time (hadn't heard of it until recently).

To help with putting them together, I numbered all my card templates and also had a paper copy of the layout so I didn't get lost - I had to unpick a couple of times but mostly it went very smoothly.  Once the hexie band was finished, I appliqued it onto a square of Essex yarn-dyed linen and hand-quilted it with wavy lines in blue perle silk on the hexagons and straight lines in grey perle cotton on the linen.  The back is also linen, with a zip closure.
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7  Fabric Christmas Ornament in Winter Holidays by Amazon_warrior on: December 05, 2016 01:09:43 PM
I saw a paper version of this ornament a while ago, but only just got around to trying to make a fabric version.

It took me a few goes to arrange my circles of fabric so that they nestled nicely together once I started sewing on the beads.  It's not completely perfect, but I was pleased that I got it to work in the end - and it was a really good excuse to test out the couching foot for my sewing machine.  Smiley  I'm going to try a simpler approach for the next one, though.
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8  My Infinity Scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by Amazon_warrior on: December 02, 2016 08:01:03 AM
I am generally not great at yarn crafts - I love the look and feel of many yarns, but my attempts to turn it into things frequently end in chaos and tears.  However, I recently picked up a really pretty and completely unused skein of yarn in a local charity shop for the bargain price of 3 (it's a merino/silk blend) - and at least if I made a mess then it wouldn't be a massive loss!

After googling free crochet scarf patterns and picking the one that ticked boxes for broadly resembling my yarn, being pretty and being actually do-able by a yarn-craft klutz, I turned it into this broomstick lace infinity scarf:

based on the tutorial here: http://www.bhookedcrochet.com/2014/01/08/broomstick-lace-infinity-scarf/

Luckily, I found a suitably sized crochet hook floating around the house, and for the "broomstick" I used a chunk of wooden dowel, left over from making a teepee for my niece, that was just about the right diameter.  I think my yarn was a bit finer than the one in the tutorial, so I ended up making my scarf a bit longer to actually fit me, and I wish I'd made it maybe 40 stitches wide instead of 30, but I love it to bits and it's just what I need in this recent cold weather!
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9  Toddler teepee in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Amazon_warrior on: September 02, 2016 11:27:36 AM
My niece is two in a couple of days.  A couple of months ago, my sister mentioned that kids' teepees are all the rage and that little Nia would really love one if I could make it for her.  After some deliberation, I agreed - after all, it was a really good excuse to buy pretty Tula Pink prints from the local fabric shop!  Wink

I'm pretty pleased with it:

For guidance, I roughly followed this tutorial I found online: http://thediymommy.com/sew-a-diy-teepee-play-tent/ However, I found that her measurement of 4" for the point of the teepee was far too small (well, it certainly wasn't going to fit my four 22mm poles!), so I ended up trimming the height of my teepee down a bit so that it was more like 6" wide after hemming.  Next time (if there is one!) I'll listen to my gut instinct and just make it wider to begin with!

I also tried something very new for me when I decided to add a PVC window.  It kind of worked, but I know what I'd do differently next time!

View from the back:

Close-up of the fox circle:

The trim is some amazingly fluffy chenille rickrack braid that I found on a speculative fabric shop trip, and I don't think I could have found anything better, it really goes well with the Tula Pink prints.  Smiley  I used a couple of orange and aqua prints from my stash to make the plant pots and the mini bunting.
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10  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Amazon_warrior on: September 02, 2016 08:49:11 AM
^^ agree!  And I'm glad everyone likes what I sent you.  Smiley  Lol, I knew that paper crane fabric was gonna be a winner!  XD

I'm a little behind in posting pics, so here are the three sets I received most recently.

Averia apparently carried out her "threat" to send me some Stonehenge - love all the textures and the lil hints of sparkle, thank you!.  Smiley

MareMare sent me some suuuuuper-cute prints and fussy cuts and an extremely generous extra of a very fitting mini charms pack, thank you so much!  <3

alwaysinmyroom also rocked some really fab "landscape" textures and lots of extra squares - they're brilliant, I love them!  Cheesy
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