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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / applique pirate blanket on: July 08, 2009 10:11:05 AM

i made this with a couple of my mother crafting ladies for one of our number who got knocked up--she and her husband like to dress up as pirates for fun, so we thought it would be a good theme and we worked on this together over the course of a month, maybe.  it's rare in my world that a group project is actually a group project, but all three of us definitely brought something to the table every time with this one.

this is the back, with the traditional X marking the spot--i forgot to take a picture after we finished the treasure chest off with ribbons (so it actually looks like a chest instead of a square), but here is the inside--

with the baby's name and birthdate embroidered.
design and group working dynamics made this take a while to put together, but actual work was fairly straight-forward.  if, for whatever reason, i should need to produce another pirate blanket, i feel equal to the task!  i've got more detail photos, if anyone wants to see closer...just didn't know if this was really quilty enough to go here and didn't want to clog up the works.  Smiley
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / siamese cat embroidered pillow on: July 08, 2009 09:52:17 AM

i was up 'til the wee hours finishing off this guy...it was a canvas from a vintage kit i found in a thrift store with no floss, so i had to use my judgment on what "light brown" meant in relation to tan and medium brown and etc.  the directions were hilarious, too--i've never had a kit so mean!  it kept saying things like "if you don't do this JUST RIGHT you're going to screw up the whole thing and might as well not even try!"  apparently elsa williams was a strict taskmistress!

i'm not sure i did it "just right", but i was pleased that it came out as well as it did, lack of sleep and overabundance of carpal tunnel and all.  i can't believe how much longer it took me than i expected!

i backed it with some printed linen i had around that seemed like something my mom would like that would blend with her other stuff...
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / pink poems sweater on: July 08, 2009 09:43:20 AM

i crocheted this with a big hook and a vague idea...it came out pretty well! it's sort of in the fold of the couch and i don't have a picture of it on, but it's a regular vesty sort of thing, just below waist, wide and open at top.
 i was in love with the yarn, though i'm not really a pink girl by nature--gave it to my mom--the colors are just gorgeous, from pink to purple.  it's wisdon yarns "poems", and i really liked working with it--just bought a heap of an ocean colorway on discount at yarn.com, too, to have another go at this sort of thing.
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crochet bunny head baby blanket on: July 08, 2009 09:37:06 AM

there is a lion brand pattern that i saw with a bunny head and i thought it was sort of cute...but, god knows!  i'm not going to use the suggested yarn or, you know, NOT have stripes...so i start out with my much-smaller yarn, i make my bunny-head oval and start on the stripes and it's all tickin' along and i'm just thinking "it's a square!  gauge won't matter!  i'll just keep crocheting until it's the right size!", not thinking that i'm going to have a super pinhead bunny if i follow this logic...eventually i just crocheted another head and stuffed the pinhead inside and sewed it together...

i wanted to have a more ruffly edge, but i was pretty close to running out of yarn, so it just got this...the yarn is soft and smooth--some plymoth rayon woven thing that is discontinued--and it works up nicely, is washable, etc, but the ends fray like mad and were impossible to weave in normally.  at that point, i just said "i hate babies, anyway" and pulled all the ends to one side and called it good.  it's not going to unravel, just look a little tufty...
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / copper wire and buttons tree, spring version on: April 21, 2009 09:19:57 PM

made out of copper wire, various pink and green buttons (reminded me of spring apple blossoms) and the ever-classy popsicle stick base...for my friend peita's birthday.  hanging at the tree's bottom is a square button and wire pendant i made...the tree looks better without it, but i forgot to take a picture until i already had it at school!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / aprons--kenya and reverse applique name on: December 28, 2008 11:44:45 AM

an iron-on of kenya, with vintage ball fringe i've had since i was a little kid!

the pocket of my assistant's apron, vintage sailcloth showing through the canvas for his name.   he moved to the states in the 70s, so we're always talking about 70s stuff...thought he might enjoy the vintage fabric...
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / crochet wire christmas tree pins on: December 28, 2008 11:29:30 AM

i made three of these for my mom, my aunt and one of my cousins...they came out so cute, i wish i had planned ahead and made them for all the office ladies!

28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / stuffed cats, one thoughtful, one jolly on: December 15, 2008 07:15:12 PM

i seem to have the shakiest hands in the west and there was no sun today, so the pictures are a little blown out by flash...but aren't they...something? 
i made the canvas-faced on first and he seemed like such a tragic figure...the second seems much more jovial.  Smiley

both are made from felted sweater, polar fleece (only the orange--i usually hate the stuff for some reason, but the orange i love...), cotton canvas on the one face, some buttons and embroidery floss...
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / apron, "hail seitan" applique on: December 09, 2008 07:50:00 PM
i'd seen the phrase on a couple cute cross stiches and tshirts around and it always cracked me up--made this for my friend frank, for his birthday...the only times he ever cooks for me always seem to involve seitan.  he's hard to make things for, but i thought he might enjoy this...

it's just a basic butcher style apron i made with natural canvas for the body and some black duck i had around for the pocket.  the letters are die cut and stitched through on the black patch.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / cherry blossom applique tshirt on: December 09, 2008 07:44:45 PM
i made this tshirt
a while back and, at the time, wanted to make a cherry blossom version...finally did it!  tied the last knot and was trying it on when my friend mellyp turned up to hang out with me for my birthday!

i really love it, though i can't seem to take a decent picture.  i have lots more plans for this motif!
duh--i linked to the photo, at first, instead of the earlier flutter tree tshirt, so i edited to fix...
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