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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / sea dragon! on: February 24, 2008 08:34:08 PM
ok  so I got this free backpack from a drug company but it had the drug name written HUGE on it. So I embroidered a sea dragon to cover it up! In case you can't tell, there is some metallic silver thread worked in around the eye and elsewhere.  enjoy!

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / recycled paper elephant collage on: February 22, 2008 09:18:52 PM
Hello! Here is a little three-part collage that I made with some random recycled papers and a fun elephant stamp. Each piece is connected by gold metallic paper. Enjoy!

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / I need softie construction advice! on: October 17, 2007 10:01:20 PM
I've been working on a stuffed elephant and have had a hard time sewing  the "bottoms" onto the legs. The leg is basically a cylinder with a circular cap on the end that is sewn to the circumfrence of the circular opening at the end of the leg. In the pattern it says to add the cap after the leg is already sewn into a cylinder but I found this to be pretty difficult, especially with a non-felt fabric. Does anyone have any advice on how to smoothly attach these two parts? Maybe cutting notches into the circle will let the curve conform to the straight circumfrence of the opening? Thanks!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / freehand embroidered grasshopper! on: August 24, 2007 04:55:22 PM
I transfered the image from a line drawing I found in a coloring book. I'm not sure what to do about the eye yet but am thinking of maybe doing something with beads. What do you think?  Enjoy!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / is a layer of fabric under the batting necessary for a quilted pillow? on: September 19, 2006 10:33:34 PM
Hello all, I'm making a pillow that has (will have...) quilted patchwork on the front.  In the Reader's Digest guide to needle work it says that the pillow should be a sandwich of :
1) patchwork
2) batting
3) layer of plain fabric (quilted with the batting & patchwork, like the back of a big quilt)
4) pillow form
5) fabric for the back of the pillow
Is is layer 3 really necessary? It wouldn't show and I imagine that it would be easier to quilt through JUST the patchwork and the batting.  Any thoughts? Thanks quilt wizards!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / how to wash an embroidered t-shirt? on: August 18, 2006 10:06:05 PM
Hello all!  I embroidered a  copepod on a fitted tee shirt today and I'm not sure how to was hthe shirt after I wear it. Has anyone had problems with a design falling apart in the wash? I tried to weave in my ends a lot but avoided big knots to minimize bulkiness so I'm worried that it isn't secure enough. Maybe a dab of superglue in a few places to secure things? But that might turn out scratchy on my skin.... Any tips are greatly appreciated!
p.s. sorry for the lack of pix, I don't have a camera!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / altering patterns on: June 04, 2006 01:01:03 PM
I've been wondering about how people alter their store bought patterns to fit them exactly.
 I got a few sewing books (i.e. Power Sewing)  and they go into extreme detail about the exact things you need to do (cut up the original pattern, add new tissue paper to change the pattern's shape...) to fix fit problems.
It seems to me that it would be much easier just to put on the garment (probably a muslin test) and mess around with it until it looks the way you want. Does anyone actually go through each store bought pattern and  follow these rigid instructions for altering patterns or doing certain techniques? Or, do you just follow your crafty intuition and work with it until you think it looks right?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / lacking confidence, can I sew some trousers? on: March 29, 2006 09:24:46 PM
Hello all, I recently finished one of my first "real" sewing projects (a fashion corset) and would really like to make more wearable clothes for myself. All the dresses and skirts everyone posts are super cute, but I'm really more of a pants-wearing girl. Is sewing pants (trouser-like, not pj pants) a project that shouldn't be attempted by a semi-beginner?  Or, is it just one of those things that requires patience?  Ideally I'd like to be able to make something like this : www.urbanoutfitters.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=11400&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=10&iSubCat=19&iProductID=11400

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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