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1  EXTERMIN-INCH! (my first attempt at polymer clay) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by seamshistoric on: October 26, 2009 12:19:15 AM
I got 2 oz. of a large selection of colors, including metallics. I started with the metallics and mixed gold and silver for one color, and gold, silver, and burnt umber for another. Some black and blue thrown in, and you have the recipe for a Dalek!









I'm going to try again when I find some time. I have an idea on another method to achieve the ball shapes on the exterior.
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2  The Doctor is In! (felted laptop bag) in Knitting: Completed Projects by seamshistoric on: June 11, 2009 02:24:43 PM
Hello! My name is Amanda, and I am a Doctor Who addict.
(waits as everyone says Hello).

I recently created proof of my addiction/obsession/problem when I had bought a new macbook. I wanted immediately to make a cover for it. So I did.

The pattern is my own, although basic guidelines (like how many stitches to cast on and how long to knit) came from a free pattern on Ravelry.



This is my first attempt at felting anything and the 'windows' felted very poorly.



The lining is a cotton from Joann's. I sewed the zipper on the lining pieces separately, then I sewed the "spine" last.  The felted exterior was sewn on by hand with a backstitch next to the zipper.



I 'embroidered' the letters on, using a lazy-daisy tacked down in a few places to keep the rounded letters open. Then I needlefelted them down, and thinned them from the original bulky-yarn width.





The Doctor was needlefelted freehand. ^^ I did use a reference for DT's profile though.




Thank you for visiting with me during this meeting of Whovians Anonymous.
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3  Re: Yarnies Scavenger Hunt 2 ~ Gallery of Goodness ~ in The Swap Gallery by seamshistoric on: August 31, 2008 12:49:34 AM
Wootwoot:
 
The xmas/Joker ball is actually yarn needlefelted onto a styrofoam ball; just don't tug too hard and any ends.  Cheesy But I think it's pretty secured. The only glue involved was for the sequins.

Here's a close-up pic of the bracelets, which I think are absolutely gorgeous.


And there are more pictures of the Bat Bag now in the Purses category, linkie here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266296.0
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4  Da nananananananana Bat Bag!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by seamshistoric on: August 31, 2008 12:49:12 AM
My partner received her package for the Yarnie Scavenger Hunt Swap 2 a few days ago, so now I can post the bag I made for her, lovingly nicknamed Clarence while he was still at home.  Grin

Outer-material is denim, with a cotton lining. Both sides are lined with pockets, and his body is a draw-string bag for holding yarnie goodness. The details are zig-zag stitched, and the eyes are buttons to keep him closed.

I got a little carried away with the pictures....








Wootwoot has a great action shot in the gallery of goodness.
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5  Re: Yarnies Scavenger Hunt 2 ~ Gallery of Goodness ~ in The Swap Gallery by seamshistoric on: August 25, 2008 04:44:24 PM
I received!

The package opened!



Spread out on my bed!


Something Local. I feel silly because I took a picture of it upside down.  Grin . Kumquat and shea butter soap!


Something Blue. Jaggerspun; Tussah silk and merino wool! This is lovely! I am anxiously deciding on the right pattern  Grin


Something Squishy. Cat toys!


requisite action shot. She looks all sweet and innocent, but I promise you, she POSED when she heard the camera beep. She was tearing into that toy with all her miniature vicious might! But that's okay, it's such a cute photo I'll accept her duplicity.  Cheesy


Something related to the letter "C". Cuffs! And she dyed them orange herself. Perfect!


requisite action shot.


Something Unusual. A snowflake that won't melt, for the bathtub! Hurrah!


Something Flexible. So I can be flexible with my choice of lace.  Wink


Sender's Choice. Need I say more?



Thank you so much, Gina! This was a great package!
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6  Eyelet Tunic "April" in Jeannee in Knitting: Completed Projects by seamshistoric on: June 21, 2008 03:07:42 PM
This is my first sweater! The pattern is April, in Nashua Handknits' The North American Designer no. 6. It is a ribbed tunic with eyelet details.

I started this in March, but I had done a lot of swatching first, trying to get the ribbing to look decent. The ribbing on the back is sloppy, but by the time I had gotten to the sleeves it improved. If the pattern didn't call for the sweater to be made according to length, my sweater would be a disaster; I think my gauge changed so much between the back and front that I have a different of some 10-20 rows. Not blocked.



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7  9 day civil war dress; plus underpinnings in Costumes: Completed Projects by seamshistoric on: June 12, 2008 04:22:36 PM
I completely revamped my wardrobe this year, and topped it off with a new dress. All pictures are clickable.

To make the period clothes work, you have to have two very important foundation garments. A corset, and a crinoline. The corset was drafted by using instructions at Your Wardrobe Unlock'd. Made of cotton coutil and steel boning.



The crinoline is what makes the skirts stand out; you simply can't go without a crinoline (a.k.a. hoop skirt). This is a reproduction crinoline, bought as a kit and built by myself. I am not aware of anything closer to crinolines of the day, so naturally I had to have it.




And to keep the skirt from showing the ridges of the steel boning, you need another petticoat to soften the lines. The skirt is attached to the waistband with a method called stroked gathers. The material is gathered with two running threads by hand, and sewn on to the waistband, each little fold at a time. By hand. Twice. Even I think I'm nuts at this point:



And this is the kicker. The dress! There's a story behind it. My friend is getting married this Saturday. The theme is civil war, of course. All reenactors attending have been encouraged to attend costumed. Up until the beginning of the month I did not think I would be able to have a new dress done. The dress I was planning on wearing was stained beyond recognition, and I had thought I would be wearing a dress several years old, and several inches short to boot. Luckily, my manager came to my rescue on June 2nd, and bid me not to come back from lunch. Little did he know that his timing was perfect. I set to work immediately. 9 days later, and this is the result.





Indeed, I am aware that the petticoat shows beneath the back hem of the dress. I need to put an additional tuck in the petticoat, but I had already expected that to happen. The dress, in all respects, however, is done.

There are more things than just the dress though. I have slightly-longer than shoulder length hair, and it's layered as well. Layers + Buns = Rats Nest. But I found a way to style my hair in a mostly period fashion, and it's staying up!



And just one more part you haven't seen. The shoes! If I wanted the best thing to be had in crinolines, I certainly wasn't going to neglect my feet. I got these in the mail yesterday and I've been wearing them all day. From Robert Land Footwear, Ltd., I give you the American Walking Shoe. Very nice (with a little 19th century immodesty thrown in for kicks). I might just be crazy, but don't they look shmexy?



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8  Re: Sequin X-mas Ornaments in Winter Holidays by seamshistoric on: December 19, 2007 08:25:34 PM
Here's mine! It's going to be a present for my manager... undeserving that he is  Grin Tongue Apparently his daughter took all the xmas ornaments when she moved out... so here's something to start him off again:



and a view of it on a (fake) tree:



you can't see the detail too well, but there is gold ribbon in the middle, gold diamonds in the red base, and a 'wreath' of green on each end, centered by more red.
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9  Re: The Goldern Compass in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by seamshistoric on: December 08, 2007 08:34:31 PM
I went there expecting to be disappointed, actually, because Hollywood -never- sticks to the book in my experience. However, my expectations to be disappointed were disappointed! I was very happy with it. I wasn't so happy with the knits Lyra wore; -surely- they had something other than super bulky yarn, even if they were handspun by the Gyptians! Though.... I do want that hat she wore, that rolled back on itself around her face.



and here:

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10  Yes, beginners CAN knit socks. Proof within! in Knitting: Completed Projects by seamshistoric on: November 28, 2007 06:17:21 PM
This is my second project, or third if you include a dishcloth in my repertoire. I am proud to say that I am living proof that yes, beginners CAN knit socks, and no, it's not that scary.

This is knit with much less than a skien of Sockotta Bold Stripes 5616; a basic sock pattern in size adult small (I wear sz 9 1/2 shoes), with Brittany bamboo DPN size 2 (set of five). The second sock is a tad looser, even though the stripes match up beautifully. Come to think of it, my right foot -is- larger than my left... Mm, warm feet.

Please excuse the picture happiness. The latter photos show the true color.





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