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21  I wanna make me a wish tree in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Fraugee728 on: March 18, 2009 09:48:13 AM
My question is:  How would you go about making this quilt?



Let me preface that by saying I am really not a quilter - I made what amounted to a wall hanging in middle school, and have not made anything since.  I am an avid sewer, however, so I don't think this is out of the realm of possibility.

From looking at it, I'd say this is just a large background with a giant applique on top, or a preprinted fabric that was quilted later, with a border sewn around it.  Obviously, I don't have the capabilities to print something this large on my own at home, so I think I'd end up going with the former method. 

Also, I have never appliqued before - just pieced.  I'm guessing double sided interfacing to hold everything in place before sewing would be a good idea - the edges also need to be turned under, correct?  Do you deal with corners and curves like you do in clothing - clip close to where you're turning?  Also, I am not planning on adding the words in there (peace, etc).  I think that would be too much self flagellation.  Cheesy

Any tips for attacking something like this would be appreciated! Smiley
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22  Re: January 2009 Birthday Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Fraugee728 on: January 29, 2009 06:10:34 PM
Here's the package I received from BTStars on Tuesday! 

I opened it up and saw this:



And can I say...I love Starburst!  But little did I know:



that she sent me a Starburst mountain!  Seriously awesome.  But not quite as awesome as beautiful photograph she took!  I LOVE it.  And it's a gnarly tree like I wanted!  Here's a close up:



Thank you so much for everything - the seam ripper, the beautiful framed photo, and the mounds of starburst!  You rock!
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23  Re: Soap making tutorial! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Fraugee728 on: December 29, 2008 09:31:23 AM
Ok, so I got my soap all made...though when I poured it into my loaf pan it didn't seem quite as thick as yours - it didn't fold over itself like it did in your pan - was a lot smoother (seemed thinner).  Maybe I didn't mix it enough?  If so, how will this effect the soap?

Here it is all cut up waiting before I put it in it's dark and dry place to cure:



Also, I used a 9 by 5 loaf pan...and these bars of soap are HUGE!  I think I will stick with trying to find something that's only 4" wide like you used.

And I got some air bubbles in some of the soap, it looks like:



What causes them and what can I do differently to help prevent them?  Or are they just inevitable here and there?

Yay soap!  I'm totally going to go drool over all of the awesome FOs, EOs, molds and colorants that you listed right after the tut right now!
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24  Yip Yip Martian INVASION!!!! in Halloween Costumes by Fraugee728 on: November 03, 2008 02:52:11 PM
At the request of my boyfriend, I created these Yip Yip costumes!  He's the blue one, and I'm the pink one.

Vladimyr pointed me toward a tutorial to make these on www.instructables.com.  Thanks, Vlad! 

I used crushed velour instead of the curly fleece fabric it calls for... I also don't have a picture of it, but the top of the mouths were flaps that are snapped up in place, and came down so we could eat/drink without taking the whole costume off.  I'm impressed with the way you can't see it at all in the pictures - yay!

And here's some pics:



And one with a friend who went as a FIB...if you don't live in WI, you may not know what that is...but up here, his costume was pretty freakin' hilarious:



Thanks for looking! Smiley


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25  Re: Vogue Knitting Fall 08 Knitalong in Knitalongs by Fraugee728 on: October 06, 2008 12:41:24 PM
Alright, so I finally got all of the finishing done on my "hoodie."

As I said in a previous post, I ran out of yarn, so my cabled hoodie is actually just a raglan sweater with a strange deep V-neck.  Cheesy

All I did to change is was finish of the neckline with some 1x1 ribbing, as well as a bit of waist shaping.  The color in the pictures is a little different than real life...it's more of a true deep green instead of a teal or blue-green (though, I would've preferred the latter)

I had my boy take these pictures this weekend when we went to the gun range, and for the first time, I shot a gun.  I don't like guns, but since he has one, I thought I should know how to use it.  So, don't be thinking I'm a member of the NRA or something...  Grin


The Back:



The Sleeves (please ignore the wonky facial expression):



The Front:


Woohoo!  Can't wait to see everyone else's Fall '08 FOs!
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26  Basalt, Basalt wherefore art thou Basalt? in Knitting: Completed Projects by Fraugee728 on: September 18, 2007 06:17:46 AM
I bring you my version of the basalt tank.

Instead of having just the full hexagons on the sides of the tank top (which I thought looked saddle-baggish), I put in half hexagons in between them, at the hem, on the front and back.   I wasn't sure if I'd like it the way it was designed, but now I'm not sure if i like the way it turned out, since the whole thing seems a little baggy and chunky.

I also created side slits, using garter stitch at the openings of the bottom side hexagons and only sewing them closed so far.

And lastly, I knitted some garter stitch trim to the hem of the tank top.

Overall, I'm not terribly satisfied with this because it's so bulky in the midsection, but that's what you get when you're working with things like hexagons - a little difficult to decrease in those areas.  It fits great everywhere but the midsection, though.

I used Knitpicks Cotlin, I believe about 8 skeins (my mods took a bit more yarn than the pattern calls for) and I have to tell you, the one really good thing about this project is that now I know how awesomely this stuff washes and dries!  These pics were taken post laundering, as you can probably tell by the fold marks Smiley  hehe!

And on to the pictures:

Front:


Back (with view of side slits):


Up close front:


Smiley
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27  Sahara power! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Fraugee728 on: September 16, 2007 08:35:10 PM
So...I finished this sweater a couple of months ago, but didn't quite get around to blocking it and taking pictures until now.   

I used Debbie Bliss's Stella for the main body, but didn't realize until after I received it (ordered it from yarn.com) that it was more of a heavy worsted weight than just worsted, so the whole body of the sweater turned out a little stiffer than I would have liked.   For the trim, I'm actually not exactly sure what I used, because I went through a fit of cleaning up things and threw out both of the belly bands for it...though I do believe it was classic elite and I know it's cotton.

So...everything went smoothly, I loved the way the body is worked, without shoulder or side seams (I'll do anything to get away from seaming!).  However, I'm a little dissatisfied with the way the sleeves kind of puff out, and the fact that the trim around the neck seems to be really loose.  I think this could be because I didn't knit densely enough around the neck, and I probably didn't cast off tightly enough...



So a question to people who have knit this:  did any of this happen to you?   And...what did you do about it?

I think once I get the whole neck thing figured out I think I'll make this in the long sleeved version for winter - in a more appropriate of yarn Smiley

And here's the finished product!
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28  Reversible Cabled Throw in Knitting: Completed Projects by Fraugee728 on: September 15, 2007 07:11:06 PM
I saw this pattern online at the lion brand website, and decided I HAD to make it.   That was last summer, I believe...  yes, 2006.  So textural and cable-y and the though of a wool throw, just so nice and toasty!

I first introduced the idea of this throw here on craftster, trying to get people to do a knitalong with me.  (see link - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=78011.0 )  And then I realized that people really had to be interested and want to knit it before they would do a knitalong with me.  LOL.

So...after lots of time being ignored and passed over for more quickly paced projects, I finally finished this baby after over a year of off and on work.  It's knitted with lion brand fisherman's wool using about 4 and a half skeins, and the pattern is from fiber trends in the Lily Chin collection and is called "Reversibly Cabled Afghan"

And here come the pictures:

My favorite part shown here - the fact that this throw is, as the name indicates, completely reversible!


Some close ups...
The center lattice work:


And...the borders:


And of course, the obligatory action shot!


Thx for takin' a peek!
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29  Multi colored citrus rug in Knitting: Completed Projects by Fraugee728 on: September 15, 2007 06:52:19 AM
Hey there!

I made this rug out of sugar n' cream cotton yarn, hoping to use it in my kitchen to stand on in front of the sink.  While I was making it at work, there was another knitter who said that she couldn't bear to put all that time into something that was going to be stood upon.  Now that I'm done, I think I kind of agree with her.

I got the idea for this rug from somewhere...where, I'm not sure...more to follow on that.   But basically I just took 5 colors I thought looked good together and then, double stranded, cast on about 45 stitches, I believe.   Now that it's done, I would've probably cast on more like 60 or 70 stitches, but you know hindsight.  I ended up using a variegated yarn and then picked colors out of it for the 4 other solid colors.   

Ok so since I'm starting to bore myself just by reading what I've written thus far, I won't go into too many more specifics...just that I knit the whole thing double stranded on a size needle that the yarn calls for single stranded, to create a more dense, rug-like fabric.  Then I knit 10 rows, and then changed one of the colors, to make the colors blend a little into each other, then after 10 rows changed completely to the new added color, and on and on...

So that's pretty much it, and here it is:

whole rug:


close up of color change:


fringe close up:


Thanks for looking! Smiley
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30  Dressy shirrness in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Fraugee728 on: July 09, 2007 04:34:35 PM
Here are a couple of shirred dresses i made, based on the shirred top tutorial that's somewhere around here on craftster Smiley

Cream striped dress:

Worn blousy style:


Worn pulled straight:


Flat on the ground:



Black polka dot dress.  Also realized it would work well as a skirt...the picture of it as a skirt here is it as a high waisted skirt.  I also threw a sash on the dress to show the different things you can do with it.

Worn plain:


With sash, front:


...and back:


As a skirt:


Flat on the ground:

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