Since its been a long time since I have sewn anything, after making my sister's purse, I felt felt like I was on a roll, so I finally got around to making this wristlet I had a pattern floating around in my head for. I used 2 different batik fat quarters-one for the outside and one for the lining (wound up being enough fabric for 4 wristlets), fusible batting , a 7" zipper, keychain findings (FYI- jewelry section at JoAnns) and some bias tape.
warning: I'm about to go image crazy bc the batiks are so pretty. Forgive me! Both of them together, both sides:
The batting gives it enough structure and padding that I feel ok putting my iPhone in there, but it isn't hugely stuffed, so I'm still careful with it. I gave the second one to my sister. I know she got lucky with 2 things, but we had had a talk about how we both wanted these only a few days previously...
The pretty brown insides:
I have seen commercial wristlets with this kind of design and was surprised to find that there weren't many handmade versions like it. That also made it a little hard to find the keychain pieces. This really was very easy though. The way its set up, if someone were to try and un-zip it while its on my wrist, I would know immediately bc they can't move the zipper without changing the weight of it on me. This is very good for bars and other such crowded places where you wouldn't want a big bag.
So its been a long time since I have sewn anything let alone, posted it up here, so it feels really good to have gotten all this done.
So the story behind this is that my parents went on a cruise to Alaska for their 30th wedding anniversary, and as usual came home with trinkets. My Mom bought this cute little green bag while they were in Sitka, and my sister saw it and decided she was going to swipe it from my Mom. Well, as you can imagine, Mom wasn't having that, so my sister's next plan of attack? Buy fabric and enlist me to re-create it.
Well after some measuring, sketching, visualizing and a little math, I came up with this:
These beads were harder to attach than I had anticipated, but they came out nicely.
Pretty batik lining:
My VERY first time using a magnetic clasp. Pretty easy to install, but really powerful. The fabric used here isn't especially strong, so she has to be careful and grasp the metal inside when she opens it or it will eventually tear right through.
All in all I'm really happy with the results. Worst part though, I forgot to get pictures of the original, so hopefully I'll get those when I'm home next week so you can see how they compare.
I've been knitting for a few years now and restarted crocheting about a year ago. I had a few sets of needles and hooks floating around in my yarn and it wasn't such a big deal.
Then I visited my grandmother.
My mom and aunts were cleaning out some of the basement at my grandparents house and in the process found a bunch of old knitting needles and afghan hooks of my great-grandmothers. After finding out that me, my sister, and 2 of my cousins all knit and crochet, she let us choose what we wanted.
This happened on 2 different visits, 2 different bouts of cleaning, and apparently 2 different stashes of needles etc.
So, now I have a bunch of needles and hooks that need to be rounded up, hence my new needle roll!
Whole thing tied up:
Close up of the tie:
Whole roll open:
Close up of the needles:
Close up of the fabrics:
I used the fat quarter needle roll tute that is here:
So this is my first real, full winter. I moved to DC last January from Florida and I'm running into a little snafu...
It seems to me that no matter what I do my hair is ultra static-y or static filled. Is there anything I can do on the crafty (read: cheap) side to combat this? I have long straight hair down to the small of my back. So far my only saving grace has been a braid down my back a la Pocahontas. I haven't gotten into the Wednesday Addams braids yet, but I might be forced to for some variety. Please tell me there is some way I can wear my hair down this winter! I sell computers and such, so I'm always moving around a lot, and the static is a real problem bc its an itty bitty mini store (on the street mind you, yay for glass doors and freezing fingers ) and I pretty much can't go near the area where they fix the computers. My hair can't be held responsible for frying someone's RAM.
And on a side note to that...
Any winter survival tips for a misplaced Florida girl? I've figured out that moisturizing is pretty much necessary everyday (something I never had to deal with before ) But anything else?
This is another in a line of gifts for my sister's birthday. I found this wooden mirror for a dollar at Michaels and compulsively bought it. As I was walking back to my car I realized what I had just bought and thought for a sec on why, oh yeah thats right... I've been wanting to make a Mirror of Erised for some time now...
I used gray clay in various ways to get what I wanted since I have no "training" on using clay and no clay tools what-so-ever. I attached it using E-6000 then painted the whole thing with acrylics and varnished it. It made it from DC to FL in one piece which made me happy. I was going to attempt the inscription, but I was being rushed to finish molding it, and by the time I remembered I was on the varnish step. Its ok though, bc I think any attempt at that inscription would have been disastrous for me.
So for my sister's birthday I made her her owl little Hedwig along with a few other things. I just started crocheting and looked all over for a owl that I liked and didn't really find one. I did however find these little birdies, so with a few modifications, I came up with my little Hedwig! I think it the pattern still needs some work, and I didn't really write anything down, but I plan on making a nicer, bigger version so I can try to keep track of that if you like.
Hedwig is made out of sugar and cream cotton, with beak (Weird "v" thing on her face, she really isn't mad! Go look at a pic of a snowy owl! Their beaks look like that!) The details are bits from my stash, yellow wool-acrylic blend, and god knows what the other blend is, with tiny beads for eyes.
My sister's birthday fell smack dab in the middle of my moving with the boy and the pup from FL to DC, so I was really happy she was so understanding when I told her that her gift would be late. We always do really nice things for each other's birthdays. (She usually sends me on a scavenger hunt or makes up riddles or something ) I had the pillowcases and the design all ready to go, I just needed the time to sit down and get it done. Finally a month after her birthday I get started and a few weeks after that I get it sent off (she got a few other things I made too I'll post a link when I get them up. ) and a few weeks later they surface up here. (I'm such a slacker!)
So in my family, we usually say "Sleep Sweet" before bed to each other, but since my sister and I both go (well she goes and I went, yay for alumni status!) to UCF and we are the Knights with black and gold as our colors. She is also part of an independent Winterguard called The Knights so this gift was perfect on so many levels.
I designed the pattern myself in photoshop, and used my trusty transfer pencil to get it on the pillowcase. After some placement tragedy remedying (those purple transfer pencils DO wash out, just use some Shout on it) I got started stitching. I used black and metallic gold floss. I may never use metallic floss again, it was a huge PITA, it'd have to be something really special... There is still some purple around the stitching where it didn't rub off (yes, you read that right, the transfer pencils will also rub off if they are light enough and you handle your project enough), but I'm fairly sure it will all come out, plus she didn't even notice it. Since the metallic floss was such a pain, and I'm paranoid about my knots coming undone, I coated all the knots with Liquid Stitch, (then I got crazy and covered the whole back ), it seems to be a good way to ensure the backs don't get caught on something, especially since these will be handled so much.
For Christmas (I know, bad crafter for posting so incredibly late!) I got my Mom a few things, one of which is a new sheet set to go with the new down comforter she got (I got one too! $17 for a KING size! yay for overstock.com!) and the duvet cover my Dad got her. (We won't get into how I had to explain what a duvet cover is to both my parents... hehe i love 'em!) I thought that getting a sheet set, although it is a really nice one, and something she needed, isn't very thought-filled. Since I had just started embroidering and fell in love with it, and had earlier received an amazing pillowcase in a swap I decided to embroider them for her. "Sleep Sweet" is something my family says before bed to each other instead of something like "Sleep Well":
The color is off in these, but I forgot to take a picture of them, and my Mom emailed these to me, so this is what I have. The whole set is a very pretty sage green with stripes. They are cotton sateen sheets (if I remember correctly) and the stripes are shiny/dull/shiny/dull all in the sage green with no other colors added. (make sense? I hope so...) The words are chocolate brown and the stars are three different 'buttery' shades of yellow. The colors look great against the green (and the duvet cover is the same chocolate brown so it all goes nicely )
I used a pattern of my own making. I just put together what i wanted in photoshop at the size I wanted, flipped and printed it. Then I traced over it with one of those iron-on pencils and stitched away! It was my first time using that pencil and I outlined each design differently thats why they look different in the pictures.
Its not much, but I wanted to show it off bc I was so happy with it I used a G hook and Caron Simply Soft in this great purple color, its all single crochet. I added my first buttonhole EVER (not just for crochet, but knitting and sewing as well!) I added a picot edge or the best I could mange with a scap I had lying around that just perfectly matched my moon button (which is all purple glittery sparkley, but doesn't want to show up in photos)
So yeah, not much, but def my favorite coin purse to date