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701  Brother Innov-s 900D - When one isn't enough...Another Bright Pillow! in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by alwaysinmyroom on: September 08, 2008 12:40:58 PM
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Brother Innov-s 900D - When one isn't enough...Another Bright Pillow!

Once I made my first pillow, I was feeling confident so I decided to make another one!  I really liked the idea of embroidering on bright, patterned fabric.

Again, I used Memory Card No. 14 Large Floral Patterns. The original pattern for this called for pink and red tulips, like the ones shown on the front of the card.

This was a very easy switch up, but I made one major mistake!  I used almost the same color of thread for the stems as the background!  I could have gone over the stems with a different color really easily following the instructions given in the Brother manual, but I wasn't really paying attention until the whole thing was done!  What to do...what to do...uh, to the rescue...brown sharpie! ha ha ha Cheesy

Here is a close up of the stitching:

And the finished pillow:

Hubby loves it, but not sure where he would put it. It would be silly to put in his car, even though it would probably match his little blue CRX! ha ha

There are so many designs on this embroidery card that I should be able to find something that I can use for all of the leftover fabric scraps. Changing up the colors is fun and challenging.  I would recommend that you make sure you have the color you want BEFORE you begin.  Don't assume you have it!

Also, if in doubt, make a sample.  This one is easy because it had limited colors to mess around with.  Something fun and easy like this pillow makes it a pleasure to make unique gifts for friends and families.  This one is probably going to be donated for some charity as it really is way too bright for my personal taste.
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702  Re: Altered Tags Swap round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by alwaysinmyroom on: September 03, 2008 06:55:14 PM
I truly had no idea that there were so many techniques and things to learn...I appreciate it when I know how a tag is done...I have purchased some stamps and some inks to experiment with...boy, supplies for paper can be as uncontrolled as my fabric and fiber hobbies!  Grin

Especially, when I am motivated by such lovely tags as these from
bhean--on the left, and yuki(insainty)--on the right:

Bhean did two themes in one!  Everything Red and Asian Inspired!

Yuki(insainty) did a combo of red and graphic designs!

I love them both, but I am sad that they are the last of the bunch! Undecided

Next, I will have to learn to master close up picture taking--they did not look blurred in my album!

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703  Re: Altered Tags Swap round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by alwaysinmyroom on: August 29, 2008 07:17:40 PM
Both tags are so unique!

Qazicat--the colors are right up my alley and the contrast is wonderful! The back is just as beautiful as the front!

Amarillysroze--I appreciate the "how to's"--so much to learn! (and buy!)...what a clever way of making the big eyes!  I love it!

I received a beautiful tag from goatgoddess yesterday that suited my Asian theme perfectly!  I feel like I got a bonus because both sides are just as wonderful!  Thanks so much!

Front--the colors are so rich!:

Back--purple is one of my favorite colors!:

I apologize for the slight blur in the pics--I just couldn't stay steady today!  Goatgoddess--if you have better pics, please post! 

ha ha This tag and my first tag are happily displayed together:

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704  Re: Altered Tags Swap round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by alwaysinmyroom on: August 25, 2008 07:33:04 PM
I received my first altered tag!  I am now hooked!  Rackycoo was one of my partners and she did my theme of "Everything Red"...red is my favorite color and she nailed it! I also smoke cigars so I was thrilled to see the little cigar label on the bottom! ha ha

Thanks for this awesome tag!

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705  Kimono Purse for a Family Friend in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by alwaysinmyroom on: July 20, 2008 09:20:16 PM
My mother recently had surgery...it was amazing how many friends of hers showed up to cheer her up, help with chores, run errands, cook, and take care of her...so as she was feeling better, she asked if I would make thank you gifts for some of the very special friends.

I made this purse from vintage kimono fabrics.  I thought it was appropriate since my mother's friend is Japanese.  I took my mother to her friend's to present her with the purse...she loved it, which made my mother very happy...

Now, I have many more gifts to go...so, without further ado, here it is:

Side one:

Side two:
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706  What to do with 300 Readers Digest Condensed Book Covers--at least 3! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alwaysinmyroom on: July 20, 2008 09:05:44 PM
I needed to do something with all of the Readers Digest books in my parents basement before my Mom started throwing them out...right now they are in my garage...well, now there are three less (uh, wait, I have the other three covers... Shocked)...

I am not a paper crafter, but with some encouragement from rackycoo and sevsonlygirl, I am trying to branch out from my comfort zone of sewing...

Anyway, here is what I made:

I can't show the last one yet... Cheesy

OK, sweets4ever received, so here is the last of the series for her new baby room!

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707  Knit sheets make fast clothes! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alwaysinmyroom on: April 02, 2008 07:10:19 PM
I was intrigued by this challenge because I was sure that anything that was made would look like it was made from a sheet...boy, have things changed!

I found a full set of jersey sheets at a discount store for $9.99.  I barely used half of the top sheet to make a fun summer dress.

I used Simplicity 4577, but since it was a knit fabric, I left off the zipper and serged all of the edges--talk about a FAST and easy dress!  No hand sewing at all!

I added decorative stitching on the piece that goes around under the bust just to disguise some extra pounds that I am trying hard to lose before summer!

Photo courtesy of my electronics challenged hubby...I have more photos but I am having computer issues...I wanted to be sure I posted before the deadline!

This was fun and I encourage everybody to join these challenges for some fun and to sew "outside the box"!

Thanks for looking!

P.S. I have plenty of sheet left to make some PJ bottoms!
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708  Archive of Featured Projects for Clothing for Kids! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by alwaysinmyroom on: January 29, 2008 10:31:28 AM
I have seen some pretty fabulous items here and, why should just the "big" kids get featured?

Help me out here:  if you spot something tremendously fabulous in the KIDS Clothing Section, pop me a PM or hit the "Rocks" button and I will check it out!  

Featured items will be placed here for all to enjoy!

Thanks to Kymy for this suggestion! You guys make Craftster what it is, so keep those suggestions coming!

I have been neglecting the Kids Projects for way too long--I peek at the projects and make some comments, but with so many new posts, and so many active members on this Board, it is high time I start featuring some of you and your projects!!

With that being said, this is my choice today...

This is a real sheepskin coat made by veri for her daughter.  First of all, how many sheepskins have you ever sewn with? ha ha I can't even imagine!  The details of the coat are fabulous--the hood, the cuffs, the trim down the arm...and the pics are of a lovely family in real life... so, I present veri and her wonderful family --and the sheepskin coat!  Take a look and keep those projects and suggestions coming!



Don't you love a girl with attitude?  No wonder--this outfit totally combines the best of a classic grey suiting with girly pink details!  I think I love it as much as mom and daughter do! (09/03/08)
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709  Re: New Knitty's Calorimetry in Knitalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: October 31, 2007 05:43:04 PM
I have a question: did anyone swatch this?  I'm wondering if they all turned out huge because they were supposed to, or because none of us swatched?  Also, if the designer just has a big head.  Smiley

If you read from the beginning (long thread, I know...), the initial discussion was everyone who followed the original pattern ended up way too big...someone even contacted the designer...I think the final consensus was what Veronika did...I have made about 30 of them: cast on 80, 12 short rows...I have used every type of yarn but have switched needle sizes if the yarn is thinner or thicker(i used size 7)...I know a few people said they worked out perfectly following the pattern, so...and I am also a very beginner knitter so I followed everyone else's advice!

Here is one I experimented with for a friend with "slippery" hair:  I hand sewed a headband in!

From the top:

Underneath.  You unbutton it, put it one with the headband, then rebutton it...no slipping!
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710  Re: Simplicity 4531 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by alwaysinmyroom on: August 12, 2007 05:17:13 PM
 I always make sure that I change the stitch size a bit smaller as I get nearer the point of the dart, use only one stitch in the point, and backstitch along the fold of the dart. Some people run the stitching off the point to get only one stitch and then tie off the end by hand.

...also, since darts are meant to go over curves, be sure to iron it over a pressing ham or even a bra stuffed to be rounded...this is the best pic I could get with my old digital, but I hope you can see what I mean--there really is only one stitch in the point!

As far as preventing your zippers from puckering, I personally still preshrink the zipper even though the packages say they are preshrunk! I do the method that you close the seam with a basting stitch, iron the seam open, then put in the zipper

Keep on sewing and learning--your first dress turned out nicely!  It apepars to fit well with no horrid mistakes, so wear it proudly!
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