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51  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Glamour Duck on: March 06, 2010 08:16:17 AM
NO PEEKING KITTYKILL, if you want to be surprised!  Wink

oh, she'll peek--I know her!

When you have a friend who has the blues, what can you do to cheer her up?

Why decorate a rubber duck, of course!

Nothing like a bit of glam to make you feel all fuzzy inside!

Close-up of fluffy eyelashes and beauty mole!

And of course, any respectable glamour duck would not leave the house without her best frilly undies!

Love you kittykill...glamour duck will be arriving home soon!  Kiss
52  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Reversible Tunisian Crochet Hat Finally ! on: February 21, 2010 01:41:29 PM
Ever since I saw the Rainbow Reversible Hat by fantasticmio,
I have been bugging her to teach me how to do the Tunisian Crochet and then how to make a hat!

I made myself a little swatch using her tutorial , http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238808.0
and then waited patiently as she put together a tutorial...I got to see it in advance last night, and here is what I made using it!!

Thank you for your excellent instructions and help, Mio!

As soon as I get the color of the rainbow yarns, I am going to tackle that rainbow hat!

I will get the links up in a bit as soon as I find them...
53  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wild Beaded Dotee made from mostly old stuff! on: February 17, 2010 10:05:04 AM
For a swap extra, I made this doll/dotee for my wild and crazy partner...

She is made from old jewelry that I took apart, watch parts, brads, my failings at wire wrap ( Cheesy ), and lots of cuss words...

I found an old earring finding that had all of these cool loops on it that I turned upside down to attach her "hair" and give me a space to put in her face (which I received in a swap from koi)...

What a fun way to use up "junk"!
54  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted Sweater Bowls on: February 07, 2010 01:16:37 PM
I am on a wool sweater felting kick...

Here are two bowls that I made using the instructions in the book "Warm Fuzzies"...

I like using instructions to try out something and then will later do my own thing...it is a good way for me to learn the basics...

So, here are the first two bowls I did. Made of felted sweaters, wool felt, and felted balls.

55  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ribbon Yarn Scarf on: February 07, 2010 12:51:27 PM
I tend to buy yarn with no project in mind...but now that I am in de-stash mode, I am only buying yarn for specific projects ( Cheesy--so far, I have lasted for 38 days...)

Anyway, I found two balls of ribbon yarn in my stash and after searching here and on the internet, only to find that there were not a whole lot of patterns available for this yarn in this quantity, I decided to make....what else...a scarf!

First let me say, that I hated this yarn...it twisted and turned, frayed, was easily poked with my needles, and...ugh...I am glad to be rid of it  Grin

This is totally impractical as a winter scarf, so I am probably going to give it to one of my more fashionable friends to wear as a decorative scarf...

Simple garter stitch done on size 11 needles:

Close up of yarn. I made the felt pin to hold the scarf if you want to wear it flatter against the body instead of knotting it...

56  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Hand-dyed paper using hibiscus leaves/flowers on: February 06, 2010 10:30:54 AM
My hubby drinks hibiscus tea everyday for his blood pressure. I noticed that wherever the tea fell, it stained the dishdrainer or sink...so, I decided to experiment and use the used leaves to color some background papers.

I used plain old white card stock. Sprayed it with water on both sides, laid down some leaves, put down the paper, sprinkled on more leaves:

Paper drying on a cookie rack:

Close-up of two sheets.  I actually made about six sheets with the leaves and they all came out different--some sheets were nearly blue and some nearly all red!  I used the red "water" to dye some coffee filters.  I loved the randomness of the patterns and not knowing for sure what I was going to get! Cheesy
57  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pins from recycled sweaters on: February 05, 2010 08:09:56 PM
I love to buy old wool sweaters to felt since I have no patience for needlefelting.

I mostly make hats and bags. I have so many small scraps that I had been saving for a few years.  Inspired by some of the projects in the book "Warm Fuzzies" by Betz White, I made a few pins.  They were easy and quick and a good use of scraps.

I added my feeble attempt at embroidery to the original design and also backed each leaf with suede cloth.  The felted acorns are from www.notsoshabbychic .etsy.com.

I was playing around with a circle of felt and decided to try a yo-yo. It is pretty thick made of felted sweater, but it turned out ok for a first try! Felt ball from the same place as the acorns.

Thank you--just wanted to show what can be done with recycled sweater scraps! Cheesy
58  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first crochet hat made by winging it! on: January 24, 2010 06:19:32 PM
I have a pretty tough time following both knit and crochet patterns (short attention span!  Cheesy)...but I have been learning a lot by following the patterns created by some pretty great crocheters on this board!

Taking what I learned so far, I made this hat...it is a bit lopsided because I am not really sure when and how I am suppose to increase and decrease so I did it unevenly...and I am not sure what the lumpy stitches are called except that I know I did three double crochets into one stitch and sort of tried to keep it even for three rounds...size k needle and Lion Brand fuzzy yarn

Nothing fancy but I feel pretty proud that I finished it and can actually wear it! I think I need some more experience so I am back to finding easy patterns to practice with before I try another one on my own!   Grin

Thanks to everyone for all the tutorials and inspiration to try this on my own!
59  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Brother Innov-s 900D - A Birdy Needlebook on: September 08, 2008 12:51:51 PM
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Brother Innov-s 900D - A Birdy Needlebook

I have been using my old sewing machines for so long, that I needed to spend a few days just familiarizing myself with this brand new electronic one!  With my old machine, I had to use these cams for the limited number of decorative stitches, adjust the tension, stitch length, etc., all manually.  With the Brother Innov-is 900D, everything is on a touch screen: the stitches, what foot to use, normal stitch length, etc.  I could make changes by touching the screen.  For those of you already familiar with these types of machines, all I can say is: WOW. I have a new appreciation for the new technology!

My favorite thing is the automatic needle threader. Oh, and the automatic thread cutter...and the drop-in bobbin that does not require that you pull the thread through...and   Cheesy

So, to get used to all of these things, I decided to practice with just the "regular" stitches, and hold off using the embroidery stitches until later. There are 67 regular stitches and buttonholes; 103 other decorative stitches built in!! Plus, 3 different built in alphabet fonts.

Here are some pics of the stitches I tried, all without doing anything except touching a screen.  For the lettering, I did have to change feet, but it was so easy:  I just had to push a small lever behind the presser foot and click it on!  I will talk more about the lettering features in another thread.

I decided to further try out the decorative stitches by making something. I had a particular person in mind (Wink jungrrl!) who wanted a needlebook.  Instead of my normal square shaped needlebook, I decided to try a shape of something she loves: BIRDS! ha ha ha

The body and wings are made of vintage kimono fabric scraps.  The parts where you insert the needles are made of felt. I do not do hand embroidery so this would have been a royal pain for me to do by hand, so I used the buttonhole stitch on the Brother to go around the two pieces with the batting in between.

A couple of things:  next time I would trim the batting away from the edges since this is not a true buttonhole that overcasts. There was white showing, so being the true Craftster that I am, I used a sharpie to color it black!  Grin  Shhhh!

On the wings, I used a small star-like decorative stitch.  This stitch served two purposes.  It was decorative and it attached the kimono fabric to the felt underlining!

A few beads, a tiny bit of of hand embroidery, a few good needles, and TA-DA,
in a few weeks, jungrrl will have her own needlebook!  Hope you like it! uh, and SURPRISE!  Cheesy

Learning the sewing part of the Brother Innov-is 900 went fairly quickly and I had immediate results, which made me very happy and brave. So, onto the next project!
60  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Brother Innov-s 900D - Get Out Your Sunglasses for This Pillow! on: September 08, 2008 12:50:55 PM
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Brother Innov-s 900D - Get Out Your Sunglasses for This Pillow!

Ok, once I was comfortable using the sewing part of the machine, I decided to try out one of the embroidery cards. They are so cute and little! I used Memory Card No. 14 Large Floral Patterns first since it did not seem so complex to me.  For those of you who know me, I am not much of a pastel person nor do I favor flowers much!

But, I felt challenged to use the cards that Brother sent to me, so I asked if it was ok to change up the colors to suit my personal style and taste to what I like to make!  Woo-hoo!! Once I got the OK, I decided to rummage through my scraps and decided to make a pillow!

This is the card I used:

See how simple it is to use?

The inspiration fabric was the one on the left.  I took the color chart provided with the embroidery card and substituted colors close to the ones in the inspiration fabric. I had to get turquoise because the blues sent to me did not match as much as I wanted. Fortunately, there was a huge sale at the fabric store!

Close up of design.  If you are new to machine embroidery like I was, be sure to leave extra room around your fabric to help you equal things out after you finish your design.  It will take a bit more practice for me to get the pattern lined up perfectly using the tools that came with the Brother sewing machine, but I think I did pretty good for my first try!

Oh, the trim was ripped off of some fancy schmancy guest hand towels (who uses those anyway??? Cheesy) Could it be any more matchey-matchey?  I just lucked out! YAY!

I made a button placket in back. Let me tell you--making buttonholes was a dream!  All three are PERFECT!  I love love the buttonhole maker on this machine!  batgirl, do you recognize the little sunflower buttons?  Grin

After making this pillow, I decided that if I was going to be changing up the colors, I needed one of those thread holders.  It keeps me more organized and I can get inspired everytime I see those little jewels!  Can you believe that I got all of those colors?  I purchased the metallics on my own and will be showcasing those in future projects!

A couple of things I learned:

1.  Wind up extra bobbins.  Although it is really easy to not lose your place or to start again if you run out, it is so much easier if you have these ready!  The bobbin thread does seem to last a very, very long time. I think I did three fairly big projects on one bobbin!

2.  Preshrink your fabric, especially if you are using the wash away stabilizer.  I do that right after I purchase the fabric so that I can go when I am inspired!

3.  Do a test if you are not sure of the color combo.  Since I quilt, I felt pretty confident and did not do this, but when you read my next project, you will see that it caught up with me! ha ha

4.  Challenge yourself...sometime s when you are given restrictions, like a preset pattern, you can get creative by changing colors, sizes, reverse the image, etc.  I loved this part of the campaign!

5.  When in doubt, refer to the manual!  The manual was very clear and kept me from panicking!  I read the whole thing before I even started this project, but when the thread broke the first time in the middle, I thought I was going to ruin my project!  Thank goodness I had bookmarked the page (like I knew that would definitely happen to me!  Wink)

Any questions or comments?  Thanks.
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