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1  Finally, I'm on the road to designing! in Knitting: Completed Projects by crochetchick on: July 24, 2011 04:36:17 PM
Hey guys! So a looooong time ago I had made some wrist warmers *no pattern* for my daughter, and posted that here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293994.msg3342978#msg3342978

I was so excited (alas I had a crap-tastic camera though!) to share what I had done. Anyways, I had been wanting to do it again but had not written down, beyond basic chicken-scratch notes, the pattern. Here I am, finally I sat down to actually write up a pattern of my own design, and here is the finished product! The cables are different and I plan to go back to the original one for my next pattern, but decided for my first "official" pattern to be a simple cable.

What do you guys think? hee hee, I am giddy!

Action shot!





The palm is purled...





How do you like? Oh, and the yarn was given to me by my sister-in-law, handspun and dyed from her own alpacas! It was sweeeeeet to work with and I will be so sad next time I pick up a skein of Red Heart.  Undecided
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2  Retro-Book Lovers Unite! in Needlework: Completed Projects by crochetchick on: July 18, 2011 12:26:21 PM
So I got a Nook. My sister got a Nook Color. I have the Nook app and Kindle App on my cell. I love to read. I am in a book club and we are reading books like mad. It gets a little expensive. There is a store called Half-Price Books. I AM THERE. Only thing is, I'm back to reading retro-books. Oh, it hurts my wrist and fingers to hold the books open!  Embarrassed  Oh, I have to read with two hands again!  Tongue  BUT, I AM SAVING MONEY~!  Grin  And don't forget, whenever I pick up my book to read, I have to FIND THE DARN PAGE I WAS ON! It doesn't automatically open back up where I left off! oh the humanity!!!  Then Genius hit me...

Even though I love the convenience of my Nook, I still love Retro-Books



And there is a time and a place for a Retro-Book, like... well ... ~ anyways...



And my daughter liked it so much she wanted one with her name on it. *whispers* She doesn't have a Nook. We get her books from the -- wait for it -- Library. I know, right?! Definitely needs a retro-bookmark!



So there ya have it. This is where Genius has gotten me. I am the maker of the Retro-BookMarks. Bring back the Retro-Books! hehehe

Technical details:
I was using polyester quilt batting, but then switched to cotton which I love a whole lot more! It is not quite so lofty. The stitching is on muslin and I quilted the dotted line through all layers. Then machine sewed it all together. ah, I love sewing.

So what do y'all think? (And no, I am not from the south, but prefer to use that term at this time. Because well, frankly, it is also genius, and I am trying to be consistent. Today.)
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3  Huge Stitching Project finally finished! in Needlework: Completed Projects by crochetchick on: June 16, 2011 09:07:20 PM
This has been a project that has been in the works for the last year-and-a-half. It probably took about 5 months total, but I had put it down when I finished the whole top and didn't pick it back up for a year. My life finally got crazy and stressful enough for me to realize I need to occupy my mind and hands so as not to over-contemplate my future. Enough back story, and you can view the makings-of post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337348.msg3901598#msg3901598

It was kind of a project that piggy-backed onto another so I thought I would post this as its own completed project.  I loved the Mr. Men books by Roger Hargreaves; the only good thing to come out of 3rd grade, as Ms. Oak's mission was to  make my life miserable (once even dumping out my whole desk in the middle of the classroom and all my classmates). But I digress...

I made the appliques and handstitched the names in, yea, the laborious satin stitch. Everything is handstitched. I did the piecing by machine and then finished off all the quilting by hand.



I love this little guy, he's so mischievous!



You can see my stitching in the white of every block. Also, in the orange sashing and blue squares I have quilted circles.



Sir, you inspired me. andithankya!



And the very uninteresting back with the wind blowing...




I plan to put this quilt in the county fair. I hope it does well! What do you think? And, do you think the stitching in the white blocks around the men is too much? I went back and forth on that...  Undecided
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4  Bib for a Moody Baby in Needlework: Completed Projects by crochetchick on: December 02, 2010 10:30:03 PM
Hello friends!  I have been productive lately; or I should say "since my friends are so re-productive"  Grin, and made another bib for a friend who is having her first boy. This bib was inspired by my other good friend who had a baby and named him "Cutter". Well, he is about 6 months now and when he is happy, he is super happy and smiley and adorable! But when he is mad, you better watch out, there is no calming him down! So I made a reversible mood-warning bib for anyone who might want to approach this new baby, whose name is "Calvin". Cute cute cute.

So here's the bib front:


"awww", right?!  Who wouldn't want to hold and cuddle a happy baby???  (Notice the Craftster emoticon, I love them    Cheesy

And here is the reverse side:


OH! WATCH OUT! Cranky Baby does not want to be touched, soothed, poked, or cuddled!  You have been fairly warned by the bib!!!   Angry  (The cranky face is the same color as the happy face, but got washed out in this pic, oops)

And a couple of stitching shots... (split stitch)


also with the applique:


I need to work more on my satin stitching over larger areas... So after a few washings the yellow of the face will probably show through. Oh well, live and learn!

I missed the shower because of a previous commitment, but was able to see them when Calvin was 5 days old and give them their gift of the bib. I also had a second bib that was a cute patterned flannel.

I appreciate your comments/criticism/suggestions!
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5  Ugly babies? in Needlework: Completed Projects by crochetchick on: October 20, 2010 08:30:19 AM
So, I have another friend having a baby and we were out with a group of friends one day for lunch.  The discussion went from how cute her baby will be to what do you say to a mom who has an ugly baby?  So the suggestions began, one of which being "He has such a great personality!" And I thought, "what a great idea for a bib!"  So here ya go...



Recognize the emoticon I used???  Grin


I used stem stitch with 3 strands for the smaller words: (pardon the slight blur)


and Split stitch with 6 strands on "personality"



What do you guys think?
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6  Embroidered "more than just another girl" bib! in Needlework: Completed Projects by crochetchick on: October 12, 2010 11:18:25 PM
Hello! I back in bib-making mode, with more friends having babies   Grin yay for babies!

So the latest creation is for a friend, "fra-quaintance" as my 11-yo would say, who is having a baby girl at the end of this month.  Not just any baby girl, however.  This is her 6th child. Not only is this her 6th child, this will be her 5th girl.  So, of course, she needed something special.  I mean, being born after 4 other girls this kid will need some therapy. Good thing her dad is a Marriage and Family Therapist... hahahahaha

Here is my creation:



She can wear this proudly:



cute name, huh?



And because One Bib a gift does not make... I present to you - Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!!



I might add that the bib is flannel with a velcro closure, the back side is brown. I used stem stitch and some split stitch for the name.  Hope you enjoy!  Let me know what you think, eh?  Thanks, friends!
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7  Re: Remember Mr. Happy? *now with more Mr. Men!!* in Needlework: Completed Projects by crochetchick on: August 09, 2010 04:54:14 PM
Okay, I have been sewing away and measuring and frogging, and sewing, measuring, frogging, then finally; measuring, measuring, sewing!  (This is my first quilt and with *no* pattern)

Here is the quilt top! TA~DA!




I was hopelessly all alone in deciding on the bright orange color.  It is the same color as Mr. Small, so I thought it would be okay, but then when I sewed it together with the blue, it kind of looked like an off-blue and not really what I wanted...   Undecided    However, I was too far into piecing it together (and quite frankly, too frustrated to frog it yet again), and the colors remained.  This will be going on my craft room wall and so I don't think it's a huge deal WHAT colors I  chose.   Grin  The other thing I would do differently is to do the strips a little skinnier. They are 2" wide and I think a little too heavy for the squares.  Live and learn, right?   Wink

Now I am off to do some research on how in the world to do the dreaded QUILT SANDWICH!!!  and then the even more dreaded BINDING!!! Wish me luck, and thanks thanks thanks for your support!  Your comments have really helped me stay motivated to finish this thing   Kiss
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8  Tough Love English Lesson! in Needlework: Completed Projects by crochetchick on: July 28, 2010 11:44:18 PM
I have been looking around for inspiration lately while other projects are waiting in the wings to be finished, and I came across a great cross-stitch, here's the link for the inspiration: http://www.wists.com/beckeee/79272df1ba601ab338b70f5ee06aa0fb

and so I thought, "Wow! I have a teacher friend who would really appreciate this!" So I designed my own version and stitched it up. Well, after I got that one done I loved it so much I wanted to spread the love even further. I have another teacher friend whose face I would love to see when she first sees it, so I made another one.  I think it would be perfect in a middle school classroom.  Wink

here's my version:


I'll include some close-ups if you promise not to notice the purple "disappearing ink" marks that have yet to disappear (a few more days)!  Promise? Okay, here are close-ups:


yes, these are satin-stitched block letters.


I think I used what is called stem stitch here but then did two rows at certain parts to make it thicker like the font and so some of it looks like chain stitch   Undecided


Now you promised to ignore the purple pen marks, so I'll show you the close up of the little guy. My stitching on the fork got a little wonky but once the pen marks disappear you will never know...



I got a couple of frames that were 11X14 with a 8X10 mat but the black stitching goes too far wide so it wouldn't fit in the mat so I just hat to put it in the frame without. Oh well, the way I figure, the recipient will never know unless I tell her! I'm sure my secret is safe with you!  Hee hee!  What do you think? Hope you enjoyed looking... 
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9  Re: Remember Mr. Happy? *now with more Mr. Men!!* in Needlework: Completed Projects by crochetchick on: July 28, 2010 11:08:42 PM
Well I have been stitching away and wanted to post some  pictures of my latest Mr. Men.  So excited to be so close to having my first quilt done! So here they are in no particular order:



and...


also...


and of course:


and lastly:


and here is a pic of all of them together. I have yet to pick a joining fabric and a backing fabric. I like to take my time on these types of things (ie: procrastination at its best). I'm thinking blue, but am taking suggestions. anybody? anybody?  Roll Eyes



Hope you enjoy looking at these guys! I can't believe I'm almost there!   Smiley
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10  Re: Remember Mr. Happy? *now with more Mr. Men!!* in Needlework: Completed Projects by crochetchick on: March 01, 2010 11:15:31 PM
So the love of embroidery and fascination with Mr. Men continues...

I did try to think of other names, as you suggested:
Ha ha, yes where have all the "boring" names gone, eh?   Wink

These are great, and your little story made me think: you should so do a Mr Men quilt, and look up all the baby names that have the meanings.  Stay with me here, you found Asher=Happy, but what would Mr Grumpy be called by 21st Century parents?  What is Hebrew for Strong? Or Small, Greedy, Clever? Or Bouncy? LOL
but after a quick search I decided it would be far too laborious to come up with all those names. However, it was a fabulous idea  Wink

I moved on to some more fun-to-stitch men:
(I will let their satin-stitched names speak for themselves!)











I think Mr. Funny turned out so cute with all the different colors.  I forgot to mention that, besides the satin stitch, I have been using split stitch and stem stitch.  I do believe that I am improving in my satin stitching.  It has been a exercise in satin, that's for sure!

Nothing witty to add, but what do you all think so far of my parade of Mr. Men?  I am thinking I will have a panel at the bottom of Roger Hargreaves' signature, as he had on all the books.  I am so excited I am making progress with my first quilt ever!

Thanks for looking!

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