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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finally, I'm on the road to designing! 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
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Retro-Book Lovers Unite! 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.)
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Huge Stitching Project finally finished! 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
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bib for a Moody Baby 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!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ugly babies? 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?
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered "more than just another girl" bib! 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!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tough Love English Lesson! 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... 
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Remember Mr. Happy? *now with more Mr. Men!!* on: February 07, 2010 11:47:40 PM


So I have a couple of expectant-mother types that are both having boys. I wanted to make them some bibs. I made a few and got tired of the boring pre-printed flannel bibs so I decided to try my hand at designing some custom bibs and doing my first work with applique.

First, I present to you the boring pre-printed flannel bibs.


The story goes that my friend and her hubby were having a difficult time agreeing on names and he kept poo-pooing one name after another that she came up with.  So one day they were driving past a local coffee shop called Cutters Point http://www.cutterspoint.com/and she says to her honey Hey, how about Cutter?  And he ponders and responds, yeah, okay!  True story. So they are naming their child Cutter.  A cutter is a type of sailing vessel and the nursery theme is sailboats. So without further ado, here is the bib:


and again, as modeled by my doorknob:


shall we have a look at the stitching?


Now, I must be getting old because baby names keep getting weirder. My other friend has decided to name her bundle of joy Asher.  It happens to be a Bible name, so I will refrain from disparaging it further. Smiley  I asked her what Asher meant and I was told that it means Happy.  I had a difficult time thinking of what to do with Asher and they are going with a sports theme for the nursery.  I was hit with inspiration and it made me giddy! Mr. Happy!!!

Here is the bib for Baby Asher:


and a slightly closer view:


I love the Mr. Men books and this bib so much that I have been inspired to start working on a Mr. Men quilt.  It will be my first quilt, so it may take some time.  But being introduced to the Mr. Men books was the only good thing for me to come out of 3rd grade!  Wink

and here is the first square of my Mr. Men quilt: Mr. Bump!!!



what do you think?

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Chunky Cabled Wrist Warmers on: February 24, 2009 05:08:02 PM
I designed these myself so that's why I'm so excited!!! Shocked
I knitted them with just some acrylic stash I had on hand. On to the dark pics. Sorry, my flash has burned out.  Embarrassed









My daughter loves Twilight, so of course, these remind her of Bella...
Please let me know what you think! Too chunky? It's a 10-stitch cable. Oh, now that I think about it, maybe I should have taken some pics of the palm side.  Well, they are nothing spectacular, just the garter stitch.
What do my fellow craftsters think of my design?
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Arya costume from Eragon movie on: October 17, 2008 09:32:46 PM
First time posting a completed project.  Hope this works.  My 14-y.o. loves the Eragon series and is tired of being a princess/fairy/cowgirl and wanted something noone else will be wearing.  Here is the project that I made from pics from the movie she downloaded from the internet.  Comments appreciated!  I also am new to sewing.  Got my machine earlier this year after many years of *thinking* I wanted to learn how to sew; the final frontier of crafting for me.   Smiley

First, the original from the movie



and my version


stitching and beadwork detail.  should've used longer bugle beads.



and with the cape.  since it's off-the-shoulder, I decided she needed the cape.  Which, incidentally, the character also wears a cape but I didn't have time to replicate that piece, so I used a pattern the whole way.



Again, comments appreciated!
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