AlwaysInspired contacted me requesting a wallet and offered to make me the needle book I have long been coveting...even though I sew, I just didn't feel inspired to make my own and I knew someone out there would be able to come up with something super creative and really perfect...and that someone was AlwaysInspired! Without further ado:
Note the AWESOME sewing themed embroidery. I really love that it's a pincushion...and man does it look good!
Several pages for needles.
Pockets for my seam ripper and small scissors.
She also made a pin cushion out of the most awesome fabric EVER and I'm now on the hunt for it:
You can't quite tell...but she took the images from the fabric and made shrinky dink pins out of them! They're super cute!
Last, but not least, a bracelet and earrings set:
Thanks so much for being such an awesome partner, Deana!!
I would highly recommend Deana for a personal swap anytime...she puts a lot of thought and effort into her stuff!!
Here are pics of my goodies from sewknitter...sorry they're so late!
I got TONS of stuff...
First, my awesome scarves...I love scarves and I wear the lighter weight type with my outfits all winter long, so these are just perfect for me.
Beautifully embroidered towels for my kitchen...we just finished painting it and had the floors redone, too bad there aren't any cabinets or appliances in it right now, or they'd be hanging up already!
Several pairs of earrings and tatted bracelets...one of the tatted bracelets is full of awesome buttons!! I really love the pearl earrings, too!!
Several different yarns, even a handspun! They are so artfully tied up that I don't know if I want to use them...I think I'm going to arrange them for now in my craft room in an artsy/inspirational sort of way.
Notions!! Who doesn't love notions? They are the sewer's whimsies. Just look at those beautiful scissors!!
Cute notepads, magnets, and handmade cards. Can't wait until my fridge is back in place so I can put up the magnets!
Sewknitter also let me use some of her points in Shop the Swap and I got a kit for making the Luna Shawl...which I've only started and put down for quite awhile due to house related projects...here's what I've got so far:
I love everything, Cara!! (I hope I didn't leave anything out...!) Fantastic work...you'll make someone a happy partner in Round 11, I know it!!
sewknitter is currently unavailable due to a nasty spider bite. *shivers.* Her hubby e-mailed to say she received and pictures can be posted for her until she's better.
She requested a hobo bag from me with added pockets. I also made two zip pouches and a business card holder.
On her wists she posted tissue paper envelopes and there was a nifty tutorial available, so I made her a dozen...8 small and 4 large. I used the awesome paper they wrap your pottery in at JoAnn's and they turned out better than I expected, if I may say so.
Okay, ladies...here are my goodies from superhooker!
First up, ornaments from Frankenmuth, MI, two deliciously scented applely-cinnamony, two awesome felted soaps, and one nosy shih-poo knocking over the adorable wool lamb ornament:
Next up we have two heating packs filled with corn from superhooker's grandma's farm...can't wait to use those after this heat wave passes and normal November temps return to Ohio. Also accompanied by aforementioned shih-poo.
Awesome scarf made from handspun...managed to get this one without a dog.
Possibly my most favorite item, knitted knee sock slippers! The only way to get a truly awesome shot was to model them...they do the socks justice and when they were laid artistically on the carpet, the dog decided to roll on them...yes, that's dog butt in the second picture. I think she can smell superhooker's doggy!
And the crowning item...an awesome afghan! I had it all spread out really lovely and then the dog got a hyper streak and went running across. There was no way to get a perfect shot of this with her around, but I think you can get the picture...it's super awesome!
Thanks loads, superhooker! I owe you a big one. My package just won't even compare. Hopefully we can work out something with that quillow for your kiddo...I still have my ideas if you want to try again!!
I had originally begun this back in January and didn't get around to finishing it until two days ago. It's not that it was hard, I've just been working 60 hour weeks and we got a puppy and I just haven't had any time. So, anyway...here is a bag I made for my yoga mat. It's a basic bolster shape...I did follow a patter, but changed the handle to suit me better. It's quite spacious...roomy enough for a towel, too. I had considered making the one using the free pattern from Amy Butler's website, but I didn't like the open top and I thought it looked like an awfully tight squeeze.
Without further ado...
The strap isn't too long. It's just right for slinging it across my body.
Close up of quilting.
Questions, comments, constructive criticism welcome...thanks for looking!!!
Well, I began this endeavor back in...oh, I'd say August of 2007. I bought the pattern and the fabric and I didn't get around to cutting it out until about February. I actually sewed it together in March and finished it at 2:00 AM on the morning I wanted to use it. It was my carry on for my Florida trip. And I'm only just now getting around to posting pictures.
Here she is in all her glory:
The last photo is a lining shot. I still haven't tacked the lining down inside, so it just sorta floats around in there. I didn't like the way Amy had us put the zipper in. I actually had a friend tell me to put it in the way i would normally put in a zipper, but I wanted to try this new technique and I'd never do it again. It didn't come out even, which isn't a problem visually, really...but it's a problem when I zip or unzip because the fabric is always getting stuck inside. Also, I used a shorter zipper and one without a stop at the bottom. I could only find the brown color in the correct size and I wasn't going to have an ugly zipper with all of the expensive fabric I bought!!
Let me know what you think...she's a little crushed and wrinkly from being stuffed under the seat in front of me on the plane (no way would I put this in the overhead compartment to suffer through all of those ugly shopping bags and normal ho-hum suitcases! ) Thanks for looking!!
i have also worked on (but not completed) four stockings and a table runner all meant to be completed in time for this past christmas, but...well, yeah. we see how that worked out. it doesn't matter because i'm actually more in the mood for christmas projects now than i was in november/december because i had so much going on. the yoga mat bag is still a work in progress (i'm actually just trying to find the "perfect" zipper...i need a 30" that isn't ugly beige and i don't think i'm going to find it) and also an amy butler weekender (i'm getting the rest of my fabric this weekend...changed my mind about parts of it and needed a little extra).
i really liked this stitch pattern that i found in "knitting for dummies." it's call the 'double basket weave.' i had intended to make a scarf, but it's february and after many long months of ohio winter scarves are starting to get on my nerves. so, i decided to do a neckwarmer. i will be doing either mittens or gloves next, neither of which i've ever made before (any suggested patterns for beginners??), but i'm excited.
here you go:
please excuse the redness around my eyes...my skin gets super dry in the winter - even if i'm not out long - and it gets very red and raw.
a close up of the basket weave pattern and my cool buttons:
a close up of the buttonholes, of which i'm extrememly proud...these are my first! i followed the video tutorial on www.knittinghelp.com
i really like how i placed them in such a way that they don't really disrupt the pattern, it continues "through" them, if that makes sense.
a question: what do you think of the buttons? i was going to do black or brown buttons, but i wanted something a little funky. the husband votes yes on them.