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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ginkgo Tank - 1st Ever! on: June 08, 2007 08:39:48 AM
I've made a couple of purses and done some embellishment but I'd yet to make an article of clothing from scratch...until now!







I scanned McCalls and Simplicity for patterns but didn't see anything that exactly matched what I had in mind.  So I drafted a pattern using two tops I already own.  I wore it yesterday and, magically, it didn't fall apart!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First Pin (Big Images!) on: April 26, 2007 11:50:16 AM
This little guy is made from the lace hem on a skirt I never wore and a strip of tweed left over from some purse projects (can you tell I have a hard time throwing the smallest piece of fabric away?) 


The center looked a little empty but the lace was bunched and sewn so tight that a button or bead looked a little ungainly.  So I sewed six pearlescent seed beads.  They're a little hidden but I think it looks ok.



All sewn onto a pinback from my trove of hand-me-downs!

(Not sure if this goes here or Misc so apologies if it needs to be moved!)
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Paper pieced Hoodie on: April 19, 2007 12:21:07 PM
So I have a few friends who do paper-piecing and while I love the look of it, and how simple it is, I just know I'd start a quilt and quit before I was even a quarter of the way through.  However, the idea of paper-piecing on a small scale totally appeals to me.  So with a Forever 21 sweatshirt, and the scraps from half a dozen projects, I did this:

http://thefray.typepad.com/thefray/images/2007/04/18/patchwork_1.jpg
http://thefray.typepad.com/thefray/images/2007/04/18/patchwork_2.jpg

I ended up machine sewing it on to the sweatshirt and have yet to figure out how I'm going to get the paper out.  Next time, I think I'll piece the scraps onto twill so I don't have to worry about that.

[Apologies if this is the wrong category.  I didn't think it belonged in quilting.]
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tweed Submarine on: April 09, 2007 10:19:04 AM
So with the last of my tweed fabric, I put together a bag whose shape is roughly based on the bag seen here, which I could never afford (and even if I could, I probably would buy a plane ticket somewhere nice instead.)





The lining is this heavy orange satin from Korea that gives it almost as much weight & stiffness as the interfacing I also used.  It went soooo much faster than my last handbag--it's amazing how fast you improve when you just keep at it.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Pearl Highlights on: February 25, 2007 04:52:29 PM
I'm just starting to get comfortable with my round nose pliers and am using them to make earrings left and right.  These are definitely the best.
http://thefray.typepad.com/thefray/images/dsc01761.jpg
http://thefray.typepad.com/thefray/images/dsc01767.jpg

The topmost beads are glass, the bottom most a mixture of pink and white pearls.  I definitely need a little more practice but I'm so relieved with how these turned out.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Koi Purse and Holga Case on: February 25, 2007 04:25:40 PM
My friend Elise has always referred to me as an 'organic' knitter--that is, that I read through a pattern, rarely check gauge, and alter things as I please.  The results aren't always how I envision, but I'm rarely displeased with things, either.

I'm finding I'm also an organic stitcher.  Despite having bought 'In Stitches,' and loving many of the patterns offered inside, the only thing I've done at this point is the eye mask.  Even then, I didn't want to have a quilted version and filled mine with lavendar and basmati rice instead.

My second and third sewing projects (maybe insisting on being self-taught contributes to how organic my methods are) are equally in the winging it vein.  Even when going off patterns that are somewhat organic, I still altered things just a smidge.
http://thefray.typepad.com/thefray/images/dsc01777.jpg

http://thefray.typepad.com/thefray/images/dsc01594.jpg

These are based on mingaling and jordy's patterns in the Ultimate Purse Guide.  The first holds my Holga camera and is lined in silk, the second is in cotton koi print fabric with twill lining.  
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / A Miscellany of Bracelets on: January 15, 2007 05:04:57 PM
I've had a trove of beads sitting in a drawer that I mess about with occasionally.  I finally sat down and put together these three bracelets for three friends I visited with today.

http://thefray.typepad.com/thefray/images/dsc01387_2.jpg

The bugle beads were the motivating factor, a new purchase used with two of the final results.  I'm pretty pleased and thankfully, so were my friends.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two Down, Three To Go on: December 06, 2006 10:26:12 PM
Two Christmas gifts finished (wrist warmers from 'Weekend Knits' and a fan stitch scarf), three to go.
http://thefray.typepad.com/thefray/images/knit_1.jpg

I have another scarf to make for a friend and I've yet to decide on a stitch/pattern, a sweater for the same friend's baby, and some type of one skein item for a swapmate.
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