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21  Merlin's Hooded Scraf, suddenly pic obese in Costumes: Completed Projects by atlascoughed on: February 17, 2008 07:28:33 AM
That's right, it's a hooded SCRAF, because despite a cup of coffee this morning I can't seem to spell SCARF correctly.
This thing has been boiling in my head since I made the Nadel Brechen coat. I don't remember if I saw vegbee's tutorial on these before or after I thought the idea up, but I used her tut as reference.

Photos! Please excuse my ratty PJ shirt and uncombed hair. I decided craftster was more important than dressing myself, apparently.







I used... oh, a lot of different fabrics. Several were reused-- an old sweater, a velour prom dress I found in the basement of my new house (very 80's. It's happier now), an old and vaguely Indian bedsheet my mom gave me. I did the scarf's patchwork without a base fabric because I didn't want it to get too stiff. I learned this is A REALLY BAD IDEA, especially when the finished product has to be a long, straight rectangle. So I used a base fabric on the hood, 'cos I wanted the point to stand up nicely. Then I overstitched and overstitched and overstitched some more. I used a lot of thread. The whole thing is lined in green fleece, which was also a pain because it stretched a LOT while I sewed. But the end result was so nice, I don't even care. And it's super warm! (I live in NW Wisconsin, so I know warm clothing.  Grin )

I was gonna add a tassel to the tip of the hood point, but I think it'd drag it down too much.
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22  MP3 Cozy on-a-string in Crochet: Completed Projects by atlascoughed on: February 17, 2008 06:47:27 AM
Should have linked this with my other post, but I forgot. Oops! Ah well.

I just got an MP3 player. This is very odd to me. I never even made it to portable CD players; I used a tape cassette walkman up until last week, when my husband and I purchased a pair of MP3 players and officially entered the 21st century.

So of course I had to make a cozy for it. On a string, so I can wear it around my neck while I sew or do the dishes.



Used a kid's yarn that I'd bought to do socks with (that didn't work out..)..mostly SC, with a fan thing on the bottom to make it rounded. Used some pretty beads I had, 'cos I wanted it to look like something I'd really wear.

Actually, my favorite part is the button(s). (You can't see the one that forms the neck toggle, sorry.) I looked through my stash and couldn't find anything I liked, so I got out the Shrinky Dinks and made some. The one on the front got squished lengthwise in the oven, but that was OK in the end 'cos it means you have to turn the button to get the flap open, making it hard for the button to undo itself. Smiley
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23  Bracelet for Mom and Hat for Baby in Crochet: Completed Projects by atlascoughed on: February 17, 2008 06:41:19 AM
I had a skein of this awesome yarn-- it's Bernat Chunkee Softee, I think, but what I loved was the colorway-- it went from pink to orange to purple and back. Lovely! (And it's acrylic but soft, which is nice since I'm sensitive to wool.) I couldn't make enough stuff with it. 'Course, when I went back to get more, it was all gone.... Sad

I made this bracelet for myself, as sort of a trial:



It was done in single crochet and reverse single crochet (which I hated SO MUCH), with magenta crackle glass beads. The closure is a button with a loop. Alas, I can't really wear it because my daughter wants to eat it, and though the beads are so secure that it's one of the only jewelry items that would probably be ok for her to chew on, there's really nothin' like having a wet piece of yarn tied to your arm. Mmmm.

I also whipped up this hat for the bebe:



It's a bit too big, actually, and could use another round of ribbing, but it was a nice experiment. I did F/BPDC around the edge for the rib, and a row of fishnet up higher for decoration. She liked it. Sorta. As much as an 8 month old can like stuff on her head, that is. I made booties, too, but, well....



Hard to photo those! Plus they're mostly knit, with only a bit of crochet at the heel to make them fit her gargoyle feet.

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24  Nadel Brechen Patchy Coat in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by atlascoughed on: January 07, 2008 11:39:48 AM
So, my German is very sloppy at this point, but according to my German-English dictionary, "Nadel Brechen" should equal something close to "Needle Breaking." Which is what this coat did-- it ate three of my machine needles while stitching it. My own fault, mostly, for being too lazy to go and get proper denim needles.





These photos REALLY don't do it justice, if I may say so.

Lots of patches, stitched on willy-nilly, on a maroon canvas coat. One cuff was left mostly plain, the other was patched. They also creep up over the left shoulder and around the left bottom side, but my camera blurred every shot of my back that I took. Sad I may cover the upper pocket on the patched side, but I'm not sure yet.
I wanted to make sure all the fabrics would have the same tones, so I dumped a lot of cotton (and, as it turned out, some stuff I THOUGHT was cotton but turned out to be cotton/poly blends) scraps into a maroon dyebath. All the patches are stitched on well, but left with frayed edges. Oh, it was fun. No rules. Couldn't plan. Actually looked crappy if I *tried* to plan. Lots of threads to clip, but after two days of sewing, I was so eager to wear it that I probably would have left 'em on if my daughter hadn't tried to eat them.

Detail photos:



There's a lot of hearts-- either cut-outs or the bits I cut out-- including one hidden inside the left panel:



... which is good, 'cos I <3 it.

I was inspired, btw, by http://www.gibbousfashions.com, but I do not have $950 to spend on a coat. Hope everyone likes!
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25  AlphaCreatures: D, E, and SuperTweets. in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by atlascoughed on: January 05, 2008 07:38:53 AM
Two more Alphacreatures. One of them might be featured in Kathy Cano-Murillo's new book! Woooo! Still wetting myself over that one.

Here's Darwin:



And here's ElizaBetsy, who needs to be rephotographed.



Man, these things are addicting! And my mother in law is bringing me more scraps and buttons, so I won't be running low on supplies any time soon. Can I reach the end of the alphabet? Who knows...

Not if I keep starting sub-lines, like these SuperTweets...

Here's Alphonse:



And Bea:



All are a mix of machine and hand sewing... I try to reuse fabrics from old clothes and such, but on a lot of the Supertweets, there's not enough fabric being used to do this. Plus I can't resist the call of my faux fur stash....
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26  Earmuffs and Tattered Hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by atlascoughed on: January 05, 2008 07:17:54 AM
I made my sister a pair of earmuffs for her birthday present. Alas, I only have a picture I took of myself wearing them-- they looked much, much cuter on her. They aren't completed in the picture-- the bits hanging down by my ears needed to be woven in.



They were made in several pieces-- the outside circles, the inside circles, the headband. I crocheted the circles together around the edge with light 'n' lofty, sewed the headband bit on, and added the chin straps. I plan on making myself a pair in candy colors, or possibly using sewn-together braided yarn instead of crocheting a circle. They'd be brown, and I'd have to call them "Princess Leia Muffs." Cheesy

I also whipped myself up a hat on the same day, 'cos DUDE, check out my bad hair in that first picture! It needed some hiding. I had several "skeins" of cotton fabric strips from Hancock fabrics (80% off? Gimme five!), so I used that and a big hook (don't recall the size). I mostly made it up as I went along, and it only took about a half-hour or so.





I love the colors. I'm so glad I have several more skeins of this stuff; I was thinking of making some pot holders with it, but now I'm thinking a bag might be better. Although I NEED potholders, whereas I have too many bags... Smiley
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27  Lightswitch Covers, Faux Mosaic and Shrine in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by atlascoughed on: January 05, 2008 07:08:07 AM
My new kitchen (we bought a house! Woo!) is bright and full of Mexicany goodness. I got a small bundle of Latino print fabrics from a gal on Etsy, and covered our lightswitch plate with some:



I also wanted to spruce up our basement door, which is in the kitchen as well. I'd wanted to do mosaics somewhere in the kitchen, especially after seeing some really great ones online, but I didn't have the time or the materials. Plus, I worried the door would become too heavy with tons of grout on it! So I faked it, with paint:



I also whipped up a kitchen shrine ALA Crafty Chica:





Nerd's box flowers and glitter hot glue, ahoy!

And I made another lightswitch cover as a trial for the "good" one in the kitchen. I like it, but since it didn't match any of my decor I put it up on Etsy.



I totally recommend people trying this... all you have to do is cut a piece of fabric (nothing too thick) to a little bigger than the lightswitch plate, cover the plate with glue (I used tacky glue), and put the fabric on, smoothing out the wrinkles. Once it's dry, I used an Xacto knife to cut an "X" in the center of the hole for the switch, going from corner to corner. Then I folded the triangles made up to the underside of the plate, and glued them down. The edges were folded under, too, and when it was all dry I just stuck a large needle through the screw holes. Easy-peasy. Next I'm going to try an outlet cover, which'll be more tricky to cover the holes...
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28  "EcoWarrior Bird" Stroller-Friendly Bag-- it's super tweet! in CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES by atlascoughed on: August 05, 2007 07:42:37 PM
I only found out about this contest a week ago, but was determined to do it 'cos I've been meaning to stop using plastic shopping bags for a while now. I only just finished it tonight; I've got a 6 week old girl who wants as much attention as my sewing machine does! So sorry for the weird nighttime pictures. Nothing looks all that great in a flash, but hopefully you'll get the idea.

I often walk Abby around in her stroller, going to the store and the library on foot, so I designed this bag to fit on the back of her stroller:



The shape of the bag is based on a diaper bag I have but don't use. It measures about 16" across, 14" high and 6" deep. I stole the flat bottom-brace from the aforementioned diaper bag and fit it inside the shopping bag, so it's nice and stiff on the bottom. It's made from beige cordurouy on the outside and stretchy grey-green denim on the inside, with a layer of vinyl (recycled from a torn laundry bag) in between for both waterproofing and insulation.
The design on the front was freehanded onto freezer paper and cut out. I borrowed the shape of the bird from one on Stencilry. (http://www.freewebs.com/stencilry/) The leaves on the tree were stay-stitched, cut out, and tacked down by hand. I left the ends loose so they're more like real leaves. And just in case you can't read it, it says, "Planets don't grow on trees you know". Normally I'm a stickler for proper grammar, but the comma that should be in there just didn't seem right.  Undecided



To keep it on the stroller, I sewed 2 D-rings on the back interior. I thread these through a bungee cord that connects to the stroller handle. The handy thing about this is that I also sewed two velcro strips just opposite the D-rings, so the bag can close somewhat (and I can hang my keys from them). Here's a close-up:



And of course, it's also got a normal handle so I can carry it around when I'm baby-free. Smiley



I hope you all like it. I had a good time making it, and can't wait to try it out.  Grin
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29  Alphacreatures: A. B. C in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by atlascoughed on: June 03, 2007 06:26:58 AM
I started making these critters when I needed something to give a friend as a thank-you. The one I made for her isn't posted here, but after I made the first one I got addicted and made a bunch more. I decided to name them alphabetically, for some reason. They're made from many fabric scraps (thanks, quilt-making mom-in-law!), beads, embroidery floss, random charms, etc. and stuffed with polyfill.

Here's Althea:



She has little buttons that don't really work but look real cute. She also has a pocket on her front that has a weird kite/star felt thing in it that you can pull out and play with.

Here's Boris, who is very very tall:



He has a wee backpack that opens.

And here's Carroll:



She was one of my favorites. Hopefully she looks on the birdish side to y'all, 'cos that's what I was aiming for.

It's hard to tell from the pictures, but these all have lots and lots of stitching-- both by machine and by hand-- and none of them have matching eyes.
I've got one more in the works right now, named Darwin. He's got two heads and four legs but just likes to hang out in his tie-dyed vest. Smiley
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30  Ooh, first beady post! in Beads: Completed Projects by atlascoughed on: August 08, 2006 12:09:06 PM
I made a whole ton of jewelry for a recent craft sale. None of it sold. Darn you, shoppers!



Left-Right: A collection of single and two-strand non-stretchy bracelets, "DNA" necklaces (closer shot below), stretchy bracelets. Sorry for the lack of focus; the photo was taken just to show the massive amount of jewels I cranked out in a few weeks (and this isn't all of it...). All displayed on my superfly apple green displays.  Grin


A slightly-more-close-up photo of my favorite necklaces. They've been dubbed "DNA" necklaces after what my mom thought they looked like.



And one of my favorite bracelets, made from wire and several different sorts of beads. The "clasp" was made by curling one end into a loop and the other into a hook.




Wondering what y'all think. Will take better photos if requested.
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