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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: First try at filet crochet on: August 12, 2009 04:44:10 AM
where did you get the pattern

I didn't use a pattern, I just looked at some different tutorials around the internet and then charted out my letters on graph paper.  You can, however, use any alphabet pattern for cross stitch and it'll work perfectly as a filet chart.  There are some filet crochet free alphabets around on the internet too. 

Pieknits - One site that helped me wrap my head around filet crochet was the tutorial at http://www.smartcrochet.com/tutorial.shtml.  I also found these Youtube links helpful, just in terms of visually seeing someone else do it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrberusTznc# and http://www.youtube.com/user/CrochetMD#play/uploads

Hope that helps!
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: First try at filet crochet on: August 10, 2009 03:25:25 AM
Thank you everyone for your comments! Smiley

As for where I display it, it's on my coffee table right now, but my cat seems way too interested in it to leave it there for very long, so I'll probably end up framing it on a solid background and hanging it up somewhere, possibly at work. 

I have plans to make one that says "SHIT" to hang in the bathroom.

You all should try it, it's super fun and if you can crochet they're a breeze to make!
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First try at filet crochet on: August 09, 2009 10:20:08 AM
As the title says, this is my first try at filet crochet.
I wanted to try it, but didn't want to do a difficult pattern and I still wanted the initial result to be something I would use, so here it is:

 
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The finished size is about 6"x12".  It's a bit sloppy, but I'm happy with the result.
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrink Plastic Earrings on: March 30, 2009 07:19:58 PM
I found a bunch of Shrink Plastic in my craft stuff over the weekend, and decided I should try making some jewelry.  These are my first two pairs of earrings.

I'm really pleased with the black & white ones.  I think the butterfly ones would've turned out way better if I had a super fine tip Sharpie.




15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: my amazing technicolor crochet ripple blanket on: January 23, 2009 02:46:32 PM
I love this!  It came out so well!
I've seen a ton of these on Flickr and have always wanted to make one.  I looked everywhere online for a comparable free pattern, but a lot of them are pointy ripples, and i like the look of the soft waves better.  I stumbled across Google Books and it happens to have part of the 200 Ripple Stitches book by Jan Eaton on there, including the part with the pattern for the Soft Waves!!
I was super excited when I found it and started making one last weekend.  I hope it turns out as beautiful as yours did!

And here's the link to the pattern on Google Book Search for those who are interested;
http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&id=-YbR98lK9nQC&dq=%22200+Ripple+Stitch+Patterns%22+by+Jan+Eaton&printsec=frontcover&source=web&ots=xvhnITRkcy&sig=fnYf1xRNVHlXWd6UTc-bTQJHddM#PPA19,M1
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Peace, Freedom, Love Cross-stitch on: January 04, 2009 09:39:38 AM
Thank you all for the comments! : )
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Peace, Freedom, Love Cross-stitch on: January 02, 2009 08:07:30 AM
I made this for my brother's girlfriend for Christmas. 
The stitching is just a simple backstitch alphabet that I doubled the size of.  It's in a 10x20 frame.  I covered the mat with wrapping paper that I had and chose the embroidery floss colors to match the wrapping paper..


18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Pillowcase on: January 02, 2009 08:01:22 AM
I made this pillowcase for a friend for Christmas. 
I had seen a similar one somewhere, and thought the idea was hilarious.

I've only embroidered one other thing before, so it's not incredibly neat.  I lined the inside edge of the pillowcase with black gingham (which you can see in the second photo) to cover up the back of the embroidery.

 
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19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Living on Dreams on: December 18, 2008 05:33:47 AM
I totally thought of your super awesome quote today when i heard bon jovi's "living on a prayer" on the radio today.  does that make me weird?!  seriously, that quote is super cool!

Haha nah, that's not too weird.  I find myself picking out lines of songs or movies as I hear them that would look good stitched and framed like this.  I would've made more of these for Christmas gifts if I didn't procrastinate so much. 

Besides, "Living on a Prayer" has some potential..."We've got each other and that's a lot" or "You live for the fight when it's all that you've got"
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Living on Dreams on: December 16, 2008 07:16:19 PM
i love the quote!  unbelievably awesome!

i also might have to borrow your tip of using awesome scrap booking paper to cover boring ol mats!

You should totally try it.  I've done it for other pieces before, but this is my favorite result to date.
I've also had really good luck finding mats for frames at Dollar Tree.  They're often in weird colors, like yellow, but it doesn't matter because it gets covered up anyway.
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