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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Need ideas of gifts to craft for friend who cross stitch on: April 06, 2010 06:52:29 PM
I have a good friend who does counted cross stitch.  I am making a reversible project tote for her.  I'd like to make a few other things to include in this tote.  Are there any crafted items you would like for your project tote?

Thanks!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / First 2 Dotee dolls... on: April 01, 2008 08:22:24 AM
I have made 2 Dotee dolls for a couple of swaps on another site, which I am less than impressed with at this time and don't really want to go back to.  Oh well, got to honor the swaps I have signed up for...

My first Dotee, made for swap at SwapBot. We were supposed to make a Dotee representative of the place we live. I live in Louisville, KY home of the Kentucky derby. Hence there are horses on the fabric, a jockey on a horse charm at the end of the tail, and the loop to hang it from is meant to resemble a bridle/rein look.

The first one is supposed to represent where you live, which for me is Louisville, KY, home of the Kentucky Derby.  So I decided to go with a horse theme.

There are horses on the fabric, a jockey on a horse charm at the end of the tail, and the loop to hang it
from was made with rings and black leather strip to resemble a bridle/rein look. Got to work on my embroidery skills, her eyes look like a couple of caterpillars!


The back,  I intended to make a horse whip representative of the whips used in horse racing. After I got done I got to thinking that this didn't look at all like a riding crop. It more resembled a S&M whip for dominatrix or something!



The second one is a Fairy Dotee.  It was a lot of fun...




I know that these little dolls aren't for everyone, some people think they are incredibly ugly!  I wasn't real impressed the first time I saw them either, they kind of grew on me.  I like that you can finish one in an evening without an incredible amount of effort.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My first ATCs are fabric... on: September 21, 2007 12:18:07 PM
I made my first ATC's for the Fabric ATC Swap.  Had partners with likes of vintage, birds, Jewel tones, and Whimsical creatures.  Here is what I came up with...




Stitched Willy Nilly on the background, tacked on a small branch from the tree in the front yard, hand stitched on the leaves and the wing of the bird.  I have no experience in embroidery, so the stitches are as basic as you can get, but I like it.


Using fabric with Peacocks on them stitched the tail and legs, then beaded the peacock.  Not quite happy with this one...



Free motion embroidered the rose and leaves with varigated thread, then added some dimension with fabric paint on the rose.  Not quite happy with this one either.

It was a fun swap...
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zip-top jordy SWAP gift...used tutorial from queenofdiy on: August 15, 2007 12:37:36 PM
I Love this community!  I have made my second & third purses using this site and decided to post them as I am quite happy with how they turned out.  They were for the Bargain Hunter's Swap and were made from fabric and zippers gotten at a thrift store.  This particular store bags the fabric up in random groupings.  You never know how much of a fabric you are going to get...

This is the Third purse I have ever made...


My second zipper...  I used this tutorial from queenofdiy or my bags http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=85354.0


The inside...


My 3.5 year old DD modeling it...  My swap partner likes her purse straps long, so that is what she got!



   **************Miss Violaceous, Don't Look!*******************





Here is the second bag I have ever made. The DP can is for size reference. Made also for the Bargain Hunter's Swap... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=184100.0;topicseen



Close-up of the Applique


Inside...


Better shot of the inside batik fabric, but before fringe was added...


I only tacked on the fringe in case it was a little much for my swap partner.
Let me know what you think...
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