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111  Re: Tree Swap - COMPLETE! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by schnerby on: October 07, 2008 04:05:13 PM
Yay I made a huge list of possible crafts. Surely when I get my partner at least one will jump out and demand to be made.  Grin

Btw here are two of my fave tree pics from French Island, Victoria, Australia

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112  Re: Mario mushroom quilt top in Quilting: Completed Projects by schnerby on: October 01, 2008 10:53:18 PM
Aww thanks for the encouragement!

I think I will add a border or something. It needs a bit of something, but I'm not sure what. The used ? box is a great idea.

It's actually very easy to put together. Once you have the sqaures cut out you just sew long strips together.

Once you have strips you just press them and sew the strips together. Push the existing seams in opposite directions so you get a nice smooth finish.

The little heart has my name and the year embriodered on it.
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113  Mario mushroom quilt top in Quilting: Completed Projects by schnerby on: September 30, 2008 10:15:15 PM
This is my first quilting attempt bigger than a cushion.

I am pretty happy. It's not perfect, but its good enough for me. I love Mario and I can't wait to snuggle up with this one.

The top is 1.6m square but I think I might make it longer so it's oblong.

Comments/suggestions welcome!
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114  How do I iron the hoop mark out? in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by schnerby on: September 20, 2008 10:59:44 PM
I have completed the embriodery I am using for a little pouch but I'm having trouble getting the hoop mark out. You may be able to tell I'm fairly new to using a hoop...

I have wet and ironed it but it doesn't seem to want to budge.
Do I just repeat this process? I really don't want to use any chemicals if I can help it because I'm pretty sensitive.

Thanks in advance for help!

BTW pattern credit to this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266186.0 (which I shamelessly stole the little birdy idea from... thanks!!!!).
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115  Re: TUTORIAL: Straight Sided Triangular Cosmetic Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by schnerby on: September 20, 2008 10:53:50 PM
Yay! What a great pattern.
Instead of following your pattern making guide I simply printed an enlarged copy of the picture here and used that for a pattern.  Wink

So I have made heaps of these and here is one I made using plastic for a layer in the lining (plastic from a bag my granddad got PJs in) so it stands up nicely. I also made a similar one with no plastic and no interfacing so it is nice and soft. I use that one in my bag for keys/phone/lipbalm so I can change bags quickly.

I am working on more with pretty embroidery on them but I'm having trouble ironing the hoop mark out of the fabric.

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116  Introducing Paisley the pup and Glockenspiel the bat in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by schnerby on: September 12, 2008 04:20:16 PM

I made these two little critters for the stuffie swap. My partner has received so I figured I would post them. I have borrowed my partners pics so I hope she doesn't mind!!

Paisley is made from a modified pattern I found somewhere. I will dig it up so i can give credit where due. He used to be a rather ugly cushion cover I had to buy and make into a dog.

Here is Glockenspiel to bat. Her body is made of fleece and her wings from a satiny/silkish material that used to be a scarf. I made two wing pieces, sewed them together and turned them out, put a piece of coathanger wire along the top and sewed the wire in place. When I sewed the body I left two holes where the wings would go in and hand stitched them in later.

This pic is them together with Bumps the elephant. He is an original pattern I adapted ffrom the dog. He is just made of felt.

Comments and advice always appreciated.
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117  Rabbit and tea bag from Therese Laskey's 'Softies' book in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by schnerby on: September 09, 2008 01:45:04 AM

This book is great. I have made the cake pincushion and these cuties.

Here is a bunny I adapted. I have made another one handstitched with embriodered all over with leaves. I don't have any pics of that one though. Random machine stitches all over this bunny make the surface look nice. It currently lives on my Nan's mantlepiece.

This is the teabag with a magnet sewn into the body and glued to the tag. A few little beads make the string (a few strands of embriodery thread) hang nicely. Sorry about the awful pic. I took it against the fridage at night. It lives on my other Nan's fridge.
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118  Jacket to purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by schnerby on: September 09, 2008 01:40:06 AM

This jacket was a nice wool and belonged to my Mum. The nice lining made the purse stiff enough to hold up to a bit of a beating. The decoration is just felt and a nice wooden button.

Anyway here are the piccies
Here is the purse

And here is the jacket
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119  Re: Stuffie Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by schnerby on: September 09, 2008 01:34:20 AM
I got a package!!!    Grin  Grin  Grin

Beautiful elephants!

Ok so here is the fabulous package. Everything was wrapped up in tissue paper but I confess I was a bit rough so I tore one.

Look at Francis! Isn't he great!
Also in the package:
A little purple pouch with my initial sewn on
A gorgeous mobile phone charm Loops made (with an elephant on it!) in the pouch. Great job with the beading!
An English recipe post with John Constable's painting 'The Hay Wane' on the front. I studied this painting in year 12 art!
Yummy chocolate (Brother claimed a dairy milk bar as soon as I opened the box!)
A Flumps bar (Marshmallow) - what a funny name  Grin
Lollies!! Some I had as a kid but can't buy anymore (like Love hearts and fizzers) and some I have never heard of (but I really realy like Climpies bonbons)
A gorgeous tomato notepad for the fridge and a vegetable pen. I love my veggies and my veggie garden.

Here is gorgeous Francis, He just couldn't wait to get outside and stretch his legs. I checked his passport and he was cleared for immigration. He is beautifully made and has his own little friend on his wrist!

The he was so jetlagged (and sleepy) that I put him to bed.

It's pretty warm today so he found a cool place to rest. He said he passed through the equator and it was very hot.

And here is the contents of his passport. Loops, you're so creative!

Passport GBR
Name: Frances
Place of Birth: Deep dark in the black forest
Age: Calf, exact age unknown
Species: Undiscovered breed of elephant

Additional biographical information
Favourite foods: Marigolds, daisies, peaches, apples, chocolate, he has a very sweet tooth
Favourite drinks: Blueberry juice, mint schnapps (in moderation!!), milk
Favourite activities: trumpeting, pooing, eating, watching black and white movies
Favourite colour: green
Likes: Cows, Barry White, dark places, his green elephant he's had since he was a calf (I've named him 'Flumps')
Dislikes: foxes, bright lights, courgettes, coriander
Fears: He says he isn't afriad of much, but should he ever get scared you can usually find him hiding in a shadow.
Goodie or baddie: Goodie, but he's very loyal and will trumpet or fight to protect a friend if he needs to!

Francis was born in the Black Forest to Vera and Johann, part of a small herd of undiscovered black elephants that hide in the darkness of the forest.
Francis was born with swirly purple patches on his ears and belly, and a sparkly tail, and couldn't hide in the dark forest as well as the other elephants.

Eventually the elephant elders agreed that he muct leave their herd for fear that his differences could draw attention to them and lead to them being discovered. So, he said goodbye to his parents and his friend Claudia the cow, and set off with his favourite toy as he was sure that there would be somewhere he would fit in perfectly.

He fits in perfectly here!  Thanks so much! 

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120  Plastic lined camera case (with tute) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by schnerby on: September 06, 2008 07:53:52 PM

Making this case was fun because it worked better than I thought it would! That's always a great feeling. So, without further ado, here we go. Idea for decorations nicked from this case http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260052.0

I made the lining for the case from plastic packaging. It's the stuff you get singlets, underwear and shirts in.

Here is the plastic bag cut up a bit. The blue line is the shape of my camera. Because I wanted the press stud included in the case I cut it so they bits would meet on the final case. The three bits either side are the sides and bottom of the case lining. Note that the middle bit has double layers (each of the bits with the press stud on them). I sewed it up to be smaller than this because as you can see there is far too much space around the actual camera's size line.

Here is the lining sewn up. The pastic worked really well in my machine and didn't actually need any tissue paper to stitch properly.

Here are the bits for the plastic case's lining. This is recycled fleece and flannelette from bits I had lying about. I cut once piece of flannelette and one bit of fleece for each side so it woukd be nice and soft for the camera. Please note I cut one too many pieces for the bottom (only needed one of each, not two).

Here it is stitched together and put inside the plastic. If you use the camera inside the fabric to stuff it into the plastic ti goes in easier.

Next I made an outside case for the whole lot ot make it pretty. Decorate (or not) to taste.

Next I made a flap to go over the plastic envelope bit and sewed it on to one side of the outside case. Put the whole lot together and fold over the outside layer to cover the lining. Fleece that doesn't fray is great for this bit. I hand stitched all the way around because I had better control and couldn't get it into the machine.

Finished case with plastic lining! Please excuse the blurry photo.

Hope that was clear!

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