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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / wire pearl earrings on: December 28, 2008 01:54:21 PM
i crocheted these using 24 gauge wire and a size 5 (F) crochet hook and a tutorial.  it took a couple tries to get two good squares!



and here i am wearing them for christmas.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / gold cat tail earrings on: September 09, 2008 07:26:57 PM
these were made with sz 11/0 czech seed beads and four other beads i found stashed away.  i used an online tutorial on enclosed beaded beads for the gold sphere.

both earrings:


cat tail details:



beaded bead:




3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / how to make a pillow from a napkin - tutorial on: September 04, 2008 10:51:48 AM
hi everyone!

i had a dilemma that was artfully solved with a little diy work: my college dorm has a color theme of navy, white, and canary yellow.  but since most stores are now carrying fall colors, that particular shade of yellow was hard to come by.  i had made my mind up on a yellow pillow - and that was when i found, in pier 1 imports, fabric napkins that were my exact color!  so i got to work.

here is an easy tutorial on a flanged pillow.

materials:
*2 fabric napkins
*1 pillow form
*pins
*scissors
*sewing machine
*matching thread
*zipper foot and regular sewing foot
*cat, optional

instructions:


lay out your two napkins, right sides together, one on top of the other.  pin around the edges (pin just inside of the outer seam line of the napkins for a clean line to follow with the machine).  be sure the napkins have been previously ironed before pinning and sewing.
***you will want to be sure that you do not pin all the way around - pin each corner, but then choose one side of the square to leave open.  on that particular side, pin only about an inch or so in towards the center of that side, so there is enough room to stuff the pillow form inside.




stitch along the pins using a regular stitch foot, leaving one side almost completely open, except for the inch stitched on either side of the corner.


clip corners, turn the pillow right-side-out, and iron.  iron the seams to the inside where the gap is to make stitching easier once the pillow is inside at the end.



next, measure the size of the pillow form.  cut out a square in the same measurements and center it on your pillowcase, right sides still out.  pin along the edges, once again leaving a gap in the center of the same side you left open before, stitching only an inch on each side where the gap is.  stitch all the way around the pins, stopping for the gap.



stuff the pillow form into the case.


pinch shut the area where the flange gap is, and pin it as close to the pillow as possible.  this part can be tricky.


switch out the regular stitch foot for a zipper foot, locking the needle in place so that it will feed through the left slot of the zipper foot.


stitch along the edge of the outer gap now to close the flange.  this can be done by hand using a blanket stitch for the most invisible seam, or by machine along the very edge for an easier sew-shut method.


re-iron any wrinkles and throw the finished flange pillow onto a bed!  voila.

(disregard the wrinklyness)

the napkins i bought were from pier 1 imports, $3 each.

thanks for looking!  if anyone has questions, feel free to ask.  this was an incredibly easy, inexpensive project for a fun solution that took less than an hour. 

rachel



4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / nils the sock creature on: August 04, 2008 10:23:28 AM
i made this using the "wronky" pattern in "stupid sock creatures".  the boyf came over and we decided this would be a fun thing to do, and he had always wanted to learn how to sew (he's a bit unusual). 

i named him nils.  he is made from one navy sock and one black sock.  somehow his body ended up inside-out in the end, but it adds to his character.





and of course, ross working diligently at trying to decode a sewing machine.  he made "syd" out of an argyle sock.  he took him home, so i did not get a picture.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Super long cable scarf on: June 21, 2008 09:22:35 PM
Okay, so I actually finished this a while ago but never got around to posting so here it is! 

In progress ...




Fin!





It's super curly but i sure learned how to cable.
 
Pattern: Lion Brand "Learn to Cable" scarf
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in "Citron" and "Fisherman" (chartreuse and cream)
Time: About two weeks (I was not gifted with time)
Mods: The original pattern each half of the scarf a different color (half being, you knit the first half-length in one color, and then switch).  It was kinda odd so I added the sporty stripes.  I have a thing for two stripes.

Thanks for checking it out!  Now I need to do some serious steaming to get that curl out, but since it's a cable it will always somewhat be there. 

Anyone else made this scarf?

Graci!

P.S. The stripes turned out a bit wonky due to the cable so they aren't perfectly straight.  Also, I was an unexperienced knitter at the time so look how long of a tail I left myself to weave in when I switched colors!  I have learned since then.  Just wanted to explain the funny mistakes around the stripes!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sundance Make-Up Bag on: June 19, 2008 06:19:15 PM
Hey everyone!  It's been a while since my last post here!

This was a stash-busting project for a ball of yarn I had nothing to do with (turns out I just found another ball of that same yarn - I need a new project!)

front

back

open


i just added the I-cord handle but haven't taken a photo yet.
Pattern: Sundance Make-Up Bag http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/WebLetter/39/Issue39.php
Yarn: Lily Sugar'n Cream Ombres & Prints in Early American Ombre (a little less than 1 skein)
Time from start to finish: Two days (I had a LOT of time on my hands)
Difficulty of pattern (out of 10): 4
Fun: Oh yes!  The pattern was interesting enough to keep me engaged (and committed to finishing!) but also had good tv-watching mindless sections.  Plus the results are gorgeous.
Change anything? Yes, I would NOT recommend doing this in a variegated-coloured yarn.  The pattern is difficult to see - click on the link and you will notice the difference.  With all of the busy colours on my bag, you completely miss the pretty diagonal eyelets on the front flap.

I plan to make this again in a solid colour.

Thanks for looking!

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / gold and turquoise bracelets [new pics] on: June 14, 2008 05:49:17 PM
i finally bought some czech seed beads for a project i had in mind. fortunately, the finished bracelet turned out exactly the way i wanted it to, so i made a second one.  i still have another vial of beads in a different color (and tons left from the other two bracelets).







the clasp on the second bracelet is a vintage button.

thanks for looking!  each bracelet took around three hours to stitch.



8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / black bubble earrings on: June 05, 2008 02:21:05 PM
hello all!

so i was inspired by this artist who made glass earrings in very organic shapes.  (cant remember the name of the artist, however).  obviously i dont have glass to work with, and the only good material in the house was clear, thin transparency plastic.  so i got to work.

these are really just one layer of plastic, coloured in with black sharpie, and then painted over on both sides with gloss enamel (i am unsure of what kind, it was in my dads fishing cabinet and is used to coat fishing poles).  really the process was very unprofessional and random, but they turned out just right (which is bendy and unchippable)!





sorry new laptop, it automatically rotates photos but then doesnt save them that way so i cant get this photo to turn to the right


thanks for looking! 
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / beaded pillow bead on: June 04, 2008 01:01:46 PM
i used a tutorial in the current issue of "beadwork magazine" for making beaded pillow beads.  the tutorial was very detailed and easy to follow.



finished size


the pillow bead is basically a flat peyote-stitch triangle.  you make two of them, add a square of felt in the middle, and zipper stitch them together.  its satisfyingly squishy when its done.  sorry for the photo quality, i couldnt get a close-up without it being blurry.

the bead wasnt too excessively time consuming, maybe about an hour total.  once you get the hang of one its really easy to repeat.  of course, the result is only one bead, so if you want a necklace full, youll need much more time!

thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / grad dress - UPDATE - GRAD PHOTOS on: May 10, 2008 02:19:15 PM
my graduation is june 7th, and our school has this beautiful tradition where the girls wear white, floor length gowns.  what a perfect opportunity to make my own and stand out in the sea of davids bridals!

i used the infinity dress pattern found here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.0 .  its an amazing post, i highly recommend checking it out.

here is the dress!


the full thing.  because i made it i could have the skirt as long as i wanted!


a slightly closer view.  i wrapped it in the grecian style.

ive got these pretty white shoes to go with them (the rules are: everything must be white!) that have a d'orsay cut (shallow vamp over the toes then a heel box, but nothing in the middle where your arch is so you can see it) with interesting triangular cut-outs. 

ill post pics of the actual graduation when that date rolls around!

thanks for looking!  have a lovely day!




UPDATE!

here are the photos, as promised, of the final thing on the final day!





and last minute, i was reminded about the shoes!  sorry theres no photo of them with the dress (they were covered by the skirt anway - a bit too long!) but here they are!

after graduation we got on a bus and rode down to the river for a boat ride and dinner!  i forgot to bring extra shoes to change into so they hurt quite a bit after the night!   they werent the most comfortable but the heels werent too high so i will definitely wear them all summer!


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