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1  Re: 2014 Winter Holiday Crafting in Winter Holidays by Immaculata on: August 22, 2014 01:43:54 PM
We're certainly not too early to start! Just saw an image saying 'just 18 fridays until christmas' on Facebook, and when you think of it, 18 weekends isn't that long at all. Most of us only craft in our spare time, and 18 weekends = 36 days = little over a month.

Yesterday my mum came over and gifted me 4 balls of novelty yarn that she bought but couldn't figure out what to with. This type of yarn (not my picture). Not sure what it's called. I guess that'll be her first gift! On one hand, it might be kind of weird to give someone a scarf made from yarn they gave you, but on the other hand, she liked that yarn for herself, that's why she bought in in the first place, so she'll be happy with the finished result. It's not about the value of the gift, but about the meaning!

And cross stitch for Christmas.... wow!  Shocked I've done quite a bit of cross stitch in my life, but gifts for everyone in the entire family? I envy your patience.
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2  Anchor kit in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by Immaculata on: August 10, 2014 12:08:29 PM
I finished up the free anchor kit that came with Mollie Makes UK recently. Originally I'd wanted to make a drawstring bag, but it was so tiny that I just hemmed it with a slip stitch. I'll probably put potpourri in it and tie it with some twine to close.

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3  Granny square blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by Immaculata on: August 05, 2014 07:44:53 AM
This is probably the millionth granny square project on Crafter, but it's my first.

Just over a week ago, I came across a plastic bags with leftover yarn from a knitting project. I hadn't crocheted in a while, I was supposed to study for a resit, best timing ever :-)

One square only took me about 10 minutes and I took my bag of yarn everywhere. All of this was done outside my regular crafting time - I've worked on it on the bus, train, while watching movies and even while waiting in the kitchen for the kettle to boil. I stitched them together on Sunday because I couldn't figure out how to join as you go and then it took me about 2 days to weave in all the ends. I don't normally finish stuff this quick, but I decided not to give up this time.

It's not as neat a I hoped it would be. Apparently I have tension issues, some squares are quite a lot bigger than others. I don't have that when knitting, so I'd like some feedback on that.

It's about 75x75cm

Close up

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4  Re: Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *starting June 1st, 2014* in Craftalongs by Immaculata on: June 01, 2014 12:44:36 AM
It's Sunday morning where I live! Started properly yesterday, though I prepared the fabric earlier, too excited to wait! It's a left over piece of off white evenweave and the squares are 25x25, so actual inchies. I've started off by chain stichting the outlines with variegated thread. I've had them in my stash for ages but barely ever used them.

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5  Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Immaculata on: March 05, 2014 08:06:57 AM
Since you friendly ladies made me feel so welcome, my first post in this thread!

I'm not going to go for 14 quilts in 2014 (i noticed there's also a 13-in-13 thread, how many more years are you going to keep this up?  Grin   ) but as that's not a requirement, I'll start with what I will do this year.

I'm working on 2 quilts right now, and I'm planning on finishing them both.

1. Old jeans quilt. I'm not exactly sure how big this thing's going to turn out. I guess I'm just going to continue until I run out of old pairs of jeans. The log cabin blocks are made from strips of fabric that are 12 cm (little less than 5" ) wide and the seams are a foot wide (is that how you say it in English? I've used to edge of the sewing machine foot as a measure). I'm not exactly sure why there's such a variety in size, I only noticed that when I laid them out on the floor. Might be use of different rulers. When I sew the blocks together, I think I'll trim them at 55 x 55 cm, which is about 22". I've only started this a few weeks ago, it's a very quick and easy pattern. The only difficult part is making sure the strips you cut are straight and not curved.

2. Flower print baby quilt. Started this one in 2009, from a kit I bought online. Still love the pattern. Some people might say it has too much flowers, but I don't really believe in 'too much flowers'. I randomly laid out the blocks. On the left is the pile of large squares that I still need to cut smaller squares for. On the right is the pile of blocks that are completely cut, just not sewn together yet. On top is the backing etc. fabric.

Then, my first quilt that I finally completed last year. I made the top as a kid. I was always nagging and bothering my mum when she was sewing, so she set me up next to her on her old machine and told me to sew scraps together. I was extremely excited, my family wasn't too much, and I hid the top away for nearly 15 years. I found it back last year, got all nostalgic about the scraps that were used (from clothes I used to wear) and decided to finish it. Considering I was 8, I don't think it's at all bad. It's of course sewn together quite badly, so finishing it wasn't too easy. It was handquilted, I made five large circles. I decided not to quilt too much because it would only draw attention to how uneven it is.

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6  Re: Framed fabric information in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by Immaculata on: October 16, 2007 09:59:22 AM
Yes, Trapunto is the only thing I can think of.

Here's an example of trapunto that I found through google:

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7  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2007 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by Immaculata on: October 07, 2007 10:18:00 AM
I switched my Big Project ... my new big project is a sampler for my dad's 50th birthday on December 30.

It's from a Cross Stitch Collection from this summer.

Progress so far:

I don't have a pic of how it's supposed to look like when it's completed, but the rooster will have a tail and it will be sitting on a fence, surrounded by small pictures of a pig, cow, cat etc. in sepia.
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8  Re: Have you ever done a sampler? in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by Immaculata on: August 28, 2007 02:12:22 PM
I'm making a linen alphabet sampler right now:

and I'm working on a long term personal sampler. I just cut off a large piece of fabric and every now and then I add some things.

There are so much kinds of samplers... I'm very fond of very old samplers. There's a great book in my local library with all the patterns of all the samplers in the collection of a famous museum in the Netherlands. It's truly amazing.

I have some charts of very old samplers, if you're interested in those. My favourite things to cross stitch are probably samplers.
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9  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2007 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by Immaculata on: August 09, 2007 03:01:07 PM

Oh, and Psmommy.. it's august 10 !  Wink
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10  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2007 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by Immaculata on: July 17, 2007 03:22:17 PM

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