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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Prairie schooler / primitive type swap? on: September 15, 2016 06:41:20 AM
I always thought primitive style cross stitch was way too uncool for Craftster, but recently I've seen a few projects turn up on the needlework board. Is anyone interested in swapping them? Possibly in the shape of christmas ornaments, considering the season, but I like other themes as well.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Little House Needleworks sampler on: June 24, 2016 11:51:39 AM
Pattern: Little House Needleworks
Thread: Weeks Dye Works
Fabric: Permin

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Traditional alphabet sampler on: June 24, 2016 11:45:35 AM
Pattern & thread: DMC
Fabric: Zweigart Belfast Linen

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / In Full Bloom Quilt on: June 11, 2016 08:40:32 AM
This UFO has been haunting my sewing desk since 2009. It was my second quilting project ever, after a straight forward childhood project that consisted of rectangles sewn together. I had definitely bitten off way more than I could chew at that time. I'd never heard of rotary cutters so I cut every single square in this blanket with scissors, using a cardstock template. I had also prewashed all the fabric and when it came out of the machine it was a huge tangled mess. I actually had to cut the fabrics loose, I couldn't untangle them. After that I discovered that those bias seams are not as easy as they look and that my squares differed in size because after cutting dozens of them, my template gradually became smaller as I accidentally cut off tiny strips of it every time I used it. Then last year I decided I just wanted to get it done, even with all it's imperfections. It's wrinkled in the photos because the minute I finished it, my boyfriend claimed it. The fabric is from Red Rooster Fabrics, I think the pattern is from Bear Paw Designs.

 For scale. The finished quilt is about 120 by 120 cm

Detailed pictures. You can't see it very well, but I decided to hand quilt. I quilted every other block, I improvised the stitches based on the fabric of the block. I particularly like the sashiko embroidery inspired striped blocks. The texture just feels amazing. I am certain that I'm going to do a larger sashiko type project in the future.

Binding and backing.

This was my first time using a binding from the same type of fabric as the blanket, instead of using a more sturdy fabric. I'm not impressed with how it feels and I'm not sure I'd do it again. I sewed the binding on completely by hand.
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Who wants to knit socks with me? on: November 28, 2014 03:29:28 PM
I've decided I want to learn how to knit socks. Anyone wants to join me?
6  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Anchor kit 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.

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / 2014 Winter Holiday Crafting on: August 07, 2014 11:06:08 AM
I know this is early, but I never finish up in time for Christmas. Earlier this year I ended up in hospital, so at least I've finished all my card WIPs (and even most UFO's!).

As I'm going back to college to hopefully graduate this year, there's not too much time or money to spend.

On the list so far:
Brother: Dr. Who weeping angel ornament, UFO
Boyfriend: something I can hide when he's not at work. He's really interested in what I make, which is a good thing, normally, but not for gifts.
Mother: something that feels luxurious, that she wouldn't buy for herself. Knitted lace scarf maybe?
MIL: something like that, except I don't know her very well and she doesn't really celebrate any holidays as far as I know. Her life isn't very easy and her relationship with bf hasn't always been perfect. Still, I'd like to give her something that shows I appreciate her for raising such a wonderful son, despite the circumstances, and that I / we do care. Any help on this would be very much appreciated!
Grandma: same thing as my mum, slightly adapted to suit her taste. I know they don't like getting the exact same thing
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny square blanket 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

9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Sweet tomato soup Chinese take away style on: May 20, 2014 09:19:22 AM
When I asked my family for suggestions for Christmas dinner years ago, they asked for Asian food - but cheap Chinese take away style. (don't ask me why....) This soup stuck around since everybody loves it and It's super easy to make. I actually just whipped up a 4 liter batch the other day. It can be made more spicy by using a different type of sambal. I used a very hot sambal bajak.

Ingredients for 2 liter

2 stock cubes, vegetable or chicken

1 onion, chopped

2 or 3 garlic cloves

1 kg tomatoes

6 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 teaspoon sambal ulek

1 teaspoon lemongrass powder

1 teaspoon ginger powder

2 tablespoons cornflour



Boil 1 liter of water and add the stock cubes, garlic and onion. Add tomatoes and boil again.

Mix together all of the remaining ingredients except the cornflour and add. Stir in, then puree the soup using a blender. In a seperate bowl, mix the cornflour with one or two spoons of soup and add.

This is the basic recipe. You can now add bean sprouts, chicken, meat balls, shrimp, etc for variety. For a truly home made soup you can even make fresh chicken stock. I haven't tried that yet, but it will be good!





10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / So, what do you do with cross stitch? on: March 26, 2014 02:14:02 PM
I have a daily commute of about 1,5 hour and during that time on the train, I normally do cross stitch. I'm not too big on the finished result of cross stitch, but I need to keep my hands busy, it's easy to transport and the repetitiveness is almost like meditation to me. Plus I know my stitching is fairly neat, it's by far my best craft, so that's rewarding as well. The only problem is, when I finish them, most of the times I just stick them in a box and never look at them again.

I stitch Christmas and birthday cards for elderly relatives and my mum, but I'm not really sure what do with my other finished work. I take small, uncomplicated projects with me: not too many colours, not much bigger than 5/6". I've stitched some funny things to hang up in my home, but there's only so many cross stitch you can put up with in your house, especially as I want to leave some space for the more complicated craft stuff that I'd much rather display. I'm a quilter as well and I've been told I should use them as panels in quilts, but I just can't picture it not turning out looking horribly old fashioned (in a bad way).

Does anyone one here have brilliant, non-boring finishing ideas?
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