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Topic: Sweet'n'Scary Jam Jars!  (Read 1311 times)
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« on: August 13, 2013 01:46:33 PM »

All righty! To me, Craftster is all about trying new things and new media, so for this challenge, I decided to go completely out of my comfort zone and do two totally new crafts for me: canning and embroidery! My sister and I bought a ton of strawberries at the farmers' market and made some delicious strawberry jam, and then I embroidered/sewed two covers for the jam jars.

I've never embroidered before, so for the first one, I decided to freehand it instead of trying to make a pattern:





I found that I really really enjoyed embroidery; I never would have expected it. I don't usually take to crafts like knitting, crochet, etc. but I found embroidery to be the perfect mix of drawing and repetitive motion for me. I'm sure my work is pretty sloppy and that there are tons of new stitches and techniques for me to learn, but hey, that's what Craftser is for, right?  Cheesy

After I made the strawberry one, I thought, "you know, I'm totally going to lose my metal cred over this frilly jam cover." And so I made a second one, and officially named our jam batch: "ETERNAL JAMNATION." I tried to make a tracing-paper pattern for this one, but it didn't really end up working out, so I ended up freehanding this one as well after making a few guideline-stitches. Maybe next time!





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According to my profile, I joined Craftster in February of 2005... I can't believe it! I've learned so many new things from this site... I can only imagine what I'll make for the 20th anniversary!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013 01:54:54 PM »

So hard for me to believe you've never embroidered before. I think you are a natural. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2013 02:04:05 PM »

Those are awesome! I agree, you're a natural! Keep it up! I really like the texture of the strawberry and the eternal jamnation saves your street cred.  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2013 03:50:41 PM »

This is freaking adorable. I mean really, I couldn't think of a way to improve on jam, hello it's JAM, lol! But there you go and do it Cheesy.
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2013 04:43:16 PM »

Wonderful embroidery and such a cute pair. Smiley Good luck in the challenge.
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2013 01:32:08 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2013 08:44:54 AM »

I love the devil strawberry! Awesome job!
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"Eternal Jamnation" is the BEST THING EVER. Love it!  Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2013 09:27:07 AM »

CONGRATS! You won the Craftster Challenge! Rock on with your bad self!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2013 12:16:44 PM »

whoa!  I love the sweet and scary jam jars!  They both are quite eye-catching....love that you have expanded your talent to another medium...congrats on your win!  Hope to see more of your embroidery in the future...and be sure to give your family some of the jam...so they can share with friends... Wink
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