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581  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Yes, *another* Poppet Swap? on: January 08, 2009 04:39:45 PM
I think I'll throw my hat in on this one.  Grin I've been waiting for a good swap to join and I can't seem to stop making poppets, so...joy! I'm finishing up clothes for a poppet I made for a personal swap and should be done before sign-ups are over. I'm so excited for this swap!  Cheesy (It is okay that I'm a first-timer, right? As long as it's my only swap?)
582  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My very first poppet on: January 05, 2009 07:57:56 AM
She's so pretty - I love her curly hair!  Grin Great job. I'm sure she will be very loved.
583  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Bright Embroidered Baby Quilt on: December 29, 2008 03:44:38 PM
Wow, thanks for all the compliments!  Kiss Cheesy Kiss
It was fun to make...I actually really liked doing all the circles  Wink  If I ever get around to doing a big quilt for myself, it'll be all bubbles! (I aim high...)
584  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bright Embroidered Baby Quilt on: December 27, 2008 08:11:24 AM
My SIL bought me Aimee Ray's Doodle-Stitching for my birthday and, wanting to try out a project from it, I decided to make her daughter (my littlest niece) the quilt. My niece has 3 older brothers, so the quilt needed to be as girlie as possible.  Wink

It took me about 2 1/2 weeks from start to finish...I finished right before our family opened presents on Christmas Eve  Shocked (as in, I snuck upstairs to bind it after dinner and before the kids started getting whiny about their unopened gifts!). I left the edges of the circles un-hemmed so that it would develop a pretty 'used and cherished' look to it with use. I matched the embroidery floss to the rainbow of colors in the floral batik that I used and I made sure that there were six birds in the design (one for each of her family members). I used the book as a reference, but I free-handed all of the designs. I added a patch to the back with her name on it, too.  Grin I just used knots of embroidery floss to 'quilt' it, with the little tails on top for maximum comfort.

Here it is all done, on my in-laws' dining table (pic is a little dark):

...and over a chair:

Here it is before any embroidery:

After embroidery and before quilting:

And, the back detail (the back is just white with specks of color from the quilting...like sprinkles!):

I think that I took on too many Christmas crafts this year... I made a jewelry set for my 15 yo niece and one for my mom, a bracelet and 3 re-usable grocery bags for my SIL, 2 pairs of earrings for my MIL, crayon rolls with velcro for my 3 yo niece and nephew, and a bracelet for my SIL's niece....didn't snap photos of most of it. Oops.  Cry

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
585  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "What babe? The babe with the power!" Small Labyrinth Cross Stitch on: December 22, 2008 06:33:49 AM
Squeee!  Cheesy I love that line from Labyrinth! It looks great framed, and the red stripes on 'babe' really sets it off.
586  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Re: Best craft stores in GR? on: December 10, 2008 06:09:05 AM
Fruit Basket Flowerland (Alpine) has a great bead section (and their regular prices are usually lower than Michael's and Hobby Lobby).
587  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: my First Pritty POPPET!! on: December 10, 2008 05:52:05 AM
She looks so pretty, and cuddly! Great job!
588  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: HP swap item. if you're partnered with me, please don't ruin your surprise! on: December 02, 2008 05:16:58 AM
That is so awesome! Great work on all those curls... I am so jealous of drinkdrankdrunk!  Cheesy
589  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: November 21, 2008 01:09:23 PM
Jerkie, she is adorable! I love her face!  Cheesy
590  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stupid Question # 210: Heming a Pleated Skirt? on: November 16, 2008 07:33:50 AM
I'm not an expert, but I would press the pleats out of the bottom of the skirt, and then hem it as I would any other skirt (I usually use a narrow hem ...press under 1/2", roll the edge under and stitch so that the raw edge is hidden and you have a 1/4" hem). When done, just press the pleats back into the hem. Would that work?  Huh  Smiley
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