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21  Delica beads that tarnish? Help?? in Beads: Discussion and Questions by PimpernelSmith on: February 28, 2010 08:03:19 PM


I've been caught off-guard by copper beads tarnishing in a Peyote band I'm weaving, and I don't know what to do!  Undecided   I know how to polish copper alone, or with other metals, but how can I polish tiny beads without ruining the glass beads and threadwork around them?

A thousand thank yous for ANY advice you can give ---

Pimpernel Smith   Smiley
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22  Advice Please: Will these withstand use?? in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by PimpernelSmith on: February 28, 2010 07:47:08 PM
And if not, is there anything I can do to secure the work?

My godchildren, it seems, rarely wipe their mouths after a meal, and when reminded to do so will try to use sleeves instead of napkins.  I'm hoping that if I make the family a set of personalized napkins, the 'cool factor' might get them used.  

My problem?  I'm new to embroidery, and have never done anything where the back would be exposed to wear and tear.  Do the experienced among you think these will be okay?  Should I change my methods for the remaining two?  And can I modify these two in some way to increase durability?   Undecided
The fronts:

The backs:

(mom is a planetary volcanologist; daughter likes fairies)

Thanks for any help you can give --
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23  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by PimpernelSmith on: February 28, 2010 07:36:45 PM

Whoop!  I actually got something done!  Shocked  Before you all faint with the shock, you should know that it was a simple thing, and all about function rather than looks, but I'm still inordinately pleased by it.  Smiley

So, 'number' E from my Annex list of things-beyond-the-original-50: Embroidery Floss Organizer
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24  Embroidery Storage (Simple but Satisfying) in Completed Projects by PimpernelSmith on: February 28, 2010 07:28:14 PM
Not Fancy, but quite Functional --  Wink

For years my embroidery materials have been sloshed about in several boxes and a large zip-lock bag.  I started sorting my flosses out AGAIN, and decided something had to be done.
SO: took this semi-sorted, spread out, hodge podge of stuff

And relocated/consolidated it:

But a consolidated mess is still a mess, so I decided to fabricate a floss bin that would isolate color groups..

While still allowing space for hoops and equipment...

I'm hopeless at constructing any sort of circle accurately, so the floss tray fits in more snugly than I would like, but on the whole I'm getting a good deal of satisfaction outta this wee project!   Cheesy

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25  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by PimpernelSmith on: January 23, 2010 09:13:49 AM

1 down, 49 to go.......
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26  First Embroidered Face Done -- Advice for next? in Needlework: Completed Projects by PimpernelSmith on: January 23, 2010 09:08:49 AM

Hi,   Grin

A student I work with drew this anime/avatar picture, and I decided to use it as a sampler to see how a filled in face might work.... I'm thrilled with the dreads  Cool , but the face?  Embarrassed Not so much. Any tips on how to make nice filled-in faces for the future?

Cheers --
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27  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by PimpernelSmith on: January 22, 2010 07:56:05 PM
Well, I was just going to haunt this tread without posting, but then I discovered that I cannot FIND my craft ToDo list! So, I figure if I'm going to have to rebuild it from scratch, I may as well do it here -- at least I'll know where to FIND it!   Cheesy

PimpernelSmith's List of 50 Crafts for 2010

1. Bedside Organizer for nephew (sewn)

2. Bedside Organizer for niece (sewn)

3-10. Boxers for DH (sewn)

11-15. Undies for me (sewn)

16. Sleep mask for DH (sewn)

17. Convert 2nd hand 'damask' bed sheet into hemmed napkins (sewn)

18. Bind edges on flannel rectangles being converted to 'rags' to use in lieu of paper towels (sewn)

19. Fleece Snug-Sack for me (sewn)

20. Etch two glass mugs for {late} Christmas gifts.

21. Make a thermal/Henley shirt for me (sewn)

22. Etch 4 drinking glasses in Egyptian Hieroglyphics for gift.

23. Replace lining in favorite leather coat (sewn and all the powers-that-be aide me!)

24. Replace zipper in blue coat.

25. Attempt to remove cap sleeves from otherwise great shirt to convert it to a tank top.

26. Decorate baby bib for gift (embroidery) DONE -- painted, not embroidered, but DONE

27. Finish set of napkins for godchildren in the hopes they will prefer them to using the sleeves of clothes (embroidery) 2/4 done

28. Embellish my navy blue hoodie (embroidery)

29-31. Alter jeans so that they are not tapered leg (short, 'Rubenesque' hips such as mine do NOT fair well with tapered legs) (sewn)

32. Finish fingerless gauntlets (knit)

33. Create gauntlet gloves out of felted sweater and embellish (felt, sew, embroider)

34. Create Thank You letters by way of taking action shots and labeling all the gifts in use in the image. (photography & photoshop)

35. Green bamboo yarn scarf and hat (knit)

36. Finish Soleil tank (knit)   http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTsoleil.html

37. Finish Thermal sweater (knit)   http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTthermal.html

38. Attempt to make stole for friend's birthday (knit)  http://frenchgirlknits.com/french_girl_knits_collections/gypsy.php

39. Finish manga-esque bandana for student (embroidery) DONE! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=335152.0

40. Finish bead armband for me (peyote beading)

41. Make progress in silk embroidered scarf for my niece, which at this point I am just hoping to have completed by the time she graduates high school -- in 5 years.....

42. Make another clapotis (knit)  http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTclapotis.html

43. Create stuffed monster along guidelines diagramed for me by yet another niece (sewn)

44. Design and make a jacket for the alien I made for a nephew some time back. (sewn)  

45. Try knitting with beads

46. Try crocheting with beads

47. Learn even-count peyote beading

48. Make dust covers for seldom used appliances (sewn)

49. Craft a dust skirt of some sort to disguise ugly drip tray and roller needed for big houseplant.

50. Accomplish all of the above without doing anything to myself that might require: a) stitches b) a tetanus booster or c) a prosthesis.


Craft Annex!
           *a.k.a. the list of all the stuff YOUR lists are making me think of....*

a) sand and spray paint metal patio table
b) non-skid cozy for the steel blender so that it can be held without our fingers sticking to the sides a la  the flag pole in "Christmas Story"
c) organizer for embroidery thread DONE!
d) hanging, discrete trash collector thingy to hang off the side of my computer table.
e) some sort of hook/reel/containment system for the audio cable I use in my car to plug my iPod into the cassette deck
f) hammered copper or brass liner for the bottom of our incense burner, so that the ashes don't fall out.
g) spiff up rusting bird feeder
h) finish patchwork backgammon set I started in 8th Grade Home Ec.
i) use needle felting to mend hole in wool sweater it worked!
j) make topper for our Christmas tree
k) use needle felting to embellish a tea cozy I crocheted and felted 2 years ago.
l) HOW COOULD I FOGET? Design & make a turtle pin cushion that won't roll off the table like all those damn, store bought, tomato ones do.
m) Tea pot drip catchers
n) lip balm bandolier Done!      https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=347602.0
o) Cozy for French Press pot
P) (I keep forgetting these because they intimidate me so! I've got everything but the hardware...) Roman blinds for the bedroom, with blackout fabric on the back.

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28  Re: 2010 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by PimpernelSmith on: January 16, 2010 11:59:24 AM
(Does anyone else think that Craftsters & our stashes keep Rubbermaid and Sterlite in business?? Wonder if Leah could get some ad money out of them....and maybe some FOC coupons....)

ANYWAY:  I'm in!!   Grin

I actually started my de-stashing for Christmas, when I told the clan's offspring to tell me things they would like that could be made entirely out of my basement!  SOme results can be seen at:


My first completed project of the new year was a Tote Bag Rescue using entirely stashed materials.
You see, I have this non-desrcript tote that is perfect for lugging my needs around two jobs --

But then I washed it, and the bottom came out, and the bonded lining came out, making this gross and useless thing ---

So, having sewn up the bottom and coated the edges liberally with fray block, I used a bit of bed sheet (I have a habit of picking them up at consignment stores to use as fabric/muslin/etc), left-over heavy interfacing, and snaps, to cobble up this:

Not the snazziest of De-stash Projects, but ridiculously satisfying!   Wink
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29  Ladybug Beret -- Felted Crochet in Crochet: Completed Projects by PimpernelSmith on: January 15, 2010 07:19:39 PM


This is a felted beret I made for a niece this Christmas.  Crocheted, felted wool with needle-felted dots-n-details, and button eyes.

Adapted from this pattern:   http://www.numei.com/knittingpatterns_FeltedTamBeret.htm

I didn't have any black WOOL felt, so I made the face with black yarn.  Given how I expected it to look, I'm actually quite pleased with the result.

Thanks for looking, and any tips for future projects joyfully received!
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30  Bead Chokers - Peyote Stitch in Beads: Completed Projects by PimpernelSmith on: January 15, 2010 07:13:26 PM


These are two chokers I made for my nieces for Christmas.  My first completed items in Peyote stitch -- odd count, delica beads on nymo thread.

100,000 Thank YOUs!! to Jam4Ever for her great advice!

My hope is that the loop system for clasping will allow them to grow with the girls.

My questions:  Would even-count Peyote allow better centering of designs?
                        Is even-count what is used to create curves and waves?

All advice welcome!   Cheesy
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