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1  Re: Handspun Yarn & Fiber Swap Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by QueenOfThieves on: July 28, 2009 07:48:57 AM
Yay, time for me to post pictures, too! I love the stuff I got and can't wait to spin this stuff up! Feverdream made some really awesome fiber combos based on my love of all things lolita fashion and also included some seriously dreamy fiber.

Everything out of the box. There may have also been come chocolates in there, but, um, my boyfriend and I wouldn't know anything about any really really yummy chocolates that may or may not have disappeared within minutes of opening the box... >.>

Close-ups of my two favorites.

Everything out of the packages. Those milk protein rolags had my friends oohing and aahing all night. Where can I get more???

My medium item was a pair of hand knit spats. How awesome are those??? And those buttons! Man, these are so cool, I can't wait to wear them (esp. to work!).

Thanks feverdream, you were totally awesome! ^.^

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2  Re: Vintage Apron Swap Round 2: Holiday Style in The Swap Gallery by QueenOfThieves on: January 19, 2009 01:19:45 PM
Yay, I finally managed to get pictures taken! I love them *so* much!!

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3  Re: The Pick-n-Choose Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by QueenOfThieves on: October 16, 2008 04:11:15 PM
Since I received confirmation that Fezzle got my swap package, I wanted to go ahead and post the pictures up here ASAP since I don't think they have a camera at the place they are staying. I hope you enjoyed everything Fezzle, please let me know what you think and I'd love to see any photos you take of the objects!

Theme: gnomes, Object: sculpture

(also gnomes, but these I bought as extra)

Theme: fantasy, Object: wallet

Theme: board games, Object: magnets

Theme: kawaii, Object: earrings

Theme: ninja, Object: tote bag

This was my first time stenciling, making wallets, and using sculpey, so I hope everything turned out okay for you!
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4  Re: The Pick-n-Choose Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by QueenOfThieves on: October 16, 2008 07:41:30 AM
Finally, some pictures! Fezzle and I both agreed to send later in order to give us both time to adjust with school and work, respectively. Below are the awesome items she sent me!

Theme: Pirate, Object: ipod cozy

Theme: Renaissance, Object: Hat

Theme: Victorian, Object: Picture Frame

Theme: Flowers, Object: Embroidered Tea Towel

Theme: Lolita Fashion, Object: Tote Bag

The towel is *so* pretty and the picture frame is definitely my favorite. Thank you so much Fezzle!
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5  Steampunk Vest-Jacket! *Picture Heavy* in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by QueenOfThieves on: July 03, 2008 10:25:27 AM
So a couple weeks ago there was a Steampunk meet-up in my area and I was dying to go, but didn't really have anything distinctively Steampunk-y to wear. I had my skirt and shirt and necklace all picked out, but the vest I was going to wear over it clashed too much because it was black and also a bit too short on me. So, I decided to cut it and use the pieces as a pattern to make a far superior one! Below is the complete step-by-step of my process. Enjoy!

Here is the original vest! It's very soft velvet-like material. I've had the vest for a few years after picking it up at Rave, but it's gotten a bit too short on me and I hardly wore it anymore. I'll be keeping the buttons to use on the new vest!

Back of the vest.

Yay pieces! I was glad to see that the bust darts were also the seams. I hate bust darts. :/

Back still looks pretty much the same, but new I've also undone the back darts. These don't look too complicated....

First run of the mock-up. I just laid each piece on the muslin and cut around it, but also left all of the additional space from each rectangle hanging down and to the sides where the bottom corners of each piece ended. I had no idea how much swish I wanted or if I'd even be able to get any out of it, so I left waaay more room than necessary so I could go bit by bit.

Back of the first run. It looked so messy without the darts.

Pinned the original back on so I could mark where I'd need to put the darts. I will definitely have to use this method again, it saved me a lot of guesswork since I already knew the darts on the original vest fit perfectly.

The pins are gone and all of the vest pieces have been sewn together, though I've left the skirt part open for now. So far everything fits!

This is after I've sewn down the skirt panels just as they are. They fold over quite a bit due to the extra material, so lots of cutting ahead.

The extra skirt fabric makes the back look a bit wonky, but nothing a bit of ironing won't take care of in the end.

Ta da! This is how it looks so far on the outfit. The jacket will end up being brown and about knee-length, I just haven't cut it shorter yet. I'll definitely need to remember to cut extra fabric on the front edges so I don't have to pull to get the jacket to close.

My fabrics! Sort've a camel-colored canvas and a burgundy rayon for lining. I didn't end up doing the lining since I just wanted to be done and get to wear it, but now that there's no rush I'll fiddle with it and make it look pretty. Seeing as I was on a Steampunk mission, there was really no way I could get out of there without buying a few yards of the key fabric. ~_~ I had also planned on making a bag out of the leftover canvas (and boy is there leftovers) and then lining it in the keys, but ran out of time.

The muslin pieces all lines up and pretty on the canvas.

Everything pinned together. I made the two front pieces extra wide so that I could make sure there was enough overlap for the buttons and still be comfy.

Back before the darts were put in. At this point, opting to go with the suggestion to keep the jacket long.

Sewing all the pieces together! Getting closer!

A shot of the hemmed armholes. I managed to keep everything really nice and neat as close to the edge as I could. The thread was also a really nice match so you can hardly see it. I didn't bother to finish the edges since canvas holds up pretty well and I planned on lining it anyway.

Neckline also hemmed. By this point I'm doing little jigs every time I finish something. All that's left by now are the buttons and the hem.

My machine makes buttonholes! That was surprisingly easy.... Yea, they aren't even, but it's okay.

The buttons stolen from the original vest. Also fairly snazzy looking!

Here it is! It's kind of hard to see since I forgot to move my stupid arm out of the way. This is the very end of the Steampunk meet-up and we were the last ones to leave (even though it ended at 8, you can see it's almost 9:30).

Hop you all enjoyed it! Smiley
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6  New Yarn ~ Muddy Spring in Spinning: Completed Projects by QueenOfThieves on: March 03, 2008 04:45:40 PM
So, I posted last Fiber Friday about my first forays into spinning. I had one thing of chocolate brown baby alpaca roving and one regular alpaca in green/pink. My singles were pretty chunky since I was still getting used to the drafting process in general and the rovings were both very different. So, I just finished plying them both together! There really isn't a lot of it, so I'm not sure what to use it for, though....

Here are the before and after shots:

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7  Re: Leap Year Fiber Friday 2/29/08 in Spinning: Completed Projects by QueenOfThieves on: February 29, 2008 01:58:44 PM
Ahhh, I am SO excited! I FINALLY get to post something here! I went to Stitches West last weekend and bought some alpaca and a new drop spindle, dug out the wool I'd bought before, and got working.

I don't have any pictures of the before wool, but it's pretty obvious in some places what it looked like at first. I had some troubles drafting new fiber from the bunch, but got the hang of it after a while. Also plied it around itself, so it's really just one big strand (which was really hard to do!)

Close Up of the same yarn. The middle strand is what it should ideally look like all the way around.

This is the second attempt using the same wool. It looks much much better already as I've been getting the hang of it pretty quickly. Found a better way to ply it around itself, and here it is drying on the towel after the water bath to set the twist.

Here is one of the Alpaca wools I picked up at Stitches. So pretty!

And here it is all spun up and soaking in the water to set the twist.

The before shot of the Baby Alpaca wool.

The now dry hank all spun up. It's really really soft and once the other alpaca finished drying I plan on plying the two together.

Close up shot of the singles.

The two drop spindles I'm using. the one on the right is the one I bought at Stitches. The whorl is really small and makes it hard to spin on its own. The one on the left I made myself out of a dowel, rubber grommet, an old cd, and a hook. It works muuuuch better. It also has some more baby alpaca I'm working on already started on it.

A close-up of the alpaca currently on the spindle. I'm taking this one very slowly to see how fine I can make the yarn. So far it's working out incredibly well. A couple slubs here and there, but for the most part nearly flawless. The color is actually more like the other pictures.

Hope you all like it. And I plan on seeing you all next Friday, too! Wink
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