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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Musical Hat on: November 16, 2006 10:45:02 PM
I just finished knitting this hat for my boyfriend.  Despite being a chemical engineer, he loves music, and plays the viola in several groups.  I designed the pattern myself, and though it is hard to tell in the pictures, it reads all the way around on the top line then the bottom.  And best of all, it is real viola music, and is actually the intro to the Beatles song "Yesterday".  Let me know what you think, or suggestions to make it better or clearer.

Side one:

Side two:

sorry about the big pictures, I was trying to make it easier to see the design
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first two dresses ever! on: July 25, 2006 07:21:32 AM
These probably aren't all that fantastic, but I am so proud of them because they are my first two attempts at making dresses!  I was so scared to try them at first because I always have so much trouble getting dresses to fit me right (and even more trouble getting styles that flatter me)

Here they are:

my dress for fall

And the back

My summer dress (this is my favorite)

And the back

Do you guys think I should leave the second dress as a halter or attach the straps in the back?  I can't quite decide. . .

thanks for looking!  and all comments and suggestions welcome

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Retro-y fabric = Awesome bags on: July 22, 2006 02:24:53 PM
So after a very expensive trip to Joanns, I have been sewing all weekend.  Here are three bags I finished:

First off, for my grandmother, who is going to be helping me pack and clean before I move:

and the inside:

This bag I made for one of my best friend's 30th birthday:

and the inside:

And the last one, which I was originally planning to give away, but I don't know if I can part with it.  It's just big enough to hold record albums, which I love to collect!

and the inside:

Do you guys think I could sell these on Etsy or Ebay?  I love to make them, but it is an expensive hobby plus I have too many bags already. . .

thanks for looking and all comments welcome!

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / VW Bug Quilt on: July 14, 2006 08:42:07 AM
This is my first attempt at an applique quilt.  I think it is a lot of fun, and I love all the bright colors.

Let me know what you think!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Colorful Baby quilt on: July 14, 2006 08:40:43 AM
I absolutely love the colors in this quilt.  I might give it to a friend or donate it to a quilt auction, I'm not sure yet.

Does anyone have any tips on how to do the binding?  This is the step that I have the most trouble with, getting the binding pinned on evenly so that when I sew it I sew it on both sides and also so that when I pin and sew it it doesn't get bunched up/wrinkly.
6  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Swedish Weaving (Monk's Cloth) Baby Afghan on: June 30, 2006 07:33:55 AM
This afghan is very special to me because my Grandfather made it for me.  He intended it to be a baby afghan, and was saving it until I had a baby, but he passed away a week ago and my grandmother wanted me to have it right away.  He was really talented and I wanted to share how beautiful these afghans can be.

The afghan is actually about 4 foot by 5 foot, though you can't see all of it in the picture.

and a close up:
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Humorous Science Stencils on: June 30, 2006 07:20:26 AM
I am a nerd.  I embrace the fact that I am a nerd.  These are my first two stencils ever, I've been looking at all the other fabulous stenciling on here, and mine aren't that good yet, but I really like these two shirts I made.

I'm not at all happy how the wording at the bottom turned out, but I love the dog!

Einstein is my hero!

Let me know what you think, or any suggestions on how I can improve!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fun summer skirts on: June 30, 2006 07:15:13 AM
I love wearing skirts in the summer, but I don't own very many, so I decided to make my own.  This is only my second attempt at sewing clothing for myself!  Sorry about the poor picture quality. . .

Please excuse the awful white shirt I'm wearing!

And this is my favorite, a circle skirt in a retro-ish pattern, lined with pink satin lining (which you can't see at all)

Let me know what you think!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Summer Bags on: May 02, 2006 08:15:12 AM
I whipped up these two bags last night.  I'm really proud of them because this is my first attempt at making bags with lining.  I modified the "sha sha dream bag" tutorial by buglake.  The little one is about 6 inches tall and is reversible and the big one is about 13 inches tall.

any comments or suggestions welcome!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Oddball question (New Pic on Page 3) on: April 03, 2006 02:29:54 PM
I am trying to make this dress for a party in about 3 weeks.

I finished making the skirt and have a corset top.  Now I am trying to embellish.  Does anyone have any ideas how I can get the 'bubbles' to keep their shape without making the dress too heavy? 
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