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11  Jewelery that comes in handy in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by LauPre on: July 08, 2009 11:32:35 AM
Ok, so I don't do much beading.  To be honest I'm afraid I don't have much patience for it, so big respect to all you fantastic jewelers on this board.  I thought I'd offer my humble contribution since I'm proud I managed to finish this simple necklace.  This was my laundromat project of the week (all that time waiting is best spent with a project in hand!).

It's long enough to slip over my head, so it doesn't have a clasp in the back, but I did add a clasp hanging from the center front for the pendant.

Tiny folding scissors!
I am usually sewing, and I'm terrible about clipping my thread ends before I wear something I've made.  These are great for when I'm hand sewing and need to snip threads or cut small pieces, or when I'm out and find one of those pesky uncut thread ends I forgot to snip when I was sewing.

Eventually I'd like to make a pretty chatelaine with clasps to hold little scissors, a needle case, a thimble cage, that sort of thing, but until then this will make me happy

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12  Re: One Tiny Thing 22 (OTT 22) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: July 04, 2009 04:51:45 PM
I received my fantastic OTT from TheLast Kodama yesterday!  She fulfilled all of my themes! amazing!

It's perfect for me.  This cute little denim pouch clearly covers two of my themes;  4. circles and 5. lime green.  Besides being sewn so well, I thought that the circles reminded me of the tops of thread spools, so I think is also fulfills 1. sewing.

I picked my package up just as I was heading out the door with my camera equiptment and not wanting to carry my big wallet with me I immediatly put the pouch to work holding my bus fare and neccesities (checkcard and coffee shop stamp cards).  Inside is where we find the next theme: 3. vintage.

TheLastKodama tells me that the lining fabric is from her grandma's stash. Also, notice the little bell on the zipper? I love it.

I thought four themes fulfilled was fantastic, but I got the biggest smile when I saw my fifth theme fall out of the pouch;

My fifth theme was 2. cute nature.  This teeny little mouse is so cute! I didn't mention it in the questionnaire, but I have a soft spot for mice since I kept them as pets for years until I developed an unbearable allergy to their bedding and had to give them up. 
This was a fantastic swap, thanks so much TheLastKodama!
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13  Re: Quick & Easy Senders Choice Weekend Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: June 27, 2009 11:27:25 PM
Here are photos of the things I received from Gamemom42.  First up, the supplies!

Look at all that great stuff!  There's some fantastic knit material (perfect because I love my serger and knit fabrics) some sweet vintage buttons (can you see the purple hippos?  almost too cute!) A pattern for purses and some wooden handles, elastic, needles, bias tape, and on the left you can see the little denim tote.  I've actually been decorating a bunch of totes lately with embroidery and quilting, just making my cheapie $1 bags you get at the grocery store a little nicer.  It'll be great to have a sturdy little tote to add  to my collection once I decide the perfect way to embellish it.

And finally, check out this sweet crafted item:

Isn't that a fab elephant?  I love it.  She wrote in her note that she used three of her favorite fabrics to make it, so I know we've got that in common.  The fabrics are fantastic, and her details are great.  The beading is a nice touch.

Thanks Gamemom, I really liked my package, and I'm sorry it took me so long to get pictures up! 
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14  Re: Traveling Scarf Swap Gallery! (Round 8) in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: June 22, 2009 07:00:54 PM
Oh, just realized I forget to post photos of tcha345's scarf that I sent out last week. 

I really like the color theme that this scarf has, it'll be perfect for fall.  My block is just a simple pattern of double crochet, triple crochet, and tunisian crochet.  I made it up as I went while sitting at the laundromat.
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15  My little Laundrymat Lamb in Needlework: Completed Projects by LauPre on: June 08, 2009 01:20:16 PM
Just wanted to share this little project I whipped up this weekend.  I brought the linen and some crewel wool with me to the laundrymat to keep me busy while I was waiting for the machines to do their thing.  I sketched it out and stitched up the trees and grass during the wash cycle, then decided it needed a little lamb while the dryers were running.

And a couple of detail shots:

At first, I made the sheep's body with a double layer of satin stitch, but it just didn't look right.  I think the french knot curls look adorable, and since I layered the french knots on top of two layers of satin stitch it really stands out and has a great texture.

Now I just need to know what to do with it!  I's about 4"x6", so maybe a little pouch? a pin cushion? I don't know do you have any suggestions?
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16  Re: Wayword Victorian Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: June 04, 2009 07:13:00 PM
Last but not least, I'm here to post photos of the amazing package I received from my fantastic partner!
I was really spoiled, so many lovely victorian items to decorate myself and my home, so let's get started:
The first item I discovered is this lovely altered fan.  She added these lovely fantail bird stamps that I just love.

Next I found these beautifully decorated sketching journal and picture frame with pretty lady postcard, some very lovely writing paper, and the little blue thing there is an adorable trinket box:

I'm going to put this in my sewing box as a special home for my favorite thimble.

Here's a little collection of lovelies:

Starting at the top right an going around clockwise we have a lacy, saucy red and black garter with roses(nice), A porcelain teapot pendant on a silver chain( so sweet), a skeleton hand and flower pin (That really made me smile), and a set of flower magnets with tiny images of a girl and boy (These are going to go on my sewing magnet board I keep by my machines)

I have to take a moment to seriously commend my partner here for her amazing skills at packaging.  Everything in the box was securely packaged and survived the trip all the way from New Zealand to the US. Even these glass candles:

Next I pulled out this awesome octopus box

And it was filled with awesome adornments

rose barettes, a cameo pin, skull earrings, and my 2nd favorite item in the package, this sweet whistle necklace that she made.  I love it so much!

And finally, my favorite amazing thing came in this fab box

Check this out!

It's a gorgeous purple fascinator!  "OOOOOOh!" I squeeled,  It's so pretty!
action shot so you can get a good idea of it's scale:

Thank you so much, Monky_Girl, you sent an amazing package that I'll be enjoying for a long time to come!  You're the best! (and for everyone else, I hope you don't get dizzy from all the photos or ill with envy  Cheesy )
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17  Re: how do you insert eyelets correctly, like in corsets etc?! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by LauPre on: May 05, 2009 09:55:33 AM
Are you using eyelets or grommets?  Grommets are two pieces that go together and eyelets are just one piece. Eyelets are awful. They have rough holes that snags and frays your lacings, and they pop out like crazy. Grommets are the best, for sure. The two pieces encase the fabric securely all around and will stand up to a lot more wear and stress.  Anyway,  I thought I'd toss in a few of my tips:

First, always interface.  Obviously important if your fabric is thin, but just as important with thicker fabrics since even non-stretch woven fabrics can stretch across the bias and allow the fabric to slip out.  A piece of non woven interfacing can prevent the stretch and keep the fabric in place.    v3nu5's suggestion of using a strip of interfacing is a great way to do it, but at the very least use a piece of interfacing a little bigger than your grommet.

Second, the size of the hole you cut in your fabric should be as small as possible.  Honestly, most of the time you won't be able to just slip the grommet between the threads of your fabric, especially if you've interfaced it or if you're using a large grommet (like in my image below).  If you want to try it, though, I suggest using an awl, it'll help (push the awl through the fabric, then wiggle the grommet through).  It's just been a big headache for me, though, so I stand by cutting.    I use a pen and trace the inside of the longer half of the grommet (It has a slightly smaller hole) onto the fabric.  Then I cut an X inside the circle I've drawn with an Exacto knife, but I don't cut out the whole circle.  I might clip the ends of the triangles if the fabric is really bulky.

Finally, I always use a fray prevention liquid all around the hole, (I like Dritz's Fray Check) and let it dry before I add the second half of the grommet.  I swear every sewer should have a bottle of this in their kit.  It's cheap, lasts forever, and really makes a difference.

Happy lacing!
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18  Sewing Maneki Neko Crewel embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by LauPre on: April 29, 2009 06:50:30 PM
I found a bunch of crewel wool in a thrift store and thought I should give crewel embroidery a try.  Memories of old woolly fruit and flower covered throw pillows popped up in my mind, but I decided to try something a little different.  After checking out a small stack of books from the library and learning a few stitches I drew a simple design onto some dark blue fabric and started stitching.  This is a beckoning cat (Maneki Neko) but I gave him a needle stitched in metallic embroidery floss and a thread spool of gorgeous bamboo yarn. His tail wraps around a little pin cushion. I think I'm going to sew this onto a reusable grocery tote so I can carry him around with me. What do you think for one of my first adventures with crewel?

I think he's about 8 inches wide

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19  Re: Traveling Scarf Swap Gallery! (Round 5) in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: April 27, 2009 03:50:17 PM
Puppy_Girl, I LOVE the little blocks! they're awesome!

OK, I sent out Dichotomy's scarf today, here's the block I added:

I loved the cables and bobbles of the previous blocks, but cable patterns make me nervous, so instead I had my brother teach me how to needle tat, then tatted with some delicious bamboo and silk yarn to make the green section.  I used tunisian stitches in the purple (caron simply soft) yarn and stitched down the tatted piece.  I love how that scarf is coming together with all of the greens!
Here's a shot of the whole scarf (being guarded by the Toast Ninja):

Pardon my poor, rainy day lighting.  It's getting harder and harder to get photos as these scarves grow, isn't it great?
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20  Re: Traveling Scarf Swap Gallery! (Round 4) in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: April 09, 2009 09:10:49 PM
I finished MaRut's scarf today and it's all packed to go out tomorrow!  Here are some progress pics.

Can't wait to get started on the next one!
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