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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Valentine Rabbit on: February 20, 2008 06:56:10 AM
Hello!  I've just started needle felting.  I'm generally more of an embroiderer.  However, I saw the cover of a book on needle felting wee animals, and they were too cute for me to resist.  So, Mr. V. Rabbit here is my first completed needle felting project.  Smiley

There's another picture in my Craftster gallery, if you care to look.  I'll try to get my embroidery pics up there, too.
happy felting!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / mystery pattern/company search "Water Lilies?" on: October 16, 2007 05:44:07 AM
Hey all you sewing genii!  I'm trying to come up with the name of a company that made lovely patterns.  Or at least, one that I saw once.  They were more in the lines of "Folkwear" than "Simplicity", etc.  The pattern I remember seeing was for some simple sleeveless blouses and skirts, with sweet trim.  The picture on the front was maybe a line drawing of a couple of girls sitting about wearing said items.  I think the name for that pattern might have been "Water Lilies" but maybe that was the name of the company that made them?  My overall impression was of clean lines, low key but feminine trim, and a sort of historic feel.  Does that ring any bells for any of you?
Thanks for any help!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / show me your backside! on: September 17, 2007 06:39:12 AM
Hey Folks!  I've seen lots of great embroidery projects here, and so I come to you as a supplicant.  I'm reasonably adept at making my embroidery look nice on the "right" side of the fabric, but I have no idea if my "wrong" sides look at all reasonable. I've usually worked around this issue, making book marks or other projects where I can hide the back side, but with this tea towel binge I'm on, I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't be taking more care with my work.  Would some of you please be so kind as to post pics of the back side of your work?  Especially towels or other pieces where it will be available to view?
Thanks very much!!!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Country Cool Tea Towels! on: September 14, 2007 03:26:10 PM
Hey! I just finished my sister's Christmas present Smiley  These are Jenny Hart's designs from the Country Cool packet, embroidered on the white tea towels from the Sublime Stitchery website. 

I think she'll really like the cowgirl:

And I paired it with horseshoes:

I made her initials into a tattoo.  Also, I must remember not to work with the silky DMC floss, I really have trouble making it look nice.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Reversible Wrap Skirt on: August 30, 2007 04:50:50 PM
Hi!  I was inspired by Kategirl & her black half circle wrap skirt.  Erm, I'm not sure how to link her, but it's this page:

So I went and found some fun fabric & made one of my own, thanks to her tutorial!

I know the picture could be better, sorry!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sweet Pea onesie on: August 30, 2007 03:55:15 PM
Hi!  I thought y'all might like to see a slightly different take on the "sweet pea" onesie.  My flowers don't look great, but then, how many people know what a sweet pea flower actually looks like? Smiley

and a more general picture:

It will be interesting to see how these stand up to the washer & dryer.  Has anyone done much laundering of their embroidery?  Any thoughts/tips?
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ivy Embroidered onesie on: August 24, 2007 06:53:18 AM
A friend of mine just had a baby girl, named Ivy.  I'm going to do a couple of other onesies, but this is the first one. 

I used Sublime Stitching's  (I Can't Believe It's) T-Shirt Stabilizer, adapted a painting of Ivy for the image, and free handed the lettering. 
I didn't really plan for the Y to curl up on the leaf, but I like the way it looks.

Visible are satin stitch on most of the leaves, and stem stitch on the vine and lettering. 

She'll have to grow into this one Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / T-Rex Apron! on: August 24, 2007 06:39:30 AM
My Husand was grousing about only having one (Christmas-y) apron to wear, so I made him a T-Rex Apron!  I found the fabric at fabric.com, and the pocket is from some scrap my mom had lying around.  The T-rex on the pocket is adapted from a free coloring book picture on line. 

The Embroidery is chiefly stem stitch, with a french knot for the nose and chain stitch on the spatula handle. This is my first ever appliqu!  It was trickier than I expected.

I might go back and use a bunch of seed stitches to fill in the body of the T-rex, as I'm not sure if he shows up well. 
Oh, and sorry about the lighting!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / vintage dress pattern- who made it?? on: August 19, 2007 11:29:54 AM
I hope this isn't the wrong board for this question!  Ok, maybeseven or eight years ago I saw a pattern, probably put out by one of the larger pattern makers- Simplicity or Vogue or Buttrick.  It looked great, but I thought "Oh, that's so dead simple I don't need to buy the pattern!"  The pattern was for a summer dress, sleeveless, but with wide straps so as to almost be cap sleeves, and it wrapped in some clever fashion that I cannot re-create in my head or on paper.  The front of the pattern had a drawing of a 40's style woman wearing a version of the dress in a yellow print.  I think. 

It seems like it should have been one of the Vintage Vogue patterns, but it's not one of the ones on the website.  Did anyone else see this pattern and have the smarts to purchase it, as I did not?  I'd just like to know who made it so I can look for it on e-bay or where ever.
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hullos! on: August 13, 2007 02:07:58 PM
Hey Everyone! 
I'm in Maine, and I mostly sew & embroider, with occasional forays into other crafty areas.  I get it from my Mom, who went to Art School and can make _anything_!  She knits, she sews, she spins, stained glass, watercolors.... Anyway, Thanks to Auroravioletta for introducing me to Craftster!

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