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1  Behold: Cabled Booties! in Knitting: Completed Projects by shortestkitty on: July 30, 2007 10:04:44 PM
   So, I have a new cousin coming at the end of August and since this is the first related baby to be born since I learned to knit, I wanted to make a special hand knit gift.

   It's a boy, and the family's pretty traditional (Dad would flip if I knit up something lilac!  Cheesy) hence, the blue. Also, I learned cables for this project (woot!) Details on the pattern (it's free, and not by me) as well as the yarn can be found on the blog.

Now, the fun part:

Far Away Shot (Look at how tiny they are!)

Up Close  (Ooo... Cables!)

On HundHilda (From the BF, just for fun; plus, I don't have any babies around for modeling)

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2  Fashion Drawing Business Idea (Image Heavy) in Get Product and Website Opinions by shortestkitty on: July 10, 2006 10:43:21 AM
I've been throwing around the idea of selling the things I make for a while and this idea hit me. I would like some advice from you fine people who know more about Etsy (and selling in general) than I do.

I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC and got a degree in Fashion Design, but have since changed my path to focus on cognitive psychology. But I still love doing little fashion sketches and making clothes. It occurred to me that it could be nice to put my sketches on tee shirts, and later zippered pouches.

Here are some prototypes I have made:

Lady in a vintage hat coin purse:

Zipper Pull:


Pirate Girl Coin Purse:

Zipper Pull:


Girl In Cloche Long Zippered Pouch:

Girl Close-Up:

Zipper Pull:

The lining for that last one is the same floral as the first.

Tee Shirt With Fashion Figure:

Fashion Figure Close-Up:

These are the types of things I'm thinking about selling. All of the girls are hand-painted in silkscreen ink, which is then heat-set. The plan would be each girl would be totally unique, so every item would be one-of-a-kind. The zipper pulls are all made with glass beads and the tee is 100% cotton.

So I have a few questions I'd really appreciate you all answering:
1. Would you buy these? (As in, would you buy it or say, "I'd rather make it myself and save my pennies!")
2. Do you think Etsy would be a good place to sell these?
3. What do you think is a reasonable price for the coin purses? Long zippered pouch? Tee shirt?

Thank you so much in advance! I bow to your crafty business sense!  Smiley
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3  Let Them Eat Cake! Just Not This One... *Now With Tutorial* in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by shortestkitty on: June 01, 2006 08:25:44 AM
I was inspired by all the cake-themed crafts around here and whipped this up. I made it out of ultrasuede intending it to be a pincushion, but when I tried to stick in the inaugural pin, it bent!  Shocked

So it isn't a pincushion, just a stuffed slice of cake. The bf thinks it's kind of silly, but I think it's kind of cute  Cheesy If I make another, I might use high-density foam instead of polyfill to give it a sharper look.

Okay, so here's a simple tutorial:

These are my pattern pieces, to give you an idea of how they should look. Below are the measurements for each piece. ***NOTE: These are measurements before seam allowance!! I added 1/4" seam allowance to each piece, but add whatever is comfortable/ fabric appropriate for you.

A: 6" along each side of the wedge and a free-handed curve. To make it, I drew a straight line with another line perpendicular to it. Mark on the perpendicular line 1" away from the intersection on either side. Place you ruler on that new mark and carefully swing it until it is touching both the mark and the original line, creating a line 6" in length. Mark that new line and repeat on the other side. I then carefully free-handed the curve, approximating how big it should be my calculating the circumference of a circle this size and dividing based on how many slices I imagined there to be. This probably is not necessary. Best to just free-hand a nice curve.

B: 2" x 1.5" This piece will be the back of the cake. In other words, if the cake were whole this would be the side of the cake.

C: .5" x 6" This is the yummy filling of your cake.

D: 1.25" x 6" This is the cake part itself.

So, in your "icing" color, cut out 1 A, 1 B, and 2 Cs.

In your "cake" color, cut out 1 A and 4 Ds.

You can really sew this up any way you want to. I sewed my cake "layers" together first. So that's one icing (C) sandwiched between 2 cake layers (D) for each side. Once each panel is done, carefully line up the panels, right sides together, making sure your icing and cake layers are perfectly lined up and sew along one short side.

Next, I sewed my B piece to my 2 A pieces, one on each side. You end up with a long strip of A B A.

Now the tricky part! Sew your layers to the strip you just sewed. The point is definitely the hardest part. I marked the corners on mine with a dot on each piece and carefully lined up the dots. It's tough, but you really just have to dive in and work on it. ***NOTE: Leave a bit of one side open to stuff it later! I left about 3" in the middle of one of the lower sides open.

Clip your corners and turn the piece right-side out. I used a knitting needle or something to make my corners crisp. Stuff to your liking. I found going a bit lighter on the stuffing helped the piece keep it's angular appearance, but you can make it a cutesy-overstuffed if you like. Hand sew up your open seam.

The strawberry, I'm sad to say, has no pattern. I just messed around until I had one that was short and rotund like I wanted. If I recall, I made it more like a semi-circle than a quarter circle.

So that's it! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I'm new at tutorials so please ask if things need to be cleared up! And enjoy your cake  Wink
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4  Painted Trillium Pin in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by shortestkitty on: June 01, 2006 08:02:32 AM
I had a lot of ultrasuede swatches (still do!) and a wildflower book, which came together to make this pin:

The petals and leaves are ultrasuede and the center is beaded wire. It's hard to see, but I painted the petals with that pink color and sewed "veins" in the leaves. To make the petals and leaves "posable" there is floral wire glued on the underside.

Next up: Spiderwort!  Cheesy
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5  Orange Crate Pincushion *TUTORIAL ADDED* in Completed Projects by shortestkitty on: June 01, 2006 07:51:51 AM
I came across this challenge http://www.boogaj.com/pincushion_challenge/2006/04/first_pincushio.html and felt inspired. (Definitely check out the gallery, everyone's pincushions look great!)
I modeled my pincushion after an orange crate. The base is foam with a green fabric cover with little cups to hold each orange. My Dad helped me make the crate itself, which is just scrap molding. Each orange can be lifted out for doing little projects away from the machine.
The whole project was a great excuse to finally use all that geometry I learned in ninth grade.  Cheesy

Side view:

Oranges out!

That's right. Geometry is useful sometimes.

The orange stands alone.

As requested, I'm posting the following tutorial. This is my first tutorial, so please bear with me  Wink

Pattern piece "A", the large pointy oval is the piece I used to make all of the oranges. They were really simple spheres divided into fourths, but I wanted each orange to be 2" in diameter. This will be important later. So piece "A" is 1.57" across and 3.14" tall with a .25" seam allowance all around. You sew 4 of these together to make your oranges, don't forget to leave room to turn it rightside out and stuff it! I added a little ultrasuede stem bit on top, as well.

Because the oranges are squishy, and I wanted them to fit snugly, I based the "cup" pattern on piece "A". So piece "B" is the cup pattern, you make four for each orange. It is piece "A" cut exactly in half with a .25" seam allowance added.

I'll get to "C" and "D" in a bit. On to the grid!

So this is my grid. This is the piece for the very top of the crate where you fit your cups into. I wanted them spaced evenly, hence the crazy grid. So I said before that I wanted my oranges to be 2" in diameter, and this is why. I wanted the crate (without the wood) to measure 5" x 8" and each orange .5" from the next. You can see where I sketched in one circle for reference. The holes mark the center of each orange as well as where each seam is for both the cups and the orange. I marked these holes on the fabric for reference. This piece also has .25" seam allowance on each side.

As you may have guessed, piece "C" is like a "bird's eye view" of the oranges. It's just a circle with a 2" diameter which I laid on my fabric and traced, using the holes from the grid to line it up. This gave me a sew line when I went to sew in the cups. "D" is another circle but with a 1.5" diameter to allow for seam allowance which I also traced onto the fabric inside of where I traced "C". Then I cut out the fabric from that area, along the "D" line. When you look at your fabric now, you should have six small evenly spaced circles cut out with a circle around those holes (where you had traced "C" before). DO NOT cut along the "C" line! That would leave you with zero seam allowance!

So then you have your six little cups you've made from piece "B" plus this rectangular piece of fabric with holes and markings. Carefully pin each cup into a hole, lining up your seam allowances and the dots (from the grid) with each seam on the cups, right sides together. Sew the cups in. This part is tricky and (for me) slightly scary but it's 100% worth it when you see all your little cups sewn in  Smiley Clip the edge of the circle that you just sewed to make the cups lie flat. Pat yourself on the back and be happy you only have to do that once  Wink

The cups should look like this when sewn together:

In this picture you can see the grid again, plus the pattern pieces for the sides of the foam part that sits inside of the wood. These pieces are 5"x2" and 8"x2" plus .25" seam allowances. Cut out two of each of these plus one more "grid" piece (but don't bother with all of the holes this time, this is for the bottom) out of your fabric. Sew them up to make a nifty fabric box shape with little fabric cups on top  Cheesy Leaving one side open to slip in your foam later.

On to the foam! I used high-density foam, which they sell at Jo-Ann's and other places for upholstery and stuff. Using and electric knife (like you carve a turkey with) cut out a block that is 2" tall, 8" long and 5" wide, like your fabric box. Using your trusty grid, map out all of the holes again and trace on pattern piece "C" again, but DON'T trace "D" this time. Your tracing is done!. Using a combination of the electric knife and a steak knife I carefully carved out those circles into half-spheres that were 1" deep. Don't get too crazy with perfection here. The outer circle is what's important, not a perfect hemisphere. Just make sure the perimeter of the circle is where it should be and it is 1" deep so exactly half your orange will fit in.

Now slip your foam in the hole you left, holes meeting cups, and stitch it up. Stick in your oranges and marvel at the power of math to make things uniform. After your oranges and fabric-covered-block-of-foam-with-cups are done, you need only make a little wooden crate. Mine is scrap wood glued together (to avoid splitting the small wood pieces) with the inside perimeter measuring 5"x8" to fit the foam. I also made it a little taller than 2" because I wanted the fabric-covered-foam to sit down in a bit. Hooray! You're done! Go stick pins in it and show it to everyone you know! Cheesy
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6  Re: SEINFELD SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by shortestkitty on: November 22, 2005 07:27:26 AM
Alrighty, I finally got to my own computer and uploaded my photos! Yay!  Grin
I took a lot of pictures.... and even weeded some out! Still seems like a lot, though... sorry  Undecided And please forgive the tote pics being sideways, apparently I didn't turn them before I uploaded. Kindly tilt you head  Wink

Without further adeu, in larger format, the stuff I sent grannystylee:

The outside of the Festivus in a Box:

The goodies inside including the festivus pole (once a coat hanger), tinsel and Airing of Grienvances cards:

The Manssiere/Bro coinpurse (the other side is the same, but with "Manssiere" in script:

The Kramer tote front and back:

The Kramer tote lining:

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7  Re: SEINFELD SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by shortestkitty on: November 15, 2005 09:14:35 AM
And finally, the Seinfeld goodness sent to me by granny stylee!  Cheesy

A little lined wristlet featuring beads that say "The Vault". I can't wait for someone to say, "Can you carry x for me?" so I can reply "I'm putting it in the vault!"  Cheesy

A wicked awesome shirt, begging people to spare a square for those less fortunate in public restrooms. I love that she even put a little square on it, totally cracks me up. I'm going to get a lot of wear out of this puppy!

Please pardon the blurriness here. The is a handbound journal made from Jerry's book, "Sein Language"! I'd forgotten there was such a thing! It's so cute; I do believe I've found my new knitting journal  Wink I told grannystylee how I wanted to learn bookbinding and she kindly shared the tutorial she's used: http://personal.mem.bellsouth.net/d/r/drv1913/0204.html

And last, but certainly not least, the Kramer clutch! This has to be one of the coolest bags ever made; I'm absolutely in love. If you can't really tell from the pics, it has Kramer in shades all over with the Seinfeld logo on the front, maroon lining and a magnetic closure. I asked grannystylee where she got the fabric and she said it was from a tee shirt she found at a rummage sale a week before the swap ended! What a lucky duck! Or rather, I'm the lucky duck that she found it so she could make me this awesome bag! Sorry, I'm gushing, but this bag is just so cool!  Cheesy

Phew! So that's everything! Thank you again grannystylee for putting together such a rad package and being  fabulous swap partner, I had so much much fun!  Smiley

And thanks to Pink_Dinosaur, too for being the moderator and geeyouknit for proposing the idea (sorry you couldn't participate  Undecided)  Smiley
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8  A Kiss To Build A Dream On in Needlework: Completed Projects by shortestkitty on: August 31, 2005 02:32:01 PM
My boyfriend had his birthday a few weeks ago (near our 1.5 year anniversary) so I embroidered him a pillowcase. The theme is "our song," "A Kiss To Build A Dream On". If you haven't heard this song, go find it now! It's great, but I'm biased  Cheesy I photoshopped a headphone graphic I found online, used the sublime stitching banner and free-handed the cord. I thought it only fitting to add a picture of us smooching, which I also photoshopped and transfered with goof off. Woot.   Smiley Comments/Criticisms/Discussions on Rhode Island, Neither A Road Nor An Island



Song Title (All too fitting in a long-distance relationship!):

Gratuitous Smooch Picture (I messed up a bit with the transfer, oops!  Undecided):

All Together:

In Action!:
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9  Re: Little Stuffies, Bunny, Cat, Bear... in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by shortestkitty on: June 29, 2005 05:30:16 PM
These are all so great!  Cheesy Thanks so much for posting this pattern, it's so fast and fun  Smiley Inspired me to make a little bunny of my own using leftover corderoy and some blue plaid. This was such a blast, I'm totally making more! Hope my friends like stuffed animals  Wink

Here he is living in his green shag carpet medow:

Butt shot to show off the embroidered heart:
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10  Pillowcase Overkill (Image Heavy!) in Needlework: Completed Projects by shortestkitty on: June 22, 2005 09:47:12 AM
So some of my friends from school and I decided a great way to stay crafty and keep in touch this summer is to do a swap. Our theme was "dreams" and because I just learned to embroider I decided to embroider them each a pillowcase. I think the California one might be a bit crowded, but I had a great time making them  Smiley It also gave me a chance to try out the whole iron-on laser print transfer method and to use metallic floss. I got the banners from Sublime.

For my friend from CA. It says “California Dreaming”

Left, a Mola Mola fish, the state w/ her town and the capital and the state flower.

Right, a gold prospector, a grizzly and the flower again.

For my friend who loves Broadway Musicals. “Musical Dreams” with silver floss diamonds on the letters.

The right side, with a hat for Wicked and the Little Women logo.

The left side, featuring Phantom (her fave) and Rent.

The center with Beauty and the Beast.

Definately my largest embroidery undertaking so far! Cheesy Comments appreciated.
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