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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / the one small thing i did: on: April 24, 2010 02:46:48 PM
some close friends of mine and my husband's were married last week, and the one thing the bride asked me to do was make her veil. she purchased the material and gave me very vague instructions, but i think i did a pretty good job.

the veil is floor-length chiffon, the hem is hand-sewn with a herringbone stitch, and the top is gathered and attached to a bracelet that was a gift for her wedding. you can see the bracelet here:

all in all, it was a beautiful spring wedding, and i was so glad i got to contribute at least a little. Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / the ambitious mermaid. on: April 24, 2010 02:03:35 PM
i was recently in the EEPP swap, here on craftster, and this is the peice i made for the swap...

my partner, sevsonlygirl, mentioned that she liked mermaid and sealife embroidery, so i took a coloring page i've been saving for a while and ran with it.
i was two weeks late sending, and definitely under-estimated the amount of time it would take. this took AT LEAST 30 hours, spread out over several weeks, but i didn't keep track of the time. i used satin stitch, back stitch, stem stich, french knot, and a variation of the scallop stitch.

as much work as i put into this girl, my favorite part is the fin, which was the easiest and quickest part, is that funny or what?

i think the french knots were my favorite part to work, even though they're itty bitty. i used 3 strands, and only wrapped the needle once for each knot.

and in this image you can see the scallops for the scales of the tail, and the stem stitch for the hair.

my husband keeps telling me i'm too ambitious for these swaps, and i think he's right. i've only been embroidering for a couple months, but i just have the mindset that i can do anything i set my mind to; it worked out for me this time. Wink

thanks for looking!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 48 ENTRIES / my little ole grannies on: March 07, 2010 03:35:32 PM

i've only been crocheting for a few days, but i think granny squares are pretty self-explanatory. Smiley
these were crocheted on a #3 hook with dmc floss, just to see if i could. so, it is possible (even for a noob) and i love how the floss gives them a little shine.

the floss colors are:
blues-32 & 3750
green-3347 & 890
purple-3836 & 154

thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / tees+paint=practicing my skills on: June 03, 2009 11:23:46 AM
here are a couple tees i made last summer for some friends, they are both acrylic (plus textile medium) on some plain 100% cotton tees...totally had a blast making them.

this one was a quick project, cuz she was leaving to go home the next day, so i put the creative juices into overdrive. stayed up late to finish it, but it was definitely less than 10 hours total...
it's her nickname with a tree, drew inspiration from a pic i took of the shadow of a tree...strange, huh?

this monster took about two weeks, off and on, because i was being a perfectionist....
i took forever on the design, kept redrafting/drawing with a fabric pen before i put any paint on the shirt...
not sure how long it took to actually paint, i kept working in small amounts and changed the design continually.

thanks for looking, lemme know whatcha think!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / first ring sling on: May 25, 2009 04:48:38 PM
i used the tut on http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/sling.html, she's very particular about fabric choice and rings, especially for safety, so i'm not too nervous about how it holds up. my rings are from home depot (a little small, but they're 200lb tested)..

should have chosen a different color material, i know, but i'm thinking i may tie-dye it. Cheesy
it seems a bit small when i put it on, i'm thinking it could be a number of things:
38 weeks pregnant
is thick twill material
may loosen up after washing

anyway, it was a simple project and i'm proud of the results, would love to do another one.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / $3 jordy on: May 22, 2009 03:08:49 PM
this is my first post, and my first completed project with my sewing machine.
i've been haunting craftster for a while, and just decided i'd give the jordy bag a try

the three materials were all only $1 for 18x21" peices...so i thought, what the heck...
i'm definitely happy with how it came out, but will probably give it away and try a pocket on the next one. Smiley
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