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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Felt Christmas Pins on: December 04, 2008 10:06:11 AM
Every year my mom, her best friend and I go on an all day shopping spree at the local mall for Christmas.  As part of the tradition we wear a new Christmas pin ever year. Sometimes my mother has made them, and other times they have been bought. This year mom and I made them together. We wanted to make something with supplies that I have in house.

We wanted to make something that meant something and we finally found the perfect thing.  We decided to make the ornaments from our advent calendar into pins.  We used the original advent calendar Vogue pattern from the early 80's. My mom and her friend had each made this calendar when I was very little and I grew up using this calendar.  And, now my girls use it.  We choose 8 of our favorite ornaments and to spice them up from the originals, we did hand embroidery stitches and added seed beads to sparkle them up. I'm sooo pleased with how these turned out. They were so much fun to make.

Here is the original advent calendar and pattern.
As always... there is more info about this in my blog.  Grin

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My First Spinning Wheel Arrived!!! - Ashford Kiwi - lots of pics on: February 28, 2008 09:51:44 AM
I've been wanting a spinning wheel for months.  Finally, for my birthday I got one.  I never buy myself such a huge birthday present... but I really wanted one and the timing was right.  I bought it off ebay (before the boycot) and it arrived really fast.  It also came with a few extras including a niddy noddy, maintenance kit, and 4oz of wool roving.  I knew that I wanted it to have a teal wheel.  And, the moment I saw the adorable Kiwi bird on the treadle I knew he needed to be teal as well. Below are pics of it arriving and the finishing process.  I've been spinning on it almost nonstop (well.... every spare minute I've had anyways) since I received it this last Friday.  This is my first spinning wheel and my first time spinning on a wheel.  Here is my overall opinion:  I love it!!!  it spins really smooth and quiet.  It came with a very very basic pictorial instruction pamphlet, but I managed to figure it out quickly enough.  I'm still working on getting my yarn even, buy overall I'm very happy with the wheel.  It's affordable and very well made.   I love it's size.  It's nice and small.  I can tuck it behind the sofa or next to the wall without it being in the way.  I also love the upright style of it.   I can't wait until Fiber Friday to post my new yarns.  Until then though, I will post a picture of the first yarn I made with my wheel.  I posted more about it on my blog. 

Wheel arrival and un-boxing.

Finished wheel - Love It!!!

Close up the cute Kiwi bird.

First yarn off the wheel.  Wool dyed with kool aid in bright blue, lime green, and yellow.  I plied this with a natural wool single spun yarn.  I have three skeins of this stuff.  Approx. 40 yrds each skein.  I'm not sure what I'll be doing with it yet.  But, I sure do love how it turned out.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Valentine Hoodie Cuties on: February 14, 2008 04:26:40 PM
For Valentines Day I decided to make some pullover hoodies for my daughters.  My oldest picked out the fleece she wanted and one that she thought her sister would like.  I didn't have a pattern for a hoodie at home (amazing considering the 20 some kids patterns that I have).  And, of course they weren't on sale.  So, I settled on a See&Sew pattern #4894.  It's a zip front hoodie pattern.  I altered it to be a pullover style and added a front pouch pocket.  I cut the size 5 which was huge.  It' fits both my 4 year old and my 7 year old with plenty of room to grow.  Here are pics of them opening up their packages this morning and wearing their new hoodies.

This bottom one shows the felt sugar cookies that I also gave my girls.  They got 3 cookies each.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fabulously Fun Felt Foods - Tons!!! - New Items 1-4-09 & Tuts!! on: January 25, 2008 07:35:48 PM
So... A few months ago I discovered children's felt play food here on crafster.  I was instantly addicted.  I made a few pieces in November, thinking I would give my girls an entire supermarket full of food for Christmas.  Well... as December came around I found myself extremely busy with other things and I didn't get a chance to finish these.Then, this week  I decided to give the foods that I had made to my girls and see if they liked them enough for me to make more.  Indeed they did!!!  They immediately went about taking orders from whoever may be in the house at that moment.  They also started to list off more things that I just Had to make.  Over the past week I've added lots of fruit, veggies, breads and bags to store it all in.  I still have a list as long as my arm of items to make. 

I won't bore you with the long list of items.  But, they are all pictured here.  My favorites are the beaded strawberries, kiwis, lettuce and bags of chips.  I had sooo much fun making these and I'm sure there will be lots more in the future.  I did make 8 lunch sac style bags to hold everything in.  I cut out colorfull squares of felt and free cut out the letters.  I then used my free motion foot on my machine to stitch them down. 

I've added some tuts below the pictures so you can try making some too!

As always, there are more pics on my blog.

Chips, Tea Bags, Fruit:

Edit:  Better Pictures and New Foods!!  (older pics still on blog)

Newest Items!

Orange, Apple, Eggplant, Bell Pepper, Corn on the cob with removable husks, Mushrooms, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Whole fish, Fish filet (raw on one side and grilled on the other), and Waffle.

Cinnamon Currio sticks, Whole Pear, Meat loaf with gravy, Baked / Mashed Potato (skin comes off), Turkey and Roastbeef lunch meats, and Crackers with cheese.

Lemon & Lime on top and Tomatto and Onion on bottom (onion still needs its little hairs on top)

Egg Evolution and finished eggs on bottom.  It took multipal tries to figure out a egg pattern. You can see from the pic just how many it took.

New "Infinity Bread"  This thing is sooo cool!!  It can be a Gyro (did I spell that right?), Crepe, Tortilla Shell, Pita Pocket, Pizza Crust... and anything else you may think of.  It can bend and hold it's shape.

Fruit Snacks & Sugar Cookies

Quesadilla & Pasta w/  Meatballs

Fruits & Veggies

Breakfast Pancakes, Eggs, & Bacon

Lunch Meat Sandwich


General Directions for all foods:

I used my machine for about 75% of all the sewing.  Detail stitching was done with embroidery floss.  I used stuffing a few pieces and some thin quilt batting in things like, peanut butter & jelly blobs, bread (stacked a few layers) spaghetti sauce, pancakes, etc.
For the circles, I used a mason jar lid, small plate, small bowls.... things like that.  And all non circled shapes were just free drawn into the desired shapes.

Bread: The bread is just two cream colored bread shapes.  Then I cut 1.5 stripes of lt brown for the crust.  I then sewed down the strip on one side of the bread, then attached the other side leaving a space for turning. (I left about 4 open so I could lay in batting) I then layed in about 4 thin layers of batting to make them full and hand stitched the opening closed.

Infinity Bread:  I've decided to keep this one a mystery for the time being. 

Meatballs & Hamburger Patti:  Two brown circles sewn together and stuffed to desired shape.  I added some fabric paint to add detail.  (grill marks on patti and splotches on meatballs)

Bacon:  Layer three free form cut pieces of felt into bacon shapes. (2 brown, 1 lt brown)  Stitch fat blobs in center of bacon.  Cut out just the top layer of felt to reveal lt. Brown fat underneath. 

Eggs:  Cut two free form white egg shapes.  Cut one yellow circle.  Attach yolk to one white egg shape and stuff the yolk full.  Attach both egg whites together.

Bow Tie Noodles:  I cut 1 wide strips of felt then used my pinking sheers to cut them down to 1 x 1.5 rectangles.  Then I gathered the centers and ran them through my sewing machine 

Flat Stuff Including:  Lunch Meat, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles, Bananas, Pepperoni Pancakes, Butter, Tea Bags, Cookies, Chips, Sauces.... For these I cut out 2 layers of felt in the correct shape of that food.  For most of these I just used a fancy stitch on my machine (you could also use a zig zag) and stitched the two layers together.  Some needed additional detail stitching inside the piece.  The tomatoes and pickles I sewed the two layers together (leaving a small opening) and then turned them right side out.  Then I top stitched and did the detail stitching.  The pancakes, butter, and tea bags have one layer of batting inside.  Sauces are layered pieces of felt free stitched together.

Quesadilla: Three large circles (two cream one orange). I layed them on top of each other.  Then used my rotary cutter to slice it into pieces (this was not measured, just cut.  Just like we do with a real one) Stitch pieces together.

Cucumbers were just two green circles and two smaller cream circles all sewn together and detail stitched.

Onion slices:  For these I cut out two large circles (maybe 5-6 round) and I cut the circles in half.  I then started sewing a kinda rainbow (kinda hard to describe) so that I could cut the pieces apart to make it look like a sliced onion.

Kiwis, Lemons & Limes, were one circle folded in half.  These have a bit of stuffing in them and were stitched closed.  I detail stitched where necessary.  The kiwis have an extra cream circle in the center and I added black seed beads as the seeds.

Apples & Oranges: These are made with two pieces.  The top flesh part  was a circle cut from a mason jar lid.  The rind was a pointed oval (kinda hard to describe)  I used the machine to attach the pieces.  I won't do that next time as I think it distorted the shape.  I'll hand stitch them.  I used embroidery floss on the details in the center.

Strawberries: Cut out circles then cut the circles in half.  I machine stitched the flat side together to make a cone.  I stuffed the insides with fabric scraps and gathered up the top.  I then used green yarn as the stem and attached it to a green square piece of felt.  Then I stitched freehand the green square to the gathered top.  After it was secure I cut off the access green felt into a wavy circle.  Then I stitched on the yellow seed beads.

Carrots:  For baby carrots cut two free form ovals (the more uneven the oval the better)  Sew ovals together leaving an opening.  Turn, stuff, hand stitch closed.  For whole carrots, cut a triangle and stitch up side.  Stuff and free stitch some green on top.

Needle felted items:

The grapes were needle felted into shape.  I then took a piece of hand spun yarn (any chunky yarn would do) and knotted up the yarn a bit then sewed the grapes onto the yarn.

The cherries were needle felted circles.  It then used brown embroidery floss that I pulled through the whole cherry and then knotted up the stem.

The fruit snacks were needle felted into oval shapes and I made them felt bags.  The wool I used I had dyed using kool aid.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Daddy's Fingerless Gloves - Tut Included!! on: November 25, 2007 10:26:23 AM
I needed a quick gift for my fathers birthday.  I didn't have much time, so I decided to make him some fingerless gloves.  I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky Weight yarn.  They knitted up in just a couple of hours and that included me ripping them out in a few places. Overall, I am very please with how they turned out.  They are so soft and warm.    I knitted these up like socks in the round.  With the cuff being a K2 P2 ribbing and then knitting all stitches up the hand.  This would be a fairly easy project for someone wanting a quick knitting project in the round.  Also, these are unisex.  They fit my hubby's hands as well as mine.  Smiley

I've put full instructions here: http://alltwistedup.blogspot.com/
Please note that this pattern is for personal use only. 
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Dremel Powered Spindle Spinning Wheel W/ Start Of Yarn on: October 01, 2007 11:31:53 AM
So.. I've been lurking in the spinning area for a while drooling over all the gorgeous yarns that I've been seeing.  This is my first post.  I've been wanting to spin my own for some time now. So, I decided to try drop spinning first to see if I like it.  I made my own drop spindle and started to spin yarn.  My hubby was watching the process and mentioned that I would get tired of it really fast.  (he knows that I'm the type of person that needs things to go more quickly) And, I had a hard time keeping the spindle spinning while learning to draft at the same time. So, he made me a dremel powered spindle spinning wheel!!    It still needs some tweaking, but today I made my some yarn!! I'm so excited about this spindle.  It's making beautiful yarn and much quicker that doing it with a drop spindle.   I'll post more pics of the yarn after I finish it.  I still have a lot more to make.  I'm so excited and happy!!!  Anyways... on to the pictures. 

So pretty!!  I can't wait to see it all done.  I'm thinking I'm going to make a headband, or some short fingerless gloves.

Two wheels were used to slow down the dremel power.  It was way to fast.

The dremel is plugged into a power strip so I can turn the dremel on and off easily.  (I'm pretty clumsy and get flustered when it gets going to fast, so a button to turn it on and off is much easier)

** I hope I've put this in the right place. It's not technically a finished project yet, and I thought I might do up a tut on making one if anyone is interested.

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