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151  Re: Midsummer Masquerade!!! Invite your partner swap round 9! send by 7-18 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by pseudo_pix on: July 08, 2008 09:49:38 AM
Damn, now i feel like a complete runner up in the "accident" area. I had planned to send out today, and as I wrote, it wouldn't happen if something unplanned turned up. And surprise something unplanned turned up. My mothers oldest sister got test results back today and unfortunately she tested positive for breast cancer. So we had a ton of stuff to take care of so she can go into surgery on Thursday. I.e. I did not get the package shipped off. Though we got everything taken care of today which means I'll be sending tomorrow.

So I'll just post a little teaser (I never found a plastic jar for the jar of whimsies, so it became a bag of whimsies) - and I DID notice and correct the missing h Tongue I just did it after the picture was taken.

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152  Re: Midsummer Masquerade!!! Invite your partner swap round 9! send by 7-18 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by pseudo_pix on: June 25, 2008 12:53:35 AM
I'm super duper excited PSEUDO! CONGRATS! I'm soo excited to send to you and amy.


Yay ^^ good! It's such a pretty bag - my bf actually likes it Shocked The fabric is soooo nice ^^ AND thanks! I've grown to be so proud of my self! Tongue I did it in only two years ^^
And I have the average to get into every higher education if I wanted to Cheesy (Our educational systems admittance for university level is based on the average of ones grades) therefore I'm trying out for the schools that requires nothing of such stuff hehe (ie the creative, such as design school and architecture school)

What in the world is a student hat??? I am sort of confused.

Well, let me explain then. A student hat you get when you finish a high school level education (we have several that qualifies as such). The tradition is quite old, a couple of houndred years if not more. The basic design is the same but there is small difference in the hats for each of the different educations. Fx a regular high school has the red ribbon and the international business school has a ribbon with a ton of flags on. Pic of the classic hat:

(I apparently can't find any words in neither Danish nor English, so sorry for the language! o.O I might be a little tired still)
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153  My big medieval brading adventure part one *IMG obese* in Completed Projects by pseudo_pix on: June 22, 2008 06:43:26 AM
(I'm not sure where to put this entry, so just move it if I overlooked the proper forum!)

I've been working on braids from a 15th century manuscript, currently stored in The British Library. The British Library Manuscript Harley 2320 part 4 is a small parchment book with instructions to about 40 different braids. Some can be made by one person and others require a partner. All braids here are made with a smooth very cheap yarn as I wanted to try all the braids out before going out to buy silk - which they originally is made from. Here in Denmark this kind of braiding is called slendring.

This part 1 is braids and laces for one person. First is a collected overview of the different kinds. Further down is comment for each of the braids:

These first two are braided in the same way. It is supposed to be in one colour but I tried out making it with two colours as well. This braid is particularly nice for lacing in dresses and such because is half circle shaped: Flat on one side and round on the other.

This too is the same braid, a very common one here in Denmark. It's made a bit differently than the normal method of slendring, but the result is the same.

Here is a mixture of four different braids. The first is a version of the braid above. The second is a little slimmer than the others and looks a lot like a braid made with what is called slyngstokke in Danish, I don't know the English term I'm afraid (pic here: http://www.uldogvaev.dk/Graphics/Products/109.jpg). The third is a mixture of two braids. The first is the one on the picture above and the second is the braid parted in two, making two little braids.

Now I go on to the more extravagant braids.
The first two are the same broad lace but one made with single colour and the other bi colour. The third, which is on both the left and right picture, is a hollow thick lace. On the far right is a version of the middle braid on above picture, the colour is split all the way down.

Here is a broader version of a braid, and the same braid parted in two - making it look like buttonhole lace. In the middle is two different kind of laces in the same string. The upper is flat with split colour and the lower in principle the same braid just made round. On the right is one of the cutest braids in my opinion.

Here are three different kinds of broad laces with different patterns. The first two, on the same string, is two versions of the same braid. The second string is yet a broader one.

And now the thick round braids. The first one is very sweet and very elastic. The second and the third are versions of this. The second seems very bulky. The fourth braid is actually two smaller braids twisted into each other. There is a small room between the two and they then meet.

And the more lacelike braids. The first has a strong braid on one side and a looser shell like on the other. The second lace is a variation of the first. The third is very elastic. All the white strings lie inside covered by the blue. When this is made you need a swivel because the braid twists a lot. It is quite difficult to make as the tightness is very easily messed up.

And to the grand finally!
My very own (accidental) version of one of the broad laces. This shows how easy it is to change the pattern. I only picked up a loop up differently than the instructions said and I ended up with this neat pattern:

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154  Medieval fighting dress *VERY IMG HEAVY* in Costumes: Completed Projects by pseudo_pix on: June 09, 2008 02:58:31 PM
I got an order in from a friend a little while ago that was a bit out of the ordinary. I often make medieval dresses for both women and men, but not very often do I get to make a fighting dress.

The purpose of the dress is to secure mobility while fighting with swords, as for training and shows.

The basic pattern is that of Herjolfnes dating from around 14th and 15th century (depending on item) - but to make sure no excess fabric will get in her way we fitted it to her. Dating it to around 1450-1500 which is the period of her medieval association. Hidden stitches is made on machine but everything besides that is hand sown (which is actually a lot of handsowing! Wink ).

Here a link to a simple linedrawing of the pattern:

We used a painting as source for the slits. When I find the link I'll post it here. But right now I seem to have lost it!

I made this undergarment back in the fall for her. FYI there is 64 lacingholes on this garment all sown by hand (and I still love making them - how insane it that Tongue)
Here from the side:

And the front - showing a bit of the width (approx. 360 cm = 142in):

Closeup of sleeve and the lacing on the sleeve:

Fighting dress
Here is the actual fighting dress. What makes it a fighting dress is the slit on each side, making it possible to take a very large step or make a high kick. The width of this dress is smaller than the undergarment because it would otherwise be likely for it to get in the way of fighting.

From the side:

From the back:

Fit on the front:

Lacing detail on back (42 lacing holes in total):

And some action shots of her with her blade and helmet:
Notice how perfectly angled this is - you can't see the blade! This is the most awesome picture ever!

.....Thank you so much Oliver (the lovely bf) for all the really neat photos!
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155  Re: Apples and Strawberries in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by pseudo_pix on: May 27, 2008 09:04:19 AM
Now I have a question about the whole double needle thing since we are talking about it.  My machine (a cheap brother xl-5340) came with a twin (i call them double) needle but no instuctions on how to use.  it just says i can.  Can someone explain how this would work and when you would use it (besides on this shirt).  Sorry, I am still teaching myself to sew and would appreciate any help on this.  Normally i would ask my mom but i don't recall ever  seeing her sew with more than one needle except on  her embroidery machine.  and where (if you use one) does the extra spool of thread go?

A little tutorial (and I apologize for my lack of English sewing terminology!!). I've used three different kind of colour to make it easier to distinguish the different seams. I couldn't find my stretch twin needle, so you have to do with a regular one. But the principle is the same!

Here is my old old old seventies coloured sewingmachine and the twin needle:

As you can see on the last picture, the needle head is shaped like a circle but with a flat side to it. The flat side, as on every other kind of sewing machine needle, is placed away from you.

The twin needle has only one part that goes into the "needleholder" just as any other needle:

On your machine there should be an extra spool holder, but if not, you can alway use a little understitching case. Here is a picture of my machine with two spool holders:

Then you quite simply thread as you would do with only one spool. Me holding the two threads:

When you get to the needle you simply thread each pinhole:

Here is pictures of the seam:
Front of seam: Back of seam:

When you have sewn all you want to sew, you cut off the excess fabric. If you are working with stretch fabric you will find the little snip of fabric will curl up and look even better than my hem.

I hope this is enough for you to try it out, supermedic!

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156  Re: Juno Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pseudo_pix on: May 26, 2008 06:22:01 AM
OMG what a wonderful package to receive!
Item list:
Large: Bag
Medium: record bowl
Medium: box
Medium (non-crafted): Juno Soundtrack
Small: 2 sets of earrings
Small: a bracelet

It was so nice getting this package, because as you can expect in swap, you get things you didn't new you needed/or just needed and never got around to do anything about it.

The bag is really cute and the lining with little robots is totally boss (it turned out really nice, April, eventhough you don't sound too sure of it Wink )
The bowl is really nice too - now I finally have something to all the little things that terrorize my crafting desk!
The box is reaaally adorable. I really like the choice of paper and picture on it. And what makes it even better is that I needed such a little box with a mirror ^^
As for the content of the box - yay I had my ears pierced a couple of month ago, so I can finally change the boring ones into Juno jewelry!

The last part of the package, the soundtrack really shows what a great swap-partner Inspector Luv is! We talked a bit before starting crafting and I talked about the disadvantages of living in Denmark (compared to the movie/music part of American culture). The movie has just come out or is about to and the soundtrack wont come out at all.

The bag:

Lining of bag:

The goodies that was inside the bag:

The bowl:

The box:

Indside of the box:

Here is the jewelry that was in the little green package in the box:


And the last, and at least as good part of the package:
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157  Lancier dress *Very IMG heavy* in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by pseudo_pix on: March 26, 2008 12:36:46 PM
So In all my school stress I said I'd make my kid sisters lancier dress - or what is equivalent to a prom dress. Here in Denmark it's custom to dance lancier when finishing high school and it's on this occasion everybody dresses up in beautiful dresses and suites.

It's made in a light spring green woven with gold, giving the shining effect (which made all the difference). The tulle is salmon coloured bridal tulle in two layers, making it only light red. The zipper is hidden in the seam on the back. I sew a small jewelery chain on the front to support the dress a bit (mostly for her to feel safe dancing around): lancier involves a lot a twirling!
She found a shawl and made the bows on the shoes herself. The original pattern was a McCall pattern which I don't have anymore and unfortunately I can't find a link to the pattern either - sorry! But anyway, we changed many small things. Most important we fitted it so the dress didn't need boning.

The dress:


Pics from dancing lancier:

And last a group picture:

I'm pretty happy with the result and she turned into a little space hopper. But what do you guys think? Comments appreciated!

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158  Felted apples in Winter Holidays by pseudo_pix on: December 23, 2007 08:04:49 AM
A present I just finished and wrapped - ready to put under the tree for my boyfriends grandmother. Never really felted before, but quite fun actually^^ ...and first holidayoccationsthingy posted on craftster.

The whole thing:

And ze applees:

And wrapped:

Thanks for looking
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159  red cros-opening jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by pseudo_pix on: November 29, 2007 09:36:57 AM
Yes. My first clothing picture on craftster, so why not post a jacket I've loved (and worn) almost to pieces. It's made out of red baby velvet and striped cotton as lining.
It was made from scratch, and quite difficult to figure out what to do with the lining when the closing what that different than what I normally do.
Normally I do jackets from my own design but this one was designed by a friend - who I unfortunately don't have contact with anymore.


The lining:

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