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31  Re: Baby Blanket in Knitalongs by Aislynn on: November 02, 2008 02:41:32 PM
I cast on my 5th (and last) Bobbles yesterday, though I'm not very far along with it.  I need to get jumping on the blue squares, as I have 3 left.  Here's a finished Bobbles:

And here's where I am with the last one:

It's Caron Simply Soft, not sure if I said that, before.  This actually started out as a striped garter st. blanket, but I was about to claw my eyes out after the second stripe.  I'd just finished one of those for a co-worker, and all that knit stitch was driving me mad.  I need to learn Continental.  I think that'd make it a lot more bearable.  So, anyway, I'd been knitting a dishcloth for a swap, and it was so easy and fun (it was the cabled owl pattern, knit on the bias), I got the idea to do this, so I frogged the stripes, or rather DH did, and here we are!
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32  Belle in Halloween Costumes by Aislynn on: November 02, 2008 02:18:30 PM
This is my first challenge entry!  The costume isn't entirely complete, either, as our plans got canceled, and we didn't get to dress up, but it was all but hemmed, I figured I'd post it, anyway!  The top uses this pattern: http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5039.htm??tab=dresses&page=6, subbing elastic and bias tape for their hem finishes, but I did the bottom without a pattern...it's just two skirts, one slightly longer than the other, and then it's pinned up in the seams of the top skirt.  Hope you like it!

(Oh, in case you're curious: it's made out of 5 yds. of rayon challis, and that bit of white at the bottom is my tiered twirly skirt, which I used as a petticoat for a bit of poof)
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33  Angel wings in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by Aislynn on: November 02, 2008 01:40:31 PM
A friend of mine commissioned two pairs of wings for a costumed charity event she attended this weekend with a friend of hers.  They went as angels, and while I don't have pics of their whole costumes (which I didn't make) I do have pictures of the wings.  The black pair is my favorite, of the two.

And, because the white (clear, iridescent) pair doesn't actually look pink, in real life, only when they're over white and being photographed, I took a picture of the two together, this is much more accurate to what the color on the second pair looks like when they're worn:

They're made out of 14 gauge galvanized steel, wrapped in brown floral tape (for both) vinyl (black and clear, respectively) and cellophane (clear and iridescent, respectively), along with a healthy dose of heat and fire to give the edges a nifty, organic sort of look.  Thanks for looking!  Feedback is always appreciated!
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34  A girly apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Aislynn on: October 11, 2008 02:09:17 PM
This is just a simple half-circle apron made out of a dragonfly print 100% cotton, hemmed with white piping.  I had the fabric, wanted an apron, had a day, and there you go!  Very easy, but it was my first time using piping, and I'm proud of it.

And so you can see the shape, and how the drape was accomplished:
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35  Re: The Labyrinth Movie Swap 2 in The Swap Gallery by Aislynn on: September 07, 2008 06:12:25 PM
My awesome package from Crafter21!!!

The nifty tee that she freehanded Jareth on.

Sarah's lipstick arrow cufflinks (DH loves these!)

A crocheted clutch that's lined with red and white striped fabric.

And finally, a Labyrinth style necklace, inspired by one from my Wist!  The clock at the bottom has 13 hours!

Too awesome, thanks so much!
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36  Re: Fairy Wings with Corset/Harness? in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by Aislynn on: July 22, 2008 11:05:49 AM
Aha!  That's because no one ever shows you what that piece looks like...it's always tucked into something!  Here's ones that I've made: 

where you can see the part that slips down.  These were intended to be laced into a corset, as the corset's being put on.  This is not, turns out, the best way to do it.  This is also a prettier version than what most folks do, because I wanted them to be able to be worn with straps, outside of clothes, as well.  Usually, what you'll see is just a U-shape (or a like this: l_l flattened and squared out on the bottom) that's just narrower than your average person's shoulderblades, or as wide as the bar that connects your wings together, and all it does is slip down into a tightly laced corset (snug, not constricting), and you're good to go.  If you wanted to add some more security, you could always add an elastic belt, one side attached to one leg of the U and the other side attached to the other.

Just a tip:  when I design my wings, I like to make sure whatever pieces are holding the two sides together, and if there's a piece being integrated into clothing, that those wires are also extending out into the wing itself, and not just tacked on after the wings are constructed.  It can make your designs a little harder to execute, but it's definitely worth it in the finished product.  Good luck!
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37  Re: Is this fair? in Get Product and Website Opinions by Aislynn on: July 16, 2008 07:21:35 PM
Heh...I actually got a chance to talk to her (instead of a friend who was acting as middle-man, and who was completely confused as to the actual idea) and we determined that at another one in the future, we're going to share a booth, and she's going to walk me through it.  I am much more comfy with that arrangement.  Plus now I'm all excited about the thought!  And I actually have time to make an inventory.  Here are a few examples:

Such professional pictures, I know...  Wink
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38  Re: The Pick-n-Choose Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Aislynn on: June 25, 2008 07:19:56 PM
Okay folks!  Get those wisting buttons ready!  Here's the lovely package I received from Crafter21:

First, a group shot:

My first theme:  paisley

She sent a fantastic little bag with a pincushion and a gorgeous needlebook (which was her first time embroidering--she did a stellar job!!!)

My second theme:  nature

She sent a beautiful nest bowl, and a lovely branch necklace (how did she know I love rose quartz?!)  She also sent a beautiful hand painted journal, which is in another picture.

Closeup of the necklace:

My third theme:  cherries

She sent...and how funny is this...cherry dishtowels, a cherry apron, a cherry candle, and a cute cherry switchplate cover (funny because remember the retro print apron, and embroidered dishtowels I sent for her retro themed kitchen?!--great minds think alike!)

My fourth theme:  fairytales

Her boyfriend helped her to make a beautiful printed tote with my favorite Disney princess on it!  She also included a cute postcard, a great holographic mousepad, and a Belle figurine (must be nice living so close to Disney World!)

And my fifth theme:  fantasy

For which she sent a domino mask (also a love; how did she know?!), a wire-wrapped tiara, and a beaded bracelet--which I suppose you can see in the group shot, as it's apparently not in this picture.   Undecided  And finally, the item that made me actually come to tears:  a collaged? version of my absolute favorite wedding picture and a screenshot of the Final Fantasy movie, so that it looks as though Vincent is marrying us!!!!  Seriously, tears, here guys.  It's beautiful, and so personal, and just unbelievably touching.  You can also see the lovely journal that she painted (and embossed with my name on the inside front page).

Oh, and I forgot, because DH has already stolen them! some beautiful handmade stickers...seriously, these things look professional, I have no idea how she did it, but they're gorgeous glittery fairies, and she macramed him a bracelet (that fits!  It's amazing!), and made him a dice bag.  Was I spoiled or what?!  Everything she sent is so beautiful, and already has found a loving place in our home.
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39  2 skirts + 2 dresses Edit: W/ pics and video from the show! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Aislynn on: June 08, 2008 05:21:32 PM
Hello there!  Here are a few things I've been working on lately.

The first is a tiered twirly skirt for a belly dance performance we've got coming up next week:

The second is a tiered twirly skirt I made for a friend for the same performance.  She didn't want hers as full:

This is a dress I made using Lamby's tutorial, but I left out the zipper:

And this is a dress made by modifying that tutorial to give it an empire waist and a different bust:

Enjoy!  Comments are always welcome!

Edit:  http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2007/05/patchwork-circle-skirt.html
This is the tutorial I used to create the two tiered skirts.  I just left out the patchwork part, and used solid rectangles in the lengths that I needed.  The copper one took roughly 5 yds. of material, and the finished hem is 10 yds. long, and the white one took 8 yds with a 15 yd. finished hem.  The top tier on the white one is constructed like a very short circle skirt, to give maximum twirl while dancing.

Check out this link to see a video of our skirts in action!  http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=36185274
It's small, and blurry, but when we do the freestyle at mid-point, you can see the movement of both skirts really well!

And here's a pic of the two of us together afterward: 

And one of Nancy dancing!:

Oh, I made my top, too!
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40  Re: April Crafting Brings May FLOWERS Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Aislynn on: May 23, 2008 04:31:25 PM
Here we go!  This is the lovely package I received from Mamarose22:

Group shot

Lovely crocheted daffodils which blow my mind!

A felt-flower pencil, and a crocheted pin

Potted button flowers (DH swears a person couldn't have actually made this...silly boy)

And finally, a beautiful scissor holder (which is something I actually needed, and never knew it!  I can't ever keep track of my scissors!)

And that's it.  Everything is so beautiful, and I feel so spoiled!  Thank you, so much, Mamarose!
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