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1  Baby Dresses for AlwaysInspired! (with links to free patterns used) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by digital misfit on: January 22, 2012 03:09:51 PM
Wow it has been a long time since I posted on Craftster! This is my first post to the children's clothing board, but it will not be my last.  As some of you may know, my bestie, AlwaysInspired is expecting her first baby - a girl - in May.
What is a crafty friend to do but learn to sew baby clothes.
These 3 outfits were created using newborn size free patterns from the web.

First is my favorite, the Infant Peasant Dress new free pattern from Sew Much Ado http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2012/01/infant-peasant-dress-free-pattern-and.html
The fabric is by Prints Charming.  The trim is the cutest teeny wee pompom trim.  Ruffled socks are store bought.

Second is my rocker-baby version of the Itty Bitty Baby Dress from Made By Rae http://www.made-by-rae.com/2008/04/free-itty-bitty-baby-dress-pattern/  I omitted the piping (didn't have any). and added a fun red apron front.  The pants are the Basic Baby Pant from Make Baby Stuff http://www.make-baby-stuff.com/baby-pants-baby-pattern.html  Fabrics are from Michael Miller.

The last one for the day is this fun mod dress and bloomer set, from the Owl Baby Dress by Sew Can Do http://sewcando.blogspot.com/2009/10/little-owl-dress-pattern-is-here.html   I fell in love with the fabric immediately.  Trust me - this one is much more fun in person!  I have not yet sewn on that button, but it is decorative.  The actual neckline closes with either velcro or a snap - I have not decided yet.

I can't wait to sew more baby clothes! I have already bought a couple of adorable patterns from an Etsy seller, and a bunch of fabric to play with!
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2  Re: Huge thread of Shared Patterns and Resources in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by digital misfit on: August 01, 2011 05:18:35 PM
Here is my latest free pattern, offered in 2 versions (regular and PG-13) right in time for back-to-school stitching!

Full size can be downloaded from my blog (in my siggy below)
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3  Re: Huge thread of Shared Patterns and Resources in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by digital misfit on: May 05, 2011 04:25:40 PM
New free embroidery pattern Gnome No Evil.  Full size pattern can be downloaded at my blog http://myhidingplaceincyberspace.blogspot.com

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4  Gnome on a Knoll in Needlework: Completed Projects by digital misfit on: February 01, 2011 08:13:18 AM
This is my gnome on a knoll pincushion.

He is entirely handstitched in eco felt.  The base is about the diameter of a regular soda can, and the tip of his hat almost reaches to the top of the same can, so he is pretty little, as is his mushroom buddy.
 I had originally planned to embroider flowers around the base, but I STILL cannot do a lazy daisy.  So the mushroom border was born (with french knot dots!)

I made up the pattern as I went along.  If I make another gnome knoll, I will tweak him a bit, maybe a bit chubbier.  Not sure yet.

I whipped him up for the One World One Heart blog event on now.
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5  One World mixed media on canvas in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by digital misfit on: February 01, 2011 08:06:46 AM
I painted this Earth Goddess for the One World One Heart blog event (Jan 31 - Feb 17).

She is mostly water soluble crayon, with some colored pencil, graphite pencil, acrylic pearl paint, and ink.  The heart is a collage of bits of a page from a vintage Dutch edition of Jane Eyre.  When I wrapped it on to trim it, I rather liked the way it looked wrapped over the bottom, so I kept it there Tongue

(glare from flash making wooden frame base stand out)

I learned a LOT in the making of this piece.
I learned that acrylic gel medium should NOT be used as a sealant over watercolor crayon.  It ate the paint and it came off in sticky chunks.  I had to scrape off her WHOLE face (and then the rest of her body to match), and repaint it all.  The shading did not turn out as well this second time, but this is still the final result which I am reasonably happy with.
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6  Felt ornaments + more! in Needlework: Completed Projects by digital misfit on: November 29, 2010 12:03:42 PM
I went on a bit of a felt stitching kick and these are the result.
All pieces shown, save for 4 of the birds, will be going to my dear friend AlwaysInspired and members of her family (she has already seen them, so posting is ok)

Ralphie ornament for AI's hubby who is crazy about A Christmas Story.  This one is based on a felt ornie that I Sew Cute has.  Mine is fleece so it was a b*tch to sew (I didn't have any pink felt)

Percy Penguin is for AI's aunt who adores penguins.  This pattern is my own, and I am happy to share it with anybody interested.

Bear is for AI's mom who collects teddys.

The Birds.
One of the ravens is for AI herself.
The nests/branches are accented with seed bead berries and snow.

Grey flower is a ponytail holder for AI's auntie.  based on a design from an etsy seller.
Pirate/Ninja yin yang is my original design and was created for AI herself, who has harnessed her inner ninja and pirate sides Smiley
Bluebird is for AI's little sister who is just a sweetheart.

MOST of the ornies have 2010 embroidered on the back
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7  Gnudist Gnome (caution: naked gnome twig and berries ahead) in Needlework: Completed Projects by digital misfit on: November 17, 2010 09:31:33 AM
My 71 yr old mom insisted on having this gnaked gnome stitched up after she saw a painting of him online.
How could I not comply?

He is stitched on an unbleached cotton-linen tea towel because I thought that made it even funnier.  I opted for redwork to match the striping, and because fleshtone would not have popped against the fabric.

Standard 2strand split stitch for most of it.

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8  Gnome Sweet Gnome in Needlework: Completed Projects by digital misfit on: September 25, 2010 09:52:12 AM
I stitched this piece up for my friend AlwaysInspired.  She is collecting embroidered gnome blocks to make a quilt.

I designed this little scene with Mr Gnome hanging the address sign while Mrs Gnome makes sure it is straight - but neither paid much attention to the ladder! Poor Mr Gnome is holding onto the tree with one hand, and his trusty hammer in the other.
The 605 is AlwaysInspired's home address.

I wound up swearing a bit when it came to the gnome fill stitching - having to change thread color 6 or 7 times to fill an area the size of a quarter makes me growl Tongue  Mr Gnome is approximate 1.5" tall.

I used mostly split stitch, with a fluffy french knot (not pulled tight) for the beard, and some satin stitch for accent bits. 

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9  Re: Huge thread of Shared Patterns and Resources in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by digital misfit on: September 19, 2010 07:00:01 PM

Sadie Skunk, sister to the above posted Foxy Felix now available for download (PDF) on my blog

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10  Dance in the Rain in Needlework: Completed Projects by digital misfit on: September 17, 2010 12:23:51 PM

I designed this piece for a new friend who wanted an umbrella theme.
I was inspired by a photograph of a girl jumping, and by the quote "Life is not about surviving the storm, but about learning to dance in the rain"

The background fabric (and swatch used for puddle) were provided by my partner.  This particular shade of blue chambray was a huge pain - none of my transfer paper or pencil colors would show up on it.  Eventually I caved in and used a fine point permanent marker pen with the fabric taped up on a sunny window.
The raindrops and water splash are satin stitched in the same colors as the puddle fabric.

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