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61  Lilac Towel Set in Needlework: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: November 22, 2008 06:42:28 PM
My mother-in-law's kitchen has wallpaper with a lilac pattern, so for Christmas, I decided to make her a lilac towel set.

The embroidered towel took about 4 days of on and off stitching and is done in stem stitch, back stitch, colonial knot, and an open lazy daisy stitch. The pattern is vintage - mid-1940s (the transfer came with a Workbasket Magazine from that era).

The huck woven towel took about 45 minutes to do. The pattern is from the May 1954 issue of Workbasket Magazine.

Comments/criticism appreciated, as always!
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62  YWAM towel for S-I-L's Christmas gift... in Needlework: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: November 22, 2008 06:11:53 PM
Long story short, my SIL and her husband do mission work for YWAM. Currently, they are starting a flight school to train missionaries, so that needed medicine, supplies, food, etc. can be dropped/delivered in impoverished areas of the world. Her husband is a pilot and is licensed to teach. The school opens early 2009!

Annnnyway, since the school is their 'baby' and their kitchen is decorated with a flight type of theme (they have airplane drawer pulls and cabinet knobs), I decided to use their flight school logo to embroider a tea towel for their kitchen.

The towel:

I'm debating about filling in the YAFTA letters with satin stitch - they are solid red on the official logo. What do you think?

Comments/criticism appreciated!

(to see their actual logo, you can go here: http://www.ywamaviation.org/pgs/Home.php - wasn't sure about the legality of lifting their pic from the site and posting it here, myself.)
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63  Re: Vintage Apron Swap Round 2: Holiday Style Sign Ups Closed Send by 11/21 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by 85%confusion on: October 31, 2008 05:03:17 AM
Well, I had been planning to sew today, so we'll see how well that works out... I should at the very least be able to get the apron cut out. I could have worked on it last night, but I ended up drinking some Japanese plum wine and playing Scrabble with my husband... I thought the wee bit of alcohol had gotten to me when he woke me up this morning, hallucinating, don't you know... as there he was in full pirate regale, whispering that he had a cup of coffee on the computer desk for me and that he was heading for work. Once the adrenaline rush calmed down I realized that today is Halloween... duh... It is frightening to be awakened from cozy sleep by a pirate with cold hands poking at you.

The cute pirate husband...

I'm not sure why he's biting the cat... But the cat still loves him to pieces.
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64  Re: Zig Zag Pocket Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: October 27, 2008 06:26:01 PM

Is the flowered fabric silk? I think I might have a yard of that in my stash. I was thinking purse.

No, it isn't silk. Just a really nice, crisp synthetic taffeta.

I am goinn to try to modify the pattern to be less deep and maybe put in a large inside pocket. The construction is not really hard, but the lining does have to be handsewn in.

I'm in the middle of making a less deep bag for my step-daughter for Christmas - about three inches shorter in length. I folded up the pattern pieces from the bottom and used my sewing gauge to make sure that each piece (the side and the pocket) was shortened exactly the same amount. The gusset was shortened on both ends by the same amount. The top pieces were left alone, and the strap was shortened to fit my 11 year old's frame, since she is the same height as my step-daughter.

The top looks a bit lumpy - that's just because I still have to sew in the lining and clip out some of the excess stiffener, and clip the curves, etc.

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65  Re: Choc Unan Rd 3 Gallery of Chocolatey Goodness! in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: October 24, 2008 01:39:50 PM
Oh - You all had better be prepared to curb your envy, because I received my package from SeamlessGem today, and it was absolutely perfect in every way. (lots of pics ahead!)

Right out of the box:

This is the most amazing bag ever! Gem fashioned it after a chocolate on my wist. It is the perfect size, and I love the texture of it. Very tactile friendly.

Close up of the detail - reverse applique and satin stitch embroidery...
The bag lining is a gorgeous autumny colored silk with an Asian looking print. (Can you tell I adore this bag?!)

Next up... Chocolate buttons! Aren't they sweet?! And packaged so cute!

Le Sac De Chocolat... Need I say more? The stitching is gorgeous and it was filled with delicious chocolate! I think it will stay on my bed table, to hold a little treat for when I read at night.

And the chocolate... Loads of chocolate... and all of it safe for me! Thank you, Gem, for reading labels. That was so sweet of you! =) We can't wait to try some! (Ok, ignore that the Organic Dominican Republic Plain Chocolate is open... My husband was on his way out the door for work when the package arrived, so I let him taste something before he left for the night!)

Thank you so much, SeamlessGem! I just love everything, and have already transferred my stuff from my old broken strapped bag to my gorgeous, chocolatey one! I can't get over how incredible your work is!
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66  Zig Zag Pocket Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: October 24, 2008 07:05:00 AM
I made this bag for a swap I am in. My partner received today, so it is safe to post. I love this pattern! It is Vogue V8274. The pattern calls for the front pockets to be made from one fabric, but I used two for contrast. The bag went together very easily, but I wasn't 100% pleased with my lining. I had to make some adjustments to that.

Comments/criticism appreciated.

I'm planning to make another for my step-daughter for Christmas, but in her favorite colors (lime green, turquoise, and purple). Believe it or not, I found the most perfect fabric in those colors! Also I'll need to make the next bag smaller to fit her frame.
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67  Re: Tea Towel for your Favorite Holiday :: Signups:10/13-19 :: Sendout 11/22 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by 85%confusion on: October 23, 2008 06:35:59 PM
Ok - I know I'm not part of this swap...

But I intended to be. I just had issues and didn't manage to get my questionnaire sent in on time. ~sigh~

However, I thought you all might like a laugh.

Wanna see my embroidery floss stash?

I keep it in a plastic shopping bag, usually. I dumped the bag onto the coffee table for you.

That pile is about 6 inches deep and about 2' x 2' in size, then there's the box which pretends to be organized...

You probably don't want to see my yarn stash. Organizational tips appreciated!  Grin
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68  unthemed tea towel set in Needlework: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: October 20, 2008 07:01:27 PM
Seeing La La Laurrenn's crafty little snail reminded me that I never got around to posting pictures of some towels I did for a swap...

There was absolutely no theme - I just picked several of my partner's themes of choice and did one for each...

Theme: vintage

Theme: vintage, flowers, monograms, green

Theme: vintage, owl

Thanks for looking! Comments/criticism welcomed...
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69  Re: Set of Tea Towels Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: October 05, 2008 08:42:07 AM
More pics! Sorry - I just had to show how beautiful they are in my kitchen, and how perfectly they coordinate!

The flamingo is the same color as my cookie jar! (don't laugh at my ugly cabinets. I have gorgeous ones picked out, but I need to save more money before I can buy them. My husband and I agreed - NO DEBT - on all our renovations)

I love this towel so much. I think it looks great on the stove! (sorry it's not a great picture. The sunlight was streaming in the window to the right of the stove, which made getting a straight on shot impossible.)

The colors sixblueirises chose match my cookie jar, dishes, curtains, table cloth, and wall paint! Perfect!

Did I mention I love these?

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

*will now shut up*
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70  Re: Set of Tea Towels Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: October 04, 2008 02:54:27 PM
I always feel that what I make is so insignifigant and ugly.

For the record... If I ever see you type something like that again, I'll have to hunt you down and kick your hiney!

Why, might you all ask? Because today I received my towels. This morning (actually, all day) has been a pretty awful day, culminating in my son jumping onto the couch and accidentally kicking my cup of tea, which was heading for my mouth. Now this tea was VERY freshly made and VERY hot, so my face and chest were soaked with boiling water... and I was crying on the bathroom floor because I was burnt and sticky and still had to get ready to go  out with friends tonight and I just don't want to because I'm tired, dang it! I get up at 6 every day to get my kids ready for school and stuff, and then watch a baby in the evenings, sometimes until 1am...

Ok, enough griping...

So bad day. Then I opened my package. AMAZING towels. So perfectly me. So wonderfully coordinated to my kitchen. The stitching is exquisite. I am blown away by how professional these towels look! Sixblueirises is an absolutely fabulous swap partner, and I think I truly got the better end of the deal in this swap!

Take a look:
I folded the towel funny, because it has a designs on opposing corners - I wanted you to see both! I just adore flamingos.

Close up the adorable little guy... Look - even his beak is perfectly colored!

Next (also folded funny so you can see opposing corners)
and a close up...

Waterlilies really are the prettiest flower ever...

I can't even begin to say how delighted I am with these towels! I am utterly spoiled, here!

And let me add... the BACK of the towels looks as good as the front! Seriously, they do. Awesome through and through!


Bad day(scalding x exhaustion + cranky baby to care for) + package from sixblueireses = absolutely wonderful day

Thank you sixblueirises - I LOVE them sooooo much!
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