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751  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Dogwood Blossoms on: July 18, 2008 02:35:48 PM
Thanks, everyone! I'm finding embroidery to be addictive... something I can do with my husband while he's watching a movie. I was having a wicked hard time with French knots in the flower centers, so I ended up using a colonial knot instead. Worked much better, is sturdier, and is very consistently sized.
752  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Twirly twirl :) on: July 18, 2008 02:31:54 PM
How sweet. Love the fabrics you chose.

753  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap (Sign ups 7/13-7/27, Send by 8/25) on: July 18, 2008 02:13:31 PM
Ooh, ooh! I want to do this swap. Just sent in my information. Puh-leeeease take me!

I collect vintage patterns and have apron patterns from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s... and an ugly one from the 60s. And embroidery transfers. and crochet apron patterns. half aprons, full aprons, smock aprons, 1 yard "war" aprons, fancy aprons, work aprons. And... yeah. I love aprons.

You ever notice how when you type "aprons" too many times it starts to look wierd?!

754  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Tonight I cooked dinner using the sun! (Super easy and cheap solar oven) on: July 17, 2008 04:34:22 PM
Totally awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Living in the south, I get lots of sun and am always looking for ways to save energy. I can't wait to try this.

755  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: My 9 yo's 4-H project on: July 17, 2008 03:59:43 PM
Fabulous! She did a great job for such a young one. I have a nine year old myself, who is learning to sew. It's great to see kids with interests BESIDES video games. =)
756  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dogwood Blossoms on: July 17, 2008 03:53:52 PM
Yeah - another bib. Sorry. I'll be off this kick soon. =)

This one I love though, so I had to share. I hand embroidered the dogwood blossoms - it was a vintage embroidery transfer pattern from the 1940s, meant for a sheet set. I chose some retro-reminiscent colors to do the work in, and found a pink hand-dyed batik that was looking lonely in my stash, for the back.

757  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: Super market on: July 17, 2008 03:41:06 PM
This could be fun... I don't watch TV though, so I've never seen the show/that episode. Could you use non-edible items from the supermarket, too?
758  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Tuxedo Bib on: July 17, 2008 10:53:01 AM
Impish, I did it using a pattern that I made up, so kind of both.

I used my Omnigrid ruler to mark out two parallel lines an inch apart, then I marked out 4 lines 1/2 inch from each other on both sides of the 1 inch section. I worked from the outside in, matching the two closest lines, ironing, then sewing down the line to keep it pleated.

After I pleated it, I cut out a bib pattern I made up, that had an M shaped section at the bottom of the neck hole (for the collar). Then I cut another piece from the pattern, unpleated. Sewed them right sides together, turned, then ironed. I top-stitched along the outer edges for a more finished look.

The bow tie was a small rectangle, folded in half and sewed, then turned and ironed. I bunched it up and wrapped a piece of bias tape (made form the same purple fabric) around the middle, and securely stitched under the collar.

If I make any more, I'm going to do it slightly differently. I thought of a way to make the collar better. =)
759  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Chicks and hens OH MY! 2 pc. stripwork twirl outfit. PICS!!!! on: July 17, 2008 04:34:14 AM
Aah! So cute! Love the colors. Your daughter is a natural model.
760  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Super Duper Fancy Smancy Princess Dress for a Little Monster on: July 16, 2008 07:01:07 PM
That's adorable! The Disney store would do well to have something so cute on their shelves...
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