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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Huck (Swedish) Weaving on: November 05, 2011 07:02:26 AM
I've been busy getting ready for a local craft fair, and decided to do some tea towels. I ended up opting to do huck woven ones, rather than embroidered, due to time constraints. Huck weaving is FAST, but still pretty!

The first picture... is of my own design. I have about 20 vintage huck weaving books and leaflets, as well as dozens of Workbasket Magazines with huck weaving designs, but not one had a snowflake design that I was happy with. So, this is what I came up with...

I love the metallic silver threads in the center, but they didn't photograph very well.

And these are mostly vintage patterns - several from Mildred Krieg's series that she self published in the 1930s, there is a workbasket pattern or two in there, one I copied  - top row, second from left, brownish colored one - from a huck towel I saw at an antique shop (yeah, counting threads and making mental notes on the color and spacing while the shopkeeper looks on, unaware, that I won't be purchasing...). The red and green one in the upper right left corner (apparently I need to go back to kindergarten...) is another of my own designs.

I purchase the huck toweling by the yard at the fabric store, and use 6 strands of embroidery floss. I think I need to do a few more Christmas/winter themed towels... Or some other color combinations?

Any ideas for colors? I still have ~3 yards of fabric to go! (5-6 towels worth)
Any designs I shouldn't repeat? Or patterns I should make more of?
32  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mustache on a stick! on: October 30, 2011 02:52:18 PM
Nothing earthshaking here... Just silly fun. I'm getting ready for a local craft fair, and I always try to have something fun for kids and CHEAP on my tables. My thinking is this: inexpensive, fun item to lure parents with children over. While the kids are deciding on their $0.50 item (because what parent will say no to a $0.50 item that will keep the kiddos occupied while they finish shopping in peace?!), the parents are looking at my nicer (more expensive) things... knit hats, embroidered/huck woven dish towels, etc. So this was what I came up with for this year...

Mustache on a stick!

I am cutting out simple mustache shapes from extra stiff blacka nd brown card stock, and gluing on a bamboo shish-ke-bab skewer (no worries, I snipped the pointed end off!). I think I'll get about 15-20 mustaches from a $0.69 sheet of card stock, and the skewers... I have waaaay too many of - literally hundreds - just cluttering up a kitchen drawer.

What do you think? A good draw?
33  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Nothing special... but my first ever SOCK!!! on: October 24, 2011 11:52:56 AM
Me: A hat knitter. Hats are quick, and easy, and you only have to make one. I can whip out a hat in no time flat. Last year, I got brave and started making fingerless mittens. And this year - I decided to try making socks! I have a little girl who always has cold feet, so I wanted to make her some slipper socks for Christmas.

I grew up hearing that there was no way I was skilled enough/smart enough/talented enough/whatever enough to knit socks. "Stick with hats - you can handle that."

Well phooey. I have decided I can knit anything one stitch at a time, and thanks to the plethora of how to knitting videos on youtube.com, if I get stuck, I can simply find a video to help me get 'unstuck.'

So here is number one sock...

A very basic cabled sock made with some yarn from my stash...

Turning the heel wasn't nearly as scary as it was made to sound, and grafting the toe was a piece of cake! Now I'm sorry that I didn't try knitting socks years ago.

*wanders off to start sock 2*
34  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / I can be a total hack - But they looked so fun! Silly Word Necklaces on: October 23, 2011 08:58:51 PM
I admit, I can be a total hack sometimes... but Phizzychick made these incredibly awesome silly word magnets   And I was bored (the husband was practicing guitar). And had some glue (more than some... while organizing my craft room, I found 4 huge bottles of Aleene's Tacky Glue, and three were UNOPENED! Score!). And a stack of magazines a mile high...

There are a couple of differences... I had small wooden discs, about an inch in diameter, so I painted the edges of the discs, and adhered the finished paper collages to the discs. The words are from magazines, ransom note style. And I did Mod Podge and Diamond Glaze the surfaces. Also... they are now necklaces, due to the husband's urging. If I want new fridge magnets, I'm going to have to get back to work....

Thank you, Phizzychick, for the inspiration!

35  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Polyhedron ornaments - with tute for anitacj =) - IMG Heavy on: October 19, 2011 06:20:55 AM
I wasn't sure if I should put these in paper-crafts or holidays and occasions, but decided upon paper-craft. While I'm using them as Christmas ornaments (I like to have a big basket of ornaments by the door, so when I have company during the holiday season, each guest can choose an ornament when they leave.), there are so many other uses... you could use them to make a mobile, photo globes to sit on a dresser, placing them over LED string lights, or put them in a shallow dish on the table as a centerpiece. I'm sure all you creative people could think of a million other ways to use them!

Alas, I have been making these for a few weeks... and last night when I went to Michael's (Or maybe it was when I was at JoAnne Fabrics...), there was that huge Martha Stewart display of holiday crafts... And she had KITS! =( I'm consoling myself with the fact that mine are each unique, and 100% hand-made, and I did the math, and... well. That's all I got. ~sigh~

My two favorite... <3 the little penguin!

To make, you will need: scrapbook paper (fyi... magazines don't work very well at all.), glue, a large paper punch if you have one (mine is 1 1/2") or a circle template you can trace and cut, string, scoring tool (a mechanical pencil with the lead retracted works just fine; I use a double ended stylus), and a piece of cardboard.

1. Cut 20 paper circles.

2. Use the cardboard to make a template of an equilateral triangle that will reach the very edges of your circles. If you're not up on geometry, the three sides should be the same length, and all three angles will be 60 degrees. For my 1 1/2" circle, the triangle sides are 1 1/4" long.

3. Score/make an indentation the triangle shape onto the backside of all 20 paper circles. I did one with pencil so you could easily see what we're doing.

4. Fold along each score line, gently pressing the printed side of your paper towards itself.

5. Arrange your paper circles in a way that is pleasing to you. There is no right or wrong here, but myself... I try not to clump colors or patterns together, and I try to arrange words or small pictures so they are right-side-up if possible. You will need 5 pieces for the top, 5 for the bottom, and 10 for the center section.

6. Start gluing! The 5 top and bottom sections will form a small dome - just glue all pieces with a common point. Before closing up the space between the first and last piece on the top dome, squirt some glue up near the top. Tie a loop of string (hanging length) and press the knot into the glue. Pull the loop out through the small hole near the points. Close up the side. Let dry.

7. The side pieces will need to alternate - 5 "pointing" up, and 5 "pointing" down. As you glue this section, I recommend gluing just 2-3 pieces at a time, and allowing to dry. It has a tendency to 'curl up' and if you have too many pieces that are still wet, they will slip out of place and dry crooked. Then you end up with a wonky ornament.

8. Once the top and sides are sufficiently dry, glue the top to the center section. Repeat with the bottom.

And that's it.

36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Playing with fire - flower hair clips on: October 16, 2011 10:19:57 AM
Working on pretties for my girls, and craft fairs, and whatnot.

I love these! They are so easy, quick, and cheap to make: you need fake silk shantung, a tea light, and a bead, needle and thread, crazy glue, then whatever you want to fasten it to.... hair clips, head bands, brooch pins, picture frames, ring bases, small boxes that need prettying up...

37  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Dr. Who & Scrabble on: September 27, 2011 05:59:34 AM
I have loved Scrabble tile pendants since I first saw them, years ago... And finally got around to making some! These will be Christmas gifts for two of my daughters.

This one is for Lydia. Not only does she enjoy Scrabble, but she is mad about Dr. Who. Fortunately, I found a perfectly sized image of the Tardis in my old ThinkGeek.com catalog. Actually... I found scads of images in that catalog for lots of geeky awesomeness. I made a Domo pendant for my sister, but forgot to take a picture of it before I mailed it.

This one is Rachel's. While camping in Camden, ME over the summer, we were exploring the beach, and she found the tiniest sea star ever. It was not even 1/4 of an inch across. I took a picture for her, and decided to print it off and turn it into a necklace - kind of a memento of our trip.

Unfortunately for the pics here, my camera battery was dying, so it wasn't focusing as sharply as it ought. But in person they look quite decent. Amazing how the close-up shows every little flaw, though. Sad  I'm lucky, I guess, since you can't really see them on the pendants themselves!
38  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kokeshi Doll on: September 27, 2011 05:39:25 AM
So, cruising the interwebs for new ideas for art class (I homeschool my youngest child), I stumbled across Kokeshi dolls. Super cute! And I thought, hey... who cares about art class, I want to make one!

I found the idea here  http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/Files/Cathy-Japan.htm, but wanted a more modern looking one, since this will be a gift for my niece and she likes pink. Lots of pink. But then, she's 4. Fortunately, she is beyond the 'putting everything in her mouth' stage, since the doll is very small - just 2 1/4 inches tall, and 3/4 inch diameter.

Tons of potential for mini-crafty-goodness here! Doing an image search on Google found all kinds of neat kokeshi dolls - Star Wars, ninjas, different professions, etc. My detail painting is rusty, but since the little wooden pieces I bought are relatively inexpensive, I can practice! =)
39  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Owl be Green! - Upcycled owl purse on: December 09, 2010 11:31:42 AM
My 13-year-old daughter is huge into owls right now, so I thought I would make her an owl purse for Christmas. Ssshhh!

Being the thrifty-green sort, I found a wool tweed suit jacket that had seen better days. The moth holes on the collar and ripped up lining made it undesireable... not to mention the ginormous elbow patches and the leather braid buttons.

So... old wool jacket, wool scraps, thread, and dye on hand, and those nifty leather buttons from the coat - all I needed was some lining fabric. (I had a coupon for Joann Fabrics!) A few hours of cutting, embroidering, appliqueing, and sewing later...

Ugly, worn coat - wash and dry!

Start cutting!

And embroidering and appliqueing...
(I dyed the beak and the yellow part of the eyes to match the colors in the lining fabric, and dyed the stomach to coordinate with the tweed.)

Waste not, want not! Those 70s buttons are perfect!

Sew it all together and stitch in the lining. Add a nice long strap, and you're done!


To anyone who plans on making one:

I used a really stiff fusible interfacing on the tweed, to keep it structured. I cut a strip of fabric about 4 inches wide for the side/bottom piece and fused the interfacing to it. Then I ran a line of stitches down each side where my seam would be, and 'preclipped' the strip. This made it so easy to stitch it along the curve of the owl body pieces.

When you do the lining, Leave the bag right side out, with the lining inside out. Place the bag inside the lining. And when you stitch the two pieces together, leave a good 4-5 inch space for turning, and make sure you have lock-stitched each end of your seam well. And don't forget to clip the curves. Otherwise... turning it will be a nightmare!

If you can think of a better way to line it, please share. =)

40  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Waterlily on: October 21, 2009 04:07:37 AM
I hope this goes in here... The bulk of the actual work on this project is embroidery, but it's not what most peope would consider an embroidery project!

Anyway... I made this for an older friend who is in the hospital; it is inspired by Matthew 6:25-34.

The wool felt was hand dyed then all the little petals (28 of them) were hand cut. The petals of the lily are blanket stitched with silver thread, which was a real bugger to work with! Then they were arranged in staggered circles of 7 petals, and stitched down. The center is a piece of gold colored felt, embellished with gold seed beads. The lily pad is simple, with backstitching in a variegated thread for the midrib and veins of the leaf.

It took about 6 hours of work, total. I think any others I make would go quicker, since I'm not figuring out how to do it, now!

The color in the first picture is closest to acurate, the second picture is a bit washed out because of the flash.

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