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1  NOW THREE! wallets and a purse, and vegan too! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dntysgrplm on: April 13, 2009 11:38:49 AM
I've been doing some sewing with vinyl lately.  It took me a little bit to get the hang of it, but I think I'm getting there.  Most of the vinyl in these projects are remnants and all the cotton is from my stash.  The cotton in the wallets is interfaced with a medium weight fusible interfacing, the cotton in the purse is an upholstery weight fabric, also a remnant, so I didn't interface it.  I'd love to hear any feedback you may have. 

This checkbook folio was based off of this tutorial: http://elily00.wordpress.com/tutorials/wallet/

I modified the pattern for the billfold style wallet after making the checkbook folio:

And the pattern for the bag is my own, it's lined and closes with a magnetic snap.  I wish I'd thought to put pockets in, but maybe next time:

UPDATE: I made a third wallet last night.  This one holds a 5.5"x3.5" Moleskine notebook on one side and cash money on the other side.  Also with the change pocket and 4 card slots. 

I'd love to know what you all think about this.  Am I the only one who carries a Moleskine around all the time?

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2  Spats!! (lots of pics) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by dntysgrplm on: March 07, 2009 03:36:24 PM
Mostly I just lurk around here, but I thought I'd put these up because I haven't seen spats lately. 

I get terribly obsessed about things, and a few months back I became convinced that I needed to make a pair of spats.  Convinced! I say.  After thinking about it for a few days, I drew up some rough sketches, and then started digging through my stash of fabric.  Luckily I had some brown vinyl and a suitable coordinating lining fabric!  Then I went to work making the pattern.  I basically traced the outline of some tight fitting mid-calf boots and then made about three muslins.  After I sewed them all up, I stenciled some cute little birds on the outside of each leg.  I wish I could take credit for the stencil, but I can't.  It came from a book called "Stencil Me In".  My initial idea was to make eyelets to thread a lace through, but once the spats were complete I realized it needed something massier, eyelets would have been too dainty.  So I set in grommets.  This was my first time using grommets and I LOVE the way it looks, but it was way louder than I thought it would be.   The "laces" are a vintage ribbon I had in my stash. 

I'd LOVE to hear what you all think!  It's really hard to take pictures of your own legs.

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3  Loop d'Loop Variation in Crochet: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: March 07, 2009 03:20:58 PM
I really liked the look of the loop d'loop, but was worried about it getting tangled, and I also had all these awesome vintage buttons, so I did a variation.  First I crocheted the first end piece, and attached two buttons, then I made the second end piece with the button holes, and then I started chaining.  The width between the two sides was about 80 chains, so I made some a few shorter and some a few longer so it would hang in a neat way.  I also chained about a third of the height in a plain brown yarn that coordinated with ther varigated yarn, which I believe is Lion Wool, but I'm not 100% sure on that. 

PS. sorry the pictures aren't great.  I'd just woken up and I let my 3 year old take the pics. 

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4  Birthday Crown in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: November 10, 2008 06:53:29 AM
My son's third birthday party was this Saturday and true to form, I started this project ONE HOUR before the party.  Good thing it was really quick.  I thought he should have a special crown to wear when he opened his presents, so I whipped this up. 

The outside is made of chalkboard vinyl, which is amazingly awesome stuff.  I was a little wary when I saw it in the store.  I thought that the chalk wouldn't write on it well or show up well, or that it would get that cloudy look, so I just bought a remnant for $2. But after using it, I was pleasantly surprised, and I'll def go back and get more.  The inside is a part of a FQ, and I used some fusible interfacing just to bulk it up a little.  Since I used the interfacing I just top stitched the two pieces together, I don't think the cotton will fray much.  I did some velcro on the back so that its adjustable.  I'd love to hear what you all think.

The little guy at his party:


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5  Denim Skirt with Pleated Edge in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: November 06, 2008 10:46:06 AM
My beautiful daughter requested "a skirt made from jeans with funny kicky things on the bottom". It took me a little while to get her to clarify "funny kicky things", and I think what she really wanted was fringe, but that just didn't sound practical, so we settled on pleats.  More specifically pieces of pleats and the asymetrical hem was totally her idea.  I dug in my stash to find some very oddly shaped pieces of fabric left over from making myself a skirt, and I set to work.  It is a very simple design, basically a tube with asymterical hem and pleats on the bottom.  I didn't have one piece of fabric that was long enough to go all the way around, so I cobbled together the pleats with pieces of fabric, they aren't sewn together so it has more of a fringey look.  I also didn't hem the edges, I just went around them with a straight stitch so it won't fray too badly.  I used the decorative leaf stitch on my machine (for I think the first time ever).  The bright pink thread was also my DDs idea.  She loves the finished product and proudly wore it to school the very next day.

I'd love you hear what you all think!
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6  November Waves Capelet in Crochet: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: November 03, 2008 11:43:40 AM
I will freely admit that I did not design this myself.  I didn't use a pattern, but I saw something I liked and was at least HEAVILY influenced by that design when I sat down to make this.  So, yeah. 

I wanted a capelet, but couldn't afford one, and I had a lot of yarn already.  This was made with 6 different yarns held together.  Since the resulting yarn was very chunky it only took a few hours to make.  I'd love to hear what you think, comments, questions, etc.... More info on my new blog, if you're interested.

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7  Bulky Ribbed NeckWarmer in Slate and Chocolate in Knitting: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: October 09, 2008 06:36:49 AM
I've had to put myself on a yarn diet until I make considerable dent in my stash.  So I've been trying to make as much as I can just so I can get new yarn!!

I lost the ball band for this yarn, and I can't remeber who made it, but it's a DK weight superwash wool.  I had three balls of the slate blue color, so I held three strands together while I knitted and used a really big needle, either 13 or 15, I can't remember. It's a 2x3 rib and because I was too lazy to do a swatch I just loaded up my needles and knitted to the desired width.  When I cast off I realized it wasn't long enough, so I picked up stiches on the short end and knitted the rib in the other direction until it was long enough.  Something awesome happened then because that vertical knit piece is exactly the right length to fit under my chin and the vertical rib smooshes down for a very comfy fit, while the horizontal rib stands up and just looks awesome. 

Then I crocheted a border in a contrasting chocolate yarn.  The top is just single crochet, but the bottom and side are some super frilly double lace thing.  It has a victorian look about it, which I absolutely love right now.  The buttons I also had in my stash, which was amazing.  I don't think I could've found a better button if I tried. 

I'll shut up now and put up the pictures.  I'd LOVE to hear what you all think. 

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8  Re: Knitty's Versatility for Crochet? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by dntysgrplm on: October 09, 2008 06:20:13 AM
It's looking good, and I may just give this one to a friend from work who's having some rough times right now. Then I'll make one for me.

That's so sweet.  I showed my progress to a friend who has already commissioned one as her Christmas gift to herself. 

So finally, here are picutres of my progress.  I should've been done already but i've had a splitting headache for the past few days and i've gone to sleep as soon as my kids were asleep. All the crocheting I have left is the mesh border on the end, then of course blocking and buttons.  But I'll probably take a break after blocking to work on Halloween costumes, then return for the buttons. 

This is the whole shebang, with yard stick for size comparison:

A straight ahead shot, you can't see the definition of the faux cables well, but you can see the mesh section better here:

And two nice angled shots to show the texture definition:

Deb, I can't wait to see your progress!  And anyone else who's beeen thinking about doing this, it isn't too late!  It is super easy and fast. 
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9  Ace of Spades Bag in Felting: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: March 14, 2008 05:32:59 AM
I think this is the first time I'm posted a felted project!  I'm excited. 

I entered into a barter with my favorite hippie. She's making me an wire wrapped amber pendant and I made her an ace of spades bag. What she asked for was "something with a spade on it". I decided to make a bag that looked like a playing card. I picked the colors to have a washed out vintage feel. So instead of using white, black and red, I used cream, brown, and dark red. It was a labor of love, it took for-freakin'-ever. But it looks awesome and she loves it, so thats all that matters.

Let me tell you a little about the construction........The cream colored base is a wool/cashmere blend sweater I pick up at the thrift store. Then I machine felted it and cut out pieces for the front, back and sides. I needle felted the spade on in chocolate merino wool, it's oh so soft. And then I spun a little bit of the brown wool and worked around the edge of the spade in the spun wool because I wanted it to have a crisp edge. I used some more of the spun brown for the circles. The dark red anarchy symbols and the red around the edge is some handspun I got from a swap on another board, it works perfectly here. I used the rest of the dark red yarn to knit the strap in seed stitch. The bag is lined with brown and cream tie-dyed corduroy.

Let me know what you think! (BTW: Check out the pirate shirt on my favorite hippie!)

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10  Three strand Pearl and Gemstone Necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: March 11, 2008 05:33:20 AM
I made this necklace yesterday while waiting for the plumber.  Things go incredibly fast when you want the "random" look.  This is the first piece of jewelry I've made in years.  I tucked all my beads away after my daughter was born thinking "Ack, choking hazard, small pieces!"  But I just had an urge to bead yesterday.  That and I needed a necklace to wear to my best friend's wedding this weekend. 

I used four varieties of freshwater pearls, garnet, citrine, and peridot.  It's strung on silk thread and all the findings are sterling.  Let me know what you think!

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