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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / an adorment for horses tail made with reflective fabric stars on: December 06, 2013 11:55:50 AM
So here's a tutorial for this ingenious craft! i saw one online and had to make a few. had to share the tutorial for the world. the original one i saw online was just a tape around a horses tail and three strips that hung from it, but after a lot of thought i decided to make one that works better: it's held in two places, so there's no fear of it hitting the horse at any point and it's secured in two places with velcro, so it doesn't fall off!

the tutorial is in finnish, but there is lots of pictures, so i hope you'll enjoy, and atleast get some ideas!! Smiley


The most important notes are:
1. the upper strap is good to be placed as shown in the tutorial, so that it is easier to put in place
2. remember to put the soft velcro inside the strap as it can possibly come in contact with the horses skin, so it really shouldn't be the rough velcro that is against your horses skin. it's tender inder the tail!

i actually don't have anything else to say about this. just: happy crafting!! Smiley enjoy
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / New embroidery designs on: September 07, 2013 06:02:20 AM
OMG. I bought this new program, DRAWings Pro 6. It's cool, but not as nice as I had hoped. Although, since it cost only 1300EUR I'm not complaining! Definately a bargain. (For those of you not in the KNOW, the software I'd LIKE TO have costs 15 000 EUR... WITHOUT TAXES!)

The first two embroideries I made by first drawing on the computer, then automatically digitizing the drawings. That works out really well, I'm pleased!

The third one I first drew by hand, then scanned. I tried the automatic digitizing on this one also but it was HORRIBLE. This one I did convert to a vector image, but apparently the lines on the drawing were too wide, so the embroidery software insisted to make them into satin stitch.... Awful. So after a few minutes of cursing I decided to digitize it by hand - dot by dot. It took me over an hour, but I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out.

13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Digitizing again, this time the smallest cat! on: July 18, 2013 01:19:18 PM
I made this kitty from a drawing my friend left in a note for me. Just too adorable not to make into an embroidery, don't you think? It is about 3*3 centimeters, so it's VERY small Smiley

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / micro jean shorts on: June 12, 2013 10:12:19 AM
So wanted to make some shorts. Jean fabric seemed fitting, especially since I had bought some light colored denim last year since it was so cheap. I got to home with my denim and realized that light colors make my butt look HUGE. It isn't the smallest in any case (and I'm trying to lose the last few pounds that are my goal and MAN are they stuck!!) and light colors just make it look BAD. My ass usually looks fab, btw. I have no issues with that. I have issues with using wrong colors Wink

I also made a home studio upstairs. I live in a detatched house all by myself with my dog, so I have my own sewing room and now I have a studio - not usable during the coldest winter on the count of there being no insulation. Sad I also don't like the way the very thin white fabric in the background makes the background look multicolored. I want a white BG, dang it!! I used photoshop and am not a very fluent photoshopper, so that's why the crummy pics.

The embroidery on the back pockets is from UT, of course. http://www.urbanthreads.com/products.aspx?productid=UT1861

I used the same pattern that I've used for (almost?) all the pants I've posted on this forum. It's my favorite!

OH AND!! I usually stitch the pants together and THEN do the fron zipper. This time I first sew the small patch of fabric underneath the zipper, just the front pieces together, then I added the zipper. After that I sewed the back seam together on the back pieces. Then the seams that are inside your legs and THEN the sideseams! It was weird since I usually start with the side seams, but it was much easier to sew the zipper on on the count of there not being so much fabric to work around. I urge you to try it if you haven't! I'm going to try it a few times more atleast. Will have to see if it really does give better results or if this was just a first timer fluke!

AND THEN THE PICTURES... Of which there are TWO. Sorry!

15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Embroidered prizes for rescue dog community raffle on: June 06, 2013 12:54:30 AM
So here's what I made for a raffle that's held to support a group dedicated to helping rescue dogs here in Finland! More about the subject on my blog http://susitaika.com/Blogi/?p=48

The thing I love about these is how different the colors are (darked colors on darker fabric) and how the feeling slightly changes when using different thread colors!

The embroidery designs are, as always, Urban Threads. The RESCUE-design was for free when I got it and it became somewhat of a phenomena that people embroidered it on scarves etc for dogs. I thought about making a scarf with it as well! So much to be done....




16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summer dress (pics galore) on: May 30, 2013 12:22:48 PM
I bought this fabric in Tallinn a few years back. Thought that it wasn't as wide as fabrics normally here are and was terrified that the fabric would run out when I would try to make something of it. I finally found this ADORABLE pattern and gave it a go. I've never been happier with anything I've sewn! It's perfect - totally clean cut on the inside aswell Smiley

We have a real photography studio at our school so a friend took me some pics! Smiley

17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Book purses on: November 14, 2012 12:47:00 PM
so these are made with book covers inside of them. the embroideries are Urban Threads, of course!!





18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / at last, some totes with patchworking :) on: November 14, 2012 12:43:14 PM
Two of them! I made them today. And since I bought some tags for my company a while back I've been putting tags on EVERYTHING I make, haha! Cheesy Love these blue fabrics, my bank account is going to be subzero in a few months if I can't keep this focus of not buying EVERYTHING I like.. There just are too many adorable and awesome fabrics out there!!

19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / i need a community! on: September 04, 2012 10:14:15 PM
I get the newsletter for Urban Threads and Embroidery Library, but find I'm needing some more social aspects to embroidery. Here in Finland I'm a real odd bird for having an embroidery machine and for making some of my own designs. I need friends! Do you know of any places I could join, for example in Facebook, that would have some substance? I mean, I have "liked" machine embroidery on facebook, but it's a static page. I would love to see a page that has someone who produces content that is interesting to read and gives me inspiration etc. The UT blog isn't enough!! HELP, please!! Smiley
20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / the first REAL embroidery i made! (pics from start to finish) on: June 26, 2012 03:55:31 PM
because, really, the ones i've made before are just dabbling with the embroidery software. now that i've used it for quite some time and have seen how embroideries are made (ie. i've purchased MANY from the fantabulous Urban Threads and watched when they embroider themselves, baffled at the complexity..) i'm finally ready to make some amazing stuff myself. Smiley this. is. awesome!

you shouldn't toot your own horn, but really, come on, this is the coolest thing i've EVER made!

i started out with drawing a fairie. yes, i love them. yes, i've wanted to make something like this since i got my machine. so shoot me!


ps. really need to get me some better felt tip pens.....


after a few hours of digitizing, hand and back ache, i had that!

and then i had to wait ONE HOUR for it to stitch itself!


i loved seeing something I MADE on the screen of my embroidery machine.. ohhh!



sorry, you're not gonna get the whole picture just yet! something went wrong when i embroidered it out, and some of it came out a bit wonky. the fabric shifted during.. Sad(( well, the outcome is amazing in any case and i just needed to share!!

thanks Smiley

and comments and critisism welcome, although you can't really properly do it until i get it stitched out fully and can show you the whole picture Grin


ohh! and stats: it takes about an hour, it has 8 colors, 8 color changes, stitch count 35639, size 241*187mm
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