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31  Le sac de chocolat - puffy drawstring bag. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by seamlessgem on: November 04, 2008 07:08:38 AM
Made for the Chocoholics Unanimous swap.

I wanted something to contain all the tasty treats I was sending my partner and an excuse to try out a bit of free hand, machine embroidery.

The fabric was a tasty white chocolate coloured shot silk and I did the stitching in a dark chocolate brown thread.
Couple of close ups

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32  Triple chocolate wham bam bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by seamlessgem on: November 04, 2008 06:51:58 AM

This was made for the chocoholics unanimous swap,

My partner had this fantastic looking "Triple chocolate wham bam" bar on her wists and since I couldn't run to 12 QUID (!?!)  Shocked for a chocolate bar, I thought I would have a go at producing my own rather more economic and practical version

For more frighteningly expensive chocolaty goodness have a look here http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/chocolate-bars-Chcoslab/

I had some dark brown linen, lighter brown brushed cotton and ivory silk in my stash, so I layered them up and traced the swirly design from an enlargement of the original picture on to the silk.
I straight stitched round the shapes and cut out various layers to produce a kind of reverse appliqu. Then satin stitched in ivory over the raw edges. I satin stitched some in contrast dark brown thread to make it look a bit swirly-er.

Finished bag.

Here's the lining, A lovely scrap of spicy orange silk with rusty red stylised flowers.

hope you like it!
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33  Re: Choc Unan Rd 3 Gallery of Chocolatey Goodness! in The Swap Gallery by seamlessgem on: October 25, 2008 02:16:26 PM
Many apologies for the delay in posting all this beautiful and delicious stuff. It's been a wild and crazy day with the kids, who are safely in bed now so I can at last get on with this!
Thank you, thank you to my lovely swap partner. The contents of my package are fantastic and couldn't have suited me better if I'd designed it all myself.
Without further ado, here we go....
The fabulous bag as it came out of the box, packed to bursting with goodies.

The fabric is a truly lustrous and luscious colour and the bag is beautifully made, real attention to detail.

Here's the mountain of chocolaty stuff contained within (I feel really spoiled, it looks tasty!)

I tried to flash a bit of the bag lining, all lovely swirly autumnal colours.
At the front of the picture is a tissue holder made to match the bag. Wrapped around some intriguingly delicious looking sachets of hot chocolate on the right is an embroidered "hot chocolate" cup sleeve.

Here is my wee bald boy "helping" me unpack. He's got the M&Ms lip balm which smells unbelievably  chocolatey.

Also check out the chocolate cherry crocheted hat in the foreground.

Close up of cup sleeve with chocolate molecule embroidery most excellently executed on it.

Finally an action shot of one happy and satisfied, first time swapper, modelling the very warm, comfy and fantastic chocolate cherry hat!

'scuse the octopus, it lives on our couch.

I've had such a good time with this swap, I'll definitely be doing another. Alison, thanks once again for being a fantastic swap partner.

Gem xxx
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34  soft structured ergo type baby carrier in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by seamlessgem on: June 11, 2008 04:59:17 PM
This is my first project posted on this very wonderful and addictive site.
I didn't really know where to put it, as it isn't really clothes and it is re-conned from a pair of old jeans, a camping mat and a broken back pack, but this seems to be the place for baby slings...

Anyhoo... lots of my mates have those fantastic ergo baby carriers and I was extremely jealous. I figured I couldn't stretch to spending THAT much cash on something, that being made of cloth must be make-able by me.

I had a good look at the ergo web site and checked out a couple of tutes for mei-tais. Ergos are basically a mei-tai with back-pack style straps after all
This was definitely the best
I tweaked it and patchworked it for maximum oooohhh factor at mummy and baby meetings

detail of large back spot

action shot... 'scuse the background chaos

I'm pretty happy with the fruits of my labour and it's seems pretty comfortable for me and my small bald passenger.
Don't you just love the smug inner warmth of a job well done and a massive heap of cash saved?    Grin
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