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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy Bustle for Medieval Faire on: April 20, 2012 04:32:58 AM
Really nice! Good use for all those long strips of beautiful leftover stuff. You've got me thinking I might try to produce a mini scrappy bustle skirt for the festival season.  Smiley
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Handwarmer Pouch on: February 20, 2012 04:30:45 AM
Good idea. I get terrible cramps in my hands during marathon sewing sessions, which improve when I keep my hands warm and a pair of these might do the trick!
I usually wear some fairly thick fingerless gloves but these look much less restricting.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Monster hoodies on: November 01, 2011 05:44:41 AM
This year my 4 year old son, who has refused to wear any form of costume since he was big enough to tell me so, requested one for the nursery Halloween party.
I was told that "I shall be an alien and you shall sew it for me Mummy!"
So this is what I came up with. I took a cheap blue hooded top and "monsterised" it.

It's really an update of this one that I made him when he was about 18 months old

He informed me that "it should have one silly eye poking out the top for looking at you with."

Aliens love chocolate, apparently.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Hello Sweetie, River Song's Tardis Journal Nook Cover on: September 17, 2011 05:03:47 AM
This is brilliant. love the way you've done the raised paneling. It looks really professional.
Would you mind sharing how you made the patterning look so good?
I'll be making a cover for my kindle soon, but don't think I'll go the Doctor Who route. I've always wanted an electronic book with "Don't Panic" written in large friendly letters on the cover...
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Posh interlined eyelet curtains/something from my day job. on: June 28, 2010 06:34:02 AM
I've been posting on Crafster for quite a while now and I realized that I had never put up anything I have made for my work.
I did an apprenticeship as a seamstress making hand sewn soft furnishings, back when I was about 17 (which is longer ago than I'd like to admit  Tongue) and I've been sewing professionally on and off ever since.
I've just finished the living room curtains and window seat cushions for a newly converted apartment in Edinburgh's old Royal Infirmary buildings. The curtains are made from a Jacquard weave fabric (so already really thick), then interlined(lined with a thick blanket like material), Then lined with high quality cream cotton sateen lining. This makes them extremely thick, heavy and perfect draft excluders for period properties that can't be fitted with double glazing. It also means making them is a rather slow and skilled job. At the bottom of this picture you can see an off cut with the layers in place.

The client wanted eyelet headings, so I had to first stiffen the tops with buckram (can't use tape it would leave tram lines of stitching at the top which would make it look cheap), workout the placement then cut the holes and set each eyelet in place (there were nearly a hundred Undecided).

I'm soooooooooo glad this part of the job is done, my fingers hurt!

I also made window seat cushions for the same room.

These had to hinge in the middle because the central part of each window opens like a pair of doors.
Here they are folded up, you also get to see my lovely (if cramped) work space.

I've now got to get on and finish the roman blinds for the bedrooms, one of which is over 3 meters long!
I'll post action shots when I go and hang it all soon.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Buddist monk embroidery, for the Phat quarter zen swap. on: June 08, 2010 04:27:39 AM
This is what I created for paghababian in the Zen swap over on Phat Quarter.
You can see my fellow swappers fantastic finished products here

I wanted to create the simple and uncluttered feeling of a Japanese ink painting, something calming to rest your eyes on.

It's a bit bigger than the guide swap size of 7"x5" 'cause it just didn't feel right any smaller.

The red shrinky square contains the Japanese symbol for zen.

Here's a look at the back

I hung it on 2 bamboo chopsticks to give it that oriental scroll look.

I'm rather pleased with it and might have to make another one for myself!  Grin
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / NastyBiscuit T-shirt on: May 28, 2010 02:38:55 AM
My best beloved is a talented DJ and goes by the name of NastyBiscuit and he's been going on at me to make him a shirt with it on for aaaaaaaages. Roll Eyes
so here it is:

The "nice" bit is free motion machine embroidered with glow in the dark thread and the "nasty" bit is puff
fabric paint.

For those of you outside the UK a Nice(pronounced like the french town not the adjective) Biscuit is a cheap generic coconut-ish flavoured cookie and it looks like this:

After a evening demolishing a whole packet of these between us we decided it would be cool if you could get them with Nasty written on instead and out of such humble beginnings his alias was born. He loves it 'cause it's stupid enough for people to remember! 
Here's a nice action shot of Mr Biscuit himself spinning some banging toons at a gig last week:

If you fancy a little listen you can find his show here on MuckFM.

8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: It's nettle time! on: April 15, 2010 01:38:41 AM
Apart from all the tasty food you can make from them, when they're to old and crusty to make good eating you can pick them and rot them down in water and use the resulting brew as an excellent nitrogen rich, organic fertilizer for your tomato plants. Smells terrible but works a treat!
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: It's nettle time! on: April 14, 2010 01:59:17 AM
Mmmm, I love nettle soup. They're sooooo ridiculously good for you. In the UK you all get taught to rub fresh nettle stings with a crushed dock leaf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumex_obtusifolius which totally takes the heat out of the rash.
Near where I come from in the south of England they hold a nettle eating contest. The competitors have to eat raw nettles for AN HOUR. The winner is the person who has stripped the longest amount of nettle stems. Total madness!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Octo-tastic freemotion embroidered hoody on: April 12, 2010 09:30:30 AM
I bought this dodgy red(shade is more "tomato soupy" in real life) hoody off the sale rail in Tesco for a few quid.

After badly unpicking and ripping off the original cheesy motif (sorry, no before pic), I covered up the resulting mess Tongue with a panel cut from an old t-shirt and set to stitching on this big old sea monster.

I sketched him out roughly on freezer paper ironed it on, then stitched through it before ripping it all off and adding the detail freehand.

The design goes over the panels edges 'cause I never was the kinda kid to colour inside the lines and I think it looks cooler that way!

I'm really happy with the way it turned out and I've been wearing it loads Grin
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