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1  Kitchen Cross-stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheDishclothQueen on: September 25, 2007 12:17:28 PM

From a kit I got at Goodwill; now hanging above my stove.  The little yellow dots were a pain in the ass to do, but they kinda "make" it; I couldn't leave them out.  (I also got "off" at some point doing them, so they're shifted to the right one column.  I highly doubt anyone will notice  Cheesy)  

I am a little concerned about where it's hanging.  With it right above my stove, it's suseptible (sp?) to grease and smoke and stuff.  I should have some kind of plastic over it to protect it, but I'm not sure what.  Any ideas?

Comments and critcism welcome.
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2  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by TheDishclothQueen on: June 21, 2007 12:02:06 PM
My newest baby:  a Singer 306w, $5 at a rummage sale  Grin

AND it has a new motor:

All I needed to do when I got it home was adjust the tension very slightly.  Didn't even really need to clean it much, though I did oil it.

Of course, though, there's a catch--306's don't use conventional bobbins and needles.  They have to be special ordered.  SO, I bought 24 bobbins and 20 needles for $25....bringing the grand total for my new baby up to $30.

She sews like a dream, though, and so quiet.  It's my new favorite!

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3  Scrappy Bow-Tie Quilt *Image Heavy* in Quilting: Completed Projects by TheDishclothQueen on: June 21, 2007 11:28:41 AM
Finally, after 9 months, I finished my son's baby quilt (4 mo. after his arrival  Cheesy).  It's smaller than a twin, but bigger than a lap quilt.  It's a scrap quilt, though somehow I ended up with more fabric than when I started....maybe b/c so many Craftster's did scrap swaps with me  Cheesy  

Just a basic bow-tie quilt, machine pieced, hand quilted.  

The whole quilt:

Quilt back:

Close up of quilt back and quilting:

Close up of some blocks:

Comments, suggestions, and even rude criticisms are welcome  Grin
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4  Embroidered "His" pillowcase from vintage iron-on in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheDishclothQueen on: June 13, 2007 11:01:52 AM
Well, my subject pretty much sums it up.  This is the most satin stitch I've ever done, and I was pretty nervous.  I used the suggestions made by some other craftster (no idea who) and was quite pleased.  I used one strand of floss throughout, and did "padding" underneath, that is, there are two layers of stitching.  

It was for my fiance's birthday present (he got a pillow, too, so he'd quit stealing mine).  The "hers" case is in the works, but much slower going w/o a deadline  Cheesy

All in all, I'm very proud of how it turned out.

As usual, criticism and suggestions are welcome!
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5  1940s Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TheDishclothQueen on: June 13, 2007 11:01:02 AM
So I scored big at a rummage sale a couple weeks ago and got two huge boxes of old patterns (mostly 20s-50s) for $5.  This is the result of one of those patterns:

I look dorky in it, but it makes me insanely happy Smiley

Also, it fits me the best of any item I've made for myself.  It fits really well, actually.  I'm thrilled with how this turned out.

Of course, criticism and suggestions are welcome!
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6  Re: "candle wicking yarn" is a ??? in Discussion and Questions by TheDishclothQueen on: March 06, 2007 12:35:50 PM
Okay...I'm giggling, but not in a mean way  Smiley

Are you sure it's not for this kind of candle wicking:


Granted, this craft did originate as something pioneers did with candle wicks....
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7  Re: do you use stitchmarkers? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by TheDishclothQueen on: January 27, 2007 05:21:36 PM
you know those tiny hair clips for little girls ?
i use them, they come in all bright colors and clip on and off fast

Here is what im talking about

How do you use those between stitches?  Or don't you?
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8  For your holiday entertainment... (complete w/ photos) in Winter Holidays by TheDishclothQueen on: December 19, 2006 12:44:37 PM
My first, last, and only gingerbread house.

Mom and I were talking this year, and I was lammenting the fact that I had never made a gingerbread house ("What kind of childhood is that!").  So how serendipitous was it when her Secret Pal gave her a Wilton's kit for one?

This was NOT the fun, enjoyable, relaxing experience I imagined it to be.  When I followed the directions for the frosting, I ended up with this, this....mass of glop that was NOT going to come out of the decorator's tube they supplied me with.  To put the house together, I used my hands and glopped the frosting on that way.  To actually decorate, I thinned it down considerably.

Then, at no point in the process would the frosting, oh, I don't know, STICK to the gingerbread!  It was a disaster.  Mom's secret pal wanted to see pictures of the finished product.  I told Mom to tell her that I was 8 and mentally handicapped.  (Which is undoubtedly an insult to those truly handicapped!)

Also, I had somehow imagined that this was a family project.  Something you bonded over.  I'm not sure how that could ever work out, though, unless you were making a ginger-mansion.  My brother and I would STILL end up clawing our eyes out and breaking it if we tried to work together on this thing (and we're 21 and 23).

So, for your holiday amusement, I present my gingerbread house:

I got lazy on the back.  There were supposed to be widows, but as you can see, my windows look like crap, so I made lattice, just to fill it in.  

Oh, and for you additional amusement, do you know how many servings this is (according to the box)?

Wait for it....

wait for it....

almost there...


Okay, first of all, who actually eats the house when they're done, and second, 50?  Are they serious?  It looks like, maybe, 20 to me.

Anyway, feel free to criticise and giggle to your heart's content  Cheesy
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9  Just Finished! Bow Tie Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by TheDishclothQueen on: December 15, 2006 02:08:56 PM
Here's a scrappy bow-tie quilt I just finished.  It's going to be used for our family gift exchange.  And some of the scraps came from fellow Craftsters...so if you swapped with me, look for yours!  Grin  Since it was a scrap quilt, I kinda expected it to turn out ugly, but I was pleasantly surprised by how it turned out.  Making "window panes" out of the blocks really seemed the break it up.

Oh, it's a largish lap quilt.  I'm also making another one to use as a baby quilt, but I still have to sew the borders on and hand quilt it...that could take a while  Wink This one is just tied.

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10  Re: Fiber Friday! 12/8 in Spinning: Completed Projects by TheDishclothQueen on: December 13, 2006 04:55:10 PM
Okay, I'm late, but I hope you'll all forgive me.  Here, at last are my Fiber Friday pics.  The first two are pretty lousy, as I was trying to get back into the swing of things after a year long sabatical from spinning.  The last one is from a year or so ago, that I finally got around to setting.  All three are navajo plied.

This is some stuff I spun from pencil roving.  No idea the fiber content; wool of some kind.  As a side note, I hate pencil roving, and I think I have 8-12 oz. left of it, so if anyone wants this stuff, just holler.  It's medium dark brown.

Some light brown wool.  Nothing particularly remarkable about it, except that it's the first fiber I bought, I got it incredibly cheap, and I have 3 or 5 lbs of it.

And some kool-aid dyed stuff.  I think it MIGHT be at least partially merino.  Strictly a guess.  I like the colors, but I'm kinda sad I wasn't able to spin it thinner; I don't use bulky weight stuff much.

As a side note/question, how in the world do I know if I'm over-spinning my singles?  I know that when I ply it should be balanced/not twist back on itself, but is there anyway to tell w/ singles how much is too much?  Or is it just what looks good to me?
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