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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Family wall hangings on: December 29, 2008 05:36:21 PM
For Christmannikkah this year I made some of my family photo mini quilts:

This one is about 8X12 and it's actually from my wedding last year

This one has a quote from the simpsons, "Remember, as far as anyone knows we're a nice, normal family."

These next two are about twice the size.

This one says, "The love of a family is life's greatest blessing."

This one has Family, Love, Laughter, and Hope embroidered in the border

Thanks for looking!
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mom's Yahtzee on: December 14, 2008 02:25:16 PM
My mom loooves yahtzee.  Everytime we hang out with my family we always end up playing a game over some rum and cokes.  I decided to make her her very own set for Christmanikkah (that's, Christmas and Channikkah) using some of her favorite things.

This is the scorecard I made on Excel.

The dice were a little hard to photograph.  Ther is a heart for love, Diet Coke, a VW Bug, a yellow submarine, and a slot machine.  I haven't tested them yet to see if I threw off the balance yet, but I used very thin coats and placed the pictures very careful, so I'm hopeful!
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Have yourself a GEEKY little Christmas... on: December 09, 2008 06:04:21 PM
So, I love geeks.  I pretty much only hang out with geeks and craft geeky things, so of course I had to make my buddies some geeky ornaments for their trees this year.

Some old school nintendo controllers and some D20s (dungeons and dragons dice)
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Battlestar Galactica Needlebook on: November 23, 2008 09:12:26 AM
This is one of the geekiest things I've made by far, but I totally love it! 

The inside has a pocked, a loop with a snap closure for my scissors, and 2 pages for needles and pins.

I sewed in two plastic bags that are made to hold embroidery floss.

The back has my cute little Cylon buddy on it!

Thanks for looking!
15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / (Slutty+Geeky=notSlutty+notGeeky) on: November 03, 2008 02:52:55 PM
So...I was wandering around Goodwill trying to find a pink and yellow jazzersize costume complete with leg warmer for my sister-in-law's 80's themed Halloween party when I spotted a large grey sweater.  Inspiration struck.  You see, I always feel pressure to be all slutty on Halloween, but I'm not really comfortable showing too much skin.  At the same time, who doesn't want to feel cute and hot!  I thought that if I went the skanky route, yet had some element that was funny or clever or geeky, it would sort of cancel out the skankiness (slutty+geeky=notslutty+notgeeky) or something to that effect.  I got out my sewing machine and altered the sweater, used some acrylic paint to add the rainbow stripe and a communicator and I had the greatest (and probably only) Wesley Crusher costume!  It makes me giggle to myself every time I think about it!  Hope you enjoy!

With my rockin' sister-in-law
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Please help me fix my sweater! on: October 05, 2008 10:54:52 AM
Hi everyone!

I just finished up the body of my first sweater (YAY), however, there are a few problems with it that I was hoping you could help me fix.  I had a feeling that despite my swatch, it was going to be a little small and I was right.  I took some spare yarn I had and loosely pieced it together, here are the results.

Problem 1:  It's obviously way too short.  I plan to unravel the bottom and do 3-4 inches of 2x2 ribbing.  I've never unravelled the bottom of a piece before, if anyone has any good tips on this I would be appreciative.

Problem 2: The neck is all bunched up and extends too high.

I guess if I can't figure out another way to deal with this I could just roll it a little and tack it down. Thoughts?

Problem 3: The shoulder seams don't meet quite right.

I thought maybe I would just knit up a quick insert in garter stitch, maybe 1/2"-3/4"?  Would this possibly fix problem 2 as well?

A few notes:  this all done in cotton worsted wt yarn on size 5 american needles.  I have not blocked anything yet.  There are no sleeves, this is it.

Any comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My "I wish I were Amy Butler" bag on: September 04, 2008 09:26:41 AM
I made this for my partner in the Labyrinth swap.  I have really loved all of the Amy Butler Weekender bags I've seen around here, so I decided to make something similar.  I didn't buy the pattern because, 1. I am cheap, 2. I love figuring things out for myself, and 3. I'm a glutton for punishment.  I made one before this that was a little closer to the original with the front pocket and straps going down the front, but it didn't turn out as well.

These were taken by my partner, Michowl.

There's a zippered pocket on the inside that I didn't get a picture of.
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / David Bowie Poppet with Jacket tute/pattern on: August 31, 2008 05:41:09 AM
I made this poppet of David Bowie as the Goblin King for the Labyrinth parade.  It was great fun, especially figuring out how to make the clothes!  I made the shirt from eyelet fabric and the jacket from some leftover velvet I had.  It took quite a few tries before I figured out how to make clothes that fit, so I thought I would share the fruits of my labor and post the jacket pattern.

(this one was taken by my partner)

and here is the pattern/tute for the jacket.  I have never made one of these before, so I hope it makes sense!

Resize the pattern so that the 1" reference square is indeed 1" when you print it out

Use a inch seam allowance

1.   Cut out all pattern pieces plus a 5 X 1 strip for the collar.
2.   Turn under long side of each pattern front piece and stitch, wrong sides together.
3.   With right sides together, sew front pieces to back at shoulders, press seam.
4.   Baste just under from edge of sleeve around the rounded part of the piece.
5.   Pin sleeve cap (rounded part again) to the rest of the jacket so that the very center of the rounded part of the sleeve msideshowhes the seam you just made when you attached the front and back pieces together.  Pull up basting strings to ease in fullness.  Sew.
6.   With right sides together sew one long seam down the length of the sleeve through the side of the jacket, repeat on the other side.

Attaching the collar:
This is a little tricky, but here goes:
1.   Turn under of the long edge, wrong sides together, and press.
2.   Pin into place on the outside of the jacket so that wrong sides are together and the edge you just pressed under is on the bottom, there should be overhang on either side.  Sew to the jacket and press seam open.
3.   Fold the collar onto itself so that the seam you just made msideshowhes up to the very bottom of the edge you pressed under (it should still be folded).  If you have done it right there should be three pieces in this fabric sandwich.  Stitch through all three thicknesses where the front edges of the collar should end.  
4.   Trim away excess overhang.
5.   Flip collar so that the right side of the fabric is on the outside, sew the inside bottom edge of the collar in place by hand using small shallow stitches so that they wont show on the outside of  the jacket.

Hem the bottom edge of the jacket and the sleeves.

I hope this is all clear, if not, feel free to ask me about it.  If you do use the pattern and post images, please drop me a PM, I'd juggle to see how it works out for all of you!
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Peltex Manufacturer on: August 11, 2008 05:00:34 PM
I used to think it was Pellon, but after completing my first project with Peltex I have realized that it must be made by Satan!   Angry
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Entrelac Purse on: July 29, 2008 05:07:08 PM
I think this goes in this forum and not in the bags forum, but feel free to move me if necessary, oh mighty moderators!

Anyways, I was inspired by this post here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=190183.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc
and I used the tutorial linked in the post.  I knitted this while on vacation a few weeks ago and I just finished up the lining today.  I really like it, I haven't had a new purse in a long time.

and an action shot:
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