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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / From the mind of Christine McConnell on: December 02, 2019 05:44:50 AM
I'm not sure where to post this... she is so talented in all sorts of areas. Has anyone watched her Halloween series on Netflix?

She has other videos on YouTube and they're great! This is her sewing one (lots of kitties Smiley). She's like a macabre Marth Stewart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGgnMdE8fAw&t=99s

I recommend watching the one about her forest home.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / I'm laying this project to rest. on: March 27, 2018 09:22:41 PM
I always prefer to do some highly challenging rather than easy. I bought this cross-stitch decades ago when they were the rage. Amazing artist. Beautiful cross-stitch. But hard as hell.

I've resurrected this project a couple of times over the years. I just spent an hour trying to do more. There are so few squares of the same colour that it's discouraging. And I think I'm off the pattern.

So today I think I will lay it to rest. Have that. But it's just too frustrating!

Ever have a project you've had to let go of before completion?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pokemon pillowcase on: March 02, 2018 07:09:46 PM
Just wanted to share a no seam pillow case I made 😊
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Grinchmas bunting on: November 29, 2017 09:07:13 PM
I made this bunting. I was going to make a nice Christmas one for myself but couldn't resist making one with this Grinch fabric. Three more to make. Two will be blue.


5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I started when I was pregnant on: October 01, 2017 06:14:06 PM
My kid is five. ..

But its done!
Kaffe fassett fabric and pattern.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / gir and squidward on: March 04, 2017 07:33:46 PM
HI all,

Always thought Gir belonged on a plate. Preferably with waffles. I painted this once night while out.hapoy with the result. Couple of blemishes.

And so started the idea for a wall of our favourite characters. So for my bf, I did a grumpy squidward.

Son is asking for lego batman and Robin.

Not sure what else will come along. Count duckula? Tiny toons? We'll see.

Hope you enjoy!


7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tina Givens birdie sling on: May 10, 2016 09:01:30 PM
Finally made myself a new bag. Love the birdie sling pattern. I have three more in the works.

I modify a few things (zipper pocket, carabinger hook on paracord which is awesome for finding keys, magnetic snap). And for this one, I've added a vinyl reinforced handle since that is where they wear the most.

I'm chuffed with it. Wouldn't normally carry pink but I so adore Tina Givens fabric. I think she does gorgeous work!

Thanks for checking it out!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Geo from Team Umizoomi on: October 29, 2015 02:52:46 PM
My kid loves Team Umizoomi. I have previously made him a Bot backpack.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439734.0

He does not get halloween.  He wouldn't be able to come up with a costume idea.  So I asked him if he wanted to be Geo.

I got a basic hoodie pattern and added the Geo style. The pants are just traced from existing pants.  The shapebelt is cut from foam, then Duck tape was used for the orange.  I wanted bigger 3D shapes on the belt but never came up with the right idea.  So its just felt backed with duct tape and taped on.  

The shapesplitter is just flower arrangement foam cut out and put on a skewer.  Coloured with clear glitter glue to give it a luminant effect as the original lights up.

Learned a few thing sewing elastic fabric (its jersey). Overall, quite happy it got done!  And Geo looks pretty happy too.

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Free motion issuue on: July 13, 2015 08:57:24 PM
I just got my mom's old singer circa 1970s.  Its a great machine and I took it because it is great at freemotion (the one time i checked it out and saw it worked great).

Now I can't get freemotion going.  I have the manual and did everything:

  • took the pressure off the darning thingie at the top
  • moved the feed dogs to down position
  • removed the pressure foot (manual shows there isn't one for embroidry/freemotion)
  • tried to pull the bottom thread through to the top to start and that just won't work.

Any ideas on how a) I can pull the bottom thread through? and b) what else I might be doing wrong? Huh

Thanks!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Team Umizoomi, its time for action! on: June 25, 2015 02:29:59 PM
My son loves Umizoomi.  Unfortunately, the show was cancelled and all the toys are aftermarket which means they are crazy prices ($43 for a 4 inch $7 toy).

So I decided to make him a Bot backpack for his birthday.  I had to wait three weeks to give it to him which was difficult especially since I wasn't sure he would still like the show by then!

I got a basic backpack pattern online then modified the front.  It was a decent pattern but I would definitely make some changes next time.  I also ran out of piping so the back isn't piped.  That makes it more flimsy.  But when I'm sewing at midnight over a coffee table, my attitude is get it done!  Its good enough for a toddler!



He loved it. Had a huge smile on his face and wouldn't take it off.  The only thing I couldn't find was a two inch disco ball for a zipper pull.  That would have been the best final touch.





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