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1  Pavlova hat with strawberries and kiwifruit in Completed Projects by Bee_U_Tiffle on: November 18, 2006 01:23:01 AM
This was made for a school play - think dancing strawberry with a pavlova-on-a-plate hat.   A classic Kiwi dessert.  Easy to make... not so easy to fix up TWICE  Angry  when kids trashed it after rehersals and pulled bits off it.  The 'hat' base is a white polystyrene one we had already from a museum craft project (it was a Samoan church hat with plastic hibiscus.....) 

The pavlova part is ruched cream coloured fabric.  The 'cream' is dacron topped with felt kiwifruit slices.  The strawberries originally were glued on shells from the former craft incarnation...  could not get them off so painted them red, added seeds and green felt strawberry tops.
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2  Re: Black velvet teacup bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Bee_U_Tiffle on: November 09, 2006 02:47:14 AM
Thanx Katxana and runnermom   glad you liked the bag. I've made an attempt at a tutorial, my first! so I hope it makes sense.  The handles are the wire kind where you can unscrew the ends and thread stuff like beads on them - wish I could find another pair.  The original pattern (which I no longer have)  had longer fabric shoulder straps so that is also an option for handles for a shoulder bag.  Use less or more squares to adjust the depth of your bag.  Just always have 4 rows.


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3  Black velvet teacup bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Bee_U_Tiffle on: November 07, 2006 03:57:48 AM

This bag is made from quilted squares.  I used a black velvet as the base fabric and a teacup quilting fabric inside each square.  The blocks are made from a larger square enfolding a smaller square with mitred corners and are quilted.  This way you get a self made backing inside as you go.

I was in a hurry, didnt pay much attention to the instructions so mine turned out a bit different.  I did 54 rows not 4x4 so I ended up with a deeper bag.

This turned out to make quite a firm bag which actually stands up nicely on its own as you can see above. The top sits open in a square by itself and the base forms a square.  The velvet was not good to sew - very slippery and I had to do a fair bit of hand tacking to sandwich my layers together properly.  It was worth it in the end, I was pleased with the firmness of the sides yet the velvet is so nice and soft to touch and carry.

The handles are purchased wire ones which I covered in a ruched skinny tube of black velvet and added 4 wooden beads on the ends.   
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4  Pink Poodle Cake with marshmallows in Dessert by Bee_U_Tiffle on: November 07, 2006 02:41:14 AM

Ths was made for my daughters birthday.  It was a big hit with her and the other girls at the party.  They all really liked marshmallows!

The cake idea comes from the 2005 Australian Womans Weekly cake book and was pretty simple to put together on the day.  You just need a ton of tiny marshmallows, a few larger ones, some liquorice ropes and some patience!  I used a plain victoria sponge cake and pink icing. With kids I've found they like it best if the cake not too rich.
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5  Lottie with purple dreads.... in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Bee_U_Tiffle on: September 04, 2005 03:23:16 AM
Lottie was born on the first day of Spring (Southern Hemisphere). She loves Daffodils, Paisley, making cakes and reading. She is modelling her brand new pair of embroidered jeans which she has paired today with a vintage top. She enjoys listening to The Cure and thinking up new hairstyles.

Lottie was made from a clown doll kit which I thrifted from a church sale (50c!!). Her lavender and pink hued wool hair comes from the same garage sale. It is kind of like mini dreadlocks.  She is very glad she was not made into a clown as they can be kinda creepy. Plus who needs giant yellow shoes??  She is for my daughter, she named her after a little friend who has sadly now moved to England. The real Lottie has a similar rag doll which is named after my daughter.  The jeans are made from an outgrown childs pair of jeans utilising the heart embroidery around the bottom.

Bee Grin
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6  Welcome to the World in Needlework: Completed Projects by Bee_U_Tiffle on: February 14, 2005 08:31:13 PM
I needlepointed this ages ago.  It is a Jennifer Pudney design called "Welcome to the World' .  I added a little silver to the wings and the baby name is in silver thread on the world at the bottom.  Hard to see in the picture.
I blocked and laced it and kind of left it at that until....  I recently found exactly the right frame at a garage sale - $1 for two  Grin  I was going to get rid of the crazy yellow striped mat until I realised it suited the picture pretty well.  Plus it fit exactly!
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7  weighted pin cushion and thread catcher in Needlework: Completed Projects by Bee_U_Tiffle on: February 02, 2005 02:49:14 AM
OK, these things are for sale all over in quilty type shops so i thought i would make my own.  The celtic knot done in red backstitch on calico has been in my sewing box for more years than I care to think about!  So a UFO finally finished  Grin

A tile weighs down the pin cushion top which is stuffed on top of the tile.  the bag has a channel with a wire cord so it stays open.  The bag on this one has a tab and button for removal and emptying.

These are very handy for by the sewing machine and on the ironing board.  I also use it on the chair arm when I cross stitch.  This one is small enough to take with me to quilt group as well.  I'm going to make one to leave permanently with the ironing board.  This time I will put a strong magnet inside the pin cushion to hold my scissors.

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8  Quilted Tooth Fairy(with Jordy bag) in Quilting: Completed Projects by Bee_U_Tiffle on: February 02, 2005 01:11:36 AM
I made this tooth fairy recently, it is a small quilted wall hanging
(and also my avatar  Grin).  

The fairy carries a real lined Jordy style bag with flap, heart button and beaded handle.  
The child puts the tooth in the bag and the tooth fairy leaves the money.

 I finished it just in time for tooth #1 followed very shortly by tooth #2.
Going rate in our household is a gold coin ($1 or $2 if the toothfairy is feeling generous).

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9  Re: Christchurch in NEW ZEALAND by Bee_U_Tiffle on: January 25, 2005 12:49:56 AM
Do tell more!
I have never heard of such a thing...

It is a simple form of embroidery using mostly backstitch to outline an image (or words).  Traditionally done using red (or sometimes blue) but really you can use any colour or many colours.  Very quick and can be quite effective.
There are heaps of free patterns on the web.  Some cute vintage ones and more and more modern ones are becoming available to buy.

Here are some examples of pillows I have made. The top two also have satin stitch for the hearts.  The last one is done in blue:

Colouring books are good sources for images to trace, any line drawing works.  Trace onto fabric using a light box or just tracing on a window works pretty well.  

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10  Lime green caterpillar wall quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Bee_U_Tiffle on: January 24, 2005 12:52:45 AM
This is a quilted/appliqued wall hanging for my brand new nephew.

I was given no clue if the baby would be boy or girl so this lime green guy seemed like a safe choice.  Plus the baby furniture is all painted that colour.
It IS straight - I laid it on the grass outside for the picture and it appears wonky.


I used up lots of buttons, the felt flowers come from a hairclip set.  The birthdate is embroidered on the large felt flower.  The dark blue fabric is denim.

Here's the back.  I really like this green fabric !

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