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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Horsehair Bracelet on: August 22, 2010 02:02:54 AM
I hope I am putting this in the right category, but it is jewelery after all...
I recently made a bracelet out of my horse's tail hair. I thought I'd post it here because when I got the idea I couldn't find a tutorial on the web. 
I don't know anything about making jewelery and I am sure there is a more elegant way to do this but this is very quick and simple and definitely suitable for beginners  Smiley. A bracelet like this would be a lovely keepsake for any horse lover!

Just braid a few strands of tail or mane hair together, glue the ends so the braid won't come undone, put the ends of the braid in a clasp and add some more glue...done!

I've been wearing my bracelet constantly for weeks and so far it is very durable and I am very happy with it.
There is a pretty detailed tutorial on my blog with pictures as well: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2010/08/15/horsehair-bracelet-tutorial/
I hope this encourages other horse lovers to make their own bracelets!

Thanks for looking  Cheesy
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pleated skirt on: June 02, 2010 10:42:07 PM
I like buying clearance fabrics and just trying out stuff with them. This light blue striped cotton fabric was 1/m, so I bought tons of it  Grin. It is a heavier weight than I usually like for clothing, so I thought I'd make a skirt with it.
I just cut off a big rectangle and played around with different pleating methods and the final result is this:

I'm really happy with how it turned out, it fits me really well  Smiley

I sew on a vintage treadle that has no buttonhole feature, so I do my buttonholes by hand with embroidery floss:

With practice they actually look pretty nice and are not as tedious to make as I thought they would be. Cheesy

blogged here: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2010/05/30/new-blue-skirt/

Thanks for looking Smiley
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Handquilted Little Folks Quilt on: June 02, 2010 10:34:37 PM
I love Anna Maria Horners Little Folks Voile fabrics, they are so pretty and sooo soft! After making this quilt with them I only want to do quilts with voile   Grin. The fabrics were very easy to sew with also, not slippery at all!

I like making quilts with only simple squares, especially with those fabrics!
This is the back, a neutral light blue:

I handquilted it with embroidery floss in different colors:

blogged here: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/little-folks-quilt/

Thanks for looking   Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Elegant Ruffle Pillow + link to tutorial on: May 27, 2010 02:06:18 AM
Hi everyone,

I love making ruffle pillows out of jersey fabric, it's so quick and fun. This one was a gift for a friend:

It is really easy to whip up, all you need is these 4 parts:

Make a ruffle and sew it on, sew it all together (back pieces overlapping) and finished!

There's a more detailed tutorial on my blog: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/ruffle-pillow-tutorial/

Thanks for looking  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First dress and first time making a pattern on: April 07, 2010 01:26:17 AM
I recently bought Cal Patch's book 'Design-it-yourself clothes. Patternmaking simplified' and I was dying to try it out and make clothing from scratch  Smiley.
Drafting the pattern wasn't as easy as it looked and it took a few tries to get it right but now I'm quite happy with the result. Here's my first project, a simple dress:

The fabric is a super nice light blue poplin. It was all sewn on my vintage treadle sewing machine (except for the buttonholes and inside seam finish).
I screwed up a little on the sleeves and the neckline and I hope with my next project it will turn out better!

Here's the finished pattern:

I have a longer post on my blog about is as well: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/dressmaking-my-first-dress/
I can really recommend the book, I loved learning to make patterns and it teaches you to make a lot of variations as well!

Thanks for looking!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Scandinavia Quilt on: April 07, 2010 01:15:55 AM
I wanted to show off the quilt I made my dad for his birthday  Grin . I love bright patchwork but I know he likes a simpler, more elegant and scandinavian look, so here's what I came up with:

It's a pinstriped red linen blend on one side and a navy cotton on the other. I handquilted it with embroidery floss in cream and red.

except for the binding, which is sewn on by machine on one side it's entirely handsewn and since I was short on time I completed it in only 2 and a half days  Shocked. Never want to do that again though  Wink.

I have a little more detailed post about it on my blog: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/scandinavia-quilt/

Thanks for looking  Smiley
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Circus Elephant Pillows on: March 03, 2010 10:54:50 PM
I really love handstitching and since I have no patience for doing whole quilts I make little scrap pillows. They're fun and easy and pretty quick (kind of instant gratification work)  Cheesy

The scraps are stitched together by hand with embroidery floss.

The little elephant was drawn and carved out of lino and then printed onto the fabric (I have a little tutorial for that on my blog here: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/lino-love-and-tutorial/)
Here's another one on a gold base

They're blogged about here: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/more-pillows/ and here http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/circus-elephant-pillow/

Thanks for looking Smiley)
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / and another high-waisted skirt on: February 11, 2010 10:21:30 AM
Sorry, I know there have been a lot of these around lately  Wink.
 I liked the first one I did though (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332982.0) and just had to make another one. Also, I really needed a black skirt  Smiley.
The skirt is a full circle and I added pleated pockets. The seams are a little wonky in some places (I am still practising sewing with my treadle) but thankfully on black fabric it's not really noticeable  Grin.

Also blogged about here: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/and-another-high-waisted-skirt/

Thanks for looking!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Easy mittens with alpaca yarn on: January 31, 2010 11:32:34 PM
I know there are a 1000 posts on mittens already, but I still wanted to show off mine  Cheesy
Last year I spent a month in Canada wwoofing on farms and on one farm they kept alpacas. I bought some yarn from them and made these super soft mittens. I wear them constantly and love that the yarn came from the same alpacas that I fed every morning for 2 weeks  Grin

Pair 1, also blogged here: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/more-mittens/

Pair 2
I am planning on making a matching cowl with the white yarn and wanted to wait till I had it finished to post all of it together, but since I am lazy and winter will probably be over by then I thought I'd just post the mittens now  Wink

Thanks for looking!!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Of carebears and unicorns...nerdy embroidery on: January 27, 2010 11:31:03 PM
Not sure this is the right board, but it is embroidery so...
I loved both "The Last Unicorn" and the Carebear movies when I was little, so I got it into my head to make some fabric art/embroidery with those themes. Here's the result:

Also blogged about here: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/stitch-therapy/
The colors in the second picture are a little too bright actually...sorry about that.
I used only very basic stitches, mainly back stitch and stem stitch.
I actually really like how they turned out  Grin

Thanks for looking!
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