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1  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Another pair of love birds on: September 24, 2010 11:42:46 AM
I bought the Sublime Stitching design pad after seeing someone else do the lovebirds design, so it had to be the first thing I made from it! Cheesy I can't remember who had posted theirs, it was a while ago! If I find your name, major props!




(my first time doing satin stitch. am in love!)


(lols. am I messy?)
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / DIY Custom Fit Corset Pattern & Link to Tutorial - UPDATED: Part 2 Added! on: October 09, 2009 07:33:40 AM
I wanted to make my own corset and I found Roethke's tute here that was fantastic! I also found a booklet online about custom fitting a corset to your body shape. Since I have a long torso... this was useful. Really useful! So I drafted my own custom pattern using both of these things and thought I'd share how I did it. (UPDATE: Here is the finished corset!)

Like I said, I used two other sources to make my own mash-up tutorial, and I reference them repeatedly, so don't think I made this up all by my lonesome. Wink Roethke did a fantastic job on her tutorial so mad props to her and her awesome corsets! And Cathy Hay is a mastermind at fitting corsets, so mad props to her as well for sharing her booklet on corsetry. Links to both of these can be found in the tutorial, which is on my blog. I could copy and paste it here but - OMG that would take forever! And it took a long time to write the thing one time around.

Ok, here's a pic of what the FINISHED pattern will look like for your custom fit corset.

And here's a link to the tutorial.
DIY Custom Fit Corset Tutorial

Part 2, Constructing Your Corset
3  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / White Elephant Gifts on: March 08, 2008 04:58:13 PM
Our family does the most ridiculous holiday tradition: The White Elephant gift exchange. I know a lot of people do this, or something similar where you bring a gift to exchange, random stuff, junk, gag gifts... Its so much more fun to MAKE a white elephant gift tho!

Heres my idea to make it interesting...
There would be restrictions on the items used...

Yellow rubber gloves, a coat hanger and string.
A bag of party hats, gum wrappers and empty water bottles.
A string of Christmas lights, envelopes (any color or size) and bag ties.

You can use glue, tape string etc. But the materials should be the primary ingredients.

You can post suggestions of materials too!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Caffeine for the Creative Mind 'art'along? on: February 09, 2008 01:25:09 PM
I just got this book, 'Caffeine for the Creative Mind' to help build up a better portfolio. It's a great book with 250 project ideas... (none are limited to ANY media)


Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else had this book/wanted to get it and do an art along... like a craft along only with art (could be craft too!). I thought it would be interesting to see what other artists create from the projects.

The book suggests doing an activity a day, but I thought maybe we could just do whatever activity whenever. Just post them all in a thread together. Or we could be more organized. I volunteer to do head up either!

Due to copyright stuff I don't think we can post the actual description of projects, so you would have to own a copy of the book and identify each project simply by its name or page number.

I hope someone else wants to do this with me! If there's only a few of us maybe we can exchange email address and correspond that way.

That's it! Cheesy
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Acrylic sweater vs. transfer pen... on: September 03, 2006 09:20:43 PM
I'm trying to get a sulky transfer pen to work on this acrylic cardi i found so I can embroider some hot flower and stuff on it. Only the pen doesn't seem to like the sweater.

I traced to design, set the iron to low and nothing happened.

I cranked the iron to medium... stil nothing.

I put it on the highest setting and put a think peice of cotton ofer the sweater to avoid melting... got a faint faint hint of the pen lines, but not enough for my bad eyes to see!

I tried dressmakers transfer paper too (like carbon paper only.. not?) and that was a disaster too.

My sweater is starting to look like crap and I still have no embroidery on it.

Any ideas? Is the pen old? Is acrylic just an evil evil fiber?  Should I give up and try a sharpie?!

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Bunny and cow on: April 03, 2005 09:27:29 PM
The whole shirt was supposed to have a quote from Anya (buffy the vampire slayer) on it, but i got too pissy with the lettering. it looks just as good with the lil bunny. ^^



and a cow on my knitting needle case!



I did a tutorial for this... but i dont know that its any better than all the others up around here... but here's a link if anyone is interested.

Stenciling Tutorial # 3976
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / i hate memory wire. on: January 28, 2005 09:50:14 PM
I just bought some memory wire, so i could make my own stitch markers for knitting...

why the heck cant i bend this stuff? I mean, i know its not supposed to bend technically, but really... it wont budge. and if it does i get a nice sharp bend. well... i want small rings.

should i just go back to jump rings and steel wire? unless there's some trick im missing... i think i will have to set this stuff free into the wild.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / DIY DPN Case on: January 18, 2005 06:45:27 PM
I was so sick of my crochet hooks, DPNS and circs floating around in plastic baggies, so I made a case for them.

I just used some scrap fabric I had, I wasn't looking to make it pretty, but it ended up turning out really cute!



I basically used the same pattern from SnB for a needle case, just smaller and I only used one long strip of fabric.

Weeee! No more rolling needles!!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Various scarves, hats etc... Hurray! on: January 04, 2005 05:43:06 PM
First, here is a mohair scarf I made for my grandma for x-mas (it made her cry! mwuaahahaha!). I used Reynolds Fusion in Rainbow, which was very fun to play with. I also made a little headband for myself out of what was left.
I used the pattern in Last Minute Knitted Gifts, but used a diff. yarn. Much fun, and the eyelets came out so pretty!

This is me modeling said scarf

full length shot, its about 4-5 feet long

Up close shot so you can see the eyelet detail.

Small headband version for myself...


Next I have the neckwarmer from SnB Nation. I made it while watching 'Baby Boom' with Diane Keeton... anyways, it was quick to make and a lot of fun. Took me a while to get it started, but it finished wonderfully. The flowers were also a little hard to get used to. I should be starting the earwarmer version soon... I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease in various colors.

modeling neckwarmer



Yet another Kitty Hat
Used Lion Brand Wool Ease in black. This was my first hat and my first attempt at circs. It came out really good for my first try! I'm currently working on a purple one for spring in Cascade 220. Will post when done (:



Ipod Cozy, just made a big strip and sewed it together. Add a button hole and a button... wasn't too complex, and it works for what it is. Again, Lion Brand Wool Ease (I have a ton of it laying around!)

I even made a pocket on the back for my headphones. They fit snuggly, and they don't fall out.



And finally I made a green chenille scarf that started out as the butterfly scarf from SnB Nation, but the butterfly was horribly gaudy, so I left it off and just had this nice soft and extremly warm scarf. I used Lion Brand Chenille. If you were going to follow the pattern to the Tee, I would reccomend using what they have listed, Cotton Chenille, as it seems a little lighter. But still, Lion Brand is readily available and still very nice to work with (:

Modeling scarf

Full shot... about 4 feet long, maybe more...

Close up for detail

That's all for now!
Working on another kitty hat using Cascade 220, as well as a different hat (knit flat and seamed) out of Lion Brand Homespun, and a scarf for my man using Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick.

Here's the yarns I used and where you can find them if not at your LYS:

Reynolds Fusion - http://www.patternworks.com/PWShopping/partsvyarn.asp?action=lookup&partno=698&subject=&catpos=

Lion Brand Wool Ease (among others) - http://www.lionbrand.com/

Cascade 220 - http://cascadeyarns.com/cascade220.asp

Cotton Chenille - http://www.patternworks.com/PWShopping/partsvyarn.asp?action=lookup&partno=932&subject=&catpos=

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