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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: 1-ply, 90% Japanese Spitz (dog) down, 10% silk on: February 28, 2013 09:58:56 PM
Pretty!! You should call it silken tofu  Wink
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / a study in Polka Dots! on: January 12, 2011 07:29:46 AM
I'll admit it, I'm addicted. As soon as I had finished my first sampler I was already rifling through my house to find something else to embroider.

Originally this was not going to stay on the hoop, but I fell in love with the hot pink surrounding the colorful Polka Dots

Here are the Pics. I learned some new stitches!



This was so much fun to do!

C + C are welcome!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered sampler, soon to be wallet! on: January 11, 2011 10:33:08 PM
@ EVERYONE! Thank you all so much! You have encouraged me to post on here more often  Grin

@ craftydiem: The book is called Embroidered Effects, and it has good explanations of all the tools and fabrics and threads, and anything else a beginner needs to know. I personally found it very useful as a beginner because the author talks about things I would never have considered. It also has a lot of really cool inspiring patterns! I would defiantly recommend this book. I used about 80% of the stitches from the book in my sampler.

@ gumption: Thanks! to be honest I did the diagonal so that some of the more tedious/difficult stitch lines would be shorter, but in the end I really like it. I have been needing a change purse (all my change gets lost) so I will defiantly consider a zippered pouch, Thanks!

@ GrumasaurusRex: is there a specific stitch? Some of them don't have names, and one I made up. I would be happy to try to describe them to you.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered sampler, soon to be wallet! on: January 10, 2011 09:09:16 AM
Thank you! I didn't think of a journal cover. I shall consider it  Wink
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered sampler, soon to be wallet! on: January 10, 2011 09:00:48 AM
For Christmas I received a book on embroidery, so I promptly started a sampler! my first foray into needlework!  Grin
I am very proud and want to show it off so I think I might use it to make a wallet. Any other ideas?

close ups:

The gold, brown, and green part is my favorite!

C + C are always welcome
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knotty but Nice hat on: January 08, 2011 06:44:46 AM
Well done! I've been trying to make this hat for my friend, and I had to restart it 7 times!!! Those darn cable sections were messing up my gauge. Yours looks great! I hope you didn't have any trouble with it  Cheesy
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: cabled capelet (with customizable instructions) on: January 07, 2011 02:29:07 PM
Fantabulous! I may have to copy you  Wink
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My first colours on: January 07, 2011 02:28:11 PM
I've always wanted to make those. Yours are beautiful! I think you may have inspired me to start my own pair!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lacy shawl of fancy doom on: January 07, 2011 02:22:30 PM
I usually make small projects (mostly because I get bored) but love the lace shawls a see everywhere. I made one a while ago and it was a frustrating experience so its been a while since i've cast on for something this involved. I thought I would take this opportunity to make a shawl that i've had in my head for a while, so here it is! It was a marathon knit from start to finish, and a better experience than my first shawl.

The pattern is Swallowtail shawl from knitty.com. I modified it a bit because I wanted to include different colors. The main part is a silk mix, and it feels wonderful next to the skin. Also a made it a bit smaller, so that I would be able to finish it.

I used my new dress form that I got for Christmas (yay) to model!



close up (couldn't get a clearer one...)

I had a lot of fun coming up with different ways to wear it

Comments and Criticisms are very welcome!
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lendrum folding wheel as a first wheel? on: September 28, 2010 06:16:37 PM
Thanks for the input, its hard to find what i want when im basically going in blind. Right now there are 2 antique wheels in my area for 75$ on craigslist. I think I'm going to visit them this weekend with some fiber, and see if they are in working condition (one looks to be in quite good condition).

If those don't work, then there is also a beautiful hand made castle style wheel on craigslist for 250$. Seems like a wonderful price, especially if it has extra bobbins. What do you guys think? Huh

I'm just waiting for the craigslist people to email me back.
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