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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Stenciling on a curved surface? on: August 02, 2004 03:40:30 PM
Any ideas as to how to stencil on a curved surface?  We have these cardboard pillars and we want to stencil chinese dragons on them.  We made the stencils, but how do you keep it flat?  Some kind of tacky thing might work, but we just painted the pillars red and do not want to mess up the paint.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Apron on: July 22, 2004 09:08:54 AM
I was in a sewing mood last week.  Just had to post this cute apron I made:

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skirts from vintage material - Tutorial on: July 22, 2004 09:07:50 AM
I got this material from a recycle/reuse place in Berkeley.  I loved the bright colors and had to make skirts.  They are simple A-line skirts, really easy to make.  The first one has a zipper, the second one is just a pull over.  Enjoy!

tutorial here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=9793.msg86284#msg86284
4  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity #9004 - Cat Bed on: June 18, 2004 11:46:20 AM
I have gotten many questions about this pattern (Simplicity 9004) since it is my avatar.  I made this for my cats. 
Of course they do not use it but the mouth is too small anyway.  I made it about 2 1/2 years ago so my memory of its construction is foggy.  Anyway, it was fun to make.  I was a little confused about how the head attached to the body.  There is an unfinished seam inside but I dont care since no one will really see it.  I also did not put the eyes on it because I got lazy and did not want to search for ping pong balls.

I have used it as a funky bag but it was cumbersome.  Now it is eating a monster in my living room.  Yeah!

Feel free to ask questions, but like I said, my memory is foggy about construction.  Someday I plan to make the others on the pattern (a tent and a house).  I may even try to make them lifesize.  That'd be real fun!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mini-Quilt on: May 14, 2004 09:17:46 AM
Well, I just finished my first quilt.  It is a mini quilt, so not as much time went into it, but it was still difficult.  Once I get home, I will post the book where I got the instructions. 

I annually go to the Burning Man festival in Nevada and this is a commemorative quilt for my mother-in-law who went the year I got married there:

I hope you like it.

Here is info about Burning Man:  http://www.burningman.com
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Smurf sheets --> messenger/tote bag on: April 13, 2004 12:09:30 AM
Here is my new obnoxious smurf sheet turned tote bag.  I used smurf sheets throughout, vinyl for the outside and pen/chapstick holders, a shiny, papery vinyl-like material for the lining and strap, and cardboard for the interior stability (which causes it to bow out kinda funny, but I like it).  

I used a tutorial for messenger bags found here on craftster and omitted the top closure.  I added the fur/felt trim stuffed with fiber filling.  Here are some pics:

Here are a couple more:

I thought I was going to donate this to a fundraiser.  But I will have to use it for a while first.  So much fun!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Top Hat?? on: March 30, 2004 03:48:33 PM
Does anyone know of a good DIY tutorial for making a top hat that looks pretty real?  I have seen the ones for using a paper plate.  But I want one more realistic.  I have made one in the past, but I could not get the shape right.  Thanks for any help!!  
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / It's called omiyage on: February 09, 2004 09:06:10 AM
So, I picked up this book a year ago and have been going mad making things from it.  The book is by a famous quilter from Japan (sorry for the long link, Amazon is one of the cheapest places to get it):

And here are some of my creations (they are all tiny purses):

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Patch pants and messenger bag on: February 08, 2004 10:05:45 PM
So, I FINALLY finished these cordouroy patch pants for my husband.  I had to take them apart and put the pockets on the outside because i just could not get the pockets right.  I still need to redo them Angry.  I kind of made up the pattern:

And here is a messenger bag I just made.  Thanks so much to everyone who has posted instructions for these, they are easy (and I am working on one with a smurf sheet and vinyl, picture to come):

I will be posting a lot more pictures because I had some time to finish projects this past week.  Enjoy and thanks again craftsters for all the creative inspiration!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Finished gifts on: January 22, 2004 08:33:09 PM
Whew!  I have finally finished a couple of Christmas gifts (I am terribly late, thankfully no one cares in my circles).  

The first one was for my dad made out of leather scraps using hot glue:

This one is for my best friend - made with fabric:

All of the materials were scraps!  Even the card boards I used were from a recycle/reuse place.  
Yeah, now off to find more things to post!
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