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1  Tinsel Wreath in Winter Holidays by chineseathena on: December 17, 2013 02:05:03 PM
Hallo there! Just popping in to share my tinsel wreath, the very first Christmas decoration I've made.

All I used were a foam wreath form, 36 yards of tinsel, some wired ribbon, the decorative green "sprig" (found at Michael's), and paper clips (my cheapo substitute for floral U pins). I think it's pretty self-explanatory, but if you're interested, I have a brief description of how I made it and a few more photos here on my blog.

I hope you find it inspiring! Happy holidays!
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2  Two Statement Necklaces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by chineseathena on: April 29, 2013 11:43:19 PM
Hi all! I'm very much a beginner in the jewelry-making world. I'm actually really proud of myself for making two necklaces that are actually pretty!

Links to the tutorials I used and a couple more pictures (and combinations!) can be found on my blog.

Comments, criticism, advice? Thanks for looking!
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3  Katara, Azula, Toph, and Aang in Costumes: Completed Projects by chineseathena on: March 07, 2013 09:05:43 PM
First time posting on this board!

My classmates put together a dance for our Lunar New Year Festival that was based off of Avatar/Legend of Korra. And a few of us got together and decided, "You know what? This needs cosplay!"

Unfortunately, I was the only person out of all of us who knows anything about sewing. I have made three items of clothing from scratch: a jersey shirt and two pairs of pajama pants. But, hey! I did my best, and you know what? I think I did a pretty darn good job!

Two weeks, $120, and one very stressed seamstress later:

(that's me!  Grin)

For more pictures, some descriptions of how I made the costumes, and a video of our dance, take a look at my blog post.

Comments, criticism, praise (especially praise  Wink) are all welcome! Thanks for looking!
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4  Turtles!!! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by chineseathena on: December 04, 2012 08:05:37 PM
This is an old pattern, but a seriously awesome one. And super easy, for any interested beginners out there.

Just finished sewing on the eyes of these turtles today. They were originally meant to be last year's Christmas presents for some of my friends here at school. Obviously that didn't work out, but at least they were finally FINALLY completed!

Come take a look at my blog for more photos, and to see something special I did with the purple and yellow turtle! And you can find the pattern here.
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5  Shiny Shiny Roses! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by chineseathena on: June 28, 2011 10:47:15 AM
Hello there! I haven't posted on this board before, but I've done a little lurking. The stuff I've seen here is so impressive! All I have for you is a little origami, but with a pretty twist.

I made these roses for my mom out of construction paper for Mother's Day a couple years ago, but as you can see they have faded a lot.

So this time, I replaced them with something that wouldn't fade: foil tissue!

And it turned out soooooo well!

I made a silver one, too, out of aluminum foil, to replace the white one.

OMG. So pretty. There are even more photos on my blog if you'd like to see. Wink

Oh yes, and here is the website with the instructions I used. It's actually pretty easy.
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6  New joining method: remove the foundation chain in Crochet: Completed Projects by chineseathena on: June 27, 2011 11:14:02 PM
Hi there everyone! I recently crocheted an infinity scarf as a present for a family member (using my own pattern). I had made one like this before, but I made it a little narrower, a little tighter.

Preeeeety, yes?

Unfortunately, I ran into a little snag. I had made the foundation chain really loose to accommodate for stretching. Usually it works out.

Turns out, this time it was way too loose. When I tried to whipstitch it together, it bulged funnily and just looked so messy. So what was I to do?

It hit me then that I could try to remove the foundation chain in order to join the two ends. If you'd like to learn how I did it, I put together a photo tutorial on my blog to explain it. Sorry, it's a huge pain to put together twice!

An overview:
-hold the ends of your scarf together, with the beginning of it in front, foundation chain facing up, and the end of it behind, the tops of the stitches facing up. Line up your stitches
-at the beginning edge of the scarf, insert your hook from right to left into the base of the first stitch from the left, following the foundation chain yarn
-insert the hook into the corresponding stitch at the end of the scarf
-yarn over with your joining yarn and pull it all the way through (leaving not a loop, but a single strand of yarn)
-continue across
-pull the yarn through twice at the first and final stitch of the seam
-unravel the foundation chain

It looks very apparent in the sample I did using all different colors, but it is pretty much invisible when done in one color (you can see the photos of it on my blog post). Please take a look and let me know what you think!

Thanks for reading!
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7  A Dolman Top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by chineseathena on: March 20, 2011 09:00:49 PM
I am so excited! This is the first garment I have ever made from scratch (that is wearable...)! Much thanks to chewynoodles and her simple tutorial.

I made this shirt with some bright (bright, bright) blue jersey. I was worried about the wearability of this color (not a huge problem, it turns out), which was why I chose it for my first attempt at this project. Now that I've seen how awesome-cool it is, I'm ready to use some of the prettier fabrics I have in my stash.

You can see detail shots of the neckline and sleeves, which I did differently than chewynoodles did, on my blog.

Next on the agenda: redo with prettier fabric, MUCH wider neckline, and cuffs on the sleeves...I like that look a lot better.

Thanks for looking!
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8  Don't Be Koi Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by chineseathena on: February 21, 2011 12:54:14 PM
Haha, you see what I did there? It's a pun!

Anyways, I'm not sure if this really qualifies as being post-worthy, after seeing the amazing work done on this board, but I just love it so much I had to share.

I've seen these necklaces around the internet in many places, and being Chinese, of course I happened to have one randomly dangling off my blinds from my high school, trinket-obsessed days. Simplest necklace ever, since it already has a gigantic jump ring ready for use. Just string onto a chain! I hope to see a lot more of these around, because they're just too cute.

You can see more here on my blog. Thanks for looking!
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9  Covers for sewing machine, laptop, and mouse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by chineseathena on: February 21, 2011 12:45:58 PM
Hello! These are some of the first things I've done with my first sewing machine, and I'm pretty proud. It was also a learning experience, since I made a fair number of mistakes, but I am happy with my results.

Obviously, the last two were made using the same fabric. I picked up this awesome cotton pique print on clearance at Hancock Fabrics (I've seen at least one other Craftster user use this fabric), and used black fleece for the lining. I used a home decor remnant for the sewing machine case.

Want to see more pictures and learn how I made these? I talk about it here on my blog. And how do you like the shameless plugging? Grin

Thanks for looking!
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10  mp3 Case in Crochet: Completed Projects by chineseathena on: February 21, 2011 12:38:11 PM
Hello there! So raise your hands if you have a habit of treating your electronics...with tough love? Well, it has probably already occurred to you then that your doodads need protection from you! This thought occurred to me three years ago when I first bought my mp3 player, especially because it used a touch interface. It only took three years for me to get around to it.  Roll Eyes

Once I actually did it, it worked up in a single afternoon. Make a chain, crochet into both sides of the chain, and start your rounds, alternating two rounds of sc with one round of dc. I added the button strap mostly to secure my earbuds, since the case itself is a secure fit.

I love it! The yarn is something I purchased from China. There's a very small amount of it so I've been trying to figure out what to do with it. I used an E hook to make sure it's tight, but dang, using needles like that is hard on the hands, how do people crochet with thread without getting carpal tunnel within the hour???

Anyways, thanks for looking! You can check this out on my blog, too, along with a bunch of other things I've sewn and crocheted. Wink Just sayin'.
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