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1  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Baby Onesies, so cute! on: August 27, 2007 01:24:21 PM
I loved making these onesies. I made them for my not yet born nephew but I couldn't resist making a few girly ones too. I'll just keep them to look at Smiley

But my favorite one is this one. there's a story behind it. My nephews name will be Damien Blaze. So how could I not give him a blaze? I used one strand each of red, yellow and orange.

But wait! It gets better. My brother is a big tattooed dude. Sleeves on his arms, covered legs, back, you get the picture. I thought little Damien would like his own tattoo so I stitched this on one of the arms.

This was my first time stitching on onesies. I was a little concerned with the stitching rubbing on the baby (especially if he has the ultra sensitive skin my son had) so I stitched on white cotton fabric, and then I used lightweight heat and bond and stitched around the edges. Now he only has a little back stitching to worry about.

I might just have to make more Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Kurt Halsey Pouch on: July 30, 2007 10:21:43 PM
This is a pattern from the "Bend-The-Rules" book. I used a kitchen towel for the outside, I just loved the texture. I learned one thing though, it is a bear to stitch through. I bent a needle or two, and it's a little sloppy here and there, but I love the end results!



Inside Flap:
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Thermal....Finally complete! on: April 13, 2007 08:43:17 PM
Finally! I am finished. I had no problems knitting the body, and sleeve one but as soon as I started sleeve 2 I had major burnout. It took me a whole month just to knit the second sleeve and sew it up  Shocked

I am WAY happy with the end product. I knitted the sleeves slightly longer, since that is how I liked them. Of course, after I finished the first one is when I started reading about the "growth" issues. There was no way I was re-knitting so I kept going.

Before blocking, the sleeves were perfect...completely perfect. But the body was just a little too short. The first picture is pre-blocking. It is hard to tell it's a little short, partly because I stretched it right before the camera snapped. A second later, it popped back into place.

And here are the post blocking pictures. First off...the pants from the first shot sat at my belly button...these pants are low rise, so the top doesn't like that different, lengthwise, but trust me...It grew at least 3 or more inches. (Sort of embarassing but if you look closely you can see the "crater" that is my belly button, lol) So the body is now perfect, but the sleeves...  Sad
A little too long. Happily, they only grew in length, not in width.

Here's with the sleeves rolled twice. And as much as I liked the ribbed cuff...I quite like it rolled up too. So it works. And I LOVE it! Even better, it got cold again here in Southern Virginia so i will get to wear it once or twice before it warms up! yay!

One last thing...I had to go up several needle sizes to get gauge. For the size I made (34) the pattern called for 7 skeins. I always buy extra so I bought 8. I used 5 and I have three completely untouched skeins left.  Enough to make some fab knee socks by Cookie  Wink
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quilted Messenger Bag on: November 20, 2006 05:29:45 PM
I used an Amy Butler charm pack to make a quilted messenger bag. I couldn't find a simple pattern I liked so I just made it up as I went. It's my first time making something without a pattern. I don't think it turned out too bad. I did learn a few things I should do differently next time.

It has a magnetic snap closure, and zippered interior pocket.

(Don't mind my messy table or the fat cat "helping" me!)



Flap Open:


Another Front View:

I'm hoping to make another one next week. I used batting with this one, but it was a bear to sew seams with. I think I'll try fusible fleece next time, and some interfacing for the lining. And I've got to work on the straps. I made the sides 3 inches wide, so I thought I should make the straps 3 inches wide at the base. I didn't like them that wide though, so I sewed them wrong sides together. It's a little better, but not the look I wanted.

Any thoughts? Suggestions for next time?

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern Resizing, Help me, Please! on: August 23, 2006 05:14:34 PM
 I realize that this is probably pretty easy to do. But I have never done it, and being new to sewing, I'm not sure how to go about it.

I bought a vintage Butterick pattern (from the late 60's), traced the pattern on some swedish tracing paper, and was about to cut fabric when I thought it looked a little big. I the pattern piece up to me and it was huge! I realized the pattern I bought was a 36 bust, but thanks to some recent weightloss, I am now a 34 bust. I was a 36 for so many years, when I bought the pattern I must have still had the mindset that it was my size.

Anyhow.... It's a pinafore/smock style top. Very simple... But where do I start?

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cute Top I made on: August 08, 2006 08:35:17 AM
I used Simplicity 4589. It was very easy...I have plans to make several more.


Natural light...The skirt is something I picked up at goodwill. It was ankle lenght (Ugh!) so I cut it down.

My Mom called me Hippy Dippy when she saw me in this outift. I was wearing birkenstock sandals too. Smiley
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sewing Bug has Bit me-- Picture heavy (sorry, they're kind of big too!) on: August 08, 2006 08:28:44 AM
I just recently started sewing again. I did a swap where I had to make a bag, and I haven't stopped since. Here's some of what I've done...

Pleated tote bag, the brown is a lightweight velvety fabric.

Inside Brown Bag

I decided the brown bag wasn't good enough for my swap pal, so I made this one to go with it.


And one for me... The inside is bright yellow.

And a mini clutch...It closes with a magnetic snap.

Inside..I so love this pattern. Definately making more of these.

I also made a case for sock knitting needles

Here it is filled with my needles... I still need to make one for myself.

This little bag you wear across your chest. I have a large barrel bag style purse that I always use, but the straps constantly fall down. I needed something small/simple/light that I wouldn't have to worry about losing when I have my hands full of whatever stuff I'm buying.

Inside. I had my cell phone, keys, change purse, pen, and a small credit card sized wallet, and still had room leftover.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zippered Pouch Survival Kit on: October 07, 2005 08:36:55 PM
My knitting group and I went to a Fiber Festival last week-end. We had to drive two hours away, and I figured being that far from home for the day required some necessities.

I made these little zipper bags from this tutorial http://www.thimble.ca/?p=146 and then filled them with some things I thought we might need throughout the day. I also made the little tags. if you look closely, they have a bunch of fall colored leaves on them. We were going to a Fall Fiber Festival, so it seemed fitting.

I used some fabric I've had lying around for a few years now. They're not the greatest colors/patterns but the girls loved them!

Each bag had all of these things inside. Different colors of course. And you should know, the tissues came in real handy when the port-a-potty had no TP in is. The sanitizer also played a big role in our day, hehe. Smiley

The tutorial was very easy. I will definitely be making more of these!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Needle Holder on: October 07, 2005 07:47:58 PM
I've been searching for a needle holder for all my double points for a looong time, but everything I saw was either not quite right, or too expensive. So I finally got off my butt and made my own. I found one I liked online, "studied" the picture, and voila!  The inside is black fabric so it might be hard to see all the pockets. I also left an opening for a ribbon tie but I put it on the wrong flap and didn't notice until everything was done. I'll probably just add a couple snaps instead. 

I've got an idea for a circular needle holder, similar to this one. If only I could find decent fabric locally. walmart and Joanns (my only local fabric shops) just aren't cutting it.

Here it is closed.

First fold, like a book.

Unfold like a book again, and here's the top flap to hold things in.

Lift flap and we have needles! All of my double points.

And here's  a close up so you can see both row of pockets.

And yes those are my feet in the picture. I had to stand on the chair to get the whole holder in the frame. Thanks for looking!

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Intarsia Chart Needed on: June 16, 2005 07:59:35 PM
I am looking for a Fairy intarsia chart. Does anyone have one or know where I could find one? Or even push me in the right direction to make one....


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