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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / First attempt at nuno felting on: December 24, 2009 06:39:43 AM

It's not perfect, but it's a start! I watched a few video tutorials on YouTube before giving this a go, and I think I might be addicted now.

A few things I learned:
Nuno felting requires more wool than you may think. I've always heard that it doesn't require much wool at all, but I think that's just relative to what is required in wet felting. I had a few bare places in the piece because I didn't lay enough wool down.
Nuno felting requires patience and strong triceps, two things I don't have a lot of. I'm working on it, though!
Nuno felting shrinks. A lot. My scarf ended up a little short. On the dress form it looks okay, but it's definitely too small to wear.

I'm going to try another one soon, but with different fabric and more wool.  Wink
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Pee Wee Herman contact paper stencil and link to tutorial on: October 06, 2009 10:41:10 AM
I've never tried stenciling before but my one of the gals in my craft group told me about making stencils out of contact paper, so I decided to give it a shot.

Here's the stencil after I cut it out:

And here's Pee Wee in all his glory:

I posted a tutorial and sources of stencils on my blog. You can view it here:

Thanks for taking a peek! Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bella's Fingerless Gloves (Twilight-inspired) on: January 23, 2009 12:52:28 PM
I haven't seen these posted here yet, so I thought I'd share my finished version. Stitch-n-snitch posted this great pattern for fingerless gloves (http://stitchnsnitch.wordpress.com/2008/02/05/bellas-fingerless-gloves/) that are subtlely Twilight-inspired. I fell in love with them. They were a cinch to knit and are really fun to wear.

So, do you see the scar from James' bite?  Wink

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fun mobius cowl on: November 22, 2008 06:10:03 AM

I designed this simple pattern myself. The yarn (Nashua Sitar) was so lovely that a complicated stitch pattern just wouldn't do. It's warm, snuggly, and perfect for this coastal cold that is sweeping our beaches this weekend!

I'm hoping to post a pattern for this cowl soon on my blog, so I'll post a link here when it's done. Smiley
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Desk, modernized. on: November 22, 2008 05:57:15 AM
I recently got the okay to work from home, so the family desk needed a little revamping. Here's the before:

And the modernized after with installed lighting and pretty fabric tack board:

It was a fairly easy project, although the lights were a PAIN to install. Full details and additional photos are on my blog at http://plumdearly.blogspot.com/2008/11/desk-modernized.html. Smiley
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled note paper holder with tutorial link on: October 10, 2008 01:29:53 PM
I hope this fits in here. It's sort of like a wallet for note paper.  Cheesy

I constantly write notes on small scraps of paper that never stay organized, so my attempt at organization by actually writing something down is lost. So, I decided to make a note paper holder. I take trashed 8.5" x 11" paper from the office, cut it into eighths, stuff it in my holder, stick it in my handbag, and it's there anytime I need it!

Tutorial here: http://plumdearly.blogspot.com/2008/10/tutorial-note-paper-holder.html

I even made printable note paper to print on one-sided paper.  Smiley

What do you think?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Miss Sophia and the Fall Flower scarflette on: October 20, 2007 04:10:16 PM
Miss Sophia:

Made out of 100% wool.  Unique design.

Fall flower scarflette:

Wool/scrylic blend.  Unique design.

I had a lot of fun designing and knitting these.  They'll be perfect for winter!
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Enchanted and Marie on: October 11, 2007 03:35:41 PM

Marie (inspired by the Sofia Coppola film Marie Antoinette:

Love love love Marie. 
:-) Lisa
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Patterns for big girls? on: May 03, 2006 08:24:35 AM
What are some of your favorite pattern companies that make plus-size patterns?  I'm finding a lot of tunics and mumus, and need something younger and more hip.  I am a size 18/20 and usually a 24/26 in pattern sizes.  Any suggestions?
10  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Super-cute Betsey Johnson dress... help! on: April 27, 2006 11:05:19 AM
Alright, ladies...  I'm dying to make this incredibly adorable Betsey Johnson dress:

I've never made anything from scratch before, so I'm thinking of starting from a pattern and altering it from there.  Any ideas on how to make it?  I'm also a bit of a novice, but totally up to the challenge, so please excuse me if I ask really dumb questions.  Roll Eyes

<3 Vi
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