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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mixed media art quilt/patchwork strip on: February 23, 2011 05:43:31 PM
I hope I put this in the right place  Smiley

I've recently become enamored with art quilts and knew I had found my new love when I saw Jude Hill's work on Spirit Cloth. This is my first go at anything like this. I started by choosing my fabrics (and being toile obsessed, it's toile-heavy), and then my colors. I love pink and dark grey together, and adore gold metallic thread, so those choices were easy.

I love mixed media, so couldn't just leave it at cloth and thread. There's also metal, paper (a bit from an 1880's edition of Paradise Lost. I collect them, so I've got tons), and a feather. I wanted a really raw, organic feeling to offset the fussiness of the toile, so I singed the edges of the strip and stopped myself from lining up my stitches perfectly (which I usually obsess over).

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet, but thought I might eventually incorporate it into a larger piece.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A bevy of bookmarks (pic heavy) on: January 27, 2011 12:44:43 PM
These are my first attempts at bookmarks. The steampunk and Warcraft ones are for my oldest son. I really like the steampunk one, and discovered while doing it that it's much easier to burn paper on an electric stove element than with an open flame, plus it gives a lot more control. Truth be told, I'm not in love with the Warctaft one because it seems pretty boring to me. However, my son loved it, so I'm counting it as a win  Smiley

The double-sided butterfly/bird bookmark was inspired by all the awesome Rapunzel scarves I've been seeing lately.

I'm in love with making bookmarks now  Smiley
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tarot bag on: January 25, 2011 06:41:41 PM
I have roughly eight billion tarot decks (it's an addiction), and only one of the tarot bags I keep them in is handmade (and poorly, at that). Since recently taking up sewing, I decided I should make my own. So I used some leather-look felt I had on hand and whipped one up. The top flap was an afterthought, and so wasn't incorporated into the body of the bag the way I would have liked. But now I know what I'll do differently next time.

I originally wanted it for my Deviant Moon tarot, but it wound up being just a bit too small, so now it's housing my Archeon tarot  Smiley

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Altar cloth on: January 25, 2011 06:33:58 PM
I got this great fabric in a swap and knew right away I wanted to use it to make an altar cloth. I had a black velvet skirt that is too big for me, so I cut it up and used it for the trim. It's a very stretchy velvet, and I'm still a sewing newbie, so it came out a bit crooked in areas. But that's ok, it's got "character"  Wink

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bright and girly pillowcase on: January 23, 2011 01:51:37 PM
I'm still very new to sewing, but I'm in love with it and wanted to make some new pillowcases. I didn't follow a pattern because I figured (being an expert Roll Eyes) that it wouldn't be that hard. And once I worked out the details in my head, it was actually pretty easy. It's made from three different fabrics and...well, that's it. Not much else to say about it. It's a pillowcase  Cheesy

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embellished Tron stitchery on: January 22, 2011 08:11:16 AM
I made this for the Three Tiny Movie Things swap. One of my partner's favorite movies is Tron, so I made this.

I know the original quote is "Computer's are just machines, they can't think", but once I drew it up I didn't like the way it was laid out, so I switched it up. The idea of the quote stays exactly the same, but the end result looks nicer (and seems a bit more ominous).

For the hoop I busted up a few electronics that were lying around unused (an old thermometer, calculator, etc.). I'm a bad swap partner, though. The end result was a jagged, sharp embroidery that could do my poor partner bodily harm. Or, if the need ever arises, she could use it as a weapon  Cheesy

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Princess Bride Silhouette on: January 22, 2011 08:03:27 AM
I made this for the Three Tiny Movie Things swap, and since my partner received I can finally post pics!

One of my partner's favorite movies is The Princess Bride, and I have a serious obsession with silhouettes. The logical conclusion was that I would embroider a silhouette of the iconic Westley & Buttercup lovers pose. I used one thread from the neck up to get better detail, then switched to two threads for everything else. The fabric I used is one I'm obsessed with right now. It's an awesome blue and white damask with sparkly silver outlining.

All in all I'm pretty happy with it. I wanted to do some silk ribbon embroidered roses around the silhouette, but just didn't have the room I needed to pull it off (it's a 4" hoop).

Now I kind of want one for myself  Cheesy

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zippered pouch- my first! on: January 14, 2011 02:29:47 PM
I'm new to this sewing thing (which will become obvious when you see the pics!  Cheesy). I've sewn a hair bow and two pillows for my kids, but I hadn't tried following a pattern before. So when I came across this patter (http://flossieteacakes.blogspot.com/2009/05/lined-zippered-pouch-make-up-bag.html) I had to try it because I needed something to put my knitting accessories in.

You'll notice that mine looks nothing like the one in the link. This is because the zipper was sticking out further than the fabric, and I thought (in all my expertise) that that wasn't right, so I grabbed the scissors and halfway through cutting off the "excess" I realized the logistics of it and thought "OMG what have I done??!"  Cheesy

But in the end I saved it, sort of. The plus side is that now I know what I'm doing, and I now have a place to store my knitting whatnots.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Anthropologie knockoff shirt-collar/necklace (now with tute) on: January 10, 2011 05:33:08 PM
Update: tute added below

I joined the "fake swap" craftalong, choosing the Anthropologie knockoff swap as my goal. I saw this: http://bit.ly/hnfGPh and knew I wanted to make something like it, just not felted. I chose teal instead of grey, though I'm wishing I would have gone with a dark grey instead. This was incredibly easy and quick, and so now I'm looking forward to making more. That's a vintage clip-on earring at the center  Smiley

Terrible action shot first

I used size 6 needles and worsted weight, but you could certainly do this with any combination (I'm thinking lace weight on 4s would look awesome).

CO 2 sts
Row 1- k1, yo, k1
Row 2- k across
Row 3- k1, yo, k1, yo, k1
Row 4- k across

Row 1- K1, yo, k to last st, yo, k1
Row 2- k across

Continue in pattern until it's the length you want, bind off and finish as usual. Sew two of the triangle's points together, and using the same yarn (or not!) make two braids (what you'll tie it on with). Sew the braids to the outer triangle points and you're done. You can leave it like that or add something to the middle like I did.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Enormous (wo)man-eating basketweave scarf on: January 09, 2011 04:33:13 PM
Somehow, it happened that I'm the only person in our home without a scarf, despite the fact that I knit. But no more! I sat down a couple nights ago and decided I was going to do a big, fat, purple, basketweave scarf. So I did  Cheesy

It's mad heavy and overwhelms me a bit (it looks like it's wearing me), but it's super warm and I adore chunky knits. It worked up very fast because I used super bulky yarn and 13s. In total there's probably only about four hours of time in it. Not that it's a complex pattern (far from it), but if anyone's interested, here's how it's done...

CO 16 sts (or any multiple of 4. Or 5. Or whatever, really)
Row 1-4 k4, p4, k4 p4
Row 5-8 p4, k4, p4, k4
Repeat until it's the length you want

Pardon the horrible pictures. After a Winter of nothing but sun, we finally got our first snow  Smiley

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