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1  Wool Slacks to Buttercup Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by amber565 on: January 31, 2011 07:01:05 AM
I signed up to be an angel for someone. I've also been wanting to make something out of wool, but didn't want to pay for expensive wool yardage. I found a pair of men's wool slacks at the thrift store, and decided to try making a Buttercup Bag. I had picked up a remnant piece of pink satin a while back & used that for the lining. It turned out great and the wool gives it a lovely texture - perfect for winter! I love the bright colored lining. I hope the recipient will enjoy this bag....it was a little difficult to send it away!

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2  Peacocks from Embroidered Effects in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by amber565 on: January 30, 2011 05:58:32 PM
I did the peacocks design from Embroidered Effects for a personal swap. I used silver sequins in the tail feathers. It was a great piece to practice some stitches on. I used split stitch, stem stitch, backstitch, french knots, and a little satin stitch. Thanks for looking!

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3  Zombie Reminder in Needlework: Completed Projects by amber565 on: December 26, 2010 09:34:10 AM
I made this for my step-daughter for Christmas! This is the first time I've designed something myself. A friendly reminder to always be prepared for the day zombies arrive. I used 6 strands for the lettering and 2 strands for the brain.

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4  Re: Givers and Needers Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by amber565 on: October 09, 2010 11:30:48 AM
I received my box of goodies from princessblueberry!! Thanks so much...I'm gonna have fun with all of it Smiley

Good sized pieces of fabric and some lace.

Embroidery Supplies. Lots of Floss, a little hoop, some needles, and pre-cut squares of aida cloth
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5  Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 Gallery of Bibliophilic Love in The Swap Gallery by amber565 on: September 23, 2010 12:14:59 PM
I just downloaded pictures from my camera & realized I never posted my last bookmark from Yumjello01! I'm so sorry  Cry

She sent me this cute drawn butterfly & it's laminated too. She also sent along a laminated metro pass since she was having so much fun with her new laminating machine!

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6  Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 Gallery of Bibliophilic Love in The Swap Gallery by amber565 on: August 29, 2010 06:09:51 PM
I got another bookmark, a fabulously doodled one from Bewara! Thanks so much Kara Smiley

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7  Re: Yarnies Vs Sewists R2 Gallery Sendouts August 30 in The Swap Gallery by amber565 on: August 25, 2010 06:20:21 PM
I received my package from Styupe today, and it was full of wonderful goodies! Thank you so much for being an awesome partner. I hope you enjoy the sewn items I'll be sending you as much as I love these crochet items!!

My biggest wish was for an amigurami. I've never even seen one, and thought it would be so cute to get one for my son. Here's a good picture & the happy kid with his new robot friend!

I'm just about a month or so away from having our second child, a girl, and now have a beautiful blanket to welcome her into the world with. The toy is also a rattle, which is just awesome. Yay for handmade toys!!

And lastly, a bunch of flowers. I have so many things I will use these for...cards, hair clips, sewing embellishments. So excited to use them  Cheesy
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8  Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 Gallery of Bibliophilic Love in The Swap Gallery by amber565 on: August 20, 2010 07:44:12 PM
I received 2 more lovely bookmarks!

From Rosie1981, a very colorful bookmark with my initial. I'm not sure what technique was used, it looks to be some substance melted in inside!

Front & Back pictures

From 1watermonkey, a patchwork fabric bookmark with some pretty butterfly fabrics!

Front & Back pictures

Thanks ladies!!
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9  Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 Gallery of Bibliophilic Love in The Swap Gallery by amber565 on: August 17, 2010 02:48:56 PM
I received my first bookmark from jessysihk. A lovely fabric bookmark with my initial embroidered Smiley Thanks Jessy!

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10  PBW Recycling Challenge: The Dragon Banana Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by amber565 on: August 09, 2010 10:09:33 PM
Well, this is my first time doing a Craftster challenge, so I'm a little nervous  Undecided

Here's the story....I've been hanging onto this really cool shirt that my husband had, but never wore. It's corduroy and has Dragons & Tigers on it. I knew I wanted to turn it into a bag of some sort, but could never decide on a style. Plus, I'm just getting into recycling clothes and sewing without a pattern to guide me, so I didn't even really know what I could do realistically. Once I saw the PBW challenge, I decided it was time! So I looked at all the store bought purses I own, and it became apparent that I tend to like one particular style and I figured that was a good jumping off point.

I looked at this tutorial to get an idea of how to construct the purse, but I didn't want all the pleats. I sketched up a quick little pattern for the shape I wanted, and started cutting. This is what I ended up with after a day of sewing:

Please excuse my appearance...I'm 7.5 months pregnant  Wink

It turned out better than I expected, and when I showed it to my husband he called it a banana purse. Long live the Dragon Banana Purse!

Here are some more detailed pictures:

The other side...dragons & tigers - oh my!

I did put 4 pleats on each side, 2 at each corner. I also re-used the front button placket to make the strap because of the really neat snaps it had. Diamond shaped with a faux mother of pearl inlay!

The lining!

And these are the shirts I used to make it. The only extra things I used were Thread, and a zipper.

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