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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Small backpack for city errands and commuting by bike on: March 30, 2017 06:05:24 PM
Thank you for all the lovely compliments!

Funny story about the fabric: A couple years ago I had a babysitting debacle in which my young charge threw a huge hissy fit after the parents left resulting in us getting locked out of the apartment and I having to climb  through the neighbors window on to the fire escape and then back through the family's window to get us back into the apartment. The parents had removed the deadbolt from their door so the child was able to open the door and run out into the stairwell. Since the slam-lock was engaged, the door locked behind us as I tried to catch the child. Needless to say the parents felt rather guilty. The mother worked in fabric design and sent me a 25lb box of upholstery remnants (I had mentioned I enjoyed sewing. So that's were the outer fabric came from  Cheesy
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Small backpack for city errands and commuting by bike on: March 30, 2017 04:25:05 AM

I made this backpack over Christmas. I needed something low profile that would fit my bike lock, wallet, phone, keys, and an extra layer. After much tutorial searching on the internet, I settled mostly on this one: https://hartandsew.blogspot.com/2012/09/back-to-school-backpack-tutorial.html

I'm pretty please with the way it turned out, though there are definitely modifications I want to make next time I am reunited with my sewing machine and fabric stash. I would make the body of the bag slightly bigger and put either a zipper or drawstring closure on it. I also stupidly left off the tab for hanging up the backpack and now wish I hadn't.


Inside has a small pocket

Flap clips closed. and there is a zippered pocket that fits my phone and keys.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: 18th Century Boy on: March 30, 2017 03:53:31 AM
I love how happy your son looks in his new suit! Beautiful job!
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: V&A Museum Replica of Victorian dress 1880's on: February 03, 2017 06:15:55 PM
Wow, impressive! I think it turned out beautifully!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A saying to live by. . . on: February 25, 2013 02:18:45 PM
Thanks for the compliments Grin

I think it is great. I can not help much as I don't know what corks are. I need some research I think.

Corks are like small bouys on the top of the net. They float on the surface of the water and the net hangs down from them.  In my cross stitch, the corks are the white ovals at the top of the netting and are difficult to see against the cream background.
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Cracking Nuts Arabian Style *added a couple photos on: February 25, 2013 02:09:42 PM
Thanks for the compliments Smiley I was really pleased with how it looked on stage.

Your version looks infinitely better. And the snap-in-your-undies is brilliant. The costume shop should be worried you'll put them out of business!

Alas, if only working in the costume shop paid more. Unfortunately, like many arts organizations, our company doesn't have a lot of money and the costumes suffer for it.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: 1st cross stitch attempt, phonetic alphabet & a nod to Adam Ant on: February 03, 2013 09:00:48 PM
Great job! And having just completed my first cross stitch too, I agree they are addicting.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Samhain verse on: February 03, 2013 08:58:04 PM
It's really nice! I like how the painting of the cloth turned out.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A saying to live by. . . on: February 03, 2013 08:52:15 PM
So I am really excited about completing my first cross stitch. Thanks to fleagirl who shared the link to the stitchpoint.com text generator! It inspired me to finally make one of my favorite sayings into a cross stitch.

Without the frame ( not the best photos but I couldn't wait to share)

A little back ground:

A water haul is when you set out your net and it comes up empty. This saying comes from a hilarious blog(now dormant) written by a woman in Southeast Alaska. Read the article here: http://dustybee.wordpress.com/2009/03/27/spawn-alert/

I feel in love with the saying and use it quite often. And because I fish (commercially), I love the fishing reference. It is one of two bits of advice, I like to to pass on to new women in town. I am hoping to make the other ( Don't sleep on the boat, unless you work on the boat) into a cross stitch too.

I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. Though I must admit  that I started in on the text without reading up on cross stitching. So, my threads do not cross the same way in the text. The cork line and corks are done properly. I was just too lazy to undo and then redo all text.  And the other thing is I wish I had used a darker color for the corks. I am debating if I want to color them yellow. Thoughts?
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas gift for my BFF on: February 03, 2013 01:03:33 AM
This is great! Makes me smile.

Thank you for the stitchpoint.com info. You have inspired me to try cross stitch.
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