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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: the circle blanket of insanity-My first afghan-it can only go up from here! on: January 30, 2009 07:37:05 AM
that is so amazing. my favorite thing about crafts is when cool people like yourself take a craft like crochet and afghan-making and revitalize it and make it contemporary. You did such a great job of that, you make me want to knit any afghan which is something I never wanted to do before!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cat Power on: December 18, 2008 09:19:17 AM
thank you for the kind words everyone and thank you especially, floxie, for saying the project is creepy! That is one my favorite compliments - I'm always trying to make my work a little creepy and less cutesy but it's a hard line to cross properly. Although cats are so creepy anyway, I guess they're a very good medium.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Peacock Skirt cross-stitch (4 pics) on: December 12, 2008 07:35:27 AM
that's really beautiful. i think crossstitch is really hard to make look flowing and delicate, but you certainly managed that with this difficult piece. I also love the bluework.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cat Power on: December 12, 2008 07:31:43 AM
I found this beautiful antique embroidered pillow but knew I could do it myself so I took a video of the pillow with my camera and traced it off the computer screen once I got home. This is the pillow I made to replicate it, and I'm really happy with it. It doesn't look exactly alike, but it's good enough. The hardest part was blowing up the image by hand - by taking my drawing and increasing the size of each element with the same proportions.

It seems most embroidery from the turn of the century is super delicate, and they usually use the equivalent of only one strand from a piece of embroidery floss. I was really worried about doing something that tiny, thinking it would be super time-consuming (the pillow is at least 20" long), but this went surprisingly fast.

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Vintage Apron Swap Round 2: Holiday Style on: November 16, 2008 09:12:42 PM
Hello everyone! So this swap was my first ever, and while I haven't mailed my apron yet (I swear I'll do it tomorrow), I did get mine in the mail last week. It's just great & makes me very nervous about the quality of stitching used on my apron. Im Sew Silly made me this lovely, lined apron with some really nice fabrics that is just really well-constructed.  I wore it tonight to make dinner & it was put to good use.

The paisley lining is so pretty and the apron is so well done that I think I use this as a reversible apron quite easily.

Thank you partner for making my first swap a great one.

Here is a photo of the apron showing the lining as well.

This is the top band of the apron with some really pretty lace that is perfectly applied to the apron. How did she do it!!??

And here I am in my teeny weeny kitchen cooking with my lovely new apron.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorials on: October 24, 2008 08:03:05 AM
Something I learned recently, if I'm working with thick fabric or frustrating thread that constantly makes knots in itself when I don't want it to. Run the thread through some wax before stitching with it. By this I mean, take a little votive candle or something, cut a little groove in it, and then pull the thread through the groove to coat it with a little wax (the candle is not lit - just in case that's not clear! I don't want you to burn your little embroidery tools/fingers).  This pretty much ensures your floss won't knot up while you're stitching.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Decemberists Geisha embroidery (first project!) on: October 24, 2008 07:14:17 AM
That is absolutely unbelievable. I've been doing embroidery since I was a kid and I've never done something as perfect as that. I can't believe how clean and beautiful your satin stitch turned out, that it in my opinion the hardest stitch to do and it looks like it was done by a machine! The rendition of the image you took is absolutely perfect too. I always try to copy images and can never succeed to the level were there's a resemblance, but yours is an exact replica. It is stunning, you should be extremely proud of yourself. Also, you should send it to the band because they should know what beautiful work they inspire.
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap Round 2: Holiday Style Sign Ups 10/12-25 Send by 11/21 on: October 23, 2008 04:45:30 PM
So yes, this is my first swap, but I promise to be a great partner and I'm really looking forward to participating. I've already looked up a bunch of ideas for patterns and fabric and such and have to FORCE myself to wait until I know what my partner even wants! I've even contemplated just making some "tester" aprons so i don't have to delay the gratification! Oh man, the hobby of crafting is such a harsh mistress!

Erica (simse)

9  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: Cool Chicago Crafter Peeps wanna get together? on: October 22, 2008 09:39:26 AM
i'll see you all there.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: The BF's BELOVED Polo... Into MY *NEW* adorable tube top!! on: October 21, 2008 07:50:49 AM
I just love it. These shirts are always so not flattering, while a little empire waist top makes everything better. So cute. Keeping the buttons on was a nice touch. Great job!
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