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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pebbles and Bam Bam! on: October 23, 2011 06:25:07 PM
My friend has a 2.5 year old and a 7 month-old. Here are the Pebbles and Bam Bam costumes! I made a collage so it wasn't so many pictures cluttering up the board.

Pebbles top is reversible with a Pebbles print on it I found for $4 a yard so hopefully she can wear it past Halloween. I loosely followed a tutorial from http://smashedpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com/2011/05/little-girls-crossover-pinafore-pattern.html  It was my first time using buttonholes on my new-to-me Husqvarna machine, and I have NO idea what I was so afraid of before!

I used black cashmere blend sweater scraps and glued them on with Twice as Tacky glue. Both bottoms are Katrina's Soaker patterns http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/2007/10/free-soaker-pattern.html
The aqua was a size large regular and the Bam Bam was a size medium skirtie that I turned into the pointy-edged bit. He wears cloth diapers, so he can wear a prefold or fitted under it and be just fine! What a kickass diaper cover, eh?

The cat print sash can be adjusted in the back with self-adhesive velcro. I'm sending an extra strip in case that rise doesn't work and she needs to readjust it.

She has a club for him already. I can't wait to see the kids in it!

12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lilo and Stitch on: October 20, 2011 10:40:48 AM
My friend requested as Lilo & Stitch outfit combo for her girl and boy. I used New Look 6478 to get the simple A line pattern since I don't have kids this size and used New Look 6525 for the Stitch pattern. First time sewing with fleece, a commercial pattern successfully, and a zipper!

A few things came out a tad bit wonky, but I am super proud of how they turned out! The boy already has a headpiece/hat thing.

13  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Mount Harvard needle felted landscape on: September 13, 2011 10:05:37 PM
My friend has an incredible picture of when he, his then-fiancee, and a few other people summited Mount Harvard in CO over 14,000 feet. I decided to put it onto a scrap from a white wool sweater I got in a cloth diaper wool scraps box.

They got married last year, and we were able to see them get married in CO in an aspen grove. We hadn't gotten them a gift yet! With their anniversary approaching, I knew I had to get busy. All I did was scope out their facebook pages to find incredible photos. One of their registry places was to an artists' gallery co-op, and they specifically said they would love handmade items as gifts on their website. They also gave us a great small piece of art for our wedding.

Here's my rough version, which is up for constructive criticism. You know how you stare at something for so long that it starts to look wonky? Well, I'm to that point!

It's small, about 7x7 or so, with it not being so even.

I will also take suggestions for how to finish this off-put in some hot water to slightly felt it? Frame it? Do a border? Suggestions welcome!

14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pockets at the beach: a mini art quilt on: July 02, 2011 07:00:19 PM
My mom is super special and her birthday is tomorrow. I wanted to make something extraordinary, so I decided to challenge myself to translate her favorite photo of my dog, Pockets, looking at some birds at the beach.

I made this for my mom for her birthday. It is completely made of fabric, wool as the surf, and different threads. It's like a fabric painting! You can read more about how I made it at http://wp.me/pJudZ-a7 I tried to be in depth and descriptive.

I was so intimidated, but then thought myself ridiculous and just gave myself permission to play around. I also learned that perhaps my new area of focus for the next one will be BINDING  Roll Eyes

I can't wait to make more of these. I have so many ideas. By just doing it already, I naturally learn where I can improve the next go-round. I don't have money for classes, so I will get books from the library or look up how-to videos on Youtube. For my birthday, I got a subscription to Quilting Arts, and this month features portrait quilts.

Pockets at the Beach:

The original photo:

15  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / simple nativity scene on: December 04, 2010 09:19:24 PM
Here's my first attempt at a really simple nativity scene. Mary is accidentally kneeling but I am glad it worked out! Wool just has a mind of its own sometimes!

16  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / waddle waddle on: December 04, 2010 09:17:38 PM
This little guy is 2.5 inches tall! He is sooooo cute. I really, really, really wish he'd talk.

I can't wait to make more. I am imagining an entire army of them.
17  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Making a bigger batt? on: November 10, 2010 09:11:47 AM
Let's say I'm wanting to make a batt on my drum carder, but it consistently produces a certain amount, and I want to make a bigger batt. Do I just use the same batches of fiber and make 2 batts and put them on top of each other to form a big batt sandwich? I mean, I could just make 2 but I want a BiG batt. I hope this makes sense and it seems like it would be an easy thing, but I have preggo brain right now. At least I'm not putting the cereal in the fridge...
18  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Buying batts--how many oz. on: November 10, 2010 09:09:47 AM
Let's say you are a spinner and are looking for a batt to buy.
*Do you usually have a project in mind first, or do you just buy based on the batt alone and let that inspire your project?
*How many ounces do you look for in a batt in general? I'm trying to gauge the world of batts and spinning...I've made 2 yarns now on drop spindle; one from a batt, and one from some roving I picked up at a fiber festival. I am not sure how many ounces the batt was, and I know I didn't use all of the 4 oz. of roving.

TIA, I am off to do my own research as well, but figured I'd just flat out ask!
19  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / any spinners that don't really crochet or knit? on: October 28, 2010 11:40:18 AM
Are there any of you that spin, but don't necessarily knit or crochet? I'm obsessed with wool and have a drum carder. I have made around 20 batts but have been stuck with what to do with them (I attempted to sell them and the listing ran out  Tongue). I am tired of being lazy and have found my drop spindle when cleaning out the craft room and have decided to USE it.

The thing is, I don't really knit...yet...but that doesn't matter to me. Currently I am just happy as a pig in mud staring at gorgeous yarn for yarn's sake.

I am sure that as I make yarn I will want to do fabulous things with it, but is anyone else in the same boat as I am?
20  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Dr. Seuss-inspired Thing 1 and Thing 2 Batts on: May 11, 2010 05:47:50 AM

Look how fluffy and textured!!

all I used were merino top and blue eyelash yarn!
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