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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Napkin skirt on: May 28, 2009 11:34:54 PM
I made this skirt out of five old cloth napkins and a linen shirt, all from my favorite dollar-per-pound thrift store.  I didn't bother to unstitch the hems of the napkins, meaning I didn't have to hem anything except the waistband (I am lazy!).

The original materials:

More pictures!

The button and zipper were salvaged/thrifted as well.  I don't really know how to put in a zipper, and the buttonhole function wasn't working on my machine, but I muddled through.


2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / leather blank book cover on: January 02, 2008 10:04:19 PM
I made this as a holiday gift for my beau.  It was my first time doing anything with leather since stamping my initials onto a keychain as a little 4-H kiddie, and my machine was NOT happy with it.  But it'll have to get over it since I still have a lot of leather left over to make fun things with. 

The finished product:

I didn't make the book inside.  I was originally going to take another stab at bookbinding, but I ran short on time and and bought a nice little sketchbook instead.

It began as very worn and stained jacket in my house's free box.  You can kind of see the d-rings I used for the closure.

In progress (clothespins have so many uses, have you noticed?):

More pictures with other books for scale and fun:

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / sort-of-but-not-really-christmas cards on: December 29, 2005 12:48:31 AM
I'm not really the christmas-card type...but I made a few cards this year around the holidays and sent them out, so I guess they fall under that category.  Here's some:

The girl is saying "so be good for goodness sake"  and the bear is saying "people look ridiculous when they're in ecstacy" (so says David Byrne, and I guess I agree).
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Embroidered owl journal on: December 23, 2005 10:53:09 PM
I made this for my friend's birthday.  She likes owls.
It was my first attempt at both embroidery and bookbinding, so there are lots of little mistakes, but it works pretty well overall.

The fabrics are all recycled (the velvet is from my great-grandmother's curtains!), and I used an old game board to make the covers stiff, so I guess this could also go under reconstructed.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Best ropes for tying up my boyfriend? (Ok, it's another sewing machine question) on: October 15, 2005 09:55:55 PM
Having learned to sew on my great-grandma's Singer and then struggling to continue on my aunt's tempermental 70's machine, I'm ready for a new one of my own.  I'm not extremely experienced, but I do want something versatile that will keep its usefulness as I improve.  I'd also like something pretty sturdy, since I sew denim pretty often.  I've been poking around the internet, and these seem like good bets (and within my price range).  Anyone have any advice or opinions?  Are there any brands you reccomend?  What about  advantages of computer vs. electronic machines?  Thanks all!

Brother ES2000: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0007ZHEJ8/ref=pd_sbs_k_3/104-1811468-4772752?v=glance&s=kitchen

Brother CS 8150: http://www.overstock.com/cgi-bin/d2.cgi?page=proframe&prod_id=1553032
Euro-Pro Denim & Silk: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00008US2C/sr=1-60/qid=1129396762/ref=sr_1_60/104-1811468-4772752?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance

Euro Pro 9025: http://allbrands.com/products/abp02118.html#See%20Comments

Singer 7462: http://www.allbrands.com/products/abp09526-0847.html

6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / dyeing cashmere? on: June 03, 2005 03:46:54 PM
I got a great cashmere sweater for like 5 bucks at a flea market.  The only problem is, it's bright coral pink and it's just a little too intense for me.  I was thinking about trying to dye it black, but I have no idea how to go about it.  It's a pretty thick, dense knit, so I'm not even sure how to get the dye to penetrate it completely.  Have any of y'all tried anything like this?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Corvus brachyrhynchos and stripes on: April 12, 2005 05:16:08 PM
This was formerly a baggy, long-sleeved, high-necked top.  I ripped out the bottom hem, made it smaller, rolled up the sleeves, cut the binding from the neck to make the tabs at the sleeves, hemmed the neck (SUCH a pain), added buttons from my mom's button box, and finally stenciled a crow on it.  The stencil is kind of wonky but it worked better than I expected.

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