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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Amazing Hoodie Swap R12 Gallery! on: October 27, 2011 03:29:42 PM
IsikkahJai received her hoodie today and asked for me to post pics, so here they are! (She'll try and post action shots later. Excuse the unmade bed.)

The Back

The Front

The Hood

The Closeup

This was hand embroidery, needle felting, and hand applique. I had a lot of fun making this, and learned how to needle felt!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Hat- cables, short rows, bloody stupid johnson! on: October 27, 2011 08:45:30 AM
If I we to do it again, I would do a crochet/temporary cast on for the top Of the hat, then follow the directions as written. I do a lot of lace knitting now (I made the hat a while ago) and am more comfy with that knit of cast on. I've since figured out how to pick up stitches, I just feel that k2tog looks smoother, more knittyer.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hat- cables, short rows, bloody stupid johnson! on: October 26, 2011 11:19:08 AM
The hat!

I got the pattern from knitty, here

But I was afraid of picking up stitches (but not cables or short rows... I'm a strange one) So I made the  brim and the top of the hat separately, then joined them together with the sideways knit cables.

I liked not having to pick up 100 or so stitches, but I think the top of the hat is less stretch because of it. It wasn't a bad experiment, and the receiver loved it, so its a success. I think I'd do it differently next time though.

C&C, thoughts, and suggestions always welcome,

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make-a-Friend Round 8 :: Holiday Edition! :: The Gallery! on: October 24, 2011 01:43:55 PM
You're welcome Haylie! I had a lot of fun making that box. Made me a little homesick and really want christmas/thanksgiving to be here right NOW. Adopting my family traditions to include another, and then explaining it... this is already a really fun swap. I can't wait for round two!

In other news, the package arrived, was delivered, was returned to the post office, and after half an hour on the phone trying to find out at which post office, then waiting in line for ten minutes, I was told that the package was in the office next door, that closed as we were speaking. *grumble, grumble*

Sooo.... I'll be posting pictures tomorrow, it looks like. I'm super excited!
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do I? on: October 20, 2011 08:21:38 PM
This is a link to a burlesque skirt tutorial that would be pretty good as an overskirt. Warning, there is quite a bit of leg showing  Wink


Also, the patterns on truly victorian have come highly recommended. I have not personally used them, but have seen the finished results and they are exquisite.

also, bustle skirts look better if you have the support under the skirt - either the little cage, or a tiny pillow on a ribbon. This affects the way the hem of your underskirt lies. I always notice when someone is using a skirt that hasn't been hemmed for a bustle with one. I could just be a costume snob, but that sort of attention to detail adds some extra oomph to a project.

This site is good for inspiration, and the patterns are also free

There are several good articles about how costumes developed during that time period, and accessories,  if you care to go into that level of detail.
Good Luck to you and Break a Leg to your daughter!
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The AMAZING Hoodie Swap R12 (signup CLOSED ;final send 10/24/11) on: October 17, 2011 04:26:37 AM
used my bf as a dummy to help place the last element on the hoodie. Isnt he great?.
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Make-a-Friend Round 8 :: Holiday Edition! :: CLOSED! on: October 17, 2011 04:23:13 AM
have one thing to pick up at the store, some glueing and a couple of finishing details. Should be packing everything soon!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: more military stuff:) on: October 12, 2011 12:06:09 AM
you so rarely see anything military and girly, esp. anything for the military girls, not military wives. I love what you're doing! It looks great.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The AMAZING Hoodie Swap R12 (signup CLOSED ;final send 10/24/11) on: October 10, 2011 07:20:24 PM
Alive and crafting. 2 design elements done, one large thingy to finish. about half done with the large thingy.
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: EXFOLIATE! Pink Barbie Dalek of Doooom! *image heavy* on: September 22, 2011 08:17:37 PM
I'm sorry I missed seeing you in person!

The rhinestones on the plunger might be my favorite part. The details make it pop. I also love the pocket belt - there are so many costume where its cute and you put it on and then wonder where am I going to put my ID?

You did an amazing job.
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