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1  My first patch! And first embroidery in many a year. in Needlework: Completed Projects by MASCmanik on: March 18, 2013 02:30:21 PM
My friend wanted a patch she could pin to her hoodie, the letter 'A.' I let it mull about in my brain for a while then got stitching. I used fusible web to fuse two pieces of poplin together, free-handed a letter A using pearl cotton and a back-stitch, fused another layer on the back to protect the stitching and machine stitched with a zig-zag to finish the edges. Fairly happy with it for a first try!

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2  Bustle Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by MASCmanik on: January 30, 2013 05:49:24 PM
So excited about my first draping project! I didn't get any progress shots (whoops) and neglected to take a photo of the skirt in its 'unbustled' state (hook & eye closures act as hitches). But I'm rather pleased with the results. High waisted, laced waist, 1 tier of ruffle, and an additional ruffle in the back that gives a bustled look, especially when the sides are hitched up. Thanks for looking!

3/4 view front

Back view

Obligatory 'action' shot!
(You can't really tell, but I'm kicking ...)

Goofy 'fashion shot'

C&C always welcome! Thanks for visiting  Wink
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3  (Mostly) Vintage Fabric Scrap Wreath in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by MASCmanik on: January 21, 2013 09:07:17 AM
Although fabric scrap wreaths are not very original at this point, I'd been meaning to make one for a while now. I purchased a 12" wreath frame many moons ago and intended to make a fabric scrap wreath with my favorite spring colors: sunshine yellow, grass green, and shades of blue. I also am compulsive about saving every scrap of fabric I come across, assuming I will quilt or applique with them some day (yet to come). After digging through the scrap bin(s) and sorting out my scraps by color palette, I found very little in the way of my spring dream color scheme. However the oddly shaped scrap of my favorite fabric (the grey one with little sailboats) served as inspiration for the wreath I did make: reds, greys, white, and splashes of yellow and black. Most of the fabrics used were given to me by women in my life moving away from the fabric stash dating many years back. I think the newest fabric is from the late 90's/early 00's when I was planning a scrap quilt that did not come to fruition (including never cutting out the pieces!). Over all I'm quite pleased with the way this turned out and am considering making another with my cheddar and indigo scraps over a ring from an old damaged lampshade.

Close-ups of the fabric selections:

Although this doesn't show the whole wreath, I think the image may be a little sharper:

I was pretty inconsistent with the size of the strips used, varying between 1"-2" wide and 7"-9" long depending on what was available. I also used pinking shears to cut my strips, but did not trim the edges.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!  Smiley
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4  'Victorian' Ruffle Fingerless Mitts in Crochet: Completed Projects by MASCmanik on: December 22, 2012 08:03:12 AM
I've been desiring little frills to peep out of long-sleeved shirts for a few years now, and I was pretty sure I could draft up a crocheted mitt pattern to fill my wish. I finally sat down last week and drafted up a fingerless mitt pattern and added a lacy ruffle to the top. I'm really pleased with how they came out and proud of creating my first true pattern.  Wink

I work with a science oriented crowd; I've been told they look like tube worms and star nosed moles! I'll just take that as a compliment!
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5  Baby Touch & Feel Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by MASCmanik on: July 15, 2012 09:33:30 AM
(Apologies if I'm posting to the wrong board, let me know & I can remove.)

So, when my siblings and I were wee ones, our grandmother made a little quilt with all different textured fabrics.  A co-worker is having a baby and I thought I'd make her one with the scrappy textured fabrics from my stash, thinking it may be good for 'belly time'.  It is simply 12 6"x6" squares of different colored & textured fabrics.  From top right: some kind of baby washcloth material, stretchy nylon of some kind, faux suede, crepe back satin, costume satin, flannel, sherpa(?), canvas, velveteen, taffeta, corduroy, fuzzy cotton something.  (Some of these fabrics have been gifted to me years ago and I'm not really sure what they are, sorry!)

It didn't come out as smooth and even as I would like, next time I will have to take more care in construction as each square is a different thickness causing warping as I sewed.

Thank you for taking the time to look! Smiley
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6  Refinished Sewing Bench in CHALLENGE 76 ENTRIES by MASCmanik on: July 09, 2012 07:48:49 PM
So I don't know if this counts for the challenge because it is not something new that was crafted, but an old object that was refinished to become serviceable. 

So it was two days before I moved to a new city and DH and I were stressing over how to fit all of our belongings into a truck to schlep it to our new location.  I was walking to the corner mart and saw the perfect old bench to sit on while sewing at my machine.  It just needed a little love.  I hooked it under my arm and took it home, we found room in the truck for it (really, its just a bench honey!) and it sat unattended to for months.  This challenge was the perfect impetus to finally get around to working on it. 

I forgot to take photos before I tore off the disintegrating upholstery, but did get one before completely refinishing it.


Perfect spot for sanding. 

Moved over for spray painting.

'Sew' excited I have somewhere to sit at my machine again!  (I've been standing and hunching for months!)

PS - Sorry 'bout the poor quality photos, had to make do with the camera on the phone, haven't unpacked the regular camera yet!
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7  Wow! That's loud! (Long sleeve tee to halter dress recon) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MASCmanik on: July 09, 2012 05:52:13 PM
I was shopping at the thrift store and came across this tee shirt like shirt that was totally not my style, but I loved the print.  I picked it up with the idea that it would become something else some day soon.  Many moons later I was craving a freestyle craft session and broke out the box of 'stuff that could be cool after I change it' and it was right on top.  I snipped out all the seams without really knowing where I was going with it, other than it would be great if it could be a dress.  The body of the shirt was enough to create the skirt, the large cowl neck turned into the waist band, and the sleeves (after considerable modification) became the halter top.  I'm super proud of how little was left over!  Enough of my chit-chat though, here's what I did ...

  To me, this says 'bleah'

  Snip, snip, snip (the cuffs became the drawstring for the neck)


Thanks for taking a peek, comments and critiques welcome here.   Smiley
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8  Feathered Dinosaurs (but really a dress) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by MASCmanik on: July 07, 2012 03:51:08 PM
My place of business held a party and the theme was 'feathered dinosaurs' with all the new research coming out on that topic.  It is known at work that I sew, so I was asked to make a costume, I initially declined, but gave in after brainstorming some ideas for outfits.  The skirt is simply a tutu made from tulle and elastic and the bustier is made from velvet and based on Simplicity pattern 2172.  I was thinking 'microraptor' and was told more 'black swan'.  Sorry no progress pics or closeups on details.   Sad

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9  Crocheted Gifts, Etc. (Slightly image heavy) in Crochet: Completed Projects by MASCmanik on: December 13, 2011 03:05:15 PM
With the holidays fast approaching, I've been working like mad to have a completely handmade holiday.  In the past few days I've finished an alpaca hat for my mother (Urban Shells), a hat for my mother-in-law (Angora Tam), a pair of mitts (my own pattern), an afghan for a friend's niece (my own pattern), and a bee hat (long story, heavily modified pattern from ravelry.com).  I'm actually debating whether or not to give the hat to Mom, I think she'd like a heavier hat with more color ... umm, or something (its so warm!).


Unfortunately, I'm never home during the sunlight hours so the photo quality suffers, and I just couldn't get a shot that gave the "Granny Brights" afghan any justice (actually I think it looks awful in this photo). 

Every time I make a pair of mitts I'm always so pleased at the way they come out, they're so simple to make, and they always fit so well!  I'm not sure who is the recipient of this particular pair yet.

Thanks for looking!

And Happy Holidays!     (Hannukah, Christmas, Solstice, Kwanza, and New Year!)
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10  Revamped Lamps (lots 'o pics) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by MASCmanik on: October 17, 2011 07:31:55 PM
So, we recently moved into a new apartment, which, while lovely, hasn't barely any overhead lighting.  Somehow missed that before signing the lease and moving in.  No big deal, except, we only had 1 (yes, one) lamp to supplement the 3 track lights in the kitchen.  We put the one we owned in the bedroom, were gifted with one for our den, and then Mom was coming to visit and said, 'hey, I have a few from Grandma's house in the basement; they're classic '70s, but they illuminate.'  I said, 'I can wield a can of spray paint, bring 'em on up!'  They are truly vintage, and honestly weren't too bad, just maybe not to my taste.  (I should have gotten a shot of the 20" barrel lampshade that they came with.)  Anywho, a can of primer and a can of 'oiled bronze' and new lampshades and now I'm diggin' their new look. 

All the glory of the before shots:

(masking tape to protect the cord, base, and 10"(!!) harp.)

And after (had to dry for 24hrs. and wait a few weeks for shades):


In any case, very pleased with the results!

Thanks for looking  Smiley
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