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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first patch! And first embroidery in many a year. 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!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bustle Skirt on: January 31, 2013 12:12:50 PM
Thank you! It was a pleasure to make, and a pleasure to wear as well!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Swedish Flower on: January 30, 2013 08:30:30 PM
Beautiful and inspiring!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bustle Skirt 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
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: (Mostly) Vintage Fabric Scrap Wreath on: January 24, 2013 07:20:20 AM
Thanks! It goes together relatively quickly and is rather satisfying in the end. My husband is very insistent that wreaths are only for holidays!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / (Mostly) Vintage Fabric Scrap Wreath 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
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: 'Victorian' Ruffle Fingerless Mitts on: December 22, 2012 03:16:27 PM
Thanks! They went together quickly. Smiley
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: 8-Bit Afghan OVERLOAD! on: December 22, 2012 08:06:13 AM
I love them! They're all super cute! I'm tempted to make some for the geeks in my life (including myself ...) What size square did you use? Did you join as you went along or sew together afterwards? They look fantastic.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 'Victorian' Ruffle Fingerless Mitts 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!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Triwizard Bags of Glory!! more Potter patchwork bag madness! [pic heavy] on: July 17, 2012 05:09:50 PM
So super cool!  I really like the spider patches.  And the donate a sock patch.  And the shoes, and the free kisses. umm ... yup.  I'm inspired to try my hand at patches now.  Thank you for sharing!
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