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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I made another kind of Japanese hairband.. on: June 06, 2009 11:47:17 AM
I was making this as a hairpin, like the other style in my sigline, but at the end, I decided to go with a hairband. :p I thought it would be really cute as hairband bobbles, and I was right. Tongue

Made from a vintage Japanese kimono fabric...it's a little heavyweight, with honeycomb woven in, and random white polkadots scattered...came out so cute, I think! Cheesy

I actually took photos while making these, and made them into a tutorial on my blog, if anyone wants to make them themselves. I would love to see, if you do! Grin
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kelly sundresses...cause they were wayyy more trouble than they were worth!!! on: January 10, 2009 05:36:49 AM
While I am on a posting binge, I am going to stick these up, too. Tongue

Nothing hugely amazing, but it took me aaaages to work out the pattern, and then handstitch them without them falling apart, so I at least get the fun of showing them off, dammit! Tongue
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My hotpads, which actually make better drawer sachets... on: January 10, 2009 05:29:28 AM
So I made these for a swap partner...

They were supposed to be hotpads, where you rest a pot on them to keep from burning the counter, and they give off a yummy scent. Well, they came out so cute and incredibly yummy smelling, my partner is using them in her drawers to scent her room and clothes!

I used a vintage fabric for the middle, a vintage print for the border, and then filled it with two layers of toweling, and then about 1/4 cup of whole spices: broken cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole cardamom seeds taken out of their husk, oh, and ground ginger because I had no whole ginger pieces. Pinned the layers together with a bit of embroidery thread, and tada...a scented sachet that perfumes a whole entire room with the most delicious smell!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Poppies and polka dots... on: January 10, 2009 05:13:29 AM
I made a couple pins lately, for no particular reason. Tongue

I adore this one madly. I had seen one sort of like it on Etsy, and had worked out in my head how it might work, and then I saw this tut over at Blissed Out, via One Pretty Thing, which confirmed what I had been thinking, so I went for it. I can't even begin to say how much I love it, lol. And I don't even wear things like this. :p

This one, I made just because I had the idea stuck in my head, so I just did it. It's the exact same concept as the Japanese hairpin tut in my sigline down below, but on a larger scale, and obviously different fabrics.

Cute?? Grin
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Madonna and Child embroidered ornament... on: January 10, 2009 05:02:22 AM
I was in the BT4 swap, and got a fairly traditional partner..so I made fairly traditional ornament.

Front and back. Image made by compositing a few images I found, and then drawing it out. Pinned the image to the linen, stitched it, and then used indelible ink to draw the details..one, because I wanted that effect, and two, because I hate how hard it is to get the exact expression I want when working with thread. Can't say this worked all that well, either, but..oh, well. Tongue

Stitched the two sides together, filled it with a circle of cardboard, and a couple circles of fleece, to give it form, and then closed it up and bordered it in a few rows of gold seed beads.

I thought it came out fairly nice. Cheesy
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sewing for the girls, and matchy-matchy American Girls.. on: January 10, 2009 04:33:22 AM
Over Christmas, made a few outfits for little girls.

These three were all made from the same pattern, but in my usual style of never leaving anything alone. The pattern isn't even for a dress, but for a top. I think the number is Ottobre 2/2005 #11. The top two were actually made from vintage sheets..I love them! Cheesy

The bottom dress had a matchy matchy outfit for the little girl's American girl outfit. Since I didn't have a pattern to match it, I drafted it myself, along with the jeans pattern. The jeans came out perfect the first time around; the top was a little off, but I had used every single scrap I had to eke out the matching look, so it had to do. It was okay, anyway.

The second time around, the top pattern worked perfectly. I am actually going to make it into a free download along with the pants one of these days on my blog, as soon as I can get to a working scanner. Mine seems to have an unfixable, at this point, at least, glitch in it so that it's unusable. Do you guys think there would be any interest in that??

Hope you enjoyed the pics! Cheesy
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sewing for the boys..plus mega cool freezer paper stencilling. :p on: January 10, 2009 04:07:48 AM
I made a couple of outfits over Christmas for a couple of little boys. I am reasonably proud of them. Grin

The first, I made the pants, and then stenciled the bug on the leg; and then I took the reverse stencil that I cut out, and put it on a bought t-shirt, and dabbed the screenprinting ink around it, making a negative image. Forgive the lack of ironing. Tongue As you can see, freezer paper is one of the best inventions of the modern age, imo.

The second, I color blocked with a plain and a print, and then put pockets on the back. No pics of the front, cause, well, it's boring. Tongue I have a tut on my blog for making the patch pockets come out perfect everytime, if anyone wants. http://miscellanyofme.blogspot.com/2008/11/how-to-make-perfect-patch-pocket.html

I also made appliqued an image onto a t-shirt to match, but that was pretty much a disaster, and the less said, the better. lol

I have the details like patterns used and stuff on my blog, but I am too lazy to go cross reference it all right now. If anyone is interested, I can look it up tomorrow. Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Australian yarn help?? Aussies might know?? on: November 10, 2008 01:15:35 AM
Hi, all...got a couple of questions, if you can help. Smiley I am in the middle of a swap, and my partner is a knitter, which I know very little about, being in the beginning stages only. I want to get her some yarn, that she will love, that is hard for her to get (she's in England, I'm over here in Australia), and I really don't know what. I am looking at a budget of $40, and would like to get enough for at least a small project. Anyone have any ideas?? I've had a peek on google, and Etsy, but frankly, I am totally lost, and ANY help will be appreciated!!  Grin

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I'm an overenthusiastic Fratellis fan... on: October 08, 2008 07:25:07 PM
So, I live in Sydney, but my friend lives in the US, and was going to one of their last shows...both being mad Fratellis fans, we thought we would make a flag for Mince to add to his drumkit:

She had it all planned out, and was going to give it to him before the show, and hope he hung it up then. :p Unfortunately, the remainder of their tour was canceled due to bereavement in the family the day before she was going, and it didn't happen. Sad But we still have the flag, and are still plotting. Grin

I traced the letters and image by laying tracing paper over my screen and tracing it out, and then cut them out, sprayed spray adhesive on them and pasted them to the fabric to cut out. From there, I fused them to the main body of the fabric with fusible web, and then did a zigzag all around the edges. It didn't come out as clean as I had hoped, and the binding reeks, but I still like it.  Tongue
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Butter Thief.. on: September 22, 2008 09:00:25 PM

I made a little stuffie for a little boy. Grin I made a cloth body, each hair is stitched on separately, face is painted, the lei and jewellery are embroidered, the dhoti and sash are hand stitched, and I embroidered all around the border in an insanely time consuming stitch...dumb idea. Tongue

I used a pattern out of a book I got at Vinnie's for a buck...um...lemme look which one..shoot, can't find it. If anyone actually cares, I can hunt it up. It was some vintage one, though.

All this cause I got a yen to try out embroidering on a stuffie body. Tongue

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