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51  Re: Tip in with a Twist Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Katxena on: December 11, 2007 05:50:17 AM
Little Green Dragonfly finally received my page.  I'm so relieved -- I've been getting more and more worried about it!  It's like my baby or something!  Smiley

I called this page "Grandma's Dresser."  I made it before Racky's, and it was the inspiration for "Grandma's Desk."

I used tons of things on this page that I got from Craftsters in swaps -- the little clock face is from Racky.  The mime with the umbrella is from Alteredmommy.  The embroidery floss label is from Maps (and belonged to her Grandmother).  I also got the red paper, sewing label and image of the girl on the front in swaps.  Add that to all the techniques I used that I learned here, and the fact that I made the page with LGD specifically in mind, and the whole page can be seen as a celebration of Craftster sisterhood!  Smiley
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52  Re: Using multiple needles in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by Katxena on: December 07, 2007 05:58:24 PM
Thanks, Glowstar, it looks like  good idea. Do you use one of these?
What I need to know is, how do you organise the needles that are actually attached to your fabric at one time? Or am I getting the wrong end of the stick here? I just have no idea how this concept really works, but I have often read about it in magazines. They never actually explain how to do it, though!

I did this once on an insanely complicated cross-stitch project -- it had one stitch of this, than a stitch of this blended with that, then a stitch of that alone -- you get the idea.

I threaded the needles, then worked a stitch or two in each one.  Then I left the needles on the top of my fabric -- that is, I stitched half of a cross, but didn't finish it, and kept the needle where I could see it.  Then I wound the thread around my finger and sort of skewered it with the needle. I keep threaded needles in my needle book the same way:

This kept everything on top where I could see it, and neat.  Ultimately, I found that it didn't save me any time.  I spent just as much time managing the needles as I would have threading whatever I needed when I needed it!
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53  Re: Tip in with a Twist Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Katxena on: December 06, 2007 02:32:19 PM
LGD still hasn't received from me, but Racky did!  Yay!  Here is the page I made for her.  I called it "Grandma's Desk."



The idea is that this is what you might see if you riffled through your Grandma's desk.  The tag on the back has my info on it.

Racky is going to post pics of the page she made me -- it's so fun!
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54  Desert Star Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Katxena on: December 06, 2007 12:08:15 PM
I'm absolutely stunned.  I finished this quilt for my mother back in June of this year, and I just realized I never posted it on Craftster!  I am so proud of how it turned out, and my mom liked it so much, I just can't believe I never posted it!

The stars are "pinwheel stars" made from a pattern I found in an old book.  The stars are made from a whole bunch of different batik fabrics.  The border is made up of two rows of postage stamp squares (the finished size of those is 1x1 inch).  I love postage stamp squares.  I had wanted to make 3 rows of postage stamp squares and at least one additional border, but I had to get the quilt finished in time for my mom's birthday, and I ran out of time!

Here's the back:

I asked our family (which is small) and my mom's closest friends to sign blocks of fabric which I then sewed together for the center part of the quilt.  People really got into this -- some people wrote poems, others drew pictures, it was great.  I finished the back by piecing together scraps left over from the front.

I finished the quilt just in time.  I finished it on a Monday night, and FedEx'ed it to her on a Tuesday -- it arrived on a Wednesday, which was her birthday!

My mom bought special quilt hangers for it and it is prominently hung in her house.  I can't believe I never posted it here!  I'm really proud of it.
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55  Mixed media Chinese-themed Christmas ornament in Winter Holidays by Katxena on: December 02, 2007 07:29:30 AM
I made this ornament for my tree.  Most of my ornaments are handmade by me, and very few of them are traditionally Christmasy.  This one is no exception.

The ornament is made on a paper base I bought at Michael's.  I collaged and painted the base, cut the niche for the faux coin, hung the coin, then stamped and embossed the outer edge.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

I got the idea from an article in the Nov/Dec '07 Somerset Studio magazine.  In that article, the artist used a square paper base ornament and embedded the bottom of a matchbox in it. 
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56  Dinner napkins in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Katxena on: November 26, 2007 06:11:31 AM
I love using fabric napkins.  For the past 7 years, I've used the same plain cream-colored dinner napkins I bought when my husband and I moved across country.  They work fine, but they aren't cute at all.

And I desperately wanted cute.

My vision for my table is to have plain medium-denim placemats with no embellishments, mismatched crazy-print napkins, and mismatched Fiestaware.  So far, I have these 4 napkins I made over Thanksgiving, and Target Fiestaware knock-offs.  It's a start.

I used this tutorial for the napkins:  Windy Hill Designs Napkin Instructions, which I found on the Sew, Mama, Sew! blog.

The only change I made to the instructions was that I cut my fabric to 17.5 inches so that I could get a napkin out of a washed fat quarter.  Other than that I followed her instructions to the letter -- and they were really easy.
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57  Re: Tip in with a Twist Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Katxena on: November 26, 2007 05:55:28 AM
I finally have pictures of the page Balkandina made for me.  I had a really hard time photographing them, because they are very shiny and textured, and my camera just couldn't cope.  So I brought them to work and scanned them, which worked much better -- but unfortunately, you can't see how shiny and textured they are! Undecided

Both sides of the page are really fun.  First, the front has this cool "time flies" theme:

Next, the back has these funny triplets:

The text says "For the triplets, it was a simple matter of crunching the numbers."

This page is a great start for my journal, thank you Dina!  Smiley
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58  Re: Postage Stamp WIP (pics of new block added Nov 12!) in Quilting: Completed Projects by Katxena on: November 25, 2007 03:56:34 PM
I've finished block #3! 

So far, I've sewn 432 pieces of fabric together -- actually, it's more than that, as I'm nearly finished with block #4 and I also have a bunch of 1x1, 2x2 and 2x4 chunks completed, AND I've been working on other projects too.  So it's hundreds and hundreds.  In addition, several generous Craftsters (and flickrites) have sent me fabric.  Which means I'm having a kind of visual-memory meltdown.  On the first couple of squares, I was able to remember where a lot of the fabric came from.  But on this square -- I have no idea.  I just can't hold on to all the images in my head any more!  So I'm not able to annotate this square on my Flickr account the way I have the others, which is a bit sad.

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59  Re: Tip in with a Twist Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Katxena on: November 15, 2007 06:13:44 AM
Racky & Banga, great pages!  I love Alice saying oops, and that crow is totally creepy looking.

Here is the page I made for Balki -- I'm glad it arrived and that she likes it.  Here are pictures.  First, the front, then the back.

The image of the fish was from a Smithsonian magazine, and I've been dying to use him somewhere.  Ever since I cut him out, I've been thinking that I needed to find something to put in his jaws.  The little camera is a metal doodad I got as an extra in an ATC swap with Teeisme a long time ago -- I've been saving it for just the right thing. 

The back features some of my spray-painted papers, rubber stamps and punchinela stenciling.  The writing on the back is just my info (name, this swap name, etc.).  On both sides I used lots of acrylic paint and wax pastels.

You'll notice the holes are round instead of square -- that's because I accidentally covered them up with paper.  D'oh!  I checked with Balki before I sent, and she was cool with round holes, although I'm sure that might drive some people in this group batty!  Wink

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60  Re: Tip in with a Twist Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Katxena on: November 12, 2007 08:43:15 AM
Have any of you checked out this:
site for blyberg?

Type in your info and out pops a card catalog!

Wow!  That's awesome.  Look what I made!

I love the scribbles!  Thanks for the resource.  I feel confident that I'll be using this in the future!
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