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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Love" and teddy bear cross stitches on: April 12, 2006 07:37:08 PM

I don't know if the colors show up right, I know the colors are off on our computer.  This is on light blue aida with silver metallic thread.  It's part of a set, this chart I found at Hobby Lobby at some crazy 90% off clearance cart for like 10 cents. Ridiculously cheap.  I wanted to start the series anyway, so it was really fun.  Others say "Dream" "Believe" and wish.  Hopefully we have a girl because they'd be so cute in a little girl's room  Smiley


This is a really small kit that was free in a cross stitch magazine. I'm going to frame it to add to someone's christmas gift next year.
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Santa cross stitch FINALLY done! on: April 12, 2006 07:29:43 PM
Wow, it's been so long since I've really posted.  I found out I was finally pregnant, and nothing seemed to matter anymore...not in a bad way, I guess I was so amazed at creating a human being it drained all my creative energy for a few weeks. Smiley   Anyway. I also finally finished my Santa cross stitch a couple weeks ago.  It got really hard towards the end because of all the fancy stitches like couching and braiding - I swear I will never braid again.  Tongue   it's not framed yet, but I'm SO glad I finished it before the baby!  My mom still has a giant latch hook rug she never finished because of me.  For the past 26 years she's had 12 rows to go. lol

It was a Dimensions Gold Collection kit...they have the best detail and shading, but I don't know if I have the patience to try another one!

A little blurry, but I always seem to forget to take pictures when the sun's still out.

And Isis helping show the scale.  Wink

I had to change one thing though.  The tree behind his pack has gold french knots.  The instructions told me to use five strands of metallic gold thread.  Didn't work unless the french knot is supposed to be three inches big with loops all over the place Wink   That was the most impossible thing I've ever tried.
13  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Digital Camera Case on: February 28, 2006 09:07:10 PM


This is also my first sewing project, I finally learned how to run my sewing machine, yay!   Grin  It's made out of felt, and the closure is actually "sew on" velcro, glued on...I couldn't sew in that tight of a circle.  I was going to use the button as the closure, but wanted something more sturdy just in case it popped off.  I left it on there so the strap wasn't so boring.

Now I am going to make a sunglasses case, cell phone cases, etc.  I really wanted to use the monkey patterns on this one, but they were a teensy bit too big...hopefully they'll fit on one of the others.
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine's Candy Box on: February 17, 2006 02:56:11 PM
Along with a card and a cheesy little beanie baby - which I had to get because it's a rat and we used to have a bunch of pet rats...this is what I made my husband.



15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Virgo Embroidery on: February 12, 2006 02:17:28 PM

I think I got the pattern for this from someone on here, it might've been at www.getcrafty.com though.  This is the design for Virgo, it's on purple flannel because that's what I had (and is so far, my favorite fabric to stitch on).  The other pattern I got was Aquarius. After stitching that on a different color of flannel, I'm going to turn the two sides of fabric into a small pillow. The embroidery is about four inches, I might add some kind of border out of fabric, ribbon, or something so it's not a teensy tiny pillow.  Smaller than a throw pillow though.

In a very simple and not too deep and profound way, it represents me and my husband.  The differences, like different colors and zodiac signs, but that it's all on the same pillow...etc.  (Told you it wasn't profound.)  How people in relationships value and respect each other's differences, the individuality of everyone but how you still connect.  Yep.  Grin  
16  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Sublime Crafting tote on: February 10, 2006 01:34:43 PM

It was SO hard for me to pick out designs to put on here.  I'm bad at laying things out and could not bear to not have the sewing machine, the pin cushion, etc on the bag too. Sad   But I forced myself to limit the number of designs so it wouldn't end up looking cluttered.  I can always do the back!  

All of it is done in shades of blue and dark brown - the thread in the needle looks more turquoise than it actually is...at least on my computer.  For some reason I didn't have any gray or silver thread for the needle except one I had labeled "light gray" from a long lost chart.......it's not gray, it's blue.  I could've bought some, but it was midnight and I didn't have the patience to wait until the next day  Smiley

although I am done with the embroidery, I'm not completely finished with the bag.  My sewing machine's not quite set up yet, and I just bought ribbon last night...I'm going to sew on a light blue ribbon border along the top.    Then as I collect buttons, I will sew my favorite brown and light blue ones to the bag.  Crafty themed charms too if I run into anything like that.
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Anyone know what this fabric is? on: February 09, 2006 07:21:20 PM
This is the best place I could find for this question.   

I apologize, but I am a complete newb with fabric. 

I have this old fabric of my mom's and she doesn't know what it's called either.  My problem is I need more of the same type of fabric but in a different color, so in order to call the fabric stores I have to know what it's called.   It's fuzzy on one side, but not the other, doesn't unravel where it's cut.  It's a very low pile fuzz too, not thick like fleece at all.  My mom was thinking flannel, but I can't really tell since I don't have flannel to compare it to. 

This is probably too hard of a question to answer like this, so I'll probably have to go out to fabric stores tomorrow and take my fabric to them.  But then again, it could be a simple question which may save me a lot of time and precious gas money  Wink  Thanks!! 
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Freddy Scarf on: January 06, 2006 01:23:37 PM

I made this for my husband.  It was kinda hard finding the right shade of red and green, it could stand being a little dingier shade, but it's okay.   But, I'm never doing stripes again.  I tried running the color I wasn't using up along one side, but that was annoying.  So I ended up just changing colors at the end of a stripe.  Then I had to weave in all those ends.  Nope, never again.  lol.  Wink   Well, maybe.

The sides are a little wavy because I used Simply Soft for the red and the green is that Supersaver yarn.  I wish we could've found a green in the simply soft because the supersaver was icky to work with, and probably isn't as comfortable.  It's a little stiff too because the yarns not all that great, but hey...Mikey likes it.    Lips sealed  Sorry, I shouldn't have done that.  lol.

   I'll have to make Jeremy another one that doesn't just end up as a decoration in his room.  Wink
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First wearable scarf. on: December 10, 2005 03:03:51 PM
I used Target yarn for this, most of it I got when it was 75% off (yay!) hehe.  I got the idea from someone in the Target Yarn thread.   I used a lavender-ish pink acrylic with purple furry yarn. I had no idea what to do with the furry yarn, I never thought to combine it with another type of yarn until I saw someone post a scarf who had used the orange-red furry yarn from Target.  

I knitted it with a rib, but there's a row there (I think you can see in the picture) where I messed up a little on the ribbing.  I didn't want to rip it out since the yarn is a little hard to see, and I have a hard time figuring out what part of the yarn I'm supposed to pick up for a stitch if it's fallen off the needle.   But it's for me, so I don't care.  Smiley


20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First scarf on: November 16, 2005 07:18:42 PM
Here's my first finished knit project.  I used one skein of some green furry stuff from WalMart.  I like it, but it's one I have to be in the mood to wear.  It's variegated too, so it's got a really pretty color.

The only thing is I have to rip some of it out and re-do the end.  I don't think I cast-off right....well, no I'm sure of that because it's unraveling. lol.  Oh well.


And here's a just-about-finished project.  It's green/turquoise/purple variegated yarn from Big Lots (yay inexpensive yarn!). It's so soft and has little mohair-ish fuzzies on it too.  I've got one more skein of yarn to go through (kind of small skeins) and then it's done.   Just in time for winter too.   Grin     The colors are a lot prettier and brighter than they show up in the pictures.    I need to start taking pics in the daytime....


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