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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lots of Bullion Roses on: June 29, 2009 06:29:38 PM
I've been reviewing my embroidery skills since I joined the summer traveling tea towel swap, so I thought I should post some of my work.  These were done a while back on some dresses my mother made for my daughter and my niece.  My mother did the smocking and the sewing, I did all the embroidery. The first three pics are from my niece's dress.  Both dresses were made from kits my mom ordered from Australia.

These are from my daughter's dress.  The embroidery in the first pic repeats all the way around the dress.

Thanks for looking!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Antique Petticoat Recon on: June 19, 2009 08:31:42 AM
I have always lusted after antique garments, but can never afford them, but I found a beautiful petticoat(I'm guessing it is Edwardian) on ebay for less than fifteen dollars, so I snagged it.  The bonus was that it had a 40" waist, which is very unusual.  It had several stains and tears, so I didn't feel too bad about cutting it up, but ripping out all those tiny hand stitches was humbling.  It took me a while to decide what to do with it, so here is what I have done thus far.  The bottom layer is just some unbleached muslin cut into a basic a-line skirt, then I layered the petticoat pieces over it. 

here is what it originally looked like

There were 2 layers under the top layer, both edged in lace.  My skirt only took up the top layer and one of the bottom layers.  I am planning on doing a top with the leftover fabric and lace.

Here you can see the final length.  Sorry for the weird lighting, I had to photoshop it so you could see more of the details of the skirt.

Thank you for looking! 
13  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / UPDATE 9/22-More fun with xx-hi converse: Button them up! on: May 11, 2009 08:54:17 PM
Update pics below

Since I got a small but enthusiastic response from my post on the discussion board, I decided to go ahead with this idea.  I will eventually add more to the sides, but I'm done for now.  My husband bought me a serger for mother's day, so I am going to be otherwise occupied for a while Smiley.  

Journeys had the white xx-hi ON SALE!.  So of course I had to have another pair(plus I have a job this year and a bit of fun money).  I wanted to do something totally different from my embroidered ones.  So my mind turned to buttons.  Wouldn't it be cool, thought, if they looked like they buttoned.  So after toying around with some ideas, I came up with this(and I have no idea if this has been done before. I didn't want to discourage myself by googling it):

If anyone is interested, I made a tutorial on how I did this.  You can find it here: http://fireflydreaming.wordpress.com/2009/05/12/how-to-add-buttons-to-your-shoes/

I did these shoes as well:

Thanks for looking!  Any criticism or comment is welcome.

I finished embroidering one shoe.  Now I need to find black buttons.  This is hand embroidered.  It took about 6-8 hours

14  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Need Opinions XX-hi converse with button lacing on: May 08, 2009 09:43:56 AM
So, they had the xx-his on sale at Journeys, so I had to buy another pair(you can see my other pair in the shoe category on Best of Craftster '08).  I think they are addictive. 

So I wanted to do something totally different and more victorian/steampunkie/tattered.  So here is what I have come up with so far.  Please be honest if you think it looks stupid.  I will be using old photos, lace, beads and fabric on the body of the shoes(they'll be really busy, I know, but I want to do something a little over the top).  I guess I'll be a walking scrapbook page.  Anywho.  Here are some pics so you can see what I am talking about.  Oh, and you can't really tell in these pics, but the buttons go down both sides of the shoe.  I may have to do this to all my lace up shoes. 

The action shot

A close up.  The white buttons are vintage mother of pearl buttons-they are quite lovely in person.  The decorative ones are just random ones from my stash.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts/opinions.
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Hand made book Hope and Inspiration (Img Heavy) on: January 26, 2009 11:37:59 AM
I've been lurking on the papercrafts board admiring everyone's beautiful work, and this challenge inspired me to give it a whirl.  I love paper.  A lot. But for various reasons I usually keep my paper crafting to smallish things, like quilling.  But I am hooked on this whole bookmaking thing now.  It is very satisfying.

For my book I used from Column A:  a newspaper/junk mailer.  The Atlanta paper sends a small ad paper filled with store flyers every week, so it is a newspaper that comes in the mail. 

From Column B: I used the Stumps Prom and Party Catalog--a surprisingly good source, and I recalled some vintage sheet music in my basement and managed to locate it and scan it so I could reduce the size.

If you are interested in the binding technique, I used the tutorial http://users.stargate.net/~dearsam/bookarts/.  It was a bit easier than I expected it to be, and I absolutely love the way the spine looks.  You will probably be seeing more of these books from me   Smiley

I've been thinking alot about hope vs despair and inspiration and creativity, so this is sort of an idea book about those things.  The first part is a reminder to hope, the second part is just sort of inspirational to me.  I purposefully made it very simple, since it is my tendency to overdo and I didn't want to overwhelm myself but to just start learning about collaging and book making.

This is the very first book I have ever made.  I hope you like it.

  I got the board from a thrift store folder that I ripped apart and the paper is from a scrapbooking paper stack I bought for another project. 

  The little lace piece was tatted by me. Because I love thread almost as much as I love paper.  And I did not break the mirror.  It was a toy that accidentally made it into the washer and dryer.  I left it on the top of the dryer just in case I ever needed it.


  My four children--they inspire me to be a better person. 

There are a couple more pages in my member gallery if you want to see the whole book.  These are my favorite pages.  Thank you so much for looking.   
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Noah's Ark Sheet to Skirt on: August 12, 2008 05:33:29 PM
When I found this sheet at the thrift store, I clutched it tightly to my chest.  I looked all around to make sure no one was going to steal it from me, then marched triumphantly to the register with my prize.  I can't remember how much I paid, but it was probably less than $2.  It sat forlornly in my stash for quite some time before I had the nerve to take scissors to it.  I used a Vogue pattern that I adore, but I left off the waistband and just put in elastic.  It is almost floor length.  It just brushes the tops of my feet.  Sorry I don't have any action shots, but it probably looks better laying flat than it does on me  Wink  But I wear it proudly anyway.     

Close up of the fabric in all it's 70's glory.

17  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Embroidered XX-Hi Converse (img heavy) 1st post on: August 07, 2008 09:13:33 AM
Hello all, this is my first post!  I fell totally in love the first time I saw the XX-Hi converse.  I've been drooling over them for months.  So when my mother in law gave me $ for my birthday, I decided to go against that little voice in my head that told me to buy something practical, and bought these shoes.  As much as it pained me to spend more than $10 on a pair of shoes, I am so glad I did.  The white fabric was such a beautiful blank canvas.  My original intention was to hand embroider these.  I got halfway up one shoe when my mom showed me her new cd of machine embroidery designs.  So to save my fingertips, I ripped out what I had done, and we plotted and planned and came up with the following(they are machine embroidered, not hand): 

I put some iron on colored crystals on a few of the colored dots in the flame and it made a big difference in how they looked.

Thanks to my husband for the last picture, especially since he hates these shoes.  I'm not allowed to wear them when I'm with him  Roll Eyes  That's okay though.  I love him anyway.  He thinks a mother of 4 in her early 30's is too old for these shoes.  Thankfully I have you guys who understand. Smiley

Edit: Someone asked for action shots, so here is the best I could do for now.  It's been thunderstorming, so I can't go outside to get pics from further back.

Please let me know what you think!

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