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1  Cassette tape messenger bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by vanillaxlight on: January 29, 2010 11:45:24 AM
For my anniversary with my partner, I promised to make a cassette tape messenger bag. This was back in November, after I had JUST gotten off a 16 hour per day work schedule for a political campaign and NEEDED a break. I started the bag but got frustrated with some sew in stabilizer and gave up.

I finally (after a lot of guilting on Q's part) finished it.

Cassette tape applique made from mens suit fabric (the lining matches) and grommets. There are two inside pockets (one zips, one slip pocket), one zip pocket in the back, adjustable strap, and magnet closure.

Rounded corners on the side. Not too happy about the stitching of the corners (VERY difficult with my small machine given the bulk of the bag and the stabilizer used). Thankfully, the strap end hides it.

Back pocket: pretty sure this is the first time Ive EVER used a zipper foot Cheesy
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2  Re: Fiber Friday 01/29/10 in Spinning: Completed Projects by vanillaxlight on: January 29, 2010 11:25:16 AM

135 yards of laceweight merino! This was hand dyed by Carol of SSS years ago and Im finally getting around to spinning some of it up. Ive actually been spinning this for the same amount of time but I JUST took it off the bobbin!

170 yards of worsted weight dyed by me.

I also FINALLY have a dedicated dye pot thats big enough to dye larger lots of wool. My mother had an old deep frying pot she gave me but I never got around to cleaning it. Now it's SO much cleaner and, I think, actually usable!
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3  hand dyed, hand spun, hand crocheted gloves in Crochet: Completed Projects by vanillaxlight on: January 01, 2010 03:06:33 PM
Hi kids! it's been forever and I've missed craftsterland so so much. It's a new year (with a new camera, thank god) and I want to post all the goodies I've been making!

Since it's winter, I made myself a hat and gloves set. I dyed the wool and then spun it and crocheted the gloves and hat. No pattern for either of them, but it was super easy. The hat is ribbed but I didn't make it in the round. The gloves have ribbed cuffs and they're fingerless with a mitten. I looooove them.

(mostly I love taking silly pictures with my new toy! I don't like winter, it's so cooolllddd and I don't have a car. Good thing I have warm gloves.)

I'm currently working on another glove set for my partner, except in gray.
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4  Re: Fiber Friday- Jan 1 2010- A new decade in yarn in Spinning: Completed Projects by vanillaxlight on: January 01, 2010 02:52:14 PM
Nesse, I love whats on the bobbin right now. Ariaya, your last merino silk blend is so pretty!

I've been gone from the crafty world for soooo long, but 2010 is here and I decided to buy myself a camera today! Here's what I've been working on lately:

we'll start with the oldest first:

Hand dyed mill ends in a light seafoam color. This was actually spun up over the summer and I didn't do anything with it. I think there's less than 100 yards here.

My favorite:

400ish yards of hand dyed merino. I unforunately don't have a picture of the yarn except for the tiny little bit left over in the corner, but I made gloves and a hat out of it! The gloves are pretty well loved at this point.

400ish yards of gray merino, jacob, and icelandic top blend. Its actually on the darker side, but with all the artificial light needed to take a decent shot, only the lighter shades came through. Ive also got around 100 yards of a light gray jacob thats being used for accents. Going to be crocheted into gloves for my partner:

150ish yards of hand dyed merino single:

I got hand carders for christmas and I went crazy carding things. This was an experiment in rainbow:

Im currently in the process of carding over 3 lbs of wool to make an afghan with for my partners graduation. It's going to take for EVER.
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5  First skirt of the summer in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by vanillaxlight on: June 14, 2009 09:08:35 PM
I was driving around with my partner the other day, turned, and said "I want to make a skirt." Problem is all of my fabric (was) about an hour away in storage. We went to Hobby Lobby and I picked out some fabric, with chiffon recommended by Quinn because - apparently - the polka dots were too "loud." psh.

paneled skirt with tie closure (because I'm no good at zippers...). The chiffon was SO evil to cut and sew. I needed to hem it but it was impossible to do, so I used some iron on interfacing type tape and then zigzagged over it. I want to say it looks better than in the photo but maybe it doesnt. hahah I think it's about time someone invested in a serger... for me. Zigzagged over the edge of the under fabric as the hem. The tie closure is a bit... funny. I made the last panel a bit larger on each piece in order to do a sort of invisible seam but then accidentally added it to the wrong side on one, so sshhhh. No one needs to know.

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6  Re: Fiber Friday - November 28, 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by vanillaxlight on: November 28, 2008 01:02:21 PM
Oh my GOSH, you guys! Do you have any idea how long i've been away from crafting?! I FINALLY have some yarn to post!

I call this yarn spring summer fall winter, otherwise known as St. Bernard, because thats honestly how long it took me to spin it - thats how little time I've had to craft! I have 250 yards plied, with at least 100 more to go, though I already started a scarf with it.

Just a little under worsted weight, I'd say, triple ply. Random wool from sheep shed with mohair throughout

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7  first skirt: ginkgo leaves! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by vanillaxlight on: July 10, 2008 03:41:32 PM
This is the first thing I've crafted in a while, let alone sewn! I haven't sewn in well over a year, and that was with a pattern (AND I had to modify it several times before I was happy with it!) I am soooo not a seamstress - I think I'll stick with crochet and spinning, thank you Wink Regardless, I want to make more of these!

I drafted the pattern from an existing skirt but since I didn't have any closures, I added an extra panel (11 total panels) and then added some elastic to the back of it.

Here it is!

Standing still. Its actually a really flared skirt. I tried to get a still of me spinning in it, but taking pictures of myself means the motion setting on the camera wasn't too functional. haha

Being held out. You can see the ginkgo leaves I machine stitched on there better.

The ginkgo leaves! I drew them out with chalk first and then just stitched onto what I drew.

The waistband. Let me tell you, its crazy hard to get a picture of that without taking the skirt off. I just stitched randomly onto the waistband in crazy, curvy patterns. Originally i was going to do that on the skirt, as well, but decided I liked it best simple with the leaves. I still might add a branch to the leaves but I'm undecdided.

I didn't hem the edge and I dont have a serger, so I used a zigzag stitch on the edge to keep it held together.

I'm super proud of it! I wore it out today and got a couple compliments on it (as well as on an owl changepurse I got from crafty_dame a while back. People thought my outfit was very "naturey"! haha)
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8  All Summer in a Day graphic novel (Photo HEAVY - 18 pics!) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by vanillaxlight on: April 09, 2008 01:41:16 PM
I'm taking a class about the graphic novel and one assignment was to create a graphic novel illustrating a short story. I chose Ray Bradbury's All Summer in a Day (one of my favorites). I spent somewhere around 40 hours working on it. I wish I had more time to work on it because I had ideas for way more than the 18ish pages there are. I'm not happy with some of my depictions of Margot, but I was on a tight time schedule.

VERY picture heavy - sorry about that! I hope y'all like it Smiley This is the first time I've seriously drawn anything more than a quick map to someones house in more than 5 years. Im really rusty!

Acrylic paint, watercolor, and ink. Glued to papers from hobby lobby and bound with a coptic stitch.

(these should go in order, I think... I hope I didn't miss one)

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9  Crochet Featured Projects - April in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by vanillaxlight on: March 31, 2008 06:37:17 AM
Hi kids! It's been a while since I posted featured projects. Apologies for the lapse, but enjoy this months! No particular theme aside from what all of you clicked "this rocks!" on!

Stuffed Hobbes by butofcourse

The Fellowship of the ring, amigurumi style by artoo1121

Marilyn Monroe afghan by pesky pixie

Plum pop tab purse by alexandraf

Lets go bowling by pickled_peppers

Mrs. Lovett amigurumi by ramsie

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10  Anatomical heart altoid tin in Completed Projects by vanillaxlight on: March 17, 2008 12:56:15 PM
Oh hey look, a project. It's been a long time since I've posted something crafty (long time since I've done something crafty, actually!), yeah? So here we go.

Reconned altoid tin for crafty_dame. She's got a thing for anatomical hearts, so I glued some seed beads down into that shape and very lightly painted some red in there, which wasn't the most easy thing to accomplish and have it not look messy. I glazed the hell out of it so the beads wouldn't come off very easily. The top is scratched in a checkered pattern. The side was repainted red, albeit a bit haphazardly. I quite like the result!

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