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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: First yarn on my wheel! on: October 20, 2008 10:30:44 AM
haha I was hauling the trad I was using for a while around. Not really portable... but I was desperate. I love my lendrum! I love that it folds. now I just need the carrying case for it.

22  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: First yarn on my wheel! on: October 20, 2008 10:23:38 AM
Your wheel will make you MORE social. Seriously, bring it somewhere public, sit down, and SPIN! You'll have more people asking you questions, wanting to watch you, wanting to try it, wanting to be friends with you than if you had just gone to a coffee shop and stared at a laptop!

I love navajo plying. I thought I wouldnt have the coordination for it, but I do Cheesy
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: All Summer in a Day graphic novel (Photo HEAVY - 18 pics!) on: October 20, 2008 09:24:35 AM
aaaah I haven't been around much and I just checked back on my replies to this post and there were loads of new ones I hadn't seen! Thanks sooo much for the kind words, guys! I'm glad everyone liked it Cheesy
24  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: The "We Love Leah & Craftster" Thread! on: October 20, 2008 08:29:36 AM
I just wanted to take a second to express how much I LOVE the moderators on craftster. Knowing what you do and how much work you put into the site makes me really happy. You ladies are the hardest working, sweetest, most talented people I know!
25  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: First yarn on my wheel! on: October 20, 2008 08:25:59 AM
kt! How is the spinning going, love?
26  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Re: Kalamazoo area crafters: classes offered? on: July 27, 2008 07:47:18 PM
Thanks for updating with the latest class schedule! Im taking a pottery class there next Cheesy
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: first skirt: ginkgo leaves! on: July 10, 2008 07:46:47 PM
Thanks, guys!

This is one beautiful skirt! It can be casual or dressy depending on the fabric. And I am a total tree/leaf fetish person!  Smiley

Exactly! Im more of a casual person, so this is VERY dressy for me, but it works well.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: first skirt: ginkgo leaves! on: July 10, 2008 04:45:54 PM
i abso;outly love the ginko leaves right now and this skirt is no exception! its gorgeous! i love the combination of the colours, as well as the creative stitching on the hem.  personally i like the ginko leaves seperate from the branch. its perfect!

Well thats one vote for a branch and one against. I like the idea of less work Wink

I absolutely love ginkgo leaves. I have an entire corner of my room (well, right now its my "office" but until I move again, all my stuff is in one room) with ginkgo stuff. crafty_dame made me a ginkgo bag last time I visited her, alwaysinmyroom made me a collage painting, lothruin made me a felted patch and sent me a bracelet with ginkgo leaves on it, I got some ginkgo leaves off a tree last time I visited jungrrl and theyre dried and scattered about...

wow. I really am obsessed, aren't i? And the craftster mods are facilitators! ah!

I swear I can stop any time I want....

29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: first skirt: ginkgo leaves! on: July 10, 2008 04:10:25 PM
It turned out really well!
And I think that adding a branch to the leaves would make it even prettier  Wink

Thanks! Im considering adding the branch and maybe some gold seed beads, but I don't want to mess it up on accident. The more I do with this, the higher the chances!

I love that skirt! Great Job!!! I also like the picture of you with it flared out, very artistic Smiley

haha thanks! Smiley
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / first skirt: ginkgo leaves! 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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