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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cassette tape messenger bag 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
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / hand dyed, hand spun, hand crocheted gloves 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.
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Lendrum DT issue on: November 16, 2009 09:47:26 PM
I'm worried I've knocking something loose on my wheel. The wheel slides a little on the bearing mechanism in a way that I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to. I was having an issue a year or two ago with the wheel wobbling, but I figured out it was because the bolt in the back because slightly loose and the washer and bearing slid forward a little. Now the entire wheel is sliding on the bearing and it's scraping on the pedals.

Does anyone know how to fix this, or can someone take a couple close up pictures of their DT so I can compare and figure out how to fix it?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First skirt of the summer 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.

5  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)
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / All Summer in a Day graphic novel (Photo HEAVY - 18 pics!) 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)

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet Featured Projects - April 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

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Anatomical heart altoid tin 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!

9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Location boards - South Africa? on: March 04, 2008 07:33:41 PM
I'll be moving to South Africa for six months to study abroad and realized we don't have a location board for it! I searched to see if there are any members from SA and there are at least five currently active craftster members who have openly stated they are from the area.

So! Where is all the craftiness in south africa? I dont think I'll be able to last 6 months without a crafty fix. I might have to pack an entire suitcase of yarn!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / i heart camels on: January 16, 2008 06:40:17 AM
I feel like I haven't posted a project in forever! The last month for me has been absolutely awful and I haven't crafted (nor have I had time to craft) at all. Now, though, I'm finally feeling creative.

After seeing all those stupid, glittery "I <3 me" shirts at the mall this weekend, I decided I needed something more... me. So, I <3 camels!

For some reason my camera decided to stop working (of course), so here you are with the cell phone pics:

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