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21  white flower pincushion in Needlework: Completed Projects by rufous03 on: September 20, 2007 05:34:54 PM
i started playing with the leftover felt from my needlebook, and came up with this pincushion.  it's a little big, but it works.  i weighted it down with pennies.

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22  tree and clouds needlebook in Needlework: Completed Projects by rufous03 on: September 19, 2007 03:13:42 PM
i have a frustrating habit of losing my needles, so i finally made a needlebook to keep them in.


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23  cute red apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rufous03 on: September 19, 2007 03:04:44 PM
whenever i cook, if there's no dish towel around, i end up wiping my hands on my clothes.  so, i decided to make an apron.  it's double-layered, so it can withstand me wiping my wet or flour-covered hands on it all the time.  and, it'll brighten up any kitchen.  Wink 

i love the pockets

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24  Re: colorful flowergarden placemats in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by rufous03 on: August 17, 2007 12:06:22 PM
yes, i finally finished all of them!  
here's proof:
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25  colorful flowergarden placemats in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by rufous03 on: August 15, 2007 02:11:10 PM
i've been making a few things for my apartment lately...i love this fabric, and had just enough left to make 4 placemats.



i might make some various brightly-colored napkins to match.  Roll Eyes
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26  yet another men's button shirt recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rufous03 on: August 13, 2007 08:57:59 PM
i've seen lots of posts of men's shirt recons, and have always wanted to try one.  then my dad gave me one of his larg white button-down shirts because it had a couple of ink stains on it and a hole in the front.  i found Paperdaisies' https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=134335.0 wonderful tutorial and excitedly went to work.  i was so excited, that of course i forgot to take a before picture.  Undecided  just think of a large, white, short-sleeved men's button down.  after i fitted the shirt, added darts, and altered the sleeves, it looked kind of like a lab coat.  so i decided to try some embroidery, and i shortened the shirt by several inches.  i haven't done any embroidery in a long time, so i kind of used this as practice, to try out a few different stitches and get the hang of it again.  i also replaced the buttons with some pretty flower beads/buttons.

close-up of the pocket surrounded by leaves and flowers

close-up of the tree.  i stole the tree idea from antigone's https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=92181.0 embroidered tree purse.  the hole that caused my dad to get rid of his shirt was where the hole in the tree is.  i patched it from the inside, then surrounded it with embroidery.

close-up of the birds on the back.  i just looked at various pictures of birds and doodled some out.  i like the blue one best.

that's all.  i'm happy with it.   Smiley  tell me what you think.
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27  christmas tradition afghans in Crochet: Completed Projects by rufous03 on: August 08, 2007 09:47:22 AM
i've had a tradition the past several years, to make an afghan for a family member each christmas.  so far, i've given afgans to 3 brothers, 1 sister, 2 grandmas, and my parents.  here are a few of them, some a little worn out, but still with lots of use left in them.  they're not very complicated, but are nice and warm.  Smiley

little brother # 1 (lion brand homespun yarn)

little brother # 2 (i think i used some kind of soft red heart yarn)

parents (the only one of these 4 that i used a pattern on - with caron simply soft yarn)

grandma (some kind of soft baby yarn, i don't remember the brand)

i'd like to make one to give to my sister-in-law this christmas, but don't know if i have time.  maybe next year...
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28  just a cozy afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by rufous03 on: August 07, 2007 09:33:44 AM
this is a late wedding present to some friends of mine, who got married at the beginning of the summer.  i'm a terrible procrastinator, and tend to work on things off and on, but i do finish eventually.   Smiley  the afghan's made of strips that were kind of a pain to sew together, but i'm quite pleased with the finished product.  


not quite long enough for a bed

but big enough to wrap up in

nicely folded
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29  hippo tea cozy in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by rufous03 on: July 11, 2007 01:59:15 PM
when i was in zimbabwe last summer, i bought this teapot.

and i recently decided that it needed a tea cozy to go with it.  

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30  patchwork potholders in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by rufous03 on: July 08, 2007 02:13:28 PM
i needed some potholders, and didn't want to spend money on them, so i used up some of my never-ending supply of scraps to make some.  

simple squares

triangles and spirals

flowers and butterflys

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