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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My new handy dandy clothespin apron. on: July 23, 2009 12:32:09 PM
I've had this on my "to-do" list for years, I think. I've been keeping my clothespins in a cute little drawstring bag, which is a pain in the butt for actually hanging out clothes or taking them in. Since I don't expect to be growing a 3rd or 4th arm anytime soon, I whipped this up. I based this on some pictures of vintage aprons I've seen online.

I think it really only needed to be half as wide as I made it.
I felt like it needed a little something extra, and I thought the horseshoes kind of went well with the gingham. They're from Sublime Stitching's "Country Cool" transfer set.

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
2  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Diablo Pillowcase on: April 30, 2009 02:16:14 AM
I stitched this up for my fella, who loves everything and anything with devils on it. It's the smaller face from Sublime Stitching's "El Diablo" pattern set. I wouldn't normally do just a lighter outline on such a dark colour, but I think it looks ok, and it really makes the eyes pop. I wanted to keep it fast and simple because it's a pillowcase, so it's going to get slept on, sat on, and washed a million times, so it's not exactly going to be an heirloom. I used split stitch, back stitch, and satin stitch. Worked up in about 2 hours, and it's far from perfect. I didn't realise when I bought the pillowcase that it had such a narrow space outside the stitching, and that's where I had planned to embroider, so I picked out the stitches and secured the ends.

The colour looks a little orangey here, but it's a true lipstick red.

Thanks for looking! Comments and questions are always welcome. Cheesy
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nautical Star Cushion on: April 30, 2009 01:59:11 AM
I actually started this in February. Crocheted all the pieces, sewed a couple of them together, and left it in my knitting basket until a couple of nights ago, when I finally sat down to finish assembling and stuffing it. The pattern is from Pepperberry on Etsy. Loved the pattern, and I love the finished product. I made the larger size provided, and used plain old Red Heart Super Saver, which I think is what the pattern called for. I made it for my fella, so I know a throw pillow isn't on the Top 10 list of guy gifts, but I'm hoping he'll like it just because it's a red and black nautical star.

You can see the stuffing in 1 or 2 places.

I snapped 1 in-progress pic. Nothing exciting.

Overall, I think it turned out pretty cute, and I'll definitely be making more.
Thanks for looking!
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Pompadour shrunken head on: April 09, 2009 03:19:55 PM
I dusted off my felting needles today (it's been far too long!) and this is what I made.

I've been meaning to make a larger, more detailed version of some shrunken heads I made awhile back. I used a foam ball for the core, to save wool. I think it made it a little sturdier too. Then I built up his eyelids, nose, lips, and especially his chin with layers of roving. I sacrificed sturdiness for texture with his hair, as the top layer isn't felted at all, except to secure it at both ends of the fibers. I think it looks better, but it could probably get messed up easily. I'm looking for some string to give him some stitches in his eyelids and lips, I don't have any that's the right thickness. I keep giggling every time I look at him, and I'm completely jealous of his hair.  Wink

Thanks for looking!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My new "Urchin" on: September 06, 2008 11:12:06 PM
My version of the "Urchin" beret from ysolda.com, in size Large since I have a large noggin. I really like the pattern, and it works up quickly (I made this one in an evening). I used 2 skeins of Sean Sheep Wildwood in "Teak Smoke", with a little bit left over. I have to say, I liked it more than I expected. It was easy to work with, and I like the texture (I think it kind of looks like stones). 

I'm hoping that some more blocking will keep it from falling flat on the top.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Needle felting supplies at Walmart on: August 30, 2008 03:40:46 AM
I was browsing through the yarn aisle at Walmart a couple of days ago when much to my surprise, I stumbled upon a small display of needle felting supplies! (I can't remember the last time I went to Walmart, so I don't know how long they've carried this stuff.) They were selling a small kit with needles, a piece of foam, a paper template of a flower, and some instructions. Plus small packages of roving, with 2 similar colours per pack (almost enough to fill a juice glass, for around $3.00 Canadian).  They also had pre-made flower brooches and handbags on the same display, made to look like they've been needle felted by hand.

I can't say I fell in love with the products themselves. I do, however, like the thought of making felting supplies more accessible to people who'd like to try needle felting for the first time. I know there's nowhere else around here that sells them, and buying online can feel overwhelming. I wouldn't buy all my supplies there, but I definitely would have bought my first starter kit, if they had been available at the time. It seems like an unlikely place, but keep your eyes peeled at Wal-Mart if you're having trouble finding needles and roving.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Unmentionable" Embroidery Thread Bobbins - Now with templates - pg. 5 on: July 20, 2008 06:07:51 PM
I've gotten mighty bored with making plain bobbins for my embroidery thread, so today I started making these. I think they're much cuter, even if they do take up a wee bit more space.

As you can see, it took a couple of tries to settle on a shape and size. I quickly got tired of drawing them individually, but I'm definitely planning on making more once I get my scanner and printer back online.

Thanks for looking!:)

ETA: For anyone who's interested in making some of their own, dancingrabbit has added links to some templates she made based on my photos above. See her post on page 5.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Mini Berets (lots of pics) on: July 20, 2008 02:31:35 PM
I posted the first one of these awhile back, so I figured I'd post a couple more that I've made since.

Teal with vintage buttons (colours are more accurate in the second one):

Black and white striped, with a stem:

(Still needed some more blocking.)

Black with a bird applique:

And one made from a fuzzy white yarn, also with a stem:

Each one as nonfunctional as the last.Wink Thanks for looking!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / B-Movie Themed Resin Pendants. on: July 16, 2008 11:15:18 AM
I made these for the 50's B-Movie Swap. There are so many great B-movie posters, it was hard to choose which ones to use. I didn't want to completely overdo it on the movie posters, so I added a scene from "Creature From the Black Lagoon". The "Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" poster has red glitter in the layer behind it. The other two have black and silver glitter mixed together. (Sorry, I know the pics are not great.) I had another one cast that would have become a ring, but somehow a bunch of the glitter from the second layer bled/shifted to the bottom of the mold (the front of the image). Still not sure how that happened.

Plus some more I poured at the same time that were more generally horror-themed. The earrings are a little hard to see, the have black tombstones, like the ones in the pendant.

I made a beaded necklace and bracelet to go with them. It was really hard to find chunky plastic beads, but I finally found some on Etsy. As you may have noticed, I attached lobster clasps to the pendants so that they can easily be changed around on the beaded necklace without messing with jump rings and pliers.

Thanks for looking. Smiley
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bride of Frankenstein (and Crossbones!) on: July 15, 2008 05:48:35 PM
I made this for my partner in the 50's B-Movie Swap. She received her package today, so I figured it's finally safe to post. Smiley

The image is based on one from a set of tattoo flash. My camera didn't pick it up very well, but her skin is a pale bluish-green with some shading around the clavicles, nose, etc. I used crayons to tint the lighter parts (that's all the rage these days, huh?), and marker for some of the darker stuff like her hair. Everything is done in backstitch, except her eyes, which are done in split stitch and her lips, in satin stitch. I searched for weeks for an oval-shaped frame, and finally found one that was the perfect size. I kind of dig how her eyes wound up looking bruised and bloodshot.

Thanks for looking!
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