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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A hot rod for my hot water bottle! on: October 09, 2007 02:10:48 PM
It's definitely not cool, but there's nothing quite like a good, old fashioned hot water bottle. I decided to finally get rid of the ratty old pillow case that I used to put mine in and make it a snazzy-lookin' cozy. And what could be snazzier than leopard print flannel and a flaming hot rod?  Wink

The image is based on one of my fella's vintage shirts that I've always been tempted to steal.  I wanted to do it on red fabric, but there were no stores open yesterday and I decided not to wait.

It's far from perfect, but I didn't want to put too much work into something I'm just going to stick my feet on.

Comments welcome.  Smiley
32  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Slippers for very chilly toes! on: October 07, 2007 05:12:48 PM
It's about this time of year that I start to feel like my feet will never be warm again. Sometimes sticking an icy foot in a slightly chilly slipper just doesn't do much, so this is the solution I came up with today.

I started off with an ankle-length version of Lydia the Strange's slipper pattern (thanks!). Then I added little pockets on the toes and made some microwaveable hot packs to go in them. I've seen the same idea in store bought slippers, but they were crazy expensive, and the hot packs went under your feet. I don't think I'd be able to walk in them.

I made the pockets first and didn't have enough red for the ankle parts.

The little hot pack fits in the pocket better than that, I just left it sticking out to show the pocket.

They're erm... not an elegant solution, but I'm wearing them right now and boy are my feet toasty!  Grin
33  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / I made a mini "Yip-yip" alien! on: October 05, 2007 01:34:50 PM
This is how I spent my afternoon. He's completely needle felted. He has an undyed wool roving core, covered by a thinner layer of coloured roving. Then I attached individual strands of Caron Bliss yarn with the felting needle. I only had pink pipecleaners on hand, so I wrapped them in yarn to make the antennae, and put some beads on the ends.

"Yip yip yip yip, uh-huh, uh-huh."

"Brrrrrriing!"  (Remember that "encounter"? Grin

An afternoon well wasted.  Wink

He now has a book and an "arm" to hold it up:
34  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle felted pendants on: October 05, 2007 10:25:22 AM
I was doodling some polka dots and circles the other day and decided to make some of these.

They're needle felted, then wet felted a little bit to make them sturdier.

Thanks for looking.  Smiley
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My "new" vintage end table! on: October 05, 2007 09:12:42 AM
This was a $4 thrift store find. I loved the shape, but it was a little scratched up and the brown laminate wasn't doing much for me.

So, a little sanding, some paint and extremely shiny varnish, and now I have this.

The legs are metallic silver. They have a nice shimmer that just doesn't show up here. I think it goes well with the new red couch slipcover too. (That's the arm of the couch on the left side of the pics, in case you couldn't tell.)

Comments welcome.  Smiley
36  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wrist cuffs on: October 03, 2007 09:51:09 PM
When I have a bamboo blind I'll be able to make scarves. For now though, it's wrist cuffs on a placemat:

Turquoise with some wonky atomic things. The pink one is well, a mess. But that's how you learn, right?Smiley I like the black one. I was watching Atomic Betty today (a cartoon about a 12 year old girl from Saskatchewan who is a superhero) and her beehive-adorned mom has a garden full of flowers that look like those. 

I think I shouldn't try to photograph pink and black together with my camera. They both come out poorly.
Action shots: 

I think maybe the uneven edge looks better when they're being worn. I haven't decided on fasteners yet.

I made all these today, along with some sushi beads, a felted soap, and a large mat that's going to serve as a background/canvas for something I'm working on. I'm going to be sore tomorrow. lol
37  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Wear and tear on embroidered stretch fabric? on: October 03, 2007 07:55:36 PM
I recently bought a jersey slipcover for my couch, and I was thinking that it would be neat to embroider something on the fronts of the armrests. The (potential) problem is that those areas need to stretch slightly to fit over the armrests, so they're always stretched.  Would they eventually become misshapen? Would the stitches tear through the fabric? (I do have an appropriate stabilizer to use if I do attempt this.) I can't remember the fabric content, but it feels like a regular t-shirt.  I've thought about doing them as appliques, but it's just not the same.

I'd love some opinions or advice from people who might have more experience working with jersey, or any stretch fabric.

Thanks in advance!
38  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The safe way to play with chainsaws.... on: October 03, 2007 07:47:32 PM
make a stuffed one! My partner for the Zombies are Love swap is a fellow Evil Dead fan, so I made her a cuddly red chainsaw.

I think I might need one to adorn my couch. Sadly, I don't think it will protect her from any deadites or zombie hordes.  Sad
39  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mini movie poster switchplate on: October 03, 2007 07:38:36 PM
I made this for the Zombies are Love swap. My partner has a room with a movie theme (how jealous am I?).

(The holes look a little ragged, but that's covered up by the screws.) My own switchplates are looking very dull now.

Comments welcome.  Smiley
40  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sacred heart cushion on: October 03, 2007 07:23:24 PM
I actually made this awhile back as a gift. I was admiring soteralu's crocheted sacred heart purse recently and realised that I never posted it. Possibly because I couldn't decide where to post it:  The body and "valve" are knitted, the flames are crocheted from my own handspun (orange wool plied with red thread), the vine and thorns are embroidered (actually green, I think they look black), and there's a blood droplet done with seed beads. I think I'll tweak the shape of the heart a little if I make another one for myself.

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