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1  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4, Diptych Round - Gallery (SendOut 3/21/11) in The Swap Gallery by teraspawn on: April 05, 2011 09:59:43 AM
Here's what was in my AMAZING parcel from Kitten Wrangler.

As you can see, she totally took a new direction with this and I love it! I can't wait to put them up on my wall.
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2  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R3 - OTT Edition Gallery in The Swap Gallery by teraspawn on: January 23, 2011 11:15:26 AM
Here are the pictures of my amazing hoop from Annachronism!

It's going in pride of place in my craft room Grin
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3  Prototype Comfy Bag with owlies in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by teraspawn on: May 17, 2009 02:47:20 PM
The pattern for this bag was based on a bag I used to love before it started falling apart. It is big enough to fit in a couple of paperbacks, small enough to be easy to carry and has two elasticated pockets on the sides which are the perfect size for my phone and my bubble mixture.

The bag's fully lined and has a long shoulder strap for carrying.The fabric is from an old pillowcase - it's really soft and lovely to the touch, but obviously it's the least durable thing ever. I think for Comfy Bag version 2.0 I might use pillowcase fabric for the lining and something more sensible for the outsides. This was partly sewn by hand, which is pretty messy given my hand-stitching skills - fortunately my mum's fixed my sewing machine for me now! So that should improve. I'm also going to make the strap wider to make it easier to carry.

I might post a tute when I've fine-tuned the design, if anyone's interested?

There's more backstory about the bag on my blog Smiley
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4  Vegan Spinach and Chocolate Brownies! in Vegetarian / Vegan by teraspawn on: April 28, 2009 05:31:07 AM
My mother never attempted to hide vegetables in my food as a child, for which I am eternally grateful. However, as an adult who prefers sweeties to her greens, Ive had to fall back on using evil parent-tactics on myself. The result is surprisingly delicious, not to mention super healthy. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:

Spinach and Chocolate Brownies!

I brought them into work today - not only did they not guess they were vegan, not a single person could tell they contained spinach!

I've put the recipe on my blog - The Beth Project, I strongly suggest you try making them, they're so nice and so virtuous!

What do you think?  Smiley
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5  Re: The Doctor Who & Spin Offs Swap Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by teraspawn on: August 28, 2007 05:57:06 AM
I finally have photos! It seems every piece of photographic equipment I own has some kind of personal vendetta against me, so in the end I just borrowed dad's camera and had at it.

First: the cutest polymer clay earrings you can imagine:

From the left: K9, a cyberman head that you can't really see because I photographed it sideways, the TARDIS and a dalek. Just look at the detail!

These came inside this Altoid tin: (again I implore you to look at the detail)

Along with this Jack and Ianto bracelet:

And then the rest of the package. This notebook is set to become my next diary:

"Doctor Whom" (which is very funny) now has pride of place on the Things What Are Somewhat Geeky shelf of my bookcase:

The most jealousy-inducing thing ever:

MY VERY OWN CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS DOLL. I know I've used the word "detail" a lot already, but look at his little collar! and the fingers! and the vortex manipulator! Also, the fact that his arms are stretchy has afforded me no less than an hour of solid amusement.

And the MOST AWESOME THING OF ALL, which has gotten many favourable comments from people:


Luinecu: offically the best swap partner ever.
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6  Piratical corsetish floaty top from Pirates of the Caribbean Swap ***Tutorial*** in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by teraspawn on: May 28, 2007 03:35:06 PM
Front, modelled by a delightful though rather pudgy pillow:

Back, same:

Click here to see gallery pictures, on a proper human being.

This is the first proper tute I've really made, so I'd love some feedback on it! I pretty much winged the pattern after I found the fabric.

Four Pattern Pieces:

A: Chest measurement + 5"
B: Distance from beneath bust to hips, or however long you want the top to be + 2"
C: Distance from collarbone to middle of back + 2" (about the length of your bra strap)
D: Distance from beneath bust to collarbone
E: Chest measurement divided by 4 + 4"

Cut one of piece 1, and two each of piece 2, piece 3 and piece 4 out of your fabric.
You will also need a fairly substantial amount of ribbon, and a piece of elastic 3" shorter than your chest measurement.


1. Fold both piece 2s in half lengthwise and sew along the edge, then turn right sides out. Hem raw ends.

2. Sew each piece 3 to a piece 4 on two edges, right sides together, with a piece two trapped in between. Turn the right way out, turn in the raw edges and hem.

3. Hem the bottom of piece 1, and turn over the top to make a hollow channel, about 1" wide.

4. Topstitch the two triangular pieces to the back of piece 1 with an overlap of about 4", just below the hollow channel.

5. Fold the garment in half, right sides together, and sew the edges up until just below the channel.

6. Thread the elastic through the channel, then sew the ends together so it forms a loop. Turn under the raw edges of the channel and hand-sew them together.
7. Sew the shoulder straps to the back of the shirt. The easiest way to do this is to try the top on inside out and pin them in the most comfortable place, then topstitch them there.
8. Cut 8 1" pieces of ribbon and cover the ends in clear nail varnish to prevent fraying. Fold each in half and sew to the back straps at regular intervals.

9. Thread ribbon through loops in a criss-cross pattern and tie in a bow (see photo).
10. Cut a short piece of ribbon, fold into thirds and gather the centre to make a bow. Where the two triangular pieces meet, sew the bow.

If you are larger of bust, you may wish to add darts. Or you could just use a proper busty pattern piece for that section.

You can use this tutorial for anything you like, modify it any way you see fit and sell things made from it. Just don't pretend you wrote it!
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7  Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by teraspawn on: May 28, 2007 08:19:00 AM
Since my camera is finally co-operating with my computer, here are some pictures I took of what I sent to lilylola:

A piratical top, modelled charmingly by a pillow.

I was thinking of writing up a tutorial for it, is anyone interested?

A reversible headband for her daughter, from this tute.

I didn't take a pic of the foam stamp I sent.
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8  Uber-geeky caffeine molecule mug in Completed Projects by teraspawn on: May 28, 2007 08:11:49 AM
After seeing the mugs they had on ThinkGeek, I made this for my brother's birthday Cheesy

It's just ceramic paint on a 49p mug from Woolworth's, but I think it's pretty effective.
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9  Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by teraspawn on: May 28, 2007 07:58:02 AM
Some very big and slightly rubbish pictures of the wonderful things that lilylola sent me Cheesy

Yes, your eyes do not decieve you, that is Commadore Norrington aka my favourite character on my t-shirt. If you look carefully, you can see the beaded wristcuff she sent me as well.

Davey Jones! It looks as though I'm biting his head in this picture, although I assure you I am not.
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10  Re: 2007 April Wishlist Gallery in The Swap Gallery by teraspawn on: May 28, 2007 07:50:45 AM
Here's some (very belated) pictures of the wonderful things that purpleone sent me Smiley

The red fabric is already part of a skirt, and the blue yarn is well on its way to being a pair of Knucks Cheesy
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