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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 81 ENTRIES / Embroidered Felt Ornaments on: December 04, 2012 11:03:46 PM
This has been a labor of love. I live out West but my mom back in New York sent me a ton of embroidery floss after taking out what she needed to complete her own stash, and I now have 4 clear boxes of the stuff, neatly labeled and organized by number (yay, OCD). I had some, however, that were already wound around cardboard cards and had no number. That's the stuff I used to make these beauties.

I got the pictures from everywhere, all over the internets. I traced them directly onto tissue paper (as in, I literally placed the tissue paper on the screen and traced the design) -- very technical. Wink The paper was then pinned to poly felt and hand embroidered. I did it while we were driving around, while watching TV, while my kids ate lunch... You get the idea. I'm including one in each of my Christmas cards, this year. Because they're thin and light, they will be able to fit right in the envelope with the card and picture of my bitties.

Without further ado, here are the pictures.

All of them (so far) together.

And here they are, a little more up-close. The backs were either left plain, embroidered with my initials and the date, and/or with the recipient's last name.

Leave a comment and let me know your favorite (I don't have one, but my husband loves the Christmas tree). Smiley
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Royally adorable (Picture ridiculousness ahead, bewaaaaare...) on: November 07, 2012 04:59:21 PM
My then-three-year-old daughter asked to be a princess for Halloween. Yeah, reeeeeal original. So I set out to make something extra special. She picked the fabric (a lovely, medium-weight satin, and of course, only pink would do), and although it's probably the most elaborate thing I've ever sewn, it worked up fast and I had so much fun making it. There is a store-bought shirt underneath for warmth. There's also a store-bought crown; she insisted it was "the perfect one" and who was I to argue with that? Smiley The arm bands are removable, and you can see them on and off in the photos below. I did a "quick and dirty" hem, because I am hoping she will get a couple years out of it and I wanted to keep the length. My son, because he's still too little to understand Halloween and ask for anything specific, I decided would be a prince. His tunic is made in white flannel, with poly felt dagging and emblem, and a felt crown (with a little elastic on the back for comfort) -- he actually loved his costume and really enjoys wearing it. Getting pictures of him in it, well... That was a little harder.

For reference's sake, my daughter just turned 4 and she is very slight of build, and I made the standard sized 4T from the pattern. My son is 16 months and HUGE and I made a slightly shortened version of a standard 3T. For both costumes, I modified the patterns contained in Simplicity 5520.

Enough with the formalities! Onto the pictures!

Thank you so much for allowing me to share my babies with you. I'm pretty proud of them, and I think the costumes didn't turn out half bad, either. Wink
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Patternless crochet doll, and ideas on how to dress her? on: January 01, 2010 07:45:53 AM
I'm pretty new to crocheting, so when I tried my hand at making a doll and my toddler flat-out rejected the thing, I was a little crushed. So I started the next doll with no desire to please anyone but myself, using no pattern. First time I've ever whipped something up with no instructions whatsoever, and I'm pretty pleased with the results. I wish I'd made it pose-able, so a little sad about that. I'm trying to figure out how to dress it, now. Should I sew the clothes? Crochet them? I'm also having a hard time trying to figure out how her (I tried to make boobs, and it's got some hips, so I hope it's a girl) hair should be.

She's about 9 inches tall. I'm estimating because I'm too lazy to grab a ruler.  Roll Eyes

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / "Patchwork" baby blanket on: March 02, 2009 01:33:17 PM
DH's cousin and her husband are having their first baby this month, so I thought I'd take advantage of it and brush up on my crocheting, trying as many new stitches as I could find: 15, to be exact (there are 16 squares but I think I repeated the dc,sc stitch as I was running out of ideas). I wish I'd written down what stitches I did for what square, as now the blankie is gone, 2,000 miles away in Utah, waiting for its wee owner to enter the world.

What do you think?

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Clever way to gift Spamalot tickets? on: November 26, 2006 04:56:33 PM
I got my younger brother tickets to see Spamalot on Broadway, with me, for Christmas. He doesn't want me to spend a lot of money on him; the tickets were expensive. I hope he's not too angry with me when he sees them...

I want to do a whole day in Manhattan with him: Spamalot, lunch at the Olive Garden in Times Square, maybe a visit to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum...

What's a good way to give tickets like these? I want to do something really creative. I thought of sticking them in an empty video game box (he's gaming-obsessed), or maybe sticking them in a small box, which would go in a bigger box, which would go in an even bigger box, and so on...

But that's not creative enough. I'd love to do something "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" themed, if I could. You guys are SO creative; PLEASE help me out, here!!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making my own wedding dress! HELP!!! on: January 23, 2006 07:18:03 PM
Hey, guys...

I am in a serious jam, here. I don't like any froo-froo whatsoever, and I'm going to be getting married in a REALLY small ceremony (like, only 3 other people besides me and my guy). But I am insisting on wearing a classic white dress.

We don't have a lot of money at all (we're both still in school, and my mom's probably going to disown me - no joke), so I decided on making my own dress. Problem is, I really don't know how to sew all that well. I've done  a few small things, but a wedding dress, however simple, is far from a "small thing."

So I need help. Any help, all help. I don't know where to begin. I want no lace, no sequins, no ruffles, nothing. I want it long (super-long -- I'm 5'10" and never get a really long dress ever), plain, strapless, and WHITE. Smiley

I really appreciate any help you guys can give me. I have no idea what I'm doing.

7  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Weaving...thread? Stuff? Wha? on: December 06, 2005 05:45:28 PM
I just got my little kiddie BRIO loom, and I really love it, but I know I'm going to go through the tread stuff really quick... So I was wondering if y'all had any places you really liked to get your thread stuff from. Do you call it "weaving thread?" I'm new at this; I don't know anything. Smiley

Also, where should one go after a BRIO loom? I know I'm thinking pretty far into the future, but it's fun. Smiley

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Guitar-playing, poetic boyfriend gift ideas! Please! (NOW W/ PICS) on: November 24, 2005 05:32:04 PM
My boyfriend and I are in a long distance relationship -- I live in New York City and he's all the way in North Dakota! We're from completely different worlds -- he has a FARM, for crying out loud. Smiley

He's super creative and wonderful, and this is going to be our first Christmas together, and I really want to get him something as perfect and special as he is. I'm already making him a nice soft green (his favorite color) scarf for the harsh North Dakota winter, but I want to make him something else, too.

Is there anything I can make him for his guitar? Or to reflect his guitar playing or poetry writing? He plays a Fender Stratocaster, if that makes any difference. Don't even ask me anything else on it - I don't know guitars at ALL.

He's super special and important to me. I really want to make this gift amazing.

Thanks, guys.

9  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / What can I do with a table loom? on: November 10, 2005 08:48:31 AM
The title of my post says it all. Smiley I'm getting a table loom for Christmas; one of the small wooden ones, but it makes fabrics and all that. I'm not sure what it is, or what it looks like, or anything, but I'd really like to know what I'll be able to do with it. It's not tremendously large, so what kind of projects are best made on something like this?

Thanks for the help. Can't wait until Christmas! Smiley

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