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11  tissue box cozy in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Buggirl on: August 23, 2004 07:23:43 AM
I know folks like to dis the tissue cozy...it reminds us of horrible crocheted crafts and those damned toilet roll cozy-dolls of crazy aunts...at times cozys represent the image of craft many of us are trying to escape....

But lately, here in Japan, I've been seeing funky cloth covers for tissue boxes at all the interior decoratig shops I like to window shop....and thus I started to think of my tissue boxes as ungainly creatures interupting my decor...throw in some financial belt tightening, a scrap pile, a recently purchaced used machine, and a night of staying in so I don't spend money and voila!

It snaps together in two places on top (I would have used velcro as it is more forgiving...but I didn't have any I just had tiny snaps and I was determined not to spend an extra cent on this project) and has a white cotton lining. I only had bright white cotton cloth, so for the outer layer I dyed the cloth with tea and then reinforced it with interfacing, following up with some very easy quick stitching for decoration.

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12  Re: Stuffed felt monsters - Now with tutorial and pictures in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Buggirl on: August 21, 2004 06:34:41 PM
Thank you!

About a month after seeing your monsters I woke up, during a meeting, and thought to myself, I'd like to make a monster tomorrow.

And thus, Priscilla was born.

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13  Re: My First Sophie Bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by Buggirl on: July 07, 2004 04:45:47 PM
And here's mine! It's a little less bulky because, in an attempt to use up some of my stash, the yarn is a little thinner than recommended. But I was looking to keep myself busy while not spending any money.

It's also my first felted attempt. In Japan the washing machines don't HAVE a warm or hot setting, so I hand felted it in the sink.

The clouds are felt that has been worked over with a felting needle (another first for me) and the rhinestone butterfly thing comes from the fact my mother tosses in deliberatly tacky garage sale jewelry finds when she sends me care packages. It's also lined with a funky cloth left over from some purse making and closes with a snap.

When I have time I'll probably knit another one at the recommended gage for gift-giving time.

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14  Knitty's Grace in Knitting: Completed Projects by Buggirl on: July 07, 2004 05:55:08 AM
Finally finished a sweater, flaws and all, that I might actually wear occasionally when the weather here cools down! Made a sweater...whoo-hooo. NOt perfect but functional and that's a start

Now, it would probably be helpful if I could tell you what substitute yarn I used, but, like the pattern designer, I also live in Japanand I suspect that the random on-sale acrylic-mohair blend is probably only available here.

I'm a beginer at joining anything, so the front center was a bit tricky at first, but other than that I would recommend the pattern for newbies like myself
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15  Re: coffee cup sleeve in Knitting: Completed Projects by Buggirl on: June 04, 2004 12:47:49 AM
I just finished mine this afternoon at work. It's closer to the pattern ( I had eyelash yarn  leftover from my SnB Mod Cape project... I will be super stylish this winter.) I'm so ready to hit my local coffee shop ( where they know me as the token forienger who wants skim milk....)

All of my Japanese co-workers love it and one has suggested that if I make another one I should knit monster eyes and a mouth on it...she mentioned that with the eyes and face it could also be used to spruce up any one of the many dull "cup full of pencils" that adorn our desks.

I didn't have a spare cup around to photograph, so I now have a sassy container of sugar...
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16  Dance costumes in Needlework: Completed Projects by Buggirl on: May 13, 2004 03:25:24 AM
I'm just curious about other crafty people who also are involved in dance. I do some belly dacning here in Tokyo. I'm new to it all (only 9 months) but have started dancing with a troupe and have an upcoming debut with them. We've all got the same basic costume in different colors and, as I learned in a costume dress rehersal, we're all free to embelish and personalize our own costumes.

Well, dead broke and unable to spring for a new shiny tinkling hip-scarf I raided my craft supplies, used coins from a hip scarf I don't like (poorly constructed, the coins and beads come off and get lodged in your foot while dancing) beads from a project in which I taught high school kids how to make dreamcatchers, and my thread stash and a tattoo design I've been working on.

The final bling bling hip scarf:

The wasp-mimic-moth sits right at the bottom of my spine when worn.

I'm interested in inspiration from other folks.
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17  Original designs in needlepoint. in Needlework: Completed Projects by Buggirl on: March 20, 2004 04:44:44 PM
My background is in fine-arts. The line between crafts and fine-arts has always been contentious. It is easy to get shuffled off into catagories if you are an artist who also expresses themself in 'traditional craft' (knitting, fabrics, needlepoint, even pottery in some circles!)

So I've been playing around with interpreting some of my small sketches ( from a series I call metamorphosis or the FrogFolk) in needlepoint on homeade handbags and trying to do monotypes on fabric and so on.

This is an example. I don't have a scanner so the sketch colors are way off. The background should be gesso-white the body is manilia paper.

I'd love to see what original designs other people are doing ( not just drawings interpreted )

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18  Re:Question about SnB Chinese Charm Purse in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by Buggirl on: March 20, 2004 05:49:10 AM
Well this is a modified version of the bag. I can get Noro yarn, but I had tons of this stuff and it was about the right gauge. It looks a little lopsided in the photo but it's not. The charm is a cheap butterfly necklace I never wear that I cut and stitched.

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19  Re:Lost Art of Embroidery in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by Buggirl on: March 20, 2004 04:18:48 AM

I too got addicted to the needle via Sublime Stitching this winter. After I got a hang of the basic stitches (one such projects as the Vegas Pants and the Space Skirt) I started mining other sources. At first I couldn't find transfer paper (I live in Japan, kanji, blah blah) so Alice here is free-handed. It really gave the the encuragement to start my own designs. (My background is in drawing/fine arts)

Hope these links work!

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