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101  Owl-- first attempt in Needlework: Completed Projects by Kiwimonkey on: January 28, 2006 09:38:36 PM
This is a little owl I stitched onto something I'm making for a swap.  it was my first attempt at embroidery.  What do you think?

I'd love to hear what you think!

after seeing the picture, I had to run and look at him again, just to be sure, but those two little spots aren't actually on him. (the one under his eye, and the other one on his head.) I must've dropped some water onto him accidently. OOPS! But that really scared me, when I saw the picture.  Roll Eyes
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102  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by Kiwimonkey on: December 13, 2005 11:39:38 PM
I RECEIVED!!  I RECEIVED!!  my first swap to receive in!  (I got flaked-on in the first one I did Sad )
Writer78 took my wish of something monkey-related and sent me this awesome drawstring pouch!

She embroidered it and everything!\

just look at those bananas! And the leaf with beads!  And the parasol!  SQUEEEEE!

Even the lining is awesome!

She also sent me two of my favoritest things (besides monkeys that is)

and Stickers!

Eva was afraid that I'd meant a stuffie or a fimo monkey when I wished for something monkey related.  HA!  Not only is this monkey (and really cute!)  It's also extremely functional! It holds my digital camera, extra battery, and memory card, and cord perfectly!  Now I don't have to worry about my lovely camera getting all beat up in the bottom of my bottomless-pit (a.k.a my purse)  I'm SO in love with this! 

Eva, you completely made-up for the disappointment I had from being flaked on!  Thank you SO SO SO much!

Everyone else, sorry I went a little overboard with the exclaimation points, I'm just REALLY excited!
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103  Re: dare i go shorter? in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Kiwimonkey on: October 13, 2005 01:09:07 AM
I really like how it is now! I think you should keep it as is.  However, if you're insistant (is that a word?) on changing it I have a few suggestions:

1) Keep the same basic shape, but slightly shorter. Instead of being just-past-chin length, cut it to nearly-chin length.

2) Cut it off real short. Like the 1920's flapper hair style  but without the heavy bangs.
or like this

3) cut short. but with  the front longer than the back.
kind of like these, but a few inches shorter:

I'd love to see what you decide to do!
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104  Re: Welcome to my world! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Kiwimonkey on: October 10, 2005 08:27:11 AM

As for the dressers, I painted them a light brown, lighter than you think you'd need.  Once that coat was completely dry I took darker brown (it's like crayola crayon brown, not too dark, but not tan either) and mixed it with clear glaze.  I used about half and half. I then painted a surface (like a drawer front for example) with the dark color.  Using a "wood graining" tool that I drug through the wet paint to create the knotty look. 
I found this to get a little over done, and resorted to using a standard paint brush to create lines instead of the teeth on the scraper.  It's just a matter of personal preferance, and you vision of the piece.  And as long as you work on small space, remember that in you don't like it, you can re coat the brown paint and drag the tool again (as slong as you do it before the paint dries).  Does that make any sense?

edit: I looked and looked and couldn't find the same tool I used, but found one similar here:

and I also found a better explaination here ( http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_boxes/article/0,2025,DIY_13747_2268343,00.html )
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105  I made a TIE!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Kiwimonkey on: October 09, 2005 06:36:05 PM
Okay, so my "comfy" boyfriend, is in a position where he has to wear "nice" clothes everyday.  No more old t-shirts, and short, no more windbreaker pants etc.  Now the things he used to wear when he was "dressed-up"  (khaki's and a polo shirt) are for "casual Friday"  The guy only had 3 ties in his closet before now.  Since money isn't a prevalent thing, we tried raiding the local thrift store to find fun, funky tie but most of  the ones we found were "expensive".  $10 or more for a thrift-store tie? I don't think so.   Granted we did walk out with 5 (which almost tripled his collection), but still.
So for a present, I took a half-yard left-over I had from another project, and made this for him:

Tie on him:

*excuse his expression. It was earlier in the morning, and he didn't want to have his picture taken.  Roll Eyes silly boy!

Close-up of tie on:


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106  Ribbon Skirt NOW WITH TUTORIAL!!! (img heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Kiwimonkey on: September 26, 2005 11:00:41 PM
I love ribbon!  
I've always loved ribbon!
I always will love ribbon!

That being said, I can't believe I never thought of making clothes from ribbons before.  But now thanks to my new addiction to craftsters and all the cool people and designs on here, I present to you:

twirl shot




**okay so my first step(which I forgot to make pictures of) was to make a simple square skirt out of some excess white fabric I had lying around.
You know the kind I mean..... two square(or rectangles) sewn together on two sides, hemmed.

**set the under-skirt aside. You won't need it again for a while.

**You've already determined the length you want your skirt, so now it's time to cut your ribbons.
I found it simplest to tape my tape measure to the table, and then stretch the ribbon across the table, kind of like the do fabric at fabric stores.

I decided I wanted a 20in skirt, so I cut all my ribbons to approximately 20 inches.  

**after cutting the ribbon I used fray-check on each end to prevent raveling (sp?)

**Once ALL the ribbons were cut, I then starting pinning them onto my "waistband"   I Decided that instead of making a waistband, I'd use blanket binding (which, if you don't know, is like seam tape, only wider and mad of satin). I unfolded it (it's actually just a long piece of wide satin "ribbon" folded in half, and pressed to stay that way.) and pinned my ribbons the to inside, so that if I refolded the binding, I'd have a white strip of satin with ribbons stinking out.

Here's where the trick comes in.  You want to LAYER the ribbons.  Pining them side by side will NOT create the effect you're going for.  You need to AT LEAST overlap the edges of the ribbons.  The more ribbons, and more layering and overlapping you do, the fuller and flowy-er, the skirt will be.

And remember, which ever ribbon you want on the outside of the skirt has to be the on pinned closest to the waistband. For example if I have a 1/4 inch pink ribbon, 1/2 inch purple and 1 inch turquoise ribbon, I'd pin the pink one down first, then the purple, then the blue, so that when attached to the skirt I'd see pink on purple on blue.

**Now it's time to sew the ribbons the the blanket binding.

Words of warning: GO SLOW!  Straighten out the ribbons before you get the them.  If they're lying funny(twisted, not straight etc.) when you sew them down, that's how they'll be on the finished skirt.  I found it easiest to sew 6 inches or so, then straighten the next ribbons out onto my sewing machine cabinet, sew those down and continue in that fashion.

**Once the ribbons are sewn onto the waistband, it's then time to pull out your underskirt again.
Pin the waistband (blanket-binding) to the underskirt.

The top (unfinished edge) of the skirt goes between the fold of the blanket binding, with the ribbons streaming down the "outside".

**Sew the waistband to the skirt.

**Where the two edges of the blanket binding meet, I didn't sew shut, yet.  I first inserted elastic (cut to be just smaller than my waist, so it would fit snugly).
THEN I sew along the line where the two edges meet.


The hardest part of this skirt is knowing how much ribbon to buy. My opinion is the more, the better.  
I bought  
*6yard spools of
     lavender grosgrain ($1.50)
     yellow grosgrain ($1.50)
     red grosgrain ($1.50)
     narrow orange satin ($.50 on sale)
*3yard spools of
     white with polkadots satin ($2.00)
     pink stripe grosgrain ($2.00)
     shimmery shear blue ($2.00)
*5 yards cut
     green satin($0.74/yard)
     purple satin($0.74/yard)
     narrow pink satin ($0.34/yard)
     wide turquoise satin ($0.74/yard)

Plus I had:
  1 and 1/2 yards of purple satin
  3 yards yellow satin
  3 yards green satin
in my stash

I spent about 20 dollars on the ribbon, but I would've bought it anyway.  I always buy ribbon, even when I don't have a specific project in mind for it.
I'm sure you could spend less, if you shop the "remnants" bins at the fabric stores.  Most of the remnants are less than a yard, so they bundle them and sell them as a group.  I know Joann's (i think) used to have "grab bags" of ribbon remnants for like a dollar or something.  Most of the pieces in there would be about the right length for this skirt, as long as you weren't going to make it TOO long.
It's also MUCH cheaper to buy the spools of ribbon.  However, if you're going to certain colors they may or maynot be available on spools. If you don't have your mind made up of the EXACT colors you want before you go buy, and you're a lot more likely to get cheaper ribbon.

Hope that was all clear and understandable.  If not, just ask me and I'll try my best to clear it up for you.
As always, comments are wonderful! And if anyone decided to make one, I'd LOVE to see it!

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107  Peasant Blouse? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Kiwimonkey on: September 25, 2005 11:53:17 PM
First actual post here on Craftster.  Let's cross our fingers that everything goes right...

Okay, so I'm looking to make a peasanty-off-the-shoulder type top for part of my halloween costume, but I have NO idea of how to go about. Can't even think of a good place to start.  I'm fairly handy with my sewing machine and fabric. Commercial patterns and I don't always get along real well because I just get confused in their directions.  I've tried a few, and been at least halfway successful, but I really like to work from my own pattern/template.  If I can get my head around what I'm trying to sew, I can usually end-up with a pretty good version of it. 

So, anyway, can anyone help me out with a shirt like this?? 
*crosses fingers that picture works...*

How do I get the "collar" to look like that?  and the sleeves?  I'm just all confused.  So if anyone could tell me how, or even (at this point) point me in the direction of a fairly-easy-to-understand pattern, I'm be much appreciative!

other shirt pictures I found:

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