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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pink Horse with Multi-Colored Mane from Crochet World on: June 22, 2004 06:44:33 AM

I made this horse from the April 2004 issue of Crochet World magazine.  It was for my niece for her birthday, and she loves pink.  Hence the pink.  It's my very first (and probably last) stuffed toy ever.  I didn't make any changes to the pattern except the colors.  Um... questions?    Grin
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pink pink pink dress with a kitty on: June 16, 2004 01:35:56 PM

I made this dress for my three old old niece who is going through a pink stage at the moment.  When she and I discussed this dress, her answer to all my questions was pink.  She's so cute that I figured I'd give her what she wanted.   Grin

I added an underskirt so my sister wouldn't always have to put a slip on her when she wears it, the pink fabric is cotton/poly two dollar stuff from joann's and is kinda thin.  Here's a picture with the underskirt showing.


The edges are all finished with bias tape.  I used my bias binder foot, which I highly recomend getting.  They're awesome.  Using bias tape made the hem really easy.  I'd usually hesitate to make a pattern with a circular skirt, but not having to hem it traditionally was a super awesome timesaver.  The underskirt was hemmed with a rolled edge on the serger.


The embroidery is just backstitch with three strands of dmc cotton embroidery floss.  I got the design from a coloring page I found through google, and used my heat transfer pencil to trace it, then ironed it on.  I did the embroidery after I cut out the bodice, but before I starting construction.  That way the lining of the bodice will protect the back side of the stitching.

Well, that's about all, hope you enjoyed looking!  Grin
33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / "Hotdogs Fear Me" Barbeque Apron on: June 15, 2004 06:48:32 AM

I made this barbeque apron for my father-in-law for his father's day present.  This picture is just a scan of the embroidery design because my husband stole my camera this morning, but I'll add a picture of the whole thing being an apron later. 

The design is about 9X7 inches.  I used my embroidery machine with my multihoop and a couple of rehoopings.  It could easily be translated into hand embroidery (you have my permission to use the idea for hand embroidery, I designed and digitized it).  If I did it by hand, I'd probably use outlining for the hot dog and and letters, and maybe long and short stitch for the fire parts.

To attach the embroidered fabric to the apron, I pinned it in place, then used a long narrow zig zag stitch to hold it in place.  Then I used a wide very short zig zag stitch to satin stitch it in place applique style.  The apron is a ready made to decorate one that I picked up at Michaels.
34  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fun with wires and beads: a birthstone rosary on: April 22, 2004 02:31:42 PM
I looked to make sure I'm not duplicating another topic, so I think this is new.  Sorry if I'm not posting in the right place.

I made this rosary for my mom for mother's day.  It's got beads to represent all the birthstones in my immediate family.  My brothers and sisters and I are all the Hail Mary beads in the five decades (five of us, five decades in a rosary, it was too good not to do).  My dad's the Our Father beads, and my mom's the three beginning Hail Mary beads.

The beads are fire polished czech glass beads, with silver plated eyepins and connectors and such.  I used instructions found on these two sites:  www.rosaryshop.com   and   www.firemountaingems.com

The same techniques can easily be adapted for jewelry and such.  In fact, I used the leftover topaz colored beads to make a bracelet for my mom as a little something extra.  I had so much fun with this, it was just like my jewelry making class but with no fear of blowing myself up with the torch.

Here's a pic:
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Little Girl's Sweater, designed with Knitware on: March 24, 2004 04:55:54 PM
 Here's my first knitted sweater.  I made it with my Bond Incredible Sweater machine.  I put crochet edging on all the edges, I still have to do a final blocking of it and sew in the zipper.  It was designed using the trial download of the Knitware program.  http://www.knitware.ca/download.htm   I totally recommend this software, it's really cool.  You can use it to design machine knit, hand knit, or crocheted items.  There are a bunch of sleeve styles, neckline styles, etc. to choose from.  You can do backless halter styles and all sorts of stuff.  You enter the gauge that you get, and it figures the stitches from there, so you don't have to worry about matching gauge and such.  I only have the trial version, but I'm definately planning to buy the full version as soon as possible.  I'm not sure what the differences between them are even, but I figure the person who made it deserves my money just for making such easy fun pattern making software.
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