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1  Honey cowl in Knitting: Completed Projects by lovely_gangster on: July 02, 2015 08:58:57 PM
I recently finished the Honey Cowl (free pattern from Madelinetosh). I used Manos del Uruguay Maxima in Limerick. I CO 320 stitches so it's long enough to comfortably wrap around twice (although I think about 280 stitches would have been enough).

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2  Re: DIY neck/shoulder heat pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lovely_gangster on: December 09, 2014 04:35:36 AM
I made another pillow a few weeks ago using some apple fabric and some vintage dutch fabric (both received years ago in craft swaps! so good to finally put them to use). I made this one a little bit bigger, so it can be used for the lower back also.

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3  DIY neck/shoulder heat pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lovely_gangster on: October 28, 2014 11:04:01 PM
Hi all, wasn't sure whether to put this in Home/Beauty & Bath/Misc so feel free to move the topic if necessary.

I have recently had shoulder surgery and suffer from very tense muscles in this area and my neck. I have a long wheat bag that can drape around my neck but i find all the wheat just bunches at one end and I can never get it in the right spot, so I thought I'd try making my own with sections so the filling stays evenly distributed. The sections also mean it can be easily rolled up to put in a drawer/bag for travel. I couldn't buy wheat so I used uncooked rice with a bit of lavender oil. I am a very beginner sewer and it was my first try at top stitching so it's a little wonky in places but the dark fabric conceals it pretty well.

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4  help choosing wire gauge and hardness in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by lovely_gangster on: October 28, 2014 05:27:02 AM
hi guys, i want to recreate a necklace similar to the photo. just wondering for the wire star what gauge and hardness of wire i should choose. i want to make it in silver but i am a bit lost in terms of the gauge and hardness. i presume i need a low-ish gauge and possibly half hard for the star to not get bent out of shape during normal wearing??

would something like 14g, half hard be appropriate?

many thanks  Smiley

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5  Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by lovely_gangster on: October 22, 2014 04:55:29 AM
I have just recently started doing my nails and am mostly into glitter nail polishes (because glitter!!! and also more forgiving if you mess up slightly). My favourite way to do them is to do a french tip but with glitter (I think people call them glitter tips). I work full time as a grad student so I basically have no dress code at work. It's awesome.

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6  fabric flowers in Completed Projects by lovely_gangster on: October 21, 2014 08:33:25 PM
wasn't sure what board to post these on so i'm just posting them in the misc section.

i have tried numerous times (even with cacti) to keep a plant on my desk at work to no avail so i decided i could have fake flowers instead. i didn't really want to just buy some at a craft shop, so i decided to make some out of fabric. hope you guys like them. i could probably write a tutorial if there was any interest for it.

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7  Pandan magic cake in Dessert by lovely_gangster on: October 21, 2014 08:30:55 PM
has anyone ever made magic cake before? it's the recipe that turns 1 batter into a 3 layer cake. i've made it once before and it was pretty good so i made it again but flavoured it with pandan essence this time. just decided to go for a dusting of powdered sugar on top (with some cake stencils to be a bit fancy).

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8  Anthropologie inspired keychain in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lovely_gangster on: October 21, 2014 08:28:39 PM
I saw a keychain on Anthropologie a while back that was pretty expensive for just a keychain (around $30 i think) so I attempted to make my own version of it. Hope you like it.

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9  1920s style drop waisted dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lovely_gangster on: October 20, 2014 06:12:37 PM
Hi all, after a 7-8 year hiatus from Crafster, I thought I'd come back and share some of the things I make.

I had a 1920s themed event to attend and I didn't want to hire/purchase a costume, so I attempted to make a drop waisted dress from some blue lace fabric. I am a complete novice sewer so whilst it is far from perfect, I was pretty happy with how it turned out. Hope you guys like it  Smiley

Edit: I just posted about how I made the dress on my blog: http://the--novemberist.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/three-how-to-make-1920s-inspired-dress.html

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10  Re: Needlework Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lovely_gangster on: April 28, 2008 05:01:19 AM
picture time!  i wish i'd gotten a picture of the box, as it honestly looked like it was going to burst open spontaneously.  not sure if this was the way customs repacked it, or just because it was jam packed with awesome Tongue

firstly - some candy (minus the hershey's milk duds that were too delicious to hand around long enough to be photographed) as AlwaysInspired and i are from opposite (kinda) sides of the globe, we are swapping some candy too.

supplies:  a needle book and pincushion in matching fabrics!  AlwaysInspired made all the supplies herself.  they're super cute (and useful - best combination).  no more needles through the foot for me!!!  i hope the photo shows the lovely detail on the embroidery.

a hipslinger!!!!!!  she even modified the design from comments on my wist, and used fabric on my wists.  could my package get any more awesome?!?!
it's even got a little carabiner for my keys and fastens at teh back with velcro - perfect for theft by sibling Angry (kidding)

please ignore the muffin top Embarrassed

detail shot:

and finally (drumroll please, people), the piece de resistance...................................... Shocked holy crap an awesome pillow!!!!!  the multicoloured fabric kinda reminds me of australian indigenous art.  the embroidery on this is sooooo soooooo perfect. to think my partner rated herself as intermediate. such modesty!

living on my bed for the moment (my bed is kinda overfull with pillows). my old chair is too ugly for the pillow, but as soon as i get a new chair, it will have a nice snuggly home on my chair.

closeup of the embroidery. Shocked ooh lah lah!! Tongue

thanks so much AlwaysInspired.  you rock!!!!! Cheesy
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