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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross-Stitch Baby Gifts on: August 22, 2013 08:29:46 PM
I'm at that stage in life where a lot of my friends/coworkers are having babies, so I've taken to making gifts for the expected bundles of joy. These are three that all have cross-stitched patches sewn onto them.

This is a jacket for a coworker whose son was born in February- the jacket pattern came from a book called One-Yard Wonders, and the Apple cross-stitch pattern was created from a picture using a piece of Mac software called Stitches. I made it on Aida cloth, then cropped and machine-stitched it to the jacket.
Jacket back:


For another coworker, a hooded towel with the same Apple patch for his daughter born in January. The towel pattern is from www.sew4home.com. It's big enough for a toddler to fit into.

Lastly, same towel for a friend from grad school, with a dove on the hood. Daughter expected next month!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Incognito instrument... on: July 17, 2007 07:55:59 PM
From the outside, it seems like a denim clutch purse....right?

Wrong! It's actually the cover I made for my piccolo case. Fully-lined with fun musical calico and padded for extra cushiony protection (in case I, you know, drop it or something). There's just enough room for my cleaning cloth and cork-grease to hide in there too. Snap closure.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Star-shaped box! I really need to get a thimble... on: April 13, 2006 07:07:44 PM
This is my bday gift for my roomate- the box is made of stiff cardboard with thin foam glued to one side, then covered with fabric and hand-stitched together (and let me tell you, sewing through cardboard is a pain without a thimble...literally). Inside and bottom are felt-lined. Outside fabrics are brown silk, cream velvet, and cream lace with a cream nylon lining fabric underneath. Crystal bead, seed beads, and bugle beads sewn to the top. Enjoy!

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / musical binder (Image heavy) on: March 26, 2006 06:32:16 PM
I'm a flutist who never throws out copied music after performances....so it ends up piling up and getting mixed up. I solved the problem- A plastic binder decoupaged with flute magazine clippings!



Inside- a page:

Folder I made to match:

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Bias tape clippings: Has anyone done this? on: February 28, 2006 09:03:08 AM
Has anyone here ever sent in the 3 labels and $4 for the "generous bag of clippings" advertised on the labels? I've got three and I'm debating whether it's actually worth it. Are they all less than 3 inches long or is it actually a good deal?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Button-covered picture frame on: January 14, 2006 05:17:58 PM
Boring black picture frame + 1 bag of assorted loose buttons + Tacky glue = :

It's simple, quick, and adds some color to my bureau!

fixed your image tag ---> quarkiegirl
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / glass necklace on: January 14, 2006 05:09:37 PM
Sorry for the horrible picture quality...

I made this last summer when my 5-year-old cousin gave me one of those round glass pieces you put in the bottom of a flower vase. I just used some pliers to wrap some thicker silver wire around it, made a loop, and strung it on leather. My cousin was thrilled when I showed it to her!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / So I bought some Thai silk.... on: December 09, 2005 10:14:20 PM
...2 years ago, with the intention of making a dress out of it. I don't know what possessed me to spend $80 on that silk when I've never sewn with silk in my life, and after buying it, the pattern, another (easier) pattern, the sharp machine needles, the fusible interfacing and silk thread...and I've been afraid to touch it since. Now, I think I ought to make this dress, especially since it's black silk and I'm a music student without a really nice black recital dress, and a recital in March.

And I have absolutely no clue when it comes to sewing with silk. I can't put pins through it because I know it'll puncture the fabric permanently....I have no idea how you cut it, what you can mark it with/shouldn't mark it with, how you actually sew it on a machine or by hand (or if there's no difference?)...

I think I'm going to make the dress out of some cheap muslin or something before I even touch the silk, but can anyone give me some tips on sewing with silk? What should I do? Or more importantly, what should I NOT DO??
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