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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / EXTERMIN-INCH! (my first attempt at polymer clay) on: October 26, 2009 12:19:15 AM
I got 2 oz. of a large selection of colors, including metallics. I started with the metallics and mixed gold and silver for one color, and gold, silver, and burnt umber for another. Some black and blue thrown in, and you have the recipe for a Dalek!

I'm going to try again when I find some time. I have an idea on another method to achieve the ball shapes on the exterior.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Doctor is In! (felted laptop bag) on: June 11, 2009 02:24:43 PM
Hello! My name is Amanda, and I am a Doctor Who addict.
(waits as everyone says Hello).

I recently created proof of my addiction/obsession/problem when I had bought a new macbook. I wanted immediately to make a cover for it. So I did.

The pattern is my own, although basic guidelines (like how many stitches to cast on and how long to knit) came from a free pattern on Ravelry.

This is my first attempt at felting anything and the 'windows' felted very poorly.

The lining is a cotton from Joann's. I sewed the zipper on the lining pieces separately, then I sewed the "spine" last.  The felted exterior was sewn on by hand with a backstitch next to the zipper.

I 'embroidered' the letters on, using a lazy-daisy tacked down in a few places to keep the rounded letters open. Then I needlefelted them down, and thinned them from the original bulky-yarn width.

The Doctor was needlefelted freehand. ^^ I did use a reference for DT's profile though.

Thank you for visiting with me during this meeting of Whovians Anonymous.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Da nananananananana Bat Bag!! on: August 31, 2008 12:49:12 AM
My partner received her package for the Yarnie Scavenger Hunt Swap 2 a few days ago, so now I can post the bag I made for her, lovingly nicknamed Clarence while he was still at home.  Grin

Outer-material is denim, with a cotton lining. Both sides are lined with pockets, and his body is a draw-string bag for holding yarnie goodness. The details are zig-zag stitched, and the eyes are buttons to keep him closed.

I got a little carried away with the pictures....

Wootwoot has a great action shot in the gallery of goodness.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Eyelet Tunic "April" in Jeannee on: June 21, 2008 03:07:42 PM
This is my first sweater! The pattern is April, in Nashua Handknits' The North American Designer no. 6. It is a ribbed tunic with eyelet details.

I started this in March, but I had done a lot of swatching first, trying to get the ribbing to look decent. The ribbing on the back is sloppy, but by the time I had gotten to the sleeves it improved. If the pattern didn't call for the sweater to be made according to length, my sweater would be a disaster; I think my gauge changed so much between the back and front that I have a different of some 10-20 rows. Not blocked.

5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / 9 day civil war dress; plus underpinnings on: June 12, 2008 04:22:36 PM
I completely revamped my wardrobe this year, and topped it off with a new dress. All pictures are clickable.

To make the period clothes work, you have to have two very important foundation garments. A corset, and a crinoline. The corset was drafted by using instructions at Your Wardrobe Unlock'd. Made of cotton coutil and steel boning.

The crinoline is what makes the skirts stand out; you simply can't go without a crinoline (a.k.a. hoop skirt). This is a reproduction crinoline, bought as a kit and built by myself. I am not aware of anything closer to crinolines of the day, so naturally I had to have it.

And to keep the skirt from showing the ridges of the steel boning, you need another petticoat to soften the lines. The skirt is attached to the waistband with a method called stroked gathers. The material is gathered with two running threads by hand, and sewn on to the waistband, each little fold at a time. By hand. Twice. Even I think I'm nuts at this point:

And this is the kicker. The dress! There's a story behind it. My friend is getting married this Saturday. The theme is civil war, of course. All reenactors attending have been encouraged to attend costumed. Up until the beginning of the month I did not think I would be able to have a new dress done. The dress I was planning on wearing was stained beyond recognition, and I had thought I would be wearing a dress several years old, and several inches short to boot. Luckily, my manager came to my rescue on June 2nd, and bid me not to come back from lunch. Little did he know that his timing was perfect. I set to work immediately. 9 days later, and this is the result.

Indeed, I am aware that the petticoat shows beneath the back hem of the dress. I need to put an additional tuck in the petticoat, but I had already expected that to happen. The dress, in all respects, however, is done.

There are more things than just the dress though. I have slightly-longer than shoulder length hair, and it's layered as well. Layers + Buns = Rats Nest. But I found a way to style my hair in a mostly period fashion, and it's staying up!

And just one more part you haven't seen. The shoes! If I wanted the best thing to be had in crinolines, I certainly wasn't going to neglect my feet. I got these in the mail yesterday and I've been wearing them all day. From Robert Land Footwear, Ltd., I give you the American Walking Shoe. Very nice (with a little 19th century immodesty thrown in for kicks). I might just be crazy, but don't they look shmexy?

6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / No Pattern! Two Civil War Era Ball Gowns on: December 16, 2007 09:27:54 AM
Every year at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, MO there is a Christmas Ball, set 150 years ago. Yesterday was just such a ball, spouting 1857 era dances and decorations. I made my friend Ashley's dress, as well as my own.

My Dress:
Pattern: Self-drafted
Fabric: Silk (lightweight); cotton chintz lining.
Trim: Silk ribbon
Started: August 1st, 2007
Finished: December 12th, 2007

ETA: Here's a better picture of my bodice (In progress photo):

Ashley's Dress:
Pattern: Self-drafted
Fabric: Polyester, and polyester chiffon. Lined with cotton
Started: September 30th, 2007
Finished: November 10th, 2007

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yes, beginners CAN knit socks. Proof within! on: November 28, 2007 06:17:21 PM
This is my second project, or third if you include a dishcloth in my repertoire. I am proud to say that I am living proof that yes, beginners CAN knit socks, and no, it's not that scary.

This is knit with much less than a skien of Sockotta Bold Stripes 5616; a basic sock pattern in size adult small (I wear sz 9 1/2 shoes), with Brittany bamboo DPN size 2 (set of five). The second sock is a tad looser, even though the stripes match up beautifully. Come to think of it, my right foot -is- larger than my left... Mm, warm feet.

Please excuse the picture happiness. The latter photos show the true color.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Prepare to roll your eyes... my first knit! on: November 07, 2007 09:20:32 PM
Well, technically my first knit was the coffee dishcloth (see here), but this is my 'official' first project for my knitting class.

it took me a few hours for each mitt. 36 stitches on size 6 dpn. 2x2 ribbing. 6 inch wrist, 2 inch back and forth for thumb opening, and 7 rows and bind-off. The instructions were written out by my teacher but I lost them and made it up. They will be a gift to her because she is bringing me sock yarn and sz 2 dpns to start knitting socks, and she'll use them more than I would anyway; the wool itches me something crazy.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first non-historical dress! on: June 30, 2007 08:24:50 PM
I don't think I've ever sewn a modern garment. When I was taking sewing classes, I started off with a civil war dress pattern!

I can't find the pattern online to give you the number, and I'm too lazy to go down two flights of stairs to get it. sorry. Simplicity.

My dog, Cheyenne, insisting that my hem isn't even and hiding the fact. Very kind of her  Cheesy

Stripey flowers!

Another view.

I don't know how to hide zippers ;_;. Civil war dresses don't have these evil things. Should've gone with a black one...

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Oh dear, I'm in for it now! (designing) on: June 06, 2007 09:35:52 PM
I found the Tile Puzzle block in one of my mom's 70's quilting books (here it is, colored differently on quilterscache.com). I was drawing it out on graph paper because I could not picture the assembled quilt in my mind, and it reminded me of a trellice or grated window, and I thought -- what would you see through one of those? A sunset, of course.

A scanner, a sunset from google images and photoshop provides the perfect 'peek-a-boo' of what my idea would look like.

Anyone else have designs they're dying to make? I would love to see them!
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