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1  Chronicles of Narnia Brass Lamp Post Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by Deirdre on: March 31, 2009 07:11:01 AM

This is my second cross stitch piece.  The stitching is finished, but I have no idea what I'm going to do with it now.  Mayby frame it?

It took 66 colors and 10,000+ stitches.  I've been working on it for more than a month, here and there.

It's about 5 inches by 5 inches.

This was fun!  I can see why people enjoy cross stitch.

Thanks for looking!
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2  Embroidery Thread Organization in Needlework: Completed Projects by Deirdre on: February 08, 2009 03:27:18 PM
So, I sew.

But I decided to make my stepdaughter and her fiance a Link and Princess cross stitch wall hanging, so I found a picture, generated a pattern, and bought all the thread.

It's a lot of thread.  Here's half.

I knew as soon as I start work on this project, I'd totally end up with label-less hunks of thread and no idea what color goes where.

So I took a regular black binder:

and some plastic sleeves from Staples or Office Max, and some white paper.  I drew a line every 2.5 inches on the white paper, then inserted the paper into the plastic sleeve.  Then I sewed down the line with my sewing machine (Teflon sewing foot YEAH! but tear away stabilizer will work also) and cut off the plastic along the edge, making four 2.5 pockets.

I also took a ziplock bag, punched three-ring binder holes into the bottom, and am using it to store my needles and other cross stitch paraphenalia.

Here's what the binder looks like along the side:

Hopefully I'll be as productive making the cross stitch as I am organizing the threads!  LOL

I'm sure this has already been invented; I just wanted to share -- I'm so proud of myself!
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3  Re: it's a hood, it's a scarf, it's a... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Deirdre on: December 07, 2007 07:09:29 PM
I made a scoodie!  I love it.

Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial.  That was super kind of you to share and I really love my scoodie! (did I mention that already?)

I made the scarf part super long -- it almost touches the floor.  I can't wait to wear it out tomorrow into the Mid-Atlantic snowstorm we are supposed to be getting.  I will be toasty warm!
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4  Laundry Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Deirdre on: December 02, 2007 07:28:26 PM
Well, this isn't the kind of bag usually posted here, but I didn't know where else to put it!

I made this for my nephew for Christmas.  Skulls outside, money inside.  Love this fabric!

Inside shot:

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5  Re: My fabric storage in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Deirdre on: November 15, 2007 07:21:32 AM
I'm moving and I decided to use these comic book flats to help me pack my fabric.  It's fantastic!  Thanks so much for the idea.

Here's a shot of one box.  (I am currently up to six boxes.  Fabric much?)

It was so easy to do, and the comic book flats were like $7 at my local comic book store.

Thanks again!
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6  muslin tote bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Deirdre on: September 17, 2007 06:04:06 PM
I made this tote bag out of muslin-wrapped rope.  It was a lot of fun to make.

Here's an art shot:

Up close of the handle just for fun:

And an up close of the rim:

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7  owl stuffie in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Deirdre on: September 17, 2007 05:49:14 PM
Here's my first stuffie.  I like it.  Hope you do!

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8  little blue bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Deirdre on: August 16, 2007 08:40:18 PM
I've been on a bag-making spree. 

Here's the latest:

It's so blue and cordoroy.  I like it.
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9  yet another diaper cake in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by Deirdre on: July 29, 2007 09:19:23 AM
This was so much fun to make:

Side view:

The pieces of papers are flowers that a little six-year-old friend of mine made to decorate the cake with. He crayoned the paper on the top, scrunched the paper up, and put a ribbon on it. Very clever and very crafty. He also made a card -- it's the one with the big heart on it. I think my friend the mother to be will enjoy these childlike touches on her diaper cake.

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10  Re: Big Bag of Vintage Yarn in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Deirdre on: July 18, 2007 04:51:37 PM
Here's the loot:

It's a lot.

Here are some upclose shots, just because it's so beautiful. 

Japanese wool/silk blend

Italian wool -- the pic is a little washed out; the color is a darker green.  You can see the actual color in the first photo, center.

French wool:  again a bit washed out, it's more black.  I think my camera is adjusting for the black background. Dang.  This wool is so beautiful.  You can see the actual color in the first photo, front center.

The roving -- so beautiful.  Amazing.

You get a better pic of the Italian wool in this picture; its true color.
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