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21  Re: Fabric Rack -- easy, cheap, and a great way to store your stash! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Deirdre on: January 16, 2007 08:33:13 PM
Here's what it looks like with the top rack.  Notice how the piles of fabric just start piling up, no matter what you do!

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22  Re: What Do Different Stitches Look Like and What Do You Use Them For in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by Deirdre on: January 14, 2007 07:24:37 PM
Well I was going to show the entredeux tonight using the wing needle, but it didn't work.  I have to find out what I am doing wrong.

In the meantime, I decided to play with the decorative stitches, to see what they look like.

Here are 10 different decorative stitches:

One through nine on the left menu and sixteen on the right menu:


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23  Fabric Rack -- easy, cheap, and a great way to store your stash! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Deirdre on: January 14, 2007 04:50:16 PM

This used to be a long post about my new fabric rack with loads of photos. 

My server deleted my pictures, and in the meantime, I moved all my fabric to shelving and now use the wall rack for my television.

So, here's a picture of the rack, and of the rack with two pieces of fabric so you get the idea.

The rack:

The rack with some fabric:

There are three shelves to this rack system, and I bought the whole thing from Ikea for about $15.  Each rack holds 28 pieces of fabric.

It looked really impressive when I had two of the three racks loaded up with fabric.
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24  Re: Different Feet for Different Projects/Techniques in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Deirdre on: January 12, 2007 10:12:50 PM
The gathering foot

I love this foot.

Here is the foot:

Here is the foot on the machine:

Cut some fabric to be gathered, put it under the foot, and start sewing -- the foot gathers automatically:

Now you may be wondering why this foot has a slit on the left hand side.  That's the magic slit.  You can attach gathering to an ungathered piece of fabric.  Here is cotton and demin.  The cotton is under the foot; the denim is nestled in the slit of the foot:

When you start to sew, the cotton will gather but the denim will stay straight.  It's a bit tricky keeping the cotton at the 5/8ths mark and the denim secure in the slit, but you get used to it:

Here's the finished piece:

Cute!  But wait, there's more.

You can attach denim to the other edge of the cotton to create ruching.

(You can see in the picture it's already sewn --  my bad.  I forgot to take a shot of this step so this is a fake picture.  Pretend it isn't already sewn and you get the idea.)

Here's the ruched fabric:

I am going to top stitch the denim on either side for a more finished look.  I will add that picture tomorrow.

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25  Re: What Do Different Stitches Look Like and What Do You Use Them For in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by Deirdre on: January 12, 2007 10:04:21 PM
Here are two stitches:  heirloom and feather.

Use your straight stitch foot for these two stitches.

These are the symbols for heirloom and feather on my machine.  Check your manual to see what yours looks like.

I'm using both of these stitches to applique a denim heart onto cotton.  Because the cotton is flimsy, I am using a stabilizer under the cotton.

Here's the applique all set up -- stabilizer on the botton, cotton, denim on the top.

Here's the finished applique with the heirloom stitch.

Here's the finished applique with the feather stitch.  It looks like baseball stitching.

Don't forget to tear away the stabilizer when you are done.  You can make cute patches with these stitches.

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26  Re: The Pink Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Deirdre on: June 14, 2006 07:15:44 PM
Dazy received from me, so I am posting pics.  I sent her Sharpies (cover those Keds, girl!) and scrapbook paper, neither of which I took a picture of.  Imagine, if you will, pens and paper.  That's what I sent her.   Grin

I also sent her a purse and a wreath.  I'm totally into making wreaths these days.  Who knows why.

The purse:

The pink fabric is from Joann's and the black fabric is called "Poodle fake fur" and is also from Joann's.

The wreath:

Yes, it's a pink monster wreath (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=53867.0).  The pink fabric is from Walmart, and the orange ping pong ballls are also from Walmart.  I spent about 2 hours in the sportman's section -- they have the most amazing stuff to craft with!  I have a sneaking suspision that many a duck hunter acutally is busy crafting instead of hunting duck.


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27  Re: The Pink Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Deirdre on: June 11, 2006 12:42:50 PM
Wow, that stuff is great!

I also received from my partner, Dazy, who did a wonderful job making me earrings and a scarf, and she sent me some fabulous fabric.

Here's the goodies:

Dangling earrings -- my favorite kind.

This scarf is warm and lovely.

I don't know what I am going to make from this fabric but it's going to be awesome.

Thank you so much Dazy!  I am excited for you to get your package from me!

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28  Re: "Cork" board...... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Deirdre on: May 14, 2006 06:28:04 AM
Here's my corkboard.

The full shot -- as you can see, I use it!

An upclose of one of the corners:

I love it. I bought a frame from a thrift store.  It came with a piece of plywood already cut for the back, so I didn't have to go to the lumberyard for that.  I glued the wine labels in place first then sprayed the frame with a varnish.  I think Modge Podge would be fine also.  Then I made the cork board.  I cut my corks in half (what a pain in the neck -- I see you left yours whole; why didn't I do that?Huh!), and glued them in place with tons of Aleene's glue.  I probably didn't need as much as I used. You can see the glue peeking out from among the corks.  I was so pleased with it when I finished!

Enjoy yours!

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29  Re: Crafty Detective Gallery!!!!! in The Swap Gallery by Deirdre on: April 19, 2006 05:06:03 AM
I'm glad you like everything Dithmer!

My pics came out fuzzy, so if you get better pics, that would be great.

Well, here they are:

Stickers and address lables -- monkey!  dancing cow!  Spike and Buffy!  Hedwig!  Brian Andreas!

I thought this was hysterical.  I'm glad Dithmer liked it.  The transfer didn't work properly but I like the beat up look.

The huge knitting bag. 

These cards are funny.  They are ads from the 50s.  "Well at least you didn't burn the beer."  "It does everything but cook.  That's what the wife is for."  and other ads like that.  Very kitchy.

This is a journal cover -- the outside is tapestry and the inside is velvet and satin.  I also made a little book for Dithmer to write in.

I had big plans to make a patchwork shirt that Dithmer liked, but I couldn't find the shirt again and I can't just sew a shirt without a pattern, so I just sent her the cut up patchwork so she can make her own damn shirt.  Or bag.  lol

Here's the barbie wreath.  I've been looking for a reason to make one of these.

I had great fun in this swap.  It was fun stalking Dithmer and I LOVE the stuff mjadams sent to me!
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30  Re: Crafty Detective Gallery!!!!! in The Swap Gallery by Deirdre on: April 02, 2006 07:15:37 PM
Wow.  I received my package from my stalker, MJAdams, heretofore known as my personal, incredibly amazing, stalker.

First, the box:

That's not my cat, that's the neighbor's cat.  He comes to visit now and then.  He's visiting now.

The inside of the box, a vertiable pink explosion:

All the gifts:

Here's where I start ripping apart things wildly:

A piggy bank to save up my latte money to pay for a bike for my triathlon in August!  How did she know?  My blog and my myspace!  Good detective work.

The sweetest note about how she stalked me and thinks I'm cool!  Yeah me!  She also sent me two knitting patterns and a wooden chicken.

A cd of stalker music -- spot on.  I love music!  How did she know?  Stalker.

The cd itself, which is now in my cd player.

Knitted pink handwarmers!  With beads!  Very fancy!  I love them! !!!! (Exclamation points are fine.  It's the apostrophe that sends me around the bend) (hee hee only my stalker will get that joke  Wink)

The most incredible necklace.  It's 1,000 seed beads, in pink, rolled together.  I am going to wear it to a fancy event.  It's gorgeous and fits perfectly.

Ok, this is where my stalker is certifiable.  This is a pink designer handbag she purchased at a boutique.  It's TOTALLY GORGEOUS.  I love it so much.

Inside the bag, I found these amazing Dick and Jane buttons, perfect for an English professor!

Fabric.  Ah, my stalker knows me so well.  The larger piece is this amazing vintage fabric with embroidered flowers all over it.  It's so lovely.  And the pieces to the right are great twill with beautiful print.  I can't wait to turn them into handbags.

I've always wanted to go to class in a wig.  So here it is -- the mullet.  I nearly peed myself when I unwrapped this.

And finally, a lovely spring scarf because, as my stalker knows, I love scarves!

Well, it doesn't seem right to get all this loot without showing it off with an action photo.  So I put on as much as I could, and snapped this:

Thank you doesn't even begin to cover how I feel.  Megan was so thoughtful and so generous.  I was stunned as I unwrapped each piece.  Each gift in and of itself was perfect, and the whole lot of them leaves me speechless.

Wow.  I am so lucky.  THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!


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