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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Purple Spiral Bracelet on: April 02, 2011 05:58:29 PM

I made this bracelet for my sister's birthday. It's my first time doing spiral peyote, or any peyote at all actually. It took me a lot longer to make then I anticipated, probably because those little black beads are 15/0s. I'm going to make one for me eventually, but I got a bit burnt out making hers so mine will need to wait awhile.

More photos and info on my blog (in my sig) if anyone's interested.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mr. Gnome on: January 21, 2011 07:41:23 AM
Here's the embroidery I made for the Hoopla swap. It's in rainbow colors. The roof is filled with parallel lines of backstitch. The gnome's hat is my first attempt at long and short stitch. It doesn't really look like long and short, but I like the effect.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pirate Santa on: January 09, 2011 03:43:41 PM
A little late for a Christmas self-gifting present, but doesn't everyone need a pirate santa pillowcase?

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Michael Miller Birdie Sling Bag on: January 03, 2011 06:41:45 PM
My first Amy Butler Birdie Sling Bag, made in Michael Miller Fabrics. The handle is Moda. This is one of the first bags I've ever sewn, and I'm really happy with it! It's going to be my everyday bag. It's huge, and I love it! I'm either going to carry a knitting project in it, or embroidery (in addition to my wallet and all that stuff). I added a magnetic snap to the top, and I'm really glad I did.

I love this pattern! I'm hoping to make a bunch more, especially a Spring version and a Summer version.

More info and tips for making the bag is on my blog.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Daisy Needlebook on: November 30, 2010 10:14:28 PM
I made a needlebook! I decided it was time to have somewhere to store all my needles together, so I decided I needed a needlebook. I used basic craft felt in two different colors. It has six interior pages. The binding is just a blanket stitch securing all 8 layers together. I used backstitch and the lazy daisy stitch to decorate the front. I used all 6 strands of floss. I also embroidered a little bit of the inside pages.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I had to redo the binding once because it didn't go through all 8 layers evenly. It was much better the second time.

There's more pics and info on my blog, if anyone's interested.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Owl: My first embroidery project on: November 23, 2010 07:48:21 PM
Everyone needs some more owls in their lives! I love owls so for my first embroidery project I decided to make one. I'm pretty proud of it.

And now for a closeup.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Ambitious Project - tips/help? on: July 21, 2009 02:57:04 AM
So I'm planning on making this for my mother for Christmas. She has been a quilter for over 20 years, and treasures any hand made gift, so I know she'll love it. It's so cute I might have to make one for myself.


So here's the ambitious aspect - I have never done any applique and haven't quilted since I did a very basic quilt when I was about 7 years old. I'm very comfortable with my sewing machine, and while the applique doesn't intimidate me, the gorgeous quilting pattern the designer used on this pillow does. She used a a swirl flower background fill design, which, while it looks absolutely gorgeous, I think it might be a bit out of my capabilities at the moment. Does anyone know of something that is a bit more easy but not boxy (ie. not a grid?)

I don't have free motion presser foot - should I find one? I'm sure Bernina makes one, it just might be a few weeks before I can afford it  Grin.

Any other suggestions/help? Am I crazy for attempting this?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly bag on: July 18, 2009 11:28:36 PM
This is the first bag I've ever made! I'm really happy with the way it turned out, although I would probably topstitch the liner to the bag next time rather than trying to pull the bag out through the corner of the lining. The interfacing got a bit crumpled that way. And next time I'd definitely make it bigger - I have lots of stuff to carry! I drew out a butterfly and traced it both onto the outside and on the inside pocket. I wanted something cute and fun.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / An amazing find at Goodwill on: June 30, 2009 04:00:10 PM
So I had an amazing find at Goodwill today. A gigantic bag packed to the brim with different amounts of lace trim. There are hundreds of different kinds, wide and thin, simple and complicated, and in a variety of different colors.

Look at all that lace! I've never used lace before, and am an advanced beginner sewer. I love skirts, so I was thinking of adding the lace to some skirts. Does anyone know of some good patterns that use lace? Is there anything special I need to consider?

It has a bit of a musty smell; very light and kind of like an antique shop. I'm assuming washing lace is okay? I mean, it would get washed anyways with the garment.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Artistic Wire on: May 04, 2009 09:20:05 PM
I'd like to use Artistic Wire for earrings and earring findings because it's 99.9% nickel and lead free, but I've heard that because of the color coating it should not be used for earring findings.

Does anyone have some experience with this?
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