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1  Re: FOC 2nd Chance wishlist swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by GingaNic on: April 25, 2009 10:48:55 PM
Since my parcel is taking an age (Sorry Cya I used the cheapest shipping method to save some coins!) I thought I'd shove some teasers on here Cheesy

"Can you tell what it is yet?"  Wink
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2  Button slippers *first attempt!* in Shoes: Completed Projects by GingaNic on: February 26, 2009 03:38:56 PM
I thought I'd give this slipper making thing a bash by attempting to make a pair of slippers for my mothers birthday.
I had some faux suede (no cows were harmed during the making of these slippers Tongue) in my fabric stash that has been collecting dust which seemed perfect for the task.
Raiding my button box resulted in some nice simple embellishments.

I found sewing the rear of the slippers a bit difficult as I didn't want the seams to be seen on the inside but I had made the seam allowance too large so it was a bit too bulky, so few more tweaks of the pattern shape and scale I think is needed to get that flowing a bit smoother.
Regardless I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out for a first go, room for improvement but still useable, hurrah!   Cheesy

I made insoles to hide all the wiggly lines and finish it off nicely.  Wink

I think my next pair will have some extra padding (I used the faux suade, a felt layer and a heavy cotton layer) and probably something to help with grip.
I'll post an 'action shot' later  Grin
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3  Japanese Sashiko Cushion project in Needlework: Completed Projects by GingaNic on: February 25, 2009 03:22:06 AM
I'm fascinated with all things Japanese and after reading up about Sashiko and whipping up some test pieces a few years back, I thought its about time I tried a proper project.

So using a basic tie back cushion pattern I gave it a whirl using a traditional sashiko pattern, sashiko needle (They are longer than normal sewing needles and so you can 'hold' more stitches) and pearl cotton (Tends to twist a bit more than traditional sashiko thread but is a fair bit cheaper to buy in the UK):

I used purple and white graduated pearl thread for the base pattern and traditional sashiko white for the fan.

With a cushion

Unfortunately the cushion is slightly too big for the cover!

Back detail
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4  Re: Fruits Basket Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by GingaNic on: August 04, 2006 04:34:02 PM
Just been informed that LadyMalice has recieved.... Thus as I can't wait... have got pictures to show  Grin

The whole kit

Bag (Never done anything like the patch before so naturally took me 9 years to do!)

Shrinky Dink Shigure keyring

Beaded Shigure, Kyo, and Yuki

Size ref for the beaded animals...
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5  To err is human, to purr feline in CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES by GingaNic on: August 04, 2006 04:29:26 PM
Having become addicted to beading recently, I've been making beaded animals like they've been going out of fashion...  Grin

Using http://perso.orange.fr/mk.perles/indexfr.htm to help me out, I adapted the design a bit to a) look more like a cat  Wink and b) have better legs so they can stand... 

Made with glass seed beads and 34 gauge beading wire, he is just under 4cm long and 3 1/2 cm high. He has green bead eyes and a pink nose...

When you come upon your cat, deep in meditation,
staring thoughtfully at  something that you can't see, just
remember that your cat is, in fact, running the universe.

Before a cat will condescend
To treat you as a trusted friend,
Some little token of esteem
Is needed, like a dish of cream.

In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble,
He gave him the cat

A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal
is going somewhere.
-  Groucho Marx

In honour of being a redhead a ginger one had to be made!

 Cats keep their cool, no matter what. Even when they do
things like fall  or lose their balance, they'll walk away with
an attitude that seems to say, 'I meant to do that.'

For those who know about Fruits Basket Anime (Now I know my partner for the Fruits Basket Swap has recieved!) and the animal Zodiac here's a pic of Shigure (Dog - black), Kyo (Cat - Orange) and Yuki (Rat)

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6  Felt Swallow - First Needle felted project in Felting: Completed Projects by GingaNic on: July 30, 2006 12:35:17 PM
I wanted to test needle felting out before I used the technique for the current pin cushion swap  Grin

I wasn't aiming for making anything in particular, I started out with just an oval lump.... After 8 hours the lump became this:

A Swallow! Its just slightly smaller than the real thing...

A few errors here and there (especially the tail)

Overall for a first go, I'm rather pleased with this newly found craft...  Cheesy
I'm waiting for some 40 gauge needles to arrive off ebay and then I'll neaten up the fluffy bits!
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7  Re: No response yet from "craftalongs" in Beads: Discussion and Questions by GingaNic on: July 25, 2006 09:34:04 AM
I'll join this... I've recently renewed my interest in beading having become obsessed with seed beads due to winning these on ebay for 3.30 ($6ish?)
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8  Re: My cute scotties! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by GingaNic on: July 24, 2006 10:45:45 PM
They are very cute! Excellent job!

I have three real life scotties, I'm definately going to have to make a plushie Monty, Angus and Finley  Cheesy

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9  Re: Dried chillies in What the heck can I do with THIS? by GingaNic on: July 24, 2006 09:38:41 PM
Pendants? Maybe....

You mean like that?
(Not made very technical nor well but a good test to look at Smiley)

Holiday ornaments are a good idea, but its not that common here in Wales...
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10  Re: Dried chillies in What the heck can I do with THIS? by GingaNic on: July 24, 2006 09:06:40 PM
Just to quickly test... wanted to see what they would look like...

?! humm... mixed feelings about this brainwave...  Cheesy

Oh they are treated... not just dried... they have been kiln dried then treated with fixative, so they are 'dormant' so to speak so unless you opened them and touched/ate the seeds they can't blow your head off!  (I've tested to make sure Cheesy)
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