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1  I made a boucherouite rug!!! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Miss American Pie on: February 29, 2016 04:35:00 PM
So this is a rug I made out of scrap fabric and old clothes! It's fluffy and cozy and colorful and I'm very proud of it!

In progress on the "loom" I rigged up:

Up close:

It's made through a process involving a row of knotted fabric (torn up old clothing, fabric scraps), followed by a few rows of weaving. I kinda figured out a way to make a makeshift loom out of an old wire shelving unit, and pieces from a collapsible hanging rack. And tape. Lots of tape.

It turned out smaller than I expected, so if you want to try making one, just remember that it pulls together as you're weaving it.

Here's some more information about this type of rug - http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/our-favorite-sources-for-moroccan-boucherouite-rugs-214511
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2  Re: what is this rug-making technique called? in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by Miss American Pie on: December 11, 2015 10:20:08 AM
That's what I thought at first, but then I found this close up photo and now I'm thinking maybe it's done on a loom because you can see the weft threads in various colors.

(bigger: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/50384089559259377/)
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3  what is this rug-making technique called? in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by Miss American Pie on: December 10, 2015 10:43:19 AM
Does anyone know how to make a rug like this? Or the name of the technique so I can google it? Smiley Thanks!

might look bigger here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/18225573468225875/

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4  Re: Boucharouette Pattern/Tutorial/Instructions (Moroccan Rag Rug) in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by Miss American Pie on: December 08, 2015 06:35:44 AM
I started making one! Smiley

It's kinda small, but I'm totally in love with it. I "built" the "loom" out of parts from a clothes rack and a wire shelf thing. I was hoping the rug would come out wider, but it really tightened in as I was weaving. So anyway, if you were thinking of trying to make one, it's definitely doable so you should rig up some sort of loom and just go for it! Smiley
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5  Not your average t-shirt quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Miss American Pie on: March 22, 2015 09:09:43 PM

I'm really excited to finally share this! It's my own version of the Anthropologie rosette quilt, made from old t-shirts!

It's gloriously soft and dangerously cozy. I used only the softest old tees from my stash. Remember back when those slinky "tissue tees" were really trendy, even though they were awkwardly somewhat see-through and lost their shape after a month? There's also a dress and a skirt in the mix too. (Nothing like a colorful quilt to justify my hoarding issues! Wink )

Each patch is sewn on top of a square of woven cotton (cut from old button-down shirts), which stabilizes the jersey so it doesn't get stretched out along the seams. The backing and binding are super-soft jersey fabric from Mood. It makes the quilt a little heavy, but I love how it's all drapey and decadent. It won't lose its shape though thanks to the stabilizing squares inside, which also allowed me to skip the batting.

Okay so, confession time... It's not exactly a legit "quilt" because it's tied (with multicolored ties!). But if we're going to be technical, the binding at least is "quilted" through all the layers, so that means I can call it a quilt if want. Right? Right? Wink

Confession #2: I actually finished the quilt about a year ago, all except for the binding. Now I know most quilters tend to put their projects aside for a while before finishing (I like to call it "aging" the quilt, like a fine wine). However, with this quilt, during that year without binding, I... uhhhh... still used the quilt once in a while, even with safety pins all over the sides. Not my proudest moment, haha. But now I'm very proud to finally show off the finished product! And use it without guilt! Wink

Confession #3: I'm already dreaming up the next one! It seems like this design could work with any light-weight fabric, so I'm thinking I might try a full-size version in mixed satin prints... Smiley

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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6  Wall hanging made from fabric scraps in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Miss American Pie on: March 14, 2015 03:16:22 PM

A little textile experiment! It was originally supposed to be a small rug, but it turned out a little too small (the woven part is about 11" x 19"). I'm still really pleased with it though. I seriously can't stop staring at it. Smiley

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7  Pin-up girl peplum top in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Miss American Pie on: July 09, 2014 04:35:12 PM

I wore this sundress for my college graduation (4 years ago now, yikes!). I was really thrilled to find out it fits me again, but I was not thrilled with how short it was in back... so now it's a top!

Just a simple cut and hem situation. It tapers to be slightly lower in the back (mullet/hi-lo hem?). I made straps out of the leftovers to give it a fun retro pin-up girl kind of look.

Now I just need to find a boy to buy me an ice-cream soda down at the drugstore...

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8  Re: side pockets on overlay skirt? Can it be done? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Miss American Pie on: April 22, 2014 08:21:59 PM
After some intense googling, all I can find is this blog post with pictures of a nice pocket on a lace overlay dress, but no how-to or information! Sad

Here's the site-- http://www.mymessings.com/2013/09/one-pattern-seven-bloggers-revisited.html

At least I know it CAN be done.
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9  A dash of NEON hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by Miss American Pie on: January 30, 2014 08:18:57 PM

The photo doesn't quite do it justice. This pom pom is SO BRIGHT. I almost chickened out and took it off. But fortune favors the brave! I've received many a compliment on the color combo, and it is quite the conversation starter. Also it's wonderfully warm and soft (alpaca-merino blend!).

I made it during the first "polar vortex" that hit NYC. I had a snow day from work, and I just huddled under some quilts next to the heater knitting away like a total Brooklyn cliche. It was lovely. I made up the pattern myself, and it was my first time doing seed stitch!  The whole thing makes me so happy- the colors, the warmth, the perfect fit, and just the thrill of making. Smiley

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10  Dowdy pantsuit to dapper wool coat! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Miss American Pie on: December 02, 2013 04:15:13 PM

I'm so proud of this coat! Ahhhhh! I want to wear it EVERY DAY! And I CAN! Because it's a coat, and that's socially acceptable!

BUT... all great things come at a price. There is a darker side to my story. For in order to bring this beautiful coat to life, I had to commit a murder... I had to hunt down and slay this wild beast of a thrifted pantsuit --- http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g157/lancaster5/Photoon2012-10-08at21224.jpg

It was a gorgeous gray tweed in 100% virgin wool. That's right! No slutty sheep in THIS coat!

So after the virgin suit sacrifice, it was simply a matter of cutting off the jacket at the waist, turning the pants into the skirt part, and adding more buttons. Oh yeah, and overcoming my enormous fear of failure EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. And perfectionisting all over the place - taking in the sleeves & waist to fit better, hand sewing keyhole-button-holes, making welt pockets for the first time, and ironing EVERY seam. But it was worth it. Cause see how dapper I look! Smiley

Mirror shot to show the length:

And another flirty over the shoulder shot... I feel so flirty in this coat!
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