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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / doubleknit double helix on: July 14, 2007 01:37:22 PM
Until this point my knitting constisted of a started scarf or two then I went back to my familiar crochet.  I got more determined to finish a project when I came across a pattern for a double helix.  My boyfriend is in the pre-med program at school, so I figured he needed a double helix scarf to wear to school to make all his dorky science friends jealous.  Sadly it will be another four months until he can wear it since it's over 100 scorching degrees daily.  

Here's the whole thing...

Here's a close up...

Here's where I found the pattern...

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / sailor jerry sparrow embroidery on: April 14, 2007 08:35:13 PM
I made this for my boyfriend.  He likes the Sailor Jerry style, so I made this with my name on the banner.  I felt rather narcisistic when I was working on it in public. 

While skimming through the "show your tattoo here!" thread I found a tattoo similar to this.  I don't remember who it belonged to but it had the name Sophia in the banner.

I plan on making a manly man bag to put this on.  I'll try to post photos of it when it's done.

13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Girls Bomb Hills Hoodie on: August 22, 2006 12:15:26 PM
I am a big fan of snowboarding, and I love the feel of the wind whipping past my helmet as I blast down hills, around trees, and attempt to avoid small children who happen to come into my path of destruction.  I think "girls bomb hills not countries" speaks for itself, and I absolutely love my new hoodie.  It was a late night moment of brilliance and I had to go buy a black sweatshirt to make this.  I figured a before picture would be unnecessary since it was just black. 

Here's for general placement.  Where's my roommate when I need her?  You get the idea.

And here it is in all its glory...

Close up of the detail...

I'm still planning to add a dropping bomb with flowers trailing behind it on one of the sleeves, and I'm going to make the sleeves longer so I can add thumb holes.  Who doesn't like thumb holes?  I'll add more pictures when I do, but I was excited and wanted to post my progress so far.

14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Abstract embroidery *lots of photos* on: April 09, 2006 02:16:36 PM
These embroidered pieces are from a series I did for my Senior Thesis Exhibition for my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  I used mostly french knots, some couching, and another chain kind of stitch that I don't know the name of.  One day I'll get around to buying the embroidery stitch dictionary.  I have photos of the whole series installed in the gallery for the show, but I can't find them.  These are just on my wall at home now.  There were five all together, but I gave one to my parents and one to my grandparents.  I titled the series "New Tradition."

This is 14" x 32"

Also 14" x 32"

32" x 32" (my favorite one)

I'm watching my parents' dog and somehow one of her hairs got in the picture on the second one up.  I didn't want to take another photo, though. 

My artist statement is on my computer that died, but here's the basics of it.  Keep in mind this was seen in a fine art gallery setting and they have a different mindset than you craftsters.   Wink

The 3D quality of my embroidery on muslin is almost like drawing.  I find the tactile visual and physical characteristics of the finished product intriguing.  I learned to embroider from my mom, who learned from my grandma.  Grandma learned from greatgrandma and so on.  Hand embroidery used to become practically irrelevant in today's society.  It is time consuming and can be done faster, cheaper, and more easily by machines.  By combining my fine art education with an ages-old craft like embroidery I wanted to attest to the influences each can have on on the other.  The high art or low art distinction lies in the context and subsequent interpretation, as well as the intent with which the art was produced.

It was better than that, but you get the gist.

I made several commissioned pieces after the show was up, but I didn't have my digital camera then so I didn't get any photos of them. *smacks forehead with palm of hand*  Fortunately I had slides taken to put in my portfolio. 

15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A beanie with a bill. Inspired by newsboy, rasta, cabbie caps. Now w/tut &pics on: April 07, 2006 02:51:10 AM
I was looking at all the posts with crochet hats and it inspired me to make one of my own.  It's sort of a beanie with an improvised bill.  I was looking at this post and decided to concoct something.


And here it is.

Although it's getting late in the season to use it in the snowy mountains, I can still wear it for chilly mornings outside.  I'm super pleased with this because I look doofy in regular beanies and I think I look decent in this one.  And it will keep my ears warm which is very important. 

I used red heart yarn, burgundy, rose pink, and some creamy white colored something I had in my yarn box.  I had several other photos I was going to post, but they won't upload properly.  I even had a monkey face photo.  Everyone should have a monkey face photo of themselves and their friends.  But that's just a tangent.

Thanks for taking a peep!

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric boxes on: April 04, 2006 01:11:30 PM
I decided this was the best place to post these.  This box is a combination of sewing and origami.  It was both fun and frustrating to make, but I rather like it.  I keep all my extra iBook and iPod cords and cables in it. 

Here's the box.

The lid and box separate.

The lid fits on the bottom just as well.

Size wise I think this is about 5 inches cubed.
17  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Beautiful and easy monk's cloth blanket **tips added** on: April 04, 2006 12:51:35 PM
I made this blanket several years ago.  I worked on it off and on for a summer when I lived at my parents' house.  If I remember right it took about an hour to finish a row, so that's 28 rows.  With finishing time I would say it took about 30 hours to do.  It's really light but still warm.  I sleep under it during the summer because even though it's pretty warm in my room I still can't sleep with no blanket at all.  Call me crazy.  So far I've made three of these blankets but I gave one away to a friend for her wedding.  If anyone is interested I'll post a tutorial with helpful tips I discovered along the way.  There are also books available, and I found a good list of them online.


This is the whole thing on my bed.

Here's a close up of the detail.

And a super close up of the detail. 

I have another purple blanket on my futon which is almost done.  It has been waiting for me for about a year now, but I still use it.  Maybe I'll get around to taking pictures of it too.  The nice thing about these is that you buy the whole length of cloth at the store and then weave on it.  Like decorative stitching but all over.  If this doesn't make sense, please ask and I'll try to clarify.  Thanks!!

Edit for some tips...

First of all, Monk's Cloth can be found at craft stores like JoAnn's or mega-marts like WalMart.  There are lots of colors, blue, green, purple, red, black, white, yellow, some pastels, um... more I'm sure.  I like taking the whole bolt of Monk's Cloth over to the yarn section so I can pick what will go best with it.  I bought the Red Heart yarn.  I buy at least 2 1/2 yards so I can make sure it will be long enough after washing.  If the person cutting the cloth for you doesn't know what s/he's doing, tell them to pick one of the horizontal strands (there are really four strands, but consider them as one all the way across) and pull it so the rest bunches up around it.  Cut that one and you'll have a nice line to cut all the way across on the vertical strands.

When you get it home, resist the urge to start your pattern on it.  You definitely want to use a sewing machine to zig-zag along the cut edges so it won't unravel.  If the long sides look questionable, sew along those too.  Now put it in the washing machine and dryer to shrink it.  I know this takes forever and you just want to start, but it will shrink the material and make the whole blanket look much better.

Now you're ready to go!  No, not really.  You have to find the center of the blanket.  It's tedious, but I took a long piece of yarn and sewed right along the edge of the long side and every 10 bars I made a loop so I could count them when I was done.  Do the same with the short side.  Find the center of both and then find the center of the blanket.  

Finally you can start!  I recommend getting a book like one of those on the link I have above.  It will give you a pattern to follow, which is more important than the other directions in it.  Here's a moment of brilliance I had.  Scan or xerox the pattern and take your crayons or markers and color each row to correspond with the same color of yarn.  Or make your own pattern.  Here's a pattern from a book.  It's not the same as the pattern on the blanket.  

The gray squares are the vertical strands, but you stitch horizontally under them.  Each of the points of the triangles are made by going under two of the strands, not all four, then up to make the top stitch, then back down and under the remaining two strands, then on to the next four.  Maybe this will help if you want to make your own pattern.  As far as length goes, it's better to have too much than to run out before you get to the end of the row.  For example, I think on mine the yellows were 3x the width of the blanket, red was 2 1/2 and blue was between 1 1/2 and 2.  The small inside row was 1 1/2 the width.  Something like that.  

So for the fun part of sewing on it.  Start in the very center you found.  It should be a vertical strand in the center.  Stitch under it and pull the sides of your yarn even.  I'm right handed, so I sewed left first then flipped the whole thing around and sewed left again.  Which was right.  So one whole row is done.  After that I would sew  all of one side of the middle row (top and bottom), then flip it around and do the other.  Then one whole triangle side, then the other.  Just alternate directions so the fabric doesn't warp.

Stitch all the way to the side of the fabric and out the ends of it.  You want the yarn all the way to the edges for finishing later.

I used a triangle wedge pillow to keep my stitches flat and even and it also put it at a comfortable angle to work.  Sometimes I sat on the pillow and sewed on the coffee table.  Whatever you do, just have the part you're working on rest on a flat surface so the tension is even.

When you have the whole blanket covered, zig-zag around the long sides to keep the ends of the yarn in place.  This is why you want the yarn out the edges of it.  Then trim the extra pieces of yarn off.  

Crochet around the edge of the blanket.  I did one stitch in every other hole along a horizontal strand so it was spaced consistently.  When you get to the end of a row, chain one and keep going on the next side.  Just work the edges in when you get all the way around and you're done.

If something isn't clear and I'm able to take a picture of it on my blanket, let me know and I'll post a pic.  I'm a visual learner, so I totally understand.

If you make a blanket please, please please post it!!!  I love seeing how different people approach the same idea.  Thanks!

18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Small side table thing made super cute! on: April 03, 2006 02:19:02 PM
My grandma had two of these little side table things and gave one to me and one to my mom.  These things are really little, so I can't imagine them being terribly useful.  Up until this morning mine was at the end of my bed, by the wall, covered in clothes.  When I opened it I found the directions for my fish tank.  Random.  I've been spending all my spare time on craftster for the last couple weeks.  How did I live so long without knowing this was here?  I figured it was time to start contributing since I've been drooling over other people's projects.  This is my first post so I don't know what I'm doing as far as pictures, so I hope it works.

I've been looking for something good to do with some fabric I got in Hawaii.  I have four other patterns and I don't know what to do with them yet.  

The last photo is for height comparison next to an electrical outlet.  Told you it was little.

I love it!  But what do I do with it now?

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