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1  First Embroidery Project: Homage to New Jersey in Needlework: Completed Projects by kaykayelle on: June 14, 2009 02:41:04 PM
I've always looked at embroidery and thought to myself 'I bet I can do that.' Turns out I can! Not that great, but it's a start I suppose.

I drew the shape of New Jersey onto a piece of broadcloth scrap, grabbed my massive pile of entangles embroidery floss, and went to town.

I did it with the satin stitch and everything, and it looked pretty not bad until I did the French knots for the towns. (On there is, um, Edison, Newark, Jersey City, Old Bridge, Trenton, Toms River, Brick, and maybe others). Then that looked so bad, so I decided to add in the counties. Do not think that I got all 21 in and can assure you 90% of the towns are not in the right counties.

But hey, it was fun. Now I can think of something else to do and start doing it. Hopefully better than this.
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2  Re: NaNoWriMo Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaykayelle on: October 26, 2007 06:21:00 PM
So here's what I got fron KraftyKT: (webcam pictures, camera USB cable has gone AWOL)

Cute cute cute dog pens:

Secret package:

"Inspiration Station", we both came up with the same thing! There are words inside to pick from.

Journal for ideas. This is the perfect size to take to school with me.

Lip Gloss! I love love love Junior Mints. Favorite candy ever.

Pencils with flowers on the top:

Pens, which I desperately need to write with:

Cutest of all, a cup of coffee and donut made of clay. The essentials of NaNo, food and coffee!

And, last but certainly not least, secrets that I get to open thoughout the month:

Thanks sooooo much! I love everything a lot and I look forward to opening up the rest of it along the way!
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3  Snakes on a laptop! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaykayelle on: August 23, 2006 08:13:56 PM
Well, no real snakes, but the fabric is snake-like, if there were ever pink and purple snakes. I can't believe I named the thread this.

Ok, well, I'm going to school on September 25th and I got my new laptop a week ago (white MacBook, 2.0 gigahertz Intel Duo Core processor, 2 gig of ram, 120 gig hard drive- ah it's the best thing ever!) Since it's my baby, it needed a case of course. Sunday I got fabric and stayd up until 2 in the morning sewing it.

It's gusetted with a pocket in the back with a sprt, ski-type zipper on top. It's lined on the inside with a deepish periwinkle and between each outer fabric and the lining is two layers of batting. The pocket on the back has one layer of batting in between. The batting made the thing super impossible because I really couldn't take anything out if I sewed it wrong- the batting just totally filled in over the stitches so I just had to forge ahead. The outer fabric is a drapery/slipcover fabric because I wanted something with a bit more durability and the inside is just solid color broadcloth.

The pocket/lining fabric

My baby inside. Fits nice a snug.

Closeup of the gusset.

For the amount of problems I had making this, it actually turned out really well I think. I really like it. I'll be proud to carry it around campus in the fall.  Grin
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4  Twiggy-esque jumper in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kaykayelle on: August 23, 2006 07:57:27 PM
I've been wanting a retro jumper all summer. Now that summer's over I finally made one, haha.
I used Simplicity 4157 ($2.44 at Walmart), modified it, and used $1 black and white houndstooth fabric which I thought was sort of modern retro. I modified it a bit, shortening it probaby about 8 inches and slimmed out the front of the straps. It's been alost three years since I've used a pattern and the first one I did mostly by myself.

(The leggings are purchased- Target.)

Closeup of top

Closeup of fabric

It doesn't look so much lke a kid's vinyl paint smock in person as it does in the pictures.

I'm still wearing it right now. It's not perfect or anything, but it's actually kind of close to what I had in my head.
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5  AE dress shirt? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by kaykayelle on: August 05, 2006 07:53:44 PM
I REALLY want this shirt, but $39.50 is crazy! Could I make it out of a men's shirt perhaps?

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6  I finally knitted something! (camera cozy) [IMGS] in Knitting: Completed Projects by kaykayelle on: July 29, 2006 05:35:56 PM
I've been trying to teach myself how to knit for about 6 months or so now and it didn't go so well. I got so frustrated since I'm usually good at that stuff but it just wasn't working. I had no one to really help me with the hard stuff and I was terribly sad.

But the other night I finally did it, I knitted something real. Not just a deformed rectangular triangle thing. A camera cozy. Yeah, the button is on the wrong side and I had to bind of with my fingers (since I have yet to master that concept), but I still did it!

As a work in progress

On my camera - cameraphone pic ahh!

Sitting on my desk sans camera

Isn't it great? It only took me about two and a half hours. I love it so much! I'm so terribly proud of myself.
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7  Re: Project Runway, Season Two, Chloe's 13th Look in Designer Clothing Homage by kaykayelle on: July 11, 2006 02:57:21 PM
I capped it for you from the DVD.

That pictures posted above is probably better, though.
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8  Have A Swingin' Good Time [IMG HEAVY] in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaykayelle on: July 05, 2006 09:00:26 PM
...which I will, of course, with my new swing pouch I made. It's basically just a rectangular zipper pouch (from this tutorial - thanks!) with a long strap with tons of buttons glued on. I made it becuase whenever I go to the mall or something I always get so sick of holding my purse. Now it can just hang by my hip.

Purse itself

Buttons, pretty much all glued on since I was having such a hard time sewing through the lining and then the outer fabric and interfacing and such.

Modeled by yours truly in my pajamas- oh what a lovely sight to see.

The back, just plain

What I like to call my "strap malfunction". After sewing on the strap I realized it was too long, so instead of trying to seam rip the whole thing out, I just folded it over. I don't mind it.

Close-up of the sewings on of the strap

I really like it and I can't wait to use it tomorrow when I go out and about!
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9  101 things to do with a dropcloth IMG HEAVY in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaykayelle on: May 29, 2006 07:21:56 AM
Well, maybe not 101, just one. And it's not an actual dropcloth. But anyway...

I made my second purse yesterday, the first one I made all by myself and made my own pattern for! It was based off the the LA-Z Girl Bag from American Apparel. The outside was supposed to be canvas but I think I ended up with more of a linen type fabric. Anyway, on that I used Dye-na-Flow, fabric paint, and sometimes a mix of Dye-na-Flow and fabric paint to do the coloring. The inside is lined with a plaid and there are some pockets that are placed too high. The top is a drawstong, and the drawsting is made out of fabric covered 1" cream ribbon.

Scrunched up


And me modeling the bag (I changed the colors after this, added some pink and green to make it go with the inside better and look more lively)

I totally love it! I'm going to miss my Coach bag, but I made this one myself. So great!
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10  Random fabric dying in Dyeing: Discussion and Questions by kaykayelle on: May 06, 2006 08:58:07 PM
I really really really want to make a purse, ut I want to buy cream colored canvas and then liven it up by dying and splatter painting it.
I want the fabric to end up looking like the way this Grail shirt looks:

(The brown splotches on the stomach)
Or like this one:

How would I do that, and more importantly hwo woudl I do that so I wouldn't end up dying the entire fabric? I was thinking of puttiung turquoise splotches on the cream canvas. I looked up different dying technique, and I guess the drip dying method would be best, just dipping pieces of the fabric.
But when you wash it, won't the dye tint the rest of the fabric? I've never tie died or anything before in my life and I have no idea how to achieve this look.

...Wait, I just had an epiphany. What if I dry brushed the dye on in random patterns? Would that work? Would the color still run as badly?
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