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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / First Embroidery Project: Homage to New Jersey 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.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Easy hat for Wool Ease? on: June 19, 2007 08:19:15 PM
I have one skein of burgundy Wool Ease Thick & Quick somewhere in my closet. Would that be enough to knit a hat? If so, could someone recommend an easy pattern, something that looks maybe a bit impressive or good or something? The only thing I have really knit it garter stitch scarves and I'm ready to move on to bigger and better things. I guess I'm just looking for a good first hat and not having to buy any new yarn if I don't have to.

Thanks in advance! I appreciate it!
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing jeans lighter on: January 18, 2007 11:58:01 AM
I really like the look of the skinny, bright colored jeans that are suppsedly "in" for this spring. Instead of buying them, I was thinking of buying some regular colored ones and dyeing them lighter. Could this be done? Would I have to bleach them first, then dye them, like with hair?
(And is there a way to do it that doesn't require the washing machine. My mother won't let me do that for sure. She'd freak out, thinking I'd ruin all the clothes.)

I want something like this: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shopping/product/alternateviews.jsp?iProductID=26645&count=0&edpno=309799
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Applying to an art school on: December 05, 2006 04:46:02 PM
Hello all. I'm a college freshman (at Drexel University in Philadelphia. I do not reccommend it, but that's another issue I guess) and I am dead set on transfering. Thursday night is the start of my Winter Break, sort of, and I'd like to get a portfolio together to apply to an art school during this time (probably Parsons and maybe somewhere else.)

Does anyone have any suggestions for crafts that look harder/more impressive than they are to make? I'm not trying to cheat my way in or anything, I'm just not a very good drawer and I need things to make my portfolio more robust than just the computer art that I want to be studying. (I was actually told that my drawing sucked by a school when I applied last year.)

I'm a beginner knitter, I crocheted once, I sew a bit, made a few articles of clothing and purses... um, I'm good with paper... anything where you use your hands to create something rather than something that resembles a writing implement would be great.

Thanks in advance for the help!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anthropologie Trapper Hat on: October 15, 2006 07:56:07 AM
I went to Anthropolgie yesterday and fell I love with this hat.

It looks like it can be made. Is there a pattern for somethign like this, preferably for more of a beginner knitter? Something with the long dangly cords and the earflaps.

Any help would be totally great.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / NaNoWriMo swap? on: October 12, 2006 09:11:30 AM
Anybody doing NaNoWriMo? if you don't know what it is, it's when you write a novel (50,000 words) in 30 days, from November 1 12:00 AM until November 30 11:59:59 PM.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month (but it's an international event).

Would anyone be interesting in organizing a swap NaNo related crafts? I can't organize a swap, but I would for this. I'll totally participate.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Snakes on a laptop! 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
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Twiggy-esque jumper 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.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / AE dress shirt? 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?

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I finally knitted something! (camera cozy) [IMGS] 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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