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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sakura japanese cherry blossom pincushion lot! on: August 01, 2006 10:28:14 AM
Here is the cherry blossom grouping i made:

they came out really well!
I love them...
stay tuned.


ps, they are all pincushions!!!!
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / flower pincushions- dogwood, poppy, sakura cherry blossoms, flower puffs. on: August 01, 2006 10:26:32 AM
Here are the pincushions i made for the Pincushion Challenge.

I was having a bitch of a time photographing them, especially the poppy...
Now i find out, our camera is a mostly outdoor digital camera.
no wonder the 1st bunch of photos came out crappy!
* kitkabbit ***grumbles***

cranky cranky!
i wanted to smack that camera!!!

here are the pics:

the poppy was quite complicated, was inspired by Georgia O'Keefe's Poppy painting.

flowerpuffs, the brown one is my fave! 

the poppy, all by itself

enjoy =)

23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / haiku cat CD pouch, camellia japanese kinchaku (w/pics) on: July 13, 2006 11:55:24 AM
ok, so bitter because mozilla decided to crash while i was writing this post.
so here it is again, bleh.

I made this red fleece CD pouch for a good friend, it's getting mailed out in the next day or so. I just love the Alexander Henry
fabric! This is a fabric from 1998 called 'Haiku Cat' and long discontinued.  Applique is a great way to use up little leftover scraps! This is my first time sewing with fleece. Very easy... except when your cat decides to lie down on top of it while you're working on it. I only left it alone for a minute! Bad kitty.  I also embellished the whiskers with embroidery floss, so that they would stand out.  I'd really like to make some for my etsy-shop-to-be, depends on when i get around to it.

Haiku Cat Cd pouch, red.

Here is a difficult project:
2x camellia kinchaku from Kumiko Sudo's Omiyage book.
Very tricky, lots of tiny pieces, tons of hand sewing and a lot of steps you have to follow.  Kinda also involves origami techniques too.  I'd like to make some of these to sell but with all the time it took, i think I might maybe get burnt out on them.  I used seafoam green noil silk, hydrangea blue crepe, and hand-dyed taffeta (you can see the color variation in the 9 petaled kinchaku).  These really are *tiny*, the pocket is about big enough to fit a walnut in it, and that's about it.  I remind you again not to forget about seam allowance, that is why one of them has more petals than the other.  Each pouch shows the bottom, they will hang face downward.  They close with a drawstring.  I'm going to make some sakura cherry blossom stuffs next!

camellia kinchaku

9 petaled kinchaku

enjoy the fruits of my work!
~kat Smiley
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / regular zipper vs invisible, best zipper type for purses/bags? White sew machine on: July 10, 2006 05:05:37 PM
Hey, I've been searching the forums but couldn't find the answer to my question!

I would like to know if someone can explain the difference to me between an invisible zipper and a regular zipper.  And why are there regular zipper feet and invisible zipper feet?  Are the zippers really *that* different?  Is it in the fabric they are made of?  I also was wondering, won't the invisible zippers make the seam stand out more, since more of the edge will be inside the seam?  Ca you still make lined pouches with invisible zippers?

Also. What type of zipper is best for a cosmetic pouch.  I've seen coil zippers (bulk) for sale (plastic teeth),  molded plastic teeth zippers, and metal zippers, as well as invisible zippers.  I want to do it *right*!  I'm leaning towards the coil, since I can cut to fit...  Also looked like size 4 was best for the pouches?  I really need/want/yearn to know!

I have a bunch of fabric that I would love to make into cute pouches, but haven't been able to start since I do want to insert zippers, but my machine is a 1980s White machine and apparently the Singer zipper foot I bought won't fit, even though my White sewing machine *is* a low-shank machine, the singer foot still levitates about a centimeter in the air even when the lever is down.  Sigh.  The stupid foot, which can only be bought from White is 3.50, and their minimum order is 5.00, and shipping is 6.50. Grrrr!!!!!!!  o course the widely available Singer foot was $3 minus the 40% off coupon from Joann's!!!!  It's gonna be a $10 foot at this rate.  I'll probably give up and buy it from them.....

don't suppose anyone has an extra White zipper foot they could let me buy/beg/borrowforkeeps from them?


ps, heres a helpful-ish page i found (but it still didn't answer my questions):
25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Kissing Ball (complete w/ photos) on: July 10, 2006 12:56:43 PM
Here is one of the many kissing balls I've made.  This one has several types of evergreens, including that creeping club moss, Princess Pine, which was NOT collected from the wild but bought from a florist.  I now live in North Carolina, and have my eye on a few bunches of real fresh mistletoe down the road, growing in a tree in a parking lot.  I think I might actually be able to reach it with a broom.... and knock it down.  I haven't ever been able to use fresh, only get the old dried stuff, not the same, not at all... I've used florists fern in the past, ivy, as well as the usual greenery.  I generally prefer to use a core of oasis, so that it will stay fresh longer.  I've also studded them in the past with mini carnations, miniature roses, waxflower (but that is very prickly), and sea lavender.

~kat Smiley

26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / quilted-look ball ornament baubles (4x pictures)!!!! on: July 09, 2006 09:29:39 AM
Thought I'd post these ornaments I made for friends and family last Xmas.  I made about 24 of them and then I ran out of steam.  They are a bit time consuming to make but end up looking wonderful.

My fave one is the lavender and green one.  The blue & white one reminds me of the chocolate ornaments that Collette Peters (an amazing cake designer, seen her on Food Network a bunch and am awed by her skillz) makes in her book, Collette's Xmas.  I should add that book to a wist list...  whoever thought up that term is brilliant, I love it, it sounds so much better than a Want (aka Need! Lust! must have!) list. they also are great as pincushions, cat toys, knickynacks, etc, etc...  Fabrics used are a mixture of cottons, satins, upholstery fabrics, silk, ribbon, basicaly anything I could lay my hands on!

 Comments and ramblings would be really appreciated!  Thanks for looking =}
~kat Smiley

oh yeah take a look at my gallery and you can see my kittycat and my stuffy animal collection!!
my husband wonders when the stuffed animals are going to come alive and take over the house....
hahahaha =P
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Vintage jade green glass necklace I made for a friend on: July 07, 2006 09:59:37 PM
Here's a picture of a necklace I made for my friend's birthday a year or so ago.  Just found the pictures today.  I used a vintage Japanese Cherry brand glass flatback stone and black silk cord, vintage czech glass beads and tiny goldtone crimper beads.  The earrings are cloisonne.  Sorry for the bad picture quality, it was one of my first attemps at using a digital camera.  Enjoy =}


28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / AUUGH!!!! Indigo yukata fabric ran, whites now dingy, HELP! can it be saved? on: June 25, 2006 01:59:32 PM


I just got some great indigo yukata fabric in the mail and promptly popped it into the washer.
We went out for a while and came back after dinner... I take the fabric out, all the other fabric (dark japanese/asian style prints) is just fine except for this piece- the indigo dye ran and all the pretty white maple leaves are now somewhat dingy.  I instantly put it in the sink and wetted it down.  Last nite I spread it in the bathtub, hoping that the dye wouldn't bleed anymore.  After doing extensive googling, I discovered that a product called Shout Color Catcher is supposed to help with excess dye. My problem is that I already washed it!!! I'm afraid to do anything *yet*, does anyone have any experience with saving cotton printed fabric that has dye running problems, and have you had *any* success?  Is it possible to get the dinginess out of the white portions?  Right now that fabric is languishing in the bathtub, and is still damp.  oh yeah.  My DH abandoned me and went upstairs to read a car magazine, I was that grumpy and unfun to be around last night.  Sigh.  I didn't dry it in the dryer because I thought the heat might set the dye.  I've also read things about using vinegar to set the dye.  Any ideas?  at all?   
I'm used to RED being troublesome, but blueHuh

*snif*snif* so sad and eeyore..

~an unhappy kat
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Potholders.... 1st newbie Post, 1st completed sewing machine project! on: June 21, 2006 06:45:07 PM
Hi =)  I"m so excited to be posting my project!  Please be kind =}

I just discovered this great forum- everyone's ideas are great and are inspiring me to try to make loads of new stuff.  I've already made (& sold professionally) handmade jewelry, and love to fold origami, aspire to quilt, compost & garden, and have all sorts of projects in the works!!!

My husband's grandmother gave me about 2 years ago this BEAST of an old sewing machine, an old Brother machine that folds into a wooden desk/table, and we finally got it running.  It is probably 40 years old!!!  No manual or anything, either!  but hey, it was free!  This week I've finished my very first projects on it (pictures below) and wanted to share them with you =}  This is the first time I've used a sewing machine since HIGH SCHOOL, and that was only sewing straight lines while making hair scrunchies...!!!!  Let's just say that I broke 2x sewing machine needles and messed up a bit on these potholders, so they aren't pristine but I do think they came out pretty!  The worst trouble I had was with trying to machine sew the binding onto the edges neatly.  I did three by machine and finally I gave up and hand-sewed the rest of them.  Tips would be *greatly* appreciated!

The two navy blue Japanese indigo potholders were made for my friend's (belated!) birthday present, and came out really well.  I used cotton quilting weight fabric, black extra wide bias tape, and 2 layers of batting: one layer of InsulBrite batting (to insulate) and one layer of 100% cotton needlepunched batting.

I made 10 of the aqua 'Goddess' potholders, using the same edging and batting, and used Cranston Renaissance Romance & its coordinate (a discontinued fabric that I found for a good price at the evil Wal-Mart) for the material.  My mother and her 8 very good friends all get together (actually, it's TODAY!!) on the winter and summer solstices and have a party, laugh a LOT, drink too much wine, and generally have a Very Good Time together!  I just hope that when I am my mom's age, I have just as wonderful, cool, loyal and true friends!  I felt that this fabric would make perfect (albeit a bit late for solstice) gifts for them.

Thanks for looking & hope you enjoy!  I'll be posting more of my creations as I complete them.

~kat Smiley

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