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101  RecycleMicol's Needle Punch Patch in Needlework: Completed Projects by RecycleMicol on: August 16, 2006 04:07:07 PM
Kiki*eks received her Angel Swap gift from me today...so...Here are the pics and a tut for anyone interested!  I even had an experienced (well-paid) needle puncher interested in my technique for the back!  Yippee!

Here is the front of the patch:

Here is the back:

Here is the pattern I made to transfer to the patch backing fabric:

Here's how I did it:

First I decided on an easy pattern based on a pattern I thought Kiki*eks would like...I went to the hobby store and purchased floss in colors I thought would be nice without copying the inspiration fabric too much.

I just copied the image of the inspiration fabric off of the website by right-clicking, pasted it into my editing software program and made it black and white for a high-contrast version to easily trace from. I also made one copy of it a washed-out version so I could make a color chartwhich I did NOT stick with!  I changed some of the colors on the fly. 

You can do this with almost ANY image, even just using a copier...then trace the image onto the backing fabric and punch away!  Just remember that your tracing will be going on the BACK of your punching fabric, so you MUST REVERSE the pattern in the computer program because needle punch is worked from the back of the fabric!  In other words, if you were to make a patch with a word in it, it will look like it is backwards on the back of the fabric in order to come out right on the right side of the fabric.

Heres how I finished the backI didnt have any large sheets of Stitch Witchery stuff, so I used the small roll of it I had that was made for basting hems!  Ha!  Ill purchase the larger sheets next time!  Heres the link to the product website in case you have any questions about it. http://www.dritz.com/askus/faq/faq_07.php

 So, start with a large sheet of ittrim it to size, lay the punched piece front-side-down on an ironing board and place the webbing on the back.  Lay a piece of parchment paper (NOT waxed paper) over it before ironing it on the highest setting.  Wait until you can rub the back of the parchment with your fingernail (or a plastic knife, maybe) to loosen the paper.  Do at least two layers, if not more.  It makes a most fabulous non-skid backing and really seals in the fibers!

I finished mine by hand sewing a nice bias tape strip around it, but there are other options at your craft store...such as an anti-unraveling glue stuff I haven't tried yet. 

If you have any other questions, just ask!

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102  Let scrapbook paper inspire your walls! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by RecycleMicol on: August 11, 2006 07:42:58 PM
I loved a scrapbook paper design I saw on http://www.urbanlily.com/ and decided to do my interpretation of it on my 2 yr. (now 4yr.) old's walls.  I believe it was called Licorice Vine.  The walls are roughly textured, which is problematic to paint on, but my husband and I drew the design in pencil and tackled it with artist brushes.  You can't see it much, but the other 3 walls have a thick burgundy and thinner light pink stripe around the bottoms of them.  You can do this with any pattern!  And if you're not artistic, you can trace it and use a projector to pencil in the design on your walls.

Close up of the flowers

What do you think?

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103  Greeting Cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by RecycleMicol on: August 08, 2006 06:44:34 PM
Here are some pics of several cards I have made with paper from those great sample books you get from the paper companies or print shops.

This is for a baby boy's birth.  I make everything from scratch...starting with green and white paper.  I made my own wire word, too.

This was my first one.  I stamped the baby feet image on cardstock, cut out the image with an exacto knife, then used it as a stencil to emboss the peachy-pink paper.  I used sewing thread to make a little diamond pattern on the background paper.

This one was for my In-laws who just got back from their first cruise.  If I had seen the pictures of their trip first, I would have switched the colors of the sky and water!  The water was marvelously blue and the sky was greyish in their photos.  I simply cut out the pieces and layered them all on top of each other accordingly.  I saw a picture of the little illustrated ship in a book I had and was inspired to try to recreate it with paper.

Same with this one for my FIL's birthday.  I don't like the way the supports under the roller coaster look...they should be coming up from the bottom...not the side.  I also rushed my lettering on the front.  Oh well, he liked it!  The inside said, 'It's all downhill from here!'.


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104  Calling all Corys in Needlework: Completed Projects by RecycleMicol on: August 04, 2006 12:22:23 PM
Anyone with the name C-O-R-Y...do you want this?  Sure it's ugly, but it's my very first Filet Guipure work.  (dates back to Ancient Egypt and also sailors would do this kind of embroidery on their nets at sea.)

Terrible lighting in that last one, but you can see the stitches.

I made the netting myself, too.  I made it for my husband who thinks it's ugly. (of course it is...it's my first attempt.)   You can either send me a few bucks and I'll ship the whole frame so you can do some more on it, or starch it, or do a geletin wash on it or whatever.  Or, I'll just cut it out of the frame and send it to you.  You can bind the edges with some more embroidery or whatever...make a bookmark or something.  Here is a link to a great modern site for this work: http://www.ssu.samara.ru/~lada/2/21e.html  Be sure to look at their galleries...incredible!

Just PM me if you want it.


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105  Micol's Crochet in Crochet: Completed Projects by RecycleMicol on: August 03, 2006 02:35:40 PM
I wish I'd have taken pics of all the things I just gave away!  Oh well...none of it's kitschy anyway.  These things below were commissioned, so I didn't pick the colors.

A premie poncho, beret & headband

A little girl's poncho.

You can also see my baby bonnet & poncho in the Crafts for Baby Showers section.

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106  Tatted Plastic Grocery Bag Bookmark (& some twine) in Completed Projects by RecycleMicol on: August 03, 2006 02:26:34 PM
Here they are....I know the tatting isn't that great...but I've just learned how.  I can do better with cotton thread...but hey!  This is recycled grocery sacks, after all!!!!   Smiley  Wish the picture was better.  You can't see the twist in the gray twine very well.

I can't remember where I got the gray bag from.  I have a neighbor who saves bags from the different stores she frequents if they're interesting colors!  And FYI...if you're stretching the bags to make twine/thread, the printing will smear and or come off on your hands.  don't expect the color to stay on.  Go for the color of the bag itself unless your are just cutting the bag for yarn and not stretching it. (Like the Target bag candle holder I made.)

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107  Crocheted Sewing Thread Hat *Updated with hook in CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES by RecycleMicol on: August 02, 2006 07:46:20 PM
This is my craft and I'm sticking to it!

I crocheted this tiny hat (approx. 85 stitches) using regular brown and green sewing thread and the tiniest of crochet hooks that I filed down to become even smaller.  The front view is with the flower on the side....but I got a good shot of the flower, too.

I tatted the tiny flower using a beading needle and added it for embellishment.  I'm not to thrilled with the flower...it's too large for the hat I think, but I couldn't get any others to come out any smaller and still look like a flower. 

The photos are okay, but my husband was shaking my hand while he was trying to take the photo!  It was hard to get good lighting, too.  Hope you like it!

Here is the hook for those interested...you can't tell that it's really pointy.

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108  Wall decor for Baby Showers in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by RecycleMicol on: July 18, 2006 10:04:15 AM
I didn't get a good picture of these, but notice the baby-themed gift bags hanging on the walls where I usually have pictures hung in my dining room.  These are from the Dollar Tree.  I used two of them after the shower to send home misc. food leftovers and over-flow gifts home with the parents-to-be.  I saved the rest for future baby gifts.

You can do this for birthdays too...just buy birthday bags instead of baby ones!

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109  Displaying food at showers in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by RecycleMicol on: July 18, 2006 09:08:47 AM
I took two of the paper plates that we bought for the shower and double-sided-taped it to the bottom of a plain (clear) juice glass then set it in the middle of my platter.  I put homemade cream cheese mints on the top plate and my homemade chocolate truffles on the bottom platters.  It looked nice, I thought!  (I used blue icing for the truffles that had nuts in them! Ha-ha...oh the irony!)

I put the truffles in those little candy cups, of course!

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110  Baby Bank for Baby Showers in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by RecycleMicol on: July 18, 2006 09:00:20 AM
I tinted some fondant, made a big nipple, put it on top of a container from the Dollar Tree, added a bow, cut a slit for sweet $$$ to go into in the side near the top, lined the inside with white tissue paper to look like milk.  It was a hit!  Just be sure to give the fondant like a WEEK to dry!  Or else everyone will feel the need to touch it and squish it.

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