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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Handsewn pencil case, just in time for Christmas on: December 21, 2008 09:25:57 AM
On my sister's wish list this Christmas was a pencil case, so she wouldn't have to hold all her writing utensils in a rubber band. Being the crafty person that I am, I stepped up to the plate so she wouldn't get a boring one from Staples or something. I handsewed this during the course of a week, not working on it everyday, other days working on it during class.  Roll Eyes

The whole thing


Showing the side shape of the case

Detail of the zipper and the loop

That loop took me forty-five minutes to get turned inside out.  Tongue Anyways, sorry the pictures are crummy, the light was bad. Thanks!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Daisies! on: April 03, 2008 02:59:51 PM
The summer before ninth grade (summer '06), my friend and I decided we wanted to learn how to sew.  Her mom sews, so we all took a trip to JoAnn's for patterns, fabric, etc.  I don't remember much (it was a while ago), but I do remember the fabric was on sale and so was the pattern.  I guess for a first project it was pretty difficult, but overall, it was not a difficult project (if that makes any sense).

Now, voila!

Me in the dress

Detail of the fabric and ribbon

When I made this dress, I made it to fit me (I did gymnastics at the time).  I had to quit at the end of that summer because I got arthritis in my back.  I didn't do a sport freshman year, and by the end of it, the dress was hard to get into.  At the beginning of sophomore year, I started crew (rowing), and now I fit into it again, with room to spare! Smiley That's why the bust looks loose--because it is.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Biscornu? on: March 18, 2008 08:17:58 PM
Hello there everyone... Smiley

Browsing on Craftster recently, I came across biscornus (is that the correct pluralization?).  I love the shape of them--they seem so cute.

Well, anywho, I have to do a project for French with history, and one of the choices is to make a "tapestry" (drawn though).  But I was like, hey, I'll just cross-stitch up a little sampler type thing with the scenes on it.  After coming across biscornus though, I want to do that for my project.  Can anyone find the history (not definition) of biscornus?  I want to convince my French teacher to let me do that.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Uses for polyester? on: March 04, 2008 09:56:10 PM
Hey you guys!

I was just wondering if anyone knew if there is a way to make polyester (yes, the '70s triple-knit kind) into something passable?  We have a bunch of my grandma's old clothes down in the basement and I really like the prints on some of them.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Painted Ceramic Puppy on: December 26, 2007 07:47:18 PM
I went to my local pottery painting place, called All Fired Up, and decided I wanted to paint a dog, so I did.  Here are the results-->

Here he is from the front.

And the back...

Notice the heart below his ear

And the paw print on his ear!

I love him so much...he was great to do.  Thanks!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Abstract Human Sculpture on: December 25, 2007 06:06:46 PM
Alright, alright, I had to do this for art class, but I really enjoyed it and liked the outcome.  The point was to do it a la Henry Moore, with abstract human forms and such.  It is not glazed, just fired.

Full view

Back view

Showing negative space

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Knit and Lined Pencil Case on: December 25, 2007 05:56:27 PM
Last year, I got pretty sick of never being able to find a pen in the depths of my purse, so I determined that I needed a pencil case.  I used my own design, making sure it was long enough for pens and new pencils.  I knit it up out of some beautiful cotton yarn and hand-sewed in the zipper and lining.  It's held up pretty well so far.  Thanks for looking!

A full view of the pencil case

Detail of the sewing of the zipper and lining (and the pretty fabric to line it!)


Looking back, the only thing I might change would be to use a darker fabric on the inside, as now it is getting dirty.  Tongue
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knubbly Green Scarf on: December 25, 2007 03:23:25 PM
About a year ago-ish, my mother embarked on knitting scarves for me and my sisters, therefore I did not knit this, but thought that I would post it for her.

I really loved that she did this project for me, because I got to choose every aspect of the scarf, from yarn to cable to length.  I highly recommend it for a gift that the reciever-to-be is sure to like.  The picture of my sister modeling it is the closest color to the actual yarn.

My sister modeling the scarf--sorry I didn't turn the picture Sad

A detail of the fringe and looking lengthwise at the cable

Looking at a full turn of the cable

Thanks for looking!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Antique 40's sewing machine on: May 25, 2007 12:29:47 PM
*Moderators: If this is in the wrong place, i'm very sorry for the confusion  Embarrassed*

Hello, there! I just felt so excited at my find, I needed to share it with someone, and I felt that the "someone" who would understand it best was Craftster!

So rewind a day or two from today...

...I am searching through my attic because, well, it's interesting to me.  Even though it's musty-smelling it's fun to see all of my parents' high school yearbooks, furniture from their old house and so on and so forth.

My mother has told me that she got a small sewing machine a while back from my great-grandmother for some event or purpose and it should be tucked away in said attic.  I have envisioned a sewing machine from nowadays-ish that's you know, small, white, "conveniently travel-sized!" or something of the sort.  So I'm searching through old stuff, seeing no manufacturer's box for a sewing machine.  All of a sudden, I see a small, dusty, black case.  I can't undo the latches on it in the attic (no room), so I bring it outside into the bonus room, thinking it's something mundane and boring like tax files or returns or something.

I wipe off the case with a couple Kleenex and open the case to find...
Of course, I am surprised because it is not what I had in mind at all.  In the tray that sits on top of the sewing machine, there are two needlepoint pincushions that my great-grandma had made, some old elastic, a couple spools of thread, and all the different feet and parts to the sewing machine.  I sat there for hours sorting through the pincushions because probably, hmm, 50 or 60 pins and needles had gotten pushed into the middle of the cushions, so I had to push them out!

Also, I looked at the instruction manual and the latest copyright date was 1941!  Evidently, it is a Singer portable electric sewing machine, Model 221-1.  Anyhoo, I am so excited at this find!  It's so cool to find something like this decades after the fact.

I found this photo online (it's not MY blog)--> http://apictureofme.blogspot.com/2005_06_01_apictureofme_archive.html.  Scroll down for the entry...

Thanks for reading my rant about sewing machines, you guys.

tastethesky7 ♥
10  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Relay for Life! (RFL) on: February 09, 2007 04:48:12 PM
All of you people that clicked on this link-- WOOT!

I'm just here to tell you about a great service/moral-boosting opportunity all across the U.S. and other countries I think (?).  Anyhoo, Relay for Life is an event for the American Cancer Society.  You must register as a team, but get together with schoolmates, coworkers, family, anyone you can.  You can go on the RFL website right here---->>http://www.relayforlife.org

You raise money for a great cause and I'm sure fellow Craftsters could think up some great ideas for fundraisers for your cause.  When I went two years ago ('05 Relay), one of the chaperones (it was with my school) was quilting, and I just thought that was so cool.

Some ideas for fundraising could be auctioning off knitting or crochet, holding an art show, or any other number of things.  I know this seems like I'm hitting you all up for RFL, but I really just want to spread the word about a fantastic cause that probably doesn't get enough publicity.  You can look on the website to find the Relay for Life closest to you.  I, personally, am participating in the Roswell area RFL in Georgia.

I sincerely hope that some of you will act on this.  Please respond to this; sharing ideas with fellow Craftsters could mean a quicker end to cancer!  The more moolah raised the better.  So get out there Craftsters, make a difference in your world!

Also, if you are a Craftster and have been to Relay for Life, speak up and say so!  Spread the word about the amazing funness of RFL...
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