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1  Celtic Knotwork Vase-first time using glass etching cream-lotsa pictures in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by celticchrys on: September 12, 2011 08:06:35 AM
I was inspired by Oxynox's technique in this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211082.0 to try using glass etching cream for the first time.  I made some mistakes, but over all, I like it, and I think with a little more care and practice, results could be very nice.

I chose this very plain glass cylindrical vase that came with a flower arrangement to experiment on, because I didn't like it. I thought that if I ruined it, it would be a small loss.

Step 1: I put the paper with the design printed on it inside the vase, and traced the design with black puffy fabric paint.

I traced the same knot onto both sides of the base of the vase:

Step 2: Assemble gear, including gloves and a sponge to apply the etching cream:

Step 3: Apply etching cream:

You can see here that I didn't do the neatest job, and went outside the lines in a few places. I ended up switching to using Q-Tips for application, which was easier to control.

The instructions on the jar say to leave for 1 minute. I left the cream on for 6 minutes, and rinsed it off, and there were still little bitty clear patches inside my design. I reapplied for 6 more minutes to get full frosting. So this took around 12 times longer than the instructions on the jar suggested. I suppose this must be affected by the formulation of the glass in your object.

I washed off the cream again, and then ran hot water over the fabric paint for a minute, which makes it peel off very easily.

The Finished product!

A photo in the sunlight with some hastily picked wildflowers:
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2  Jewelry Organizer/Travel Case - lotsa pockets! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by celticchrys on: December 25, 2010 09:41:28 PM
I have a store-bought travel jewelry organizer like this, and decided to make one for a friend for Christmas.  I thought I was being clever and making it easier by using velcro instead of zippers... wrong!  The velcro was very hard to sew through with the thick quilted fabric I chose to use.  I recommend you use zippers instead!

The edging is grosgrain ribbon, with a gold satiny ribbon for pull tabs and the tie.

This is the inside. Note the long roll, for sliding rings onto, which buttons at the end.  Also the multiple small pockets are great for earrings or bracelets, necklaces, etc.  This is useful for keeping a few sets of jewelry from tangling or getting lost when you travel...

...and this is the outside.  You tri-fold the thing closed, wrap the ribbon around, and tie in a bow. Simple but effective:

If you would like to see a much larger, more detailed image, here ya go:
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3  Yellow! (Kitchen Curtains And Tablecloth)*updated link* in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by celticchrys on: August 12, 2009 06:26:23 AM
I decided to add some color to my all white rental kitchen.  I had been using some pretty sheer curtains with flowers woven in, but they gave no privacy at all.  I picked up some nice yellow fabric at Ikea pretty cheaply, and did extremely simple curtains, just folding over the edge and zig-zag stiching.

 This is just the yellow curtain alone:

On the large windows, I used florist wire to easily and cheaply hang the yellow panels behind the existing sheers, and I think the effect is nice:

 For more, including bigger photos, visit my blog:
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4  Black&toille vertical laptop messenger bag with link to basic pattern+tute in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by celticchrys on: February 10, 2009 08:40:40 PM
**EDIT**  Broken link has been fixed!

I recently acquired a new laptop which is an unusual size.  The laptop is an Averatec 2500 series. It is a laptop with a 12 inch screen, but is just a bit larger than most 12 inch laptops; about the size of most 13 inch laptops.  I finally got around to making a padded bag for it.  I have an old book bag that is a vertical style bag, which is quite comfortable to carry, so I chose to make a vertical messenger style bag.  I started by reading lots of tutorials here and other places in the internet, then I used Adobe Illustrator to design my own pattern incorporating elements from various other tutorials and examples.  At any rate, here is the finished bag:

The fabric is cream and black quilted toille and black canvas.  It has two main compartments and some slightly crooked inside pockets.  Here it is loaded with laptop, PSP, cables, and pens.

This is a closeup of the lining fabric.  However it is more cream and less white in person.

Anyone who wants the basic pattern for this can get it on my blog, along with many photos of the steps of construction:

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5  Re: Living Room fireplace makeover and tablecloth into ottoman cover+cushion-img in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by celticchrys on: February 01, 2009 04:06:27 PM
Thanks for the great comments, everyone!

Does the wallpaper you used have any patterning on it? If so, I'd love to see a close-up shot.

It's amazing what an uplift that fireplace blind gives your room! You're inspiring me to attack my own hideous fireplace: brown tile surrounding black-and-gold metal.

Awesome re-upholstering too. Great project, thanks for sharing!

Here is a macro shot of the wallpaper texture/pattern.  In person, the stripes are about 1 centimeter in width, and the overall effect is like beadboard.

Here is my first attempt at filling the box in the center.  A set of Moravian star christmas lights draped over a still life.  I had thought first of candles, but decided real fire next to paper covered cardboard would be bad.  This is definitely still changing.
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6  Living Room fireplace makeover and tablecloth into ottoman cover+cushion-img hvy in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by celticchrys on: February 01, 2009 09:29:56 AM
I've recently rearranged my living room, and in the process, I wanted to improve several things.  I wanted to cover the old worn second-hand ottoman I have, and I wanted to be able to use the coffee table as an ottoman as well.  I found a large tablecloth at Big Lots for $5, and used it for materials:

I had an old padded mattress cover I never use, so I cut it into rectangles that would fit the top of my coffee table:

I sewed the layers together:

I used a piece of the table cloth to cover it.  It makes propping your feet on the table much more comfortable:

I used the same fabric to cover the ottoman, so it would match:

The Fireplace:
When I moved my furniture, the ugly fireplace was no longer hidden by my entertainment center.  It's ugly gold bricks with mismatched brick in the center, and ugly tiles.  I rent and have been forbidden to paint this monstrosity.  I was inspired by this idea of using foam core and wallpaper:
I already had a lot of leftover vinyl wallpaper, but foam core, this much of it was too pricey for me.  Instead, I used tri-fold project boards made of cardboard; the type you use for a science fair project presentation.

Closeup of the ugly bricks and tile:

Putting up the cardboard:

With all cardboard up; it was white on one side, and I didn't keep it all turned the same way.
Here it is with all cardboard up:

And here it is covered in white wallpaper.

I'll add a close-up of it finished later, etc, after I've neatened the edges.  I also plan to put candles or something in the center.
I used clear packing tape to attach the cardboard to the fireplace, and to attach the pieces of cardboard to one another as well.  I also used the tape to adhere the wallpaper to the cardboard.
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7  Three jordy bags to give as Christmas gifts in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by celticchrys on: December 29, 2008 11:33:58 AM
I created these bags starting with the Jordy Bag instructions( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0 ) as Christmas gifts for family members.  Velcro closure, grosgrain ribbon trim, and strapping for the handles of the two purses. These two are cream and black.


The one without a handle is a makeup bag. Pardon the bad photo, as it was taken with a camera phone.  There was also a makeup bag I don't have a photo of that was black with a small leaf/berry design in cream.  These lovely fabrics were pre-quilted and reversible, and I was pretty happy when I found them in my Aunt's sewing shop.

I have one more unfinished gift project, and then I think I'll be ready to explore some other bag designs/variations in the near future.
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8  First corset-for a friend's birthday gift. Lots of photos(new one); semi-tute. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by celticchrys on: November 21, 2008 07:50:58 AM
I've managed to make a corset for the first time, as a birthday gift for a friend.  I spent a lot of time before-hand reading about corsets, on craftster and elsewhere.
I read everything here:

Then I drafted a pattern using this method:

but for my construction I used a hybrid of this:

and this:

New addition(April 2009).  The corset being worn by the birthday girl:

I did use spiral steel boning, purchased from ebay, but I only boned it lightly. 
I used two lines of boning along each side of the front and back, and did not use a busk.  I also used grommets.  This corset was intended to look cool and give light support, not for real waist-reduction or anything that dramatic.

For the inside, I used black canvas.  Here is the spiral steel sitting on top of the black canvas:

For the outside, I found this lovely fabric at JoAnn's that was black satin embroidered with red flowers.

Before I but out the pattern, I covered the entire back side of this satin fabric with fusible interfacing to add strength.  It took a while!  Since this seemed like delicate fabric, every time I pressed it, I used a dish-towel between the iron and the satin.

I made my pattern, a la Threadbanger, and cut it out, being very sure to add on enough for seam allowance.  Remember, the Threadbanger pattern does not include seam allowance! I sewed it together (wrong sides of fabric together of course) across the bottom and up the front and back edges, leaving the top un-sewn.  I turned it right-side out and pressed it.

Leaving enough space to later put in grommets, I sewed two lines of stitching up where I wanted the front and back boning to go.  This makes a channel you can slide the bones into from the top.  I did the same for the rest of the boning.

Once the bones were in their channels(talk about sore hands after cutting and capping those bones!), I laid the grommets out on the canvas side of the corset where I wanted them to go.  I used a white charcoal pencil to put dots in those spots.  Try this on a scrap first.  Trying this on a scrap, I realized it was important to make my holes going through from the canvas side, as when I started from the satin side, it tended to put runs in the satin.  Do not put grommets more than 1 inch apart, so there will not be gapping places later when the corset is worn. 

An important word about making the holes!  Learn from my mistake and never try to use one side of a sharp new pair of sewing scissors to make the holes!   Embarrassed  The scissors will suddenly slip right through the fabric and slice through your finger on the way.  I ended with a nasty gash on my finger and had to stop the project for a week to heal, and I've a nice scar on my index finger to remind me.   Roll Eyes

After recovery, I made my holes by first pushing in a seam ripper's sharp point, then sliding in the tip of a sharp pair of cuticle scissors and opening then to widen the hole. So simple, much safer, and worked quite well.

Once you have your holes and grommets taken care of, then you need to finish the top edge.  I used wide grosgrain ribbon, folded over.

Now here are a few pictures of the finished item!  Perhaps later I can manage to add one of the birthday girl wearing it, but for now, just the garment.

The back:

Back detail:

The front:

What would I do differently?  Next time, I would change the design so that it doesn't lace up both front and back.  While this looks great, it's more of a challenge to get on and off.  So if you're concentrating on looks, this is neat, but if you want to get it on and off quickly, only use lacings on one side.    Wink

I went very slowly with every step, scared to ruin that beautiful fabric, but it's not as bad as you think.
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9  My first princess-cut dress: Simplicity 3527-pic heavy in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by celticchrys on: October 08, 2008 04:55:45 AM
I grew up wearing dresses almost all the time.  I've really missed being able to find long dresses with comfy wide skirts in the store.  All that you can still buy in many stores seems to be sundresses and evening gowns.  Nothing for everyday wear or winter/fall wear.  This looked like one of the simplest princess cut dresses out there, so I gave it a whirl. 
This is the pattern:  http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=18410

One thing I would do differently is to use stretchier fabric.  I used a blend that is woven to look like linen, but that does not wrinkle. I couldn't resist it, but it does not stretch much, and so getting out of the dress is awkward(no zipper or anything to give you slack for getting out of the sleeves).

It has a nice full skirt, so you do not have to sit like a lady:

I added trim around the edge of the neckline to hide the slight unevenness of my stitching there.  I may add more to the sleeves later.

I would say that the sizing was way off on this.  According to my measurements and the chart, it said the 22 might be too tight on me... when I normally wear a 14 off the rack.  So I cut out 22, and had to take it up a great deal.  It's still a bit too large in the sides and I have to keep the sash tied quite tightly at all times.  I really think the 16-18 would have been more spot-on.  What is with these pattern makers and their sizing charts?  I find this very frustrating as someone relatively new to sewing from a purchased pattern.
Thanks for looking.
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10  Chrys' Shock-Absorbing laptop sleeve (with gothy rose print)-Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by celticchrys on: August 10, 2008 10:48:35 AM
This is a simple laptop sleeve that I made for myself so I can carry the computer in any bag I choose.  I did this back in the winter, but just now posting.  All fabric is solid black except for the rose print on the front.

Here's a link to an image. (it's large) Once this page loads, click "download" to get the full-sized image with instructions:

  • Cut 2 pieces of foam in the proper sizes. (Remember to make them larger than your laptop. At least add half of your laptop's thickness when closed to each measurement.)
  • Cut 4 pieces of fabric slightly larger than your foam.(Must allow enough for a seam!)
  • Use 2 pieces of fabric, and sew along three sides, making a large rectangular pocket.  Do the same with the other two pieces of fabric.  (Remember to keep the right-sides of your fabric together!)
  • Turn your pockets-inside out, so that now you have finished edges on 3 of 4 sides.
  • Slide 1 foam rectangle into each of the two fabric pockets you've made.
  • Along the unfinished side of each rectangle, fold both sides of fabric inward and top-stich this side together.  This is just like when you make a small cushion or similar.
  • Now you have two fabric-covered foam rectangles.  Place them together, and sew the fabric along 3 edges together.
  • That's it! You've finished!

You could also make one side longer, and add velcro if you want to fold it over as a flap.  Or you could make both sides slightly too long and add a zipper or velcro to have them close together.  Be creative.

I hope to get a new laptop sometime this fall.  I'm looking at smaller computers this time, so I should have another one to post when the time comes.
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