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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Need Help: Making First Freezer Paper Stencil on: April 25, 2007 04:04:25 PM
Many years ago, my Grandmother gave me a set of dishes she received when she was a small child. I loved them from the moment I laid eyes on them. I imagine them to be from the 1930s or older.

I recently had they idea to freezer paper stencil the design onto the front of a bag. The fawn would be easy except his spots, and the frog could work with some filled in spaces, and less hazy lines in the swamp. However, I have never made a stencil, or worked with freezer paper. Below is an image I created as the start of a stencil, however, it will need some work.

Please help! I don't know how to make it work as a stencil.

The original plate can be seen on my blog. http://akehurstm.blogspot.com/
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Throw pillows worth $228, only cost $36 on: April 25, 2007 09:55:13 AM
I decided to finally reupholster my favorite reading chair, and breathe new life into it. I picked a soft robin egg blue with gold diamonds, the only fabric I could afford for that amount of yardage, that would match my living room. At the time, blue-brown combinations were hard to find. However, along the way I fell in love with several fabrics I just could not afford. I bought a few 1/2 yards so I could bring home the patterns without the bill.

I found some old feather throw pillows in my Mom's closet that she wasn't using (due to the ugly fabric on the outside). We sewed new covers and added my ball fringe. I used a solid chocolate brown back, so save on the expensive fabric. I managed to make 3 matching pillows.

Just recently, while shopping at Macy's, I was wondering through the furniture department, and came across a beautiful brown couch. On it, were my throw pillows. Exact fabric, front and back, with ball fringe. They were the same size, feather pillows. Price tag: $76. Total price for the three pillows on my couch: $228. Cost to make them myself: $36.

On occasion the effort put into crafting and thrifting is validated. My efforts were validated, $192 worth.

More information on my blog at http://akehurstm.blogspot.com/
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / McCall's Skirt Pattern 5390 - HELP on: April 17, 2007 02:23:49 PM
I just bought this pattern, and am wanting to make it, so I can wear for my birthday. Is it simple enough for a newbie sewer to whip up in no time at all? It's just days away. Has anybody made this? Suggestions, comments? Anything help you can provide would be great!

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / McCall's Shirt Pattern - Finished on: April 11, 2007 12:48:40 PM
I finally finished my sewing class project. It was a Mccall's shirt pattern, that is cuter on the front than in person. It is flattering, but it feels more like a kimono top than a wrap top. It could have been the fabric I chose.

I cut the sleeves to 3/4, and took a lot of adjustments in the chest for ample curves. 

All in all I think it came out well.

Closeup of fabric.

Let me know what you think!
You can also check out my blog at http://akehurstm.blogspot.com/
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Butterick Apron Pattern 4945, finished on: April 05, 2007 10:50:24 AM

This is my second ever project from a pattern. I even used bias tape for the edge, which was a first time. I was pleased with the final product, but had a few difficulties with the patterns lack of directions on the banding of the apron bib. More info on my blog. http://akehurstm.blogspot.com/
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Duvet Cover from Clearance Sheets on: April 04, 2007 12:59:36 PM

I made a new duvet cover out of clearance ralph lauren sheets. Total cost less than $10.

I live in a studio style apartment, and my bed lives in the kitchen, aka "b-itchen" .. so my bed gets crammed in the only place available. But just cause it's small doesn't mean it can't be cute!

Check out my blog for more info... http://akehurstm.blogspot.com/
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Monogrammed Coasters Link to Tutorial on: April 04, 2007 12:46:49 PM
I saw monogrammed coasters at iomi http://iomoi.stores.yahoo.net/coasters1.html that I loved, and mimicked them for my friends for christmas.
I finally put up a tutorial on my blog. http://akehurstm.blogspot.com/

Oh, and thanks to Harold's Font! http://www.haroldsfonts.com/monograms.html

My friends loved them!
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Apple Ipod Cover on: April 03, 2007 10:43:02 AM
I made a cover for my friends 40gb ipod. We searched for the perfect t-shirt to rip up, and finally found one in turquoise. Unfortunately, although the t-shirt was perfect, the color was not, and since he's more of a fan of black, I mixed it in with a black t-shirt as well.

It's perfect cause he loves Rock & Roll. I lined it with black tshirt to limit the number of seams rubbing against it, and to give a little extra protection. I also added an elastic strap that snaps over a small fold on top to keep it in.
19  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / In Need! Help find Antler Stencil on: March 30, 2007 03:12:55 PM
I've been looking for an antler stencil.. a full rack of antlers, but can't find one anywhere. Please help. Thanks!
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Scottie Dog.. thanks to All Sorts on: February 23, 2007 10:51:07 AM

Here's my first ever completed sewing project. I just recently started sewing, and have many uncompleted projects, but I wanted to make a pin cushion out of some vintage fabric I found. So, thanks to a great pattern from http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/05/softie_scotty_d.html, All Sorts, I made this great little scottie. Instead of hand sewing as suggested, I added a 1/4" seam allowance and sewed him shut. I left his belly open to stuff him, and sewed him up that way.

I was so proud of myself for having not only completed a project, but figuring out how to add seam allowances, and turning all those small corners. Although there are no pins in him in the photo, he makes a great little pin cushion.
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