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11  Bowerbird scarf! in Knitting: Completed Projects by EmilyFlew on: December 30, 2008 10:08:28 AM
First of all, this is 100% inspired by/copied from aliastriona_angerboda's Magpie scarf, which I loved so much that I cast this on right after seeing her post!

(Sorry, eyes are closed!)

It's loooooong....must be a good 8-10 feet long, and about 8 inches wide. I didn't mean for it to be that long, but now I kind of like it! It's made of all the scraps of blue and green and black yarn in my stash--mostly worsted, but some bulky and sport.

It's knit mosty in garter stitch, with a little stockinette for texture, on a size 7 circular needle (it was very squished on the needle!) What I did was to use a new piece of yarn for each row, and left about 8 inchs loose at each end to make into the fringe. Then I tied knots in the fringe and it's good to go!

(you can see it's wrapped around my neck at least 3 times and it's still almost to the ground!)

The colors are a little brighter in person, they include a little black, deep blue, bright turquoise, and pale turquiose.

I still have the tails loose from when I had to tie a new piece of yarn in in the middle of a row, I can't decide if I like the little strings there as extra texture or if I should weave them in. What do you think?
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12  Victorian/steampunk table runner (many images!) in Quilting: Completed Projects by EmilyFlew on: December 20, 2008 08:14:33 PM
I was in a personal swap with teapotdnky and she requested some steampunk decor for her house, and said she was into the more romantic, Victorian side of steampunk. The wheels started turning in my brain, and I decided to try a quilted table runner!

It's about 5 feet long, and about a foot wide. I used some fat quarters in browns and golds that I got at the quilt store, along with scraps of felt and leather and satin and silk and lace and a stained pair of khakis that I had lying around.

First I found a bunch of vintage and Victorian and steampunk images on the internet (which is surprisingly hard to do! Someone seriously needs to make a steampunk clip art collection!) and adjusted all the images to be black and white or sepia toned in photoshop.

Then I printed them out on iron on transfers and ironed them onto my lighter fabrics, and cut them out. I assembled the basic quilt with strips of the fabrics, sewn together with a scallop stitch. I left all my edges raw because I wanted it to have a kind of deconstructed look. I worked in four sections, to make it easier to manipulate.

When I had assembled the basic background, I added the images, either with applique or reverse applique. I got to use all of the fun stitch patterns that my machine has on it that I've never used!

Then I added some additional embellishments (watch gears, beads, gilt angels, buttons) and sewed the backing on. I added a fabric tube on the backing so she can use it as a wall hanging too, if she wanted.  I added the gold tassels and wah-lah! Steampunk table runner!

I didn't end up quilting it because I didn't want to over-embellish it. So really it's just a pieced and appliqued top with a back.

Detail shots:

Some of my favorite patches:

The backing, a dark gray raw silk:
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13  Grandmother journals--very pic heavy! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by EmilyFlew on: December 06, 2008 06:19:27 PM
I made these journals for my grandmothers for Christmas this year. I'm going to ask them to fill them out and give them back to me for next Christmas, I really hope they do it! They've each told me stories about growing up but I have such a bad memory I wanted to have all their stories written down so I can pass it on to future generations.

I bought handmade journals from oh pangaea books on etsy, wrote a list of questions, wrote each of the questions on acid-free cotton paper and edged the papers with ink, found quotes about grandmothers and wrote those on other slips of paper, and decoupaged the books with clippings from a vintage magazine, stamps, and paper cut outs. I also glued in ribbon bookmarks.

For my Grandy:

some sample pages:

For my Grandma:

sample pages:

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14  Octopus costume from last year! in Halloween Costumes by EmilyFlew on: October 11, 2008 07:43:45 PM
I've been meaning to post this, I was pretty proud of how it turned out. It's an octopus!

(though I actually messed up and it's a septupus, but I figured no one's counting. Wink)

I took a cheap fleece blanket from ikea, and made a basic tube dress with it. Then cut the bottom of the dress into long triangles, backed them with a contrasting color, stuffed them with fiberfill, and sewed contrasting circles of felt on for suction cups. The eyes were made with more felt, sewn and hot glued on. It was super fun and comfy! I did my makeup in shades of blue and green and wore cute goldfish earrings I got from a swap once.
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15  Cropped black and white jacket to match my couch! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by EmilyFlew on: October 09, 2008 07:30:50 AM
So, I was thinking recently how I really want a warm, cropped jacket that I can wear while riding my bike. I was going to buy one, but decided to be thrifty, and made one instead!

I traced the pattern pieces from another jacket that I had, changing the length and the collar, and used some heavy velvet fabric that I had left over from my couch upholstery project. I lined it with another fabric I had around, a great bright yellow silky lining, and put a layer of thin cotton quilt batting in between to make it extra cozy. There are definitely a few mistakes (one of the sleeve linings is inside out and I'm too lazy to fix it, I'm crap at matching plaid, the button holes look like barf, oh, and it wasn't originally supposed to be assymetrical!) but it's the first time I've drafted a pattern for myself and made it and had it actually work! And the whole thing cost me $4 (the cost of the two buttons on it)


Close up of the collar:

Close up of the buttons, I can't decide if I like them or if I want to switch them out to something a little plainer:

Obligatory Garden State shot of me matching the couch:

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16  A bevy of scarves! in Knitting: Completed Projects by EmilyFlew on: May 31, 2008 08:39:31 PM
Ever since I finished a sweater a month or so ago, I've been addicted to knitting scarves--I need lots of instant gratification after that long delay! Here's the three I've done recently.

It's a clapotis, but modified to be longer and narrower, more of a scarf than a wrap. This took longer than I thought it would, and it's in cotton which is still kind of a pain to knit, but I love how it turned out and the drape that it gets.

Closeup of the stitch pattern and a better representation of the color:

This is a little neckwarmer/capelet done in garter stitch out of Malabrigo Aquarella yarn (so yummy!!). I designed it myself--it has some short rows where it fits over the shoulders, but otherwise it's knit flat, and I braided some ties to tie it up with.


This is also a self-design, just a simple drop stitch scarf with fringe, made out of a recycled sari silk yarn that I bought at a craft fair once. I love the colors, but it is a little itchy, and it sheds like a mother. But this scarf got me though jury duty, and that's OK by me!

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17  Green wool skirt with piping in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by EmilyFlew on: May 21, 2008 08:32:40 PM
I saw this bright green tweed wool fabric at the fabric store recently and fell in love with it! I traced the pattern from my trusty 4 year old h&m skirt, and added pockets with pocket facings and (store bought) piping around the top edge and around the (working! kind of!) pockets. The zipper isn't hidden because I am dumb when it comes to hidden zippers. sigh. I'm happy with how the skirt came out though!

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18  knit. lamp. knit lamp. in CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES by EmilyFlew on: May 04, 2008 08:47:52 AM
Pretty much what it sounds like! When I heard this challenge idea, I originally wanted to make a knit chandelier, but it would have been too complicated, with the wiring and all. So I settled on a knit lamp!

It started as a standard white cheapy Target lamp:

and I knit a long tube to cover the stem, covers for the top, base, and a cover that goes all around the lampshade, then I seamed the pieces together onto the lamp. It's knit from Paton's Classic Wool merino, on size 3 DPNs. My husband calls it the silliest cozy ever. I think it's cool.

Detail shots:

turned on:

in its actual habitat, in my living room:

disclaimer: yes, it is fairly unsafe. Yes, it will be used only for short amounts of time under close supervision. Also, wool is natually fire resistant. But still.

I love my knit lamp! Smiley
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19  Re: Birds are Beautiful Gallery - Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by EmilyFlew on: April 05, 2008 08:10:32 AM
OK, I finally got pics of all my loot from gorgaus!

Here's the first group of items. There's an AWESOME egret hanging sculpture, which I will take more pics of after I assemble it, it's going to look so cool in my house! It's big too, maybe two feet wide? So cool.

And a close up of my beautiful owl clock:

And of my bird note cards, I always need more note cards and I love these, I love how indignant the bird looks!:

So that would have been a great swap package, right? But THEN...

The next group of pieces! including...

A flock of seagulls necklace! (this was hard to get a good picture of, I'm sorry! It's so cool though!)

adorable drawn pins

a really pretty drawing, all laminated--I can't wait to put it up!

this awesome funky sewn patch, which I want to find the perfect place for

A super cool glass bird hanging decoration, which will look great in my kitchen!

AND the pièce de résistance...

this gorgeous painting!! It's huge...maybe 3 feet by 2 feet? It's so so beautiful, I just love it!

So, now that I've made everyone very jealous, I will get back to work. THANK YOU again so so much gorgaus, you're the best partner ever!
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20  Re: Birds are Beautiful Swap - Round 2(Sign-ups through 2/29/08 - send by 3/30/08) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by EmilyFlew on: February 26, 2008 02:16:49 PM
This is us, all birds taking over craftster:

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