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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ruffle t-shirt recon on: June 01, 2009 07:14:32 AM
So, I bought a jersey dress awhile ago, which never fit right, so I deconstructed it into two shirts! The first one is the cowl-neck top of the dress, but underneath that was a grey undershirt, and I had lots of extra fabric. I've been drooling over all the shirts at J Crew with the deconstructed ruffled necks for awhile, so I made this:

(shown with my first-ever jeans to jean skirt project!)

I lengthened the shirt with some of the extra fabric, and made the ruffles with the extra fabric over strips of grey taffeta to give it structure and let a little shiny come through sometimes.

Close up of the ruffles:

I'm pretty excited! I didn't finish the edges of the ruffles, so it'll be fun to see how it changes over time and gets more unfinished looking.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lime green branching out on: April 20, 2009 08:13:22 PM
I love this pattern so much. I think I've made 10 of them so far.

Pattern: Knitty's Branching Out:

Yarn: I think it was Malabrigo Worsted, in Apple Green. I love the way the subtle color variations show up in this pattern. And I like this pattern in a thick worsted--it makes it more substantial and funky.

stitch close up:
3  COOKING / Dessert / Filled meyer lemon cupcakes on: April 20, 2009 07:52:29 PM
mmm, lemon cupcakes. My favorite.

I used this lemon cupcake recipe (because I only wanted 12, and it seems very complicated to half a recipe) with meyer lemon juice and zest, and baked them as per the recipe. Then I scooped out the middle and filled them with meyer lemon curd. Super yummy!

Also, I never know what to do with the cupcake innards that you scoop out for filled cupcakes--I hate throwing them away! So I made a little lemon parfait with mine, with extra lemon curd and strawberries. Very delicious for breakfast!

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Houndstooth fulled laptop bag on: April 20, 2009 07:40:17 PM
Finally finished!

This was a complicated project. I was playing with slip stitch patterns, and thought about houndstooth and how much I love it, and wanted to try something in that pattern. I looked everywhere for a good houndstooth pattern, and ended up designing my own. I ended up using intarsia instead of slipstitch, to make a thicker fabric.

I originally envisioned making a little purse, much more shrunken and fulled. But I wasn't really feeling inspired, and the project sat in my UFO box for a good couple of years. Then I realized I didn't really need another purse, but I really needed a cute laptop bag. I finished it up, and thought I would line it, and create a laptop bag from scratch. Thinking about straps and hardware, and looking for something that would work, I found this old boring black laptop bag we had lying around that I thought I would cannibalize for parts.

Then I realized it would be way hard to line this and sew the straps on and make it sturdy, and why fix it if it ain't broke, y'know? So I just fulled this a little (by hand! What a pain!), sewed it right around the laptop bag I already had--way easier, more study and more padding! I sewed velcro on to close the front flap, and lined the flap with an orange silk I had.

It's lamb's pride worsted weight, in grey and black. I single crocheted around the edges to give them more structure, and single crocheted the two sides together (but if I did it again, I would knit it in the round--I hate purling in intarsia!).

result--laptop bag that no one else at grad school will have, and finally getting something out of my UFO box into the real world!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Silver petals skirt on: April 20, 2009 04:27:20 PM
Going to a friend's wedding this weekend, and wanted something pretty and funky to wear. Also, I've been meaning to do something with these beautiful fabrics forever!

It's a very basic a-line skirt that I traced from another that I really liked, made of a dove grey raw silk fabric.

Then I cut lots of circles of different sizes of a lighter and darker grey taffeta, and burned the edges to keep them from unravelling. Each flower is two circles, sewed on with two stitches--I was thinking about sewing them on with french knots or beads or something, but I ended up liking the simple stitches best. If you pull the stitches a little bit tight, they make the flowers lift up from the skirt a little, to give it more dimension.

Detail of the petals:

Bonus extra bathroom mirror shot!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Jamba Juice using Eunny Jang's Anemoi mittens in ad on: January 16, 2009 07:25:09 AM
I saw this on the ground today and had to pick it up--I was all, I know those mittens! I've *made* those mittens!

I hope that Eunny got something out of this, because the mittens look awesome! Now I want to make a pair in red and orange!

Anyway, this might be off topic, but I thought it was a little exciting. Smiley
7  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / anatomy tie on: December 30, 2008 10:33:03 AM
I made this for my brother for Christmas--I made the tie myself (traced the pattern from an old tie of my husband's and sewed it together) and then embroidered it with the heart and the eyeball from Jenny's Vital Organs set. My brother loved it!

(I am the worst at ironing! I always end up with wrinkles. Does that mean I'm stitching too tightly?)


If I had been smart, I would have left the tie open, stitched it, and then stitched it closed in the back so all those threads were hidden. But I'm not smart. Wink
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wedding tablecloth for my dad--there are a whole lot of images in here! on: December 30, 2008 10:24:11 AM
I tried to get this done for my dad's second marriage in November, but it ended up being a combination wedding/Christmas present. I'm giving it to him and my stepmom today, I hope they like it!

It's a white linen tablecloth, embroidered with a deep blue floss. There's a simple lotus design in the middle:

And then 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 is embroidered around the edge of the tablecloth. I'm not Christian, but my father and stepmom are, so I wanted to honor that part of their lives. The text reads:

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.
It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Some pictures of the writing:

Closeups of the stitching:

I mapped the words out on a piece of paper and wrote them with a water-soluble pen. I didn't end up stitching along where I wrote, and more made it up as I went along, but writing it was useful to make sure I got the spacing right. My handwriting changed a little bit over the course of the project you can see!

It's all done in chain stitch, and took FOREVER. I should have done a quicker stitch! But I love how it came out. I like that it's special and a lot of work went into it, but it's still a simple pattern and hopefully something they can use a lot.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bowerbird scarf! 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?
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Victorian/steampunk table runner (many images!) 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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