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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Auntie for the first time = baby wall hanging :) on: August 30, 2014 12:18:34 AM
Thank you all Smiley I love being an aunt Smiley and there will most likely be more handmade gifts in the future Wink *making plans*

Oh the scrappy binding is so cute! But if you have a square or rectangle quilt, you don't have to do bias binding, it can be straight of grain binding. You only have to have bias binding if you have curved edges to bind (rounded off corners, wavy edges, a round or oval quilt).

Thanks, I know Smiley but from experience I've decided I prefer bias binding on straight quilts too. Maybe I'm doing something wrong when using straight grain binding, but it never looks as good as bias binding.

 In the end, I'm really glad I made a scrappy binding, I think it really adds to the whole look of the quilt Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Auntie for the first time = baby wall hanging :) on: August 29, 2014 12:09:22 PM
I became an aunt for the very first time a few weeks ago Smiley to a beautiful girl <3

When my sister and her fianc announced the pregnancy this winter, they said they didn't want to know the gender until she delivered. So my first thought was, what can I make as a gift, that will work for both genders. I spent a few hours surfing the net and found the pattern for this lovely baby quilt called Sunshine Slice of Life Smiley http://www.favequilts.com/Quilting-For-Baby/Sunshine-Slice-of-Life-Baby-Quilt/ct/1

I decided I wanted to make it similar, but I changed the appliques slightly and chose different colors. I focused on using up scraps and fabric from my stash, as I don't have a fabric shop nearby. And instead of focusing on a specific gender, I just chose lots of happy colors Smiley The only thing I had to buy was the white fabric, the wadding and the backing fabric. When it came to bind the edges, I didn't have any leftover fabric large enough to make the bias binding, so I used all the little scraps and put them all together to make a wonderfully colorful binding Smiley

I'm really happy with it and so were the recipients Smiley And then the baby grows big enough, hopefully she'll appreciate it too Smiley

The finished quilt Smiley

This image is before binding, but it shows all the quilting better Smiley

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Bohemian Oasis - blanket on: September 25, 2013 11:25:03 PM
Thank you all so much Smiley I'm really happy with how all the colours worked together and while the black makes them pop, they're not super bright either, so it all blends together nicely Smiley

This is definitely something I'm very proud to have taken on and finished Smiley I loved being able to give my sister and brother-in-law a handmade wedding gift Smiley When I gave it to them, I told them it was made with plenty of wool, a handful of patience and lots and lots of love <3
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bohemian Oasis - blanket on: September 13, 2013 12:45:32 AM
My sister got married in this year and I really wanted to make their wedding present myself Smiley I decided on crocheting a large blanket (despite me never having completed a large crochet project before) and landed on Drops' pattern called Bohemian Oasis Smiley I just think the colours and style is absolutely beautiful and I felt the style really suited my sister Smiley It took me 5 months to finish, but the fact that it was a wedding present motivated me to keep going and actually finish it Smiley Now I'm bit by the blanket-bug, heehee Smiley

The blanket is made using Drops Delight and Fabel and I made the blanket much larger than the pattern said, so it's about 1,6m x 2,1m. That's 221 squares in total! My sister and brother in law absolutely loved it Smiley

Here's all the finished squares Smiley I love all the different colours Smiley the photo doesn't do them proper justice..

Layed out before I connected them all Smiley

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Monarch Bangle on: January 02, 2013 01:14:26 AM
Looks amazing Cheesy And so professional Smiley You make me want to try polymer clay Wink
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cereal box earring and paper covered bangles on: December 13, 2012 02:26:32 PM
I love them all, but I'm curious on the earrings, if you used cardboard, how did you get the 'box' effect. I love the autumn bangle the most.

I cut out 12 rectangles from the cereal box. 2 of them I cut in half and trimmed off a tiny bit more to make the bead hole. I then glued all the pieces together, with the 2 half ones in the middle. Once the glue was dry, I sanded down all the edges with sand paper, leaving them even and smooth. Then I painted them and varnished them with matte varnish afterwards Smiley
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cereal box earring and paper covered bangles on: December 13, 2012 12:33:19 AM
I've been making paper beads for over 2 years now and decided it was time to try other paper ideas Smiley

I used an old cereal box to make these beads. By using the inside out, I got that natural card stock surface, so I could paint it. I used watercolours and then a matte varnish.



I've seen lots of really cool decoupage bangles out there and I really wanted to make my own Smiley I finally found some untreated wooden bangles in a craft store and decided to cover them in narrow strips of magazine paper. It took quite a while to cut and glue them all, but I love the outcome Smiley

For this one, I chose autumn colours and painted the edge and inside with black acrylics.

I wanted the two bangles to be very different, so this time I went for pastels. The strips are even narrower and I went for an oblique angle (is that the right term??). This time I covered the inside with paper too. I wanted to use one long strip, but this proved very difficult and I put in small squares instead and covered all the joints(?) with pink and blue strips.

What do you think? Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Replica of an 1827-9 wedding dress (as a day dress) on: August 04, 2012 03:53:48 AM
This is so awesome. I love it!

On a really nerdy point, it made me really happy to read that you went to a museum to study the original! I work in the costume & textile department at a museum in Norwich and we get so few uni students using the collections and resources we have available, despite having an art college offering fashion courses in the city! It's really great to hear of someone using museum costume as inspiration! Cheesy

Thank you Smiley

From one nerd to another Smiley
Using the museum and the original dress as research was my favorite part of the project - apart from seeing my finished dress on my model of course Smiley It was almost like a rush to stand there and study this really old dress and I kept trying to imagine the person who made it and the bride who wore it Smiley It was also really interesting to see technical solutions I hadn't considered before. I would have really loved to work in a textile/costume department in a museum Smiley It's a real shame that students aren't using the resources more..
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Lots and lots of paper tube beads :) (pic heavy) on: June 19, 2012 01:33:32 AM
Thank you all, you're so sweet! Smiley
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lots and lots of paper tube beads :) (pic heavy) on: June 04, 2012 09:23:58 AM
Recently I've been collaborating with 3 other creative ladies to make the designs that go on my paper tube beads Smiley The designs are all so different, in colours and styles Smiley It's been lots of fun and here are the results Smiley What do you think?

The first pair I designed myself, with a vector of Liv Tyler Smiley

From the collaboration project:

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