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31  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Fiber Basket (say that three times fast!) on: June 26, 2010 10:48:20 AM
In a recent Shop the Swap, I claimed some snow dyed fabric from ptarmic wumpus.  This morning, I made a fabric basket for my fiber!


I have one more piece of this special fabric in pinks and I think I will make a second basket for yarn.  I have smaller pieces left as well -- I don't want to waste one scrap of this stuff! 

Thanks for looking!
32  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric storage cubes on: June 05, 2010 07:53:01 AM
I made these cubes for Nesse for a personal swap, but thought I would share them here as well!  They are 12X12X12.  I used a losely woven natural cotton (trim and handles) and a polycotton poplin (dark brown) fabric for the shell.  The interfacing is decor bond pellon ironed to the shell before assembling.  The pieces are padded with a very thin layer of batting before they are stitched to the lining.  The linings are cotton lined with a stiff plastic-like fabric I found in the bargain bin somewhere.  It's noisy, but really helps the boxes stand up by themselves.  Once the pieces were assembled, I topstitched the edges of each cube to add even more stability to the sides.  I think they turned out pretty well.  The trees were sketched by sheepBlue, then transferred to my cotton fabric and heat bond.  They are appliqued using a satin stitch (tight zig zag).  Thanks for looking!

33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ordinary bag reverses to pouty construction worker fabric! on: May 30, 2010 04:30:38 PM

AsphaltQueen sent me some fabric with construction workers on it and I ran across it recently.  Since we were going to meet up, I took this innocent stripe (also from AQ's stash):

and paired it with sexy worker boys! 


She reversed it IMMEDIATELY!  Cheesy  It has a magnet closure!

34  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First navajo ply & koolaid dyed yarns! on: April 06, 2010 02:41:08 PM
My first navajo ply: 

This fiber was from lapoli's fiber club! I think it was a merino wool.

I also received some undyed Australian merino from spectrumsparksie in the LV swap.  I spun and plied the yarn (2 ply) then used koolaid to dye it!  It was very fun!  I love the orange and blue! 

35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I'm a little teapot (pincushion!) on: March 21, 2010 04:44:18 PM
I received a really cute teapot pincushion from sheepBlue in the IYP and then saw a pattern for one in a quilting catalog I received in the mail.  I decided I had to give it a go, and this is what I came up with:

I think it's pretty cute, but it has some imperfections.  The spout needs some refining, as does the lid, but it will work as a pincushion, so I guess I'll keep it and make another one for a friend!  Thanks for looking!
36  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / IKEA meets Amy Butler Fabric basket on: January 13, 2010 12:16:48 PM
I have been making fabric baskets lately and have been challenged to make a larger basket that won't collapse.  This one is 10 inches tall, 11 wide and 12 deep:

I used a light batting and home decor interfacing between the layers of fabric.  Next up:  11X 13 X13!
37  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My First Handspun! on: January 13, 2010 11:57:19 AM
After playing around with a drop spindle I got from MullersLaneFarm in Shop the Swap, I got the fever and have been collecting fiber like a mad woman.   Cheesy  I asked for a spinning wheel for my birthday and got an Ashford traditional -- it's beautiful!  These are my very first plied yarns.  

This was plied with itself.  I got the fiber from SewMamaLady.  She called the roving "Watermelon."

This was also plied with itself.  I got the fiber from lapoli in the STS appreciation swap.  I can't find the label name of this beautifully dyed fiber.  It was a lovely yellow and green -- their combination resulted in an occasional blue look which I love!  I have a lot to learn and there are lots of "problems" in these yarns, but I sure had fun making them!
38  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork purses on: June 23, 2009 03:16:56 PM
I've been stitching up a storm lately and these are the results:

I used charm packs to start with and cut 5 inch squares into 2.5 inch squares.  This was probably the trickiest part!  The black, white and red bag is my latest and incorporates a front pocket.  I think it turned out great!  Both bags have interior zipper pockets and pockets to hold a phone, pen, etc. 

I may still add a key fob do-flinky.  The strap for the bag without the front pocket is made from 2.5 X 1.25 pieces stitched together, interfaced, then stitched into a long "string."  These bags were great fun to make!
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Short row felted bag on: April 28, 2009 03:41:24 AM
I have been working on this bag forever and even contacted the pattern's author for help, but it was worth all my struggles.  Once I understood the pattern (my fault, not the author's) this bag was a fun knit!  Onegroovyday inspired me to make this bag for her for a personal swap -- she has been waiting a long time!

here's the bag before felting:

And here she is after:

I used Noro Kureyon (5 skeins)
Pattern: from this website: http://feltedhandbagworkshop.blogspot.com/  by Diane Sutliff.  She was really patient with me and helpful, too, when I emailed with my silly questions!

I am going to run this through one or two more felting cycles I think . . . what do you guys think?
40  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Bunting adapted from an E. Zimmerman pattern on: January 26, 2009 03:30:25 AM
One of the best things I ever made, according to my sister-in-law, was buntings for her twin daughters.  Since they are now 24 going on 25, I have no idea how I put them together.  All the nieces and nephews want them for their babes in arms, though, so I let Elizabeth talk to me from her book "Knitting Without Tears."  Her modular sweater was the perfect pattern to adapt:

(Sorry about the sideways photo!)

I used Woolease from Lion Brand - warm but washable!  I don't know if it will actually pan out, but the cream colored bottom is designed to pull out and the bunting converts to a sweater for a 2 - 3 year old. I will probably end up steeking the bottom of the blue, too, if we actually do this.
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