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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 40s retro swimsuit from stretch pants on: November 05, 2011 09:22:39 PM
My MIL gave me a pair of yellow gingham stretch pants from the 90s. I wanted to make a swimsuit to cover my baby-having bag and stretch marks so I made this suit. Not a great picture. I look like I peed in them but I was just wet from sitting by the pool. And I need to insert a t-shirt fabric panty liner and you can see I'm wearing underwear right now. And I want to embellish them with embroidered cherries. No more apologies...on to the show -

Oh yes, and it's completely handstitched since I don't have a sewing machine right now.

2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / chenille bedspread - bath towels? on: October 02, 2011 11:42:09 PM
I was just given a Kermit-colored green chenille bedspread about 70x96 inches. It has the fluffy, terry-like side and the cotton weave, non-fluffy side. It's a bit thin, not thick, but I was wondering if anyone has ever repurposed anything like this into bath towels. And if so, did you double it up so it's fluffy on both sides?

Any other ideas are welcome. Already thought of the usual: pillows, bathmat, robe...but not only do I need bath towels, I'm looking for new ideas before I cut this baby up!

Is chenille absorbent or better used for decorative purposes?

3  ASIA / Japan / Lost a pattern from Japan :-( on: July 24, 2011 05:24:19 PM
A few years ago, a craftster from Japan helped me locate this book and I've been making these dolls ever since. I give them away to children's programs.

But I lost this precious pattern when I moved to Australia a couple of months ago.

Can anyone help me find the book and/or pattern? I am very sad not to be able to do what I love to do to give these wonderful dolls to children. It was a big part of my spiritual practice to make these and give them away.

Thank you for any help you can give,

4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Yank down under needs help on: July 14, 2011 05:33:01 PM
Can anyone tell me what embroidery floss is called in Oz? I'm having a heck of a time looking for online resources. And Lincraft doesn't seem to have a very good selection (the one time I made it to Hyperdome). Any Queensland sources for embroidery supplies? But a really thorough range of colors?

I tried online resources from another posting but couldn't find floss.

I'd appreciate any help. I don't drive here yet, so I'm hesitant to ask my partner to make the trip to Brisbane (more than an hour away) just to look randomly for needlework shops. We're house sitting near the Gold Coast for another month. The next house sit may be much more rural so I'd like to stock up as soon as possible.

Thanks so much!

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Retro Apron - repurposed from a skirt on: February 02, 2009 11:12:23 PM
Retro print skirt made into an apron with "hidden" pocket. I matched the pocket fabric from the back half onto the front. Only the top edge of the pocket shows where the pocket is.

The apron is completely handstitched with tiny stitches.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tea Cozy...no irony? on: January 31, 2009 08:37:31 PM
Made from 2 recycled wool sweaters felted solid. Swapped it in a MaryJanesFarm.org crafting swap. I'm eagerly waiting for mine. This is what I sent.

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Recycled sweater dolls and lop ear bunnies on: January 31, 2009 08:34:19 PM
These are my Gizmos named after my daughter's lop-eared bunny. They are made from recycled wool sweater and filled with wool stuffing. They're based on a japanese pattern. The Loppy Gizmos have ears added.

I can't get enough of these guys. I have about a zillion cut out and ready to sew!

Help I'm a Gizmo addict!

8  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Deeply personal mission - moms in crisis on: January 31, 2009 08:24:31 PM
When my first husband left, my kids were 3 and 1. I was still nursing the second one and it was a total shock when he left after 1 years of happy and no indication. I got terribly depressed and fairly angry. I took care of my kids but yelled a lot and scared them quite a bit at times. I was in control, but I had no one. That was 18 years ago.

Now I donate these baby bunnies made out of recycled sweater sleeves to people I know who work directly with moms in crisis, at-risk for being terribly alone and turning their fear and anger and hopelessness on their children, whom they love very much.

I just wanted to show you guys. In southern Arizona, it's hard to find wool sweaters in particular to felt and use. If you have any to contribute great. If not, no worries.

I give these to people I know in 3 states who give one to a mom, make a personal and lasting relationship as long as the mom needs her/him. It's not just a giveaway or empty gift. It's the start of a relationship.

Maybe you can use a similar idea if you want to make something for a care worker or to give out to women who show up at shelters or something.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Recycled wool sweater on: December 11, 2008 08:48:25 AM
Finished another project. My cozy hot water bottle ready for winter in a wool sweater. I love using wool sweaters and really want to do more with them.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Luxurious Curios/ Pincushions! on: December 10, 2008 04:19:07 PM
Finally got around to a sale on tapestry fabrics. At 50% off, a quarter yard of lots of styles was really reasonable. So I started making these and couldn't stop. I have more cut out, but haven't stuffed them yet. I put them in my shop but I never have luck selling things! I end up giving everything away anyway.  Grin
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