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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Finishing off a hoopla on: June 10, 2014 08:04:29 AM
So I finished my first hooplas but I have no idea how to finish the backs.  How do I tuck the extra fabric in (or do I cut it off)?  I really have no idea what I am doing...
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fire Truck Smocked Dress on: June 01, 2014 04:09:31 PM
So I'm often not great about getting things done in a timely fashion, which is horrible when sewing for a child, but for once I succeeded.  Today was Touch A Truck (a local fundraiser when kids get to touch trucks...) and I finished this dress for my daughter at midnight last night.  She loves firetrucks and firefighters, and loved getting to wear this today. 

I made the size 3 which ended up being a bit big, but turned out well with the wrap back.  It was a pattern from an old Sew Beautiful magazine. 

This was my first time picture smocking and my gauge was off (my stitching were short), but all in all it turned out okay.

Here you can see the back.

I should add that for the first time ever, the bobbin was on my side, I finished sewing on the bias edging with the tiniest bit of red thread left....
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Mending the inner thigh of pants? on: April 17, 2014 09:15:07 AM
I keep splitting/straining the inner thigh seam on my jeans (I have very large thighs).  Any tips or ideas for how I can mend/reinforce it?
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Obi Belt on: February 27, 2014 10:00:08 AM
I had been eyeing a red and black belt like this at a store, but decided the colours and fit weren't right for what I wanted so I made one up really quickly.  I used bias tape for the ties and used shirting fabric on one side and kona cotton on the other.  I am really happy with how it turned out. 

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted Space Scarf on: February 27, 2014 09:57:25 AM
I have been inspired by all the space clothing around here and wanted to give it a try.  I bought a black scarf at the store where I volunteer and had such a great time painting it.  I loved doing this so much although i am still learning about using fabric medium so the consistency of the paint could have been a little better.  I also found it challenging to work cohesively along such a long service, so I think what I need to do is do it more often to practice.   

16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Barbie Clothes on: February 27, 2014 09:49:52 AM
I have been meaning to make Barbie Clothes ever since my daughter discovered Barbies (I loved making Barbie clothes as a teen), and sadly have been doing more materials stockpiling than sewing, but here is one outfit I made.  It is made from a vintage pattern.

My only regret is that I didn't get my husband to take a picture of her back, the clothes were too big so I used sewing clips to fit them, she looked just like a modal at a shoot.
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some recent pieces I've done on: February 27, 2014 09:46:46 AM
So I have recently started doing some mixed media pieces and I love doing it so much.  I am just starting out and trying things so i would love feedback

The one I made for my husband based on a quote that is important to him (the bird is from Calvin and Hobbes)

This one I made for my best friend for her 30th birthday.  The paperbag princess is cut out of felt I made.

And I made this one for my daughter (once upon a time my plan had been to do Calvin and Hobbes for her wall, it never happened, so I made something more suited to her current tastes)

And here it is on her wall
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted Gingham Scarf on: February 27, 2014 08:15:26 AM
I hope this is the right place for this.  For the sunshine swap I made my partner a painted gingham scarf.  I used painters tape to mark it off.  I think it turned out pretty well and she liked it which is all that matters.

And here you can see the whole thing

19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / I need help to make collage look good? on: February 21, 2014 06:26:13 PM
So I have an idea for an art project that would involve collage (a collaged background with a central image on top), and I am looking for advice, tips, tools, or anything else to help me make it look good.  Basically are there things I can do to the images or edges to make it look more cohesive and thought through as a project? Are there better or worse papers to print images on? If I wanted to layer semi-transparent images are there ways to do that?

I really fumble along when it comes to crafting and would love the advice of some of you who actually know what you are doing.  Thanks so much.
20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Walking Foot--when to use? on: November 03, 2013 04:20:05 PM
I just got a new sewing machine and purchased a walking foot with it because people seem to rave about them on here.  But I realized I have no idea when I should use it.  So when do you use a walking foot?
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