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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pinup girl, Wonder Pets, and a corn dog, just to name a few. on: January 03, 2009 04:20:53 PM
I learned how to embroider about two months ago and I've been crazy about it ever since. I made a few embroidery Christmas presents too. I didn't draw any of these images myself... most are from the pattern thread and Hoop Love group on flickr.

These are in chronological order.

Hello Kitty! My first embroidery thing. I used backstitch and applique stitch.

This is my favorite so far, even though the eyes look a little weird. Embroidering faces is hard!
Outline with some applique stitch on some fabric from a silky shirt from the thrift store.

now on to the Christmas stuff:

It's Tuck from Wonder Pets! My friends and I get a kick out of that show. You should definitely watch it if you haven't already.
So yep, this was a present for a friend.

A close up. I think I used backstitch and whipped backstitch and french knots for the eyes.

This one was for my mom. Done with split stitch.

The next three are handkerchiefs I made for a friend. I spent an hour at the fabric store rubbing my face on all the fabrics to find the perfect one!

Eh I took this picture with a camera phone. It's a seagull done with split stitch.

Another phone picture. A pinup girl, in case you couldn't tell. Split stitch.

Corn dog hanky! Chain stitch corn dog, split stitch stick, and applique ketchup.

The back. Once, it took me a few minutes to realize that I was embroidering on the wrong side.

Whew! Well... thanks for sticking through all that. My next project is embroidering on shoes!

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / the "it looks like you made it" bag on: August 19, 2008 04:42:26 PM
I'm sort of eh about this bag. I thought it turned out okay but then I showed it to a friend and she said "Oh, I can tell that you made that." But maybe I'm just being a Sensitive Susan.

Anyways, I used a sheet from a thrift store. I love that fabric! The lining is some weird stuff from somewhere and I got the buttons at an antique store. This was inspired by another bag I saw here on craftster but I can't find it now.

So.... here we go with the pictures!

The buttons, the flap, and the stitching I did with my new sewing machine!

It's pretty roomy inside. It fits a few books, my wallet, a water bottle, lotion, and one of those plastic barbies from McDonald's that's my good luck charm.

The fabric.

There's also a cell phone pocket inside and a larger pocket outside in the front.

edit: Measurements on page 5.
3  COOKING / Dessert / handsome men...in pudding! on: July 26, 2008 07:41:54 PM
My friends and I were having a Handsome Old/Dead Movie Star Movie Night so I thought I'd make some vanilla pudding from scratch. The pudding turned out a little weird because the eggs turned into bits but the guys hanging out in the pudding made up for that.

None of us had a real camera so here are some phone pictures.

just hanging out...

close ups:

and before they got stuck into the pudding:

James Dean, Jimmy Stewart, Clint Eastwood, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Clark Gable, and a guy from All About Eve are all the ones I had room for.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / this is not a homecoming dress made from an icky thrift store 80s dress... on: November 24, 2007 05:38:33 PM
...okay, maybe it is. Tricky tricky!

I meant to make my homecoming dress last year. That didn't turn out very well because the only things I could sew back then were a couple of pouches and t-shirts. This year I actually knew how to sew in a zipper, so I decided it was finally time to make my own dress.

I bought this:

for $1 at a thrift store. Notice the lovely shoulder-paddedness and flattering shape of the bodice that poofs in just the right way to make the wearer look pregnant.

What the pattern looks like:

With an hour to go, I finished the dress.

I cut off all of the top part and used the skirt part as my dress. I also added a zipper and red trim.

My mom insisted on taking a picture before I left the house.

Eh she cut off my feet, but you get the idea.

And one last picture.

My friends and I went to ihop before the dance cause we're fancy like that. I am holding a chocolate chip pancake in this picture.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / boats trains cars planes!...a dress on: June 28, 2007 08:00:24 PM
So this is my first ever finished dress. It's patternless and I pretty much made it up as i went along. Got the fabric from Joann's, fully lined, blah blah. Anyways, now to the pictures!

This is the wonderful fabric. Woohoo!

Me in the dress. Me trying to use the camera's self timer.

Another view...just because.

I did some criss-crossing action with the straps in the back. This makes it super hard to get into since I seem to not be able to understand how to get into the straps.

Close up of the front part. I did some rouching or pleating or whatever you called it. There's also some lovely star button things.

The star buttons. Yay!

I hope to wear this sometime tomorrow. If you guys have any feedback or tips on what i should fix so it doesn't look completely first-dressish it would be great if you could tell me. Thanks!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tie-dyed boxers into... underwear/short thing? on: June 07, 2007 07:20:44 PM
So I made these a while ago. My friend had a tie-dying party and I wasn't able to go, so she saved me a pair of boxers that they tie-dyed. I decided to make them not as boxerish and turned them into a sort of an underwear or really short shorts thing. And now here are the pictures.

the front

the back which looks a lot like the front. but not.

them on me (hey that rhymed!)

So...what do you think?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / my zipper is all floppy on: June 01, 2007 07:02:10 PM
So I sewed an invisible zipper into the side seem of a dress. I tried it on and there were weird bumps where the zipper was. I'm pretty sure i sewed the zipper in right though. Maybe it was just because it was on the side and didn't work too well with curviness? Or maybe it was because the fabric was thinner than the zipper thing? Maybe I just made the zipper too long? (it goes from my armpit to a little below my waist)
I don't know, do you guys have any ideas of what could have gone wrong?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / treasure trolls! yesss! on: May 30, 2007 04:29:02 PM
Hello I'm Tanya and I'm new here. Well actually I've been looking at all the fancy things everyone makes here on craftster and this is the first time that I've actually posted something. So now that the boring introduction part is over, here is what i made:

A treasure troll tote type of thing!

(Did I do that right? I sure hope so...)

Anyways, it used to be an old t-shirt of mine that i found in the going-to-goodwill bag (my mom keeps trying to hide it from me ha ha).

And here it is hanging nice and floppily with stuff inside it. I guess next time i should use that fusible interfacing or whatever it's called.

Another picture because pictures are fun. The exciting purple lining. And a bunch of strings (they add character).

Well thanks for looking and I hope that I did this whole posting thing right. I'd really love to hear what you have to say about my bag thing cause it would make me feel all nice and fuzzy Smiley

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