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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Prairie Schooler? on: June 07, 2017 01:31:33 PM
Anyone interested in a Prairie schooler swap?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Pantry on: May 20, 2017 11:16:41 AM
Before:


After:


What I did:
- The floor was bare, so I used a leftover piece of vinyl from the living room to cover the floor
- As you can see in the first picture, the green paint chipped. The grain paint was actually acrylic paint over traditional limewash, which is why it's chipped (it's an old house). I removed this acrylic layer, which was easy because it was a completely seperate layer and it nearly fell off just from touching it. Then I had a limewashed wall. I didn't want to keep it that way, as it leaves white marks when you touch it, but removing it completely would be a lot of work. Beneath the limewash there's only the red brick. The only type of paint you can paint directly onto limewash is chalk paint, which is what I did. It still looks like limewash, but it doesn't leave white marks and doesn't come off when you spill some water over it. I did two layers on the wall and four layers on the (wood) stairs. The stairs had big water marks on them from the previous owner accidentally tipping a bucket of water over the stairs. I didn't manage to cover the stains completely, but I didn't want to buy another can just to paint the ceiling of my pantry.
- I chose a modular shelving system so we can adapt the space in the future if necessary, but it required some 40 large 10mm holes to be drilled into a brick wall. That was about 80% of the work. It didn't help I had to recharge my cordless drill/driver a few times. Installing the actual shelves only took a couple of minutes. My local store cuts them to size for free.

(It's an old house, we had it checked out thorougly before we bought it and the water marks especially, but according to the experts the bucket of water story checks out. I love my old house and renovating it, but you really do need a proper inspection before you buy it to really know what you're getting yourself into).
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Michael Powell cross stitch on: January 15, 2017 04:54:26 AM
I finished the English cottage years ago, and the Greek island one recently. I have framed them now in matching cheap Ikea box frames (Ribba). The frames are 9x9", the cross stitched picture is about 5x5". The picture mounts came with the frames and happened to be exactly the right size and colour. I'm not very good at cutting straight edges so I was very happy to find out that the mounts matched exactly.





 -- edit: I just don't seem to be able to rotate those pictures. They are rotated on my computer, but they won't upload that way on here. Anyone has any advice about that?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Ready, set, go! quilt on: December 27, 2016 09:15:48 AM
I recently finished this using fabrics from the Ready, set, go range by Robert Kaufman. It's for a little 3 year old boy who's mad about cars. I've chosen for a completely different backing so he can just turn over the blanket and have a completely different quilt on his bed.

I did everything by machine. I quilted in the ditch using a green-blue thread that's not really visible on the front but the perfect colour for the back. I used MareMare's great tutorial for the machine binding (I usually do). You might be able to see I forgot to cut off some threads from the back, but I did that as soon as I noticed them on my camera .... Grin





5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Prairie schooler / primitive type swap? on: September 15, 2016 06:41:20 AM
I always thought primitive style cross stitch was way too uncool for Craftster, but recently I've seen a few projects turn up on the needlework board. Is anyone interested in swapping them? Possibly in the shape of christmas ornaments, considering the season, but I like other themes as well.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Little House Needleworks sampler on: June 24, 2016 11:51:39 AM
Pattern: Little House Needleworks
Thread: Weeks Dye Works
Fabric: Permin

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Traditional alphabet sampler on: June 24, 2016 11:45:35 AM
Pattern & thread: DMC
Fabric: Zweigart Belfast Linen

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / In Full Bloom Quilt on: June 11, 2016 08:40:32 AM
This UFO has been haunting my sewing desk since 2009. It was my second quilting project ever, after a straight forward childhood project that consisted of rectangles sewn together. I had definitely bitten off way more than I could chew at that time. I'd never heard of rotary cutters so I cut every single square in this blanket with scissors, using a cardstock template. I had also prewashed all the fabric and when it came out of the machine it was a huge tangled mess. I actually had to cut the fabrics loose, I couldn't untangle them. After that I discovered that those bias seams are not as easy as they look and that my squares differed in size because after cutting dozens of them, my template gradually became smaller as I accidentally cut off tiny strips of it every time I used it. Then last year I decided I just wanted to get it done, even with all it's imperfections. It's wrinkled in the photos because the minute I finished it, my boyfriend claimed it. The fabric is from Red Rooster Fabrics, I think the pattern is from Bear Paw Designs.




 For scale. The finished quilt is about 120 by 120 cm



Detailed pictures. You can't see it very well, but I decided to hand quilt. I quilted every other block, I improvised the stitches based on the fabric of the block. I particularly like the sashiko embroidery inspired striped blocks. The texture just feels amazing. I am certain that I'm going to do a larger sashiko type project in the future.



Binding and backing.

This was my first time using a binding from the same type of fabric as the blanket, instead of using a more sturdy fabric. I'm not impressed with how it feels and I'm not sure I'd do it again. I sewed the binding on completely by hand.
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Who wants to knit socks with me? on: November 28, 2014 03:29:28 PM
I've decided I want to learn how to knit socks. Anyone wants to join me?
10  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Anchor kit on: August 10, 2014 12:08:29 PM
I finished up the free anchor kit that came with Mollie Makes UK recently. Originally I'd wanted to make a drawstring bag, but it was so tiny that I just hemmed it with a slip stitch. I'll probably put potpourri in it and tie it with some twine to close.

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