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Sunday, July 28, 2013

New Projects Brewing!

Coming off of my chainmaille haze, I always need something new to create. While reluctantly stopping by our town's "adult lifestyle" store (don't ask!), I found a supply of sort of cheesy license plates, for my license plate purses:

                                             
They had all kinds of sayings like this, like HOTCHICK, and stuff like that. I'll do the purse fabric and zipper in black, the strap in black cotton (knit or crochet; macramé took too long), and the lining will be a funky crazy pattern (2 fat quarters will do). I'll do an inside pocket for this one. I'll sell them for $100.
 
This morning, I was watching Jewelry School on some random cable channel, and I saw this:

Where was this when I was bead looming??? Amazon sells them, so that's where I'll be getting it from. I want to make it myself, but it's probably less expensive to just buy it. This answers the very thing that frustrated me when I was bead looming - my loom had a short stationary length. This one is adjustable! I would probably make standard bracelet length marks on the side of it, but the possibilities on this are endless. And the most outstanding feature? Only 2 warp threads left over, instead of 25 or more (depending on the width of the project). I can't wait to get this loom, and I don't even have any loom projects lurking! I can actually see doing sheets of bead work (by sewing them together).

I really need to start putting up other creations on the Etsy page. I think I'm scared nothing will sell... oh well. That doesn't stop me from creating!


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Copper Dragonscale Chainmaille Kit Finished!


This is the culmination of my chainmaille spurt. I had to make my fiancé a replacement Rearden Metal bracelet (see post below), and someone purchased a Rearden Metal bracelet from my Etsy page, so I had to reward myself with this beauty. The kit (purchased from Blue Budda Boutique) included Sky and Water colors but I had some pink and purple rings from before, so I made a multicolored one. I LOVE making the dragonscale. This is my favorite. Another one's brewing on the horizon.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Rearden Metal Still In Production!


Every now and then, an order will pop up from Etsy. I need to put more stuff up.... I don't know why I don't. I made two within 24 hours. Now I'm making a copper dragonscale bracelet for me.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Embroidery Magic! Love Notes.

adding words

then I figured I had to sew it on to some extra fabric on, in order to

lace up the back to adhere it to the foam core.

All framed up, a floating note... but....

I had to take it all apart so I could embroider the heart. It was missing the heart. He loved it.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Grandmother's Flower Garden, Round Two.


Starting over, well, at least the design of the large hexies, because of the introduction of the dark green backgrounds. Now, I'm going to alternate light green with dark green. I'm not going to think about it. I'm just going to get through that stack  of rainbow hexies. I'll embroider them before I piece them together.

Orgasmic Embroidery!

That's it! I'm hooked forever. As all of you know, I'm completely in love with embroidery, via Jenny Hart at Sublime Stitching. Today I was perusing Pinterest, as I often do, for hexagon inspiration. I can taste the finishing of my GFG quilt, and I started to fantasize about what I'm going to embroider on it. I found links to Mary Corbet's site, Mary Corbet's Needle n' Thread (she also has a YouTube channel too). If you want to find me when the time comes, this is where I'll be.
 
That word above is EVERYTHING to me. Buttonhole and stem stitch combined. Ooh I can't wait to get started. I just may embroider random words and flowers. I love her site. It's my new favorite place.

Back To The Drawing Board!



Wouldn't you know it? I have to undo what I've sewn to incorporate the darker green flowers... because I ran out of the lighter green. I'm also rethinking the whole layout. I didn't think I'd have to cut 2.5 x 2.5 squares anymore, but lo and behold, I do! What a pain in the ..... but onward I move. I can't wait to get started with embroidering the flowers. I don't know what designs I'm going to use. I just love embroidery.
 
Where's my seam ripper???? :(


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Final Thoughts On My Sailor Shorts


Today, I decided to tackle the inside cuff of the shorts, because the inside hem was unraveling and shredding, as denim does. I didn't have the forethought to use the overlock stitch on the edge to keep it from fraying. I pieced together scraps from the lining to cover the hem edges. I love my semi crooked faux cuff. I also added some hook/eyes to the inside of the corset lacing in the back, just to keep things covered. I love my shorts. I can already see me making them again, maybe as pants, in the correct size this time.
 
Now I'm embroidering the side panels on my license plate purse. I had to change the strap position, and the rivets left holes.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Finished!

Finished.... and very happy with the results. They're still a bit too roomy, but I don't like clothes that are too tight. I made them THREE sizes too big... then I undid the waistband and took them in... better to take them in, than to make them too small, and have to buy all new material and make them ove... wait a minute. That's exactly what I had to do!

 
I have to have my fiancé take a picture of me from a distance so the hem can be seen. I did the magic hem. Very happy with my first pair of pants/shorts.
 
What's next?