Collectibles Swap Packages

These are the packages I made for the Make My Collectible Swap over at Craftster. None of my partners really requested embroidery or needle art, but that’s what I felt like doing, so I embroidered things that had to do with the stuff they collected. It was my first serious attempt at embroidering, so I’m really quite proud of how they turned out. All of the designs were my own, and I’m thinking about re-doing them for myself when I get the chance.

The First Package

This water dragon embroidery is based on a picture I drew ages ago. I have a fire dragon as well, but I never finished the other elements. I think I’m going to have to go back and sketch earth and air and then make some to hang on my wall!

Baby water dragon embroidery

Baby water dragon embroidery

My partner had “thimbles” listed as something she collected, so I made her a Japanese thimble, called a yubinuki. The pattern I did here is sooooo simple compared to the crazy ones that other people do, but I was so inexperienced with this that the more complicated designs I tried ended up looking terrible! I hope to get better at this some day, though.

Yubinuki

The Second Package

This partner listed science-related art as one of her collectibles, so I did a design based on a picture of some plant cells in one of my old textbooks. It’s rather simple, but I like the way it turned out:

Plant cell embroidery

Plant cell embroidery

Plant cell embroidery

The Third Package

This package had Scandinavian and woodland creatures designs, and I think it’s my favorite. I’m definitely going to be re-making the embroidery again sometime:

Scandinavian Folk Art embroidery

Scandinavian Folk Art embroidery

And I also included some thumbtacks, which were based on some others that I made for myself a long time ago:

Woodland creatures thumbtacks

Works in progress

Well I have actually been working on a very large number of crafts lately, but I can’t post them yet because they’re all for swaps! So those will stay secret until later this month, after I’ve sent them off and they’ve been received. In the meantime, here are some older things that I’ve done (which still aren’t finished).

This will be a journal cover. It’s based on Craftylittlemonkey’s simplified Teesha Moore patch tutorial on Flickr, but I decided to make it monochromatic instead of using lots of different colors. I really love all the colorful Teesha Moore-inspired crafts out there, but it struck me that it would look very elegant if done in one color (or maybe two).

All-white lacey Teesha Moore inspired journal cover in progress

All-white lacey Teesha Moore inspired journal cover in progress

All-white lacey Teesha Moore inspired journal cover in progress

All-white lacey Teesha Moore inspired journal cover in progress

And here is the charm quilt I’ve been making for my son’s bed. I’ve been at this thing FOREVER, but now that I have my Singer I think it will be easier to finish. My Brother machine is rather small, and I didn’t think I would be able to quilt the whole thing on it (it will eventually be a full-sized blanket), but there’s more than enough room on the Singer, so I won’t have to worry about renting or borrowing a machine. Yay!

Patchwork charm quilt in progress

Patchwork charm quilt in progress

As you can see, I have a little helper. There is nothing more in this world that my cat loves to sleep on than the projects I haven’t finished yet–especially the sewing ones (though she doesn’t limit herself to just those. She’s also fond of sleeping on paper, jewlery supplies, books, you name it), which sucks when they’re swap crafts. I don’t want to have to send things off covered in cat hair. It’s odd–I’ve had several cats over the years and each of them seems to have a different type of thing that they like to sleep on. I had a black cat who loved to sleep on…wait for it…white things, a prissy cat who only liked to sleep on messy things, and the cat I have now makes a beeline for craft projects.

Strange.

Simple Patchwork Purse from Stash

Simple purse made from patchwork

Since one of my New Year’s resolutions was to get rid of my MASSIVE fabric stash as much as possible, and I figured I could use some more purses, I put together this thing a few weeks ago. It’s fairly simple, just some patchwork with a border around it, and one strap. I didn’t put any pockets or a zipper, since I’m only a novice at purse making and don’t always have much time to sew, so I left off the extras.

The brown border and handle is made from faux suede. I bought TONS of it ages ago for a vest project which fell through, and ever since I’ve been trying to get rid of it. I kind of hate it by now, but it does look really nice on purses. The green batik was a cheap bandana from Hobby Lobby, the orange fabric belonged to my great-grandmother (the same who owned the Singer–it was part of her stash), and the reddish-magenta fabric is some quilting cotton I must have gotten when I was about 10 or 12 (I keep things FOREVER).

The lining was an impulse buy from a few years back that I couldn’t resist because it was so adorable. I need to actually use it up, but I still love it and wish I could find more in the same line.

Here’s a closeup of my crappy hand stitching on the inside–I probably should have stitched the handles on before I attached the lining fabric, but I was hoping that this way it would be stronger. It doesn’t really bother me anyway.

Some more shots:

I ironed everything first! I promise!

All in all I’m really happy with it–it’s the perfect size for me!

New Family Member

Well I have a new addition to the family now:

My new (old) sewing machine

This sewing machine used to belong to my great-grandmother, and it has been out of town with someone else until recently. Since my grandparents said I’m just about the only one in the family who will really appreciate it, they brought it home to me, and it now sits proudly in my bedroom next to my Brother. It’s come in at a good time, since I’ve been contemplating how exactly I’m going to quilt my son’s charm blanket on my other sewing machine. The Brother is lovely, but it is a bit small, and doesn’t come with a table like the Singer does. I’m looking forward to playing with it!

I’m Still Here

Well my life’s been getting in the way of things lately. The holidays make it a bit busy for me to make many blog posts or updates, and some other things have exploded which have kept me busy. But they’re not all bad–for instance, I bought my very first car over the holidays, and it feels wonderful not to have to drive something that belongs to someone else (which I’ve been doing for the past six years). Of course, owning a car means I have to pay to take care of it, but as any crafter will know, there is always a certain amount of pride that can be taken from doing things with your own two hands, for things that you own.

I have been making many things, too, and were I not stuck in bed with a horrible ear infection at the moment, I would be finishing up yet more projects (I’m in the process of making a patchwork quilt for the bed I’ll be getting my son soon. It will take a while, though!)

But I FINALLY managed to finish my curtains. It’s SO much more comfortable living in a house that doesn’t have five (albeit small) windows open for everyone to see into!
Homemade patchwork curtains from stash

Homemade patchwork curtains from stash

Homemade patchwork curtains from stash

And I found a way to display my inchies and ATCs by using up an old Chinese restaurant calendar/menu:

Inchies and ATC display