Archive for September, 2006

* Crafter’s Companion

Posted on September 25th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Review.


The Crafter’s Companion is done! I can’t wait to see it; the suspense is killing me. Here are my projects in the book if you’d like a peek: embroidered felt sewing box and machine embroidered felt desk tray.

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* fabric basket

Posted on September 17th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


Another cutie from the same book as the felt box from a while back.

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* back to school dress swap

Posted on September 16th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.


I did a Blythe dress swap, and got this great crafting outfit for Margeaux. Thanks rem! Here she is studying up on her knitting.

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* note to self

Posted on September 15th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


If I had a chalk board in my craft room, I would make myself write

Japanese patterns don’t include seam allowances.

100 times and then maybe, just maybe, I would finally remember it.

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* pocket

Posted on September 12th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Projects with Instructions, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


I whipped up this little button-closed pocket, lined with linen. The pattern was made up as I went along. It turned out to be really easy, mainly because I just topstitched it together. In brief: 1. Cut 8×5 inch rectangles of lining and outside. 2. Trim the corners of one of the 5 inches sides of both pieces to make a flap shape (optional). 3. Stack fabric pieces, right sides together, and stitch around the edge with a quarter inch seam allowance. Leave a gap for turning. 4. Turn inside out, poke out the corners, fold in the seam allowance at the gap, and iron flat. You can either whipstitch the opening closed, or let the topstitching do the job later. 5. Topstitch the 5 inch side (not the flap, the other one), about 1/8 inch from the edge. 6. Fold up the 5 inch side to make the pocket. Iron to make the fold. 7. Starting at the fold, top stitch up the edge to make one side of the pocket, around the flap, and down the other edge of the pocket. 8. Fold the flap how you want it and iron the fold. 9. Pick out a buttons or snaps and position how you like. 9. If using buttons, sew button holes on the flap. 10. Sew on buttons or set snaps.

Any questions, let me know.

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* suite sweet suite sampler

Posted on September 7th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.


Here’s a pre-craftlog project (from 1997!) I made in college for my dorm suite common room. Two of my best friends who lived in the suite with us got married last week, so I decided they should have it. It has all our names, and our cats’ names, embroidered on it. I remember getting all the supplies at the Woolworth’s going-out-of-business sale, and all they had left was pastel thread, so I went with it. Now why I didn’t just go spend the full price 75 cents on better thread somewhere else, we’ll never know. The font was included with the mat, if I recall. Why I didn’t go check out a book from the library with better fonts, we’ll also never know. Despite the design misteps of my younger self, I still love it so much and it was hard to part with. And the stupid suite-sweet-suite joke cracks me up every time.

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