A while back we mentioned how much we like the Stitch Magazine Creations group on Flickr. It's full of photos from Flickr users of projects that they've made from Stitch magazine. We really like that our projects inspire you, and we love to see how you make them your own. I caught up with a few members of the group to talk about their projects:
Amanda (Flickr user Little Cumulus) has made a couple versions of the Lace Ruffle Tunic from our Spring 2010 issue. She said "That pattern was
really the main reason why I bought that issue. I knew I had to have it the
moment I saw that pattern. It's basic without being boring (with a tiny feminine
twist, to boot), fits modestly, and it seems like you could take the pattern in
so many directions." I think this pattern is a great choice for those who are new to working with knits. Amanda agreed: "I loved how
unintimidating this pattern was -- I have very little experience in working
with knits, but this pattern made it a breeze." Her first version, at left, was made from "a very lightweight
knit -- great for the hot Southern summer." You can view her second version of the top here. Both of Amanda's versions of this top show off what a versatile pattern this is. The original had a lace yoke, but the pattern is so simple that it's easy mix and match pattern, texture, and color.
Sue (Flickr user Fine Hand) made a version of Baby Bear & Mini-Mouse from our Spring 2009 issue for her niece. This project uses small amounts of several fabrics and it's a great way to use up scraps. Sue said "I chose to use corduroy fabric because I love
the texture of it and thought it would be interesting for a baby to touch. The nose is a felted sweater that I shrunk (by
accident!) and the pocket and ears are fabric from my local fabric store. The ears of mini mouse are a basketweave
pattern from Denyse Schmidt, I believe." This project is a great example of how color can change the mood of a project. The original was made from bright oranges and rusts, but Sue's version in blues and grays has a much calmer, subdued feeling -- the perfect friend for an afternoon nap!
When Abbie (Flickr user Bunny Lane Designs) saw the Vintage Tablecloth Wrap Dress in our Spring 2010 issue, the perfect fabric popped to mind. "The fabric that I used was one of many vintage sheets that were passed
down to me and had been waiting for me to cut into, and when I saw that dress
and the word vintage, I just had to choose the yellow--it's one of my favorite
colors to work with."
Heather (Flickr user Well-Crafted) made a version of the Tulip skirt from our inaugural Winter 2008 issue. She switched the fabric type to fit her lifestyle, and her comments highlight how this skirt could be adapted for wear during different seasons. "I chose this pattern because it looks so cute and
flattering -- and because I've been a big fan of Jenny Gordy's work for a while.
Since I pretty much live in jeans, I wanted my skirt to have the same
versatility but felt denim would be too heavy so I went with a nice
medium-weight chambray. I really love this skirt and wore it often
throughout the summer. I would love to make a lined version for fall."
There are many more great projects in the Stitch Magazine Creations group on Flickr. Check them out, and post your own photos!
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