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1  Ticker Tape Skulls Art Quilt! in Quilting: Completed Projects by sheepBlue on: September 16, 2014 03:13:02 PM
I shudder to even think to compare myself to the amazing quilters that can be found on craftster. But! I have actually managed to make a little art quilt for erica_tattoos in the IYP that I am super proud of and really really happy with the end result. I heard of ticker tape quilts before but never really thought of them as fabric versions of a mosaic. Once I got that concept, and the fact that you sew each individual piece on top of your base fabric, I was set to go, making up my pattern from scratch and sewing each piece individually as I went. I started with the background, using dark blues, blacks, and grays, and then filled in the skull area with whites and creams. I did a faux binding, just folding up the fabric from the backside of the quilt, and then handmade fringe with seed beads and polyclay skull beads I made myself.

The whole thing is roughly 20 x 30 inches I think.

I had a lot of fun making this and there will definitely be more in the future  Smiley

I almost forgot to mention something I'm pretty proud of myself for accomplishing! This is 95% made with supplies I already had on hand. The only thing I had to buy was the black fabric for the base on the front which I got at my local thrift store for 50 cents! For the "batting" I used some leftover fleece fabric which wasn't even big enough so I had to sew two strips together. Talk about getting thrifty with it  Cheesy
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2  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: September 16, 2014 03:06:15 PM
I've been quietly crafting in my little corner, it's so hard to keep up with all you guys! I'm loving all the new projects, especially the quilts. I've never been great at quilts when I try to make them. Somehow I manage to get fabric wrinkled or whatnot and end up with bumps and lumps where it should all be smooth. But I discovered ticker tape quilts! I think it's just up my alley. I made this for the IYP for erica_tattoos. I love how it turned out! This is just about 30 x 20 or so I think.

I even made fringe for it from scratch complete with polyclay skull beads.

Another fun shot

I promise there will be more of these  Cheesy It was a lot of fun to make and a great way to use up scraps!

And I also made an eyeball bag. It's rather hard to take a picture of an eyeball, go figure.

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3  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: September 07, 2014 10:57:25 AM
the badger is very cute!

I was taking a bunch of photos off my camera and found a few twinchies that I forgot to share. Just a bit of silliness.

I was trying to recreate a nautilus here...not sure how successful it was, but I do love the texture.

And a weird Sasquatch creature that had a run in with some arrows...the background is a bit of faux skeleton leaf, it's rather crumbly if you mess with it too much.

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4  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: September 07, 2014 10:53:14 AM
Great stuff everyone!

I have a little photodump

Some early xmas gifts - a little Christmasy hat for my niece - she'll be 6 months old at Christmas time so the hat is probably going to be on the bigger side, but it should be good for another xmas I think...

And a sweet doily vest - pretty easy to make - I based it off this pattern with some minor changes.

Another sewing tutorial I tackled - simple business card wallets - a great little thing to use up fabric scraps. I think it would make a great stocking stuffer too. I'd use it for throwing my ID, credit card, etc into as well.

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5  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: September 03, 2014 07:08:20 PM
Forgot about my mixed-media fungus twinchie - 2" square.

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6  A study in Fungi in Completed Projects by sheepBlue on: September 03, 2014 07:07:05 PM
I started out this twinchie intending to do full-on embroidery madness, but as I was struggling a bit to get the textures right, I let some of my mixed-media tendencies carry me along.

This started out with bracket fungi being my main inspiration. I did a ton of them (more than pictured) stumpwork style and cut them out, ready to attach to my base. But I had a lot of trouble getting the moss texture right that I pictured in my head - french knots and the like were just not cutting it. So I decided I should try to incorporate the real thing - a very messy endeavor. I tacked the moss down with invisible fishing line, anchored the fungi, and thought I was done...but it didn't feel done. So I thought, what would be more perfect than a smattering of tiny mushrooms - the fungus are among us! (sorry that last bit flashed back from middle school and I couldn't resist). I tried to do super small stumpwork mushrooms but it was just an impossible task. So I went for some polymer clay, translucent Sculpey brand. I actually didn't mean for it to be translucent but I like the effect...they are molded over bits of wire. All mounted on a 2" inch cardboard base covered with brown felt.

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7  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: September 03, 2014 03:50:47 PM
That pitcher plant is amazing! So much detail to it  Shocked

I can share an art doll I made for Ludi in the IYP. She started off totally different but after 3 or 4 different versions of her, I settled on this one, and I'm so happy with how she came out.

I posted a lot more detail pictures here on the craftster challenge thread!

And I made a sweet fishy pendant for Ludi.

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8  Bird Lady Art Doll in CHALLENGE 102 ENTRIES by sheepBlue on: September 03, 2014 02:58:33 PM
I made this for the fantastic Ludi in the most recent IYP Rd 26. She went through a LOT of changes before ending up as thus but I'm really happy with how she came out.

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9  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: September 03, 2014 05:08:49 AM
The Capricorn looks great as is, but I am very taken with the mountain scene. It's amazing how much depth can be captured in just a little inch of space.

I can finally post a twinchie I made for the fabulous Ludi in the IYP swap we did! It took a turn for mixed-media to be honest but there is stitching in there, and it took me forever to do it!

It started with the idea of stitching up some fungus which I think looks so striking...but I couldn't get the moss texture right, so I decided what better but to use real moss. And the mushrooms were made from polyclay. Again another thing I attempted to stitch but was near impossible being that small. I'm a little surprised but very pleased how harmonious all the materials were with each other.

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10  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: August 19, 2014 11:42:15 AM
Ooh I like it all but I'm really taken with how skillfully the water bottle cover is done! I've been crocheting rocks lately and it's a challenge to get a tight fit but that looks perfect - and I love the rainbow color choice  Grin Great job!

While home sick, I got the best package from Ludi today!! We agreed to make 3 items for each other and she knocked the ball out of the park on each count  Cheesy

Firstly, a twinchie for my collection. When kittykill got that ball rolling (lots of ball euphemisms...not sure why), I became quickly obsessed and I knew my life would not be complete without a Ludi-original to add to my collection. We discussed themes, and I told her a lot of mine were following a natural flora/fauna vibe, and I love stumpwork. So she came up with this miniature beauty!!

For reference, that's my pinkie!! It is so tiny and delicate. I'm smitten  Grin Grin Grin Even having it up close in person I still can't figure out how she makes such magic with a needle and thread. Also side note: Ludi, the twinchie I've made you could be right in the forest that this guy came from. Very funny - you'll see what I mean when you get your package  Wink

Anyway, onto #2, my personal mini plague doctor! A little appropriate with me being sick and all. The stitching on the hat and body are so tiny it hurts my eyes just imagining trying to make it, and the sculpting on the face is perfect! I've just dabbled in sculpting a bit for Ludi's package so I know how challenging it can be! Super impressed.

Lastly, Ludi made me a stitched portrait!!! (sorry, too many exclamation marks? Well deal with it I guess, my excitement cannot be contained!!). I loved her last foxy one and so she asked me what my favorite animals were...of the several ideas I came up with I said salmon...not your typical favorite animal but I find them fascinating and I grew up in the Pacific northwest where learning about them and their lifecycle was standard. It reminds me of home. She she made this piece entitled "the Great Traveler". Very appropriate! The stitching is so beautiful, blending colors and creating this masterpiece...although looking at the portrait as a whole, he is quite a fearsome fellow.

She was also super thoughtful and sent along some delicious chocolate bars, and some whimsies and embroidery floss to add to my stash  Grin

Thank you so much Ludi for swapping with me. I hope we may swap again some time in the future though I know I'll have to get back in the long queue of swappers who are waiting to swap with you  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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