My boyfriend and I just bought our first house. The minute we put an offer on the house and it was accepted, I was instantly in nesting mode, combing through pinterest for all sorts of ideas for things we could do around the house, and of course things I could make to turn our new house into "our" house. One of the first projects I found was this great blog tutorial for making a rope rug. Skip forward in time to us actually moving in...our lower level is where we primarily hang out now. It's a neat space that's tiled with some windows for natural light. The only problem is that on most days the floor is freezing! This is where the rug comes in. I decided it would be the perfect thing to make.
I tried to take progress pictures as the rug grew....and kept notes on how big it got compared to how much rope I was using.
This was the very beginning, it's so cute and dainty. I only had half a bundle of rope and this is where it ended...
Adding another bundle of rope...for reference, each bundle is 100 feet. I took this picture to show off the beauty of the rope all wrapped and ready to be sewn in all it's glory. *Sidenote: wrapping up hundreds after hundreds of feet of rope is not friendly on your wrists or fingers....it is a fantastic way to use up scraps though!
This next picture is after the next bundle of rope was added? The cutting mat next to it is one of those full sized ones that is 24" long I think just for relative reference.
Here's what my set up looks like after it got too big to keep sewing on the table like one would normally do. I did my utmost to sew flat and level but my rug still got wonky and the edges kept curling up no matter what I did (more about this later).
And I think this is about when I killed my sewing machine Well not really. But I did learn that sewing too much in one sitting is a recipe for jamming up your machine (i.e. I guess the metal parts get too hot and then stick together or something? I don't know, the professionals had to fix this one for me). Live and learn (I'm guessing all you seasoned sewers out there knew this already - let's just say I've never sewn so much for so long...this project took a long time!).
Ok, got the machine back all spiffy and in good shape again. Back to sewing sewing sewing.. well only 15 minutes at a time, then letting the machine cool and take a break, etc. I was very paranoid about jamming up my machine again. $120 to get it fixed up once is more than enough, thank you!
And now it's done!
I will say that this is not how it looked fresh off the machine. After I was done with the sewing, it was kind of horribly lumpy and I was rather dispirited that I had spent all that time and energy (and money!) making a lumpy mess. But the blog advises to spritz and iron the rug if this happens...the ironing didn't do enough for me, so I literally rolled it up, and stuck it in the shower to give it a good soaking. Then I laid it as flat as I could get it on the floor (hey the carpet will dry!) and put some heavy flat things on top of it (a really cheap bookcase and the removable shelves) and after a day it's looking good!
Here's a standard fold up chair on top of it to give an idea of the size.
Now to the fun part. Numbers. I told you I kept track of how it grew...so here it is!
0.5 of a bundle of rope (approximately 50 feet).......15 inches 1.5 bundles......24.5 inches 2.5 bundles......31 inches 3.5 bundles......36.75 inches 4.5 bundles......41 inches 5.5 bundles......45 inches 6 bundles.........47.75 inches......the total size of the rug.
So to recap, this ended up being made up of approximately 600 feet of rope, making a rug 47.75 inches wide in diameter...I wish I could have kept going to make it even bigger but I seriously don't want to kill my machine again, and it is very very hard at this point to maneuver it through the machine smoothly. Still I am really happy with how it turned out and will love this rug for a long time
Oh also, at first I had though to do an ombre effect with the fabrics as I went and I am so so so so glad I didn't. While it would have been stunning if I could have pulled it off, it would have required so much specific colors of fabric in specific order that would have been way more effort than I would have cared to put in (beyond the effort I was already expending). Not to mention I love the bright rainbow colorful scrappy look of it. It's definitely my style
I made this piece for artsycandice in the 27th round of the IYP. She loves woman figures and winged things so I combined the best of both worlds. I attempted a sort of ombre effect with the background too to give it more interest It's approximately 24 x 36 inches I think.
I've been looking for new ways to use my screen printing equipment so I decided to branch out and print up some scarves! They're all a light cotton that took to printing beautifully. Unfortunately I didn't have anyone available so had to play the model myself - trying to get good pictures to show off the scarves was definitely a challenge! I hope you like them
I mean, where else would he put his spare paintings and bowties and extra hand? It only makes sense.
I repurposed a simple wood box found at Michael's, giving it an uneven Tardis blue staining.
Some of the items even come out and can be used to decorate your own tiny humble abode.
Don't forget your extra screwdrivers!
Even the Doctor has boxes of what seem like random junk. Good to know he's only huma....errr...right.
Also included: a spare spare key, emergency party bananas, a copy of Summer Falls and An Angel's Kiss, *gasp* TWO Weeping Angel children (how did they get there! Don't Blink!), River Song's party heels, a tropical umbrella (you never know when you're going to need festively bright umbrella), a portrait of River Song, Vincent's hat, the Doctor's fez, an extra Christmas tree decoration, an extra psychic paper book, a copy of the Don't Blink tapes on disc, oh, and a sword. Because the Doctor might need a sword someday...for some reason...
I hope you enjoyed this delightfully voyeuristic look into the depths of the Doctor's closet. One of them at least.
This one is titled "Unattended Cookies". Probably one of my better titles lately
I am so in love with the brickwork on this - made from egg carton stuff - not actual egg cartons as I can't find them anymore nowadays but a cup holder from a fast food joint (the only reason I got a small snack was so that I could get away with asking for a cup holder without seeming too weird... ). Mortar is fabric paint, works like a charm!
The umbrella is of course one of those little drink umbrellas trimmed up a bit to be more size-appropriate.
Supplies: cup holder, balsa wood, fabric paint, stamp ink, moss, stamp, drink umbrella, poly clay, wire, paint, hot glue, E6000, charm, texture paste, paper towel,...
I can't stop! These chunky ATCs are too fun! This one was made for bunny1kenobi who shares my love of plague doctors. I decided I wanted to imagine the tiny setting of a mini laboratory...this is only a small peek of the entire lair I'm sure.
What respectable plague doctor would be without some incense, a cross, and a skull to keep him company?
Did you know that plague doctors had their canes, not only for looking very stylish while walking, but to also use as instruments of examination, poking, and prodding? Learn something new every day.
My favorite detail is probably the cutest, tinest rats you ever did see. Kind of ironic, a plague doctor infested with rats.
Final list of supplies: balsa wood, paint, poly clay, charms, clear plastic tubing, wire, fabric paint, cork, beads, end caps, raffia, marker, white tubing, acorn cap, moss, plastic spine, mini glass vial, hot glue, stamp ink, skull, weird nature seed thing, velvet bag, foil, super glue, E6000, thread, plastic straw, mini nails, paper, crimp bead.........I think that's it!
I decided to play in this month's ATC swap and picked the theme of "dollhouse interior"...now I'm not so crazy as to try to tackle an entire dollhouse in a 2.5 x 3.5" format, so I wanted to focus on the one room that is in every house, nay essential one might say, to the civility of human society, the bathroom. And I decided to call it "The Room that Shall Not be Named" just because as essential as it is, generally pop culture refuses to admit that, omg we're all human and we have bodily functions!
Anyway, rant over. Now to the itty bitty pictures!
I know I'm stretching the definition of an ATC pretty wildly here..but I couldn't resist. Minus the balsa wood and clay, everything is stuff I found around my apartment.
Alas it must be said, I got a bit carried away with the sink and shower that I neglected to make room for a toilet! That may have to be the more in-depth subject for a future ATC.
For a final note, here are all the found bits that were included in this tiny masterpiece: balsa wood, Sculpey clay, resin, paint, paper, beads, end caps, foil, pencil lead container top, paper towel, wire, earring stopper, snap, doily, tissue paper, modge podge, thread, toothpick, E6000, super glue, hot glue, necklace chain, fabric paint, marker...I think that's it.
I know there's been plenty of OTT swaps (One Tiny Thing), but I was thinking of a swap where we are specifically swapping miniaturized items destined for a dollhouse/super cute tiny display. People could list general themes, and we could have lots and lots of tiny crafting fun Maybe a total of 3 miniaturized items sent - though that's up for discussion. What do you think?