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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 101 ENTRIES / Crocheted River Rocks on: August 09, 2014 10:50:31 AM
I've had these river rocks in my stash forever and last year picked up some crochet thread to try my hand at the beautiful crocheted patterns I've seen done on river rocks. Cue to finally a week and a half ago, I decided in a moment of low-but-antsy energy to try to make these. It's all done on the fly, no pattern just making it up as I go....obviously I might need to refer to some patterns now as my skill in variation tops out at about 3 or 4 different patterns haha. But then again, most of these rocks are rather small so it makes much variety a bit difficult.









One will definitely be converted to a necklace pendant, but the others I am abandoning around town for fun. A little spot of unexpected beauty in the most mundane of places  Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tiny stitching - more stumpwork flora and fauna [pic heavy!] on: July 06, 2014 05:41:35 AM
I have been practicing my embroidery a lot (seriously a lot). I've jumped on the twinchie bandwagon with gusto and have made quite a few tiny little gems so far, all 1.5" to 2" (there is one so far that is only 1" but those are hard!). I'd love to hear your thoughts on all my little stitches  Smiley

This one was left unmounted so my swap partner could frame it as she wished.








An experimental little stitch on glossy cardstock.


Eastern bluebird


This is the true inchie - 1 inch big! - made up of a ton of picot stitches..


Great Mormon Butterfly
















I'm thinking to mix and match and pick ones of a similar theme to display in a shadowbox frame, probably 3 x 3 set up or 4 x 4. But first I'm going to keep stitching because it is the best form of therapy that I've found  Smiley Thanks so much for looking.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Psudeo-Stumpwork on the fly - sushi, spiders, and more on: June 07, 2014 05:00:13 PM


I have always admired stumpwork especially from fellow craftsters Ludi and jemimah. So when the recent Twinchie swap came around, I decided to tackle this technique for fun. Everything I did was based off of images and tutorials I found around the web.

The first thing I made was this wee twinchie for the aforementioned swap. While the mounting made the entire piece slightly larger than 2 inches, the stitching itself was contained to about 1.75". The clover was made over some jewelry wire I had on hand. When I do this again I will make sure to use thinner wire since I had a bit of trouble anchoring the wire on the backside. I ended up mounting the whole thing on foam core board and dug out a little hollow for the wire to sit in and liberally glued it so it's not going anywhere. Also another thing I didn't really pull off was the buttonhole stitch that's supposed to anchor the wire to the fabric. I had a really hard time with it, so I ended up just doing a really tight whip stitch which seemed to work well.





After that, I was hooked and had to make more. I made two ATCs for alwaysinmyroom in the current OWS swap. The first one was based on a piece of embroidery I found through pinterest. My only regret is that when I was sewing the fabric to the base (again foam core board) it ended up pulling a little too much to one side and isn't that centered. But live and learn. (I love the little shrimp!)









I also made her this spider fellow...looking up reference pictures were simultaneously awe-inspiring and really creepy (not a huge spider fan in real life). I used wire for the legs wrapped in embroidery floss - that bit was made up on the fly - I doubt that is a typical stumpwork technique, or at least I didn't see anything for it.





Oh, and to keep the spider proportional the front legs ended up being distended off the card. I thought about redoing it, but I liked how it looked like it was escaping. They're also movable somewhat.



I also made another 2" piece with a mushroom and beetle. And lots of french knots. French knots are fun  Smiley The mushroom was rather a challenge (another thing I kind of made up since I didn't see any tutorials on how to form the cap) to stitch through so I don't know if I'll do too many more of those unless I learn of a better way to do it.





Last one, not technically stumpwork, but it was some fun texture stitching I did all for myself. More french knots and looped bullion knots mounted on a copper pendant base (thank you tapestrymlp!). All I need to do now is add a chain.

Edit: Now named "Yummy melted cheese dish" Thanks alwaysinmyroom!






That's it for now. I'd love to hear any tips or advice if anyone has it to offer. I am just getting started with stumpwork!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / It's a picture puzzle - Doctor Who style! on: May 15, 2014 05:14:26 PM


So I do a lot of screen printing, and have an assortment of screens which might happen to have a lot of Doctor Who themed images on them..because I love Doctor Who and I happen to know a lot of people that do too. So for the most part I was using them to make fabric repeats for FQs which is great and I still do that. But I actually stumbled upon another awesome idea to put these images to use...image mash-ups....picture puzzles...not sure there's really a name for it but basically a aggregation of images that form one larger image. I did one previously which I'll share at the bottom of the post (sorry for less than stellar pictures  Tongue) and then when I did this next one I made sure to capture the process as it went on for fun..because I love process pictures and maybe you do too  Smiley

First thing is first, you cut out your larger shape/image in freezer paper to mask out all the areas you don't want ink to get to. It's best to have a simple shape so that it's easy to tell what the overall image is.



Print print print. (It's probably best to start with the bigger images to make sure you can fit them on there and then fill in the spaces with smaller and smaller images, etc)..



Don't freak out if the images accidentally overlap...like I might have for a second with that stupid bow...it's all good. It still looks great!



Fill in the spaces with dots or lines or don't, it's up to you. I just like having a more filled in look because I think it gives the overall shape a bit more definition.



And peel..ooh crisp lines!....



And peel....and watch the magic of what you just created!




This was my first shirt using this style  Smiley



I'd love to hear what you think, or see your own creations if you decide to try this out. Thanks so much for looking  Wink
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Washi Tape Swap on: May 13, 2014 05:45:12 AM
So washi tape is all the rage now...what about a washi tape swap? It'd be low-stress; make 1 or 2 small crafts using washi tape and send that along with let's say minimum 2 rolls of washi tape to your partner? I'm in love with all the washi tape patterns there are out there and all the possibilities  Cheesy I'm not really up for organizing right now, but if anyone wants to take this idea and run with it, feel free  Smiley
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tiki Pillows for Your Entertainment! on: May 01, 2014 05:24:44 PM
I made these recently using felt and cotton fabric, with sewing thread for detailing inspired by this PIN for the idea. I had fun doodling some ideas and then took off from there.





One is stuffed and the other is not. Now in kittykill's happy home  Grin
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Super Mario themed Patchworky Bag on: April 17, 2014 04:08:42 AM
Yes, another bag. A complete surprise, I know, right? But a new theme!! I had so much fun making this Mario themed bag for Mama24boyz and it is always so refreshing to tackle a new theme. I even went as far as to screen print my own original fabric to use for the lining. Shall we move onto pictures? Let's-a-go!









8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Bugs, bones, wings, and things: my emulsion printing adventure! on: April 16, 2014 03:03:54 PM
I've been screen printing for the better part of three years since I learned how to in school, and have developed a bit of an obsession. Unfortunately I've been a bit limited since I work out of my apartment and have been very nervous to try liquid photo emulsion because I don't have a dark room or a perfect light set-up. But after biting the proverbial bullet and giving it a try, success! To act as my dark room.......a sealed box  Cheesy As long as I don't open it until I'm ready to expose the screen, it really really works. Anyway, here's a bunch of pictures of my latest printing adventures as a result of photo emulsion!!







































9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fabric Printing Swap Rd 2 Gallery on: April 09, 2014 03:27:08 PM
Post 'em when you got 'em  Wink

kawaiihelen ---> titaniumhip
titaniumhip ---> kawaiihelen

p.kok ---> edelC
edelC ---> p.kok

abbeeroad ---> goatgoddess
goatgoddess ---> abbeeroad

goatgoddess ---> p.kok
p.kok ---> goatgoddess

Sarcastra ---> sheepBlue
sheepBlue ---> Sarcastra

edelC ---> LeapFeetFirst
LeapFeetFirst ---> edelC


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10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Fabric Printing Swap Rd 2 Sign ups Closed, Send out by 5/5 on: March 17, 2014 06:37:35 PM
GALLERY



Swap name: Fabric Printing Swap Rd 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: sheepBlue
Co-organizer: N/A
Sign-up: March 17th April 1st
Date to send: May 1st 5th
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? Must be 16 years or older



Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant:YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES



Details of swap:

In this swap we will be making a Fat Quarter (18 inches by 22 inches) of original one-of-a-kind printed fabric for our partners. We are only going to swap the FQ, no extras required, so we can focus on making awesome prints! If partners agree you may send a larger piece of printed fabric and/or extras, but they are not required and you must check with your partner to see if it is ok. You can choose between having one or two partners, and there are a world of choices when it comes to technique and materials! Feel free to experiment with screen printing, block prints, monoprints, potato printing, and any other form of printing under the sun.

Also please make sure that what  you send to your partner(s) is color-fast and will survive future trips through the laundry.


Everyone needs to keep in contact both with the organizer and their partner; please try to post to the thread at least once a week to let us know how you're doing and please dont leave your partner or myself hanging if we PM you!

Please make sure you post in this thread for updates as soon as you sign-up/think about signing up.

Organizer's Note: I reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of very late sending, ill-communication, incomplete packages, lack of DC#'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap.
 

Here are some tutorials on craftster and around the web for some inspiration:

How to Screen Print at Home
How to print your own fabric
Monoprints on Fabric
LimeRiot's Bubblewrap Printing Tutorial
LimeRiot's Toilet rock Printed Bag With Tutorial
maximumRABBIT's foam stamp tutorial
Sunprinting with Cyanotype
Block printing on fabric
Homemade Block printing with things found around the Home!
Potato Printing
My own screen printing tutorial for printing at home!


Round 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422644.0#axzz2QSB9LAFA

...

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: sheepBlue

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Fabric Printing Swap Rd 2
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you want 1 or 2 partners?

Do you have any allergies that your partner(s) should be aware of? Do you have allergens in your home?

Would you describe your printing skills as beginner, intermediate, or advanced?

Colors you like:

Colors you don't like:

Symbols/patterns you like:

Symbols/patterns you don't like:

Please list 5 themes/ideas to help your partner know the kinds of things you might like (they can be more specific, ie dolphins, or less specific, ie the ocean - crafting from these themes is not strictly required but helpful for creative guidance):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Is there any project you have in mind for the fabric you will be receiving?

Pinterest? Links? Stalking aids?

Want to go beyond the minimum requirement?

Do you have a camera or access to a camera? Can you post pictures?

Anything else you would like for your partner to know about you...


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Approved Swappers:
1. sheepBlue
2. edelC
3. Abbeeroad
4. goatgoddess
5. p.kok
6. kawaiihelen
7. titaniumhip
8. LeapFeetFirst
9. Sarcastra


Partners...

kawaiihelen <---> titaniumhip
p.kok <---> edelC
abbeeroad <---> goatgoddess
goatgoddess <---> p.kok
Sarcastra <---> sheepBlue
edelC <---> LeapFeetFirst
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