Hercules is my favorite Disney movie (doesn't hurt that her nickname is also Meg...), so I was thrilled when my hubby agreed to the couples costume this year Unfortunately things did not exactly as planned, so the Hercules costume is not home-made, so I am only submitting the Megara costume for the contest:
I drafted a pattern from scratch (in addition to some draping on my dress form) to get the base of the dress in the shape I wanted, and then added the two sashes before sewing in the side zipper. I made the gold "coins" from Fimo clay, as well as a Barrette for the hair. I used interfacing in the lower sash to make it stand out from the hip like the cartoon I ordered a wig online and styled it back with a gold barrette to get the extra fullness/curliness that Megara has. Unfortunately, Halloween was more focused on my cute neice, so we only got a few pictures, but will try to add more before Sunday One more of us together, but only mine is home-made:
LOVE all the new additions to the gallery, amazing work!!
i received a FANTASTIC print from my second partner, ivoryh1632, in my Dr. Who theme:
i was amazed at all the techniques she combined: there are words in the background, plus a galaxy-style coloring, and then screen-printed characters of the 11th doctor (my fav) and 4 major villains walking away "with their heads held in shame"-they all turned out great! my hubby and i both agree this may have to become a wall-hanging, or else i'll have to find a project big enough to use the piece as a whole i'm very impressed with all the screen-printing skills! i used stamps/hand-painting this time around, but am now inspired to experiment with screen-printing for future projects great swap everyone!
i am so impressed with all of the submissions so far! some of you have me feeling like such an amateur hard to pick favs, but i especially love the robot stamp, flower and vine combo, steampunk/gears silhouette, honeycomb/bee combo and the woodland creatures-such detail!!!! amazing job everyone so far
to add to this lovely collection, i received from sezouli last night! she sent not 1 FQ, not 2, but 4 FQs of printed fabric she claims that 3 of them were "flops", but i like them all. the first is the main one, red honeycomb pattern:
then the next one was a blue triangle pattern which i think turned out cool:
then there was also a red honeycomb-in-chevron-pattern print:
and finally was a dark fabric which she said was an attempt at galaxy print with red honeycomb pattern:
THANK YOU!! i think these turned out great, and i am curious what the "found object" was that you used. i can totally picture a project for each of these, and look forward to using them
now the fingernail biting continues until my partners finally receive...**insert rant about postal service here-i have NEVER had as much trouble mailing for a swap as i did for this one, and i am praying to the craft gods that both packages arrive ok, usps made me nervous this time
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3! it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did. my fourth (and final) hoop was for amnesia who requested a "robot apolcalypse" scene. for hers i decided to try felt applique, so it would have the feel of an old-timey move poster:
i had a "starry" fabric in my stash with blue/black and gold specks for stars which i used as the background. i started with the silhouette of a city skyline, added the attacking robot behind, and an unfortunate victim in the front. used stitching for the "laser beam" and other details on the robot body and a piece of scrap red fabric for the "zap" area. pic before stitching:
and closeup of robot cuz i had so much fun with him
i really enjoyed working with the felt, and i can totally see why people choose that medium! great way to block out colors/shapes and then let the stitching do the details
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3! it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did. my third hoop was for sarad who wanted a mockingjay from hunger games. i LOVED the books, so I knew I had to give it a try. i really wanted to play with the shading, so i decided to give crayon-tinting a try:
i crayon colored the image with a black background and yellow and brown tones for the body of the mockingjay and i was really pleased that it didn't have a "waxy" feel once i heat-set the colors. i then added yellow stitching for the outline, with a little brown in the wing for additional shading. i painted the hoop black as well to make the image stand out. closer shot of the shading:
i would definitely do the crayon-tinting again, i was really pleased with how it allowed for color-blending and shading withing the body
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3! it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did. my second hoop was for rubylynns, who had a silhouette of a boy and girl kissing on her pinterest. i wanted to have something extra with the silhouette, so i added a pink heart in the background with white beads on the outer edge for a little "pop":
i am finally getting to post my projects from sept 2011-the ongoing hoopla swap round 3! it was my first ongoing swap, so I made it my goal to try a new technique for each hoop i did. my first hoop was for zidishaluxe who had a dreamcatcher as one of her themes/options:
i had a starry flannel fabric in my stash to use as the background, i used varigated colored thread for each of the "petals" in her fav colors: blue, purple and yellow. to simulate the knots where the thread crossed i added a black seed bead:
and then for a 3d element and to draw again on the dreamcatcher theme, i added beaded strings hanging from the bottom of the hoop at different lengths.
For Embroidery Hoopla Round 9, my partner twisted5whispers had a request for a penny-farthing: an antique bicycle with the giant front wheel. The theme of the swap was "not just thread", so I knew I wanted an embellishment for the wheels. After searching every store I had in my area and coming up short, I finally found what I wanted on an out-of-state road trip:
The larger wheel is a silver bangle, meant for making your own jewelry. The smaller wheel is a keychain hoop, I was really pleased with how the sizes worked. I also wanted to try something different for the fabric, so I used a coffee-dye technique to get an "antique" feel on the white cotton. Comparison of original fabric with a dyed piece:
I used "tardis blue" thread for the bike frame since my partner shared a love of dr. who, and i practiced some satin stitch on the handlebars and seat. pic of stitching before silver hoops were added:
and a final shot of the finished project:
This was my first swap in a while, and it was a great one to get back into them I am obsessed with hoopla and don't think I realized how much I had missed it this last year until I got started again!
my partner is unable to post pics, but she received her hoop this week and asked me to post. this is what i made for twisted5whispers:
seems like her other partner and i got the same memo about the penny-farthing i used "tardis blue" for the body as an homage to her love of dr. who, did a coffee-dye job on the fabric to get an antiqued look, and after extensive searching found the perfect silver bangle to use for the big tire (small tire is a keychain hoop). had fun doing a "vintage" piece and hope the partner and her hubby enjoy!