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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ptribute to Pterry - Discworld Swap on: August 29, 2013 03:43:31 PM
I'm looking forward to the release of STEAM in November and was wondering if anyone else is Craftsterland fancied a bit of Ptribute to Pterry swap?  Smiley
Maybe get some Hogswatch gifts before the big day  Wink
I'm not offering to organise though so hopefully someone wonderful will turn up and host it.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / shirred sunfrock on: August 01, 2013 05:41:10 AM
My mum used to make dresses like this for me and my older sister back in the 70s. I've always loved them but my one previous attempt nearly killed my sewing machine so I gave it up as something too complicated for me to do  Roll Eyes
Now I know what went wrong and have put it right I can't wait to make more of these!
The problem I have with store bought shirred dresses is that they just seem to increase the width on a plus size dress not taking into account the depth of big boobs. The elastic usually hits at the centre of my bust and the dress just hangs from there,not a flattering look in my opinion, I like to show I have a waist. I sewed about thirty rows of elastic and just used the outside edge of my machine foot for spacing. I used up two spools of shirring elastic & two metres of fabric.
I can also wear the dress as a skirt as I didn't make it floor length,I just tuck the straps inside and fold the elastic part in half and it's good to go  Smiley
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Foxy Lady - art doll swap on: June 26, 2013 02:49:01 AM
I just finished the Art Doll swap and want to share my creation with you all.

I was really inspired by my partners info & when I checked out her Pinterest I immediately knew what I wanted to make for her,the only problem was I didn't know where to start  Roll Eyes

I made the pattern up myself,a first for me although I rarely follow a pattern exactly I do usually start out with on. For her head I spent a long time on Google looking at fox heads and fox dolls and puppets. This was my trial head. While the head shape seemed perfect the ears were less so,I looked at too many cartoon type pics with long ears  Wink

My vision was to make a doll inspired by Marie Antoinette so instead of legs I made her skirts as a base.I added a circle of board and a bag of washed gravel to make her stable then stuffed the heck out of it and gathered it around her waist.

Her hair is crocheted from a very soft fluffy yarn and sewn onto her head.

I made her an underskirt trimmed with lace and her bodice is two pieces of lace that I tea dyed.

Her head,torso and arms were painted with Gesso before mixing the fox fur colour. I even made my own Gesso  Grin

She has a wire tiara with pearl beads,a crystal beauty spot and jewels in her hair that came from my nieces wedding decor  Smiley I used a pieces of vintage lace table cloth to make her overskirt.
I gave her false eyelashes and gold painted eye-shadow to finish her off.

Oh and I almost forgot to mention her fan. I made it from scrapbooking paper and embroidery floss with a pearl bead hanging from the wrist strap  Grin

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Poison Ivy Poppet on: June 25, 2013 09:25:09 AM
I'm just getting around to sharing pics of the Poison Ivy Poppet I made for the recent Mini Poppet Swap. Luckily for me when they called it a "mini" swap they didn't mean the size of the doll as by the time I finished her hight heels and her hair she was around 23" tall!
This first pic shows her face & hair with the Uma Thurman photo inspiration.

I was so excited at this point because she could stand unsupported,unfortunately by the time I finished she couldn't  Sad

Some of the beading on her costume and her glittery red finger tips  Cheesy

Here she is complete.Terribly pic I know but the best I could do.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cupcake Cutie on: June 25, 2013 03:52:43 AM

I made a Lil Cupcake doll from the free pattern by Ghilie. As I'm having to craft from stash only at the moment I reduced the pattern to 75% and cut it out of some t-shirt jersey.

I was a bit concerned it might stretch out to become something huge and mis-shaped but she came out alright  Grin

Her hair is supposed to match her dress which is another jersey scrap trimmed with lace.I even made lace panties  Smiley

and her she is fully finished and smiling nicely.

I have plans (and fabric) to make a few more for a fundraiser at my sisters school.
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Alice in Wonderland and the White Rabbit on: May 05, 2013 01:33:58 PM

I've never entered a challenge before and as I often forget to post my projects anywhere but in the craftalongs I thought I would enter this one  Wink

I made this doll for Bunnieboo in the Junker Jane doll swap. Unfortunately during the crafting period Bunnieboo was hospitalised & I had no idea what style of doll she would have preferred so I went with less Junky and more worn out and replaced.

My idea was that Alice was the well loved and ill-used companion of a little girl whose big sister came to the rescue with repairs to keep Alice alive and well  Grin

I think these pictures show the distressed/repaired look of the doll. I stained the fabrics with coffee, tea and tumeric and over painted the whole thing with watered PVA glue with a tint of brown in it to make it look old and dirty. I even stroked some through her yarn yarn which I had cut chunks out of (I always cut my dolls hair as a kid!)

Then I made her companion in a similar vein,knitted him mismatched ears and only sewn on one button eye. His waistcoat was a tiny scrap of fabric with slits cut for his arms. His tiny pocket watch is a charm  Grin

I really had a difficult time sending these off to a new home!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Look 6425 on: March 06, 2013 01:20:00 PM
I made myself a new purse today using this gorgeous batik remnant and New Look 6425 View D

I used a Teesha Moore style patch that I got in a swap last year to decorate the front pocket.
The patch was made for me by Craftsunderground  Grin

The zip is cream with a chunky silver pull that compliments the O-rings for the strap. I lined it with bright orange and added internal patch pockets and extended the strap to wear it across my body.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Adventures in doll making on: August 22, 2012 05:32:58 AM
During June I borrowed a cloth doll making book from the local library and whilst none of the 4 dolls I have made have been like the ones in the book I did find in invaluable in the process. It was "Introduction to Cloth Dolls" by Jan Horrox and I have since purchased it from Amazon at a really good price  Grin

I have shared these dolls in the 50 Projects craftalong but thought they deserved their own place on the Dolls board too.

My first one: Mrs. Pinchbeck  Grin

She has a lot of flaws but they're all part of who she is  Wink

doll two: Sleepy Jean

Still not doing things quite as they should have been but I made less mistakes than in doll #1. I also bought finger turning tubes and had a go at making fully fingered hands rather than mitt hands. Not pretty but I am still learning  Grin

doll three: Sirena Fluke

I loved her before I had even cut her out  Wink The fabric for her tail was a small leftover from a friends stash and I knew when I saw it that I had to make a mermaid!

I didn't have a mermaid pattern so I made the tail section fit the remnant and hoped for the best. There are chenille stems in the end so I can flip the tips up.

doll four: Weeping Angel

This one was made for my sisters 40th birthday gift. I knew I wanted to do something Dr Who themed but knew I wouldn't have been able to make a caricature of the Doctor so I took the easier option  Roll Eyes

These were my first try at face painting and needle sculpting and I think I'm getting the hang of it now. The Weeping Angel even has a basic face painted and sculpted even though her hands are sewn to her face  Grin

thanks for looking  Grin
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Tunics on: April 18, 2012 12:27:31 PM
I posted these in the 50 projects craftalong but forgot all about posting them here.

These cost me nothing but time and the elec to run the machine - gotta love free fabric  Grin even the thread was given to me.

The black one is to show it hangs when I'm not messing about with it.

I wear the orange one all of the time, we haven't had the weather for the multi-coloured one yet.
10  U.K. AND IRELAND / IRELAND / UK only Swap on: April 18, 2012 12:11:00 PM
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407060.0 sign ups open  Cheesy
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