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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Obi Belt on: February 27, 2014 10:00:08 AM
I had been eyeing a red and black belt like this at a store, but decided the colours and fit weren't right for what I wanted so I made one up really quickly.  I used bias tape for the ties and used shirting fabric on one side and kona cotton on the other.  I am really happy with how it turned out. 

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted Space Scarf on: February 27, 2014 09:57:25 AM
I have been inspired by all the space clothing around here and wanted to give it a try.  I bought a black scarf at the store where I volunteer and had such a great time painting it.  I loved doing this so much although i am still learning about using fabric medium so the consistency of the paint could have been a little better.  I also found it challenging to work cohesively along such a long service, so I think what I need to do is do it more often to practice.   

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Barbie Clothes on: February 27, 2014 09:49:52 AM
I have been meaning to make Barbie Clothes ever since my daughter discovered Barbies (I loved making Barbie clothes as a teen), and sadly have been doing more materials stockpiling than sewing, but here is one outfit I made.  It is made from a vintage pattern.

My only regret is that I didn't get my husband to take a picture of her back, the clothes were too big so I used sewing clips to fit them, she looked just like a modal at a shoot.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some recent pieces I've done on: February 27, 2014 09:46:46 AM
So I have recently started doing some mixed media pieces and I love doing it so much.  I am just starting out and trying things so i would love feedback

The one I made for my husband based on a quote that is important to him (the bird is from Calvin and Hobbes)

This one I made for my best friend for her 30th birthday.  The paperbag princess is cut out of felt I made.

And I made this one for my daughter (once upon a time my plan had been to do Calvin and Hobbes for her wall, it never happened, so I made something more suited to her current tastes)

And here it is on her wall
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted Gingham Scarf on: February 27, 2014 08:15:26 AM
I hope this is the right place for this.  For the sunshine swap I made my partner a painted gingham scarf.  I used painters tape to mark it off.  I think it turned out pretty well and she liked it which is all that matters.

And here you can see the whole thing

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / I need help to make collage look good? on: February 21, 2014 06:26:13 PM
So I have an idea for an art project that would involve collage (a collaged background with a central image on top), and I am looking for advice, tips, tools, or anything else to help me make it look good.  Basically are there things I can do to the images or edges to make it look more cohesive and thought through as a project? Are there better or worse papers to print images on? If I wanted to layer semi-transparent images are there ways to do that?

I really fumble along when it comes to crafting and would love the advice of some of you who actually know what you are doing.  Thanks so much.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Walking Foot--when to use? on: November 03, 2013 04:20:05 PM
I just got a new sewing machine and purchased a walking foot with it because people seem to rave about them on here.  But I realized I have no idea when I should use it.  So when do you use a walking foot?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Guidelines for Elastic Waistband Measurements on: October 16, 2013 09:54:25 AM
I always get the length of elastic for waistbands wrong.  How should the length of elastic compare to the waist measurement? 
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Best way to attach a pom pom to a dowel? on: August 27, 2013 08:55:12 AM
I made my daughter a magic wand using a dowel and a pom pom, but clearly I don't have it attached very well.
Any ideas as to how to best attach a pom pom to the end of a dowel?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / La la la la, la la la la, Elmo Panties on: May 16, 2013 01:22:11 PM
My tiny little daughter has started toilet training, and being 20lbs at 2 years old all the commercial panties are too big for her, so I made her some.  I used an Ottobre pattern which was super easy.  The Elmo fabric is quilting cotton, the red is t-shirt fabric.  I edged them in fold-over elastic (the greatest invention ever).  I lined the front and gusset with bamboo fleece to make them slightly absorbent. 

The inside:

Another pair:
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