Last winter my grandma gave me a set of craft encylopedias from the 1970s. Aside from some outdated clothing ideas (man's olive green quilted vest ), it has some really fun stuff in there! This puppet pattern was one of them. I didn't have any fabric scraps heavy enough to do it, so hit the thrift store and bought a pair of purple velvet jeans. Niiice. It took about one leg to make the puppet; I'll use the other leg to make another puppet for another niece. Gotta get to that! Anyways, the eyes are green felt and the nose is machine zigzag stitch with pink thread. The head is stuffed. At first it was too heavy, so I shortened its neck quite a bit to give it a little bit more stability. Also helped it look less kangaroo-like. I guess it would have been ok if it were a kangaroo. Made him a little dress out of some other scrap fabric and there ya go!
Is an apron clothing? If not, I guess the mods can move it to wherever aprons belong.
I made this for a Christmas auction. The gingerbread man fabric is a little cutesy for my tastes, but it seemed like something other people would like. I adapted a pattern from the 1940s and then I just kind of winged the potholder. It's not perfect, but it will do the job.
The stockings came from a Vanna White book (Vanna's Crochet Gifts or something? Too lazy to go find it). Totally not my style, but they were a fun project to do. You stitch above and under the "active" row to give it that kind of checkered look. I made them for a Christmas auction figuring the country-ness would appeal to a lot of people. The trees are cross-stitched on.
Then is a car coat I made years ago but had never finished. It's done in Lion brand Homespun. Kind of hard to see any detail in these pics. The bottom is a row of small granny squares. When I finally finished and put it all together, it was too small for me. So I gave it to a girl I know; she looks cute in it!
I found a super cute vintage repro baby bootie pattern from the 40s. It had three different styles of embroidered wool felt booties. Even though I had never embroidered a thing in my life, I couldn't pass it up; they were just too cute! I was a little bummed when I found out the pattern did not include a transfer; I had to kind of draw it on freehand, hence the oddly spaced dots and such. Overall, though, I was pretty pleased with how they came out for a first attempt! I ended up giving this pair to a friend who had her baby before me and am now working on an identical pair for my baby (due ANY DAY. Do you hear that, baby??). I used satin stitch on the holes, French knot on the blue centers, straight stitch variation on the blue line, and I forgot what that teardrop stitch in green is called. The ties are just crocheted embroidery floss.
I made this little tulip hat a couple weeks ago for my niece's 1st birthday using this pattern http://suzies-yarnie-stuff.blogspot.com/2007/03/tulip-cap.html I did the small size first and it turned out reeeeeally small. Like newborn. So I gave that one to a friend and made another one in the larger size. I think the multiple is not right, though, because, as I worked, the points of the tulip "traveled" around, making funny little bumps on the side of the hat (I didn't take a picture of that one). It doesn't look terrible, but not as cute as the first one. I might play around with the pattern a little bit and see if I can get the larger size to turn out better because now my 2 yo wants one! I wish I had action shots because the mental image of a baby with a flower head is just too cute!
I used the freezer paper method on these two t-shirts for dh's birthday. Found the photos online -- the dragon is actually a statue in Slovenia. For the RV, I was just trying to find the junkiest looking one I could. I'm still really pleased with how they turned out! I used the soft fabric paint and it stays flexible and has held up really well in the wash. Dh wears the RV shirt all the time. Unfortunately, I botched the front of the dragon shirt, so he hasn't worn that one. I'm thinking about cutting out the dragon and sewing it on like a patch on another shirt; maybe let the edges fray a little bit. What do you think? And should I go black on black, or choose a different colored shirt?
Thanks! Wow, I think that's the first time I've been wisted.
For the stencil: I found the images online. My criteria was finding pictures that would translate well into a "two-tone" image -- no "acessories." For example, there was one picture that I liked, but the girl was obviously sitting on a deck chair and there was no way to take the chair out without making her look really awkward. So I scrapped that one in favor of a more simple picture. Copied the pictures and then put it in black and white and erased all the scenery from around the subject.
Then I used the edging feature on plain ol' Photo Editor to give a more definitive outline. This is what I printed out:
Taped it to the inside of the glass and then used fabric paint to draw around her and fill in the areas I didn't want etched. But I can't take any credit for this idea! Like I said before, I really studied the other posts and then used this technique as Onyxnox described on her post and in more detail on her blog. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282543.0
I made these etched glasses for a swap I was in recently. I studied all the previous glass etching posts and tutes since this was my first foray into it. I was really pleased with how they turned out! I didn't know how much of the etching compound it would take, so I bought the big bottle. I think now I'll have a lifetime supply, even if I etch everything in sight! ha
Sadly, these were the best pictures I could get. I tried all different places, lighting, backgrounds, and, in the end, the backyard shots worked the best.
Alright, here's what I sent. If you're out there, kittymoose, you can comment!
First was an apron in black & white checks and cherries. Kinda funny because she also made me an apron out of the same fabric, but in blue & white! We didn't even know!
Then, she said she liked pinup girl decor and kitchen stuff. So I combined the two ideas and made etched glasses. Sadly, one of them broke (don't know which one), but this is what they looked like before the post office manhandled them! (It was really hard taking pictures of these. Try to ignore my backyard.)
I received from kittymoose today. She made me a very sweet half apron in blue checks (to match my kitchen!) and cherries, a household organizer notebook with all kinds of checklists and menu planning calendars (which is great because I've been thinking I could stand to run things more smoothly around here!!) and, a bar of Hersheys with a cute 50s-ish wrapper. Didn't get a pic of that, but here's me doing my best pregnant Vanna with the apron and the notebook and two loaves of bread I had just baked. Imagine me in a dress and pumps for true 50s housewife style! Thanks, kittymoose! It's great!!
Couple of the fun illustrations marking the different categories in my notebook