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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / easy wool question! on: September 26, 2007 09:06:32 AM
this can probably be answered in one word.
and I think I know the answer.
I just want to be sure.

with wool coats, like pea coats, the wool is felted, right?
SO it can be cut without fraying, right?
Cause I hate doing hems.

there ya go!
first one to answer gets a cookie!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / fleece hat pattern? on: September 24, 2007 02:13:53 PM
Okay- I had a great idea for a costume for my Godson.
The crowning piece would be a fleece hat that pinned under his chin- with Yoda ears.


I had seen a fleece hat from the Gap that used two outside pieces and two liner pieces, and can't seem to find a similar pattern.
i was then going to use some boning and triangular pieces for the ears on the outside.

Does anyone have a pattern a fleece hat with ear flaps?
Or is it really as easy as I think it is and I can just Cut it out of the fabric?
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / tiki pins! on: September 19, 2007 12:33:43 PM
yaay!

I made these out of sculpey, in the intention of selling them at the flea market. They are made from Super Sculpey, which is different than fimo or sculpey. It's the fleshy stuff in the green box- bakes super hard, rarely crumbles. It and I are bestest fwends!

(ps, sorry for the dumpy pics, i do what i can!)



I start with a flat, rectangular shape. I draw the face in with a blade, and add layers of clay to build it up. I fire it, paint it and add a metallic paint to the surface. Seal, adhere brooch back and ka- poof! SUPER NEETO PIN!



and, uhm. I love anil enamel. that's what I use to paint sculpey. beautiful sheen, awesome choice of colors- won't go nowhere!

enjoy.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / boy's sweater+leopard print= furry girly sweater! on: September 19, 2007 12:20:57 PM
Haidey heynow!

I have been waiting to get good pics to throw this up!
Now, I got em!
http://star.walagata.com/w/kittymao/lepardswetr5.jpg

I apologize that I don't have an original pic. Just imagine a red hoodie, boys large, with a red screnprint mossimo logo on the front.
got it? Cool.

I decided to turn it into a zip up. It was a b*tch getting my arms and head through the holes after it shrank, so it sat away for a while.

http://star.walagata.com/w/kittymao/lepardswetr6.jpg

One day, I went to walmart to find zebra print for a leather cuff I was making. I found snow leopard print instead. I settled, and had to buy a yard of it so they wouldn't make fun of me.

I decided, with the xtra fabric from the cuff, to resurrect the sweater. I had seen a girl with a red sweater with "dalmation" trim, and adored it, so that gave me the go-to to get it.

http://star.walagata.com/w/kittymao/lepardswetr3.jpg

I started with cutting the center line for the zipper. The first dilemma- the overlapping of the hood ends. You know how it does- one side over the other. I let the front piece stay solid, and let the back one be clipped. I didn't worry about how it looked, i knew i was gonna add trim.  I didn't use a ruler to cut the center line, I just cut. I'm one of the lucky ones- my line was pretty straight. I pinned the zipper closed and sewed it to one side. I then sewed it to the other. With more planning i could have made it disappear, but wasn't worried- i liked the contrast. I sewed the zipper on with X stitches- not the most secure stitching, but looked great in contrast.

http://star.walagata.com/w/kittymao/lepardswetr4.jpg

The zipper was by far the hardest part. The attaching of the fur was super easy. Measure the hood length. measure the depth you'd like the fringe. The fur tended to fray, so I hemmed it. Then attached it to the hood on the hemline with a satin stitch, but doubling it (when i reached the end I went back, filling the gaps with string). I did the same with the sleeve cuffs.

http://star.walagata.com/w/kittymao/lepardswetr1.jpg

I did find small, but insignifigant problems-
-the cuffs are no longer elastic- I can't slide them up.
-the sides come out too wide, i'm pondering taking some fabric out for a more flattering fit.
-It feels empty on the front- i was thinking skull stencils, but haven't decided.
The small gaps in the ends of the trim- kind of unsightly, but have run out of fabric. C'est la vie.

and that's it! I hope I've inspired and answered questions!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / custom pendant frames on: September 18, 2007 01:54:24 PM
Is there any way to make pendant frames to form around your own projects?
I once knew a stained-glass worker, and the leading he used around the glass pieces would work, but with a ring or tube for cord or chain is the idea I'm going for.
I'm hesitant about the leading becuase, well, it's LEAD, and not quite so strong.

Has anyone heard of this?
Any ideas?
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / howdy-howdy-howdy! on: September 13, 2007 04:06:45 PM
*waves*

I'm Kelli, and I'm sick of buying clothes. They never have what I want in my size. Or the right length, or color. So, I'm looking for ways to get the clothes I want, finally!

I'm pretty crafty- draw,paint,bead, create- i try it all! I even sew a bit... by hand. Sewing machines scare me!  So- that's me. Enjoy, i guess!
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