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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Meet me at the Steamship *A Poppet* on: July 28, 2010 01:14:15 PM
I got word that my partner in the Multi-Themed Steampunk Swap recieved today and loved her! So I'm safe to post now ^_~
I had a lot of fun making this one. I nearly didn't let her leave! I gathered most of the material from what I had in stash and just ran with what I thought I might wear if going on a steamship. I'm not a frilly girl so leather and a little pattern works for me!

A little backstory on idea
She is a doll of sorts who was once to help around the house. She and her sisters used to clean, tend to things as well as cook and entertain. As she was one of the last her creator made, her hands are still the temporary ones given to her. Her creator never got the chance to attach her permanent hands.  She has long ago forgotten her name and is hoping her new home will bring her a new name.


Thanks for looking!

2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Wet felting over armature? on: September 26, 2009 07:16:12 AM
I've created a creature for a swap I'm in by needle felting, I wanted his limbs to be positionable so I used some coated jewelry wire I had in the house. Not thinking I didn't add a ball of hot glue to the ends before I covered the limbs in wool.

So I'm wondering if I could wet felt him now without the wire rusting on me. He doesn't have to be wet felted to finish it off, but I would rather have him a little thinner and softer.

Thanks for the help! 
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Pumpkin King on: November 02, 2008 12:17:20 PM
Otherwise known as Jack Skellington ^-^

My sons new favorite movie and so it was simple to find out what he wanted to be for halloween this year.

I set about thrifting to find a suit, but only found the top. Lucked into some pants from a pirates outfit with
tattered bottoms and decided that was best.


I painted the pinstripes on both the jacket and pants trying to keep from making straight lines. I picked up a bit of stiff felt and cut out a bat bow tie and hot glued it to a safety pin to make it easy to wear and keep it upright. The face paint was a mess, but fun, and he was giggling the whole time. He kept asking to look in the mirror. ^-^


The first night he wore it, we went to a zoo trick or treating party, we sprayed just his hair, but since it was so thick, lots had trouble deciding who he was. He was asked if he was the Joker, or if he was BeetleJuice, but several shouted "Jack!" as he walked by.

So for the real night I picked up a wig cap, though it was supposed to be white and ended up being beige so I ended up patting face paint all over it. Made sure it stuck to his head and away we went! (This was the Moooommmm, no more pictures, lets go! look, but its the only one from then that wasnt blurry! one move and that whole suit was a mess of blur. lol)

I got lots of thumbs ups from teens and knew I'd hit it this time. Next year....who knows, but at least this year I knew he felt like the character he wanted to be. He cackled and said Trick or Treat like you'd think he was Jack.


Thanks for looking!

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lola in Candyland. *Now with more pictures* he he on: March 15, 2008 02:00:52 PM




I first thought of candyland. I mean, the game because it was sitting near me when I heard about the challenge. So I went with it. ^-^

Heres my inspiration. I wanted to update the lollypop princess's outfit ^-^

(heres the link to the artist page. Just to give him credit for it ya know.
http://djlaza.deviantart.com/art/Candyland-Princess-Lolly-70918229)
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Question about spinning fabric. on: March 05, 2008 07:00:37 AM
I did a search and couldn't find what I was looking for so I thought I'd ask. ^-^

I am thinking about spinning up some strips of sheets and such that I cut up and was wondering how to set the twist. Would it hold the twist if set like normal yarn or would I have to use some other medium/technique.

The yarn made from it wouldn't have any roving in it, just fabric.

I've got a bunch of vintage sheets hanging out around the house and think that they would be so cute spun up like yarn. So any help would be great!

Thanks in advance. ^-^
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Elysium the Faun Poppet! on: February 15, 2008 08:55:27 PM
I've had her floating around in my head for a while and since I finally got all the supplies together I let her come out





Her little fluffy tail


The feet ^-~


And hanging out with Calypso
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Couple of quick questions...Hope I didn't miss them in the forum! on: February 11, 2008 09:26:28 PM
Ok, I've scanned the pages of the forum and couldn't find my answer. I'm sure I've just overlooked it  Embarrassed

Anywho.

I bought 8oz of roving and I've spun half of it into a single. It doesn't look large enough to be a skien, but it is wrapped fairly tightly around the spindle so it may just be my eyesight. I'd like to get two different thickness of yarn out of the 8oz so stopping at half is what my plan was. I guess my question is, how much roving do you normally spin for a skien?

My second question is that I've read that singles tend to untwist even after they've been set if they are used for knitting. I plan to use mine for art doll hair, would it still tend to come undone? And if so would i be better if I plied it with string? The last doll I made with a loose yarn for hair hasn't had any problems, but it's yarn I purchased so I'm not sure what they did with it. *the previous dolls hair looks more like slightly felted strands than traditional yarn to me*

Thanks so much in advance
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first spinning project on: February 06, 2008 08:44:21 AM
I couldn't wait for my spindle to get here so last night I grabbed some roving from my needle felting bag and started to twist. I wrapped it around my finger for the first bit until my finger started to hurt so I switched to a dowel rod I had around.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ekio/2245937395/
*sorry about the link, they are working on the lines around here and my connection is too slow for the uploading tool here. -_-*

It was fun, and I can't wait for my drop spindle and the 8oz I ordered to get here!

I will have to find a better way of keeping the tension when I set it though as it lost a bit of that in the process.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Calypso a Mermaid Poppet ^-^ on: January 08, 2008 11:43:40 AM
I wasn't sure what her name was until she told me right at the end. Of course I should have seen it coming with the face I painted. Who else could she be?


Oh and please forgive my photos. I had to swipe my kids camera to take some quick shots.(the flash does not turn off.)  Mine is dying. -_- I get to replace it soon though!









This one is a better shot of her necklace. Its two fish beads and a clear shell.


In this last one you can kinda see the beading on her tail.

Hope you like her!

10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / My trip into the felting world. on: December 09, 2007 09:16:54 AM
So I've been working with the basic supplies I picked up a month and a half ago and have finished two projects so far.

My first was a flat (well semi flat  ^-~) piece that actually turned out the right size for an ATC.


The second was Mimi. She started out as a pin cushion and evolved from there into a small doll then into an alien.



I'm really enjoying needle felting so far, Just gotta finish my Christmas list of gifts to make before I can get back to it.
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