HEY Y'ALL. Wow, I have been gone from Craftster for such a long time! Life has changed so much for me since the last time I was active here. Back then I was a floundering college junior, now I'm a full fledged adult with a job. A CRAFTY JOB, no less (I work in a bead store) !!! The past few years I've really been missing the close-knit interactive online communities I was involved with way back when. I got sucked into Tumblr which has honestly been kind of a drag lately, but I can't let myself quit until I have somewhere else to make my home. What better place than with all you lovelies?
SO for my triumphant return to Craftster, I present you with this piece. I'm really not an embroiderer, like at all, but out of nowhere I got this sudden urge to stitch something. This isn't exactly my first time doing this, but it's probably my first completed piece in...15 years?
I'm a big Sailor Moon fan, and what with the new anime airing right now, I've seriously got it on the brain! Sailor Moon has honestly been one of the biggest creative inspirations for me over the years. No matter how old I get, every time I go back to it, it just makes me want to create things. ^^;
To make this, first I found the image of her transformation brooch (the one from the second season of the anime). I actually brought it up on my Cintiq screen and, laying my hoop over top of it, traced it directly onto my fabric with marker. Not easy. Not recommended. But I don't have a printer or lightbox or anything so it was the best I could do. xD I tried using pencil at first but that was too hard. Marker worked great, and it honestly didn't matter what it looked like since I knew I was going to cover everything up with stitches.
After that, I outlined everything with split stitch. The yellow I filled in with satin stitch, and the pink is also split stitch. I originally tried to do the pink in satin stitch, but as many of you probably know satin stitch can get a bit messy and unwieldy...plus I didn't like the movement of the lines. I wanted them to follow the curves of the design, so split stitch ended up working out best. I really love the way it turned out; great texture, great flow of the lines, but also a very neat and uniform look. The little colored circles are done in I guess some kind of circular/spiral stem stitch...IDK if there's a real name for that. xD
You also might notice that on the thin yellow border I attempted to do some shading (you'd probably notice it better if this wasn't a fancy instagram pic, my bad xD). I used 5 different colors and a kind of hatching technique to blend them together. I wanted to try shading on the rest of it but it ended up looking kind of strange when I tried, so I left it out. I'm honestly not sure if I should go back and try to add any in - I like the way it looks now and don't want to mess it up, but I think it looks kind of funny with shading only on the border and nowhere else! Oh well, perhaps I'll make up my mind when I get around to figuring out what I want to do with this!
Finally posting pictures! Sorry it's taken so long, school has been kicking my butt. But here is everything!
Wizards_Pupil sent such an amazing package. Aaaaaa I love it!
She drew some great pics on the outside of the box:
The package had a great theme! Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Luna all sent me little care packages with things I'll be needing as a student at Hogwarts. :] My house was Gryffindor, my shop Flourish and Blotts, and my class Charms. We decided between ourselves that we weren't necessarily going to stick to those three things for items (even though I ended up figuring things out that way for the stuff I made, lol), so as you can see members of Gryffindor house all sent me things, and there are many book and writing themed things because I chose Flourish and Blotts.
A butterbeer cork necklace, some issues of the quibbler, dirigible plum earrings (I made some for myself about 4 years ago and these are so much better, I love them and wear them a lot! They've gotten me a bunch of compliments too :3), magnets, a bookmark, a vial of vinegar to turn into wine, some other items for charms, and The Standard Book of Spells.
Some bookmarks, a Lumos spell "charm" and a pack of Droobles gum!
Hogwarts: A History, of course!
Ron got Dean to paint me a Luna Lovegood shirt!
Thank you SOOOO much Wizards_Pupil! I love everything. :] Thanks for an amazing swap!
I went to a local Anime convention this past weekend, which was my first time going and was super fun! This past semester my university's Anime club watched Kuragehime (Jellyfish Princess) and I decided for the con I could put together a really simple Tsukimi cosplay. All she wears is a dark grey sweatsuit, but to be distinguished as a character of course I needed to make myself a plushie of Clara, her pet jellyfish!
Originally I was going to sew it, but I decided I was much more comfortable knitting it, which would have the added bonus of it being more unique than anybody else who might be doing the same costume.
I didn't want a perfect sphere shape for the body, but more of a flattened sphere, so for the body I modified the Monster Chunks pattern. The tentacles are tubes that I started briefly increasing and then decreasing again at the end to get the bulbous tips. The ruffle is just a simple k3tog lettuce ruffle. I was going to try to embroider all the details on, but that proved far too difficult and not detailed/accurate enough. So I glued everything on! I plan to make more of these to sell next year, so by then I will have used a more professional technique than just plain Elmer's!
Here is me in my costume, plus friends who were doing cosplay from Kuragehime too:
As I said, I hope to have a table at Artists' Alley next year and be selling these among other things. I had SO many random people come up to me and tell me that I should, so I figured why not?
Ooo, pretty pretty! like a creamsicle. And those rolags look super squishy and awesome!
I come bearing...MORE ORANGE. Woo.
This yarn I am so super freaking proud of...I managed to spin it at very low twist, pretty much just enough to keep it together (at least it felt that way! an expert could have made it less! xD), and made a 2-ply out of it. The resulting yarn was so soft and squishy and for once, almost perfectly balanced! I was so happy.
It's only 200 yards worsted but the volume it takes up is ridiculous...yay squishy airy yarn! I almost wish I hadn't knit this up so I could treasure it foreeeevvverrr.
Oh man though, it was a dream to knit. The resulting fabric was so flexible and awesome to touch. Anyway here's what I made...
I made it for my dad for his birthday. I posted the pattern (Southern Lights from this issue's knitty) on my facebook because I was all excited to finally find an earflap hat pattern I like. He told me I should give him the prototype I make so I would get the good one, and I lol'd obviously because why would I need to make a prototype. ;p Anyway I saw this as him asking me for one so I made it for his birthday! I'm giving it to him today, I hope he likes it!
I'm afraid I don't have any picks of it in the skein. It's worsted-weight-ish corriedale I dyed light purple and brownish-pink (with lots of white left over....). I was thinking about selling the dyed top on etsy but then my friend's birthday came up and it was the only fiber I had with purple in it (she's a fan of purple) so I spun it up and made her this:
A dice bag! For D&D. Also potentially just a little wrist purse.
Ever since my boyfriend and I started dating, I thought it would be super fun to get him some cute/interesting boxers. There are a lot of fun prints of boxers out there...but I couldn't really find anything that I thought fit him (we're both into anime/manga, but the closest thing I could find were like, marvel superhero undies and whatnot. not exactly his thing).
So I thought I should sew some for him myself! Took me a while to find a fabric that I liked that was cute and fun but at the same time not too emasculating, lol xD Got this off ebay:
And sewn up!
I used this pattern/tutorial to make them. It was pretty easy and I'd love to make some for myself next time!
I made these for Valentine's Day so I still have to give them to him and see if they fit correctly. I mentioned getting him cute boxers before, and yesterday I blatantly measured his waist and asked him where on his waist he'd prefer to wear boxers...and yet he says he can't possibly think what it is I'm making for him! Apparently the obvious choice is too obvious? hehe
It's been all summer and I finally have some yarns to share with you. The past two weeks I've been sharing my time between knitting, spinning, innernets, shopping, and fambly time, but I've managed to squeeze out two yarns for your approval. Or not. (just kidding)
This is silk that I received in the Summer Fiber Club swap from SciFunk. First time spinning just silk, and it was definitely an experience! I'm probably going to try to do some more finishing on it later, because I skeined it on a chair back and it turned out really uneven and kinky (you can't tell in this picture!) and not very shiny. D: I think it's about 300 yards, laceweightish.
The previous stuff took me about a week, and so for a change of pace I finished this baby up in a day! I believe it is about 100 yards bulky. It's corriedale I got from Feeling Sheepish, although I bought it from her in person at a local Fiber Fest. LOVE LOVE LOVE these colors and doing these kinds of 2-plies. Expect more from me later.
I made this a year ago but have never posted it...I post way too few projects on here! I guess that's what happens when I just hang around Fiber Friday and the swap boards!
I've been into a few fandoms online over the years, (first Sailor Moon, then Harry Potter, now Doctor Who) and have never been a huge fanfic reader, but every now and then I have an occasion to read something longer than most blog posts...a lot longer. From my days on the internet I've run into a few really long stories online that I just love. The only thing I don't love is reading them on a computer screen. The constant scrolling makes my head hurt! Also, before I had a laptop, there were much more comfortable places I'd rather be reading. Back in my Sailor Moon days I used to print my favorite story out as I went and take it with me on trips.
Now I'm super into Doctor Who. I still read hardly any fanfic, but I ran into a story a while ago and I love love love it. Doctor Who Season 4 is AMAZING for anyone who is interested....anyway. I was messing around with some software I got with my school laptop last summer, and having finally found a way to print out booklets, taking folding/signatures into account, I felt it was finally time to try my hand at bookbinding! Much more fun than just printing out pages and stapling them together.
Some making-of shots:
I used these instructions here. They're great! They're a really good compromise between sturdy/professional looking and easy to do with no special supplies.
The outside fabric and interior paper are supposed to be reminiscent of the Time Vortex. I've got some remnants of the brown fabric with blue pinstripes from Joann that's a good fit for David Tennant's brown suit, but I'm still thinking I may make something out of it so I didn't want to use it up. I still may though. After all, the same author also wrote the equally excellent Doctor Who Season 5....
I never actually read through the story in the book after I finished it, but I did lend it to a friend who was apparently too lazy to read the story online, but would be more likely to read it in book form. Luckily for him, I did have it in book form...he found that amusing. Turns out I messed up a few pages (I spend way too much time trying to format this thing, and probably could have done it in a much simpler way than I did), and the formatting was a bit off - it cut off a few characters on the side of some pages. But mostly successful!
Love it! One of my favorite color combinations. I'm not sure what kind of fiber it is though!
Also my partners haven't posted pictures so I shall (honeyd told me I could a while ago because she can't right now)!
Milk Fiber. I've always wanted to dye some fiber like this so I got up the inspiration to for this swap. After some post-stalking I found out honeyd likes rainbows too, so of course it had to be done (I was pretty sure I was going to do it anyway though lol)! It turned out GREAT.
SciFunk's package - she told me she put down the wrong address on the questionnaire but that was a while ago, I'm not sure if she ended up tracking down the package? Anyway this is what I sent...
Everything is dyed with Wilton's cake dyes. Which I kind of want to stop using, they're such a pain to dissolve. :| Does anyone else have this problem (I know some of you use them too)?