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!
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?
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
So I'm a big fan of the color wheel. I could play with that thing all day. I know all about complements, split complements, analogous colors, etc etc whatever.
My problem is, I'm really -crap- at implementing them. At least creatively.
I'd like to do more dyeing. Especially because now my mother got me 5 pounds of wool for Christmas and I'd love to do something interesting with it. Perhaps even start selling on Etsy like I've been meaning to. But I always seem to find myself using analogous color somehow, and while they can be quite pretty, after a while they get boring. Not very interesting at all.
So for people who do a lot of dyeing, especially roving/yarn, do you have any tips? Where to do you get your inspiration? Do you maybe even just throw random colors together and see what happens? I don't know if I don't understand how to implement color theory, am not creative enough, or I'm just too darn afraid to take some chances.
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!
I have one yarn to show you guys. This thing is oooooold but lazy oddacity is lazy.
This is about 200 yards fingering weight, chain plied.
Bahhh I hated spinning this. >_< The wool in the batt (which was custom carded for me, yay?) was really greasy or something because after not too long my fingers would feel like I'd been rubbing them on wax for a while. Really unpleasant experience. I shouldn't have started out spinning for a 3-ply fingering weight, but I didn't realize what I was in for! Also I washed the yarn in like 10 baths and the color of the water never got lighter from a sort of navy blue so I just gave up. gah. It doesn't feel as waxy any more which is good. I think I call this yarn "Fail" lol. I don't know what I'll make with it, if anything. :\
So yeah, I'm bored and it's technically Friday where I am....so! Let's get on with this week's fibery goodness. :]
I haven't been spinning a lot this month because I've had lots of knitting projects I had to get done for gifts and such. BUT I've got some things from a while back that I've not yet got around to sharing with you all yet. :]
Sail Away - merino/viscose, both skeins together are 115 yards. Fiber from studioloo @ etsy. This one gave me problems, because I was going for a smooth bulky single but I'm pretty bad at spinning consistently anything thicker than laceweight. :\
Untitled - 50 yards. Super bulky! This one is for a project for the Harry Potter Knit & Crochet House Cup on Ravelry. My goal is to knit enough to make a small-sized sweater out of by the end of July. I did this in may and haven't done any more, so my progress is pretty bad...but I've got the wool soaking to dye for the next batch right now!!
"Bloodlust" 190 yards fingering weight, Corriedale. Roving from FairyDesigns @ etsy. I've been listening to the Twilight audiobooks so I can talk crap about them and have the actual authority to know what I'm talking about, but despite my best efforts I was briefly intrigued by the whole vampire concept. And I wanted to spin some vampire-esque yarn to make a neato vampire-inspired cowl/neckwarmer thing. I found this fiber, and it was perfect! I LOVE the way the yarn turned out. Despite horribly, horribly, HORRIBLY tangling my single when I andean plied it, it managed to come through. I'm winding it into a ball right now to begin working on my neckwarmer!
So, due to some gross miscalculations on my part I have something like four or five superfluous skeins of Lion Brand Homespun from a project someone commissioned me to do. By the time I was done [knitting two hat, fingerless gloves and scarf sets] the favorite yarn of my newbie days had become my LEAST FAVORITE YARN EVER so I don't foresee myself using this stuff ever again.
As I was trying to detangle some of this horrid yarn from some of the other detritus on my bedroom floor, it snapped, and my newbie-spinning brain finally noticed that if you remove the string and thread the rest of the fiber is plied with (totally more trouble than it's worth, but I'm weird like that), you've got something quite spinnable.
So my question is, how on earth would you set the twist with acrylic? Does my logic that you can't block/felt acrylic knits carry over here (I would assume it does)? Obviously it's not something that would be done very often, but I'm curious if it can be.
Oh goodness, I made these FOREVER ago. Well...3, 3 and-a-half years? Mmm, a long time.
I used to be a member of Hogwarts Elite on livejournal, and there was a quite short-lived "school club" we started up where we intended to send scrapbook-y, papery things to each other through the mail. ATCs was one of the ideas. No one ever got around to sending anything, but I made these...
Just some origami paper cut into strips, glued onto cardstock. I am obsessed with heraldry, so this is one of the first ideas I had...the animals are all traced from a 1930s book on the stories and meanings behind animals in heraldry.
Poor Hufflepuff, looks like some sort of construction sign. :[