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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Galaxy/Nebula Tee - w/Link to In-Process Photos on: October 25, 2013 04:55:25 AM
I recently did a personal swap with HowdySailor where I customized a t-shirt for her. Here is the link to the in-process photos and a pseudo-tutorial.


2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Galaxy/Nebula Tank Top {pic heavy} on: September 08, 2013 12:54:52 PM
I've been taking advantage of my son's naps to paint another shirt. I actually tried to match the colors to some Hubble photos of the Cygnus Loop Nebula and the youngest galaxy that's been seen, I Zwicky 18. I'm a nerd. Cheesy

It's all acrylic paint mixed with textile medium, diluted with water, sponged on. Those round cosmetics sponges are perfect. I blow paint through a straw to get all the stars, and a tiny brush to make the points.





Close ups:




Thanks for looking! Kiss
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Painted Nebula Tank Top on: August 24, 2013 07:23:14 AM
I'm currently in love with this particular kind of project! This is the second shirt that I've painted in the galaxy/nebula style. I was a little ballsier with this one...I bleached a lot more of the shirt and used way more colors than I was comfortable with. But, I think it turned out even better than my first. I'm already plotting my next shirt, which will be for a fellow Craftster member.

The original tank top was black, and I used white and many, many shades of blue, pink, and purple...even a little bit of yellow. The paint is acrylic, mixed with textile medium, and a bit of water. I used mostly sponges to paint the shirt. I used a brush to do the 'bright' stars. The tutorial I sort of follow is here.





Close-up of back:


Thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Painted Nebula Tee on: August 07, 2013 07:01:52 PM
Craftster, to me, is an online enabler to my need to "know how to do that." There are so many extremely talented people in this community, and all of their beautiful creations make me want to try new things and really challenge myself. I'm so thankful that so many here are willing to share what they know. I have learned so many new things from this community, and you have truly helped me find my passions.  Kiss

Though I didn't originally see the tutorial for this project on Craftster, I've been inspired by many similar projects here. I have stenciled a few tees in the past, but I've never painted an entire garment...I'm not really a painter, at all. It was so much fun! I'm already starting a second shirt.  Grin I covered my dress form with a garbage bag, and used a couple garbage bags in the sleeves. I painted it in 3D.  Cheesy After washing, it was surprisingly soft - hardly stiff at all from the 5 or 6 layers of paint.  Wink I used a straw, dipped in paint, to make all of the 'stars.' I had my 16-month old in the baby carrier while I did this in our garage, and he was cracking up...and then he got the hiccups.  Cheesy So cute.











Close-ups:




5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Midnight Felting Challenge: Starry Night Cowl on: November 29, 2012 09:40:52 AM
Before this challenge was announced, I had bought a bunch of fiber to try wet felting. Remember the dragons from a few years ago? I really wanted to make something like that for my DS. But, I wanted to practice a little first. This is my third attempt at wet felting. I had some black/brown/white fiber (wool/mohair mix). I separated out the black/white from the brown and threw in some bits of blue randomly. I wanted it to look a little like VanGogh's starry night with the big swirls of color.





Thanks for looking!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Two Elf Dolls on: August 17, 2012 12:51:51 PM
I haven't posted in a while, so I thought I'd share a couple of dolls that I made a while back. They were both made from my pattern, which was based on the poppet pattern by ghilie.

Teaghan:

Teaghan stands 19 inches tall. The dress she is wearing is made of batik cotton and is gathered at the top with elastic (front and back). The underbust corset is crimson leather with black ribbon laces down the back, with decorative stitches up the front. Teaghan's slippers and patchwork bag match her corset. Both journals fit inside the bag. She is wearing lace bloomers that tie at the waist. The yarns used for her hair and her shawl were both hand-dyed and handspun by me. There are glass beads of all kinds scattered through her hair.





Rhianon:

She stands 17.75 inches tall. Her costume took shape around the jacket. It's cut from fabric that I pieced together from vintage lace, silk, satin and chiffon. The fabric is covered with a pebble motif in free-motion machine embroidery. Cut to have tails, like an antique tuxedo, the fitted jacket is trimmed in more vintage lace. The leather belt laces up the back through brass rings that are stamped with a floral design. The belt pouch is fully functional, closing with a mother-of-pearl button, and cut from the edge of the leather hide to preserve natural texture. The bodice of her dress is constructed mainly of silk and lace; the full-circle skirt is wool tweed in a herringbone pattern, trimmed in vintage laces. She wears eyelet lace bloomers under the skirt. Her little leather slippers match her belt and pouch and are laced with linen thread.

I dyed the wool for her hair to match her eyes.






Thanks for looking!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Batik Stack-the-Deck Baby Quilt on: March 12, 2012 05:41:32 AM
When I found out that I was expecting, I decided I wanted to make something special for the baby.

I went to the fabric store and picked out a bunch of batik fabrics that I thought would go well together. I was chatting with the lady cutting my fabrics about my intended project, and I mentioned that I'd probably just be doing a simple layout as I'd never before done anything intricate for a quilt top. She said that she thought I'd manage just fine if I decided to do something elaborate. I thought to myself, 'maybe I could use a good challenge.'

So, I went to the library and checked out a few books with quilting patterns. I ended up going with the quilt on the cover of New Cuts for New Quilts: More Ways to Stack the Deck by Karla Alexander. I learned a lot about cutting and piecing through making this quilt (mostly that I'm rubbish at cutting). Wink

I was really nervous about doing the free-motion quilting on this project because I had so much time (and money) invested in the top. Even though the stitching isn't perfect - it got a little sloppy in a few places where it was difficult to move the quilt under my machine arm - I'm quite pleased with the results.

After quilting, it measures 47.75"x62".







Thanks for looking! (More info and pictures on my blog...WIP posts on quilt: here, here, and here.)
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Victorian Elf Doll on: February 24, 2012 02:05:53 PM
I've been keeping myself busy for the past three weeks making a custom doll. It's really exciting to make a doll specifically for some one!

The recipient gave me a bit of direction and pretty much let me run with it. I used my own doll pattern, and made patterns for the clothes after the doll was put together.

The hair is handspun wool, dyed with coffee. I love the color of it!

She asked that the eyes be different colors, so I bought safety eyes, sanded off the previous color, and repainted them with nail polish. Nail polish comes in the greatest colors with a lot of depth and sparkle.

The clothes are Victorian-inspired. I used a gorgeous floral satin brocade for the bodice. It laces up the back with grosgrain ribbon. Those eyelets were so nerve wracking! I was afraid of distorting the fabric after spending so much time making the garment. But, I had used fusible interfacing, and that seemed to minimize any distortion caused by making the holes for the eyelets. The skirts are gold dupioni silk trimmed with vintage lace.

Overall, I'm so happy with how the doll turned out. It's been so long since I finished a new doll, and I was pleased that I was able to take it from start to finish in three weeks.








Thanks for looking!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Christmas Amigurumi! on: December 07, 2011 07:03:52 AM
My sweet little nephew saw me making a crocheted octopus this Summer, and he decided (privately) that he would really like to have it. He also decided that his little brother would like one, too. And, like most little kids, he has a great memory. He asked me in late October if I had finished his and his brother's octopuses. Huh The octopus I made originally was too cute for me to part with, so I decided to make them their own. And because their birthdays weren't anytime soon, I had to figure out a good time to gift them the toys. Our family draws names for gifts at Christmas, and I had no way of assuring that my husband and I would draw their two names (and we didn't). To give them the octopuses at Christmas would involve leaving out the other kids. I couldn't do that! I made Christmas toys for all of the little kids! Grin Octopuses for the boys and bunnies for the girls. I dyed all of the yarn, with the exception of the purple.






Thanks for looking!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Knitted-Look Headband w/ Flower (and pattern) on: October 30, 2011 02:14:05 PM
I was recently commissioned to make a flowered headband to imitate a knitted version. I couldn't find a suitable pattern, so I made one up. My first attempt didn't yield the shape that I wanted - I was going for the shape of the popular calorimetry - and I didn't want to frog it for fear of ruining the yarn. I made a second attempt that was more successful, and I actually took the time to write down what I did. I can't post the pattern for the flower as it's from a book (100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet), but you can use any flower pattern that you want. There is no button on the headband in the pictures because I'm waiting to find out what color the recipient wants. I hope the instructions are clear - I've never written a pattern for anyone else's use.




Finished dimensions: 22x6 (with overlap for button closure). Size can be adjusted by increasing or reducing the number of rows in the middle.
Materials needed:
-H hook (5.00mm)
-approx. 210 yards (190m, 100g) worsted weight yarn (I used Patons Classic Wool)
-yarn needle
-button(s)

Ch. 11
Row 1. dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in nxt 7 ch
Row 2. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 7 sts, dc in 3rd ch
Row 3. turn, ch 2, bpdc in nxt 7 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 4. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 3 sts, 2 fpdc in nxt st, fpdc in nxt 3 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 5. turn, ch 2, bpdc across, dc in turning ch
Row 6. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 3 sts, 2 fpdc in each of nxt 2 sts, fpdc in nxt 3 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 7. turn, ch 2, bpdc across, dc in turning ch (all odd rows will follow this pattern until you get to the buttonhole will be noted as bpdc row)
Row 8. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 4 sts, 2 fpdc in each of nxt 2 sts, fpdc in nxt 4 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 9. bpdc row
Row 10. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 5 sts, 2 fpdc in each of nxt 2 sts, fpdc in nxt 5 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 11. bpdc row
Row 12. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 6 sts, 2 fpdc in each of nxt 2 sts, fpdc in nxt 6 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 13. bpdc row Row 14. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 7 sts, 2 fpdc in each of nxt 2 sts, fpdc in nxt 7 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 15. bpdc row
Row 16. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 8 sts, 2 fpdc in each of nxt 2 sts, fpdc in nxt 8 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 17. bpdc row
Row 18. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 9 sts, 2 fpdc in each of nxt 2 sts, fpdc in nxt 9 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 19. bpdc row
Row 20. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 10 sts, 2 fpdc in each of nxt 2 sts, fpdc in nxt 10 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 21. bpdc row
Row 22. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 11 sts, 2 fpdc in each of nxt 2 sts, fpdc in nxt 11 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 23. bpdc row
Row 24. fpdc across, dc in turning ch (no increase)
Row 25. bpdc across, dc in turning ch Repeat rows 24 and 25 for a total of 16 rows of no increases (rows 24-39).
Row 40. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 11 sts, fpdc2tog twice, fpdc in nxt 11 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 41. bpdc row
Row 42. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 10 sts, fpdc2tog twice, fpdc in nxt 10 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 43. bpdc row
Row 44. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 9 sts, fpdc2tog twice, fpdc in nxt 9 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 45. bpdc row
Row 46. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 8 sts, fpdc2tog twice, fpdc in nxt 8 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 47. bpdc row
Row 48. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 7 sts, fpdc2tog twice, fpdc in nxt 7 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 49. bpdc row
Row 50. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 6 sts, fpdc2tog twice, fpdc in nxt 6 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 51. bpdc row
Row 52. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 5 sts, fpdc2tog twice, fpdc in nxt 5 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 53. bpdc row
Row 54. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 4 sts, fpdc2tog twice, fpdc in nxt 4 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 55. bpdc row
Row 56. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 3 sts, fpdc2tog twice, fpdc in nxt 3 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 57. bpdc row
Row 58. turn, ch 2, fpdc in nxt 3 sts, fpdc2tog once, fpdc in nxt 3 sts, dc in turning ch
Row 59. bpdc row
Row 60. turn, ch 2, fpdc in each st across, dc in turning ch
Row 61. turn, ch 1, sc in each st across, sc in turning ch
Row 62. turn, ch 1, sc in nxt 2 sts, ch 3 and skip nxt 3 sts, sc in nxt 2 sts, sc in turning ch
Row 63. turn, ch 1, sc in each st and each ch across, sc in turning ch
Finish off.
Block.
Join yarn along edge, sc a border around headband.
Add a button, or two if you want your headband to be adjustable.
Decorate with a crocheted/knitted flower or buttons.

The pattern is also on my blog.
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