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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Big Polar Bear from Sweatshirt on: February 05, 2015 08:47:18 AM
I still have had my cheerleading sweatshirt from high school. It's been slowly disintegrating, from being well-loved and often worn, for about 16 years. It finally got too holey to wear, even in private. But, I still didn't want to throw it away! Tongue That's why it got recycled into a giant teddy bear.

I came up with the pattern based on some I found on google images and one that I purchased. It took me a couple of tries to get the head gusset correct, and he still has a giant head. Undecided The stitching is in red - school colors. He's wearing some of my son's clothes that have been out-grown (size 18 month). His arms and legs are button-jointed, and his eyes are just big, black buttons.

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Nebulae in UV-Reactive Acrylic Paint on: January 10, 2015 09:34:47 AM
I started painting nebulae on t-shirts, and bought this UV-reactive acrylic paint (wildfirefx.com) to that effect. However, after a fun night at a Wine and Canvas event, I wanted to try this on canvas.

They're both 10"x10".

Here's my first try (that's the original Enterprise):

Under blacklight:


Here's the second one (still haven't decided if I'm adding a ship to this one):

Under blacklight:


I just wish I could show you what they look like with 3-D glasses on!

Thanks for looking! Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Smiley
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jaguar Doll from Teddy Bear Pattern on: August 13, 2014 06:53:35 AM
I picked up an old fashioned teddy bear pattern on Etsy, but the only faux fur I had in my stash was this short pile leopard print. Therefore, I added a tail and made a leopard. He's about 11 inches tall, partially hand-stitched, and has two buttons for his eyes. I stuffed him with wool. His arms and legs are button-jointed and his head is just stitched on. He even stands on his own if you arrange his tail just right.

Thanks for looking!

(here's the pattern.)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Small Magellanic Cloud-Inspired Painted Tee on: July 22, 2014 12:10:37 PM
I've finally started painting again after a short spell of crafter's block. Yay!

The coloring of this shirt was inspired by this picture (second one) of the Small Magellanic Cloud. I can't help but be inspired when I look at photos like that. There's just so much out there! In the spirit of exploration, I'm so tempted to add a little Enterprise to every one of these painted shirts. Probably will on the next one.  Wink Speaking of the next one, I'm super excited to try some new media.  Grin

Thanks for looking!
5  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.

6  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
7  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!
8  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.


9  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!
10  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 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.


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!
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