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.
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. Speaking of the next one, I'm super excited to try some new media.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. I covered my dress form with a garbage bag, and used a couple garbage bags in the sleeves. I painted it in 3D. After washing, it was surprisingly soft - hardly stiff at all from the 5 or 6 layers of paint. 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. So cute.
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.
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.
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.'
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.)
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.