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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! 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. 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.
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):
Here's the second one (still haven't decided if I'm adding a ship to this one):
I just wish I could show you what they look like with 3-D glasses on!
Thanks for looking! Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
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.