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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cupcake Mini Hoopla on: December 29, 2012 03:18:56 PM
This Christmas my family and did some crafting together to celebrate the season, during one session we made mini hooplas (4 inches) Here is mine!





This was my first Hoopla! It was super fun, I definitely plan to make more of these!
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pink, Blue, and Black Granny Square Scarf on: December 24, 2012 08:59:40 AM
I have had this stack of granny squares hanging around for a while and I finally decided to finish the project.

23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A Small Series of Koi Fish Paintings, Now with another set made by ErinAquaheart on: December 23, 2012 12:20:52 PM
My Girlfriend (ErinAquaheart) is working on a giant project involving painting a large floor as a koi pond. Watching her made me want to try and paint some of my own koi fish. This little series of three paintings is my result. (sorry the pic is a tiny but blurry)



**My Girlfriend posted hers on this thread they are on page 2, make sure to check them out too!**
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Alchemy inspired ATC set with hand beaded and embroidered case on: December 18, 2012 07:18:26 AM
I have recently been studying alchemy for some art work that I am working on and I was inspired to make this ATC set. The front of the case is beaded with a burst of four different colors symbolizing four stages of alchemy: The blackening, The Whitening, The yellowing, and The reddening. On the back of the case I embroidered the alchemical symbols for earth, air, water, and fire. The ATCs on the inside are all color studies for the elements of earth, water, air, and fire. I used lots of different media to create this: Felt, beads, embroidery floss, colored pencil, acrylic paint, water color paint, metallic guache, and sparkle glaze. It was mainly an exploration of color and media to get me rolling on some bigger projects.
 




25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hand Stitched Felt Owl Pins / Brooches on: December 18, 2012 07:10:54 AM
Not to long ago I made a tutorial for these and posted it on the Needlework board. (I never know where to post these since they are jewelry, needlework, and sewing in general.) I made three more of them this time experimenting with some bolder colors and patterns, I am pretty pleased with the result.



Here is a process pic:

26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Sequined Elf Ornament, (A family that crafts together laughs together!) on: December 18, 2012 06:58:43 AM
I made this ornament with my family. Crafting together is a tradition for us. Not only do we create fun projects, but also great memories! I made this elf ornament, my girlfriend (ErinAquaheart on craftster) made a Snowman one, and my mom made a Santa one. Here is mine:



In this pic you can't tell, but they are actually thick disks with blue felt on the front and back and red ribbon covering the sides. They are very whimsical and sparkly!
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Felt Owl Brooch From Idea to Finished Project (Tutorial) on: December 09, 2012 06:17:48 AM
First of all let me say that this is my first tutorial so if it is a little disjointed forgive me! Second of all this tutorial is for a project but more than that it is for a design process, if you take the steps of this process and make something completely different than the project featured here than I have done my job well! Of course if you make an owl pin than I will feel successful as well.  Smiley Lastly this tutorial includes pictures of my original pattern, which I don't care if you make an exact copy of what I make, but I will not give you a printable version because the whole point is to go through the entire design process meaning drawing your own pattern, also please do not copy this pattern and sell it.

So let's get started first of all you will need the following tools and materials:
-Paper to plan and draft your pattern on (graph paper is best)
-Pencil
-tracing paper
-straight pins
-scissors
-embroidery floss 2 colors
-a few sheets of felt in the colors of your choice (I used 5 different colors of felt but you could use as little as two, also the pieces of the project I made are very small so 5 sheets of felt makes many owls making it a very affordable craft)
-a tiny bit of polyfill (optional, will explain later)
-pinback, barrette, anywhere clip, headband or any other finding you choose, in the project I made I used a pinback.
-reference material, this project includes embroidery stitches, very easy to follow directions for embroidery stitches are readily available through a simple google image search for embroidery stitch instructions. you may also want to have a few images of the type of thing you want to design, if you want yours to be a cat or another bird besides an owl, go and fins a few pictures to use as references for your own design.

Step one:
      The first step of any design project whether it be a small one like this or something as complicated as a Broadway theatrical set is making some decisions and writing your decisions down. As a creative person notes are your best friend! So make your decisions:
-What kind of project do you want to make? I chose to make a pin or brooch, The type of project you choose makes a good header for your notes.
-What material do you want to use? I chose felt and embroidery floss
-What theme and color scheme do you want for your project? I chose to make an owl in purple and pink with blue and lavender accent thread
-some other things to include in your notes would be the reference material previously mentioned, any ideas for variations on your project, and any ideas on how many of them you want to make and what you plan on doing with them when you are finished.

Step two: now that we have made all the important decisions to define our project we want to make a rough sketch of what we want our project to look like. We will use this sketch to plan our pattern and identify the parts that need to be included in the pattern, as well as solidify a plan for the details. Here is my technical sketch along with my notes:



Step three: after you make some sketches, and notes, it's time to tighten up your drawing into a pattern. This step takes patience with yourself and you may want to use things like templates or a compass to make circles or ovals. Look at your sketches and identify the basic shapes of your design and draw just those basic shapes. When you draw each part of your design leave the shapes over lapping so that you can see the lines of the shapes underneath, you will need all the lines of the shapes available to trace in different parts even if there are other parts underneath the part you are drawing. Here is a picture of my pattern:



Now that you have your pattern drawn, Identify the separate parts of your project. For the owl I identified the following parts:

-The body, (the background of the owl, I will need two of these one for the front and one for the back)
-The Tummy (I only need to cut this shape once because it is a layer that only appears on the front of the owl.)
-The eyes (cut 2)
-The beak (cut 1)
-The wings (cut 2 of each wing, because I plan to embellish the wings with embroidery stitches I am going to want a felt piece for the front and the back of the wings so that I can hide the back of my stitchery)

Step Four: It's time to trace the pieces of your pattern onto the tracing paper, make sure to follow your list of parts so that you get what you need.



after you trace your pieces pin the tracing paper pieces to your felt and cut your felt pattern pieces out:

28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny Square Ear Warmer Headband on: November 26, 2012 05:30:18 PM
I just finished this project and for some reason it was really hard to figure out. I kept making it WAY to big! I finally got it right though.  Grin

29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Gryffindor Scarf With Tassels on: November 25, 2012 11:41:14 AM
Being out of work has given me lots of crafty time! Here is another finished project! A Gryffindor scarf. I am a huge harry potter fangirl!



30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Christmas Earrings, Two pairs one mild and one a little wild! on: November 25, 2012 11:30:26 AM
Here are my latest beading adventures! These beaded Christmas earrings turned out well, one pair is kind of classic and the other one makes a more bold statement. The longer ones with the stars on them were a little more of a challenge to make, having to manipulate the chain and everything.



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