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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Freezer paper INSANITY: Episode 1: Tentacle pants (full of pictures) on: February 03, 2009 02:42:36 PM

So I was inspired by http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289738.msg3288902#msg3288902 .... Tentacles!!! I decided to try out my Freezy-McPaper on a pair of boring pants. For those of you out there who are more artistically inclined than I would have a much easier time doing this free hand, but I suck at free-hand, so I spent FOREVER cutting out this stencil, which I drew right on the freezer paper...

It took me a while to decide on a color for the tentacle, not to mention I couldn't find the colors I wanted at the store.... But anyway... some of the freezer paper stuck too much so I hope it comes off in the wash...

Inside of the leg, I got it to match up pretty well there...

The outside of the leg didn't match up as well..

And the front!!!

Let me know what you think!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Excuse me, did someone say handbag?! (photo obese) on: January 31, 2009 01:43:57 PM

I've never made bags or like before but when one of of my "babysit-ees" (or adopted little sister, as I like to think of her) asked me to help her make a handbag for her mother I agreed. We copied the design/style of the bag her mother already uses, I took her shoping and she picked out the fabric and pretty much did the rest, but left her to do some of the cutting. I think it came out pretty well...

This was the bag we copied from, which apparently retails for about $230 (!!!)

In the works... It's made of two layers of canvas and covered by batiks

My little helper!

Inside pockets

Nearing completion...


And it stays open and upright for ease of throwing things in it...

And her mother loved it and couldn't believe we made it...hehee
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bell-Bottoms! Yay! on: January 29, 2009 07:09:05 PM

Ok so I've done a bunch of bell-bottoms before because they are more awesome than awesomeness and this last pair is no exception... This Pair was trickier than my previous pairs because I decided to give them stripes and also to back them with another layer of cloth so that they stand up better over time... I'm basically posting these in the hopes that it will inspire people to wear more bell-bottoms because there just aren't enough bell-bottoms out there....

So this is my pattern / backing / list of measurements that I started out with...

Stripes sewn together and pinned in...

Finished! yay!!
Gratuitous detail shots...

And yes that is "Good Times" on my TV...
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hatty McKit... Some hats...and cats.... Photo heavy on: January 14, 2009 11:53:25 PM
Well I've been knitting for some time, but only scarves, I tried a sweater once, and gave up... But so I figured I'd try some hats...
The first hat I made... It was tricky because I used that yarn that has varying thicknesses...

And that is my friend's cat, Gabe, he decided that my back was a good place to sit...

And I made my friend a scarf for her birthday and figured I'd make a matching hat for christmas.... Also this was my first time with double pointed needles... and earflaps
This is me wearing it after I finished it...

Photo of her wearing both the hat and the scarf, it's a weird photo of her... and she has another one of her cats in her lap..

The scarf is about 6 feet long and about a foot wide
And just for fun I knit her this while I was figuring out how to do patterns and stuff

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mandolin strap made out of scrap leather....Pic. heavy on: January 14, 2009 10:31:37 PM

I found some old leather in a trunk in my parent's attic and since I didn't have a mandolin strap I figured I would make one. This was the first time I worked with leather so it could have come out better, but it holds my Mandolin and that's what counts...

random leather pieces

Had to punch each hole with an awl and then sew it by hand... Should I have waxed the thread? Probably would have made it stronger...

I used a wood burner to do some vine-like designs

Vine-y-ness everywhere, and my Mandolin

Trying to show the burned designs

I made it adjustable, I don't really know why since I'm the only that plays it... Smiley

Then I added a backing

Finished! Tell me what you think! Also in case I do anymore leather work, any tips would be appreciated!
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Most awesome t-shirt EVER.... or at least that I've made....(photo extravaganza) on: January 14, 2009 03:22:34 PM

So I got myself a copy of Alice in wonderland from ebay and watched it and was inspired to make a shirt... So I made a shirt with the Cheshire cat... And it came out fairly well...

Here's the stencil I drew...

In the process of cutting it out, which was incredibly tedious...

All cut out and Ironed down... finally....

All painted, he was at least 9 different colors.... some of which I had to mix...

So this is what he looked like when I first pulled off the freezer-paper....

Sort of a close-up of the cat, you can see his eyes are messed up and there is a white spot on his cheek, also he has no whiskers, but I think he looks ok without them... So I don't think I'll add any....

Fixed his eyes with a pencil dipped in paint....

Final photo... I tried to take this picture outside so you could see that the bright pink is shiny and stuff... Anyway, tell me what you think! I'm sure it would have been quicker and easier to free-hand, but oh well... I like it....
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Freezer paper made my clothes cool - stenciled shirts on: October 28, 2008 03:51:24 AM
So I don't know if anyone else out there loves the show "House" as much as I do (I would marry Hugh Laurie, but that's another matter) but I decided to make a House shirt, here it is...

also it was late at night, I was starting to lose it.

I also made a shirt copying a friend's drawing/design. But it was the first complicated stencil I had done and I didn't have heat-set fabric paint, so only about half way through did I realize that I couldn't do the second layer with freezer paper... So I ended up finishing by making the cloud stencil out of painter's tape, which, needless to say, didn't work very well, so forgive the messy finished product...

I also made a Totoro shirt, which came out fairly well, but just to let it be known, making outline stuff with freezer paper takes way too long Smiley

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