I don't remember when, but when I went looking for some pictures of Mexican folk embroidered dresses, I found these by LittleDear. I fell in love, even though I don't have a Blythe. Two weekends ago, I went to Mexican Fiesta with my mom and fiance, and saw some full sized ones, that started at $55. The nice thing about having dolls is, you can make them the clothes that you can't have. So, I set to work on a Pullip sized blouse. ....And then I saw this challenge and was like, score!
This was way, way, way more work than I thought it was going to be. Over all it took about a week of my free time to finish. I counted the threads on the yolk to map out the two sides and the center area, and then blocked them out with a running stitch. I hoped this would help it be more symmetrical and properly blocked out. The bottom butterfly and flowers I free handed. I think it went pretty well.
I didn't get a picture of it with a ruler, but it's 3 1/2 inches long and about 2 1/2 inches across. Here's one of my girls modeling the top.
The Owl Ranger by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr I went all out for a recent Pullip doll convention in Chicago. The theme this year was owls, and even though the theme doesn't have to be included in the custom outfit, I had this crazy idea of making and owl ranger. I started sketching out the idea in March, and didn't finish it until the first week of June. I took breaks from it off and on, but I was working on it pretty much every free moment I had. There were a ton of set backs. After I finished my embroidery, I tried to iron it. The iron was too hot and I ended up shrinking one of the corners. By that point, I knew there was no time to redo any of it. So I pushed on. I also realized that I didn't include enough length to attach the hood. Since the cloak was a half circle, I added an inch wide panel to the straight edge. I'm really glad I did, because even after that, the cloak was about two inches shorter than I had been planning on.
I have to admit, this was a real learning experience, but it went really well. I took first place at Puddle for the Custom Outfit Contest! Yay! So, on to pictures!
The back is where I spent most of my time. I used an Urban Threads pattern called Full Moon Owl. My fiance actually helped me pick out the colors. I wanted to keep a woodland color pallet, but also wanted a bright accent color. It's mostly done in satin stitch. I had a blast doing it all. The lazy daisy leaves were so much fun! I think they came out looking amazing.
Here's the outfit that goes underneath the cloak. All of it was hand sewn and all the patterns were self drafted. In total, I made a peasant blouse, corset vest, pants, belted skirt, pants, and boots. I hadn't planned on making my own boots, but when I found out the cloak was going to be too short, I knew I couldn't use the lack luster plastic shoes I had been planning to use. So, I tried my hands at making doll shoes.
The peasant blouse was very easy to make, as was the vest. I was really pleased with how it turned out, and the pants are very basic. My favorite part of the whole outfit is the belted skirt. It's exactly what I wanted, and was just so happy it came out right. It's decorated with feather stitch in the front, and a wrapped running stitch in the back. The best part, to me, is that it's a functional belt. I found these little brass rings in a craft store, and knew I had to use them. I think the worked out perfectly.
I've been away from Craftster for a while, so even though this is an older project of mine, I never got around to sharing it here. I love dressing up my Pullips, but as I spend more time working on them, I'm finding that most of Barbie clothes I collected early on just don't look as nice as I thought. So, I've been teaching myself how to sew tiny, little things. Making the clothes are as much fun as seeing my girls wear them. I've also been experimenting with fake fur wigs. This pink one was my second attempt at fur wig making, and I think it went rather well. Anyway, on to pictures!
I have always wanted to try glass etching. I thought that it would be a great Christmas gift this year. I put aside my fears of playing with acid and gave it a shot. I used Armour Etch, an x-acto knife, and some contact paper. Like always, I forgot to take in progress shots, but I did remember to take some pictures of the final products. I'm really happy with how they turned out. Up close you can see some fuzzy lines and rough cuts, but over all, they look pretty awesome.
From left to right, the symbol for Earth from Stargate, the Imperial symbol from Star Wars, and a Creeper face from MineCraft.
A set for my fried who just got a house and engaged, the Imperial symbol and the Rebel symbol from Star Wars.
Finally, Rarity's cutie mark. I couldn't seem to get a picture without glare on it. It was the second best glass I made. I was really happy whit how it turned out since it involved so much detail.
Thanks for looking. I also suggest you all try etching, as long as you remember to do it in a well ventilated room, with gloves and long sleeves. It does not feel nice when you get the cream on bare skin.
I decided that I wanted to make clothes for my dolls, so naturally I organized a swap:) I sent these outfits to my partner, who has received, so I felt like sharing.
I modified a barbie pattern I found to make this dress. I added some chain just for a nice detail.
This is a circle skirt with a tank top. There was some fraying on the top, but the skirt turned out really, really well. The fabric for the top actually has a vintage print of kittens and puppies on it. I thought it was kind of cute.
This might have been my favorite piece. I made the pattern myself using trial and error and some extra fabric I had lying around. I love the pom poms on the bottom.
Swap name: Blythe/ Pullip Autumn Celebration Craftster member who is organizing this swap: PaleAngelLex Sign-up date range: September 5 through September 16 (Extended Sign ups!) Date to send item by: October 17
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):25
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO If so, which country? NO
Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions: - Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES - Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES - Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES - Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES - Is at least 18 years old: YES
Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions: - Has been a member for at least one month: YES - Has posted at least 15 times: YES - Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES - Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES - Does not have any negative feedback: YES - Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES - If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES - If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES
Details: The hot weather is starting to give way to cooler temperatures, the days are getting shorter, and the fields are full of the last riches of summer. It's time to celebrate all of the wonderful things come with this time of year. This will be a four point swap where we'll be crafting fall themed items for our Blyths and Pullips. Sign ups will be from September 5th until the 16th with send outs the 17th of October. Things to keep in mind for inspiration, fall fashions and accessories (hats, jackets, hoodies), Halloween (costumes, decorations, spooky accessories), back to school basics (t-shirts, underwear, socks, uniforms), Harvest time (overalls, straw hats, apple, pumpkin, corn or other harvest inspirations).
Please check in once a week, as communication helps keep flakes from occurring. I will note good or (if I have to) bad communication in your feedback. When you send, you must use a Delivery Confirmation number if in the US, or mailing receipt for those outside of the US. PM the organizer and your partner when you send and when your receive. After you get your fall goodies, please take good quality pictures so we can have a fantastic gallery. Also, remember to take pictures of all of your items before you send in case something happens.
If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER: Name of swap: Blythe/ Pullip Autumn Celebration Craftster username: Email address: Your real name: Mailing address including the country: Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?: Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO): Do you have any allergies (pets, smoke, etc.)?: Any allergens in your home (pets, smoke, etc.)?: Names and types of dolls (Blythe and/or Pullip and/or Dal, AND body type!) you would like things made for?: What is your favorite part of fall?: What are your favorite colors for fall?: What kind of items would you like your Blythe to receive? Do your girls have personal styles that your partner should keep in mind?: Anything you wouldn't like to see?: Do you have a dollhouse?: Would you like things for your girls' houses or rooms? what kind of household items?: What kind of things can you make?: Do you a have wist? flickr? blog? etc?: Anything else your partner should know? :
IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
I've never had a lot of luck starting things from seeds. I live in a very small apartment and our water tends to kill plants. I always keep trying though, and this year, I had some very unexpected luck.
They are almost 3 feet tall. I didn't know that was even possible! There are some smaller ones among the three giant ones. The small ones have pretty rust colored flowers, but I don't know what the tall ones will produce yet. I'll update as soon as they blossom.
Here's how the flower looked once it opened. It was really pretty, and very clearly a Marigold.
I made this for the Ancient Cultures Rnd 2 Swap. My partner chose the Maya, and I decided to challenge myself. I took this image out of a mural from the San Bartolo Site. The mural is one of the most beautiful pieces of art from all of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica in my humble opinion.
It was stitched in one or two strand back stitch, mostly in black since most of the original piece was outlined in black. Part of the head dress wasn't so I stitched that in a rust color. This was my first time using watercolors on my embroidery. The camera I used is very good and picked up all of my uneven painting, so this actually looks a little nicer in person. Over all I'm happy with the it. I think using the watercolors really helped by giving it that, well, painted feel. I want to try this again and hopefully clean up some of the rougher spots.
Any advice on how to use watercolors better, or anything else is more than welcome. Thanks for looking.
For the latest hoopla swap I was tasked with making a hoop for Songs4Drowning. After struggling to make a science fiction domed city, and putting it on the back burner to finish some other time, I had to choose a new theme.
So I now give you, purple yetis.
I looked around the internet for all kinds of yeti, so if they don't look like your traditional yeti, there's good reason for that. My boyfriend looked at it and asked, "since when do yeti have horns?" Since now.
They were worked with a lot of different stitches. She was outlined in (I think) feather stitch. It was going to be twisted chain stitch, but I messed up the first one, and then liked this better. He is outlined in a knot stitch. They are both filled in with back stitch. The feet and horns are satin stitch, the heart is chain, and the arms are outlined in stem stitch (the fist time I've gotten it to work right). The rest is back stitch.
I hope you like them, as they are some of my favorite work.