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111  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Silhouette Hoop on: February 04, 2012 08:13:26 PM
So for the latest Hoopla round we chose silhouettes as the theme and I could not get away from the idea of doing one needle felted. I LOVE how it came out. This may be the first time I have posted something I made for a swap. I really want to do the other hoop I signed up for as a needle felting as well but I feel like I would be cheating my other partner. So torn! When I was done I put some fabric glue on the back just because I'm terrified of it coming undone. I know you more experienced Felters say it's not necessary but I am paranoid so there you.

The pattern was a free paper cutting pattern from Cindy Ferguson. Here she is:

And a close up:

And just for fun, this is how the foam pad looked after I finished her:

I really enjoy this craft! Q,C&C welcome!
112  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ladybug! on: January 28, 2012 01:31:52 PM
Does this go here? I think it's too big for the Ami section.
My niece turned 7 on Monday so I finished this for her last night. Still need to mail it, eep!
Since my sister, another of her aunt's died almost 2 years ago, she has been really into ladybugs.
Her mom said she wanted me to make her one so here it is!

Didn't have enough black to make legs but I think it's just as well without. It is a little more firm than I wanted it but that's what I get for using leftover wool from my combing for the filling. Whatever, I think she'll like it. It's about 11" wide x 15" butt - head, and 7" tall. No pattern. What do you think?
113  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / College on: January 28, 2012 11:32:24 AM
When I was dating my husband in college, I bought a vintage cross stitch kit from a roommate and altered it a little to be me and G. He had dreads. I made it into a pillow and it has been floating around since then. I decided it needed a little revamp and I had also recently been thinking that were wasn't any cross stitching on my hoopla wall and that needed to be remedied. Hooray! Combination solution! I get extra points for combos, right?

Not perfectly straight in hoop, but, meh...
114  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Yup, already thinking about summer on: January 25, 2012 09:25:13 AM
I was clearing out my bookmarks on my computer by pinning them and found this super easy Bandana Dress tutorial that I bookmarked LONG ago and decided Hey, why not make some? It's already 78 here in my part of the country. Alice is only 2 so she can grow into these a little and then she can wear them as shirts, because that would still be cute, or we can pass them down to what they say is going to be her little sister. We'll see. Either way, I think we'll have them a long time. And if the elastic gets too small I can always rip open the seam and add more, right? I'm crafty like that. Wink I picked out 2 patterns and let her pick out 2. Can you guess which were which?

First I tried it with the bow. I hate bows in my back when I sit so I tried a few other ways of tying:

This way is my winner! Cuter looser but not as functional.

Also tried looping and tying in the front. If I were more of a girly mommy I could probably come up with some really cute ways to tie them but alas, I'll settle for the way I did it on the green. Though if anyone has any ideas or website references that would be great.

What do you think? Wow, I'm wordy. C&C welcome!

ETA: Gratuitous cute shot!
115  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / I'm learning! on: January 08, 2012 02:02:35 PM
I don't remember what gave me the vision but I have this SUPER AWESOME vision in my head that concerns wet felting a bunch of vessels and needle felting them together and then needle felting embellishments on them. I've never felted anything at all. Well, maybe some rocks but that didn't count. So before I get this vision out of my head I first had to learn to felt. Vision's not started yet, but here are my learning adventures:


Then I bought a kit for needle-felting and the day it came in I made some balls for said needles:

Then I decided to try my hand at vessels, since I will need about 10 for my vision. I think I'm sending these to my Mom for her birthday because what the hell else am I going to do with them?
Smaller vessel with random flowers, no patterns or real flowers envisioned, just poking:

Larger Vessel with Bluebonnets, designed specifically for said Mother Ship:

I really like the abstracted bluebonnets on these and how they are all different. I tried the first with leaves and decided No, I'm not that good yet. RIP! Also, there are 6 on there but I figure it's already a heavy enough post so you can just image them.

And while I was waiting for the vessels to dry before I decided to try some panels:

And an experiment with some sparklies in the middle layer. Added too many sparklies. Didn't felt as well through as it should have. But like I said I'm learning!

Now to finish that Chevelle hoop and get on with my "vision" that I'm being so secretive about!

QUESTION: On the needle felted embellishments they are really easy to rip out. How do I stop that and make it permanent? With kids around I really don't want my work to be easily demolished. A little fabric glue on the back hold it in or is there something real felters do?
116  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / When to dye and with what: a felting project on: December 31, 2011 06:43:26 PM
I don't know if this would go in this forum or the felting forum but since the 2 questions I have are actually about the dyeing part of a felted process I guess I will post here?

I got this grand idea a little bit ago, I don't think it was over a month ago but who knows with my brain, I mean I am pregnant, and I really want to do it and it won't leave me until I get it out of my head so I should get it done soon, right? I mean if I wait too long then it will leave me and I will have this *guilt* that these (hopefully) awesome creations never came about just because I was lazy... I blather... let's move on...

I don't want to go into specs because I want it to be a surprise and if I don't end up pulling it off then I don't want to get anyone's hopes up. Basically my project involves the Wet Felting a Vessel tute, cutting and needle felting different "vessels" together, and then needle felting designs and _____ into the resulting "vessels" creating _________ _____. I just got my first needle felting kit in the mail today so I have no reason to NOT do it except I need advice. I have a bunch of Sheep Shed white roving that I am planning on using for vessels but I don't want them to be white so 2 things:
1) Should I dye before or after felting? I'm thinking before since when I needle felt the 2 pieces together the unfelted wool I use to needle felt might shrink when I dye it. Am I right?
2) I have a book on dyeing and I've done a little already but only with Kool-aid and Easter Egg dyes and I know these are not colorfast, especially in light, and I really want my FOs to be light-fast. I mean it is just the base and I will be needling designs on it but I still want it to be fast. I do have some acid dyed but I am not comfortable using those with my kids yet. Would RIT dye be colorfast? Is there another dye I should be aware of that is kid-safe and colorfast?
117  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 30 December 2011 on: December 30, 2011 03:00:07 PM
Happy New Year everyone!
I've decided I don't care if you guys share anymore, I just want to post. Bah, poo...

First up, remember all that stuff I got a little while ago that I didn't know what to do with it? Well, there was a bunch of really ugly first-spins in there that were seriously horrible (like they didn't even know how to do a join) that I decided needed to be redone. I've done this before but this time I dyed them first! shekitow,mane!

How they started, all these were dyed with the BGP combo

Dyed with Easter colors. Not color fast but still quick and easy with kids. Man, the kids LOVED helping with the syringes!


Blues spun and N-plied

Pink/yellow spun and N-plied. I was only wanting to do the Blues as more of awinter feeling yarn but then I still had 2 hanks of the crap yarn and the other 1/2 of 2 dye pills from the Egg kit. What's a girl to do? SPIN MORE!
All of these yarns were relatively thick and thin because a) I'm not that great at consistency and b) spinning from really bad yarns is not all that super easy. They were a little felty in spots (from our dye job or the original spinster?) and wow, you guys saw that yarn.

Also spun up this week was 4oz of a Merino/Firestar batt.

2oz coil spun

and 2oz core spun! I've decided I shouldn't try to use handspun singles as my core for with of these techniques anymore.  Roll Eyes Also, corespun is something I need to work on.

Yay! Happy stuff! I got a drum carder from the Woolery for Cmas so I'm sure I'll be busy these next few months learning and you guys get to watch. Aren't you happy? It's huge! I don't know where I'll put it or when I'll get to learn with it but I did just place a big order of like 3 lbs of different fibers to play around with from the Woolery, since my husband told me I have to support them from now on. Apparently my MIL ordered a manual carder but they sent a motorized one which is like 2x the price and instead of paying to get it sent back and sending out a manual version they just gave her a super discount on the motorized. G and his mom were very impressed, to say the least. OK I'm done, I think.
118  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 23 December 2011 on: December 23, 2011 09:16:39 AM
IT'S FRIDAY! SHOW ME YOUR GOODIES! What? You've been too busy with Christmas?! Bah, so have I but I was inspired so I made some yarn and I have more on the wheel because for that I was REALLY inspired. I got a bug and when I get it it won't let go until I give it what it wants. So here we go:

I attempted corespun this week, y'all! I probably did it wrong because I didn't really watch any videos or try to learn much about it first, though I have before so that should be good enough. It's kind of slubby but just wait for the next yarn. This is the other half of the batt that I showed you spun up with some wool last week, except this time I used that same wool as the core.

It should be more white but apparently the shop I got my fiber from kind of lied about the colorfastness of this next fiber so it's not and I'm mad. Also what I didn't like about this next fiber is that while it was really interesting batt and only Merino and Angelina, there were some really thick short parts of it and it made it really difficult to spin evenly so I said F*** it and made it really thick and thin corespun. I really like it but again, I liked it better before I set the twist and the colors bled. Curse you Katie McMullin!

Sorry for the 2 pics but the true coloring is somewhere between those 2.

I do have another hank of 35 yards already but I am working on more of the same so I'll post it all at the same time, next week! I am so excited! This is the real bug that bit me and man, I am really liking it.
119  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 16 December 2011 on: December 16, 2011 06:04:01 PM
I don't believe you ladies. During the summer I asked where all the spinners where and Bella excused them saying it's too hot to spin and now that it's 9 days before Christmas I'm still not seeing Yarns. There wasn't even any last week! Sure, I've only spun 1 yarn recently but hey, I've been busy. And lazy. I can do that I have a baby in me.
Here she is:
Silk, Merino, Angelina, plied with straight wool. Tried for the first being more wrapped around the wool, like a semi-corespun coily whatever, but that didn't really work too well, especially when I wrapped it on the Niddy Noddy. I'm spinning another bobbin of just the white wool to use as for a core on what I'm hoping will be a real corespun (as in I'm not spinning the other fiber before wrapping it like I did on this one) but we'll see how that works. Anywho, here she is:

120  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 69 ENTRIES / Tangram-esque sets with matching bags on: December 02, 2011 11:45:05 AM
Sew Mama Sew had a Passionate November. One of their passion days was Passion for Play and included in their tutorials was this one for a "tangram-esque fabric puzzle." I ended up making 2 sets: 1 for my brother's boys and 1 for my kids (i.e. me!)I used only fabrics I had on hand which means they weren't all quilting cotton. The only real change (other than size) that I made from the tute was that the backs match the fronts. She said she just used whatever colors and had I think 4 of each rainbow color and 18 white. That didn't make sense to me. THere are 6 of each color backing.

For Ethan and Connor (4yo and 3yo) I tried to get all the colors to be solids.
Here's the Front sides:

The backs:

And more fun!

I forgot to get a picture of the bag. For the bag I just cut 18"x4" strips of each non-white fabric and, well, made a bag with them.

And for me Russ and Alice (5yo and 2 yo) I tried to get all the colors to be patterned. These were a little bigger than the set for E&C. I learned a bunch.


The bag:

This bag was bigger, I included 2 strips of the white on it as well.

These were a lot of fun to make and play with. I want to do a set sometime where each fabric is a different texture. I think that would be cool.

Thanks for looking! C&C?
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