I was so psyched to see Le Tigre here in Australia I had to make a shirt, but my computer was in computer hospital so I couldn't print out stuff to do a stencil. So I took the easy option and embroidered it. Next to it is another singlet I made. I actually cut the stencil to make a shirt for a friend's 21st, but I loved it so much I had to make one for myself. Next I'm making one that says "Foucault is my copilot."
Details of the stitching...
I basically freehanded this. I wrote the slogan in ye olde cursive and kept glancing at it while I stitched. Transferring designs is still slightly beyond me, which is a shame because I want to embroider another singlet for a friend's birthday. Bonds singlets are teh rad. Companies like One Teaspoon sell dyed, screenprinted singlets at hugely inflated prices, which kind of angers me because you can buy packs of two plain kids singlets for, like, $5 and play with them to your heart's content. Anyway, they dye beautifully, and stencilling on them has a wonderful raw feel.
See? (actually, this stencil was a pain in the arse. I hadn't cut a stencil in the longest time and had the smart idea of trying to cut it out of acetate which SUCKS). A hint for Australian readers - don't buy adult women's singlets. They're very long and sit a little funny. I'm a size 8-10 in adult sizes, which, conveniently, translates to around a size 10 in the kid's singlets. Don't buy child sizes in the wifebeater style singlets - they'll sit around your ribs and the armholes are always teeny. Buy the very smallest sizes you can find in the mens. Also, boys' school shirts are fantastic when you have a big collection of thrift store ties you want to tool around in. I find a size 8-10 in the boys shirts work well.
SLOWLY heat 1 part light oil, 1 part liquid soap of choice (I like castile) and 1 part M&P soap (opague is nicer). Once mixed you can add scent and colouring to you liking. Then add 5-6 parts sugar or salt of choice and incorporate well. (If making this for resale or presents you'll want to add a few drops of preservative for extra measure). This makes a thick scrub with a paste-like consistency so it's not slick and slippery. It doesn't separate either and it's foams with the soap in it. It's a great, cheap and easy scrub.
Finally, I get my act together and actually, like, post something. Hi. I'm very new around here. I think I've posted once a few weeks back, then neglected to do anything until I could get the photo hosting thing sorted out. Now I have, and now it's Australia Day, so I have time to do things, like embroider a t-shirt for Le Tigre (eep!)
Anyhoozle, I had some pink drill, a zip and the greenest, spottiest cotton you ever did see lying around, so I decided to whip up this quick (and, to be honest, a little shoddy) bag with it. First I did a little embroidery sampler on the sides in black because I was bored and watching 'Lord of the Rings.' Here is a weeny photo of it.
Here is a detail of the embroidery.
Now the lining, in all its polkadotty splendour. Now with cosmetic products - yeah, Bloom lip gloss is like crack.
So, yes. Let me know what you think, I am an insufferable novice, after all.
Hi, Glitterbug. I'm very newly joined and from Canberra. At the moment I'm into messenger bags and so on from recycled sheets and curtains and so on, embroidery samplers in curious places, books and weird jewellery. I was really surprised to see an entire category for Australians.
Hopefully I'll get off my arse and actually crack open Photoshop, get resizin', and post some photos of stuff I've made.