To me, Craftster is where I go to learn new techniques as well as to look up nerd crafts. When I first saw Pacific Rim, this was the first place I looked for crafts. Alas, there were none. I decided to fix that! As soon as I saw the kaiju warning sign, I realized it would be a perfect stencil. I learned how to use freezer paper stencils from this website a few years ago. This is my favorite way of using the stencils, painting the negative space around the image.
(No pics of the finished dress, I just can't seem to get a decent enough photo of it.
For my first entry into the Summer Nerd Games, I made this jewelry set! It helped me destash all of my star beads except two and became a belated birthday gift for my mom. This was also the first time I've closed jump rings with the wiggling technique I found in the book "Chained" by Rebeca Mojica.
To make some of my blah stash wool more exciting to use, I decided to do some dyeing. Here is my first attempt at dyeing yarn with Easter egg dye. So much fun to do! I've already given the little green one to a friend for helping me to detangle it, plan to turn the very multi colored one into a shawl, and the very pink one into a hat
I started this blanket in June 2010 according to ravelry, though I could have sword I had started it that August. At any rate, at the naive age of 17 I thought I could make the thing by October 31 for my boyfriend for our 1st anniversary. Clearly, that didn't happen. I've been working on it off and on, but finally gave a last seaming push this past weekend. Gave it to my boyfriend on the 2nd. He absolutely adores it! He said it's the perfect warm but still cool blanket when he sleeps.
Here one of my best friends and I (I'm the one on the right) hold the blanket up because there's no place in my dorm to lay the whole thing out.
I'm so excited to present my first finished embroidery project! I love Firefly, and Kaylee is one of my favorite characters. One day the idea of embroidering this quote onto a mug rug just popped into my head and I had to make it! I fond a pretty font in paint.net and use the program to curve the font a bit too. It's all chain stitch and luckily the photo blurs how uneven my stitches are. Despite its flaws, I love it and can't wait to finish the mug rug.
Funny story about this piece. I had only two (now three, I bought a 2" one today!) hoops, I was so excited to start that when I couldn't find the smaller one, I used the big one.
I thought I would waste a ton of fabric, but when I cut out the quote, it didn't actually waste that much, just a few inches from the edge of the cloth.
And here's what the original quote was going to look like. I think my stitching is as messy as my handwriting.
Thank you so much for looking. And one small question. I noticed that when I do curves, the chain stitches don't usually lie flat, they go with the curve and expose the place where the thread comes up to form the next stitch. Could the size of my stitches be the problem, or something else? I hope that made sense, I should probably be sleeping.
Here are two of my most recent reconstructions, and the two I am most proud of! First up, my Saturn shirt. I had this leftover stretchy fabric from an infinity skirt, was drooling over smarmyarmy's clothes, and decided to give her hoodie tutorial a whirl. I love it! I probably should have fitted the shirt first, but I still love it. The sleeves I just cut off the old ones, used one as a pattern, and ta-da! I also don't have a serger, so I was so happy when my machine did not eat any of the fabric. As for Saturn, that two sided fusible stuff and a stencil I found online were used to make my first machine stitched applique!
And a close up of the applique.
This was once a sad pillowcase. I rescued it and gave it a second life as a skirt. It has an adjustable waistband, 90% French seams, and a whole lot of ruffles. The one serged seam is the original side of the pillowcase, just reinforced. I forgot sew it from the right side first.
I am super excited about this shawl, which happens to be my biggest knitted project so far. I've had the yarn ages, which I only got because I think it's TARDIS blue. I got the pattern from lionbrand.com. The only alteration I made was doing one less repeat of the pattern, because both I was running out of yarn and I am a bit short. This took me exactly two weeks to make (would have been a little less but I learned a very important lesson about babies and projects).
I love that crochet is used to finish off the project.
A slightly blurry close up of the stitches, my camera was not cooperating today. Thanks for taking a look at my latest project!
(After ages of lurking, this is my very first post! Please excuse any formatting errors I might make.)
Though I made this for a Christmas gift, I just got a laptop the other day and am slowly starting to post pictures. So, first, one of my absolute favorite polymer clay creations. I only made the big, shiny, colorful beads, which are now my favorite type of beads to make, and I made them without a tutorial. I love swirls. Also, the middle bead's swirls glow in the dark. I am newer to beading than I am clay, but I am still happy with the look of the whole necklace. The recipient loved it. She said she wanted something with rainbows, so I decided to do a 'classy' rainbow.
I just want to say thank you to all of the wonderful people on this board, who I learned so much from since I started using polymer clay last August. You guys all rock and I only hope to create things as awesome as the pieces I have seen on here.