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1  Galaxy Dress. in CHALLENGE 73 ENTRIES by flutterbysea on: April 08, 2012 01:30:54 PM
This is my Galaxy Dress!


 
I'll to try to explain what I did with out being To long winded... we'll see how that goes Smiley Let me just start by saying: I am an idiot/perfectionist and most of the repeated steps probably could have been avoided if I only had a brain.


SO! this is what I started with... I know what your thinking, Why on earth would she have That in one of her drawers. Well I got this lovely garment from a garage sale, back when I was seven. (I grew up on a farm, and this was during my Princess/cowgirl phase). Anywho, I never got rid of it. fast forward 15 years and now I've got a rather interesting dress to demolish!

I'll be honest, when I started I had NO idea what the dress was going to be. Really my only thought was my complete and utter hatred of any, and all things pink.
My bright idea was to remove the pink with excessive amounts of bleach. This might have worked IF I had tried a diluted bleach bath... unfortunately my mind doesn't work that way... Instead I had the bright idea to put some bleach in a spray bottle and have at it. In my mind this was going to result in a perfect bleached out dress that was no longer pink... Alas (obviously) that was not the case. What I got instead was a splotchy yellowish top and whitish splatters on the skirt (apparently the  cotton/dye combination used for the eyelet parts were  different then what was used on the skirt/lining).
Since the outcome of the bleach was less then satisfactory I decided the next step would be dye! Blue dye!... the result was again, alas (obviously) not good, leaving me with a slightly blue tinged pink splotchy dress.

After trying it on a few times I noticed the dress was fully lined with the same thin (not yellow) cotton of the skirt! sooooo I decided to use it inside out! thus ridding myself of all eyelets and ruffles as well as giving me a smooth bodice to work with! That's when I had the idea to fuel my obsession with all things galaxy print and turn it in to a galaxy dress!

I refitted the top, took in the side seams and front darts. reversed the buttons. I cut the ruffle under skirt (used to be over skirt) off a few inches above my knees to act as a sort of petticoat. I cut the over shirt (used to be under skirt) in to a Hi-Low hem I.E. shorter in the front, longer in the back. added POCKETS! just what every dress needs!....then I added another layer of bleach.

I tried dying it black and teal with Rit dye in spray bottles but it didn't stick (I did it outside and it was to cold). then I tried store bought black spray fabric paint (it sucked). and then did one last round of bleach (I'm amazed the dress hasn't disintegrated yet).

Decided to try hand painting the black/blue galaxyish things on... 5 hours later, the dress was improving (slowly). But still not quite what I wanted. so I dip dyed  some spots/corners in really hot, really bright, teal dye.
IT FINALLY STUCK!!! 

added some white and gold stars and it was done!




I didn't have a necklace that would go with the dress, so I made this one last minute. just some rocks from my stream, wire, mod podge and glitter nail polish. I might do a post on the jewelry board if anyone's interested.

Sorry I'm not smiling in any of the pictures, it was 40 and windy... I was cold Smiley

Thanks for looking! Comments and Critiques always appreciated!
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2  Beaded Earrings! in CHALLENGE 71 ENTRIES by flutterbysea on: February 06, 2012 12:49:17 PM
Hello!

I Love beads. I have way to many yet i keep buying more, Seed beads in particular are nearly impossible for me to resist, so when I saw this challenge back in the beginning of January I know I had to do it, then I (of course) completely forget about it for the entire month of January. so this is what I came up with in the 4 days I had left.

I've never tried beading like this before so it was a lot of trial and error, I'm pretty happy with the outcome, but I think I need to make some super long shoulder dusters Smiley

I added jump rings to the top so I can switch them out on my gold Lever Backs (I'm allergic to everything else), that's why the tops look a bit weird.





The necklace pendent thing was an after thought, I ran out of time so It's just strung on a cord for now, not really sure what I'm gonna do with it yet.

SIDE NOTE.

I also made a mermaid and a faerie!
Little creatures made with seed beads and wire, made up as I went along. pretty useless... but cute!:)



Comments and critiques always appreciated Smiley
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3  FOXES!!! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by flutterbysea on: January 19, 2012 12:52:17 PM
Hello!

I honestly don't know if this is the right place to be posting this:) It is painting, but it's on a mug sooo...?

Anyway, this was my first time playing with my new porcelain paints! I didn't have a plan when I started painting. I was just testing out which painting techniques work best, so the whole layout is not very cohesive.


Everything is free hand..


Interesting paints though, kind of difficult to work with, but oh so much fun! they work best if you have a super light hand. you can see in the different foxes what it looks likes if you layer
(I don't recommend it, tends to want to pick up the previous layer and ruin the whole thing)



Comments and critiques always appreciated:)
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4  First attempt at stranded/fair isles knitting! in Knitting: Completed Projects by flutterbysea on: January 13, 2012 01:43:09 PM
Hello!

As stated in the title, this was my first attempt at stranded knitting.
It was a birthday gift for my dad so I needed a pattern that works for guys, I used this one off Ravelry; http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alpaca-earflaps
Didn't follow the pattern exactly... I left off the ear flaps, changed the dots around the top a bit and added ribbing around the brim. also messed up a few times but it's not to noticeable:)

apologies for the weird/corny pictures:) these are all I have since I already gave the hat to my dad.


I used yarn from from my stash, 80% acrylic 20% wool worsted weight.

Comments and critiques always appreciated:)
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5  Embellished Snuggley Scarves. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by flutterbysea on: January 06, 2012 01:53:12 PM
Hello!
I started this project with something completely different in mind.
long story short, these were supposed to be lightweight plaid patchwork scarves (gifts for my aunts)... but alas twas not meant to be, the fabric I bought was to heavy, my sewing machine would not cooperate etc... after many failed attempts, I gave up my original plan and, in an attempt not to waste the fabric I already had... I came up with these

lined with super fluffy fleece and embellished with embroidery floss and felt.






I'm very happy to say my aunts LOVE them!, so all was not lost:)

also I have some of the fleece left over... I'm thinking fluffy shorts!

Comments and Critiques always welcome!
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6  Felt Critter Ornaments! in Winter Holidays by flutterbysea on: December 10, 2011 11:26:32 AM
My mom decided to buy a fake tree this year, I hate fake trees, they are bad for the environment, made with chemicals and they don't smell good. but I figured if the tree has to be fake, I'm going to make as many real ornaments as possible to make up for it.

here's the tree all decked out:)

Unlit                                                                                                     Lit


Some of my favorites






And Fernando the pigmy puff.


Also on the tree: lots of origami peace cranes, little felt acorns made with real acorn tops, more felt critters, and glittered pine cones.
Soon to bee added: silver origami paper stars.

comments and critiques always welcome!
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7  Embroidered and Beaded Crochet Spider Hat. in Crochet: Completed Projects by flutterbysea on: December 04, 2011 01:36:08 PM
Hello!
I made this hat as a gift for my aunt, she LOVES spiders, bats, road kill etc.... yeah, shes a bit weird. I figured spiders would look best;)  
          

                      The spiders were made separately out of wire and seed beads.


Close up. There's black iridescent beads sewn in to the vine things for added shimmer. The spider webs are silver thread.

Comments and critiques always welcome.
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8  Granny square head band. in Crochet: Completed Projects by flutterbysea on: October 25, 2011 11:48:44 AM
Hello!
Just a simple head band/ear warmer thing , no pattern. worsted weight yarn, size H hook, fleece lining.
I had Waaaay to much fun taking these pictures.





SUPER EASY MINI TUTORIAL; crochet five granny squares, sew them together in to a loop, hand sew in a fleece lining, Sit in a field and play with milkweed puffs!!!





Comments and critiques always welcome! have a wonderful day!

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9  Embroidered and Beaded Crochet Hat. in CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES by flutterbysea on: September 07, 2011 10:02:16 PM

Hello! this is my first project post on Craftster, So apologies if I do something wrong. so I made a hat! obviously inspired by nature but also inspired by a knit hat I made last year  that I love... but I wanted a crochet version!



 I didn't have a pattern so it was sort of trial and error but I think it turn out alright, but I need to make some adjustments next time
.


the embroidery is done with yarn and embroidery floss. The beading probably took the longest, but I couldn't resist.
Close ups Smiley



 
I'm excited to make a Tim Burton/Alice and wonderland themed one with black spiraley branches and MUSHROOMS!!!
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