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21  Faux Batik (with tutorial) lots of pics in Dyeing: Completed Projects by teachart on: January 02, 2012 10:18:02 AM
Hello! Some were interested in the faux batik process that I did on The Duddha. It's really fun and easy. I did this with a group of 7-year-olds with great success, so it's a nice project to do with kids too. It does take a bit of time to do because of drying time between steps.


a demo piece I did with the kids



1) gather what you'll need.
-GEL GLUE (WHITE WILL NOT WORK FOR THIS)
-something to mix paint on
-acrylic paints- even the cheap craft store ones work fine for this
-white cotton fabric- washed and  ironed
-water
-a container big enough to soak your fabric in.
-freezer paper (optional)

2)Using your glue, draw on your design. You can also brush it on. Wherever your glue is, the fabric will be white. I put down a piece of freezer paper under my fabric just so the glue that seeps through won't stick to anything. You can also draw a design on paper, put it under your fabric so you can trace your design with the glue. This is what I did with the kids and it worked well. If in fact your paper does stick to your fabric, it'll come off when you soak it later.


Now you just need to wait for the glue to be completely dry before you proceed. Overnight is a good idea.

3)The fun part. Using VERY watered down acrylics (after all, you are just dying/staining the fabric) begin to paint your fabric as you like.


4)Let this dry completely. Speed it up with your hair dryer if you are excited about seeing your results!

5)Soak in luke warm water for about 20 minutes, until the glue disolves. You can agitate it a bit. I wash mine by hand with a little mild soap too, just to get all the glue off.


6)Let dry and then enjoy your work!




Let me know if you have any questions or if I was unclear.  Smiley I hope if you do this you'll share your results!

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22  One Smallish Stuffie with a Function Swap! (sign ups closed send by 2/06/12) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by teachart on: January 02, 2012 08:30:35 AM

lip balm coozie stuffie

Details of the Swap:
If you love beautiful, fun, practical things, then this is the swap for you! In this swap, we'll be transforming a stuffie from being just something cute to look at into something more... a stuffie with a function. After learning a bit about your partner, you will be challenged to create a stuffie for him/her that can in some way "assist" your partner.

Some examples could be:
stuffie needle book holders
stuffie bag, purse, coin holder
stuffie coozie
stuffie pin cushion
The possibilities are endless! You are all super creative people. I really encourage you to chat with your partner once assigned to really get a sense of what that person is like to help you create a functional stuffie that will be enjoyed and appreciated.

To keep it fair for everyone playing, a "smallish" (smallish because we decided tiny might be too tiny for this challenge!) stuffie should be no bigger than about 8 inches in any direction.
Extras are ok too, just make sure you chat with your partner!

Please, no one wants to be flaked upon. If you don't think you will be able to keep up with posting in the thread or creating something awesome for your partner, please reconsider joining. We all want to have a lot of fun!!
If you need to send late or have any other problem, PLEASE PM ME ASAP!!!! We all have busy lives, please don't make mine (or suereal's!) any busier than it needs to be!!

Swap name: One Smallish Stuffie with a Function Swap!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: teachart
Co-Organizer: suereal
Sign-up date range: 1/2/12 until 1/09/12, or until 40 people
Date to send item by: 2/06/12

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 40

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? 16

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- suereal  Smiley
- 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/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: me, teachart!

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
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)

Name at least 5 non-crafting activities that you enjoy (reading, movies, sports, etc.)
What types of arts/crafts do you like to do?
Is there a certain room in your house or other space on your life (office, car, etc.) that you think would be improved by a Stuffie with a Function?

What colors, styles, and/or motifs do you like?
Which colors, styles, and/or motifs do you not like?
What animals, characters, objects, etc. do you like? (e.g. wolverines, honey badgers, Elvis, clocks, planets...what ever turns you on!!)

What types of stuffies do you make? (knit, crochet, sewn)
Which would you like to receive?
Any allergies?
Any allergens in your home?
Would you like to do extras if your partner is up for them too?
Any stalking websites we should know about? (wists, pinterest, etc.)
Anything else your partner should know?

Will you promise to post at least once a week in the forum so that we know you are alive (and sewing Smiley)?  (yes/no)
Will you promise to have fun and to craft to the best of your ability? (yes/no)
Will you be daring and try a new technique when inventing this One Smallish Functional Stuffie and share with us what you learned? (Not essential, I just really want you to have fun and take risks!) (yes/no)

I will try my best to match you up by likes, allergies and what not.  Smiley

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.

Previous tiny stuffie galleries:

Round 1- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=365416.msg4293528#msg4293528
Round 2- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369841.0
Round 3- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373169.0
Round 4- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376106.0
Round 5- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=378948.0
Round 6- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=385704.0
Round 7- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388601.0

And the discussion for this swap in the new ideas board: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=398358.0
...
Approved Stuffie Makers!
1.teachart
2.suereal
3.jillybeans
4.mama24boyz
5.bubblegum_phoenix
6.camelama
7.BirdBones
8.Ruby Copperhead
9.Saint_Angel
10.lukenlarry
11.nmcakemom07
12.Annchen
13.goldfishpollywog
14.goatgoddess
15.Foxy Sam
16.rosyposie


And we have a gallery! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403272.0
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23  Who says a pair has to match? in Felting: Completed Projects by teachart on: December 31, 2011 07:41:28 AM
My first post in fiber arts!! Woot!!

For christmas this year, I bought myself tools to start needle felting! (It took me three days to get everything I needed to start since I used Michaels 50% off coupons to get supplies and you can only use one a day. The first two days were tough... sitting staring at the needle and then the needle and the felting mat, waiting to get the roving... yes I am thrifty!  Cheesy

This is my first attempt at felting. I used reclaimed felted sweater wool for the mittens.




some closeups:




The backs:


Would love to hear what you guys think! And thank you, needle felters, for all your amazing posts and for inspiring me to try something new  Smiley!
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24  The Duddha in Needlework: Completed Projects by teachart on: December 30, 2011 12:03:02 PM
Hi everyone! I wanted to share this piece that I stitched up for sloth003 for the December Birthday Swap.
She mentioned that she liked the movie The Big Lebowski, which I am also a fan of, so I jumped at the opportunity to make a hoop inspired by this.

Searching the internet, I found this rug that I really liked:


To translate that into embroidery, first I "faux batik dyed" some white cotton fabric. (The Duddha image that appears on the  fabric is actually on a piece of paper under the fabric- I was getting ready to trace it on.)

(faux because I didn't use wax or dye- instead gel glue and watered down acrylic paint. You might already know how to do this technique but if anyone is interested I could explain more.)

And here is The Duddha on my wall:



detail

And a sort-of more natural light shot.


Thanks for looking!


Edit: faux batik tutorial can be found here!


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25  Re: December 2011 Birthday Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by teachart on: December 29, 2011 12:31:22 PM
Here's the patchwork scarf I received from michelleandbean!!


I love the blues! Thank you so much, it just started to get really chilly here the past week or so so this wonderful gift arrived just in time!  Cheesy
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26  Re: December 2011 Birthday Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by teachart on: December 20, 2011 04:33:28 PM
Here's the wonderful wallet I received from plaidpinapple:


the fantastic inside:

Love all the card slots! There's also a zipper pouch on the back. I love it so much and have already started using it!!

And she sent these goodies too!

ugh, sorry about the picture, I swear it looks better in my iPhoto...
I love the little elephants! I'll be using these to add to my needlework pieces!

Thanks again for claiming me plaidpinapple!
I sent to slooth003 today! Hopefully my package will arrive safely!
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27  Re: Scrap bustin' pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by teachart on: December 11, 2011 03:06:37 PM
WARNING CLOWNS BELOW

OK I'm terrified of clowns... but my mom gave me some sweet vintage fabric with clowns that didn't seem too menacing:

The blacks are velvet and corduroy, the back is just the same clown fabric. 

Thanks again for posting StickerChic87! I have you to blame for this new pillow addiction! Cheesy
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28  One tiny stuffie with a function swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by teachart on: December 09, 2011 04:06:40 PM
Hi everyone! I made this little guy a while back for a personal swap, and ever since then I thought having a "stuffie with a purpose/function" swap would be a lot of fun.



"What's his purpose?" you might be asking yourself....



He's a lip balm caddy! I sewed a pocket in his head the perfect size of a chapstick. (even silly functions count!!)

I also received this awesomeness from suereal, which I think is also a "stuffie with a function:"


His function?

He's a needle book!! (oh and the little log is a pin cushion  Smiley)

So what do you all think? I was thinking about starting this the beginning of January. It'd be my first time organizing... I'd love a co-organizer to help me out!!

I'd also love to hear ideas for "functional stuffies" everyone!
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29  Scrappy Cats in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by teachart on: December 04, 2011 04:32:14 PM
Hi everyone!

I wanted to share a couple of kitties I made for the awesome susanab in the tiny stuffy swap.

I rescued several sturdy cardboard looms that were destined for the trash at school. I knew that as soon as I saw them I wanted to use them for this swap. I watched a few youtube videos on cardboard weaving and made this little piece of fabric for kitty's body:



I sewed it into a tube and used that as the body, then attached the rest of his kitty parts.





WELL.... he never made it to my swap partner. We don't know what happened... DC# said the package had been delivered but she never received it. I was so heartbroken! Having a swap package lost was really awful  Angry.

I didn't ask for an angel, because a little voice in my head was telling me that susanab NEEDED THAT SCRAPPY CAT!! Plus, as you swappers know, when your partner gets the package that you made for them and they like it, it feels so awesome!! I didn't want to rob myself of that!! So kitty number 2 was made:



Kitty #2 is a good hunter. He brought a gift with him:


Pleased to announce that package 2 made it to its destination. I'm pretty sure he's well loved  Grin.

Thanks for checking out my post!!

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30  Re: Scrap Happy Patchwork Swap GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by teachart on: November 26, 2011 07:37:31 AM
Thanks for the compliments everyone! Here are a few pics I took before I sent the bag to ArtmamaJen (I needed to take lots of pics- it was bittersweet saying goodbye to the purse- I tried not to fall in love with it but you all know how that goes!!)
So here you go, so you all can get your scrappy fixes on  Wink




the top squares


the bottom


and I just loved these animal beads and needed to work them in someplace!

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