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11  2 new batts: Aquarium Afternoon and Cotton Candy Ice Cream in Spinning: Completed Projects by schtankylu on: October 24, 2011 10:26:06 AM
It's been so long since I've been here that now the carding stuff is included in spinning!

I've pulled out my carder again after taking a break due to having 2 babies in 2 years!!  Shocked

This one I call "Aquarium Afternoon" inspired by, well, you guessed it-an afternoon at the aquarium. The silvery firestar totally captures the glinting shiny scales of fish darting around. It's .9 ounces, so perfect for nuno felting or other small projects.

Merino top base with merino roving in red, spring green, aqua, teal, royal blue, and a smattering of other colors with firestar touches





The second is 4 ounces and is called Cotton Candy Ice Cream. My husband named it when he walked into the room, saw it, and said, "Yummy!" It's incredibly squishy!

Merino top base with Merino roving, firestar, and a touch of hand-dyed Coopworth locks



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12  Pebbles and Bam Bam! in Halloween Costumes by schtankylu on: October 23, 2011 06:25:07 PM
My friend has a 2.5 year old and a 7 month-old. Here are the Pebbles and Bam Bam costumes! I made a collage so it wasn't so many pictures cluttering up the board.




Pebbles top is reversible with a Pebbles print on it I found for $4 a yard so hopefully she can wear it past Halloween. I loosely followed a tutorial from http://smashedpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com/2011/05/little-girls-crossover-pinafore-pattern.html  It was my first time using buttonholes on my new-to-me Husqvarna machine, and I have NO idea what I was so afraid of before!

I used black cashmere blend sweater scraps and glued them on with Twice as Tacky glue. Both bottoms are Katrina's Soaker patterns http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/2007/10/free-soaker-pattern.html
The aqua was a size large regular and the Bam Bam was a size medium skirtie that I turned into the pointy-edged bit. He wears cloth diapers, so he can wear a prefold or fitted under it and be just fine! What a kickass diaper cover, eh?

The cat print sash can be adjusted in the back with self-adhesive velcro. I'm sending an extra strip in case that rise doesn't work and she needs to readjust it.

She has a club for him already. I can't wait to see the kids in it!

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13  Lilo and Stitch in Halloween Costumes by schtankylu on: October 20, 2011 10:40:48 AM
My friend requested as Lilo & Stitch outfit combo for her girl and boy. I used New Look 6478 to get the simple A line pattern since I don't have kids this size and used New Look 6525 for the Stitch pattern. First time sewing with fleece, a commercial pattern successfully, and a zipper!

A few things came out a tad bit wonky, but I am super proud of how they turned out! The boy already has a headpiece/hat thing.



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14  Re: Mount Harvard needle felted landscape in Felting: Completed Projects by schtankylu on: September 18, 2011 10:25:50 PM
Right before I made this, our mutual friend, whom we had not seen in years but was once very dear to both of us, died of cancer at just 31. We were both shocked and wished we both would have still kept up with her.

She once had her dad make a frame for a beautiful quote she put in it and gave to me. She added a heartfelt inscription on the back of the frame. I knew I had to put this wool piece in this frame, add my own inscription for the married couple, and send a piece of her memory on to them as well.



Since the wool was already made before I had this idea, I just had to work with it. I was very happy with how it turned out. I did swish it around in hot water ever so slightly to blend the colors a bit and get rid of the needle pokes. I blocked it and dried it, then sliced it to fit. It fit, you can still see the Mt. Harvard inspiration, and it would be lovely to look at on a wall. I could stare at it all day and critique it even further (the brown piece showing up in the middle is much different in person and not as interrupting), but I will just be fine with wrapping it up and sending it on to its new home! I like to think of it as a very organic piece.

Finished front:


For my first framed needle felted piece, I am WAY happy with how things turned out much better than my wildest expectations!
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15  Mount Harvard needle felted landscape in Felting: Completed Projects by schtankylu on: September 13, 2011 10:05:37 PM
My friend has an incredible picture of when he, his then-fiancee, and a few other people summited Mount Harvard in CO over 14,000 feet. I decided to put it onto a scrap from a white wool sweater I got in a cloth diaper wool scraps box.

They got married last year, and we were able to see them get married in CO in an aspen grove. We hadn't gotten them a gift yet! With their anniversary approaching, I knew I had to get busy. All I did was scope out their facebook pages to find incredible photos. One of their registry places was to an artists' gallery co-op, and they specifically said they would love handmade items as gifts on their website. They also gave us a great small piece of art for our wedding.

Here's my rough version, which is up for constructive criticism. You know how you stare at something for so long that it starts to look wonky? Well, I'm to that point!

It's small, about 7x7 or so, with it not being so even.

I will also take suggestions for how to finish this off-put in some hot water to slightly felt it? Frame it? Do a border? Suggestions welcome!

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16  Pockets at the beach: a mini art quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by schtankylu on: July 02, 2011 07:00:19 PM
My mom is super special and her birthday is tomorrow. I wanted to make something extraordinary, so I decided to challenge myself to translate her favorite photo of my dog, Pockets, looking at some birds at the beach.

I made this for my mom for her birthday. It is completely made of fabric, wool as the surf, and different threads. It's like a fabric painting! You can read more about how I made it at http://wp.me/pJudZ-a7 I tried to be in depth and descriptive.

I was so intimidated, but then thought myself ridiculous and just gave myself permission to play around. I also learned that perhaps my new area of focus for the next one will be BINDING  Roll Eyes

I can't wait to make more of these. I have so many ideas. By just doing it already, I naturally learn where I can improve the next go-round. I don't have money for classes, so I will get books from the library or look up how-to videos on Youtube. For my birthday, I got a subscription to Quilting Arts, and this month features portrait quilts.

Pockets at the Beach:


The original photo:



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17  Re: Advice for Free Motion Beginner?? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by schtankylu on: June 14, 2011 07:25:30 PM
WINE. Drink a glass while you just kick it, and then drink another while trying it out. It loosens you up. Do not let your head get filled with anxious thoughts of "am I doing this right" or "I just don't want to mess it up." Banish that fear!

And keep your eyes just where you're headed, not on the needle itself.

The more you practice, the better you get. Here's a great site to just work on little square areas on a sampler before you tackle a quilt:

http://www.daystyledesigns.com/365difficultymain.htm

She has them organized by level of difficulty, texture, etc. For each post, she puts a picture and a video explaining and showing how she does it.

Here's my mess around sandwich:
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18  simple nativity scene in Felting: Completed Projects by schtankylu on: December 04, 2010 09:19:24 PM
Here's my first attempt at a really simple nativity scene. Mary is accidentally kneeling but I am glad it worked out! Wool just has a mind of its own sometimes!

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19  waddle waddle in Felting: Completed Projects by schtankylu on: December 04, 2010 09:17:38 PM
This little guy is 2.5 inches tall! He is sooooo cute. I really, really, really wish he'd talk.



I can't wait to make more. I am imagining an entire army of them.
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20  Re: Fiber Friday - November 19, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by schtankylu on: November 19, 2010 12:29:01 PM
"winter nights" my 2nd drop spindle usage ever!!

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