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11  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by wtpdesigns on: February 27, 2008 12:29:07 PM
ok, so the only dolls i ever made before this were vastly different, but my favorite is a doll named loralei and i think i'm gonna make a loralei poppet... whatcha think? this is the original, think she'd translate well?
the lashes would either be sewn around the sorta eyes you guys have been using or i may just sew it all, i'll hafta sleep on it a bit more lol this idea just hit me today
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12  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by wtpdesigns on: December 10, 2007 09:41:27 AM

sorry about the washed out colors... if any of you have any issues seeing them i'll try and go back in paint and refresh the stitch lines a bit... and maybe make the text bigger lol...

after cutting out your pieces, sew the two shoulder seams, fold and finger press the middle seam of each sleeve... then pin and sew about 3 inches of the sleeve to the shoulder, lining up your fold with the sewn shoulder seam (i've marked where you are sewing in purple for the left sides and lilac for the right) kimonos are not sewn completely around the arm hole like regular clothes... it's open under the arms, that's why you are only sewing the middle three or so inches... after you've sewn the sleeves on, you can sew the sides of the body, just sew on the straight edges, the curved parts will be left open and folded under and sewn to finish the edge in the last step... after you sew the sides you're going to sew the sleeves closed on the bottom (the seam lines where you sew them together are in yellow for the right side and black for the left) after you've finished sewing the sleeves closed you are going to sew the bias tape onto the body of the kimono from where the front starts to form a v (this would be a good time to fold the straight sides under and sew down and finish the tape off on the end, or you can just leave a small tail to fold under and sew down) all the way around to where you started on the opposite side... you can also start the tape from the very bottom instead of starting at the v, it's a matter of personal taste, the real size kimono patterns i have are varied, but most start it off at the v, (you'll need around 2 feet or so if you start it at the bottom instead) the last thing you do is finish all rough edges by turning them inside and sewing them down and hemming the bottom, you can also use the bias tape there if you want a little more contrast... as an extra feature you can take a piece of fabric (i HIGHLY suggest if your kimono is a print, you should keep your "fauxbi" {i'm not sure how real obis work so i call mine fauxbi instead} a solid and vice versa) at least double the circumference of your dolls waist and about 1.5-2 inches wide without seam allowances, if you want to you can just fold the edges under and iron, or you can sew two pieces of (satin blanket edging works especially well on this, and it looks pretty nifty) fabric together and make a double sided one so you can swap it out occasionally... and to attach the obi just use some embroidery floss or yarn to tie around her waist over the obi and tie a small bow in the front! if you're extra creative you can modify the sleeves to start off skinnier and bell out and sweep the ground... or just make the same sleeves longer, like a wedding kimono! i hope all this made sense lol if not, just mail me with what's confusing and i'll do my best to help solve the issue(s)
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13  how do i make drawers out of... in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by wtpdesigns on: November 07, 2007 08:20:05 AM
ok, here's my problem... i bought a buttload of "gourmet settings" (the brand name) flatware and stuff (a hostess/serving set, 2 sets each flatware, demi spoons, butter/spreader knives and cocktail forks)... anyway, i've had these for over a year just sitting here, each set came in it's own little box, and in each box there was a display tray about half the depth of the outer box and small enough to slip inside (if you've ever bought flatware you know what i'm talking about), and these boxes/trays are VERY sturdy, and i got the idea to make a cabinet/chest of drawers of sorts out of them... but i have no earthly idea what the best method would be to make the shell of the cabinet/chest... i already know how to cover the drawers as well as bought the materials to do so, i got felt to line the drawers and i even bought cute little knobs for each one... i was thinking of buying some sorta balsa wood sheeting or mat board (like they use in picture framing) for the shell of the chest... from the pic below, would this type of construction work? the pieces would of course be touching, glued and possibly wrapped/coated/etc in tape to reinforce if the covering materials don't seem to be sufficient

p.s. this post was put here since bookmaking is similar to making a box from what i know, and most bookmakers make the occasional box, from what i'm told, forgive me if it's in the wrong place, just let me know where to put it
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14  Re: embroidered spiderweb patchwork pillow in Needlework: Completed Projects by wtpdesigns on: October 24, 2007 12:05:21 AM
omg... this is very very similar to something i make ... but more fab! i may hafta steal (not to sell, but for myself lol) here is a pic of mine
and a close up of the stitching
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15  Re: Fork Off Keyring (pics) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by wtpdesigns on: October 16, 2007 06:27:07 AM
we used to make something similar to this, it was a fork scorpion... you bend all the tines, two down in the middle and two at the base then again farther down to make legs then bend the handle over the body and legs and then bend the end up a lil, crappy picture included Smiley
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