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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #100 - 100 Things - Entries Due Jul 1 - Jul 8 on: June 30, 2014 05:17:35 PM
This looks fun!  I didn't even know there were craft challenges here (shows how often I actually get to the computer... *sigh*)



I don't know if I'll have time to make an entry for this one, but I think I'll try (after the kids are asleep... and after I finish making those necklaces and treats to sell at the PTA bake sale this Friday)


Yeah... I might have to wait for the next challenge.  Smiley
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stretching silk...on a budget? on: June 02, 2014 01:36:21 PM
I used masking tape and a laundry basket to stretch some habotai silk for painting.  Another time, I used masking tape and an old picture frame.


I... was too lazy to build a frame and I didn't want to use pins that would leave holes in the silk.  I've got pics somewhere...
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Ideas needed please on: March 20, 2013 01:14:28 PM
Are the nursing home items also supposed to be handmade?


Are you considering small diy kits with some supplies, or just finished items?

I think fingerless gloves would be a great option for donating to a nursing home for men and women.  Sometimes elderly people can have poor circulation and get cold extremities, even inside.  Fingerless gloves are easier to put on and take off than gloves and mittens, and they're great for indoor use when people still want to use their hands for eating, playing guitar, painting, or whatever.  If you have thrift stores nearby, maybe you could check for 100% extrafine merino wool sweaters to felt in the washing machine and then use to make gloves.  I can usually get 4 or more pairs from one decent merino wool sweater, more if I don't make them super long.  I say merino because while cashmere is wonderfully soft, some people find it a bit too fuzzy.  Merino is also much easier to find at a thrift store than cashmere.  I think other kinds of wool are potentially too scratchy.  I know my husband much prefers merino wool for fingerless gloves (he wears them at work in the winter - he's a programmer).  My mom likes fingerless gloves because it provides gentle compression on her sore joints (she has arthritis), so they're soothing.  My 5 year old autistic son likes fingerless gloves because they help his sensory needs.  If you're making a bunch of them, it's simplest to just sew a tube and cut a hole for the thumb.  The sleeves of the sweater usually make at least two pairs with little to no need for sewing on those pairs (since they're already a tube - the higher part of the sleeve makes gloves for larger hands - only sew those if they're way too large for anyone).



What about decorative pins for the pincushions?  You can get fancy with those and use polymer clay, or keep them simple with some matching beads and a bit of glue to secure them.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Non Fattening Easter Bunnies on: March 20, 2013 12:47:52 PM
Oh, man...


those are adorable


yet so... mean Wink  "what do you mean I can't eat the--OUCH!"  They're definitely realistic.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to make the cream in this felt napoleon pastry? on: May 10, 2012 10:15:36 AM
I looked at where the visible seam is and I think it was done like felt tomatoes... pointy "petal" shapes are sewn together to make a round ball like shape (let me know if you want me to find images of those to show you).

I would guess the round shape is then filled a little with stuffing (not as much as if you were making a felt tomato), and some thread used to draw the top and bottom together, in order to squish the round blob.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need some advice for drafting a pattern on: April 29, 2012 11:18:22 PM
I'm not extremely experienced with making patterns, but I have made some stuffed animals and clothes from my own design.  I've never used an actual store bought pattern.  I'm lazy and irresponsible like that.  Smiley


When I'm making a stuffed animal, I first sketch how I want it to look and where I want the seams to be.

Then I draw what I think the flat pieces of material should be that would fit together into the 3-D shape.  Because not all edges will have the same shape as the edges they match up to, I use a piece of string to make sure that the bottom of a duck, for example, will match up to the sides, even though the curves in the pieces of fabric are slightly different.

If you want the joints to be round, make sure the holes in the yellow shell are round where they attach to the limbs.  If the hole was a slit instead of a circle, the joint would be much more flat.


Even using a thin material for a "see through" look would be a pain, I think.  It'll show the stuffing, not the black body, and if you leave it unstuffed, it'll be saggy.  One option is to use a thin cotton for the shell and to paint (in very very watery acrylic) the body onto the yellow shell so it looks like you can see the shadow of the body.
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: T-shirt scraps? on: April 29, 2012 09:31:21 PM
I use t-shirt scraps to decorate my kids' shirts... I cut the shape, zigzag stitch the scrap onto their shirt, add details, and the applique is done.

I'm sure they're gone by now, but maybe in the future someone on your local craigslist would want them for that.  Smiley
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old tent fabric? on: April 29, 2012 09:28:18 PM
Tent fabric can melt.  You can easily make those singed flowers with it... the ones where you cut circles, hold them above a candle until the edges melt (careful that they don't ignite), and stack them into a flower shape.  Use them to adorn clothes, bags, hair, necklaces, etc.
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Stuff my husband found in the woods!! on: April 29, 2012 09:24:31 PM
How big are they?  I'm imagining a little bag/purse lined with fabric on the inside.


Or how about a night light?  I've seen night lights in the shape of a turtle with holes in the back for specks of light to shine on the ceiling and look like stars.  A night light from a real turtle shell would be cool.  Smiley


My husband next to me just suggested gumbo bowls.  Um... he's from Louisiana... and I'm not sure whether or not he's kidding...
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Trees etc from a beginner on: April 28, 2012 02:39:33 PM

I've just begun to learn hand embroidery and made these because I was thinking of doing a tutorial for freehand stitching trees.

The birch trees are on a piece of felted wool, and the outline of a tree is on some scrap fabric that I painted with watered down acrylic first.  They're small... I think the birch trees are on a 3 inch hoop.

I don't have the attention span to follow someone else's pattern, but I want to make patterns for others to follow if they want.  The girl with the cookie is for my mom.  I colored that one with watercolor pencils after stitching it... but I probably shouldn't have.





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