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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fabric Art Journal Pages, texture and fun on: July 19, 2014 04:44:33 AM
I love journal page swaps....especially fabric ones. (recent swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434288.0#axzz37ueSyfAO)

The technique on Maleficent is a variety of reverse applique, layers of fabric, stitched the picture then cut away the top layer to reveal the lower layers. Edges are left raw to fray a bit giving it more texture. The quote was ironed on with fabric fusing.

For Planet Pie, I also used the reverse applique method as well as chenilling, which is a technique of layering little scraps of fabric between two fabric pieces, stitching your pattern, then cutting through all the layers (except the back) and washing and drying to get the most fraying. 

There is a great YouTube by Jamie Malden for chenilling, she calls it slashing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaPsMLE2FQ8

And for madcrafter she got a Carl Sagan quote. I'm a scifi reader, so she could have gotten anything!



Angielou1 received a Maleficent quote. I've always loved the tall austere Maleficent character from Disney's original Sleeping Beauty. Even joined the kids one Halloween when they did Sleeping Beauty, Prince Charming and I was Maleficent. I scared young children!

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pennies from Heaven...pass those pennies forward on: July 14, 2014 07:17:52 PM
100 things are easy to think of, but hard to imagine in one craft. I recently became the owner of a box of doll arms (impulse bid on eBay that won). I had this wooden purse, a thrift store find, that cried out to become a shrine, but no inspiration. Then I found a penny on the ground and it all burst into fruition.

But I had to find 99 more pennies. I searched my car, the change bowl, the laundry area, the bottom of my purse and came up with 69 pennies. What? Only 69. So I started designing, gluing, thinking of things I could buy that would give me pennies.
Luckily I finally found the big change jar and 31 more pennies joined. Now I am finding pennies everywhere!

Enjoy "Pennies from Heaven" and pass those pennies forward.





23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little fabric and felt bird ornament tutorial - a bird in the bush on: July 12, 2014 07:17:27 AM
I'm joining the Abandoned Art Craftalong, the idea is so appealing and so fun. You make a piece of art, then abandon it to be found. I was looking for an easy and bright idea and alwaysinmyroom posted these cute crocheted birds. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434378.msg5218657;topicseen#msg5218657



I'm too slow a crocheter, but I can sew up a storm. Searching Pinterest I saw a fabric version and then modified to fit my stash of craft felt. Nice and bright, easy, perfect. These birds took very little time to stitch up, especially in groups. I made 5 and plan on making more. I'll abandon a few today in my home town, then I'll be in Hartford next week for jury duty and can abandon more. Vacation is coming.....I'll leave them across the US (at least to Michigan).

Materials:
Scissors
Felt - 2 to three colors
Fabric
Jute twine/embroidery floss/yarn
Sewing machine or needle and thread

Start by cutting
1 ea. circle of felt 3 1/2" (9 cm) in diameter, cut in half for body.
1 ea. contrasting fabric circle 3 1/4" (8.5 cm) in diameter, cut in half. I used pinking shears.
1 ea. 1 1/4" square of yellow felt, then cut in half diagonally. This will make two beaks.
1 ea. 1 3/4" (3.5 cm) circle, cut in half for wings.
1 ea. 12" (30.5 cm )length of twine, knot together to form a loop for a hanger.
1 ea. 9" (23 cm) length of twine, knot each end about 3/4" (2 cm) from end and fray. Fold in half for legs.
2 ea. 6" (15 cm) lengths of twine, knot each end and fray, f
old in half for the tail.



Stitch smaller fabric circle to felt body



Stitch wings to body, add additional stitching or embellishments now.



Place both halves together, wrong sides facing. Place hanger, legs, tail. Fold triangle beak in half and place at head. See picture. Stitch around body catching hanger, legs, tail and beak. Leave a small opening for stuffing. Stuff lightly and stitch opening closed. Enjoy







Craftalong link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434378.0#axzz37GNwbNbE
24  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 100 ENTRIES / Pennies from Heaven...pass them forward on: July 06, 2014 10:35:47 AM
100 things are easy to think of, but hard to imagine in one craft. I recently became the owner of a box of doll arms (impulse bid on eBay that won). I had this wooden purse, a thrift store find, that cried out to become a shrine, but no inspiration. Then I found a penny on the ground and it all burst into fruition.

But I had to find 99 more pennies. I searched my car, the change bowl, the laundry area, the bottom of my purse and came up with 69 pennies. What? Only 69. So I started designing, gluing, thinking of things I could buy that would give me pennies.
Luckily I finally found the big change jar and 31 more pennies joined.

Enjoy "Pennies from Heaven" and pass those pennies forward.





25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sewing Table gets a new life on: July 06, 2014 10:21:56 AM
After 40 years, I purchased a new sewing machine. Wow, what a change. My old machine and it's table went to college, helped dress two children, repaired tents, created costumes and was there to mend the tears in life.

But the new machine sits on top of the old table and was too tall. So I sawed off about 4 1/2 inches of leg. Perfect. Not so perfect. I couldn't get my legs under the table anymore. So out comes the circle drill bits, two holes for corners were cut and a little jigsaw work to cut a new knee hole. Some sanding, some staining and a new life was give to my old table.

I still have the old machine, it does double duty for camping gear repairs and workshops.

And the cut out holes got a new life for the Pincushion Queen's throne. I just can throw anything away. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434331.0#axzz36i2dFaKR



26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Spoolie Pincushion Queen Reigns on: July 02, 2014 04:39:52 PM
In the recent altered spool swap and how I love to alter things....my partner mentioned Tim Burton and the Pincushion Queen. Poor sad thing. But she is appealing.

It was fun recreating this queen with a narrow waisted spool, striped legs and arms and a throne to rule from. The biggest problem was her head, I needed something soft enough to stick pins in, but not too heavy. I stitched together a ball from a baseball pattern, which came out lopsided. Then wrapped with batting and covered with white fabric and stitched together with black floss. Poor thing. I made big pins from wire and beads. The chair seat came from cutting circles out of the front of my sewing table after I shortened it for the new sewing machine and needed more knee space. Ya never know what you will use.



27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Steampunk top hat ornament on: July 01, 2014 03:19:19 PM
I can't believe I forgot to post these little jewels. But the holiday season is wacky and I usually over craft myself.

These were made for a steampunk ornament swap last fall and were my fall back item after the first bombed big time. I made one for myself, but then ruined one towards the end and ended up sending it out. I will have to make me another this year...or two...or three.

They are only about 2  inches tall and 3 across...at most. They even have their own little hat boxes. The hanger goes through the top with beads below.



28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Baby doll or nightmare? on: July 01, 2014 12:59:20 PM
I scored this doll at a yard sale for free. But don't worry, we spent lots on other items so no one was cheated here. But here she is looking at me with that dopey sweet grin. What to do? I have an urge to do something creepy with her too. Must be the hot weather.

She is 18 inches tall and has porcelain head, arms and legs. Her legs flop all over, but her arms are moveable, but frozen pretty much in place. I may have to take her apart to get them moving again. Right now they are covered by a sewn on body fabric. The back of her head had sustained markings from laying about with little to do and her dress is muslin. I don't think she is antique, but she's been around awhile. The sale was from an older couple who both did woodworking and crafts. There were doll houses, toys, half finished projects and other dolls.

I also brought home a big wooden spool, and yarn cones...paper board ones in various sized. Lots of them. Another idea stumper at the moment, but the holiday season may cure that. But there are way too many.

Any visions?

29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / You put your left arm in, you put..... on: July 01, 2014 12:37:55 PM
I scored a box of porcelain doll arms and legs (all arms) from a closed doll hospital. OK, it was an impulse bid on eBay that won buy sheer contrariness.  Now I have all these legs and arms, small to medium to well I haven't reached the bottom of the box yet. They range from 2 1/2 inches to over 4 inches. Some are glazed, most are bisque (unglazed, perfect for painting).

Now what do I do with them? I do want to use some for creepy toys at Halloween. But really, how am I ever going to use these up? Contact me if you want to do a private swap for some doll parts. Sounds pretty creepy but only if you use a ghoulish voice.

30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Black and White and Read all over on: June 23, 2014 04:38:46 PM
I entered a Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine challenge. The theme is Black and White and Read all over. A two sided ATC sized ornament using old book paper and a dash of red.

Well, I have a circa 1915 songbook with lovely aged sheet music. A good start. Thin wood ATC blanks, cut from some thin plywood, sanded, aged and painted black. And music glued front and back with edges sanded. Then roses made from more music glued to scrapbook paper backing. I found a great tut on YouTube for easy flowers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir8_Tldxbh0. A semi precious stone for the center.

I loved how they turned out, so I made several. I see Christmas gifts!



OK, this one had some turquoise sneak in. I'm making more with different backing papers for fun.

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