I love this. I've moved them into my crafting area, with all my other supplies. Unfortunately, the toad got away from lariarocket, and that one is empty. My favorite is the frogs toes! The little frame behind is an embellished copy of the witches' recipe.
And my daughter loved them too. She actually did manage to get them all in her arms at once, but the picture wasn't so good...
The workmanship on this is seriously serious. It's a knock out. Plus, a magnet clasp! It serves to remind one of the time one's wasting.
And finally the book. It's really a box. It's really amazing. So, it's got the forest on the back, and beautiful writing up the side, and then inside:
I made this in the Shakespeare swap for lariarocket:
http://pics.livejournal.com/astormorray/pic/0007191b Midsummer Night's Dream Tote bag. Made from a sweater which I dyed a darker and splotcher green, then I embroidered the trees, then felted and cut, then some leaves were added, and figures, and a moon. And the flower! made from brown handspun I overdyed purple (I'm a big fan of overdyeing, since some of the trees leaves are blue mohair overdye green (they're the fuzzy ones) and one of the trunks is red wool overdyed with gold to give brown). (The flower pattern is from Nicky Epstein's wonderful knitted flower book, which my 18 month old daughter loves having "read" to her! ) The grey figure here is a woman asleep, which you can't really make out from this picture.
http://pics.livejournal.com/astormorray/pic/000704d6 other side of bag. The moon is many different shades of white, off-white, grey, light yellow, and one iridescent. The bag was not quite done when the picture was taken, so please excuse untrimmed threads, also - the shiny black lacing extended around the whole base when finished.
http://pics.livejournal.com/astormorray/pic/0006xhw4 bag lining. This is where I sort of floundered. The bag has a bottom that's eye shaped, and my sewing skills are pretty much limited to wobbly straightish lines... But isn't this fabric wonderful? (from fabric.com) I've probably got another half yard or so for personal use.
And prefelting pictures: http://pics.livejournal.com/astormorray/pic/0006z1y5 One side and the bottom. (Bottom is half disappointingly brown handspun, a quarter black from felted oven mitt, and a quarter green left over from green hat from stitch and b*tch swap.)
http://pics.livejournal.com/astormorray/pic/0006yrr4 The other side. You'll notice all the trees have leaves, but post felting, since it was green yarn on green sweater, it didn't always look that way. So, it was the trees that didn't look leaved that were beaded or in one case, got felt leaves...
I made her for the Shakespeare Swap. She's knit from the waist down, reducing stitches in the front and adding them in back for shaping, then one leg, then the other. Then picking up stitches from the waist up to the top of the chest, CO six, pick up six for arms, then pick up those CO stitches again and worked up to shoulders, where I did sort of heel turning a la sock making ... then reducing to neck, doing a flap for the chin, then increasing and picking up stitches for the head... (Which I did too agressively the first time, because her head came out like ET?)
I'm sure there's a better way, because that was complicated, but the only way I could think to do it. Anyway, size one needles! She's about 9 inches tall.
Her hair is some funky yarn I got from my grandmother, and her face is my haphazard embroidery technique.
Her clothes were machine sewn. The shift has elastic in the neck seam, and the dress has a snap in the back so they are fully removable, in case my partner wants to make her new outfits for other Emma Thompson roles. (I'm thinking Professor Trelawney, but that's just me... )
ooh, first time posting on the jewelry board! Awesome.
I made this for lariarocket in the Shakespeare swap. I didn't attach the buttons so that she could place them as best fit her. They're little red plastic hearts!
It's (I think) scenes two through five. First Juliet's nurse is getting her ready for the party while Juliet's mother dreams of her marrying Paris (that part is layered with sparkly tulle). Second, the party, Paris is talking to some redhead, while Juliet and Romeo's eyes meet, and behind them, Tybalt has recognized Romeo and is Very Angry. Third, the balcony scene, with floating felt hearts. I had to add those beads to be the wall because I misplaced the balcony... Fourth, the wedding in Friar Lawrence's cell. The window is the fanciest thing, because it's machine stitched with heavy thread all around, then the fabric removed, and the stained glass sort of fabric sewn on behind. Everything else is either beads or embroidery, with one found charm for the heart at the party.
For my first time, I think it's pretty good (I'm especially proud of the nurse!), but there are things I wish I could have done better.
I guess I'd better post the pictures. Yeah, the bag had me worried (because it's a recycled wool sweater it has something of an odd flare at the bottom) but so did the arms/neck of the doll. It's not easy to knit in three directions at once!
Midsummer Night's Dream tote bag. Made from a sweater, embroidered trees, then felted, then some leaves added, and figures, and a moon. And the flower! It was not quite done when the picture was taking, and the shiny black lacing extended around the whole base when finished.
front of bag, Puck with flower.
bag lining. Isn't this fabric wonderful? I saw it and knew it had to be!
Emma Thompson Beatrice doll (Much Ado About Nothing) Knit with removable costume.
And all her clothes come off in case lariarocket has any desire to make clothes for other Emma Thompson roles.
Finally, a Romeo and Juliet wrist cuff
It's just the first five scenes or so, well, the 2nd-5th, I believe. I'm most proud of the nurse and Juliet's wedding dress.
Well. I dyed this with Lanaset dyes, using the saran wrap set with steaming method, and nearly forgot to put vinegar on every piece of roving.
Actually, bad luck all around, it got slightly felted too. Though, I think it will still be spinnable. And I think it's too pastel for the husband. Though, he hasn't objected... but he's far too nice... I showed it to some friends who were all like, oh, he'll wear it because he loves you, but I want him to wear it because he wants to wear it?