Since I love the Praying Mantis, and I (albeit very briefly) had one as a pet when I was little, I decided I should embroider one on a onesie. I searched on google images and found a scientific drawing of a praying mantis. Then I blew it up in photoshop and simplified it into a basic line drawing. I printed it on an iron-on transfer, embroidered, and voila: (sorry for the really bad photo; my camera is starting to deteriorate).
I posted my first embroidery (a freehand heart) the other day, and you guys gave me a ton of good advice. I put most of the advice to use on my next embroidery, the skull from the Dia De Los Muertos kit. I think it actually came out OK this time.
Here it is:
I don't know why the photo came out so dark. Anyway, if anyone has advice for improvement, let me know. I was going to make this into a pencil case for a friend. That was the original plan, but now I feel kind of attached to it, and I might use it to make something for me .
OK, I know you are wondering what kind of a person actually spends time redoing her crappy $4.00 worn out pot holders; well, that person is me. I hate wasting and throwing things away. I can't bring myself to do it. So, when I realized just how ugly and disgusting our potholders were, I decided I simply had to bring out the craftster powers. I dug through my fabric stash, and voila:
Exhibit A--Really yucky potholders:
Exhibit B--Cute, new potholders:
A closeup of one:
A closeup of the fabric. You can't tell here, but some of the stars have little glittery sparkles:
Click "enter here." There will be a menu bar at the left; click on "dingbats." They have a ton of dingbat fonts and a lot of them have really cute but simple images that I think will make great embroidery. I haven't tried any of them yet, but I have several in mind. If anyone else has used this or decides to, please post your final products--I'd like to see
I just tried my first embroidery project, which is the butt of a onesie (inspired by someone's post somewhere on this website--sorry I forgot who). I was excited by my new "petite" kit from Sublime Stitching, which kept telling me that embroidery is soooo easy, but--I don't know. It didn't work that well for me. Here's a far away photo:
And here is the embroidery up close. Sorry the photo is so blurry; it's the best I could do with my camera. Anyway--does anyone have any advice for me? Thanks ahead of time:
Hi I just finished my first knitting project--"The Knitting Club's Hat" from The Yarn Girls' Guide to Simple Knits. It has its flaws, but its biggest flaw is this: I ignored all the advice about checking gauge, and my gauge was way, way off. Thus, my hat is gigantic. So I decided either to felt it (and thus shrink it down), or, on my husband's suggestion, to starch it and use it as a basket. So my question to you is: Which would you do?
Here it is as a hat on an actual head (sorry for the creepy blanked out face):
And here it is as a hat sitting on the desk:
Finally, here is what its life could be like as a basket:
Has anyone else on here ever seen "The Gleaner Zine"? I was in Tower yesterday and I bought it. It was wrapped in plastic, so I couldn't even see exactly what it was, and it was VERY expensive ($12.00)--but I just had a feeling about it, so I bought it anyway. And I love it! I haven't read the whole thing, but it comes with various peices of ephemera (old paper, nibs from a fountain pen, beads, etc.), little articles/stories, ideas for crafty things, etc. I'm considering ordering the francophone issue, and I was curious if anyone else knew anything about the zine.
Hi everyone! I've been ogling craftster for about two weeks, and signed up about two days ago. This is a cat house I made a couple of years ago. I know it's not a new project, but I haven't done as much crafting recently--I'm just getting inspired again! Anyway, this was the first project I ever made from a pattern.
EDIT: I finally learned how to put photos up! so here is my cat house--