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21  Ring Pincushions in Felting: Completed Projects by krissykat on: November 19, 2007 10:10:27 PM
I saw some ring pincushions in the quilting section (I think) of a craft shop and loved the idea. I didn't like that they were plain and looked kind of understuffed (I like firm pincushions). So, like all life's great questions, I decided the solution lay in needle felting. Wink


The hardest part is coming up with a design that I can felt in such a tiny space. I can't wait to get more black roving so that I can make one with cherries.

Comments welcome.  Smiley
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22  Oversized red glitter pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by krissykat on: November 15, 2007 04:09:34 AM
I love that this is so simple, but still so very dramatic. Just resin with a tonne of red glitter. 


I didn't want anything fussy, so I put it on a really simple silvertone neckwire.


Comments are always welcome.  Smiley
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23  Needle felted sacred heart in Felting: Completed Projects by krissykat on: November 14, 2007 08:40:17 PM
I think the title pretty much says it all. Smiley I grew up surrounded by religious imagery, and I absolutely love it. I made this little sculpture into a wall hanging by making the back flat and adding a length of ribbon. It seems a little plain on its own, I think I might find a shadow box or a wooden plaque to display it.


I thought it needed a little something, so I added a glisteny beaded blood drop.


Comments welcome.  Smiley
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24  Bloody needle felted chainsaw in Felting: Completed Projects by krissykat on: November 13, 2007 01:53:32 AM
Very similar to the chainsaw scissors case I made awhile back, but this one is pretty much useless. It's also much bigger and bloodier.


I think it would make a wonderful Christmas tree ornament. I think it's too big for my tree, though (it's around 6" long).

Comments are always welcome! Smiley
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25  The astounding Viper girl - only 2 bits a gander! *Adult. Partial nudity in Needlework: Completed Projects by krissykat on: November 09, 2007 05:59:05 PM
(Just in case you didn't read the title, I'll repeat that the pictures below contain embroidered bare breastesses. You've been warned. Smiley)


I've always been kind of fascinated by sideshows, carnivals, freakshows. Then I dressed up as a bearded lady for Hallowe'en, which made me want to learn more about the history of sideshows.
 
I wanted the banner to look kind of aged and worn, so I painted the background with watercolours. I still need to add a red border, but I haven't decided how I want to do that.

I'm not sure, but I think the "Why?" bubble was more for performers than "born freaks". Mine's just for fun though, I wasn't really going for historical accuracy. I'm pretty sure that women weren't depicted as being "sexy" on banners either, but I think I was kind of wondering what things would have been like if they were.


Clearly inspired by Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins' pinup girls.

Thanks for looking.  Smiley
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26  Experimental hot rod in Felting: Completed Projects by krissykat on: October 27, 2007 05:29:19 PM
I love this car. I embroidered it recently and had my test transfer left over. It's on cotton broadcloth, and I've never felted onto woven fabric before, so I decided to try it out. The detail is really too muddy. It's only 13cm long, though.




It was fun, but I think I'll stick to embroider for the small stuff.
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27  Re: Carbon Paper in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by krissykat on: October 27, 2007 05:20:23 PM
lol  I'm certainly no expert, but I'm always happy to share the results of my own trial and error! 

I wanted to double check on using the paper for different designs. I always do it, but I wanted to make sure it works just as well. So I snapped a little demo:
Here's a piece of my white carbon paper, and you can see that I've transferred a flaming pistons design with it. That's the carbon side (the side that touches the fabric).


If you look closely near the point of the pencil, you can see now that I transferred a candy over the same spot


...and it still comes out perfectly. The cupcake was done over the pistons too, it's lighter only because I didn't press as hard.


I pretty much only use carbon paper for transfers onto dark fabric. It's the only way that works really well. I've used the grey carbon paper when my transfer pen dried up, and it does work well. I just prefer the transfer pen because I often like to reuse the images and that way I only have to draw it up once and I can iron it on a few times. Plus if I make a mistake, I can just start over before it's even on the fabric. I've never had any smudging problems with the pens, but like I said before, I never use the first transfer because it's just too darn inky. I could definitely see that happening.
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28  Cocktail hat in Felting: Completed Projects by krissykat on: October 27, 2007 12:14:19 PM
I made this last night for my Hallowe'en costume. I would definitely wear it beyond Hallowe'en, if I were to get dressed up enough (maybe even if I were gettin' hitched). It's needle felted and wet felted. It was a too plain with just the net. I thought about sequins or feathers, but I wanted it to be fairly clean and simple, so I sewed some black beads around the edge to dress it up a little.




(Lightened to show the detail.)

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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29  My beardly transformation. (Img heavy, with link to tutorial) in Halloween Costumes by krissykat on: October 25, 2007 01:08:23 PM
I thought this was too much fun to not share. I need a beard for my Hallowe'en costume, and couldn't find one that I liked. I found a couple online that would have been ok, but they were pricey, and I couldn't have gotten them shipped to me in time for dressing up. After lots of searching online, I stumbled onto a tutorial explaining how to make facial hair with liquid latex and crepe hair. I couldn't find crepe hair either, but I did have some llama in my fiber stash, and the guard hairs look and feel a lot like human hair. It was worth a shot, right?
I cleaned and combed a large handful of fiber, and separated out some of the fine, fleecy fibers. 


Built up a base of liquid latex and waited for it to dry. (4-5 layers, I think.)


Brushed on another layer of latex and applied thin pieces of hair while it was still wet.

It took forever to dry, but I was finally able to peel it off.

Gross.

I did a trial run of my hair and makeup this morning. It was hard to style. I had to work it a bit with a felting needle. I was going to cut it, but then I saw a picture of Debra Christofferson as Lila on Carnivale (HBO show) and I decided to curl it instead. Gratuitous beard closeup:


Then I got a bit silly.

The shadow on half of my face is from my camera (and hand).

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30  Re: ZOMBIES ARE LOVE SWAP gallery! in The Swap Gallery by krissykat on: October 10, 2007 09:08:28 AM
I got my awesome package from smarmyclothes today!

Group shot:


Zombified Wonder Woman card


Zombie finger keychain


Some gross-tastic earrings (that make me glad it's too cold for bugs like this where I live!)


Adorable (and hard to photograph) zombie pinup napkin rings. (With bones on the ends, as you can see on the bottom right.)


Zombie mouse kitty toy. I didn't think I'd be able to steal it back for a close-up, but then a flock of birds showed up outside the window. Please pardon the cat hair and drool.


Zombie goggles with eyeballs, glitter, and painted on stitches!

Hee hee.


And last but not least (probably my favorite thing, in fact), a cute vintage style apron

with green leopard print and a handpainted & handstitched zombie pinup!


Thanks so much, smarmyclothes!!! 
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