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41  Loki doll (EXTREMELY PIC HEAVY) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: July 11, 2016 02:19:51 PM
So, one of my best friend's wives (that sounds weird but it's true) shot me a Pin of a Loki amiguri and asked if I could make it. I said, "Sure. But amiguri aren't my best thing. Would just a felt or fabric plush be okay?" She wanted a Loki doll for her grown daughter (big kids need dolls too!) for her birthday. So I said, "Sure!" I don't think I realized what I got myself into. My original *intent* was to make a doll maybe 10" high and probably shouldn't take me more than..oh say, a week to make?  Man am I crazy.

After looking at ALOT of patterns and ideas, I decided to go with this pattern, and I would modify it:


The pattern is super cute and looks pretty easy. Right? Right. In comes me. With my lofty ideas of what Loki should look like and....oh my goodness I am horrible at minimalism! I must have looked at a trillion pictures of Loki based plushes, costumes, cosplay, etc etc etc. I printed out the pattern, put it all together and came up with this.

The front is pieced onto a piece of acrylic felt. Everything else is a wool blend felt. I have only made two dolls before this and nothing this elaborate.

Loki with his sceptre

Body detail

Back of helmet

Back of coat

Front of coat

Inside of coat

Sceptre  - I went back and forth on whether or not I should stuff the scepter or make it flat. I decided to sandwich some stabilizer inside and be done with it. It makes it so it is firm enough to stand tall. The gem is stuffed but has stabilizer that goes into the middle to make it stand tall.

Solo pic of the handsome god

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42  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap- R7! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: July 11, 2016 01:27:57 PM
I have been following along, watching all the new patches pop up on the board. This swap never fails to put out some amazing work. Alas, I have been a horrible partner. To go along with a delay in getting out my patches to my partners, I was unable to get to my PO Box until Saturday and my patches from audio languished in the mail for DAYS!

And they don't deserve it. Because they are AWESOME! Not only were my patches AWESOME; but audio spoiled me. Please see below.

This patch from Firefly has my eyes following the little stitches along their swirly path. This was the perfect fabric to do this patch on. And the back is, of course, galaxy fabric. Perfection!

And next we have a Star Wars patch. Specifically, the helmet of Finn. Backed with classic Star Wars fabric...another perfect patch. I still don't know which of these are my favorite. I have them currently sitting on my desk here at work with me and every once in a while I will glance down at them.

My extras start out with these beautiful batik patches. I currently don't have enough batik fabric in my life. I really like the choices audio made.

The rest of my stash came in this little bag.

This piece deserves it's own picture. I don't know what to call this. Scrap yarn? Cord? My boyfriend seemed fascinated by it (me too) and said it was the perfect 90's headband! He immediately put it around his head. Unfortunately I missed that picture opportunity. Grin Whatever you want to call it, it's cool.

Last but not least, there was this cute little F flag. Too cute! A bunch of....stuff! I love the metal beads/danglies. (I don't know if I like the bird best or the nest). And then there was a little baggy of beads. Little buttons! Doll head beads! Big sparkly buttons! Variegated floss! The list goes on. Thank you SO much audio! I was lucky to get you for a swap partner two swaps in a row!

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43  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by fatewineroses on: June 29, 2016 02:30:30 PM
Oh em gee I LOVE that snitch fabric!! I need me some of that.

I just got through reading the whole thread. I need to hang out here more often.  Grin

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mario Bros Felt Badge
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448230.0
Brief Description: Main part of badge is the question mark box from the Mario Bros video games. Inside of that (badge is made around a homemade matchbox) are three small badges of the red mushroom, the green mushroom and the Super Star.
Project Picture: 

 Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dark Mark felt badge
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448230.0
Brief Description: Did this badge for the felt badge swap. Badges are supposed to be 2"-3" square; but I just couldn't get the darn thing that small and still look good. So it's about 2"x5".
Project Picture: 

OWL Subject & Option(if available): Study of Ancient Runes
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Purses, Purses, Purses!
Brief Description: My niece graduated from high school recently and I offered to make her a purse. I usually use the Swoon patterns and she picked the Pearl. She currently doesn't use a purse she says; but as a girl who didn't used to use a purse EVER, I know that will change the more she is away from home. So I was going to make her a Pearl and an India. And I also wanted to make myself an India. I'm going to leave it at that right now; but I have been collecting some cute fabric recently (I think I owe a kidney to my favorite fabric shop) and have been wanting to make some new purses for friends and family. The plan is to finalize fabric selections (niece chose one fabric she likes, need to choose some coordinating fabrics), make a list of what I still need and go to store, and find a time in the schedule to make them. I usually cut first, iron on stabilizers etc, cut from stabilizers etc, then start sewing. I hope to be done with this before the 22nd of July.

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44  Felt Badges Mario Bros and Harry Potter in Needlework: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: June 28, 2016 12:08:55 PM
I was paired up with roler and audio for the recent felt badge swap. These are what I sent them.

While going through roler's questionnaire, I saw a lot of bright, shiny ideas. I don't remember what prompted this line of thought; but I am SO glad I went there! I created the matchbox myself from a link I found on Pinterest. Then I created the box around it. I originally was thinking to include as many of the power ups as I could; but couldn't fit them all in. So she got to....Grow up, get a life..be a Super Star! I love how it turned out and was sad to see it go away. But happy it found a good home.  Grin

For audio, I decided that I would cater to her desire for more skulls in her life; while catering to my love of Harry Potter! If you don't recognize it, it is the Dark Mark that dark wizards have tattooed on their forearms. I originally was going for the Dark Mark that lights up the sky in the beginning of The Goblet of Fire; and so belatedly realized I missed the opportunity to make it more gruesome by embroidering it on skin colored felt to make it look as if I had carved it off of a dark wizard. I still like this rendition though.

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45  Doctor Who Angel Mug in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: June 28, 2016 11:40:00 AM
For my boyfriend's youngest son's birthday recently, I took him to Color Me Mine. I didn't do anything so fancy as many on here; but I had fun doing it.

I found a cross stitch on Pinterest that mashed the Weeping Angels with the Starbucks mermaid. I thought it would be perfect on a mug. The only thing I wish I had done differently was making the main color Tardis blue versus Starbucks green. I wrote the "Don't Blink" at the last minute. One of those epiphanies you have as you're making something, ya know?

The cross stitch pattern I found. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/57561701464229772/



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46  Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) in The Swap Gallery by fatewineroses on: June 08, 2016 10:41:45 PM
Time for the second fabulous badge from the Great Audio! Badges like this one are the reason I joined this swap! She picked my favorite Disney movie and recreated Lilo's doll Crump beautifully. I just went awwww and smiled real big when I opened this.  There might have been a squee in there somewhere too. I can't stop looking at her! Thank you Audio!!! Thanks to Lime Riot for hosting!

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47  Re: Felt Badge Swap (SU May 17 - May 28, SO June 27) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by fatewineroses on: June 05, 2016 12:40:08 AM
The thing I like about using wool felt is that you can cut very small pieces and it holds together. Acrylic felt tends to disintegrate if you try to cut it very fine.

I've seen great felt badges embellished with beads, sequins and buttons, but often they just have embroidery (simple or elaborate) and felt appliqu. I did this one for a previous badge swap that was almost all done with needle-felting. That's another advantage of using wool felt.

Both my partners have such interesting things on their lists, it'll be hard to choose something. Maybe I can combine two or three each.


I love that! I actually have been meaning to try needle felting fo-ev-ah and finally took the plunge to...wait. I can't say anything else!  Grin
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48  Haunted Mansion Madame Leota Pendant in Needlework: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: May 27, 2016 12:44:19 PM
I made this for the Disney Villians swap, Rnd 2 for my partner Aisy.

I had seen a what felt like a trillion of these mini hoops on my Instagram and they were so gorgeous! While perusing the web for ideas to create something connected to the Haunted Mansion, I was drawn to the hitchhikers at first. They ARE my favorite. But I found some great versions of Madame Leota and thought...I could make a tiny hoop with her in it! Awesome! And as I was planning it, I figured out that I could stuff it so she looks 3D even! Fantastic!

The original portrait was taken from a drawing done by DisneyFreak19 on deviant art. I was going to use the artwork from one of the pins; but this was much better. Color/stitch interpretation of the drawing is mine.

This is probably one of my favorite pieces I have stitched. Hands down.

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49  Light up Eye of Sauron in Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: May 26, 2016 11:44:43 AM
For my partner Mellius01 in the Three Tiny Movie Things swap, I made this. She listed the Lord of the Rings movies as her all time favorite series; so I definitely wanted to do something from the series. While stalking her and brainstorming about what to make, this came to me...a light up Eye of Sauron!

Now, I had never seen anything like it. I had no idea how I would make it; but I knew I had to make it. I just had to.

I originally found frames that would actually qualify as "tiny" (swap definition is an item 4"); but somehow lost the glass for the frame.  Roll Eyes Don't ask me how I "lost" it in a one bedroom apartment. So I had to go get new frames.

I originally was thinking I would put in in a shadowbox; but all the shadowboxes I found would require tools I didn't have to make a way to get the battery pack for the lights through it. So I found a four pack of frames and figured I would glue it all together.

I knew that the eye itself would be resin. I couldn't find an appropriate sized/shaped mold, so I ended up buying air dry clay and mold maker to make a mold the shape and size I needed/wanted. It turned out much rougher than I intended; but I figured it would work for Sauron. He's a rough and tumble kind of guy!  Grin

I watched a YouTube video about a million times about how to paint a pendant as the Eye of Sauron. I used transparent glass paints for everything but the iris. (I should have done two layers of black on the iris.) I baked it to lock in the glass paints; but I doubt that was necessary. This is it right after coming out of the oven.

I printed out a background. I was originally going to draw something; but decided at the last minute to print out a scene. I had determined the location of the resin piece and cut out a hole for it. I then mod podged over everything, cut the hole for the resin piece and made sure to mod podge over the edges so you wouldn't see any white. I cut a piece of cardstock in a dark grey the shape that holds the eye and glued it to the background. Parts of the background were wrinkly.

I used a piece of foam board to hold the lights. I covered it with aluminum foil first. You probably can't see; but I placed the resin piece directly on the foil and marked around it. Then I poked holes the size of the lights directly around and on the place I was going to put the resin piece. I glued the lights in from the back with some E6000 after checking to see if everything was lining up.


Before the glue.

Once I had those two together, I glued the glass to the front frame, glued the second frame to the first frame, placed the background w/ resin piece in that, glued the third frame to the second one, placed the light foam board piece in that, glued the last frame on...let it sit while my boyfriend used his little saw to make a space for the cord to go through. Glued a piece of Velcro to the back and the battery pack.

Voila! All done! I had to send late because it all had to dry for 24 hours.

This is the best picture I could get of it lit up. The reds are not as red as I would like. Were I to do this again, I would have to figure out how to make the red a true red.

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50  Young Frankenstein hoopla in Needlework: Completed Projects by fatewineroses on: May 26, 2016 09:12:32 AM
I did this piece for my partner, Mellius01, for the Three Tiny Movie Things. I have never done much portraiture with my embroidery, and I definitely haven't done one where I was filling in tons of stitches instead of outlining and defining a feature. So, I learned A LOT. I actually have some more portraitures planned so I can practice more.

If you don't know who this is...shame on you!  Wink

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