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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Loki doll (EXTREMELY PIC HEAVY) 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

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Felt Badges Mario Bros and Harry Potter 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.

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Doctor Who Angel Mug 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/



4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Haunted Mansion Madame Leota Pendant 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.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Light up Eye of Sauron 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.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Young Frankenstein hoopla 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

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Disney's Genie small wristlet on: May 26, 2016 09:01:13 AM
I made this for my partner Mellius01 the Three Tiny Movie Things swap. One of the movies she selected was Disney's 'Aladdin.' Being from the SF Bay Area, Robin Williams has a special place in my heart and his passing a couple years ago was devastating. As soon as I saw that, I had to do something to honor him.

I took the small Coraline from Swoon patterns and reduced her an inch. Everything else stayed the same. I found fabric the same color as Genie, found the perfect pose, used some stitch witchery to fuse it to the main bag fabric, and then hand embroidered Genie to the bag. I used Pellon's 'Print-Stitch-Dissolve' and printed the quote I wanted to use in the font I wanted..and hand-stitched that as well.

Yes. I am aware that the beginning of the quote is incorrect. It is supposed to be 'phenomenal cosmic power' not 'unlimited cosmic power.'  Sad

I almost just did the quote; but decided that I wanted the lamp there.

Butterflies are a symbol of change and renewal. I wanted to use them here to show that Robin moved onto bigger and better things. Released from the burden of his illness.

My partner really liked this item. I hope you guys do too!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Prayer Flags on: May 06, 2016 09:49:43 AM
I participated in the recent Prayer Flag swap for the first time recently. I had two partners and we were required to make a flag for ourselves as well.  I *never* craft for myself. Okay...maybe on a rare occasion I do; but I was wanting to embroider something and I always seem to embroider for others; but I really wanted to make something for myself. So the Prayer Flag swap was very timely.

My first partner, loves2experiment, and I exchanged a couple emails while I was in the process of brainstorming. During that time, I also found the perfect quote.

While black doesn't seem like a logical choice for a prayer flag, (Christian beliefs anyway), but when looking for a good wildflower picture to go with the quote, I found this chalk drawing. Going to the store to look for fabrics, I just couldn't see it being anything but black. I think it works.

I am the Mistress of Google. While searching for a focus with the words my partner picked, I found this quote by Nikki Rowe. After a couple emails with my partner, the quote insisted it be included. You know how it can be.

My second partner and I swapped a couple messages and she mentioned her intention was to help her urban garden have a good season. So I picked abundance as her word. I then spent some time looking for a focus. She mentioned mythology, witchcraft and the elements in her questionnaire. So I envisioned some sort of symbology done in an artful way. I also was thinking of some of the zentangle tangles that might be incorporated.

During my search, I kept running across Ukrainian pysanky. It's folk designs on Easter eggs. After scrolling through pages and pages of those beautiful designs, I decided to use it to design the flag.

The pattern on the bottom is actually from sashiko symbolizing water. The flowers and bees are to encourage pollination,

The hens are to fulfill wishes and symbolize fertility. Interestingly, they are supposed to only be shown at rest, never flying. The wheat wishes for good health and a good harvest.

Stags represent wealth and prosperity.

The colors were chosen  with care as well. The blue/green fabric is to symbolize the sky, good health, new growth and hope. Orange as the primary thread color symbolizes strength, endurance and the eternal sun. It also looks good with the fabric! And the small amount of red on the wheat encourages happiness in life, hope, passion and the sun.

The words I picked for myself were reforge, balance, dare, blessings and strength. Thinking on it, I went with 'blessings' because it was something I really needed to work on remembering.

I lost my dog Sophie a couple years ago.  She had been a free puppy in front of the grocery store, given to a niece...but the Mom was NOT happy and was going to get rid of her...and then my daughter brought her to me and begged to keep her. It was a close thing. I almost said no. She was a mutt and we had no idea what her background was.

Best decision I made. She turned out to be the sort of dog that makes other people want to get a dog. She brought me through a black depression and made our lives so much better.

I had wanted to embroider her portrait. This was the perfect opportunity.

My favorite detail.

The original picture for comparison. If you can't really tell, that is a sticker from an apple on her nose. She was very tolerant. In this picture, she was about six months old. I miss her every single day.

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hulk lamp on: April 26, 2016 02:48:54 PM
Last July I did the "Quotes quote quotes" swap and was partners with fluffypants. She made me the MOST amazing little lamp http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439929.msg5323800#msg5323800 with a quote from Sirius Black cut out that glows when you turn it on. I absolutely LOVE it. The paper she used for the outside of the shade just happened to be Hulk green. My boyfriend's youngest LOVES Hulk and when he saw my lamp, he immediately wanted it. So I told him I would make him a Hulk lamp. I have never done anything like this before; but I was pretty certain I could pull it off.

I found an image online that I thought would work. Hulk can be kinda scary (the little guy is four) and I wanted to make sure he wasn't TOO scary, ya know? So I thought this image was not too simple, but simple enough..not too scary but menacing enough..perfect! I put the paper over the image and traced it. Then I just painted it. Viola! Easy peasy! It turned out great (or so I think) and the little guy loved it! I gave it to him for Christmas but forgot to post it here.

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cruella DeVille! on: July 13, 2015 03:49:33 PM
For the Darker Side of Disney swap I had a lot of great options that would possibly make my partner happy. I fiddled around with one idea for a long while; but decided I couldn't make it happen like I envisioned. So then came Cruella!

I had the idea to embroider her so I could frame her. A plain ole' hoopla wouldn't do for Ms. DeVille though! I had swoops and swirls in my head. I looked online for days and finally made it into a store to see what I could come up with. I pictured a red frame. I found the below frame in grey. The grey would not do; but the shape worked! So I bought some paint. I found a red paint that matched the inside of her coat. I painted the frame three times, then topped it off with a glitter paint tinted with apple red. Perfect! Not gaudy, but definitely glittery!

At this point I hadn't even begun to embroider! I found a pose I liked. I wanted to make sure she was laughing. I wanted her arms up in victory! Those are her best poses! As I prepped to embroider though, I've been staring at that frame for over a day now. It dawned on me that I should embroider her on black...in WHITE!!!! The RED! The WHITE! The BLACK! FANTASTIC!!! I went out to grab some black fabric. I started to embroider. I'm thinking, I'm thinking...I'm staring at this as I am embroidering....and I realized that her hair needed to be HALF RED! Then I realized that everything black needed to be red! BRILLIANT!!!

The more I stitched her, the more I loved her. Except her face. Don't get me wrong. She's beautiful! My stitches were not doing her justice. I almost left her face blank; but my boyfriend talked me out of it.

Best part? My partner liked her!  Grin

You'll have to excuse my pictures. Despite them being correct prior to uploading, the photo system here on the forum twitched them sideways. Can't figure out how to fix it.

Before she went into her frame.

The glitter is not in your face. It's subtle!

Close up so you can see her glitter!

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