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1  Mini Felt Wallet con Octopus Applique [better pics!] in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kellwych on: August 24, 2005 05:58:39 AM
Ok, so this was sort of a botch, I was trying to make an entirely different wallet, and I'm too lazy sometimes to sketch out my plans before hand, which usually leads to premature sewing accidents...  So after some seam ripping and better brainstorming, I came up with this little wool felt wallet.  It closes with two sew on snaps.  The inside is basically a flat panel/pouch on either side of the fold... I don't think a tutorial is necessary.

Appliques are a royal PAIN to stitch on!  OMG!  How do you guys, especially embroiderers, have the patience and the steady enough hand to make perfect stitches??? 

I'm done yelling now. 

Er, it's a little crooked because it's sandwiched in the scanner...

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2  Squid Ink [rebound journal] in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kellwych on: August 16, 2005 03:09:45 PM
I had a journal, one of those you can get from Borders or whatnot, and it was filled with journal entries, the stupid kind they make you do for high school- except this was for a medical ethics class in college. Needless to say, the entries were trite and not worth keeping around, they amounted to nothing more that an opinion in a book report. To make sure we read the assignments I guess, and because the teaching methods were... well...

Anyhow, I had a good amount of journal left, but knew that if I ripped the pages out it would be messy and uneven. I messed up the binding cutting the pages out [that glue was tight!] so ripped it all off, trimmed down the edges of paper/glue mass with an x-acto knife [I <3 those] and ended up with the floppy remnants of a blank journal. Since I have been making stuffed items and had lots of felt, I decided to rebind my journal, or re-cover it rather - something I'd never really done. I hot glued two layers of felt to the pages, folded the edges around and put in still paper stabilizers in the front and back joints. I just did guess work according to how I'd seen dismantled books, as well as some good old practicality. The only thing binding it is felt, but it ended up pretty nice and stiff after the double layering of felt and paper glued all together and smoothed out. It looked alright, but I decided there could be a more personal touch to it, so after some brainstorming I came up with this idea:

Black felt for and ink cloud, glue to front
Black button sewn onto "ink", making it less noticeable
Squid/Cuttlefish/Some sort of cephalopod [yay!] that attaches by eye socket to the button, so the button = its eye when attached.
Binding from the back to the front so the squid had something to attach to.

The book is fastened shut by way of Squiddy's eye, who is attached to a blue wavy shaped double thick length of felt, which is affixed to the back of the book.

There's my long-winded explanation.

I give you, Squid Ink

[See, he's inking on the journal, which is like me, I ink on journals too.]

he doubles as a bookmark as well


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3  Re: Hello, and how being creative is HOTT in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by kellwych on: August 11, 2005 12:21:01 AM
a little group shot...  actually the bunny isn't done.  if you're wondering, that thing on the left is a pincushion shaped like a steamed bun, like you can get for dimsum.

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4  Hello, and how being creative is HOTT in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by kellwych on: August 10, 2005 09:00:12 PM

I'm new here, so I thought I'd give some info and post a little picture of something I did today as well.   I noticed there has been much interest on japanese felt craft/stuffies [where did that term come from? didn't realise it was so popular...] and found a great seller on ebay who has an impressive variety of japanese craft books, ranging from felt, knittings, etc.

japanese craft books for sale on ebay

Her user name is: meg_pomaikai and she's got tons of huge beautiful scans of the books and some patterns contained therein.

And for my grand entrance! [lol].....

I injured myself making a hot pepper [no cracks, please] today, by basically placing my index finger on the hot hot hot element of an aptly named super hot glue gun, which had been plugged in for too long as well.  It still hurts, I burnt it to a nice caramelized state, mmm.

If only those backings for plastic eyes were easier to put on, I wouldn't have to be glueing innocent little stuffies' socketholes!  And my fingers!

Also this little guy:

I'm trying to make felt versions of this character, my icon, and I'm having trouble getting it to look right.  Proportion isn't the issue, I don't think, it's just that sometimes things don't turn out as well in three dimensions[or so] as they do in two[or so]...

Yes, so Hi, here's a link, here's some of my art

(man i hope i did all that right, or this is going to be a really messy first post.)
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