The other night when Twitter was over capacity, I ended up being hit with the inspiration to embroider a fail!whale of my very own:
Mostly backstitch, with split stitch for the ropes. I only did two of the birds rather than the usual half-dozen or so, because it's on a small scrap of muslin in a 4-inch (10 cm) hoop, and it would have gotten a mite crowded/I would have completely lost it.
I've been meaning to make myself a set of Ghostbuster amigurumis for the longest time, and I finally got started in on them!
I made Egon by modifying the http://www.suncatchereyes.net/LittleEmo.html pattern from Suncatcher Eyes to make him a bit taller. I hand-embroidered the name badge, then realized my sewing machine can do letters, and I made his glasses by hand out of wire. All of his hair is French knots, with another layer of French knots over the top for height.
I'm still deciding if I should try to crochet his proton pack, or sew one out of felt (maybe incorporating some LEDs!), but I think that can wait until I make the others...well, Ray at least...I only *really* needed plushies of Egon and Ray.
So, for those who haven't played Psychonauts, psychoportals are little doors that you slap on people's foreheads to enter their minds. For those who have played Psychonauts, prepare to go 'squeeeeeee!'.
This is specifically based on the portal that Raz uses in the game ('borrowed' from Agent Nein). It's all painted freehand - I thought about using tape to get all of my lines and color blocks perfectly straight, but that really wouldn't fit with the art style of the game.
Also, my husband is intrigued by the concept of a cat door on a psychoportal.
I found pjhamel's elastic-waist tutorial the other day (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=300252.msg3429214#msg3429214), and realized that it was very similar to the construction of a favorite skirt that I've been trying to find a pattern for, so thought I'd try it out last night. I kinda messed up on my math and cut each side the entire measurement of my waist instead of just half, so I decided to just wing it and I gathered it and made a separate waistband. Hooray for the first piece of clothing I've ever made without a pattern to cut out! (thanks, pjhamel!)
Front and back:
Close-up of waistband and gathers:
I originally was just intending to make it to wear around the house, see how things worked out, so I cut it so that the selvage was the bottom edge and I wouldn't need to hem it, but it turned out so cute (and the fabric far less sheer than I thought) that I think I'll give it a proper hem so I can wear it out in public. Next stop - trying to add pockets!
I really got in the mood for embroidery last night, so I pulled out some muslin, copied a pic from my sketchbook, and away I went:
Only took about three hours all told, though that was in 15-30 minute increments. My first time using Anchor floss, too. I think I've found a new favorite brand - it's really smooth, and separated out into strands without having to use my teeth and a second pair of hands.
I'm sure he'll look much better once he's washed and pressed (I lost my disappearing ink marker, so I just traced him in pencil). I'm thinking he's destined for a small frame in the kitchen, though he might end up being a present.
What do you get when you combine polymer clay, an Egyptian symbol stamp set, and a soldering iron? Awesomeness, that's what:
I'm really pleased with how these turned out - I wasn't sure if the Sculpy would stand up to being soldered around, or if the flux would discolor it, but I ended up pretty happy with them. Learned my lesson from the first try (not pictured), though - don't seal or paint any details until AFTER the soldering. That was not a smell I'm in any hurry to replicate.
Made this for a co-worker for our secret santa swap. He's made of wool felt, safety eyes, interesting corn-fiber polyfill substitute, and ninjaness. I'm going to be leaving it pinned to her timesheet tomorrow, I think she'll like it.
Got myself a fresh battery and thought I'd try saltwater etching a stainless steel dogtag I had lying around. I painted the whole thing with nail polish, and used a knitting needle to scratch the polish off where I wanted it to etch. I was feeling a little impatient, so this was only etched for about 10 minutes, and you can sort of tell I kept pulling it out to look at it (also, I haven't quite gotten all the nail polish off around the hole...) All in all, though, good fun was had by all, and there was only rusty saltwater left over (which oddly enough, I needed for something else...)
As the spring cleaning finally draws to a close, I find I could do with another round (or two ) of a stashbuster/use-what-you-have swap. Anyone else find themselves with a similar suplus of crafty goodness?
I recently did a painting of Hello Kitty as the Mona Lisa for a swap, and the whole thing turned out so amusingly good that I took my concept drawings, cleaned them up a bit and made a screen.
It's a little patchy because I had a jar of strangely congealed glow-in-the dark printing ink that I thought I'd use up by mixing a little bit into the opaque white. Yeah, that's right - it's not just Mona Lisa Hello Kitty, it's glow in the dark Mona Lisa Hello Kitty.