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1  leonardo (tmnt) guitar strap in Needlework: Completed Projects by fingerpistol on: February 11, 2014 07:41:40 PM
so this is my latest creation. a guitar strap with the old-school arcade version of leonardo cross-stitched onto it. (you remember the old-school arcade version of the teenage mutant ninja turtles? the side-scrolling fighting game? and in between scenes, there'd be a cut scene with all four turtles side-by-side? yeah, this is that.)

anyways, it took ages. it wouldn't have taken so long if i'd just left all the black along the right side empty, but it just looked crappy (and the lack of stitching on the side made it warp a little), so i filled it all in anyway. and of course black cotton stitches on black nylon webbing is ungodly difficult to see. it takes like three freaking times longer to stitch than any other color. guh. so yeah, it took a couple of months of stitching, off an on, just a few hours a day, a few days a week. it was a pretty lazy project, lol.

the stitched portion is just over five inches tall and just under two inches wide. taking into account that each completed cross-stitch is actually two individual stitches (forming the x), this thing has over 4,500 individual stitches in it. mostly black. guh.

i'm planning on making one guitar strap for each turtle, so one down, three to go.  Smiley
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2  "action delivery force" paintings (futurama ftw) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by fingerpistol on: February 11, 2014 07:32:19 PM
soooooo if you haven't seen the sixth season of futurama, the last episode (called "reincarnation") is split into three segments, each of which spoofs a different animation style. the third segment, "action delivery force" spoofs anime, and features a couple of split-scene cuts (a la old-school voltron and whatnot) with the characters making hilariously dramatic faces.

as a birthday present for my boyfriend, i painted each individual onto their own piece of craft wood using regular old acrylic paints (oooh, faaancyyy), like so:

this is what the pieces looked like pre-paint, just penciled on:

you may have noticed that there is a penciled version of hermes, but no painted version. well, there was one. but my dog ate it. literally. no joke. he must have looked delicious.

some of the colors are slightly off (namely yellows, cuz i didn't have yellow), but whatevs. first thing i've ever successfully painted, so i'm pretty pleased with myself.

individual shots!

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3  mario guitar strap (yep, another one) in Needlework: Completed Projects by fingerpistol on: February 11, 2014 07:03:11 PM
so this is the second mario-themed guitar strap i've stitched. (the first one is here.)

this guitar strap was commissioned by a rad guy with a nintendo guitar. (please excuse the photos. i am terrible at photos.) anyways, he picked all the images he wanted, then i created a pattern and went to. it took ages. a little over a month to complete, i think.

a slightly better picture:

aaand a few close-ups:

i covered the back with fleece, same as i did with the last one. it helps to keep everything from getting completely screwed up, plus it's way more comfy.  Smiley
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4  Re: Post Secret Round 13 Gallery (Sent out August 18, 2010) in The Swap Gallery by fingerpistol on: September 15, 2010 11:40:14 AM
aww! my very last one! le siiiiiiiiiigh!

text: "If it weren't for my family, my boyfriend + I would've moved away a long time ago. I don't have any friends who would've genuinely cared. (and neither would I.)"
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5  Re: Post Secret Round 13 Gallery (Sent out August 18, 2010) in The Swap Gallery by fingerpistol on: September 08, 2010 10:05:12 AM
sorry it's taken so long! my camera and computer had some sort of dramatic falling out. but i've since convinced them to kiss and make up.




text: "I SAVE EVERYTHING! i don't know if that's a good or bad thing sometimes."


front: "Piece of Freedom"

back: "My EX husband left me Last August, and I used DESTROYED one of his comics To MAKE THIS POSTCARD. & IT FELT AWESOME! Thank you for helping me move on."


text: "I have been a hardcore animal lover my whole life. I don't like my cat."
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6  Re: Post Secret Round 13 Gallery (Sent out August 18, 2010) in The Swap Gallery by fingerpistol on: August 20, 2010 10:12:21 AM


front: "I didn't think seeing them together would hurt that much."

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7  Re: The Ongoing Poppet and Punkin-Along in Craftalongs by fingerpistol on: August 11, 2010 05:06:42 PM
wow, a little nervous posting here, but i finished my first poppet a little while ago (for the doctor who swap). it is a poppet version of the tenth doctor (played by david tennant). the pic below is actually one that i borrowed from my swap partner, irishdaydreamer (she okayed it). i had to borrow one because i was lame and forgot to take a full-body shot. (meh.)

i posted about him here. thanks for looking!

(and duuuuude, major props to those of you who make these on a regular basis. woof. not the most difficult thing i've ever done, but not necessarily something i have the patience to do more than once, LOL.)
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8  tenth doctor: a time lord poppet! (pic chubster) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by fingerpistol on: August 11, 2010 04:58:58 PM
so this was my very first poppet ever. (and quite possibly my last, LOL.) please excuse the blurry photos i often take. i have no idea why i suck so much.

(the image above was borrowed from my excellent swap partner, irishdaydreamer, because i am lame and forget to take a full body shot. le sigh.)

i joined one of the recent doctor who swaps and was assigned a most excellent swap partner, irishdaydreamer. the one thing that she wanted, more than anything else, was a poppet of the tenth doctor. now, having never made a poppet, or even so much as used a pattern before, there was some trepidation involved. however, i refused to send her a package that did not include the ONE THING she had requested. so i had to man up and learn to make a poppet.

the first thing i did, obviously, was contact the poppet-mistress herself, ghilie, to get the pattern and instructions. i printed them out, and then went about altering the appropriate pieces. the original poppet pattern creates a mildly animalistic doll with paws, cat ears, and a tail, and i needed something more time-lordy.

then i traced all of the pattern pieces onto freezer paper, cut them out, and ironed them to the appropriate pieces of fabric. i was actually kind of a dumbass the first time around and didnt pay any attention to the grain (whoops), so i had to recut some of the fabric pieces so they didnt stretch weird when i stuffed them.

sewing the pieces was the easy part, surprisingly. i actually put off the sewing for a few days because i was totally paranoid that i was going to screw it up and waste all of the fabric id bought special for the project. i used my machine, which is just a kenmore mini ultra (nothing fancy at all).

the first set of arms i sewed actually came out great. until i needed to turn them. in the poppetalong thread, i had learned that it was possible to produce a poppet with bendable fingers (using pipe cleaners in addition to the stuffing). however, everybody who had done so warned that the fingers were unnaturally difficult to turn. stupid me, i thought they meant it was literally difficult to turn, as in turning the fabric during the sewing process. i figured it had something to do with the close seams. NOPE. turning refers to the process of turning your sewn piece inside out to stuff it. THAT was hard.

i did manage to get it turned (after a ridiculously difficult time), only to discover that the fingers were waaay too thin to stuff with much of anything, more less with pipe cleaners. i ended up going through about half a dozen different variations of the arms, because i REALLY wanted the hands to have bendable fingers. i had my heart set on his being able to hold his own sonic screwdriver. but alas, it was not to be.  Undecided

his legs came out alright, with hardly a hitch (though they looked freaking retarded until i stuffed them, LOL). admittedly, his feet are HUGE in proportion to the rest of him, but i wasnt about to start over on his legs after the disastrous experience id had with his arms.  besides, i think his ginormous feet are kind of cute.  Wink

the body was next. like the legs, it was surprisingly easy to put together. when i started stuffing it, i did have a bit of difficulty getting the neck stump properly stuffed. every tutorial i read recommended that the neck be super stuffed to support the head correctly, but as i stuffed it tighter and tighter, the seams started to buckle a bit. so i had to let up and leave it. most of the seams started to pull and fray in an alarming manner at some point, but it stayed together, so thank goodness for that.

on to the jointing! the jointing bit was actually kind of fun, and relatively simple. it was a bit difficult getting the long-ass needle through his body with all the thick strands of floss through the eye, but twisting the needle as i pushed/pulled it through helped. the floss left waxy gunk through the eye of the needle, which made it increasingly difficult to thread, but whatever. the first time i jointed the legs, i didnt pull it as tight as i could have (because i was afraid of putting unnecessary tension on the fabric). but when i jointed the arms, i pulled them super tight with no problem, and the joints were way better than those on the legs. so i removed the legs and rejointed them back on again a little tighter.

his head was fun, but troublesome. i used fun fur for the hair (because i wanted it to be all floofy like the tenth doctors), which was a minor pain in my ass, LOL. the stuff got EVERYWHERE, and i had to attach it in pieces to make sure that the hair sat correctly. the sideburns were totally worth it, though.  Grin  his face was embroidered by hand. i found an outline image of the tenth doctors face on deviantart and traced the eyes and mouth onto pieces of freezer paper. i did the baked-clay-in-the-nose thing (i swear, i was so worried i was gonna burn his head) before i attached the hair, and was surprised at how well it came out. then i stuffed his head and ironed the freezer paper face on. i would have done it unstuffed, but i couldnt get the placement right.  Undecided

finally, i had a finished poppet body. all i had left were his clothes! unfortunately, i dont know how to sew clothes (haaa),  so i had to ask my mama to come over and help me out.  Roll Eyes  mama made up the pattern pieces for his clothes and i sewed them up. after i had most of the seams done, i went over his little pants and suit jacket to give his brown suit the little blue pinstripes. (irishdaydreamer preferred the pinstriped suit over his blue suit. oddly, there is no such thing as brown felt with blue pinstripes. wtf?! hahahahahaha. just kidding.)

i happened to have some aqua thread left over from my betty rubble costume last year, so thats what i used. it turned out surprisingly well! i ran out after i finished his last stripe.  Smiley  excellent timing.

his little shirt has no sleeves because the friction of felt on felt prevented a felt coat from going on over a felt shirt. i would have used regular fabric, but i knew i wouldnt be able to make the clothes look as good. so a sleeveless greaser version of the doctor is now a possible variation, LOL. the buttons on his shirt and suit actually work, which im still kinda proud of. stupid, but it makes me happy that something actually worked out the way i wanted it to. his little tie is made out of a fancy patterned red felt that i found, and it has a little snappy button closure around the back so the tie can easily be removed.

 i bought a plain pair of white infant sneakers and just used markers to add the little converse touches. (i only had washable crayola markers on hand, though, so i doubt the markings lasted very long.)

i used a couple different kinds of polymer clay (which is not my friend) to make his sonic screwdriver and two TARDIS keys. the sonic screwdriver has a blue button for the light on the end of it. i poked holes in it before i baked it so that i could thread elastic through afterward and attach it to his little (unbendable) hand. the two keys were both made based off of images of the prop keys they actually used on-set. the tiny one is for the poppet doctor, while the larger one was a matching version for my swap partner. (she actually had a real key cut to match the doctors as part of the package she sent me, which is far cooler.)

so thats it! or at least its what i can remember, since i finished the project about a month ago and only *just now* got around to posting about it. (ahh, procrastination, we meet again.) honestly, i ran into so many stupid little problems, i just wanted to post about my experience so that others can see its possible to make a poppet without having ANY IDEA WHAT YOURE DOING. hahahaha.

there are a few more pictures in my flickr set, if youre curious.

blogged here.

(c&c always totally appreciated. aww yeeaah.)
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9  Re: Post Secret Round 13 Gallery (Sent out August 18, 2010) in The Swap Gallery by fingerpistol on: August 10, 2010 09:43:08 AM
received another card! woot!

text: "I go commando!!"
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10  Re: Post Secret Round 13 Gallery (Sent out August 18, 2010) in The Swap Gallery by fingerpistol on: August 06, 2010 11:39:56 AM
i've received three postsecret cards! excellent! here they are, in the order that i received (opened) them:



back: "When I do it reminds me that I failed to protect them and that makes me feel like a failure."



back: "I RESENT iT."


top: "In high school and college I was the... homecoming princess - cheerleader - sorority president - prom queen - class president - fraternity sweetheart" (overwritten with "FAKE FAKE" in red)

bottom: "I never acted like myself, until I met you."
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