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1  First and maybe only quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by dammitall on: March 07, 2010 12:35:09 PM
I got my courage to actually make a quilt from looking at the Gees Bend quilts


I cut up a bunch of thrift store worsted wool trousers and a couple suit jackets and sewed them into strips.

Some I nudged into green and pumpkin and gold



and even some purple with koolaid dye. 

It uses a yardsaled wool blanket as batting.

This was begun in October 2009, and expresses my feelings of the season.  It was finished in January, in time to be a birthday present to myself, and in time to keep us warm during this real cold blast of a winter we've had this year.

It's certainly inexpert, having all kinds of puckers and wrinkles and what have you.  It even ate the sewing machine.  But it's fierce, and it's mine.  Smiley
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2  Eraser-carved 1990 self-portrait in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by dammitall on: January 22, 2010 05:57:53 PM
Used myself as the subject of my first "portrait" eraser carving.  Partly because, well, I like myself!  Grin

Also because if I screwed it up, it wouldn't offend the subject.

While the lines are true, the colors aren't.  I'd scanned it in, then jimmied with the colors in Photoshop to make it a little more interesting to me.

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3  Re: Psychedelic Chickenman Poppet--fun with color in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by dammitall on: February 11, 2008 05:30:13 PM
LOL!! I LOVE him!! There is something so Clockwork Orange/Dr. Seuss about him. LOVE!!

Ha!  I was thinking he reminded me a little of Malcolm McDowell when I was doing the eyes!

Now I'm trying to imagine "A Clockwork Orange" written by Dr. Seuss.   Shocked

Clockwork Orange poppet would be an interesting challenge, if anyone wanted to tackle it.


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4  Re: Woolen Wrap/Shawl from Trousers in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by dammitall on: February 11, 2008 03:16:34 PM
Very nice, good idea! Did you use some kind of metallic thread? I see gold between the stripes.

Oo!  That would have snazzed it up, wouldn't it?  Grin

It's just a golden yellow thread topstitched in a fagotting stitch.
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5  Woolen Wrap/Shawl from Trousers in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by dammitall on: February 11, 2008 11:04:54 AM
I'd been wanting a little wrap/shawl that might look better with skirts and dresses than the casual jackets I have, so off to the thrift store I went.

I picked up four pair of trousers in worsted wool, ripped out the seams and linings, then washed them hot and rinsed cold so they'd shrink/felt as much as they were going to.

Each leg yields a single stripe, so one pair of trousers makes two stripes.  It's eight stripes sewed together, then doubled over for warmth and stitched closed.




It gives about the same coverage as a jacket.  It can be draped, or pinned with a brooch to keep your hands free.



It resists water, and can be hooded over your head to keep you warm and somewhat dry.  As it's pre-shrunk, it's machine washable.

I wish I'd found wool trousers in somewhat brighter colors, but it will do.  Smiley

The brooch is from MollyChicken's pattern: http://mollychicken.blogs.com/my_weblog/2005/12/last_minute_thi.html

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6  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by dammitall on: February 11, 2008 09:08:16 AM
Well, I got some more mileage out of that ugly shirt!



This one's body is of wool worsted.  It's woven, but has some give, and doesn't ravel too much.

Since the leg material is knit, I slimmed the pattern by treating the given outside leg edge as the seam allowance, so the poor thing doesn't have such thunder thighs.

I made a psychedelic chicken man this time so I wouldn't have to fool with hair, ears or clothing beyond the tie.  Actually, doing the wattles, arm "feathers" and tail probably took at least as much work as ears and hair would have, and maybe clothing, too.

It's just I have a project coming up that will be pretty clothing-intensive (not my strong point) and wanted to knock something out in the meantime that wouldn't require it.  Love this pattern!


Posted also at
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=226839.0
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7  Psychedelic Chickenman Poppet--fun with color in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by dammitall on: February 11, 2008 08:54:56 AM






Sorry about the less-than-ideal photography.  This one's thighs are a little smaller than the last one I made, anyway.

I'm having fun with "creature-type" poppets because I don't have to fool with hair or clothing for them, though I did give him a tie.
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8  Heartbreak of Scoliosis and Post-Holiday Thigh Poppet (img heavy) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by dammitall on: February 01, 2008 08:45:59 AM


If by any chance you don't already know, this is from the pattern in the Poppet craftalong, found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.0  It will be a present for my nephew's 4th birthday tomorrow.

Used a glove on the head:

so I wouldn't have to fool with hair.

I love that the design of the legs and feet allows it to stand!


This was a very easy and well-written pattern for such neat results!  I've made simpler dolls that caused me lots of frustration, while this pattern generated none.

That said, I did make mistakes--the primary one in using a stretchier fabric for the legs than for the body, but that's okay, he'll look like my side of the family.  Grin

The other main error was not getting the hips quite matching, so he's got a little scoliosis going on.  I don't think the nephew will care.
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9  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by dammitall on: February 01, 2008 08:04:18 AM
Finished!







He's got scoliosis and post-holiday thighs, but he's done!

Gracious, I didn't realize that the striped shirt had that much more stretch than the tshirt fabric.  If it were a girl poppet, it would be one of Robert Crumbs' "Big Leg Gurls". 

This is the first time I've used safety eyes, I'm not sure where I got those, they were lurking in the craft drawer.  They were amber brown, so I had to back them with yellow felt so they'd stand out a little better.  Also did a bit of eyelash because I didn't want to do the lid, but naked eyes are pretty stare-y.

Finally understood the ladder stitch after doing it wrong on a limb and a half!

First time with freezer paper, too.  boy, that stuff really helps.

I still maintain that this is a swearless pattern.  It is well designed with good directions.  Any swears were due to my own goofitude, and not the pattern's fault.

Much gratitude to Ghilie!  Thanks to her, my 4-yr-old nephew is getting a cool birthday gift from Auntie! Cheesy

(toys, dolls, playthings post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=224530.0)
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10  Jointed Baby Bug in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by dammitall on: May 02, 2007 05:11:57 PM
Just in time for Mother's Day.



I'm kind of ambivalent about children.  I gave this a baby body and praying mantis head.  It was supposed to look rather fierce.

Squee!

But it obviously didn't turn out that way.

Wouldn't be complete without a little bug butt.


It's happy bug baby.

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