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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / An eye for a... bunny? on: October 29, 2013 02:32:28 PM
Ludi sent me a lover's eye and in return she wanted one of my lil' bunnies in a bed.
Here's the fabulous eye http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427405.0#axzz2ei0QtIjX
My story about it is on the second page. It is so special, Ludi asked me a dozen questions and requested lots of pictures then consulted me about which I liked most, so much work went into that eye! I love it.

And here's the bunny.

I wasn't so sure this exchange was energetically balanced so I made extra blankies.

And a wee owl. Angora and cashmere Smiley.

Shake a tail feather!


A young friend wanted a bear instead of a bunny. Cashmere too Smiley.


All from scrap!
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The knitting ninja, an article. on: October 23, 2013 10:56:49 AM
Knitting dude with a fun story to tell  Wink

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gregory-patrick/knitting-ninja_b_4143644.html
23  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Lips painted to look like an eyeball and other amazing makeup. on: October 05, 2013 12:48:24 PM
This makeup artist is really incredible.



http://www.boredpanda.com/creepy-lip-makeup-sandra-holmbom/

More of her work.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/28/sandra-holmbom-makeup-eye-lip-art_n_2783719.html#slide=2167910
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sweater Monster How-To, now go raid those closets! on: August 13, 2013 02:21:11 PM
Wanna see how I do it?

I use sweaters made of natural fiber, wool, angora, merino, alpaca, mohair felted or "fulled" in a hot water wash with some laundry soap and then run through the dryer on hot. Wash them more than once to get them really shrunk up good and tight, taking care to remove lint from the washer and dryer, there can be a lot.
Cut them apart, detaching the arms, inside seams, neck band, pockets, buttons etc.

Cut out a front and a back of the same shape. You can cut out whatever shape you like here but I often let the shape of the pieces inform the design. See?



Now the ears. A piece of felt cut into any shape and sewn in just like that or folded over on one or both edges.

Ear with one folded edge.

Ear varieties.


If you'd like to use a different sort of fabric here woven (non-stretchy, like for quilting) fabric works too. Cut out 4 of the same shape, I use the same fabric for the 2 fronts and a contrasting fabric for the back. Pin the ears together, fronts to backs. The right side or outside (that you want showing) of the fabric will be on the inside here. Sew around the ear shape as shown.

Take a sharp pair of scissors and trim the point of the ear being careful not to clip the stitches. This helps make the point pointy when you turn the ear right side out Smiley.

Turn the ear right side out and press it with a hot iron if needed to make it nice and flat.


The following shows how to insert the ears and where to sew. If you want to add arms you can do so here as well. They can be sewn from felted sweater fabric or felt or woven fabric like you did with the ears. You can stuff the shapes or not. If you do add stuffing make sure it's not in the way when you sew all the pieces together or your machine may have trouble with such a thick layer.
Remember that the body pieces will be right side in, that means that the fabric that you want to show on the outside will be on the inside for this step.
Sew around the body leaving an opening to turn right side out. You don't want a really big seam allowance here so if your stitching is pretty far from the edge of the fabric you can trim it a little, so that it's about 1/4 inch or a bit more. I recommend using pins to hold everything in place before you sew it together.



Want to add different coloured legs? Same process as the arms. You can add legs and arms and ears or any combination of the three, it's up to you and your imagination.


Now cut out some shapes to use as features, eyes, noses, mouths, teeth, hearts or whatever you'd like.
circles and hearts


Here are three finished monsters. You can see the addition of features and hearts. I sew these on by hand before stuffing the monster bodies so that I can tie off threads inside the body where they won't show but you can do it any way you wish. You can also embroider the features but sometimes stitches get lost in the fuzz of the wool.




You can use polyfil to stuff your monster or if you want to use up all the little scraps left over from the sweater you can clip them all up into tiny little bits and use that. It takes a while but it's really nice and makes a terrific fluffy monster as well as leaving no waste!


Now I'd love to see how you do it!
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Quetzalcoatl... The Massive Stash-busting Snake o' a Thousand Pieces! Avec tute! on: August 12, 2013 07:41:25 PM
Craftster means SHARING! How many times have I been amazed at an awesome project on here and then seen a free tutorial showing how to make one myself? The generosity of this community is astonishing. It makes me want to share how I do things too.

I make stuff out of ugly, holey old sweaters rescued from various junk piles.

Here's my snake!


It's made from the tiniest left over bits from other projects but you can use whatever you want so long as it doesn't fray.

I had to make another one to get progress pics, here's the HOW:
Cut two snake shapes, it's ok to piece together bits of fabric to get the right size and shape if needed. Mark off where the mouth will be (see the black marks I made?).

Fold the mouth open at those marks, put the fabric you're going to use for the mouth underneath and cut two pieces in that shape, I used black. Make sure you've added a little bit of extra fabric to the straight edge for a seam allowance.

Cut a tongue shape, sandwich it between the two mouth pieces (the straight edge) and sew them all together. Set that aside for later.

Sew the two pieces of the snake body together along one side from the narrow end of the tail to the mark you made to show where the mouth will be.

Open the pieces up with the right side of the fabric up.

Now gather all your scraps up and cut out some strips. They can be an inch to 2 inches in width. They should overlap by half, that means if the strips are an inch in width they will overlap by half an inch. Cover the whole body of your snake starting at the narrow end up to wherever you want the scales to end on the neck of the snake. Now trim the strips so that the edges width-wise are just smaller than the body of the snake, this means that the strip will be as wide as the snake MINUS the seam allowance. If you look at the pictures this will be more clear.

If you have small scraps that's ok, you can join them together to make strips that are long enough.

Or you can join pieces just because you want an interesting colour combo.

Now you are going to shape the strips into scales, like so...

Keep the strips in the same order they were laid out on the snake.

This is what the strips that were patched together out of little bits look like trimmed.

More

Sew the first row of scales on, center it like so.

Each row will overlap by half the width and will be staggered as in the photos below, do NOT sew past the seam allowance on the snake's body. Look carefully at this picture and let me know if you have questions about this step.


Once you get them all sewn on it's pretty much inevitable that they will be smaller than before you trimmed them into scales, you'll need a couple more rows to make this up.

That's ok, now you get to use up even More scraps, yay!

It looks great if you use lots of single scales at this point but they'll have to be pinned on individually.

This looks really nice, it's an interesting feature detail close to the snake's head.

At this point cut a strip with scales on both sides to finish.

This makes a neat sort of ruff.

Turn the snake over, if you were careful not to sew past the seam allowance it might look like this.

Sew on some eyes!

Fold the snake body in half and tuck all those sticky outty bits of scales inside out of the way and pin the sides together.

Sew along the side from the mouth notch right to the bottom, notice how the end is not pointy but blunt? That's a good trick for turning a pointy end Wink. Be very careful NOT to catch any of the scales in the stitches. If you do you'll have to pick them out and do that part again.

Turn your snake right side out (feels pretty cool sticking your arm into a tube of inside out snake scales, lol).
All your hard work staggering those rows of scales means that, if you did it right, when you look at the side seam you can't even tell where the stitching is.

Now you'll need to go row by row tacking down the loose edges of the scales. Do this by hand, it's pretty quick. If the scales overlap too much you can carefully trim a bit off of the scales on both sides or even just squish the fabric up to make it fit better. Same if they are a bit too far apart, this sort of knit fabric is stretchy so... stretch it!

Turn the snake back inside out and pin the mouth part in place.

Sew around the mouth leaving a small opening for turning and stuffing purposes.

Turn right side out again, stuff and sew closed.
And LOOK!

26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Rainbow gathering of MONSTERS!!! Picture garfreakinggantuan! on: August 11, 2013 02:28:07 PM
Craftster means FUN! I've never had such a blast as I do looking at and reading about all these crafty adventures. It's unlocked (even more of) the weird in me Wink. It's gushing out in the form of MONSTERS of all shapes and sizes!

Even more than that though, Craftster means LEARNING. New things and learning about myself too. Craftster's taught me that it's ok to make all the things I dream up, I can give them away or even sell them, yay! I've learned that it's perfectly reasonable to have a big chunk of my living space full of supplies and tools of the trade (lots of people do that, it's not just me!), it's not unreasonable to rescue and take home any and everything I might find useful "one of these days". And that the downed tree in the yard is a Perfect spot for a photo shoot!  Cheesy

Here's where I got the idea that there's absolutely nothing wrong with taking 30 stuffies outside on the lawn for a little camera lovin' despite how loonie it looks to the neighbours Cheesy.
I've learned that while I may not necessarily be able to make my entire living selling my work, I CAN offer my art for sale. It's good enough, it's cute enough, and gosh darn it, people Like it!



























There's a prevailing spirit of enjoyment and positivity on this site that you can't help but be uplifted by Smiley. And I know I'm not alone in feeling confident and safe sharing my crafty adventures and, oops, mishaps here  Undecided. Because this is a community full of the kindest, most supportive, encouraging people anywhere. And it's helped me grow into a more supportive, kinder and encouraging person myself. The folks here are unfailingly giving of themselves, their time, their patterns, tutorials, advice, and even the beautiful things they've made. Craftster is all about spreading the love <3. Thank you for everything.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / The best, The Best, most forgiving, gloriously gorgeous BATHING SUIT EVER! on: August 03, 2013 08:53:52 AM
There's a sew-along on her blog to answer questions, the pattern's for sale on ETSY for just 10 bucks, woot!
http://closetcasefiles.blogspot.ca/2013/06/the-bombshell-swimsuit-is-here.html

There's a pinterest group with Tons of pics if you're not convinced it'll work for you, it seems to look great on everyone!
http://pinterest.com/closetcasefiles/the-bombshell-swimsuit-made-by-you/

Here she is in a royal blue version (there are a few variations to choose from).


28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little teeny weeny sleepy bunnies! on: June 08, 2013 09:56:10 AM
Bunnies made from an old felted cashmere sweater.








Our smallest cousin is only just over a year so a bigger bunny was in order for her.
29  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Don't throw that out, I can use that!!! on: June 05, 2013 10:40:55 AM

Pockets I've collected over the years from pants cut up for other projects and a ton of teeny weeny little scraps of denim etc that I thought were still just this side of garbage.




This one was given to our cousins as a house warming gift






I have 2 others that needed binding.

This one isn't finished.

30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jungle Book Sock Puppets! on: May 01, 2013 11:03:09 AM
Our local cub scouts wanted to put on a play and of course scouts is full of characters and details from The Jungle Book so what better story to choose? As the resident crazy crafter, I was asked to help design sock puppets that the cubs could assemble themselves and use in the play. We had four glue guns going and a line up of eager 8-10 year olds sticking on pre-made tails, ears, eyes, noses and bits of fur. It was such a fun night and the play was AWESOME! I was so pleased to have been invited to participate.

Akela and Raksha (aka mama and papa wolf)

There were 6 wolf cubs

Bhaaloo

Bagheera


Kaa


Shere Khan


Mowgli


And King Louie who doesn't appear in the original story but was my test sock puppet and now belongs to my daughter who just Loves his to bits, lol.

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