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1  50s style cocktail hat (aka fascinator) Tutorial. Make in >60 mins, all stash! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by edelC on: August 19, 2016 05:32:09 AM
I surprised my SO yesterday by dressing up in a complete 50s style outfit, he was taking me on a date to celebrate our anniversary. I had the dress, underskirt, picked up a great bag and cardigan in a thrift store, made a pearl necklace and bought white glove, the only thing I was missing was a hat. No properly dressed lady would dream of going out to dinner without a hat in the 50s.





This was made in about an hour. And dead easy too.

Supplies:
  • thin card, cereal box is ideal
    Fabric to cover, I used stretchy 'velvet' stretch fabric is easy to work with
    thin round elastic (I only had white but it was fine)
    feathers, lace, buttons, sparklies, net etc to embellish.
    Hot glue gun.

It starts as a little curvy cap,

1-Cut an oval out of card.
I eyeballed this, using my hand as a guide.



2- Cut two slots from the ends of the oval about 1/3 way to the centre,
-Overlap them by about 1/3 inch and glue. This will make the cap shape.




3 Cover this with an oval of stretchy fabric, I used a hot glue gun to stick it down., This should be about an inch bigger all round



4 Draw around the covered oval to make another oval of fabric, this will cover underneath.
-Before you glue this on, measure how long you need the elastic to be, (alternatively you could glue in hair clips or sew on a band.)

5-Cut a length of elastic, make two small holes in either side of the bottom oval of fabric, poke the elastic through and tie a knot. You are not trying to make a knot large enough so it wont pull back, it is just to give more surface area for the hot glue.



6 Put a line of hotglue underneath with extra big blobs where the elastic will sit. and press in place the underneath oval I did this in stages, about 1/3 of the circumference at a time.




Now you have the basic form. Try it on, make sure you like it. When I tried mine on, there were little points at the tops of the slots that had been cut in cardboard. So i just squashed them down a little and the stretch velvet took up any slack.


7 Embellish it, feathers, and some kind of centre piece, , I made a little rosette out of black lace.




I had a sparkly broach centre and some feathers. feathers are essential I think.

8 Put on the hat and decide where you want the embellishments, They need to be towards the back and as I was wearing this on the left side of my head, they needed to be down on the left side of the form. I got this wrong the first time, glued them in place and had to rip them off, so I added a piece of net to cover the glue..Arrgh!

Actually I had intended there to be a bit of net with this 'hat' a kind of veil, but it looked silly on me, (wasn't stiff enough) so I trimmed it right back.



off out to dinner.

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2  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by edelC on: August 19, 2016 05:03:56 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Marauders map challenge August, summer fun
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: 50s cocktail hat,
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449977.0 (with tute)
Brief Description: My lovely SO and I are three years together yesterday, so we were going out to dinner. I had this lovely 50s style dress and underskirt that I wanted to wear, so I told him that he had to take me out on a 50s style date. I didn't tell him that I was going to do 50s theme all the way. I wanted to have a little fun on the last few days of my summer holidays. His eyes popped out of his head when he saw me, but in a good way! And I got a lot of attention when we went out. This is the cocktail hat I made (technically a fascinator, but they called them cocktail hats in the 50s), I will eventually put up a tute to make these, they are sooo easy and fast.



 And this is my whole outfit.
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3  two flamingo paintings, one traditional, one less so in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by edelC on: August 15, 2016 12:05:55 PM
I needed more flamingos in my life, so these are for my room.

This is just a fairly traditional one from a photo I found online. I wasn't entirely happy with it, but am liking it more now. Acrylic on canvas.


The other is inspired by one i saw online, can't find the inspiration now. It is a 50esq painting, also acrylic on canvas.
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4  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by edelC on: August 15, 2016 12:01:40 PM
Challenge: Detention- August
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: 60s style flamingo painting, inspired by one I saw online somewhere
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: Of course you can never have too many flamingos in your life. This is for me, for my bedroom.


phew that is all for now!
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5  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by edelC on: August 15, 2016 11:49:24 AM
Finally I have decent internet...massive project dump to follow

Challenge: Potions
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: I built a wall!!
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: this is not traditional. The bricks are beautiful. These came from an old outside toilet that we demolished in this house (built about 1840) I have no idea if the toilet was built at the same time, but these bricks are old. The factory that made them closed in about 1930. I spent the weekend bashing off mortar with a hammer and chisel to salvage as many good ones as possible (not many) These were some of the broken ones. These bricks were designed to be covered up and set in straight lines. I am so not using them in that way. But I love it! My first attempt at bricklaying-deliberately wavy to make it interesting.
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Challenge: HoM
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: step edging
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: My lovely SO built concrete block steps up to our sunroom, and so for my second excursion into brick laying, I used the best of the bricks to edge the steps. Hopefully this means that these steps will be enjoyed for future generations, but the whole project is so me. Reusing old beautiful things and giving them a new lease of life. (the stone wall behind the house predates the house by many many years, it was maybe built before 1800!)



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch flacking
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Disney teeshirt
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: This is to be worn on the body, it was a craft swap for chameleon hound in the common ground swap, we both love disney
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch seeker
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: snitch pouch.
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:  This fits the brief in two ways, it is actually a snitch, but it is also the very last of the snitch fabric that I made, no more appearing in the world. This was also a craft swap item. Made from tiedyed fabric that was lino printed with snitches.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Keeper
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House:
Project Name: Tardis bag
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: This actually took a long time, there were a lot of steps. The fabric was bleached and then painted to create a galaxy look. Then a tardis stencil cut and painted. And after all that the bag was made.
Project Picture:


Class/Challenge/House Pride: quidditch- chaser
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: the following pix are the same lino print on three different fabrics, they will be used together for a quilt. I am experimenting with lino prints onto printed fabrics to see how they work together.
Project Picture: (REQUIRED! NO PICTURE (or link) = NO HOUSE POINTS)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch- commentator
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Jellyfish pillow case
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: This is a combination of traditional skills in a very silly pattern. There was a lot of hand stitching in this, the body had to be gathered, and sewn down, there are sequins hand sewn in. FLounces were cut (spiral of fabric) and sewn down, ditto ribbons. This was another craft swap.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch- cobbing
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House:
Project Name: Flamingo painting
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Brief Description: this took ages!! Lots and lots of walking away to let it dry and coming back to add more. This one is for me.



 Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Stooging
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House:
Project Name: cards for craftster card swap
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I made 27 of these for the card swap, and despite frustrations, having to ditch the first few attempts, I love paper crafting, it is definitely one of the things I love to do.
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6  Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by edelC on: August 12, 2016 06:21:37 AM
Done! addressed, sealed (I was not licking 27 envelopes, a baby wipe did the job perfectly!) Ready to hit the post office today. Yay!

And I broke my corner rounder doing these, but it was time for a new one, so that's good.

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7  golden snitch print on tie dyed fabric, with completed projects in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by edelC on: August 11, 2016 02:40:08 PM
I did a batch of indigo coloured tie dye, using fibre reactive dyes.

Then I cut this stamp, lino cutting. One complete snitch and a round ball for the gold.

The fabric was randomly printed all over as I wanted to create the flying vibe.



The one on the right was printed in a more regular fashion as I wanted it for some pillowcases


the finished pillowcases, these were sent in a craft swap


and a little pouch


the tee shirt below the pouch in this was stencilled with freezer paper. These also went to a swap partner

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8  Re: Common Ground Round 4 Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: August 08, 2016 12:44:57 PM
I got a fabulous package from Chameleon Hound. I was totally spoiled!

this is the whole package...see spoiled!

check out the best flamingo fabric on the left!! loads of it...these will be pillowcases.

she sent me this fabulous fabric, we both love these colours, particularly turquoise, blues.




Next out of the box was this brilliant pair of shoes, painted with feathers, we share a love of feathers and feather prints

I love these!!

And my favourite, she sent me a headstart travel journal for our US road trip next year. This is a brilliantly thoughtful thing, she decorated some of the pages and sent some stickers for embellishment

 


she also sent me these great map fabrics (we share a love of travel)


and last and best, we also love unloved creatures. I particularly love tentacles. She sent me an octopus, holding a jar of sand from one of her favourite beaches.

 

this swap was brilliant. And not only all the amazing goodies above, but two bags of jelly beans!! YUM


and a roll of freezer paper, which was really needed, there was so much in this package, I was completly spoilt.

thank you xx
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9  Re: Pocket Letters Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: July 22, 2016 09:57:09 AM
I got a great pocket letter from mom2em today..flamingos which make me really happy. here are the goodies (I am having camera/puter issues today so mom2em if you have better pix please post them, )

These are brilliant, my favourite is the top left, or the mid



and she send me lovely extras, some really nice tea, lovely face cream samples, great flamingo ribbons and this brilliant string of tiny flamingo lights, so cool!

thank you so much, this was a lot of fun. I hope yours gets to you soon xx
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10  Re: Harry Potter - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: July 20, 2016 08:15:45 AM
I got a fabulous package in the post today, well actually from a courier, timed delivery too, and I was home so I could tear into it straight away Wink


She sent me 8 amazing table mats, they are wooden and I love the design.



and as you can see in the picture 8 coasters to match, each with the hogwarts crest...they are fabulous and will get good use in my house.

And if that weren't enough, this really clever shopping bag. Ireland has a plastic bag tax, it costs approx 30c for each plastic bag that you get in a shop. We don't have paper bags for groceries, you only get them when buying clothing etc. The aim was to reduce plastic waste and in the first year of introduction it reduced plastic bags by about 97%, so we all use reusables. This one is great really dinky, It will be perfect in my car

and inside this fabulous owl. I really love this design, I might have to cut a stencil of this for a teeshirt


and also this really sweet cauldron pincusion. I am not sure what is cooking in there, but it looks radioactive (in a good way,)
I love this too and really needed a new pincushion.

Thanks so much Inselaeffchen, it was great swapping with you.
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