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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 50s style cocktail hat (aka fascinator) Tutorial. Make in >60 mins, all stash! 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.

  • 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.

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / two flamingo paintings, one traditional, one less so 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.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / golden snitch print on tie dyed fabric, with completed projects 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

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / I am designing and building a craft space from scratch... what tips do you have on: February 22, 2016 05:34:06 AM
I am planning (and will be building) from scratch a craft corner in a larger room. It will be in a corner, so L shaped space. The short length of the L will be approx 1.5 m (4 feet ish) and the longer side will be about 2 m (6ish)

I sew, I paint, I do paper stuff, stencilling and a bit of jewellery making. So I need
  • Fabric storage
  • paper and ephemera storage
  • clean workbench for sewing and a 'dirty' one for painting etc
  • tool storage

The room will also be used as a sitting room, so the more organisation systems that I use, the better.

Constraints-space obviously, no sink, very limited budget.

so what has been essential to you in your craft space?
Any things you regret having or not having?
Any clever low cost storage solutions?
Any ideas on specific heights for benches. I know that sewing machine heights should be different to say painting?
What am I not thinking about??

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / another shrine swap? on: February 19, 2016 03:07:40 AM
Any takers? I know that there have been a few of these kinds of swaps in the past. I was thinking that maybe we could give a list of themes etc and then our partners would craft a shrine, with possibly a small few extras-supplies perhaps- on agreement with partners,
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / this best gif showing exactly how a sewing machine makes a stitch.. on: February 10, 2016 07:09:50 AM
this is pretty fast and worth watching, I kinda knew how it made a stitch..now, after 40 years of sewing I really know! so simple and so clever!

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / F**K the menopause... A shrine on: February 06, 2016 09:31:00 AM
Oh man but this is kicking my ass. I am 48 and apparently the perimenopause can last ten years. Hot flashes I had gotten kinda used to, annoying as hell and necessitating rethiniking my wardrobe. I lecture and in an hours lecture I swear I take my cardigan off at least three or four times. I spend half of the night kicking covers off.. I can deal with the red face.

but the last couple of times the moodswings are wrecking my head. Today I wanted to alternately cry and kill someone. So I figured I needed to get busy doing something, I made this small shrine.

inside..what a hot flash feels like

right and left sides are respectively a woman shooting a gun and holding dynamite. All of these images are from a book of reprints of mens adventure magazines, All of the women are in imminent danger of loosing their tops.

outside old crone types. Yes I know they are Froud faries, but they look old..which is apparently what I have to look forward to when this is over. Time ticking away with a devil in charge on top..this heat has to come from somewhere..

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matchbox for scale

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Do you use a serger much? At all? on: January 31, 2016 08:17:46 AM
Yes that is a cobweb attached to the to left..

I should get more use out of it, even if it is a cheap generic. How do you use yours?
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / result of a watercolour/pen and ink class...village on: December 03, 2015 04:14:27 AM
I did a class the other day and we were learning about watercolours with pen and ink...I have dabbled in this before, but learned a lot. we copied the line drawing, I altered the perspective a little, but realised after I had applied paint that there is still a bit of an issue with the perspective of the roof on the right, apart from that I am happy with it.

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Oil painting number eight, tea tin and oranges..last in the series on: November 24, 2015 01:55:40 PM
So we reach number eight, the last in the series.

This is a jasmine tea tin and some clementines in a bowl. So tired when I was painting this and I pretty much grabbed the first thing that I saw. But this I am more happy with.

and the original

it is actually a very difficult room to paint in as the light is directly over head and behind, so the shadows are exaggerated.

Next term I am moving back into my comfort zone...acrylics. Oils are a good discipline, but I don't love them. I won't abandon oils completely, I have a lot to use up!.

Thanks for the advice and comments on the series.
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