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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / thriftstore dress into bikini on: January 06, 2008 09:00:47 PM
I found this pinstripe dress a few years ago at a thrift store for about $4 or $5. It caught my eye because it was pinstriped, but I never actually wore it. Super long dresses aren't my style. I've been meaning to do *something* with it, but I couldn't think of anything suitable. But I got invited to go to Hawaii for a week, so I figured, a bikini would be perfect!

(there's a 2nd dress in that picture that I haven't yet figured out how I'm going to reconstruct)

So I ripped out the seams so that I had one flat layer of fabric, burned a few screens, and printed a pattern on the fabric:

The ink smudged in a few places, but overall I think it looks ok. It kind of adds to the punk theme. Wink

The I cut out the pieces to make a bikini (I used Kwiksew pattern #3239), and had *just* enough printed fabric.
Here's the finished product:

Now to do 23498 crunches before I leave. heh.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Alice in Wonderland on: November 18, 2007 12:02:32 PM
I was in a swap over the summer. I usually end up making a lot of the swap items, because I think it's a lot more interesting (and fun for me). One of the few things I knew about my recipient was that she liked Alice in Wonderland. And dangly earrings. 

I started with the necklace: I got some pre-made chain lengths and connected them with some knotwork connectors, and Byzantine maille knots that I created out of anodized red & black aluminum links. I added some charms (hearts, clubs, diamonds, spades, teapot, cup, teabag), along with an image of Alice (drawn by Arthur Rackham) on shrinky-dink paper, and a teapot/spoon toggle. It was kind of hard to photograph properly, but hopefully this gives an idea:

Next came the charm bracelet, done in a similar style, but with more charms.

And then the earrings, with red glass hearts, and more teapot action:

And another pair of earrings, totally not Alice-related, but they were part of the same swap. Long and dangly! These have silver-plated chain, blue goldstone, freshwater pearl, hematite stars, pewter stars, and bone skulls:

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / A few projects... slightly img heavy on: November 18, 2007 11:42:18 AM
Some notecards and small boxes I did for Halloween, using my Gocco:

Some tees that I screen printed for a coworker, who was doing an MS Walk. I had to hand-register 3 colors using a one-color press. I'll never do that again. What a Pain in the Arse.

Some tees that I screen printed for a friend's musical act (Coven of One... it's hidden in the design). I added a second color (some stars and "stuff" in the cauldron), but I didn't manage to take any pictures.

And finally, as a present, I printed my friends' wedding invitations. I silk screened the off-white design, and used the Gocco do to the dark green text, since the text was too fine for my screens.



And a gocco print I did on a few cards (and a necktie I made, but also forgot to photograph) for my boyfriend. It's his car--a 1963 Ford Fairlane.

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / mermaid necklace on: April 11, 2007 04:06:19 AM
I just made this for a swap person. I actually started it last year, but I finally had a reason to finish it! I don't even like blue very much, and I had a hard time letting this go. I'm pretty gorram happy with the way it turned out.

It's a bit assymetrical (on purpose), to kind of look like a neck corsage. It's a chainmail box link base using anodized aluminium; the beads are freshwater pearls, glass, shells, ceramic, natural stone (mostly flourite, and a few quartz, I think), bone skull beads, one or two plastic beads, and a few pewter charms.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / skull scarf on: January 24, 2007 05:52:50 AM
Intrigued by the double-knit projects I've seen over here, I decided to give it a go and make one for my friend's very late birthday present. I added her initial in the center as well as a little personalization (luckily it is one that can be reversed). Wink

other than a few practice runs using needles & yarn, this is the first actual, usuable thing I've knitted.  I just hope she likes it!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hey Shug! on: January 24, 2007 05:26:55 AM
I created this portrait of Nancy Gribble to use on a pillow as a gift to a friend of mine. We call each other "shug" a lot (short for "sugar"), due to watching a lot of episodes of King of the Hill.  Smiley

This is the first thing I've embroidered in about 20+ years. (Hah. I'm old!) That giant Texas hair took forever, but I'm pretty pleased with the results. I'll try to get another shot of it once I sew it into pillow form.

I think I need another comma. I'm always paranoid about grammar and punctuation!

And yes, now I want to embroider EVERYTHING.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / embroidery on neckties on: January 17, 2007 01:05:41 PM
Has anyone tried embroidering on neckties? I found some nice black silk blanks for under $5, and I really think my boyfriend & guy friend would totally wear ones with goofy things like unicorns or binary code on them.

I haven't embroidered since I was wee (maybe 20+ years ago?? eep.), but I think I'll be able to pick it up again quickly. I also got a Sublime Stitching starter kit to help me out a bit. And then I can also bug my mom. She's a whiz at all handicrafts. Smiley

ANYWAY. My question is about specifically how do I embroider on a tie? I can put it on a hoop, but how do i avoid sewing through the back of it? Would this have to be a mind-numbing and humbling experience in embroidery sans hoop? I did a search, but couldn't find anything about ties or embroidering on them on the boards. I know I could make my own, to avoid having to sew through the back. I have made a tie before, but it didn't come out as nice as a store bought one, and the fabric & effort & time was worth way more than $5. Not to mention the agony. Heh.

The more you type embroider, the weirder it looks, fyi. Wink

Thanks for any help!!!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / dia de los muertos! on: October 04, 2006 01:00:17 PM
I bought a speedball kit a while back, then ventured into buying extra inks, and finally took the leap! I did a small run of shirts for a few friends as Halloween presents with a Dia de los Meurtos theme (Mexican Day of the Dead), using an image I drew in Freehand. I used glow-in-the-dark ink, which was a bit crap; the screen kept clogging after 2 or 3 prints.

Anyway, since I cannot post pictures yet, here's a link to my first ever screenprinted image!
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