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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Handsewn Wallet Ahead! on: January 01, 2007 10:53:40 AM
Oh good LORD this was painful.
I wanted to make myself a tri-fold wallet, because I don't have one. Well, I do, but it is small and doesn't hold much.

But my sewing machine is broken or misaligned or something, so I had to sew all of this by hand. It took about three hours, but I'm kinda proud of it. The top three or four card slots don't really hold my cards securely, but the bottom ones do, so I'm okay. It doesn't have a coin holder, even though I was planning to add one, because by the time I got to that point, I was tired of sewing and decided I'd just keep coins in my pockets. Smiley


22  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / The Spill Canvas/"Bracelets" Tote (and finished product! IMG big-boned) on: January 01, 2007 10:37:45 AM
I found a couple of stencils on Stencilry that I fell in love with. I also bought some blank totebags from Amazon for about $2 each. Result?



Stencils are from Stencilry, as I said. Paints are my acrylics (you just iron 'em for five minutes on each side once they're dry to heat-set them, right?), and the words are lyrics from a really great song.

I have this adorable dangly trim I'm going to sew around the top, and I'm probably going to switch the handles from that fabric into some long purse handles I found at Michael's. I'm just impatient, so I'm posting now. ^_^

I've finished the bag--adding straps and girly trim and all that--and here's what it looks like now:

Not that different, I know, but...meh. I guess I'll see what the general consensus is tomorrow, when I go back to school.
23  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Bleaching! on: December 26, 2006 12:54:51 PM
Alright, so I absolutely love the look that you get by splashing bleach onto fabric and then stencilling over it. My only fear is this: once you've bleached it, and then go to wash it pre-stencilling, won't the bleach residue left over, end up getting all over the shirt?

A silly worry, I know, but little bleach spots are a lot different, design-wise, than the nice big splatters...
24  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and a record shirt. Yay. on: December 10, 2006 05:05:04 PM
So this may or may not be my first post (honestly I can't remember), but the shirt is definitely not my first stencil. (Dude, it's totally my...fourth. ^_^)

Front. The words say "Even if saving you sends me to heaven," which is, of course a line from The Acoustic Song/Guardian Angel. Down in the corner, not exactly where I wanted it, is a little marionette ("use me as you will/pull my strings just for a thrill").

Back. Of course there are wings: the song is sort of talking about angels. I drew 'em myself, and purposely made them kind of small/simple/pathetic: guardian angels don't necessarily want everyone to know what they are, right? I have since filled in the islands and gone over those wings with glitter-paint.

What do you think? I'm proud of it, despite the slight underspray that's going on in some of the words and stuff.

Also, last summer, I made my first (semi) multilayered stencil. It was pretty sweet. I actually made it for someone, but when she saw it, she decided it wasn't exactly what she was looking for, and didn't want to buy it anymore. Ah, well. (It's a size S if anyone out there wants to trade something for it? *grin*)

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