Okay, this is the last one. It's way too hot in here, and I'm pooped. If I had AC, I probably could crank out one more (I was going to attempt to free-motion quilt a potholder...), but everything is throwing out heat (the iron, my laptop, even the freezer unit that serves as my cutting "table"), and after dealing with a classroom in the 90's all day (my room gets sun almost all day ), I'm ready for bed.
Prompt: June- Tattooed Man (the fabric has drawings of Frankenstein) Team: Textbook Event: Fabricology Bonus Points: Community, UFO Project Name: Frankenstein EPP Travel Foliio Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440551.0 Brief Description: I love English Paper Piecing, and wanted to make a travel folio for my supplies. I've had the plans all set for a while, but I just recently picked up a small rotating cutting mat, so I altered the size to fit the mat. In an earlier round of the Games, gozer made something (a purse, I think) using this fantastic Frankenstein fabric. I did a favor for her, and begged for a bit of the scrap fabric. She gave me a decent-sized piece, so I was able to fussy cut 6 different images of Frankenstein. I thought that, since he was assembled from smaller pieces, he was an appropriate EPP mascot
The folio has a zipper pouch on the left side, and a whole bunch of pockets to hold more supplies on the inside.
I really enjoy English Paper Piecing because it is very portable. Recently, I purchased a small rotating cutting mat so I could more easily cut out pieces using templates. I had plans to make a carrying pouch for my supplies, and when I got the rotating mat, I altered the size to accommodate the mat. Also, I did a favor for gozer in exchange for some scraps of this fantastic Frankenstein fabric she had. I figured that Frankenstein was pieced together, so it seemed appropriate for my EPP pouch
The folio has 6 EPP hexagons (2") appliqued to the outside, as well as a zipper pouch on one end, plus a bunch of pockets on the inside.
I don't have a tutorial right now, but I'm planning to make something similar for my embroidery supplies, so when I don, I'll post a link to the tutorial here, in case anyone is interested
And, sorry for the not-so-great pictures. The light is not good for pictures right now...
Inside (with some supplies):
I fussy cut the hexagons, and stitched them together to make the applique strip. Then, I stitched them on to the outside piece of fabric.
Each piece of the folio is made with the outside fabric (black) and the lining fabric (orange). I stitched and turned all of the individual components, and then I joined them all together. There's a bit of a trick to get it all nice and neat looking, but I don't have a photo of it (but when I do the tutorial, it'll be there).
Putting in the zipper for the zipper pouch:
Stitching all of the pieces together! It's inside out right now.
I meant to put the zipper pouch on the other side, but wasn't paying careful attention. It actually worked out better because when the cutting mat is inside, it gives the bottom/back/right half (depends on your perspective) more structure.
I figured I'd better post this one in case I don't get anything else done
Prompt: August- Yellow Team: Textbook Event: Craftology Bonus Points: Community Project Name: Choose to Be Happy Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440547.0 Brief Description: I recently came across this Voltaire quote (or a slight modification of his original quote), and knew it'd be perfect for this prompt. I found some press on vinyl letter stickers in my mom's attic, and used a piece of canvas board and some yellow spray paint that I was lucky to have on hand. I placed the letters by hand, so they're not perfect, but that's okay with me!
Okay, now I hope I can finish at least one more project!
While helping my mom clean out her attic, we came across a box of craft supplies that a friend had given to her. Inside the box, was a supply of vinyl letter & number stickers in a variety of sizes. I recently saw this quote, and thought it would look neat using the different sizes of stickers.
It's a slight modification of the original Voltaire quote, but the essence is the same
First, I stuck down the letters (I fixed that letter E before I painted). I didn't measure or use a ruler to keep things centered and straight- I just eyeballed it- so there might be a bit of unevenness happening.
Next, I hit it with some spray paint (I was very happy to have yellow on hand- I was afraid I'd shift the letters if I used craft paint and a sponge brush).
In the time it took me to go inside and get the Xacto knife to lift off the letters, at least 4 insects had landed on it. Before the paint dried, I picked off the letters (and the bugs), using the Xacto knife.
I was pretty impressed with the nice clean lines. And, I didn't have a letter D for "GOOD" so I made it using a letter B, and you can only tell if you look close
Prompt: Free Range Crafting Team: Textbook Event: Yarnology Bonus Points: Brownie Points (mandalas will be donated after the art show) Project Name: Mandala for Marinke Project Link: n/a Brief Description: This is a mandala made using a pattern by Marinke (Wink) of A Creative Being, who suffered from depression and recently committed suicide. Kathryn Vercillo, author of the book Crochet Saved My Life and the blog Crochet Concupiscence is collecting crocheted mandalas as a way to remember Wink and educate others about depression. She plans to put them together as part of an art show and related book and intends to donate the mandalas after the show. More information about the project can be found here.
Prompt: July- Star Stuff Team: Textbook Event: Paperology Bonus Points: n/a Project Name: Decoupaged Foam Head Project Link: n/a Brief Description: After seeing the other fantastic decoupaged foam heads, I had to follow suit. I used constellation charts (northern and southern hemispheres) and a constellation "cootie catcher" to cover the surface (they were printed on 2 diferent printers, and the paper used ended up being 2 shades of white). The cootie catcher had pictures to represent the zodiac constellations, so I included those, as well. I used the spindle from CD/DVD packaging and glued the head to the base. I also glued some decorative cord around the base. It'll be perfect for taking pictures of crocheted hats!
Cool patch, pishaw! Is that just a piece of fabric underneath? It's pretty!
Prompt: July- Outer Space Team: Textbook Event: Craftology Bonus Points: n/a Project Name: Green Spiral Glass Paperweight Project Link: n/a Brief Description: To thank me for spending my April vacation at her house to take care of her 3 dogs and 2 cats, my sister signed us up for a hot glass class at Urban Glass in Brooklyn (the second day was the hottest day of the summer at that point). This was my second paperweight and I twisted the hot glass around using tweezers (grip the hot blob of glass with the tweezers and turn the rod holding the glass). I was originally only going to have a twist in the colored layer of the glass, but then when I gathered up the layer of clear glass over the color, it had an uneven blob that made it look like a spiral sea shell, so I decided to leave it. I was afraid that it would be top-heavy, but it stands on its own very nicely!
Prompt: Team Spirit- Fandom (purple) Team: Textbook Event: Craftology Bonus Points: n/a Project Name: Purple and Green Glass Paperweight Project Link: n/a Brief Description: This was the first paperweight we made in the class. We were able to use multiple colors (they are easier to see as the light shines through) and I chose purple and green- two of my favorite colors! Project Picture:
Prompt: Team Spirit- Textbook Team: Textbook Event: Craftology Bonus Points: Completion of Team Textbook Team Spirit Prompt Project Name: Blown Glass Vase Project Link: n/a Brief Description: The last "challenge" for the hot glass class was to make an open vessel. I'm pretty proud of this slightly lopsided vase, because I did most of the work by myself (with my sister as my assistant). The instructor guided me a little with the shaping, but the bulk of it was done by me. It is far from perfect but, unlike the bowl I have from an earlier class (at another glass studio) where the instructor did the bulk of the work, this one is pretty much all me I used two colors of green glass and because I kept it on the small side, it's pretty thick and durable, so it won't be easily broken Also, the science of glass is pretty cool, yet tricky- getting the glass up to it's melting point and keeping it hot enough to work, yet not letting it cool down so much that it shatters is a delicate balance. Plus, the chemicals that make the glass colored can affect the way the glass works, which I didn't know.
Prompt: Free Range Crafting Team: Textbook Event: Foodology (Because, to some people, beer is food!) Bonus Points: n/a Project Name: Keep Calm and Carry a Budweiser Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440368.0 Brief Description: I needed a quick 80th birthday gift for my step-uncle, who is a big Bud fan. I knew I wanted to do a play on the "Keep Calm" design, especially since the Bud logo is a crown, so I did some searching online to find appropriate fonts and an image, and pulled it all into the software for my Silhouette. This project almost qualified as a Zap, but with the designing and the ironing it took me over the 30 minute mark (about 40 minutes, total). The gift was very well received Project Picture:
My step-uncle's 80th birthday was the other night, and he is a big fan of Budweiser, so I wanted to make him a Bud-themed shirt and decided that, since the logo of Bud is a crown, it would make a funny play on the original "Keep Calm..." design. I found a free font online called "Keep Calm" and another font called "Budweiser". The second font was $25, but the font name was shown, so I took a screen shot of it and imported it into the software for my Silhouette. I also found a clipart image of the crown logo (the newer version) and imported that. I set up the design in the Silhouette software and cut it out on some iron on vinyl (I used flocked because I couldn't find any smooth in my craft room- I may have used it up).
I thought it would be a bear to weed the design, especially the crown, but with a bit of care, it went pretty smoothly.
And, the best part? He loved it! And, I bet that the next time I see him, he'll be wearing it