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31  Owl Man Exists! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: January 04, 2015 10:39:46 AM


This is probably one of the most complicated things I've ever made and I made if for artsycandice in the Cryptid Swap. When I signed up for the swap, I declared that I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone of crocheted, sewn, or stenciled items. This project definitely fit the bill!

One of the things artsycandice listed in her swap questionnaire was Owl Man, a cryptid spotted in England, and equated to Moth Man here in the US. It's possible that Owl Man is a hoax or a very large owl that was mistaken for the Owl Man.

I had originally intended to make him on a much smaller scale using some action figures procured from the thrift store. But, when someone at work left a pile of free stuff in the lunch room, and I saw the marionette (Joey Fatone from NSync), I knew I had to use it make Owl Man.



The first challenge was in untangling the strings. After a bit of research, I found a picture of a complete set of marionettes that showed pretty clearly how they were supposed to look. So, after checking out how they were attached to the doll, I cut them off (all but the one on the lower back). I also cut off his boots (and later his hands) so that I could attach the clawed feet and hands.



I started on the wings by sketching a template and cutting them out of plastic canvas. I covered them up with a "skin" of grey t-shirt material and then glued on a whole lot of feathers.



Next, using some more of the grey t-shirt material, I stitched up a little suit and hood to cover up the doll and so I could have something to glue the feathers onto. I could have glued them directly to the doll, but I wanted to use the grey material for two reasons: 1) To make any gaps in the feathers less obvious and 2) To make it seem more like he was wearing a costume (to fit in with the possible hoax). I cut the suit along the back so I could slip it on and stitched it back up, also stitching it to the hood at the neckline. Before I stitched it up, I re-attached the strings to the body of the doll.



Then, I made a set of wire armatures from some scrap copper wire and, using black polymer clay, created the clawed hands and feet. I also fashioned a beak out of the clay (I pressed it onto his face so I could have an impression to match up with when I glued it on later).



I glued on the clawed hands and feet using E-6000, which took longer than I expected because I had to hold each piece until it set. I cut a small opening in the front of the hood to glue on the beak.



I made 2 more cuts in the hood so I could drill into the skull to attach the eyes. The drill melted the plastic a bit, so when I stuck the red safety eyes in, they held firmly without additional glue. I then stitched the wings onto the upper arms (another advantage to using the grey suit).



Finally, I spent a few hours gluing feathers onto the body before I re-attached the strings to the "sticks" of the marionette.



And, it was done! Whew!


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32  Re: 14 hat in 2014 in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: January 04, 2015 07:36:01 AM
I know it's 2015 now, but I did finish this hat in 2014 (and it was on my list), so I wanted to post it. The picture isn't the greatest (the lighting was horrible). I started this hat for one of the IYP swaps and then broke my wrist and couldn't crochet (about a year and a half ago!). I finally had the time to stitch all of the parts together (I had crocheted them after my wrist was healed).

It's the Moose/Reindeer hat!



So, my tally for 2014 was 2 hats... let's hope I can do better in 2015!


ETA: I just realized I also made the Long-tailed Elf Hat, but never posted a picture... I keep losing it and finding it and losing it again! So, if I can find it, I'll post it here Smiley  And, now, I think I need to take it off of my 2015 list...
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33  Re: 15 hats in 2015 in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: January 01, 2015 02:02:20 PM
Trying again for 2015! I've transferred the hats I've had on my list for 2013 & 2014 that I haven't made. I'll pick out a couple more to add to the list. My goal is to make them all from stash yarn and donate almost all of them to our school's "closet," which is a place where some of the low income or homeless kids can "shop" for clothes. The baby hats will end up being used for the never-ending string of pregnant co-workers... And the Straw Sun Hat is hopefully for me!

1. Voyages Beanie (pattern link)
2. Frog Beanie (pattern link)
3. Kaleidoscope Beret (pattern link)
4. Blackberry Salad Striped Baby Bonnet (pattern link)
5. Phannie Beret (pattern link)
6. Straw Sun Hat (pattern link)
7. Lamb Hat (pattern link)
8. Diamond Ridges (pattern link)
9. Aries Hat (pattern link)
10. Fire Whirl Hat (pattern link- not a free pattern!)
11. Gingham Beanie (pattern link- not a free pattern!)
12. Baby Earflap Hat (pattern link)
13. Urban Shells Beanie (pattern link)
14. Leaping Stripes and Blocks Beanie (pattern link)
15. Just for Men Beanie (pattern link)
16. Owl hat (pattern link)- baby and/or adult-sized

17. Women's Peaked Cap (pattern link)


18. Beret (pattern link)-


19. Candy Puffs Beanie (pattern link)
20. Crochet Pipeline Hat (pattern link)
21. 1920's Cloche (pattern link)
22. Nifty Newsboy Hat (pattern link)
23. Emily's Super Slouchy Crochet Hat (pattern link)
24. Delia Hat (pattern link)

25. Everyday People (pattern link)


26. Braided Slouchy Beret (pattern link)
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34  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: December 31, 2014 06:38:17 PM
December was a tough month, but between yesterday and today, I managed to get three projects done!

Prompt:  December Battle- North
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: UFO (I started this back in an IYP Swap, and then broke my wrist)
Project Name: Reindeer Hat
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Reindeer are essentially caribou, an animal common in the northern regions. The hat pattern also could be called a moose, which are also more common in the north.
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Prompt:  December Flash Mob-Cultural Roots: Ireland
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: UFO (the shamrock is a shirt remnant I've been saving for a project)
Project Name: Irish Zipper Pouch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My grandfather was a first generation Irish American, so my mom is 1/2 Irish, which makes me 1/4. We took a family trip to Ireland about 20 years ago to look up the family history. My grandfather on my father's side came from Maine, and the pouch also represents some genuine Yankee frugality. Not only is the zipper salvaged, the canvas is a remnant from a canvas dropcloth from another project, and the shamrock bit is from the sleeve of a shirt I used for another project. Because the canvas had a tendency to fray, I used bias binding, instead of a lining, to finish the seams.
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Prompt:  December- Egypt
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Pyramid Bags
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: When I think of Egypt, I naturally think of the pyramids. I stitched up both of these bags this afternoon, and they were put into use immediately to carry the winnings from a lively game of Michigan Rummy. Not my winnings, however Smiley I used the Pyramid Bag Tutorial here on Craftster (this post, in particular) and made both bags fully lined.
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I also got these finished a little bit before Christmas!

Prompt:  December- Japan
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Amigurumi Guinea Pigs
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: When I think of Japan, I think of cute crafts, especially amigurumi. And, these Guinea pigs are exactly that! I made them for my friend after she saw the picture of the first one I made not too long ago. This duo is destined for a pair of sweet little girls!
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35  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: December 04, 2014 04:45:41 PM
Because not much is going the way it's supposed to be going tonight, I decided to make a little patch of happy and arrange my collection of science patches. And, because I had enough of a charge on the camera, I was able to take a photo (not the best light, but...).



This probably isn't a permanent layout, but it was fun to try to fit the patches together!
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36  Re: Cryptid Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: November 30, 2014 03:53:42 PM
What a fantastic gallery! I don't know how I haven't been over here, yet! I love, love, love the knitted okapi and the picture of the pup with the platypus is adorable. I love all of the jackalope items, too! And, the giant squids? Totally huggable!

When I got home from my Thanksgiving away, my package from artsycandice was waiting for me! And it is amazing...

First, a Bigfoot TM patch for my science collection (I'm hoping my students will ask why it has been included and we can have a discussion about cryptozoology!).



And second, an utterly amazing hoopla with a painting of the Abominable Snowman! I.LOVE.IT!!!!! I can't believe it's painted- it's perfect!!



Thank you so much, Candice!

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37  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 30, 2014 03:37:03 PM
Well, I got home today and had to shovel icy snow and soaking, wet leaves, so I sort of crashed when I was done. No crafting happened (the brain is willing, but the body can't cope...). But, I do have a bunch of projects to finally post!

Prompt:  November Battle: Fiction
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Blue Sun TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this for Watsonc7 in the most recent TM Patch Swap. Blue Sun is the fictional corporation in the Firefly TV series.
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Prompt:  September: Scrabble
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Mr. Toast's Adventures in the USA (An ABC  Book)
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I recently participated in the Little Visitor Swap, and one of the first places my LV visited was a local quarry (back in May). I realized that I could create his scrapbook using an alphabet theme, especially since I had one of the more challenging letters already taken care of. While I created the scrapbook using an online service, I spent many hours putting it all together- from selecting the photos, planning the layout, and writing the text (so I hope it counts Smiley )!
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Prompt:  September: Hide and Seek
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Amphibian Avenger Logo
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: The week before Thanksgiving, we had a Spirit Week at school. Tuesday was "Superhero Day," and rather than buy a pre-made costume, I decided I needed to make something science-y. Since I love frogs, I knew what I needed to be- The Amphibian Avenger! I designed the logo, which doubles as the letter A and a frog, cut a stencil and created the t-shirt.
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Prompt:  September: Pong
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  UFO (I bought the materials back in June!)
Project Name: Creeper Cross Stitch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: As has been said, cross stitch is a natural for pixel art, and while I've never played Minecraft, I have the idea that it's a landscape built from a pixelated landscape. So, a tiny Creeper, with a bit of a musical pun (the pattern is called "Creepers Love Radiohead" and it's from wonderstrange.com) seemed perfect. I stitched this up the day after Thanksgiving. It's been a while since I did any cross stitch, so this tiny project (it's in a 4" hoop) took me much longer than I expected (a little over 2 hours!).
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Prompt:  September: Yahtzee
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  UFO (I bought the materials for this back in the Spring Games!)
Project Name: Fabric Rope Coil Bowl (made w/5 fabrics)
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This project was a birthday gift for my sister-in-law (her birthday was in September, but I didn't make it until the day before Thanksgiving!) and I used a fat quarter pack of 5 different fabrics that were all nicely color-coordinated. I also found a variegated thread (Fiesta) that was a perfect complement to the fabric. It measured about 8" across at the top. It was easy enough to make, but I think that the next time I make one, I'll pre-wrap the rope first!
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Prompt:  October: Pumpkin Patch
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Clue Weapons TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this for vincentvanbuck in the latest round of the TM Patch Swap. I made a patchwork using fabrics to represent each character (Mrs. White, Colonel Mustard,  Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. Peacock, Mr. Green... at least I think that's their correct names), and then I stenciled a silhouette of the 6 Clue weapons on the patch.
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Prompt:  November: Fantasy
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Amphibian Avenger Cape and Headband
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I've always wanted to have superpowers, and so when "Superhero Day" presented itself at school, I knew that I had to be the Amphibian Avenger. The cape is made with some frog-printed flannel, and I used some extra green fabric to add in a few godets. Not only did they give the cape some swirl action, it also helped the cape to resemble the webbed foot of a frog. The headband was made with giant google eyes that I covered with felt and attached to a headband (it's a bit hacked up looking from behind, but my first version was a fail, so I had to quickly improvise).
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Prompt:  November: Mystery
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: The Billiard Room
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This is another TM patch for vincentvanbuck. It's a replica of "The Billiard Room" from my 1970's version of the board game Clue. I found a matching font online, did a little MS Paint magic to get the scroll work, and combined it all together before printing it onto the fabric (my new favorite trick!). The patch is the same size as the Billiard Room on my board.
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Prompt:  November: Science Fiction
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Firefly Ship TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This is another patch for Watsonc7. I printed the ship image on the fabric, then did some crayon tinting to give it some character. I stitched the details on the ship, and then appliqued it on to the patch (the background fabric is fabric that I hand painted).
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Prompt:  November: Romance
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Peace, Love & Happiness TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this for stillatthetop in a private swap. In addition to the heart, which represents love, it also has a smiley face, which was invented in the city that I live in (Worcester, MA... also the place where the first commercial Valentine was made).
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Prompt:  Red Alert!- Thanksgiving
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Turkey Trot T-Shirts
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: For the 3rd year in a row, I've organized a t-shirt design contest for our school's annual Turkey Trot (they run/walk down the 1/2 mile driveway and then run/walk back up- it's a pretty decent hill!), and then I silkscreen the shirts for the winners. I don't have a picture of one of the actual shirts (I gave them to the PE teacher before I thought to take a photo, but I'll see if I can get one,if needed), but I printed up 8 shirts (one for each boy & girl winner in each grade, one for the teacher winner, and one for the student who designed the shirt... I was supposed to print one more for me, but one shirt got left in the washing machine and I didn't realize until I had already cleaned the screen). Every year, I also print a paper copy so we have a record of past designs. The Student Leadership Council (which I co-organize) pays for the shirts, but I donate my time for the printing Smiley The Turkey Trot entry fee is a non-perishable food item which, combined with the Spirit Week food drive (coordinated by the Student Leadership Council), results in a large amount of food for the local food pantry.
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38  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: November 18, 2014 06:22:29 PM
I got two great patches from vincentvanbuck!

The first is for the solar system... Poor Pluto!



The fabric for the patch is an image of a planet- it's very cool looking!

The second one is for molecules!



The backing fabric for the patch is a science-y flannel fabric, and vincentvanbuck replicated one of the molecules on the fabric as an applique on the front. I haven't figured out what molecule it represents, yet, but I'm working on it Smiley

Thanks for the fantastic patches!


And, I just updated a bunch of feedback, so please let me know if I've missed anyone!

And, once I get myself back on track, I'll be back to comment on the latest patches of awesome! Smiley
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39  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 09, 2014 02:32:57 PM
Prompt:  October- Haunted House
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Spider Swarm Pumpkin (and challenge entry!)
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436684.0
Brief Description: I respect and admire spiders, but when they are crawling on me, or are big and hairy, they totally creep me out. I usually do my best to rescue and relocate them even though they are often the subject of nightmares. This one was made for the Occasions & Holidays challenge and even though I know that they are just plastic spiders stuck into a pumpkin, it's still giving me the willies... It might have to spend the night on the porch before I put it out on the steps for the squirrels to attack (in less than 24 hours, it'll be decimated). I'll remove the spiders first (I wouldn't want a squirrel to choke on a plastic spider...).

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40  Spider Swarm Pumpkin in Occasions and Holidays: Challenge Entries by craftADDchick on: November 09, 2014 02:21:19 PM
This was inspired by the news story about the house that had brown recluse spiders erupting from the walls... While I don't mind having spiders in the house, poisonous spiders crawling out from every nook and cranny? No thanks!

So, this pumpkin is decorated with almost 37.5 (one is still "emerging" from the hole I gouged into the side) plastic spiders (they were rings, and I cut a portion of the ring off so I could stick them into the pumpkin). It will eventually become squirrel food, so I didn't want to glue the spiders on (as irritating as my local squirrels are, I wouldn't want one to choke on a plastic spider). For now, it sits in the dining room, and it's sure to give me a start every time I turn on the lights... Even with the lights on, I can almost swear they're moving...

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