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71  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / 2-Color Birthday T-shirts on: June 14, 2008 06:38:30 AM
After much success with freezer paper stencils, I decided to branch out and try 2 colors... I still need to work on this technique (and I'd love any advice!)...

I needed to make 2 birthday presents for today, so I decided to do each girl's initial and put some little images on them.

For this one, I stenciled the hearts first and then the letter. I ironed the freezer paper over the hearts to make the mask.


For this one, I stenciled the butterflies first and then because the were only on the borders of the letter, I only had to cut out the letter with the butterflies indented as a mask. I had some bleeding on this one and, because it was 11 pm when I was doing this, I forgot to put the center of the "A." I was going to put a white butterfly in the center (I had mixed the paint and knew I'd never be able to match the original butterfly color), but I was too tired to cut the butterfly. So, I used the "A" that I had cut out and ironed it down and put white paint in the center. But it bled horribly, so I had to fix it up with a toothpick "brush." It doesn't look to bad from a distance... and she's only 8...

72  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Fibonacci Pillow (Paper Pieced) on: May 17, 2008 02:59:20 PM
So, for the Science IS Art! Swap, I decided that I had to make a pillow that used Fibonacci squares to make a Fibonacci Spiral. It is a series of squares with sides that follow this pattern: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34. I actually used a scaled down image, so the smallest square was about 1/4" square. Realizing that I could not easily sew such a tiny square, I decided to  use this tutorial by angelbum to help me figure out how to do it. It made it much easier!



I don't have a close-up shot (I think there might be a better one in the swap gallery!), which is kind of good since you can't see all of the mistakes (only some of them Wink ).

I wish I had used some paper piecing for the border strips to make sure that they came out straighter, but I know better for the next time. Also, I learned that my machine sews wiggly seams if I sew fast- it isn't me...really! I think the feed dogs wiggle... I used my plain old sewing machine to quilt the Fibonacci spiral into it.

I turned it into a pillow case, but since it was an oddly sized rectangle, I needed to make a muslin pillow form for the inside.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it came out. I had only done paper piecing once before (another pillow), but once I got going, I remembered how much I liked it. I don't have the patience for piecing quilt blocks together otherwise!

I brought it into work, and a couple of folks expressed a desire for a Fibonacci pillow of their very own, so I'll be able to fix some of the things I didn't like about this one.
73  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Grow-A-Bag Version 2- Lunch Bag Edition on: May 10, 2008 12:13:39 PM
Last year, I made a bag for the Bottomless Bag Challenge and I called it the Grow-A-Bag (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=150364.0). A few folks asked for a tutorial and somehow over a year went by before I finally got around to making one. This bag is the result.

It is modified from the original (a.k.a. Version 1) because A) It is smaller B) I used Velcro closures instead of buttons and loops and C) I made a placket to hide the upper piece of Velcro.

It isn't perfect, because I made a few measurement errors (hopefully corrected in the tutorial), and I used a cheap shower curtain liner as the bag lining. I already ripped the lining, so I'm sure it'll need replacing soon. Fortunately, I thought ahead and used a large stitch width for ease in "reverse sewing."

The bag has 3 size options:

Small-



Medium-



Large-




This bag measures about 12" tall, 10" wide and 6" deep, give or take. Even with the errors in measuring, I'm still very happy with it! It's sized generously enough for me to put a small plate in the bottom without it tipping over. There is also plenty of room for my assorted lunch containers and large bottle of water. And, the Velcro is much better at holding the sections closed.

The tutorial is posted over in the Version 1 thread, if you're interested. There is also some info about figuring out new dimensions for the bag. I included a PDF link, too (but it's a 3.5 MB file, so it takes a while to download!).

Next up- Version 3- With zippers!!
74  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Practice Macro Photos (img heavy) on: April 26, 2008 08:31:34 AM
Well, after entering and then perusing the Macro Photo Challenge, I decided that I needed to play around with my camera a bit more. I let the camera do most of the work, but I think there is a way for me to exert a little more control...I'll just have to find the manual and do a bit of reading Wink

Anyway, here are some of my favorites out of the dozen or so that I took. And, I realized that one drawback to macro photos is that they make the dust look macro too!

Yoda Toy (still in package)


Eileen "heart" Stan (This is etched into the glass of one of the windows of my house...from the original owner, I think...because the family I bought it from didn't have an Eileen or a Stan...)


My pile of watches


Tree Cookies (slices of tree trunks)


Pencil Sharpener


Light Switch (my house is in the middle of work...)


Q-tips


Pine Cone


K'nex Guy


Green Bottle


I didn't manipulate any of these photos. I have Photoshop, but I don't really know how to use it  Tongue
75  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Photo Challenge: Butterfly Feeding on: April 20, 2008 08:06:26 PM
I took this picture of a butterfly (anyone know what kind?) feeding on a flower. I got right in close and it never moved!



I think my camera is partial to outside nature shots in close-up. Anything I try to photograph inside never comes out well. This is probably one of my favorite pictures!
76  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pop Top Tab Granny Square on: April 20, 2008 02:27:18 PM
Inspired by pesky pixie's post and the included tutorial, I made a pop top granny square of my own!




I essentially followed her tutorial, but then added another round to finish it off. It came out a little wavy, but A) it was just a practice one and B) it isn't blocked. If it stays wavy, I may use only 3 dc in each of the chains around, instead of 5.

To do my additional round, I did:
5 dc in each 5 ch sp (this is what I might need to change to 3 dc)
1 dc in the dc between each 5 ch sp

In the 5 sc crochet in the corners, I did:
1 dc in each of the first 2 sc
2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in the 3rd sc
1 dc in each of the last 2 sc


Now to start collecting more pop top tabs so I can make some more Wink
77  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fold-up Tote Bag (Tutorial on Page 2-image heavy) on: February 29, 2008 04:27:14 PM
This is a tote bag that I made for the Reading Rainbow 4 Swap. It folds up and then unfolds to make a pretty good-sized tote. I modeled it after one that I had purchased at the grocery store, but I made the bottom wider.

This is what it looks like folded up:


And here it is in all of its unfolded glory Wink


I did take pictures as I was making it, so I could try to make a tutorial for it if anyone is interested!

Tutorial & PDF available here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=230817.msg2518901#msg2518901
78  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Toiletry Bag w/ Fused Plastic Lining (2 pics) on: February 28, 2008 03:11:05 PM
I made this toiletry bag for a swap, and I was so darn proud of it, I just had to show it off. It is far from perfect, but I didn't use a pattern- I modeled it off of one that I own. I used fused plastic bags for the lining to make it water resistant. It wasn't very hard to make, but I put the zipper in waaaay too soon, and made it much harder on myself. The next time I make one, I'll know better...I hope Wink




79  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Snail...Male... on: February 14, 2008 04:59:32 PM
Here's a cute little snail I crocheted (pattern from: http://www.pepika.com/ ). He's a cute little guy who loves all things 70s, hence his penchant for the color orange. Wink

80  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Hamster Time! on: January 06, 2008 04:10:34 PM
So, since my sewing machine broke, the Christmas gift I intended to make for my friend's daughter just wasn't possible. I was a bit stuck for ideas since I was short on time. I thought I might be able to pull off a stenciled t-shirt.She loves animals and has had a couple of hamsters in the past, so I checked Stencilry and found a really cute hamster image. The only thing I changed was to give it a short tail. I meant to get a pink shirt and use some maroon fabric paint, but for some reason I spaced out in the store and just got white. But, from another project, I had some leftover copper fabric paint and it looked great on the white shirt!

I made the whole thing (from washing and drying the shirt to cutting the stencil from freezer paper to painting) in a couple of hours on Friday night. I needed it for Saturday morning- nothing like waiting until the last minute!

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