I recently discovered bamboospun (the brand) yarn. Mmm, 77% bamboo. It is very soft and snuggly, not to mention eco-friendly! So, I present to you my very simple super slouchy bamboo hat! Made up as I went, no pattern.
The design is simple, just a rib and double crochet, partly because the yarn is too chunky to properly do any decorative stitching with, and because the hat is for function (mostly), not decoration.
Close up of the rib (*proud*) and beautifulness of the yarn.
I'm pretty sure I need to go buy skeins in every color of this now, because it is so amazing.
I made another soft cover journal, this time for my 8 yr old sister. She saw mine and declared that she must have one, so I got her hello kitty fabric and whipped this up today. This one has sketchbook weight paper for drawing, since she is an aspiring artist "just like her sister." 4 signatures of 5 pages each for a total of 80 pages.
Pics! (Hello Kitty lovers turn away!)
Inside cover, with her name (which she requested). I messed up on this one; the thread ripped the paper so I had to ghetto-ly repair it with tape which you can kinda see in the picture. But I don't think she cares.
Back cover with nifty "special stuff" storage pocket.
After looking for a good tutorial, I finally taught myself coptic stitch.
I've been dying to do an altered book, but after attempting a few pages, I discovered to my dismay that the pages were too thin to hold up to being glued together, watercolored, and other wet media. After thinking about it for a while I figured I would make an empty sketchbook and use it to make a visual art journal which will enable me to do pretty much the same thing I wanted to do with my altered journal attempt anyway.
I used 98lb mixed media paper which will hold up to anything I'm pretty sure. 5 signatures of 5 pages each for a total of 100 pages. Cover is bristol board folded in half with scrapbook paper added. I used embroidery thread that was gradient colored so it would provide interesting color changes over the stitching. (If you have never done coptic stitch before, don't be like me and forget to buy beeswax. You can do it without it, but it def. would help keep silly knots out of the thread and save you an hour.)
And now! Behold my first coptic stitch bound book! (sorry for crap pics)
Inside the cover:
And a closeup of my stitching which took 3 hours because I messed up once and was determined to have perfect stitches:
Hello all. I am going to A-Kon 21 this year in June, and I have bravely (or perhaps foolishly?) decided to make my costume. I am going to cosplay as Sakura from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, specifically her cherry blossom costume. This specific scan is a little darker than the real image (I have the artbook). I've done some investigating and come across several rather good versions of this costume here, here, and here. I have several questions regarding how I should go about making this costume, because I want to make it really well...
1. Material suggestions? I want to use something that suits the costume but is not cheap - no thin shiny satin or flimsy fabric. 2. How should I make the costume - as one whole dress, or two parts, what? 3. How to make the sleeves? These are my biggest concern. If you notice, it is a puffy bell-shape at the top, going down into a large flared end, but there is another sleeve underneath. I don't know if is one entire sleeve or two parts. I don't know how to make a puffy sleeve, much less make one that has puffy tops and then continues out (like long sleeves you know?). 4. How should I attach the bells? If you also notice these are all attached to small triangles of fabric. I don't want those to be flimsy (I assume maybe I should reinforce them with interfacing perhaps?) but I'm not sure how to attach the bells to it. 5. Also, if anyone can provide information on how to do the trim, that would be helpful. (Is it bias tape or what?)
I don't want to seem like a n00b, I just want to make sure I have as much information in my hands as I can before I start the costume. I want to make it well and do Sakura justice ^_^ Thanks for any help!
Upon seeing the lovely cardboard guitar posted by sheena.lee, I remembered about my cardboard wiimote I had to make for Design II at the beginning of this semester. I didn't know what board to post it under, but now I do!
The concept behind this was "cross section/layering" and I think I did an ok job.
Sorry for suckish pictures, these were taken a while back in the design room in a hurry.
Soooo hard to cut out!! >_<;;
The power button was made by cutting a circle out of the top cardboard piece and then placing a circle shape inside that... if you understand how I just explained that.
If you can't tell, the B button was layered like the body of the wiimote was, in a kind of 'stairstep' way. It was hard >_>; and the battery cover was made by cutting slits out of the cardboard pieces.
This was all made roughly to scale... I think it's about 3 or 4 times bigger than a normal wiimote... I don't remember my exact measurements.
So I was browsing the galleries for the chunky house swap, and I got inspired... And I made my own little house, in honor of Halloween. I call it my "little spooky weird house," although it's a little more weird than spooky Oh, and this is my first chunky house!
On to pictures! I tried to take semi-artistic photos... but there's hardly more you can do with a tiny little Kodak Easy Share.
I dyed the sheet music background with this tea/coffee mixture... it was made with spiced chai tea so the house smelled good for the longest time
With the window flaps open:
I love the expression on the cat's face
Spooky children and the key to the house... but who's going to go after it when it's a haunted place?
The ghost woman who lives in the house. I named her Nell.
And her companion ghost friend, the headless knight.
I keep thinking about adding more to the hanging headless skeleton side... should I? Thoughts? Suggestions?
So I fell in love with this jersey knit fabric they had at Hancock's. It has this neato print and it's red, one of my favorite colors. Being that a special occasion is coming up soon, I decided to make a dress.
Front. I've yet to hem the bottom of the dress >_>;;
Front detail! You can probably see that strange mistake I made under the bust......
Please excuse the hair and face! Oh and can you believe this is my first dress?? Comments and constructive crit welcome!
So, not too long ago I decided to get back into my old habit of drawing in pencil. A bit strange when you get used to coloring with Copics... nevertheless, I tackled drawing my favorite Japanese artist, Hyde, lead singer of L'Arc~en~Ciel.
His lips look funny, but other than that I am satisfied with it.
Today I made these two iPod cozies. (I apologize for the horrible cell phone pictures yet again. >_>;
This one is a very very very very late Christmas gift for my best friend. The colors are not that weird looking in the pictures.
This next one was for myself, it was a pain in the @$$ to make. After many failed attempts and hours at making this dumb thing, it finally came out all right. I made it from some super cute fabric I bought a week ago, it has different colored ice cream cones all over it and some cherries. The front and back of the cozy have foam squeezed in between the fabric to keep my Aristotle (my iPod) cozy and comfy. <3
Both have snap clasps to keep the iPod inside, and the 2nd cozy has an opening at the bottom to hook up the USB cord.