I've been cranking out a bunch of little button necklaces as Christmas gifts for family and friends, and I've been playing with different sizes and configurations of buttons. Here's one variation on the button theme that I particularly like:
Hooray for any gift that can be made for only a few cents!
I've been making little felt ornaments as stocking stuffers/gift tie-ons for family and friends. Most of them follow the same basic shapes, but they're lots of fun...
First, for my penguin-fanatic friend:
Then, there are two little sets of snowmen --- one for my mother, and one for my mother-in-law (the all-white ones, to go on her all-white-ornamented tree):
And last (for the time being) but not least, a little milk carton made out of felt for my brother-in-law, whose name begins with M and who drinks milk like it's going out of style:
(This was an idea I got from another crafter's website --- she sells stuffed milk-carton toys. I don't have the link on this computer, unfortunately, but she deserves credit for the idea! I modified the shape a little, and made it into an ornament...)
Thanks for the comments, everyone. I thought I'd post some more detailed shots, since I had the camera out this evening...
Here's the pin. Note that the button in the centre was plain black, and very boring, so I took some silver nail polish and livened things up a little.
Here is a close-up of my stitching... Not perfect, but given that I can't actually see any of it without my trusty magnifying glass, I'm surprised at how well it turned out. (No, the stitching's not microscopic --- I just have bad eyes.) This also shows the sheerness of the fabric a little better than the original shot of me wearing it.
And finally, here's the beading. The majority of it is ready-made beaded trim, but at the corners, I actually restrung the beads myself so they'd be more secure (and fall exactly on the corners of the poncho). The seed beads are glass, but the big whitish ones and the silvery flower ones are plastic, so the beading isn't too heavy --- if they were all glass beads, the weight would pull the poncho off to one side too much.
Here's what I got from Kitsyv today --- note how spiffy it looks on my favourite corduroy blazer! (It's hard to see in the photograph, but there are actually brown petals as well as orange and turquoise ones. Such a fun combination!)
Here are the ones I sent to Kitsyv and Veludo --- again, I'm not sure who will be getting which. I'm also not really sure when they'll arrive --- particularly Veludo's, which is heading overseas. So, girls, let me know when you get them, and which you get! Hope you like them! (It's hard to see from the pictures, but the ribbon --- and the fabric in the leaves on the one flower --- is variegated, so in different light it shifts colour. Fun!)
I finally finished this, just in time to wear it to a wedding yesterday.
It's a fairly lightweight organza fabric , turquoise shot through with antique gold. It's almost completely handsewn, with little tiny stitches --- I french-seamed the two places where I joined the fabric by machine, but hand-rolled the rest of the edges and hand-sewed the beaded trim (though I didn't do the beading myself!). I also made a matching fabric flower to go with it, following the same technique as my other flower, here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=7448.0#msg58328... The poncho itself is based on the second pattern in my post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=14039.0#msg111846.
Lots of fun to wear, and I like that it's light enough to wear with summer clothes (it looks great over a cami-style top) but suitable for winter too. I wanted something sheer because (though it doesn't show up too much in this pic) I'm fairly large-busted, and if I were to swath myself in something heavy and opaque, I'd look like I was wearing a tent. This, being sheer, actually had the opposite effect, accentuating curves nicely and making me look (if anything) slimmer than usual. Yay for anything that does that!
There are a few ways to make a basic poncho out of fabric (as opposed to knitting or crocheting one). I'm planning on making myself one, so I've been scouring the mall, looking at how the ridiculously-expensive store-bought ones are constructed. I've roughly sketched out two of the easier variations:
In both cases, there's a lot you can do with adding embellishments like beaded fringe or funky fabric flowers or what-have-you... I'm planning on using the second pattern for my poncho; I'll post pics when/if I get it finished. Hope that helps!
Ooooh, I LOVE those dresses, particularly the second one --- the detail is stunning! Your mother is very talented, and you're lucky she's so willing to help out with your various projects!
I thought I'd post a pic of my renn faire costume. The skirt and blouse actually belong to my mother, but the corset top she has is a little small on me, so either my boobs get painfully squashed or they spill up and over the top and look a little ridiculous. (Mom's friend is a professional costume mistress, and has worked on shows like the Lion King musical and so on, but she has a side business making renaissance garb, which is where Mom got her outfit. Amazing stuff.) Anyway, the corset part of the outfit didn't fit me, and the wool and boning would have been too hot for midsummer anyway, so I took an old men's shirt, with a rough weave in shades of brown, and chopped it up so that it fit as a much looser, more comfortable bodice. I cut off the arms and collar, brought in the sides, and added a bunch of button holes to the front so it laces up.
Incidentally, I have no idea who the kid is. He stopped by another friend's booth (this friend is a potter) while we were resting there, and had me hold his drink so he could protect me from the evil dragon on the roof using his sword, at least until his father came along to collect him.