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541  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Anyone from Canberra? on: April 15, 2007 05:27:42 AM
I'm from North Canberra!
Actually, I'm mainly a regular artist - I'm not so clued in with textiles because often it has to be perfect and I'm not perfect so that frustrated me. But I'm determined, and it's fun!
I like making stencils, and I also like making soft toys. I'd like to do a reconstruction some time or something as ideas are always pinging off me but I'm not that good at machine sewing - so easy to make a mistake!
I'm looking for some wool felt. Do you know where you can get it? At Lincraft they seem to only have pooey synthetic felt!

My next door neighbour is a felter - she sells her stuff...I think some of that rubbed off on me Cheesy
542  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to find types of felt for stuffed animals....? on: April 15, 2007 05:21:09 AM
I'm having the same problem actually, but you can't help me because I'm in Australia and we don't have the same stores Sad
Yes...unfortunately I can't find the right felt. They have acrylic and viscose felt but no wool felt! I figured acrylic was a bit shonky (I've used it before) and viscose was a little more expensive but I figured it was better. I used the viscose and it was even worse than the acrylic - it tore so easily!
543  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone make a cat from this pattern? on: April 11, 2007 05:49:40 AM
it's good to use a readymade pattern - as I'm such a fusspot and like to make things proportionate, I drew up all my own patterns and have experienced a lot of trial and error!
Hand sewing offers a lot of control; unless you use a really shreddy sort of towel you should be able to do this.
544  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to get "shading" effect on felt? on: April 11, 2007 05:42:37 AM
I use acrylic and a roller on calico to achieve a faded denim look, but it probably doesn't work on felt.
I work with calico cause it's cheap, and I put glue on the edges so they don't fray when I'm sewing!
545  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you curl embroidery thread? on: April 11, 2007 05:38:23 AM
I trialled something like the wax one, but with glue. I also tried soybean gel (for real people's hair) but it wasn't as stiff, and if I have to send it anywhere it might not come under quarantine...so glue will probably do it Cheesy
If I end up making this doll I'm going to have to charge a motza for her! She's going to be so damn fiddly!

(I always end up nearly doing microsurgery)
546  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Non-stereotypical rag doll (IMG heavy) on: April 11, 2007 05:33:53 AM
How did you sew the hair? I make odd little proportionate dolls (since I am a hopeless realist...drawing realistically too) and what I do for hair is I thread every single individual strand of embroidery thread through the scalp as if I were making a wig, but most people don't go to this much trouble Tongue
547  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / How do you curl embroidery thread? on: April 05, 2007 07:15:21 PM
OK, I make plushies, and their hair is meticulously stitched in embroidery thread. All of the plushies I have made so far have had straight hair (they're based off real people so each plushie is an original). But if I want to make a plush of someone with curly hair, how do I make the hair curl? Will I have to use another material for hair, or can I make the embroidery thread curl?
Right now I'm trialing hair gel, plaiting the thread (hopefully it will be curly when it unravels) and PVA glue.
Has anyone done this before and can they give me pointers?
548  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Felt cameras and sewing machine on: April 05, 2007 07:06:03 PM
That's fantastic! I made a spray n' wipe bottle, but it wasn't a realistic one..it had wire and crap too.
Brilliant eye for detail. I love the way the camera and sewing machine are pretending to be real - with the film and the sewing machine being threaded.
549  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Dachshund Toy on: February 06, 2007 09:49:54 PM
Absolutely lovely fabric used! I love it when people use random patterns for toys!
550  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: A Grantley doll! on: February 02, 2007 07:35:05 PM
Yes, it's him! Obviously the hair isn't perfect but he's a better doll than the one of me turned out to be!
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