This is what happens when I have a free afternoon, some polymer clay, and an urge to indulge my inner mad scientist: I create my own little army of mini-monsters!
First up are two of my favorite movie monsters: Pinhead from Hellraiser and the Repo Man from Repo: The Genetic Opera.
Next, I went with a more classic set: Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, and the Wolfman.
Here's the gang all together, ready to celebrate Halloween!
This is my first attempt at making any sort of doll shape, so they're still a bit rough around the edges. Any suggestions for how to improve this process would be greatly appreciated. I'm a polymer clay noob.
Lydia oh Lydia, say have you met Lydia, Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.
She has eyes that folks adore so,
And a torso even more so.
She once swept an Admiral clear off his feet. The ships on her hips made his heart skip a beat.
Okay, maybe you can't see the ships on her hips. But you get the gist of it!
This is probably the most colorful piece I've every stitched, and I'm really proud of it. She's made from the Circus Palooza pattern from Sew Lovely Embroidery. Most of the design was done with a simple backstitch, though I did improvise some stitching on the more delicate work. The beads I added for a touch of texture and sparkle, reminiscent of retro showgirl costumes.
Behold, Lord Nibbler the Nibblonian from Futurama!
He may not look very regal in this pose, but make no mistake, he'll vaporize you with his kitten-class attack ship (unless you can fight him off with a folding chair).
His likes include devouring hams (and live animals) whole, being scratched behind the ears, and messing with the space/time continuum. His dislikes include intergalactic pet pageants, flying brains, and high-velocity mail.
He's stitched up with back stitch, satin stitch, long-and-short stitch, and french knots. He stands (well, sits) around three inches tall, and is mounted in a four inch frame.
(The stuffed ham is from Sweet Meats, which gets extra points for wrapping their fuzzy creations in deli paper.)
This was my entry to the Sublime Stitching combo contest that went down this last week. It's a fun sci-fi piece inspired by my recent obsession with "Futurama" and my old love of "Reading Rainbow."
Sublime Stitching patterns used: Librarian from "Sexy Librarians", Rocketgirl from "Spaced Out", stars from "Tara McPherson", planet from "Craft Pad", lightning bolts from "Lucha Libre", and cloud puff from "Chinatown".
For Rocketgirl's outfit, I opted for more of a warm, steampunk color palate than a cool sci-fi one.
I used a lot of variegated flosses throughout, mostly on the natural elements like the stars, planet, and flames.
I have to say, though I adored stitching Rocketgirl, I think the librarian came out the best. I love how her satin stitched hair came out:
Reminds me of Amber Von Tussle from the OG "Hairspray"!
I had a lot of fun selecting the different colors for the books:
I was especially proud of her dainty little shoes:
The whole piece was a lot of fun to do. I hadn't done any stitching for a few months before this, so I have the contest to thank for getting me back into my embroidery groove.
I don't remember how I found the pattern for this dishcloth, but I'd been holding on to it for about a year. I stitched it up over a couple weeks, using Lion Brand cotton yarn.
My kitchen is all black and red, and I thought this would make a perfect addition. At first I believed I really would use it as a dishcloth to do the dishes...but I still can't bring myself to do it! So I added a loop and made it into a potholder, and now I can use it without feeling like I'm ruining it.
I'm still relatively new to sewing, so this was a bit of a feat for me. I needed a new knitting tote, and after having bought an adorable Urban Threads "Feeling Toasty" patch off etsy, I was inspired to make a tote bag in chocolate brown and delicate pink.
This was also an exercise in designing and pattern-free sewing. Funny enough, it wasn't the bag that was tricky...it was the straps! Between the different fabrics, and using interfacing for the first time, it took me three weekends in all to finish this project.
It held up remarkably well on a recent plane trip, where it found itself shoved under seats, rolled into a pillow, and crammed full of non-knitting goodies as I ran from station to station. I am very pleased with this little tote, and learned MANY lessons along the way (like, when to step away before you chuck the whole thing out the window!).
Mr. Toast is definitely a fan. Thanks for looking!
I've been plagued by the weekend blahs. Yesterday I was in a particularly nasty funk, which called for some major-league cute crafting to cure.
So, I pulled out my new copy of "Softies" -- which I snagged as a b-day gift to myself a couple weeks ago -- and whipped up this adorable little party cake.
It's all hand stitched, made of equal parts craft felt and pure cuteness. It was also a major bonus that I had all the right supplies on hand! I'm pretty pleased with how it came out, especially for being my first real softie/toy project.
I picked up my pillowcases from the post office this morning, since I wasn't home when the postal carrier tried to delivery 'em yesterday. I must say, it was well worth the wait!
Melyssa_Marie stitched me some absolutely lovely and colorful cases (and shipped 'em in a unique art envelope I forgot to take a snapshot of before I tore into it). The pattern is her own, which makes me feel extra-special that I get one-of-a-kind pillows!
In her note, she said her design inspiration was the tissue paper flowers used to decorate Dia de los Muertos altars.
Here's a flatter view so you can see the full design better: