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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / AG ART AUSTRALIA - New Blog on: November 21, 2011 01:09:46 PM
Hi to all you crafty Australians.  I have started a blog for Ag Art in Australia.  Why not pop on over and check it out.  Only in the beginning stages but would love some feedback, new members and of course would love to have some Ag Arters on board as well.  Check it out at  www.agartaustralia. blogspot.com . Hope that I can get sponsors on board to actually run an online competition in the future.
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Ag Art Competition Entry on: October 17, 2010 02:57:56 AM
Hi Craftsters, Been a long while since I was here but thought I would share my latest crafting effort with you.  I entered the following garment into the Elmore Ag Art competition that was held at the start of this month.  Some clarification on that last sentance may be needed. Elmore is a country town in Victoria Australia. Ag Art, is a wearable art garment made from items found around or produced on the farm.  There are quite a few Ag Art shows held at different agricultural shows in Victoria, NSW and SA.  All the winners from these smallers shows gather at Elmore for the Australian Nationals on the afternoon of the last day of the show.

My garment Renewal, shows the ending of the ten year drought that has stricken our area, with the rain coming from the clouds (headpiece) and filling the rivers, and water flowing over the dry drought affected earth and turning it green, flowers regrowing etc.  It is constructed from shade cloth, milk filters, tails paint and blue hayband.  There must be over 1000 seperate pieces on the train alone.  It took me approx 5 weeks to complete.

There are three different sections to show in, under 21, Designer and Avante Gaurde.  Renewal was entered into the Designer section of the Elmore Show, and won - WOW.  It then went on to compete in the national show in the afternoon against several other garments and won there as well - Double WOW - so now I am over to New Zealand in June next year to compete against top designers over there.  I had no expectations of being a major winner as this was the first time I had entered and there where so many wonderful/beautiful garments on show.

I am now hooked and have started on next years entries, found out I can do two garments in each section - designer and avante guarde -  so will have plenty of time to fine tune any mistakes or design flaws.  If anyone in Australia is interested in finding out more feel free to send a PM.  Anyway hope you enjoyed my story and the pics









3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / JEANNIE'S GETTING MARRIED IN THE MORNING on: October 02, 2008 12:22:57 AM
 I am sooooooo pleased with how this turned out, as soon as this challenge was announced I knew exactly what I was going to do.

An explanation on the name - Jeannie Little is an Australian comedic icon - and she is well known for her ability to turn "strange" items into clothing.  Garbage bags being among her favourites.  I was unable to find pics of her fantastic plastic creations, but they where good.

My items that where used

2 packets of white bin liners
1 packet of coloured bin liners
2 packets of cleaning cloths
a roll of cling wrap (which I didn't end up using)
and for my food item  cake decorating cachous

Total spend $12-02 or $10-59 without the clingwrap

Craft room extras, Zip, elastic, glue gun, and the sewing machine.  Oh and two bobby pins for the veil

My reciept - minus my banking details of course


My Items



Now that I have all the formalities out of the way we can get onto the pics

The front



The back




Close up of the roses on the veil and the cachous diamonte brooch on the corset





The skirt is made from the white bin liners and flows and rustles beautifully, tho the wind catches them so easily.  The corset is made from the dishclothes and the green bin liners with a cachous diamonte brooch in the middle.  The train is connected to the skirt and is made from the green bin liners.  The veil is white bin liners, the roses are made from the melted offcuts from the skirt and worked out perfectly, the veil is embellished with the cachous.  And just for fun a bunch of bin liner blooms, for the bride to carry.

We had so much fun taking these pics, tho not a windy day, the slightest breeze had the skirt and veil all over the place.  At one point I had to assist my model from the suffocating veil that had wrapped itself around her entire face. We had chooks chasing her, she must have sounded like the scrap bag, and same went for the horses.  The local Agriculture show is coming up in a few weeks and I am going to also enter this in the craft section.

Hope you have enjoyed this entry and don't forget to vote

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork - corseted skirt on: September 15, 2008 07:58:14 PM
I am so pleased with the way this skirt has turned out.  It is a personal swap with bkrenning and I do hope she loves it as much as I do.  The final ruffle was a bit of a trial tho - 680 iinchs/16 metres of fabric to gather and sew - it took me a full 3/4's of an hour to overlock and hem that sucker.  Anyways just had to show it off.  Let me know what you think.

Modelled by my dummy cause it won't fit me which is probably just as well because bkrenning may not have ever seen it

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Fred rumbles in costume on: August 31, 2008 05:28:00 PM
Book week again and this year a friend asked that I sew a costume for her son.  I give you Mr Fred Flintstone.  This young chap loved the costume tho was not thrilled with just wearing jocks underneath.  It is fairly cold today, about 15 degrees, and the ground is wet from rain.  Poor bugger.  Oh well he can change out of it after the parade.  I also made a furry hair hat.



6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Raggedy Anne and Andy come to play costumes on: August 31, 2008 05:20:19 PM
Book Week is here again (we don't have Halloween) and the kids dress up as book characters for school. Last year my daughter went as an Ooompa Loompa and we wanted to top that so this year she went with a friend as Raggedy Anne and Andy.  I am thrilled with how they turned out.  The only fabric I had to buy was the red and white stripe for the stockings so a major stashbust as well.  She starts high school next year so these will probably be the last costumes from me until the young man starts school (3 years)   Sad I really enjoy doing this kind of sewing.

Together



My daughter as Andy



Her friend as Anne



Excuse the no shoes bit, it's winter and it's muddy for once.  They have black shoes to wear.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fairies and skulls and hearts - OH MY on: August 24, 2008 09:23:57 PM
I have been so busy this week sewing for a girlfriends daughter who turns five today.  She has been my model for some of the clothing that I sell and has been pestering me for a skirt for weeks.  So here are pics of the outfits that I made for her.

Fairies

A rather plain looking outfit from the front, the skirt has tulle underneath and I wished it had turned out more tutuish, the fabric on the skirt is a fairy print.  Tulle and fabric is gathered and sewn to the bottom of a plain t'shirt.  A bit long I know and should have cropped the shirt a bit more.  But the best bit of this outfit has got to be the appliqued wings on the back of the shirt.  This fabric is a co-ordinating one with the skirt fabric and is fairy wings.

FRONT

BACK

WINGS


SKULLS

The second dress is from cheytowns tutorial for the shirt dress.  I found this awesome shirt in the local op-shop for $2- and knew I had to give this dress a go.

FRONT

CLOSE UP OF IMAGE


HEARTS

And this is my favourite outfit and also the one that took the longest time and most fabric.  The bottom frill on this skirt has almost ten yards of fabric and took me hours to gather and sew it, but all worth it I think.  The shirt is reconned.  I removed the sleeves and put on ruffles and appliqued the hearts with the same fabrics as the skirt.  I wasn't able to get a decent spinning shot

OUTFIT


SHIRT


Thanks for looking




8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Confused about yarn types on: June 12, 2008 12:29:41 AM
Lately I have been doing alot more knitting and crocheting, cause it's winter here in Australia at the moment.  I have been using alot of patterns of the net which most come from American sites, and I am a little confused about yarn types.  Over here I have only ever known yarn to be refered to by ply.  4, 8, and 12 ply.  But patterns I have looked at on the net refer, fingerling, sportweight and worsted.  Could some one please translate into PLY for me please.

Thanks
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Need help finding compatable die on: May 24, 2008 09:59:21 PM
I have just purchased an Original Sizzix machine and I am wanting to purchase a hexagon die but I am having troubles locating one.  I have checked the sizzix site online and Ellison, which had some hexagon dies but I was confused as to which if any of those might fit the sizzix machine.  Can anybody out there offer some suggestions as to what brands are compatable with my machine  or know where I may be able to get one.


THanks
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / An Octopus Tentacle on: May 03, 2008 02:48:40 AM
My creation for this challenge

Inspired by http://www.greatgreengoods.com/2006/11/11/recycled-pvc-pipes-to-lamps/


Off


On

This was one of two ideas that I had to work with, this one was definatly the easiest, quickest and by far the messiest to do.

Sorry no in progress pics, once I start I don't have time to stop - if I do it would not have got finished. And we all no what a bit of plumbers pipe looks like, not very exciting.

Made with a 1 metre length of plumbers PVC pipe, holes where all drilled out with four different sized hole saws and 2 different sized drill bits.  Scrubbed, washed and all the daggy bits of melted plastic cut off for a smooth look.  Several coats of black gloss paint.  Inside is lined with heavy fabric stabiliser to soften the glow.  Inside are a small string of christmas lights (temporary) - not very fire friendly at the moment but being in the country nothing is opened on the weekend so will be taking it into the electricians on Monday to get a more suitable light source to put in it.  Will definatly be keeping this one for my daughters room - I LOVE how this turned out.
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