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« on: April 17, 2008 06:47:48 PM »

Well, where do I begin?---Since this is technically a sculpture (while still being crafty...) I'll post it *here*!
Here's my favorite extreme closeup:



It's a teapot that I've made out of teabags. (And yes, the lid comes off so you can store stuff in there!! yay!)  I've colored the teabags with green leather dye, and have done some hand-embroidery on the lid (elephants).



I started out by making a pattern piece for the body of the teapot;  it's made from about seven pieces which form the main part of the body...think "beachball" like the kind that have red and blue and white parts attached to make a sphere. I layered the teabags onto cloth, then dyed certain parts green after it was all sewn together (I decided to leave the top ones white/natural.  The spout took a little bit of trial and error to get the shape of the cone right, but I really like how it looks like an elephant "snout"   XD 



I considered several different ways of doing the handle, but opted for one that was like a "fin"...it really completes the elephant theme because to me it looks like an ear.  I added copper wire to match the copper embroidery thread that I used for the elephants and flowers on the lid. 
Here's an above shot:

I left all the teabag tags on when I sewed them to the base, so they flare out at the bottom.  If you wear the teapot on your head, the tags swing down in front of your face---because yes...It does make an interesting hat... I've already tried it Smiley 

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I posted a blog about it, too, with a little bit more info: 
http://www.twistedtextiles.com/2007/02/25/the-elephant-in-my-teapot/

(Yes, the tea was hard to keep in the bags at times!  I had tea leaves scattered all around my machine by the time I was done...)
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2008 06:54:54 PM »

i have always wanted to get into sculptures.. i like the elephant print!
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2008 07:01:07 PM »

Dude! You made it out of teabags! Thats awseome!
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2008 08:45:57 PM »

wow that is beautiful!  I love the color
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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2008 01:09:57 AM »

I love it! What a great idea!
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2008 05:12:04 AM »

That is truly amazing! 
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2008 06:44:24 AM »

I am seriously impressed!
The colours are fantastic, and the copper really gives it that bit extra.
Your embroidery is perfect, just the right touch.
the choice of handle is great.
Wow!
I am blown away here  Grin
Thanks so much for sharing, truly inspiring
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« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2008 04:56:02 AM »

It's fabulous, speactacular, absolutely wonderful.
It's so creative and really beautiful.
You are very talented indeed.
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