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Topic: Bipolar Cupcake Cushions! Super! With embroidery and stenciling!  (Read 1418 times)
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« on: November 12, 2008 01:32:59 PM »

I made these babies for littlebluegirl as I was angeling in Crazy for Mental Wellness-swap. I got the idea from her wists and tried to make my interpretation. Okay, here we go. Smiley

Finished items



Text side




Close-ups of the cups

Chanel- type tweed

100% wool

Few in progress shots
Before the assembly

Before cutting the stencil

The stencil cut


So basically the cupcake is made using embroidery, stenciling and applique. I did create few sketches
how I wanted the cupcake to be but I mostly free handed the final design. I first cut the cushion panels
about 42cm x 42cm to allow for seams. Idiotically Wink I started with the faces. I embroidered using split stitch
and 6 strands of embroidery floss. Yes,it uses more floss but I think it is nicer. Then I eyeballed the cups,
cut them and used iron-on stiffener. I then appliqued them on the cushion panel with blanket stitch. For the
frosting I made the stencils from packing tape on which I drew the approximate guideline and then used
exacto knife to cut the shape. Then I applied the fabric colour by sponging. The texts are also embroidered
using split stitch. I think the total money expenditure, including the cushion forms, came into about 14.
I used my old curtains, which are 100% cotton with very nice tight weave. The wool and tweed also were
already in my stash. I only bought more embroidery floss, stiffener and the pink textile colour.
This was a LOT of work and I definitely should have though the working process more carefully. But in the end
I achieved the look I wanted.
Please leave a comment! I love comments!  Grin

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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2008 02:07:11 PM »

I'm obsessed with anything cupcake related. Looks great!
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2008 02:22:07 PM »

Those are great.  I love the different emotions on the cupcakes... I've been meaning to make something like this for myself...
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2008 02:24:09 PM »

Aww, those are so cute! The grumpy one is my favourite Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2008 05:50:22 PM »

these are the best!  cupcakes and mood swings....definitel y my cup of tea!   Grin
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2008 06:49:20 PM »

Sweet!  I'm also hungry for a cupcake now.... 
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2008 02:56:46 AM »

Thanks for the comments! This is the most replies I've ever received! I'm touched.  *sniff*
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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2008 05:19:45 AM »

they are very cute! I am interested in your stencilling technique, it looks like you taped the area then cut the stencil from the tape while it was on the fabric? I have never come across this before, do you mind explaining how you did it?
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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2008 12:57:34 PM »

I did the stencil differently on both items. The Saddo Cuppie- stencil I cut on the cutting mat in few separate pieces before placing them on the material. I then added more tape to protect areas I didn't want have "accidents" on. The stencil for Happy Cuppie was cut on the material. I taped the form, drew the shape of frosting and then cut it. I wasn't too worried about the material, as it is very tightly woven.
But like I said on my post, my working order wasn't so great. I should have started with printing he frosting.
Well, you craft and learn  Grin
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