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1  Re: One Tiny Easter/Spring Thing SU 3/16 to 3/27, SO 4/10 in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: April 25, 2017 01:42:42 PM
That is a whole lot of adorable spring themed tags, nice one!

I received from monkey_girl, she sent some sour candies which my children will try to steal from me immediately, ha! And a stinkin' cute bunny puff!

Even the back has the sweetest fabric, OMG I love it.

Thanks for swapping with me monkey_girl!

And thanks gala_apples for organizing Smiley
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2  Epic scrap fiber project, piano hinge book. Photo dense tutorial. in Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: April 25, 2017 10:11:11 AM
With shibori elements Wink.

A while ago I turned scraps saved from many other projects into new pieces of fabric.

The post on that with a tutorial and lots of pictures is here:

A bit after that I made some beads out of scraps.

The post on that with a tutorial and lots of pictures is here:

I knew I'd figure out something to do with them eventually and then for a private swap with cmarion I did. I made them into a book.

Ribbon sewn to the covers and the signatures, those have 4 pages each (2 folded in half), caron multimedia paper. I ended up making 2 more signatures that are not pictured here so the book has a total of 20 pages. The fabric beads are used to make a piano hinge binding. I added a bit of ribbon to the top inside corner of one cover as a book mark. Many of those could be included with decorative elements knotted or stitched to them to fancy up the thing even more if desired.

The cover needs to move independently from the pages so gets it's own beads for the hinge. If you don't quite understand this sort of book binding there are lots of tutorials online illustrating how it's done with paper that should make it understandable. This is not exactly the same but it's similar enough that you can figure it out.
Attaching everything was tricky, I recommend taking your time and not attempting to stitch it all at once if you give this project a go. It's a lot of layers of fabric to sew through and ended up hurting my fingers because I am impatient and silly.
The centre beads the pages are attached to need to be sewn together, you can see they are already stitched together here before the pages were added.

Here's a closer look. The pages were stitched in very loosely, once all the beads were attached to the ribbon binding, I pulled the stitched tight and knotted them off. Thread ends are buried inside the beads so they are not loose and won't come undone.  

I reinforced the covers with some decorative lace just to be sure the scrap fibers had a more stable base since they'll be handled the most. And it looks pretty, there's always that element to consider Wink.

The hinges are aligned and sticks inserted to hold it all together.

The separate cover hinges let the book open flat.

I think the spine is the most beautiful part.

Keeping the sticks in place can be done in many ways but I chose to wrap them with string. I used a short stick between the main 2 to hold them apart a bit and bound them with left over string used for shibori dying at a workshop last year. Precious, precious scraps. I love every little left over thread and bit of fabric confetti, lol.

I could have added more rows of beads to make a thicker book but I intended it to be the sort of journal that could be stuffed with things, it can expand to hold a lot of inserts, paper etc glued to the pages.

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3  Re: 2017 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by craftylittlemonkey on: April 25, 2017 08:01:07 AM
It's beautiful! & CONGRATS!

I don't have a mosiac because I made a total of one quilt ha.

Here's my latest

and I updated my list post with my scanty makings.
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4  The illusive jackelope in it's natural environment, interactive mini art quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: April 25, 2017 06:18:10 AM
Made for sloth in the mini art quilt swap 8. My partner is a pretty quirky gal, I knew I had to make her something strange and wondrous. I hope I succeeded.

It's strip or string piecing with one side of the strip overlapped and the other left raw.
I visually divided the panel up into 3 and fit the colours for each scene in.

Using sticky dissolvable solvy over the top, sketched some lines and sewed all over to hold the strips in place. The solvy washes away afterwards.

Added the sun and birds, mountains & cacti, a campfire to each panel using double sided fusible web.

I used the fusible web to add a layer of felt inside instead of batting so it would all start out and stay relatively flat since it's supposed to hang and I didn't want it wavy at all. I fused the felt on both sides, to the front panel and the backing fabric on the other side.
Divided the panels with strips of black then bound it all with dark brown.

Some of the quilting was done before adding detail, some afterwards.

Zig zag stitching to give the cacti spikiness.

The campfire is my favourite scene. The tree silhouettes are sketched in thread by machine.

There are 5 magnets hidden inside the quilt and one on the back of the jackelope so he can be positioned in each scene. Jackelope is an image found online (I have since lost the info about the source, terrible me!) and printed onto fabric.

The magnets are those really strong ones so as you hold Jack and circle round the quilt looking for them he pretty much jumps out of your hand into the spot when he gets close enough. That was so fun to do Cheesy.

ETA: each scene was heavily inspired by other landscape quilts I found online.
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5  Re: Crocheted Cat Hats for Pussyhat Project in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: April 25, 2017 05:31:55 AM
I'm not the only one! Stolen by my small gal every chance she gets, heh.
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6  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Forever! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: April 25, 2017 04:50:44 AM
My little one, inheriter of all the wee items, needed a place to set up her house. We tried inside a large armoire but it wasn't working. During my most recent rearranging of the house these two teak pieces lost their useful places so we stacked them up in her room where a dresser used to be, moved those clothes into the armoire & the minis to the shelves.

She loves it & now actually plays with it. We'll get down to serious decorating now, I have ideas Wink.
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7  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: April 24, 2017 02:13:41 PM
I think I tried a star-ghan one time, it's not an easy project to finish up. Great work!
One day we will redo the bathrooms. Not any time soon though, that is an enormous job. Best of luck, may it go speedily and well Smiley.

The last of the twinchies I sent have arrived, all Harry Potter themed.

I delivered a mini art quilt to sloth yesterday.

Included is a little magnetic jackelope and there are magnets hidden inside the quilt so he can be positioned in some of the scenes. This was really fun to make.

Topic post here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452258.msg5442771#msg5442771

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8  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: April 24, 2017 10:05:47 AM
See that picture frame in the upper right hand corner with the Yips Yips in it? We'll come back to that later...

This is the back.

That's a pocket on the left hand side with little classic paintings a la Sesame Street style, woop! Sloth said she couldn't choose which image to put in the frame so she made them ALL and I can change them out as I like, ha ha ha, so awesome!

Check out their wonderful faces, love love love. The stripes on the shirts are all strips of different fabric stitched together, so crazy, oh my gosh.

I'm pretty sure the greeny-blue background fabric is hand dyed by sloth, pretty amazing yes?

Thank you, it's so perfect for me Smiley.
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9  Re: 2017 DeStash Along in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: April 23, 2017 03:44:32 PM
Those headbands are so nice. I always find that sort of elastic tricky, I'm impressed you managed 4 since I'd have given up at one, ha!

I used some of those scrap fiber pieces and several fabric beads to make a book!
Here it is mid-assembly and in very poor lighting, sorry about that Tongue.

I've been wondering what I'd ever do with that stuff and this seemed a great use for it.
It's got a piano hinge binding with 20 pages of paper inside.
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10  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: April 23, 2017 03:37:07 PM
I was trying to read all the titles too, ha ha!

I finished an epic project, I used scrappy fiber patches and beads to make a book! I'm so pleased with how it turned out though I do have to refine my process because the hand stitching on this left my finger tips so sore, ouch.

It's piano hinge bound with some of the scrap string from our shibori dying workshop last summer, special special ooh la la!

I've given this project it's own post, I took lots of process pics and am hoping some other book makers will have feed back about how to pare the assembly down.
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