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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / So pygmy owls are real... PATTERN & LINK TO TUT ADDED! on: March 31, 2008 08:33:02 PM
So... I had my first craft swap with a friend of mine on campus... she made me a Harry Potter Hufflepuff scarf (since I'm a Hufflepuff and all  Grin) and I was to make her an owl plush named 003 from the anime Yami no Matsuei.

I used a butt-ton of references and drew up the pattern myself. Cheesy You can see the pen marks on his eyebrows... ignore that. I used tan and brown wool felt from Hobby Lobby and the eyes were from Hobby Lobby as well.

Sorry if the pictures are huge... they're pretty normal sized on my high resolution.  Undecided

003 stands about 5 inches tall.... So he's just a little smaller than a real pygmy owl!  Smiley


Here's one of the ref pics I used, not the exact color.... but yeaaah...

If anyone would like a pattern, please let me know! The pattern I drafted up can be used for any owl.


Sorry it took so long, but here's the pattern I promised!  Wink There's a link to my blog of a short tutorial and pattern just in case this link doesn't work.

12  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Question about acetate! on: December 27, 2007 05:32:32 PM
So... I'm a n00b to stenciling... the only thing I've ever stenciled was a pillow case and I made the stencil with masking tape.

Now, I'm attempting to stencil a hoodie for my bf and I looked on the internet and saw that acetate works well. I'm kinda too lazy to buy a humongous roll of freezer paper at the moment since I don't think I'll stencil all that much and it'll all go to waste. I attempted to cut out the stencil with parchment paper but that ripped to pieces and failed miserably.  Undecided

I found some clear report/presentation covers in my room and was wondering... is that the same as the acetate sheets? And if not... does it work the same?

I'm looking forward to your responses!  Smiley
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Asky the Squidopus - [image plump] on: October 17, 2007 09:14:38 AM
Meet Asky, the fuzzy blue squidopus from the Trans-Atlantic Rift.

He was born from a simple, yet absurd request from my boyfriend who asked me to make him a blue fuzzy squid for his birthday. So... I went about searching for patterns and found the pattern by whichofawind here: [lilnk] Instead of sewing the tentacles together with a blanket/whipstitch on the outside... I sewed it together and then flipped it inside-out. Ahhhhhh.... the pain of turning out curved tentacles. X_x

The most awesome thing about him is that the blue fur was from an ugly vest I found on eBay. I searched everywhere for cheap fake fur, but they were at least $16 a yard. So.... after searching through ebay, I found a blue fuzzy, hooded vest and fought another person to buy it. The long tentacles and the bottom side of Asky are made of light blue stretchy terry cloth taken from an old shirt I had. I tried to embroider light green eyes on him... but it's hard to embroider on fur. So I found 2 blue buttons in my button stash and used them. Smiley

He's eating my braaaaiiiinnnnn!!!!

He's coming to get you...

Here's the vest I used:

Top view:

So yeah... he doesn't really look like a squid except that he has the 2 extra long tentacles that squids tend to have... so he's a squidopus! Cheesy My boyfriend's next request is an orange fuzzy whale! Oh my!

He is entirely handsewn. Ow.
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Wee Wonderfuls bunny [CRAZY version] - Pic Obese! on: September 27, 2007 09:06:57 PM
First real post! Weeee!  Grin

I found the pattern here: http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com/wee_wonderfuls/store/wee-bunny.html

The entire back story (and bigger pics) on why I made these bunnies can be found at my craft blog: StitchinnBitchin

But here are the pictures!

"Evil Bunny"
<-- Dead Bunny
<-- Dizzy/Confused Bunny
<-- Retarded Bunny
<-- Akatsuki Bunny

"Good Bunny"

Yes, the Evil Bunny has hand-painted interchangeable button eyeballs and a scarf I knitted with chopsticks. Sorry for the crappy pics... ^^;

First time trying embroidery! Woot!

Thanks for looking!!!  Grin
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / The smelliest dress in the world. How do I make it not smell? on: July 28, 2007 10:14:19 PM
So... this is my first post and I'm not sure if this goes here, but I didn't find a category for questions on fabrics.  Undecided

Anywhos, I bought this dress while studying abroad in London at a store called Primark:


And unbeknownst to me at the time I bought it, it has the most horrible smell. It smells like teenage B.O. on steroids mixed with urine.  Embarrassed I've washed it at least 4 times already and my dad suggested that I hang it out in the sun for a day; which I did AND sprayed Febreeze on it. I was thinking that maybe the cotton it's made out of is crappy or maybe someone really did pee on it... <_<;

So before I gag again getting near this thing.... do you Craftsters out there have a solution to this strange, smelly problem or am I eternally doomed with this horrible odor?
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