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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Mixed Media Undersea Embroidery. Narwhals included! on: February 07, 2011 11:19:31 PM
Thank you!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mixed Media Undersea Embroidery. Narwhals included! on: February 06, 2011 01:44:41 PM
So every year for Valentine's day my friend puts out an "Application to be my Date for Valentine's Day".
It is much less creepy than it sounds and all our friends fill it out and the winner gets free lunch. Yay!
All the questions are really random ("What is your favorite use of the invention of string?") and the last one has a big empty box under it that says "Do something creative in the box below (it must include a jellyfish)".
So this is my something creative, and I think I got that free Valentine's sandwich in the bag this year. Woohoo!

Francis the Octopus with 7 Legs

Nathan the Narwhal

Velma the Jellyfish

Velma has a dog named Scuba Doo. (teehee)

I don't know much about embroidery so all the stitches I just kinda made up as I went along. I think my favorite part is Velma's tentacles, because I stitched the yellow in like a zig zag and then just threaded the gold through it.
And this is the first time I ever actually accomplished a french knot! Yay me!
Also, I don't really like "empty embroidery" so I decided to fill the critters in with some watercolor paint. I really like the way it turned out, though I get the flinching feeling that I am breaking some embroidery commandments.
Forgive me!

The images themselves were inspired by:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/59539830/narwhal?ref=em   and
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Emily Browning Portrait on: September 09, 2010 11:25:48 PM
Emily Browning is so gorgeous and I loved Lemony Snicket's ASOUE!

You did such a great job!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Memorial/Remembrance Tree - A special gift for my recently deceased friend's on: July 31, 2010 10:38:58 AM
Beautiful pendant, beautiful purpose.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: A Friendly Family of Skulls Necklace on: July 31, 2010 10:35:12 AM
mrsflibble, totally go for it! I have a tutorial on my blog, but it is a pretty basic concept.
I think this is totally 13 yo worthy. My sister is fourteen and she wasn't like "oh it's nice, but it's going to stay in my drawer because you embarrass me." I think overcoming that is step #1 for crafter presents for teens.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A Friendly Family of Skulls Necklace on: July 25, 2010 11:23:37 PM
I made this necklace for my little sister's birthday.

It was suuuuuuuuuuper easy!
I did a freezer paper stencil of a sketch I drew on a scrap of felt and then attached a chain.
My original sketch:

My little sister being awesome:

Luckily she always likes things I make for her! Last Christmas I gave her a shrinky-dink moustache necklace. Mustaches are big with da kids. Lol.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My version of bella's prom dress (twilight) on: April 28, 2010 10:05:41 AM
Looks pretty accurate!

Maybe try sewing an old bra into the dress? I did that for my prom dress back in the day...
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Neighbor Totoro Fleece Hoodie from scratch!Pic "big boned"-Mod choice 4/2 on: April 28, 2010 09:59:00 AM

(That was an exclamation of joy, if you were wondering)

It's soooo well done! The real Totoro merch always doesn't get it quiiite right, your version is better than the licensed stuff I've rabidly browsed in Japanese stores!
Love love love!
Especially the hood and sleeves.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: GAGA BRA!! :) on: March 19, 2010 12:49:29 AM
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Reconstructed Carnival Costumes on: January 18, 2010 02:22:43 PM

Way back in October 2009 I was working on tons of costumes for my work. We were putting on a carnival event and I decided that it just wouldnt suffice unless everyone was in costume, so I put myself to work.
I did all of this and more in under 3 weeks (with school on top of that) and was a bit rushed, so some of it is more makeshift than I would have hoped.
In general, I'm real proud though.

The ringmaster!

Ruffled shirt and bowtie/cummerbund: Thrifted

The jacket was thrifted and then altered to be a tailcoat, and the red collar, buttons and cuffs were added. Making regular jackets into tailcoats is a skill I think everyone should use!
So Ill post a tute when I get the chance.
I don't have any good pictures of the tail part I added, unfortunately. I lined it in the same fabric as the cuffs and collar, and it is my favorite part!

Heres another one with his hat:

Next up,

The Amazing FishBoy! (Part fish, part boy, allllll man.)

Shirt: Altered thrifted sequined dress

This one was super last-minute.

His leggings are held together with staples because I didnt have enough time to sew them.  o_O

The shorts have scales drawn on them with gold sharpie, he has green painted cardboard flippers and webbed finger gloves held together with hotglue.  If I had more time, he would probably be a less riffraffy fishboy, but hey! I think it worked out!

And now,

 The spectacular Jungle Girl!!!

This one was so much fun!

I basically went to a thrift store, got 4 different kinds of fabric (some shirts, some pants, a skirt), tore them up into long strips, and sewed all the strips together! Because one of the fabrics was stretchy, I didnt need a zipper or anything!

Bearded Lady = easiest costume ever.


1 dress
1 wig
1 hairy man

Mix thoroughly. 

The mime ballerina!

I got the tutu at a thrift store, and sewed the halter top from a thrifted tuxedo shirt.
The over skirt was thrifted silky black and red fabric cut into trapezoids and then sewn together, alternating each color.
If I had more time, I would have put some elastic or a drawstring into the overskirt.

The Amazing Stilt Girl!

My coworker provided the talent, I provided the pants.
Stilt pants are actually really easy to make.
They are like PJs with really long legs!

I should have posted this all in October when everyone is in the mood for costumes, but... I didn't Sad
I think carnies are good anytime of the year though!
Thanks for looking!
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