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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My pride and joy: first professional-like messenger bag! on: April 24, 2008 06:53:44 PM
Woo hoo! School's finally out for the semester, and what better way to celebrate than induce myself in a two day sewing project?

Throughout the school year, I pined about not having a large and/or cozy backpack for my laptop, so now that school's out, I took the opportunity to finally sew me a messenger bag, and I am quite pleased that it came out so professional like.  Smiley

I wanted the brocade to be red with dragons and phoenixes, but I couldn't find any brocade with that detail.  Sad Oh well. I made a really good pattern with this messenger bag, so I'm planning on making some more, and maybe some other designs too.  Grin
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Advice on brocades... on: January 25, 2008 01:01:28 PM
A while back (about two years back as a matter of fact) I made some fan-erific brocade pillowcases. I did the usual: I cut the pillowcase, cut out the appropriate sized piece of brocade, sewed the seams of the pillow case, sewed in brocade to the sides. Except I left the top seam loose because I didn't have the right shade of red, so I just stitched three parts of the seam with black thread so I could just take out the stitching when I got the red thread. I left it like this a for a good six or so months (I'm really lazy), but I still used the pillowcases and took pretty good care of them. I don't know how to treat brocades (if it's possible) to prevent them from bleeding, and since brocade frays easily - especially since I didn't sew the top seam - I hand washed them. It was all well and good...

Until they somehow got mixed in with the washing machine laundry.
And my dad didn't know the rule of brocade.

I think you know how it turned out after it got out of the dryer: ruined.

Lucky for me, I was still able to fix the seam, and sewed it extra in case the same mishap happened again.

So I advise you: If your dad is ignorant about proper fabric care, for the love of G-d, don't get your stuff mixed in with the regular laundry!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hairsticks. Lots of hairsticks. on: January 24, 2008 01:12:49 PM
I've been obsessed with making hairsticks for awhile. These are a select few that are my favorite.

(Link in case it's too fuzzy: http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b229/gunslingergirlvy_c_e/crafts%20and%20other%20stuff%20i%20made/pathtonature.jpg )

One of my all time favorite pairs so far.

The rest are links:





Hope you like them.  Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Glossying up wood on: November 09, 2007 02:00:34 AM
So I make a lot of my own hairsticks out of wooden dowels and they come out really nicely if I do say so myself. I usually paint them with acrylic paints and then use nail polish hardner or acrylic sealer for gloss.

I've got some new hairsticks in production but this time I used stains to make them have a more natural look. I don't want to use nail polish hardner or acrylic sealer in fear that I might mess them up. What's the best kind of varnish to use? And can I buy it at a craft store like Michaels?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Brocade care on: October 26, 2007 11:34:58 AM
So I like making a lot of stuff from brocade: I just love it! But I wanted some tips on how to wash it and what not. I already know that the best thing to do is hand wash, drip dry.... But also:
-Can I dry clean it?
-Is there anyway to not make the fabric "bleed"?
-Can I iron brocade?

Thank you!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my violet dream: another Asian-ish project on: October 25, 2007 02:24:57 PM
So, my favorite corduroy messenger purse is pretty much retired now...
He has holes all over.
And I don't have the heart to cut him up and reconstruct him. V.V
So I made a replacement.

Got the fabrics from Walmart, fabric paints from Michaels, and the stencil I made myself.

The Chinese/Japanese character means "dream".

Has nifty pockets on the front, the back, and inside.

I have to be honest when I say that it's not completely finished. I'm planning on putting some floral stenciling around the khaki parts to make it less, blah, but I decided to go on a budget before I could get them.

Oh well. I'll update more pics later.
This'll do for now.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I can't heart New York..... but I can still make a hoody on: October 24, 2007 10:16:23 AM
To make a long anecdote short, my mom went to New York City earlier this year, and all I got was a t-shirt.

Srsly. -_-

So I decided that since I had a measly New York City T-shirt (she didn't even get me the famous "I <3 New York" tee) that was two sizes too big as a souvenier, I decided to make it better by
making it into a tank top hoodie. It goes down to my naval, so it's pretty cool.

Sorry that I don't have many pics.  Undecided
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Brahma Dreams on: October 22, 2007 12:16:52 PM
Er, I don't have a "before" picture. But, since I did reconstruct this, I think you already know that it had previously been ugly. ><

I latern shade I made. It had previously beenn this rather unattractive green floral fabric. It left my room bright and unattractive too.

I really only bought the lamp cuz I never had a latern before.

But yeah. I reconstructed it, this was up in my room, but then my mom bought me a Chinese lantern to replace it, so this went into storage for a good 6 months and I just now decided to bring it out again.

But first, yay! Story time!

A few months ago (December to be precise)....

We celebrated X-Mas two weeks early cuz my sister couldn't be here on the actual X-Mas day (Woot?). Of course she and her hubby got my room... So I took most of my craft stuff out of my room and brought it downstairs. I was just rumaging through my fabric bag, and I came across some sarii-like fabric that I bought on clearance a year ago (I'm a packrat when it comes to art/craft items on sale. >.>). It just spontaneously hit me.
Me: "Hey, why don't I just replace the fabric on my latern with this?"
Me: "Hey, why are you talking to yourself again?"

So I cut the old fabric off and sewed on the new fabric.
And it gives off the most soothing glow.
Not all bright and nasty like the last fabric made the light do.  Tongue

and then my mom got me that Chinese latern.
And, I just now decided to hang it up again. This time over my bed.

Why did I name this project "Brahma dreams"?
I dunno. It's sarii style fabric, sariis are from Indian, Brahma's a diety in Hinduism, and I could image how a deity would just snooze (or meditate) on my bed under the sooth latern.
Plus, reality is a dream of Brahma.
Just thought I'd add that.

Sorry for the lengthy story!  Smiley
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Peace, Eternity, Energy, Love on: October 22, 2007 11:55:54 AM

So the best thing about plain blouses on sale is that they're not only not like plain t-shirts (they have fling to them), but you can add stuff to it to add bling.  Grin


So I got these cool Chinese character stencils at Walmart and this black blouse at Meijer. Both on sale, baby!  Cool

Reading down are the characters for peace, eternity, energy, and lastly - stenciled in red- love.

The smaller stencils were the store bought ones. The larger "ai" character was made by me.  Wink
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Calligraphy purse on: October 22, 2007 11:38:21 AM

This has to be my favorite handmade messenger purse.

Not only did I use this uber awesome Chinese calligraphy fabric, but it also has a story behind it. I made this purse after a very memorable fieldtrip that my art class took to the DIA in my senior year of high school.
We only spent a half an hour at the museum and the rest of the day at the University arcade, but still.
I made this when I got back from the field trip, and lucky me, I finished it while I was watching the episode premiere of Avatar: The Last Airbender ("The Tales of Ba Sing Se").  Grin

It's sturdy and simple, and it's roomy enough to hold my lip gloss, mirror, eyeshadow, coin purse, small notebook, mp3 player, cell phone annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd my Gameboy.  Grin

I plan on making bags and purses similar to this design, so that why I add D-rings to the sides so I can reuse the strap.  Cool

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