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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! on: December 27, 2011 03:32:41 PM
I love spending/wasting time on pinterest!  So many wonderful ideas, so little time.  One of my first inspirations was this lil' cartoon: http://pinterest.com/pin/247557310736582256/

I decided I was going to do it as an embroidered triptych (I hope I'm spelling that correctly, lol)

So, here they are!:

Find cape:

Wear cape:


Sorry for the muddy pics - my kids seem to have messed with my camera settings.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / WHEDON - favorite quote from Buffy's "Once More, With Feeling" musical episode on: May 12, 2011 09:49:25 AM
I shall never deny my love for most things Joss Whedon.  Some of my favorite quips come from his, well, not-so-there characters.  The most not-so-there character being Anya, the former vengeance demon who endears herself to the most awesome Xander Harris. 

Because of her, when I hear the word "Bunnies" i think of this quote.

It says: Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes.  Mostly done in backstitch, but I did figure out satin stitch, i think, with the blade.

Anya is deathly afraid of bunnies.  They're like her deepest fear.  And no one gets it.

close up of killer bunny.  Isn't he cute?  I just googled "killer bunny" and took a cartoon into line art.  then I resized it to fit under the words (that I stitched first and then decided I needed a killer bunny).  The whole thing fits into a 7" hoop.

More goodness to come, I hope!

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I follow the teaching of WHEDON. . . on: May 02, 2011 04:10:07 PM
The first of many: I had a Netflix marathon of great Buffy episodes and decided to stitch the Buffy logo!  The stitching's kinda wonky, as this is my first actual freehand embroidery project ever!

It was pretty simple.  I google-imaged the logo, printed it out.  Then I used a light table to transfer the image to some random white muslin-type fabric we had around the shop I work in.  It's mostly a bastardized version of the long/short stitch.

I like it.  It's going up in a place of honor! Sorry the pic's kind of washed out.

4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The #1 Engine on Sodor - Thomas! on: November 01, 2009 06:25:14 PM
My five year old is obsessed with the Island of Sodor and all of its inhabitants.  So, when the question of his Halloween costume came up - he stated, with no hesitation, that he wanted to be Thomas.  So I did the best I could.  He absolutely loved it.  When I would have left the funnel off, and the numbers just outlines, he demanded a funnel and told me that the 1's had to be yellow. Thank goodness for my stash of craft felt!  Anwhoo...here's Toby as Thomas, the Tank Engine!

Materials used: a computer box, posterboard, glue and magic marker.  (the hat was his suggestion - wouldn't leave the house without it!)
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first attempts at recon! 2 new(ish) shirts from 3! on: August 20, 2008 10:13:15 AM
I've always wanted to try reconstructing my hubby's old t-shirts.  So, I did!  The first one was a shirt he hasn't worn in years.  I wanted something flattering on me, so I attempted to make a tank top.  The only issue I have is with the straps - I'm a big busted girl, so I need straps to cover the bra straps, and nothing seems to be "perfect".  Anywho, I put elastic at the top, and then shirred the bottom hem a few rows to get a fitted waist.

Here's DD modeling:

And here (trumpeting sound)  is my favorite thing ever.  I used an old t-shirt of my BIL's, and a knit hoodie that I loved, but wanted to resize for a better fit (I hate baggy clothes).  So I combined, especially after seeing this bolero tutorial on threadbanger!


And here it is!  The neckline's unfinished, but it looks awesome!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / It's "shir" pretty! on: August 20, 2008 09:57:02 AM
This was my first attempt at shirring fabric.  I've been wanting to try it for a while now, but didn't really understand how easy it was until I saw a video tutorial on Threadbanger.com.  Here's the link to the video: http://www.threadbanger.com/episode/THR_20080801

Anyway, I was nervous about trying it on me, as that would be a LOT of fabric, so I made one to fit DD.  She wasn't happy with it (prefers to be in just her diaper when we're home), so her older brother happily modeled it for me.  He's such a cheeseball!

The front:

And the back:

I like it.  Even though I chose to use a stretch poly - boy was that a pain.  And I learned the hard way that the fabric was poly - when I tried to iron the seams flat, the fabric melted onto my iron!  Oh Noes!!
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steampunk inspired Final Project! (A little wordy, sorry) on: August 12, 2008 09:27:19 AM
So this is my final project for my Costume Class.  As it was completed in May, I've just been lazy uploading the project.  I was inspired in part by gothfoxdesigns' Vampire hunter ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=236979.0 ) and other wonderful projects I've googled for what seems like forever now.  Anyway, here it is:

The entire jacket was draped, meaning I created the pattern using a dress form and some draping tape.  Then I did a muslin mock-up, fit it on my model ( the ever-lovely costumer-friend of mine ) and enlarged it just slightly.    The whole project is made from some lovely buff-colored cord that i got off the dollar table at walley-world. 

I dyed one yard of it black and left the rest the buff.  The shiny stuff was some last minute detailing, just a few old bangle bracelets that I tacked on, and a pocketwatch to add some character.

The first shot is the final look.  I gave him a top hat and a long stick to use as a cane, and he worked that pose like no otha motha.

A close up of the front.  I wish I'd thought to interface the corset-part to keep it stiff, but it was a stressful time.  Finals always is, y'know? :

The back.  If I'd had the time Iwould have piped the seams so they stood out, but they turned out fabulously flat, so why bother? :

And the collar.  Modified from a flat pattern found in a draping textbook (can't remember which one) to be high and fun!:

All in all, I'm really happy as to how it turned out.  You can't really see it, but the sleeves were switched around and sewn in backwards (oops).  The lining was just simple copper lining satin and done in the sack-way, if that makes sense.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Spongebob Pillow for my FIL!! ((First Topic Post EVER!!)) a little pic heavy on: May 06, 2008 10:37:55 AM
My FIL is obsessed with the little sponge from bikini bottom.  So, for his birthday a few years ago (3?) I decided I was going to MAKE him a spongebob.  Seeing as the only fabric store in town is Walmart (sigh), I chose to make it out of craft felt.  Turned out pretty well, what do ya'll think?

This is the coloring sheet I got off of google images.  Pretty basic, really.  Made several copies of it to disect for various pattern pieces, as seen here:

Using a colored image also found on google, I cut the pieces from the matching colored felt, and sewed them onto the base one at a time.  When that was done, I freehand embroidered his cheeks and nose.  The only pieces i had severe issues with were his teeth.  They ended up kinda crooked.

Above you can see all the pieces pinned into place, before I machine sewed them on.

I squared the pillow up by adding strips to all sides and attaching an equal yellow backing piece.  Unfortunately, I didn't have time enough to embellish the back with reverse image of his shorts, but it turned out unbelievably well.

Final pic!  He loves it.  I'm thinking of getting off my butt and making a patrick for father's day this year.  Any advice?  Critiques and comments are welcome, welcome, welcome!
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