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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Samhain Greenwoman Mask on: October 25, 2009 12:22:30 PM

Edit: pic is the modified version of the mask, now with the ability to breathe!

I'll be invoking Earth at a Samhain ritual this year and decided to make an autumn leaves and ivy mask to help me look the part.  It's a cheap white mask from Walmart with fake leaves hotglued on to make it awesome! 
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Warm Cloak for the... Summer? on: June 06, 2009 12:25:10 PM
I'm going camping in the Mendocino Woodlands (Northern California) at the end of the month and it can get downright cold (40s F) at night.  Instead of carrying around a blanket, I decided to make a cloak out of microfleece with a pretty jacquard edging:

Six yards of fleece and 12 of the jacquard went into the making of.  The design comes from Antimony and Lace: http://www.gothfashion.info/circlecloak.php

Unfortunately blurry detail shot:

Here's the jacquard I used:
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Choli with non-matching handkerchief over and a-line under skirt on: June 06, 2009 12:04:23 PM
The choli (top) is part of the American Tribal Style bellydance costume.  The fabric is stretch velvet with a plain ole bias tape for the hemming.  The pattern came from a wonderful gal in Australia:  http://members.iinet.net.au/~ramsden/tribal/index.html

The orange skirt is based on Renegade Sewing's Titus Skirt, but I can't seem to locate it online.  It's designed to be about knee length, so I just dropped the line to ankle length.  Apparently the key is keeping a 90 degree angle in the bottom corners.

The brown skirt is based on the handkerchief skirt instructions found here at Antimony and Lace: http://www.gothfashion.info/circlepixie.php
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing brocade ribbon to fleece for a hem on: May 26, 2009 04:53:38 PM
Hi all,
I'm working on a cloak made out of fleece and want to hem it with a much stiffer ribbon, specifically a thick brocade.  Two questions of the sewing gurus...

1.  Do I need to roll the fleece under and hem it or is it strong enough to have the cut edge exposed?

2.  Any advice on sewing the ribbon to the fleece?  My edge is rounded slightly and when I try to pin it, I get this horrible lumpiness.

I should mention that I plan to sew it on a sewing machine, going over the ribbon twice; once along the top and once along the bottom.

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fabric Recommendations for a Cloak on: April 28, 2009 09:46:06 PM
Hi all,
I'm looking to make a heavy cloak that will endure cool (40F) temperatures and possibly getting rained on but keep me warm.  I'm going camping in the Pacific Northwest (of the USA) for a week and expect it will be cold and wet pretty much the whole time.  I think what I want is wool melton, but I've never worked with it and don't have a way to get my hands on it without going online. 

The cloak itself will be an ankle-length full circle oversized hood piece of drama.  Any advice, including online fabric suppliers that you've used before, would be greatly appreciated!  I've made a few skirts and shirts, but this will be bigger and heavier fabric than I've ever used before. 

I'll be merging a few patterns that I've found online to complete the look.  If you have any patterns that you've used and love, let me know!  I'm thinking something similar to this with possible mods: http://www.cloakmaker.com/availpics/cloak1697.html

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Clay Wall Hangings on: April 16, 2009 10:40:46 AM
Two of my favorite pieces from my pottery class, amusing as these are the first two I made:

The brown looks like stamped leather in person.  I love it!  The texture was created by Lynn over at http://potterytexturequeen.com/rubberstamps.html

More details of the making of here: http://loriholden.blogspot.com/2009/03/products-of-my-pottery-class.html

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Goblets, plates, pitchers and a unicorn tray! on: April 16, 2009 10:34:02 AM
So I just finished a hand built/slab pottery class and totally loved it!

Unicorn tray stamped with a kiddie stained glass/plastic thingy:

Double glaze dip goblet:

Creamer pitcher and spoon rest for my Momma:

Double glaze dip bowl:

Goblet and yet another pitcher:

Set of plates half dipped in green glaze and the other half in an uncolored glaze:

Goddess in The Wilderness mug:

Walnut Floating Alongside Reeds Tray and mini jug/vase thing:

Topview of the vase thing, Goddess stamped inside:

Plate with a doily smashed into it:

Some of the textures were created with a sheet stamp designed by a lady who's name I can't remember.  She goes by the moniker Polymer Clay Queen or something like that online.

More details of the making of here: http://loriholden.blogspot.com/2009/03/products-of-my-pottery-class.html
8  California / California: North / Goddess Crafts Faire Sebastopol Dec 6 & 7 on: December 05, 2008 12:00:03 PM

Anyone planning on going to this?  Sounds like fun and there are a whole slew of vendors and entertainment.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Male Gnome Pattern Baldness on: November 20, 2008 01:53:54 PM
I wanted to make a gnome that wasn't the typical happy go lucky bearded fellow.  What could make a gnome crankier than going bald?

Cranky Pants with his pumpkin and pet snake:

Gnome Pattern Baldness:

Now with better pics!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Flat Stacey tri-color mini-scarf on: November 20, 2008 11:02:33 AM
I'm the "California Aunt" to my WV-native nieces and so when the Flat Stanley/Stacey project came up (send a paper doll to someone in another state to learn about geography, etc.) I won!  In an attempt to show that California is not all beaches and sunshine, "we" made scarves together.  I also made her a suitcase out of an Altoid case and polymer clay (already posted in the clay board) to take souvenirs home.   

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