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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Project Thrive- reusable pads for girls on: March 24, 2013 01:12:23 PM
This is such a cool idea and I am on board!!  I already make some many panties, a nice dishcloth will be an easy thing to make, and the pads look simple.

I usually only make things with elastic lace, is that going to be considered too sexy, if it's just plain white?  It's so much comfier than FOE, I think.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Monster outfit for 1 year old on: March 19, 2013 08:17:14 PM
Super cute!  Great gift!! I would love to hear tips for applique on such small knits, it looks so flat and stable.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Super easy hometown map- tutorial on: March 19, 2013 05:44:04 PM
Is 'done entirely on the computer' still considered craft?  I hope so!  You can make something like this with paper and glue, too, which would probably be prettier and more homemade.  But this takes very little time and can be easily replicated, so I thought I'd share anyway!

These are the maps with hearts you see all the time on etsy and pinterest.  Filled with an actual map, or a pattern, and some people have three for their wedding anniversary, the place they met their SO, their honeymoon location.  I say choose whatever town is special to you, but you do you.  Here's mine:

Here's how to make your own hometown map:

1. Get your background image- chevron, a vintage map scan, a photo of your town, etc.  Google image search for large images only. 

2. Get your map blank at docstoc.com, or again google image search 'X map Blank' on large. 
Save and open it on photoshop.  Copy the background to remove the lock and keep it from being a smart object.  Using your Magic Wand, select only the outline and copy.

3. Arrange your workspace like this: Make a new file to a normal paper size, or whatever size you want.  Put your pattern on one layer.  Paste your outline in the second layer.  Go to the left side layers menu and select 'create clipping mask.' 

4. Create a new layer.  Select the eye on your new filled map to make it dissapear.  Select new layer and fill with a color.  Drag this layer under the first, and click the eye to make your map come back.  Move around the map to where you want it.  Control-" (Command-" on Macs) to show your guidelines, same command to make them go away.

5. Use the type tool, write your town name and state.  To find good fonts, go to dafonts.com.  The one I used is 'Tightrope.'

6. Create heart in Custom Shape tool, or find another blank if you like.  Fill it up.  Put it in your hometown location.

7. Flatten image, save as PDF or JPG.  Print it out.  You're done!

For this one, I used a texture overlay.  To do this, pick out a digital texture- an old paper scan, fabric, cardboard, etc.  These are the textures I use the most.  Texture helps your image look less vector-y and more like it has been made by hand.  Avoid anything too photographic or abstract- the best kind just make your image look more interesting without being obvious.  For my texture, I used an old piece of paper with a burnt edge.

After you've finished your image, create a layer on top of the flattened image, and size it to fit over your image.  On the layers panel, go to the drop down menu and select 'Overlay.'  You can also choose 'Soft Light' but it will significantly lighten your image.  Then adjust to opacity to whatever looks nice- mine is about 45% or so.   Flatten again and save.  You can also move this layer to just over your background layer, or map layer, if you don't want your colors to change too much.

That's it!  Easy peasy!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Easy Hand-Painted Canvas Quote Board on: March 19, 2013 05:22:39 PM
Aw! So cool and sweet!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hand sewing, beading, and embroidered dresses (lots of photos!) on: March 19, 2013 05:22:13 PM
Thank you guys!  Grin
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Merida's dress for a birthday party on: March 16, 2013 03:44:12 PM
Velour is tricky!  But look how happy she is!  What a great party idea and what great taste your daughter has in movies.
7  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Clover and Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats on: March 16, 2013 03:41:25 PM
What a great idea for St Patrick's Day!  Great job! 
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Elastic Waist Skirt Refashion on: March 16, 2013 03:38:35 PM
Super cute!  Great job!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hand sewing, beading, and embroidered dresses (lots of photos!) on: March 16, 2013 03:34:27 PM
Here's a few dresses I made for school projects.  Apparently I just love to work with hand sewing (?) because all of them involve handwork!

The theme was Primitivism.  I wanted it to look like a warrior woman's dress, with a tie soaked in blood...but pretty, if that makes sense. Grin

It's a boiled wool skirt + belt with a windowpane wool sleeveless top.  There are small squares of the same wool hand appliqud on top.  The skirt is stitched together with blanket stitch and a tan jute cord.

The belt is dipped in red rit dye and beaded with various red beads.  

Next is a simple bias cut silk charmeuse gown, with hand tucked 'trees' on the sides.  It's got a hi-lo hem and skinny tucked straps.  I made the tucks with silk thread and just pinching and tucking as I go.

Here's one of my finals.  Also known as, an exercise in insanity. I draped a simple ballgown, then cut out the shapes by drawing on the muslin, added seam allowances, then sewed all the shapes together with lining & fusible.  

Then....I joined every piece together by hand, with embroidery floss, making floats and french knots.  

It's made of silk taffeta, lined in two different kinds of poly taffeta, and fused, so it basically stands on its own.  The fluffy one next to it I also made, but cannot seem to photograph well.  

Yikes!  Time to make some fun, simple clothes!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red drapped jersey cardigan with a tutorial on: March 16, 2013 03:06:48 PM
Super cool!  Great job!
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