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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby Dresses for AlwaysInspired! (with links to free patterns used) on: January 22, 2012 03:09:51 PM
Wow it has been a long time since I posted on Craftster! This is my first post to the children's clothing board, but it will not be my last.  As some of you may know, my bestie, AlwaysInspired is expecting her first baby - a girl - in May.
What is a crafty friend to do but learn to sew baby clothes.
These 3 outfits were created using newborn size free patterns from the web.

First is my favorite, the Infant Peasant Dress new free pattern from Sew Much Ado http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2012/01/infant-peasant-dress-free-pattern-and.html
The fabric is by Prints Charming.  The trim is the cutest teeny wee pompom trim.  Ruffled socks are store bought.

Second is my rocker-baby version of the Itty Bitty Baby Dress from Made By Rae http://www.made-by-rae.com/2008/04/free-itty-bitty-baby-dress-pattern/  I omitted the piping (didn't have any). and added a fun red apron front.  The pants are the Basic Baby Pant from Make Baby Stuff http://www.make-baby-stuff.com/baby-pants-baby-pattern.html  Fabrics are from Michael Miller.

The last one for the day is this fun mod dress and bloomer set, from the Owl Baby Dress by Sew Can Do http://sewcando.blogspot.com/2009/10/little-owl-dress-pattern-is-here.html   I fell in love with the fabric immediately.  Trust me - this one is much more fun in person!  I have not yet sewn on that button, but it is decorative.  The actual neckline closes with either velcro or a snap - I have not decided yet.

I can't wait to sew more baby clothes! I have already bought a couple of adorable patterns from an Etsy seller, and a bunch of fabric to play with!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Gnome on a Knoll on: February 01, 2011 08:13:18 AM
This is my gnome on a knoll pincushion.

He is entirely handstitched in eco felt.  The base is about the diameter of a regular soda can, and the tip of his hat almost reaches to the top of the same can, so he is pretty little, as is his mushroom buddy.
 I had originally planned to embroider flowers around the base, but I STILL cannot do a lazy daisy.  So the mushroom border was born (with french knot dots!)

I made up the pattern as I went along.  If I make another gnome knoll, I will tweak him a bit, maybe a bit chubbier.  Not sure yet.

I whipped him up for the One World One Heart blog event on now.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / One World mixed media on canvas on: February 01, 2011 08:06:46 AM
I painted this Earth Goddess for the One World One Heart blog event (Jan 31 - Feb 17).

She is mostly water soluble crayon, with some colored pencil, graphite pencil, acrylic pearl paint, and ink.  The heart is a collage of bits of a page from a vintage Dutch edition of Jane Eyre.  When I wrapped it on to trim it, I rather liked the way it looked wrapped over the bottom, so I kept it there Tongue

(glare from flash making wooden frame base stand out)

I learned a LOT in the making of this piece.
I learned that acrylic gel medium should NOT be used as a sealant over watercolor crayon.  It ate the paint and it came off in sticky chunks.  I had to scrape off her WHOLE face (and then the rest of her body to match), and repaint it all.  The shading did not turn out as well this second time, but this is still the final result which I am reasonably happy with.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Felt ornaments + more! on: November 29, 2010 12:03:42 PM
I went on a bit of a felt stitching kick and these are the result.
All pieces shown, save for 4 of the birds, will be going to my dear friend AlwaysInspired and members of her family (she has already seen them, so posting is ok)

Ralphie ornament for AI's hubby who is crazy about A Christmas Story.  This one is based on a felt ornie that I Sew Cute has.  Mine is fleece so it was a b*tch to sew (I didn't have any pink felt)

Percy Penguin is for AI's aunt who adores penguins.  This pattern is my own, and I am happy to share it with anybody interested.

Bear is for AI's mom who collects teddys.

The Birds.
One of the ravens is for AI herself.
The nests/branches are accented with seed bead berries and snow.

Grey flower is a ponytail holder for AI's auntie.  based on a design from an etsy seller.
Pirate/Ninja yin yang is my original design and was created for AI herself, who has harnessed her inner ninja and pirate sides Smiley
Bluebird is for AI's little sister who is just a sweetheart.

MOST of the ornies have 2010 embroidered on the back
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Gnudist Gnome (caution: naked gnome twig and berries ahead) on: November 17, 2010 09:31:33 AM
My 71 yr old mom insisted on having this gnaked gnome stitched up after she saw a painting of him online.
How could I not comply?

He is stitched on an unbleached cotton-linen tea towel because I thought that made it even funnier.  I opted for redwork to match the striping, and because fleshtone would not have popped against the fabric.

Standard 2strand split stitch for most of it.

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6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Gnome Sweet Gnome on: September 25, 2010 09:52:12 AM
I stitched this piece up for my friend AlwaysInspired.  She is collecting embroidered gnome blocks to make a quilt.

I designed this little scene with Mr Gnome hanging the address sign while Mrs Gnome makes sure it is straight - but neither paid much attention to the ladder! Poor Mr Gnome is holding onto the tree with one hand, and his trusty hammer in the other.
The 605 is AlwaysInspired's home address.

I wound up swearing a bit when it came to the gnome fill stitching - having to change thread color 6 or 7 times to fill an area the size of a quarter makes me growl Tongue  Mr Gnome is approximate 1.5" tall.

I used mostly split stitch, with a fluffy french knot (not pulled tight) for the beard, and some satin stitch for accent bits. 

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dance in the Rain on: September 17, 2010 12:23:51 PM

I designed this piece for a new friend who wanted an umbrella theme.
I was inspired by a photograph of a girl jumping, and by the quote "Life is not about surviving the storm, but about learning to dance in the rain"

The background fabric (and swatch used for puddle) were provided by my partner.  This particular shade of blue chambray was a huge pain - none of my transfer paper or pencil colors would show up on it.  Eventually I caved in and used a fine point permanent marker pen with the fabric taped up on a sunny window.
The raindrops and water splash are satin stitched in the same colors as the puddle fabric.

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mean Miss Gulch - Wizard of Oz embroidery on: September 11, 2010 11:52:53 AM
A new Flickr friend and I are doing a private swap in our chosen themes.  She is doing Wizard of Oz, and mine is Vintage Sideshow (see my earlier Dolly Dimples piece)
What she REALLY wanted was an embroidered picture of Miss Gulch on her bicycle from the first part of the movie.

I agreed to the task and THEN realized that there are no coloring pages or decent line art of Miss Gulch available online.  I had to sketch my own based on several movie stills.

The sketch is not perfect, but I am pretty pleased with it overall. 
The colors I chose for the stitching are based on the official 1997 Hallmark holiday keepsake ornament as all photo references of this scene are in b&w or sepia.

I tried out several different stitches for this piece for texture - outlined mostly in split stitch, I also used backstitch, feather, basketweave, a long weave, satin stitch, etc.

Her dress is lightly tinted with Progresso pencils.
C&C are always welcome.

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sadie Skunk and Foxy Felix on: September 01, 2010 09:03:08 AM
Foxy Felix and Sadie Skunk are usually sweet and adorable siblings...but watch out! The glimmer in their eye tells me they are up to something that isn't good.

I designed Felix and Sadie for a great gal who wanted a "kawaii cute...but creepy" theme.  They are stitched in a split stitch, with Progresso pencil tinting.  Sadie has seed stitching on her fur for texture.  Their eyes are satin stitched with backstitch outlines.

"Foxy" Felix started his life as Bobby Bear, but when I discovered that I did not have the shade of brown I would need, a few quick lines were drawn, and Voila! Foxy was born Tongue  His scene is not quite finished yet - he will be getting a small campfire for his marshmallow roasting, and a toadstool behind him (for balance).

For those interested, I will be posting the patterns for both of these guys on my blog soon (just need to clean up the sketches a bit and scan).
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sideshow Starlet Dolly Dimples on: August 05, 2010 12:40:04 PM
I am doing an embroidery project on Flickr, and my chosen theme is Sideshow Acts.

I chose to stitch up a fabulous Fat Lady for my inspiration piece.  I based the piece on Dolly Dimples http://thehumanmarvels.com/?p=48, an early-mid century sideshow act.  I changed her skintone and hair mostly because I wanted to stitch a French knot afro Tongue

She is stitched on vintage white cotton fabric that I tea-stained with a lemon dream herbal and masala chai mixture.  It gave a great vintage effect, complete with random "rusty" blotches. She was a pretty quick stitch, only taking 2 days from design to completion.

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