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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / reconned and painted sweatshirt on: July 22, 2008 08:21:12 AM
ok. so i actually own a camera, a real and functional wonderful digital SLR, but out of convenience i am always, always taking pictures with my stupid crap cell phone so these pictures are god awful and fuzzy and low-res and i apologize profusely.

this is actually a recon of two sweatshirts. the white one is a regular old craft-store crewneck sweatshirt that cost me $0.50 on clearance. i cut it up the middle and hand sewed (terrible and childish hand sewing skills ahead, trust me) a white sport zipper into it.
i then was given a red american eagle sweatshirt from about 10 years ago, which i cut the hood off of and sewed onto the crew neck, and voila, instant hacked together hoodie.

there exist no pictures of this process because im an idiot.

anywho, thats why this is a recon, and now, we can move onto the real idiocy:

i am obsessed with jimmy eat world  Roll Eyes and the following is an extremely bad interpretation of a little logo that was included in the album artwork of their last record. the paints are all textile paint, with some inclusion of sharpie as it is truly hard to paint on a sweatshirt without the proper equipment (ie i should have had something to hold it down and pull it taut...)

behold the crap sewing! charmingly stupid looking!

the back of the sweatshirt

blurry, god, im so sorry, its so unwise to present your work in such a manner, i know.

with detail of the star i painted on the cuff, and also my white white thigh...

close up- not the greatest painting technique of all time, admittedly

the best part about the whole thing is that the color has the definite appearance of a watercolor wash. i achieved this on accident, really, i just had far too much water on my paintbrush initially... but i quite like it in retrospect.

iron on stars... i used them in attempts to cover up the ratty looking logo on the hood...

this is what it looks like on, whilst standing in the bathroom, in the middle of the night, in the dead of summer, sweating sweating sweating. i tried really hard to take the best picture i could but i was superly uncomfortable.


and lastly, text detail.

well, so it isnt the most professional looking thing, i know.

my question is: do i cover the whole darn thing in more paint? do a watercolor-type wash over the whole sweatshirt? i think it is lacking in the extreme still, and any comments or suggestions are much appreciated.

thanks for looking Undecided

22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Hungarian Horntail on: July 18, 2008 01:48:15 PM
I think this turned out superb, I am working on painting something on fabric as well and really appreciate knowing what you used... flexible varnish, eh? I did not know such a thing existed.

I'm hitting this rocks, btw. Great job.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I finally made an infinity "gown"!!! on: July 17, 2008 08:09:14 AM
this is the best infinity dress ive seen in a long time, you really rock it big time!

thanks for the lovely inspiration, i am making one of these in red soon and i really like the way you did the straps a lot.
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Latest creations on: July 07, 2008 01:50:36 PM
i too have a skin problem on my legs and sometimes it is embarrassing to wear skirts so i understand your frustrations. sometimes you have to say forget it, im going to do it anyways, and to hell with what people think!

anyway i love your skirt, i would very much wear that, even with my weird looking skin~!

also you are very pretty, haha! Grin
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / chair makeover. obviously not finished in time for the challenge. on: July 03, 2008 09:34:31 PM
so i had originally planned this as an entry for the june challenge, but there was no way i was finishing it in time with my work schedule and starting classes for a masters in computer science (so nerdy, i know.)

in any case, this was a ratty old chair that i think was once red. my girlfriend found it on the side of the road in the city and drove it out to the suburbs for me because she new i was looking for a couch or chair to try this "fake" re-upholstery trick.

so here we have the before:

good shape, but terribly worn out and gross looking. it was like the worst, itchiest mohair or wool material as well. it was really awful.

so anywho, my inspiration for this chair came from the call for entries post for the may challenge (the lighting one), and specifically a picture from mark montano's big ass book of crafts of a chair recovered in duct tape.

so what did i do? i covered my chair in duct tape.... behold!

there we can see the rolls of duct tape.


it was pretty fun, although dusty.

obviously i realize that this is not as permanent as a "real" re-upholstering, and has already started to pull and wear at the edges. but it was quick and fun, and none of my furniture matches anyway.  Roll Eyes

thanks for looking!
26  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / Re: Mr. Rogers Ami and Trolley (Lots of Pix) on: July 02, 2008 08:10:33 PM
not gonna lie, i kinda teared up as well. so wonderful! what a great homage to a great man, and my favorite part is trolley, oh how i loved that show.
27  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / Re: A cookbook from mother to daughter... on: July 02, 2008 08:07:18 PM
oh  i love this idea i am going to have to make one celebrating my mother the cook as well! thank you for the neat inspiration!
28  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / Re: Embroidered elephant-y goodness on: July 02, 2008 08:05:49 PM
holy cow! how awesome is that! I LOVE BABAR! this rocks rocks rocks your embroidery skills are second to none!
29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Old China Journal on: June 30, 2008 02:40:19 PM
this is so wonderful, i wish i would have thought of it for my last few trips... what a great keepsake, as previously mentioned.

i especially like that you asked mates to add to it, i am really just in love with that idea.

great job!
30  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Clay Bride & Groom.. finally together! on: June 30, 2008 02:34:49 PM
this is SO cute! i love it! great job and very creative DIY cake topper!
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