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191  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: March 18, 2009 03:31:47 PM
I just finished dressing a new poppet. Well, the doll has been done for months, but was set aside during the latest poppet swap and never got dressed...until today.  Smiley

She's based on Tolkien's first description of Arwen in Fellowship of the Ring (book).
Her thread is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=297362.0

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192  Poppet Inspired by LOTR - Arwen in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: March 18, 2009 03:24:13 PM
I originally made this poppet for a personal swap (but that fell through...oh well  Smiley). Arwen has been finished for a couple months, all except her dress, which I finally finished hand sewing this afternoon...I hate jersey knit...but...Yay! I have no idea what to do with her... Cheesy

The (gray cotton chamois) slippers took 5 tries to get right...hahaha...I suck at shoes.  Cheesy I based her description more off the book than the movie. She is an Elenor poppet with a ton of hair, really long fingers (wired), sparkly silver nail polish-painted eyes, lashes, elf ears!...  Smiley  Her tiara thingy is silver polymer clay (it was hard as a rock) mixed with mold-making clay that softened it up and made it flexible after being baked...then I painted it with the same sparkly silver nail polish I used for the eyes...added some bling... The underbust corset is the same material as the slippers and has eyelets on each side, and silver leaves and more crystals on the front. Well, here she is...my #6:

Thanks for looking!  Wink
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193  My First Handspun in Spinning: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: March 14, 2009 08:50:14 AM
So, it was a bad week for me  Cry and I was in need of some crafty-therapy. Luckily, I have a really awesome LYS not too far away that actually carries drop spindles and roving...and the owner was super-nice and helped me find everything I needed to get started. (Let me say, it was my first time in a yarn store that had high-end fibers and I had to hurry out before I scooped it all up...gorgeous silk...far too tempting!  Shocked  Cheesy ) Anyway, I got home, drafted some roving (Coopworth) and spun it up! My first bit was only 6 yards long and overspun, the second bit (about 2 ounces) got me around 37 yards and was not quite so bad as the first, though I did rip my roving a couple times while I was spinning and I had to patch it up. It's all pretty chunky with a few spots that are thinner...but I just love it! I can't wait to try some more.  Grin

The first little bit after setting the twist:

The second attempt still on the spindle (I just about ran out of room):

And, off the spindle but before setting the twist:

Still slightly damp:

Thanks for looking! Constructive criticism is appreciated as I have very little idea of what I'm doing yet.  Wink
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194  Re: Poppet Swap Rd 3 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by tendstowardschaos on: March 13, 2009 11:07:22 AM
I received my package from Elensule today!  Cheesy

Since I'm such a DUNE fan(atic), she made me a Fremen poppet! My poppet Laila (also DUNE inspired) is happy to have such a well-matched new friend. He even has maker hooks!  Cheesy hehe the cat just has to sniff everything!

Both Laila and Kella got awesome Rapunzel scarves (the colors really compliment their hair/skin).

And I got some great supplies...enough silvery-white knit velour for several poppets  Grin, some faux suede and a sparkly red knit, craft foam and yarn that will make great poppet hair.

And, my yummy extras! My DH has claimed the fruity candy already! The flannel is a 'just-add-rice' heating bag...awesome, 'cause my toes get icy like you would not believe! Thank you, Elensule!  Grin
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195  Re: Poppet Swap Rd 3 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by tendstowardschaos on: March 04, 2009 06:47:33 PM
Hope you don't mind, Elensule, but I have nothing better to do right now than try to ignore my horrid head-cold by posting pics.  Undecided Thought you might be busy, ya know, enjoying your vacation...or looking for batteries.  Wink  Grin

This is what I sent out (got there on Monday)...

The poppet is based on a character from Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy - the Fool. Hence, the bright satin outfit and loud jacket. I was so stoked to find out that my partner liked this character, since I had read the books in high school.  Smiley

For her poppet, Nissa, I crocheted a bolero and spats/legwarmers, made a tiny little journal and mini tote bag. I also managed to find some poppet-sized specs for her at Hobby Lobby.

In keeping with Elensule's sorority colors and mascot, I tried out the phoenix stuffie (pattern graciously provided by Noelle https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=196186.0) at about 65% in alova and lame'.

I also sent along some supplies...eyes, buttons, extra doll needle.
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196  This solves all my yarn problems (pic heavy) in Dyeing: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: February 22, 2009 01:17:00 PM
I can never find colors I really, really like at my LYS...at least, not in fibers that I like and can afford. And, when I found out you could use kool-aid to dye wool, I just had to to try it...but, then again, I 'have to try' a lot of things.  Wink  So, I bought some Patons merino on sale (YAY!) and some Kool-aid (also on sale  Grin).

I finally got to trying it out on Wednesday...I did a whole skein in berry blue (Wylers and kool-aid), and I split another skein unevenly between lemon-lime/ice blue raspberry lemonade, and black raspberry. I got some great pooling of rich color in the blue, but they all had a little white in them so I decided to dye them again...

I threw the blue and green yarns into the same pot of ice blue raspberry lemonade and the red into some pink lemonade. I'm super happy with them and I can't wait to make something out of it.

Here are the yarns in the pots, and dry after the first dye:

And, this is what it looked like when I was done:

Thanks for looking!  Kiss
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197  Re: I Love My Poppet Swap Rd 3! (Signups Closed! Send Feb. 28th) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by tendstowardschaos on: February 04, 2009 07:03:59 AM
Ooh, Tori is so cool!

Here are my girls, Laila and Kella. I never got around to posting pics of Laila because I never got around to finishing her outfit...she just steals clothes from the other dolls in the house.  Wink
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198  Problems with yarn and stitches - please help in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by tendstowardschaos on: January 26, 2009 03:12:08 PM
I mentioned, in a previous and unrelated post, that I had purchased some gorgeous homespun for my Nana, Mom and self...3 skeins of the same lovely stuff. (I did not make this yarn. I don't have those skills.  Cry ) My Nana doesn't crochet anymore (didn't know that when I bought it) so my mom is going to make something for her out of it (I was going to, but I got volunteered to make something else). The yarn is black/red polyplay/mohair blend; it's single ply and very light-weight with some variation in diameter (thin and thinner...hehehe  Wink ).

Anyway, my mom was making a scarflette using a shell stitch, and she doesn't like the way it's working up because of the variation in the yarn. I was thinking that a simpler motif or stitch would look nicer/more uniform...maybe stitch with two threads and pair it with some black crochet-thread...but, I'm a total noob to crochet, what do I know? If anyone has any suggestions on a classy-looking stitch (Nana is so old fashioned  Wink ) for a small, narrow scarf in that pretty, pain-in-my-mum's-a$$ yarn, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks!  Kiss

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199  First Attempts at Crochet - I'm Hooked! in Crochet: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: January 23, 2009 06:56:20 AM
Sorry for the little pun.  Grin I decided to teach myself crochet after learning that my Nana was telling all her friends that I was her only granddaughter that could...I didn't want her to find out that my mom had neglected to teach me how when I was a kid!  Cheesy My MIL had offered to teach me, but she has been ill for the past couple weeks and is now headed to Florida for the next 3 months. So, had to surf YouTube for tutorials.

Here are my first attempts, hope you like!
My first wonky attempt at a neckwarmer/scarflette in chenille...it's all single crochet and I had a problem with dropping stitches.  Tongue

My second neckwarmer in acrylic yarn (left-overs from poppet hair), I reworked the ruffles into a plain border after the DH said it was 'clown-like.'

My third attempt in grey Lion Brand wool-ease, all HDC...I love this one and I have been wearing it everywhere since I finished! (It's very cold here.)

And, since I can't knit, I had to improvise a crocheted calorimetry...had to ask Mom how to reduce my stitches, too.  Wink It matches my grey neckwarmer.

Any comments and criticisms welcome! (As I'm trying to get as good as I can before I make something for my Nana...I'm such an oaf, I had no idea that my Nana didn't crochet anymore, and I sent her some fabulous wool/mohair yarn for Christmas  Embarrassed ...so, I'll be making her something from it. Any ideas on what I can do with about 150-200 yards of single-ply, super soft, red/black homespun? Undecided )
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200  Bright Embroidered Baby Quilt in Needlework: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: December 27, 2008 08:11:24 AM
My SIL bought me Aimee Ray's Doodle-Stitching for my birthday and, wanting to try out a project from it, I decided to make her daughter (my littlest niece) the quilt. My niece has 3 older brothers, so the quilt needed to be as girlie as possible.  Wink

It took me about 2 1/2 weeks from start to finish...I finished right before our family opened presents on Christmas Eve  Shocked (as in, I snuck upstairs to bind it after dinner and before the kids started getting whiny about their unopened gifts!). I left the edges of the circles un-hemmed so that it would develop a pretty 'used and cherished' look to it with use. I matched the embroidery floss to the rainbow of colors in the floral batik that I used and I made sure that there were six birds in the design (one for each of her family members). I used the book as a reference, but I free-handed all of the designs. I added a patch to the back with her name on it, too.  Grin I just used knots of embroidery floss to 'quilt' it, with the little tails on top for maximum comfort.

Here it is all done, on my in-laws' dining table (pic is a little dark):

...and over a chair:

Here it is before any embroidery:

After embroidery and before quilting:

And, the back detail (the back is just white with specks of color from the quilting...like sprinkles!):

I think that I took on too many Christmas crafts this year... I made a jewelry set for my 15 yo niece and one for my mom, a bracelet and 3 re-usable grocery bags for my SIL, 2 pairs of earrings for my MIL, crayon rolls with velcro for my 3 yo niece and nephew, and a bracelet for my SIL's niece....didn't snap photos of most of it. Oops.  Cry

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
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