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1  Craftster Craft Challenges / CHALLENGE 128 ENTRIES / Toga! Toga! Toga! on: November 08, 2019 10:44:46 AM
We were invited to a toga party for Halloween. The theme was an Animal House toga party, but I went for a more historically accurate Greek chiton...but, still made from bed sheets. Cheesy

The 'togas' and wraps are made from cheap flat sheets, dyed with RIT dye...red, purple, and peach. Our belts are just gold ribbon and cording. My DH's headband is three strands of gold leaf ribbon stitched to black ribbon. There's a bit of elastic in back to make it a stretchy. The brooches are faceted glass gems sewn on black felt.

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday on: November 08, 2019 10:08:31 AM
I know there haven't been Fiber Friday posts for quite a while, but, it's Friday and I have a few finished skeins. Wink

My boys bought me some roving for my birthday last month and I've been happily spending a lot of time with my wheel.

I got a grab bag of random bits of dyed Merino and some of it ended up in this fractal-spun rainbow. (105g, about 158yds of worsted-aran weight)

The boys wanted new Winter hats - Mario power-up mushroom earflap hats in blue and red, to be specific. I spun up some Merino in red, blue, and white. Some of the white I then dyed with coffee (not pictured). It's about 450 yards in total, bulky and so squishy!

Thanks for looking, and happy Friday!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Sunset Dreams Shawl on: October 03, 2019 11:53:16 AM
I made this shawl for my niece's birthday. I chose a simple pattern and a thick yarn because it needed to be a quick project. The pattern is Caron's Sunset Dreams Shawl and the yarn is Lion Brand Just My Stripe in Berry Blue (3 balls). Though I did run out of yarn for the tassels, so those are from a conveniently coordinating Caron Cake.

It worked up very quickly and turned out nice and cozy. The tassels are removable, just in case she doesn't like them.

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / I Believe I Can Ply on: September 12, 2019 02:25:12 PM
This is the first plied yarn I have spun, and I'm so excited to share!

The first pile of hanks is about 100g of Noro wool. It came as pencil roving, and full of little slubs. It came out pretty thick-n-thin, fingering to worsted. I'm not sure on the exact yardage - 250-ish? - but, it's enough for a hat.

This is a 70/30 alpaca wool blend with bits of metallic copper tinsel. So soft! This is about a quarter of what I have, so I'll eventually have enough for a project. This is 50g, roughly 75 yards, averaging about aran weight.

I've been a spindle-only kinda girl forever, but I took the plunge this year and bought a wheel.  Cheesy

It's an Electric Eel Wheel Nano. It's a bit touchy, but who isn't, really?  Wink I'm enjoying it so much that I'm thinking another (larger) wheel might be in my future.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pink Ombre Rope Basket on: April 05, 2019 06:09:04 AM
It only took a few hours to turn 100 feet of clothesline into this adorable basket.  Shocked

I was stressed out and needed something new and relatively easy to soothe my nerves. I had originally purchased the clothesline to make one of those fabric coil baskets from all of my quilting scraps, but that seemed like way too much work for how much time I had (and my mood).  Roll Eyes

I read quite a few tutorials, but here's one of the best ones I remembered to Pin.

I didn't want just a plain-Jane basket, though, so I decided to dress it up by using colored thread. Somehow, I've managed to accumulate an insane amount of thread...18 years of sewing and what I've inherited from other people. I grabbed 8 spools of pink, in various shades, and started with the darkest (not in the picture because it was already in the machine).

100 feet of 1/4" clothesline 7.5 partial spools of thread, a scrap of leather, and some waxed linen thread later...

This basket (that I don't have a use for yet)! It's about 11" wide and 5.5" tall.

Thanks for looking!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Two Portraits in Doll Form on: December 23, 2018 04:10:26 PM
My nieces are still young enough to enjoy playing with dolls, so I decided to make them something special for Christmas this year - dolls that look like them! They were very well-received and everyone had questions about the process. These dolls were definitely the most satisfying project of the season and I had a blast creating them. Except the hair. That doll hair is a pain to work with, but it looks and feels so nice!

I used an Ever After High doll and a Monster High doll that sort of matched their skin colors and face shapes. The dolls got a complete repaint and reroot.

I purchased a pattern for the school uniforms, and used actual uniform plaid to make the skirts. The shoes are leather with waxed linen laces. I made my own pattern for those.



Thanks for looking!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Custom Elf on the Shelf (Formerly Draculara) on: December 03, 2018 06:47:05 AM
A couple years ago, I ordered a 3D-printed doll kit and made a custom elf-on-the-shelf. Unfortunately, she began to break around the joints and we needed a replacement for our injured elf.

I chose a Monster High doll for her durability. Draculara is perfect because she has elfin ears. Though, it's not like you can see them under all that hair.  Cheesy

She got the full treatment - repaint, reroot, custom clothes. Took forever.

Her face is done in watercolor pencils and chalk pastels. Her hair is handspun Noro. I got the pattern for her dress from DGRequiem on Etsy. I did accidentally cut only half the skirt for her dress...that's why it's a pencil skirt instead of a cupcake shape. Oops, happy accident.

In process:


To get the shape of the shoes right, I added a bit of hot glue to her toes and then made a tape pattern:

Thanks for looking!
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 125 ENTRIES / Star Trek: Voyager - Captain Janeway Cosplay on: November 03, 2018 07:02:57 AM
I was invited to a 'Captains' party for Halloween. Not having a costume on-hand that was appropriate, I decided to make one...in less than two weeks.

To be quite honest, I've always wanted a Star Trek uniform, and this was a great excuse to get one.

I found the pattern on eBay. A few websites sell them, but I was strapped for time and they promised 3-day shipping. The fabric isn't entirely accurate to the screen-used costumes, but the colors were right. The rank pips and badge were purchased, as was the undershirt. I did have to dye the undershirt the correct color and reinforce the collar for the pips.

It was a bit wrinkled after coming out of the wash...

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink Paisley Shirt Dress - McCall's 6696 on: August 08, 2018 01:21:55 PM
After my DS2 was born, and I was still carrying around some extra baby weight, I cut this dress out. I started it, barely, then set is aside for whatever reason...

*two years later*

I lost weight, I injured myself, I gained some back. I picked the dress back up and finished it. It's a tad bit big, but wearable. Yay! I have a wedding to attend in a couple months and I might just wear this dress. It has pockets! Cheesy

The pattern is McCall's 6696, the fabric is a cotton/linen blend that I got on clearance at JoAnn's. I altered the spacing of the buttons and finished all of the seams.

10  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) and Art Abandonment / Space Rocks! on: August 02, 2018 05:23:44 AM
I decided to participate in this challenge sort of last-minute. I was doing yard work and came across these stones that were just begging to be painted (also found a few Petoskey stones and other fossils Shocked). Not sure what to paint, I just went with something I've done before - nebulae/stars in UV-reactive paint.

My kids and I will be hiding them this weekend around town.

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