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41  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Freeform Octopus v.2 on: October 08, 2011 01:47:32 PM
I made another octopus based off of my last one. Cephalopods are just too cute! The first one ended up looking like he was plotting something, and I wanted this one to look less malignant. So, I changed the eyes a bit. My DH and I are expecting our first baby this Spring, and this toy was made for him/her... didn't want the munchkin to be afraid of their toys.  Wink

The yarn was dyed with Wilton's, in blue and brown. I used a lot of vinegar to get the colors to split to give little hints of purple here and there. The eyes are needle-felted on, making the whole thing really cuddly. Once again, I didn't take the time to write down a pattern as I went...I'm too lazy.  Wink

Thanks for looking!
42  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Silver Seraphina Shawl on: September 13, 2011 01:09:28 PM
I finished another Seraphina shawl! This is, I think, the fourth one I've done. I used Cascade Heritage Silk, which is an 85/15 blend of superwash merino and mulberry silk. I really liked working with this yarn - it's soft with a great sheen, and the plies don't separate too much. After blocking, it is 59 inches wide and about 28 inches deep (2 skeins = 200g of fingering weight, and an F hook). This is going to be a birthday present for a friend.

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43  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Freeform Octopus on: July 04, 2011 07:37:44 PM
Michigan Summers are too hot to even think about crocheting wearables, but I needed my fix. I had a ball of hand-dyed wool languishing in my stash that turned into this little guy. I used up all but a few yards of it too.  Grin I couldn't find a pattern that gave a realistic enough result, so I just made it up as I went along, working off of my sketches and some photographs. His eyes are needle-felted, so he's really soft and cuddly.

I haven't been able to think of a good name for him yet, so, I'm open to suggestions if anyone has any.  Smiley
ETA: Waterbaby hit upon the perfect name - Jacques (after Jacques Cousteau). A big thank you to Waterbaby and everyone for sharing your ideas!!!

And, here's his underbelly:

Thanks for looking!
44  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Quilted Shamrock Travel Journal on: June 10, 2011 07:20:57 AM
I'm not sure where to put this (Mods, please feel free to move if necessary) since it's half paper and half quilt. My in-laws are taking a trip to Ireland this summer, and my MIL mentioned that she wanted to get a travel journal. She'd seen people, on their other trips, writing in journals, and thought that would be a great way to preserve their memories (in addition to photographs). Of course, I pipe in with "I'll make you one!" She liked the wrap-style journals, but didn't want leather....Yay! Another excuse to use that free-motion foot!

I picked a bright floral design and a matching green, then quilted them with a shamrock motif. It's hard to see the design from the outside, but the contrasting thread makes it very obvious on the inside. Cheesy I just realized that I don't have a good picture of the spine of the book or the pages... the pages are lined and the signatures are covered in decorative papers, then stitched directly to the cover with black waxed Irish linen thread.

I also made up a bunch of photo corners for her to use in the journal (I have to get some double-sided tape to go with that). There is a pocket for those, and one for a pen, on the inside cover. The strap has velcro on it (and buttons to make it cute).

Thanks for looking!
45  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / River Song's TARDIS Diary on: June 07, 2011 06:19:00 AM
Complete with a spare key to the TARDIS, here is my version of River Song's diary. I usually make wrap-style journals with leather covers, but I wanted to try something different. It's just a new excuse to use the free-motion foot on my sewing machine. Wink

I used medieval long-stitch. With leather, I punch the holes in the cover before stitching...couldn't do that with fabric, I had to guess at the spacing, but it doesn't look too bad. I did make one group of stitches longer than the other (again).  Tongue  'Measure twice, punch once' ought to be my new mantra.

There are 240 sheets (480 pages) of natural-colored writing paper. The overall measurements are 8"x6"x2".

I just love this screen-printed fabric! It's like the view from the TARDIS windows.  Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
46  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Gray and White Floral Tee on: May 25, 2011 01:42:22 PM

I was cooking, and having too much fun to put on an apron, when I got a grease splatter on my favorite tee.  Tongue I had to do something to save my comfy shirt, so I stenciled a floral design over it. It's just a doodle from my sketchbook, but it's growing on me. I now have to fight the urge to stencil on all of my plain shirts.  Wink

Horrid little spot:


Thanks for looking!  Smiley
47  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Tiny Leather Journal Pendant on: March 22, 2011 07:22:15 AM
Even though this is technically jewelry, most of the crafting went into the book itself...so, I'm posting it here.  Wink

I love little books, so I made one to wear around my neck. It ended up being bigger than I wanted, but, that's okay because it's actually big enough that I can write in it. I also forgot to take pictures before I did.  Roll Eyes It's a place to record some of my favorite quotes, and is already almost half filled.

There are 60 sheets of 90-lb. mixed-media paper, stitched to the leather with waxed linen thread. I cut open a decorative chain link to make the bail. (The quotes you can see are from Thomas Jefferson.)

Thanks for looking!
48  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Stash-Busting Beanies on: March 16, 2011 01:36:18 PM
I'm really bad about having a million things going at once, so I have been trying to finish off all of my WIPs before starting anything new. I'm doing better, but it means I don't have anything I can work on while I watch TV with my DH. So, I sat down with all my little bits of yarn, sorted them into groups and made hats.  Grin I still have 3 big WIPs, but I've finished 27 projects this year.

Thanks for looking!
49  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Green Day Patch on: March 11, 2011 06:44:41 AM
I'm a big Green Day fan. I have been pretty much since I was 11 and Dookie was released. I had to be careful that my mom didn't hear some of the lyrics...she would have taken away my unedited copy.  Roll Eyes

Anyway, I wanted a patch for my bag to show my devotion. Cheesy

I outlined the design with back-stitch, then filled with long-and-short on the pink sections and part of the black...the 'pin' is outlined, then filled with satin stitch. It's all done with 6 plies. I tried to get a camouflage look from the variegated thread, but, I think some of the transitions aren't quite as smooth as they could have been. Oh well.  Wink

Thanks for looking! C&C appreciated!
50  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Little Green Fairy on: February 23, 2011 12:10:08 PM
Since so many artists have claimed they found their muse at the bottom of a bottle of absinthe, the potent drink is also known as la Fee Verte (the green fairy). This is how I imagined she might look as a poppet. Her costume is inspired by the wormwood plant from which the drink is derived, and it was put together in a slightly 'Gibbous' fashion.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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