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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Brother SE400 - Newbie here! on: August 23, 2013 08:55:18 AM
I'll throw in another vote for this one.

Granted, I've mostly been making Urban Threads Freestanding Lace designs, but the few times I've done 'normal' sewing on it, the thing's a racecar rather than my old machine.

My mother is envious for one reason - the threading function. What I love is the drop in bobbin, because in my old machine you had to remove half of the base of the machine every time you wanted to change a bobbin, and here its easy peasy.

When you make different colors of embroidered lace, you have to change bobbins a lot, so I'm extremely grateful for this. And the needle threader. And the very very complete instruction book which helps so much!

2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Lace: Spiders or feathers? on: August 23, 2013 07:56:56 AM
Hi all,

I'm doing a James Bond LARP, and my character is pretty much Edna Mode from the Incredibles, except a more real life version.

Anyway, her name is Arachne, and because her speciality is textiles, when I go to my first event (in a casino!) I want to dress the part obviously.

Now, I vastly don't have the wardrobe for a casino, which is in part why I based it on the Edna Mode type character because you can get away with a basic black dress. But I have an embroidery machine, and patterns for freestanding lace, and I already wrote knife-proof lace into my dossier. My idea is to have collar and cuffs, to offset the absolute plainness of my dress.

Here's the question. Do I try to make the whole thing spider-themed, or is it enough to have the textiles.

Here are my options: (Yes they are all Urban Threads because I'm a happy addict)
Spider themed: (I don't own these yet but they are cheap enough)
(I know that last one is technically a doily, but it comes in wedges and I can make that into something)

Not-Spider: Evenfall. (I own this - I've only made the mask so far, but it already has pieces designed to be a collar and cuffs, and it looks pretty dramatic while still being fancy)

All and any help appreciated!

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hunger Games Teesha Moore style bag [PIC HEAVY] on: July 26, 2013 08:05:08 AM
This is absolutely awesome, and I want to make one. But just as a note, if you did a patch for each district, that's 13 patches you don't have to worry about coming up with ideas for. The movie website has sigils and stuff for them - stuff to play with.

I love this though - love the texture and all the color choices - I need to learn to make one!

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Daryl Dixon / Walking Dead plush (take two!) on: April 24, 2013 11:57:34 AM
I was never really interested in felting (looked like too much work, so I didn't know you could felt doll faces (I've always embroidered faces on my plushes, which was fine with my goddess primitive voodoo-like dolls, but I've been wanting to expand past x and v stitches)!!

Inspired by this post, I picked up a felting kit and added eyes to my first plush this AM. This is soooo much easier than embroidering, since its easier to move the fluff around, I don't have to hide knots, I can pull off fluff if I make mistakes, I can make mostly symmetrical eyes -- Thanks sooo much for this!! Most awesome!

5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Raven, Teen Titans on: April 10, 2013 02:58:39 PM
This is epicly awesome.

Want to know what the bodysuit is made out of - its not latex I know cause it clings differently.

Kudos on figuring a way to do her 'peak', (even though it obscures the 'gem' - its worth it to make the peak look that natural.)

Definite points for the accoutrements, nice clear, iconic, no fuss. Definitely casting the gems was the only way to go. And of course definite points for a decent cloak - it drapes in the front nicely.

This is awesome cause its pretty much the visual style of the cartoon - nice, simple, clean clear lines, bold shapes. It's very easy to get bogged down by details, and you hit all the points without making this fussy. Very nice job.

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 81 ENTRIES / Re: Thread Mache Mask: Using Only Thread and Glue! JUST THREAD IT, with TUTE! on: December 26, 2012 06:48:08 PM
hmmmmm....i gotta get this "RubNBuff"...where can u get it? craft store, or order online?

and is it delivered by BUff men who Rub your back and shoulders while u craft?   Wink Roll Eyes

LOL - I could use the buff men - I've been working on thread machine-lace. (Sorry for the late reply, my email didnt ping with this reply for some reason) Reminds me of Can-o-Man from the Tick - a spray man who appears for an hour and then vanishes with the smell of potpourri.

Anyway, Rub n Buff is a brand name for gilding paste, comes in small little tubes: http://www.joann.com/rub-n-buff-finish-many-colors/prd36790/
You can order it or get it at the craft store.
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 81 ENTRIES / Re: Thread Mache Mask: Using Only Thread and Glue! JUST THREAD IT, with TUTE! on: December 15, 2012 02:38:56 AM
Love this. The tutorial is wonderful. Love all the ideas that stemmed out of this. Intimidated for sure to post my entry, but will anyway. I actually love this. Can you get that gold rub on in different colors and metalics?

you CAN get the wax paste in other colors, tho i think it's only silver, other shades of gold, and *maybe* a copper or something.... Smiley

happy crafting

You can get RubNBuff in more colors than that - its not quite the same as the wax paste, but the effect is similar. I once had RubNBuff in a lovely shade of iridescent blue.
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 81 ENTRIES / Re: Thread Mache Mask: Using Only Thread and Glue! JUST THREAD IT, with TUTE! on: December 06, 2012 07:45:18 AM
Lady, you are a frickin genius! I am so doing this!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer Clay Mermaid Mask: Light, Wearable, Vegan on: September 27, 2012 08:06:52 AM
You're doing more and more lovely work these days!

(This is Tam BTW)

I just finished sculpting a mold for a tentacle mask - when I put the paper mache on it I will post stuff on the blog: TresMagas.blogspot.com

And now that I finally remembered my password for this site, I can post it here too Smiley

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The turtle moves! (aka Discworld tshirt...) on: April 28, 2012 04:45:51 AM
I love how you included Cors Celesti in the middle Smiley Anything Discworld is awesome sauce!
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