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41  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Punk Rock Tea Cozy! on: July 24, 2009 10:43:46 AM
Since Im the only one that drinks tea in my house, I needed a tiny teapot. Problem was, the only tiny teapot that could be found had roosters on it. Well, a little paint and some varnish later, I had a pirate teapot. Yarrr.

The next problem... I often had a cold teapot. I couldnt just grab any old flowery teapot, Id be right back where I started with the rooster... so, I made my very own punk rock tea cozy!!

The tea cozy is designed so that you can still use the spout with the cozy on.  The cozy is secured on with safety pins and grommets, a punk's finer accessories.  It's quite handy, I can just slip it over and pin it on and it's snug in place!  It's also featuring my favorite new design, in the spirit of punking up classic things... SINbonnet sue.  You heard me right.  I guess she's kinda like Sunbonnet Sue's evil cousin.

Yay for toasty tea!

Oh, in case you're wondering what the pirate tea pot looks like...

42  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pirates vs. Ninjas THUMB WARS!! on: July 17, 2009 12:25:38 PM
The battle has been raging for centuries... but now, the two foes can finally meet on the ultimate battlefield...


 The Rules:

1) Puppets must be worn on thumbs at all times. Ninja is not allowed to sneak around during battle.

2) You can only use one hand, so if your puppet starts to come off, you must use your same hand to keep him on.

3) If a puppet falls off, both contenders must switch to the hand of shame (their non dominant hand) for 20 seconds of play.

4) The winner must pin their opponent for at least 3 seconds to declare victory.


Action Shot!!

Pirate deftly doges Ninja's sneak attack!

The battle rages on...
43  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Gothic Lace Choker on: July 10, 2009 12:27:37 PM
A little bit of machine embroidered lace, a few jump rings, some thin chain, and voila!  We have ourselves a gothic lace choker...

Stitch it out again to make a matching bracelet...

A fun combination of embroidery and jewelry making.  Working with jump rings can be a pain, but in the end, it's totally worth it.  Now every day can be Halloween.... Cheesy

44  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wonderland trinket book box on: June 29, 2009 10:38:28 AM
I never know what to call these things.  This one is especially hard to describe...

I took an old book, and modified it to look old and cool and leather bound, using one of my favorite wonderland designs from UT.  It's just cardboard and paper towels, with a bit of paint.  I got the technique off of the fabulous blog of Dave Lowe, but it was a pretty basic tutorial so I made some stuff up.  It was easy, fun and fabulously messy.  Here's the outside of the book:

I thought having a cool covered book around wasn't quite neat-o enough, so inside I created a hidden compartment to keep trinkets and jewelry.  It involves a lot of cutting, and quite a bit of mod podge. 

Ta da!  My new wonderland trinket box.
45  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Bitchin' Potholder on: June 12, 2009 09:43:42 AM
Its funny the things that disappear when you move. We moved into our first house a little while ago, and in between packing, moving, and unpacking, a number of items were taken as hostages by the packing gnomes. One particular item I was lacking came to light quite annoyingly after I had a burning hot plate of cookies waiting to come out of the oven, and absolutely no way of picking them up. I was of course in a hurry for guests, and spend an inordinate amount of time trying to find the darn pot holder instead of just grabbing a towel or something. Needless to say, the packing gnomes have not yet felt that I need my pot holder back, so... I made a new one Smiley

I also finally conquered my fear of bias tape, especially around curved edges.  The key, it seems, is lots and lots of pins...
46  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Skeleton Key Laptop case on: June 05, 2009 10:27:20 AM
When I bought my new laptop, I discovered two things.  One, shiny mac's are expensive.  Two, shiny mac laptop cases are also expensive, as are most cases.  After spending all my dough on the laptop itself, I figured I should make the laptop case myself.  So, I employed a few tricks.  One, I used my favorite new designs, the matching skeleton key and lock designs, as at least a metaphor of security, some fun "peek a boo" windows with floating embroidery, and an up-cycled belt to close it...

I snipped off the buckle part of the belt and used it to close the case, and then used the rest of the belt as the strap.

Now I got a swank case to keep my laptop looking shiny.  If there's something to say about Apple products, they give you an irresistible compulsion to keep things perfectly shiny...
47  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered recycled plastic lamp on: May 22, 2009 10:14:44 AM
I'm sure this goes on more of a recycling board, but right now I can't seem to find where to post it, and it has embroidery, so it'll hang out here for awhile.  Recently I've seen all sorts of cool uses for fused plastic bags, so I thought I'd try my hand at it, and make a project I've been trying to do for awhile... a handmade lamp!

Here it is all glowy.  The frame was made by hand by gluing together some wood dowels.  Also, you can get these great lights called "stick up bulbs" that are little cordless battery operated bulbs. They're supposed to go in closets but they make great lamp lights.  All you need is a cover!  Here's a shot of it with the light off.

I embroidered the plastic after I had it glued to the frame, so it was essentially "hooped".  Transferring the design was tricky, but I managed.  So now I have a lamp!  Oh, and it wasn't really meant to be a Target lamp, but that's apparently the only place I get plastic bags.  O well...
48  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Hip pouch and embroidering on Leather on: May 15, 2009 10:26:56 AM
I've always wanted to try this, but was told most machine embroidery designs wouldn't work on leather.  They were too "dense" and the needle would just "punch" out the design from the leather.  Luckily, there are some light stitching designs Smiley  So I stitched one on leather and then turned it into a super simple hip pouch.

When machine embroidering on leather, you just need to remember a few things. 
One, you'll want a leather needle for your machine.  They're usually smaller and so they wont puncture the leather as much and leave a large hole.

Two, dense designs, and especially anything with satin stitching, is bad.  Anytime the needle is coming up and down too many times near one spot, you risk it ripping through the leather.  Light stitching designs are best.

Three, when hooping leather, you have to be careful or you might give it permanent hoop burn.  Add a few strips of muslin or cotton on top of the leather where the hoop is going to be, and that should reduce the markings left behind.

Have fun embroidering on leather!
49  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Machine Embroidery - Without an embroidery machine! on: April 09, 2009 02:31:12 PM
It may be a matter of personal opinion, but I think machine embroidery is pretty nifty.  However, if you've ever gone to BUY an embroidery machine... well lets just say they ain't cheap.  Well I founda a way to "machine embroider" without the expensive machine!  Plus if you DO machine embroider, it's a great way of transforming your favorite "heavy stitch" designs into a light stitching scribble style.  I took my fav solid design and turned it into a free motion embroidery design...

Here's the original design it's from....

And here's a bit of the process..

50  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Punky Petticoat on: April 03, 2009 11:18:15 AM
It's Karline's first project!!  Talk about starting with a bang.

Super swirly awesomeness!! 

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