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81  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidering on Wood! Wood craft box on: September 05, 2008 11:20:23 AM
I've tried embroidering on a lot of things, but this one kinda takes the cake for me.  I heard that you could sometimes embroider on Balsa wood.  I was told it probably wouldn't work, and they were right.... some of the time.  But not all of the time!

I first tried embroidering a normal design, (with lots of satin stitches...note) and all it did was punch through the wood.  But with a simple scribbles style design, it worked beautifully!

I made myself a little wooden craft box for all those little bobbins and threads and needles that I'm always losing.  Plus because it's made of wood, it was way easier to embellish.  A little paint and some varnish and you're good to go!  Here's a closeup of the wood embroidery.  It's covered in varnish, so it's all shiny.

82  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Bon appetit serving tray on: August 29, 2008 10:47:54 AM
This was my first attempt at playing around with stencils and spray paint.  I learned a few important lessons here...

first, that doing things on glass and transferring stencils back and forth makes everything flip backwards and upside-down in my head.  I cut my first little chef stencil out the wrong way, but luckily, it looked good anyway.  Also, applying sticky tape to wet paint will pull it up in chunks.  Who knew.  I also learned that you shouldn't spray a delicate stencil, and then leave it sit for 10 minutes while you take pretty pictures of other things.  The paint just sticks to the stencil and doesn't want to come off all neat...*sigh* live and learn.

Here it is, all finished!  I actually kinda like some of the overspray and happy accidents that resulted.  Martha Stewart I'm not, but I'm ok with it being a bit rough.  It's spray paint.  Plus this isn't Urban Threads for nothing.

Here's a detail shot.  The diamonds and fleur-de-lis were stencils I got at good old Michael's.  It's now sitting on display in my kitchen!
83  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Piratey arm warmers on: August 25, 2008 11:45:07 AM
It's august, but it's already starting to feel like fall in the mornings.  I like to hang on to summer as long as possible, and stay in denial as long as I'm able.  Once I pull out my sweaters I usually have to admit defeat.  but this year, I have a way around it....

Arm warmers!  Yar! And piratey arm warmers too.  Don't ask me why pirates need arm warmers.  Perhaps it's chilly while sailing the seven seas.  These were a bit of a challenge for me, as I'd never made any before.  These were made out of recycled sweaters.

84  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hand embroidered sock monkey! on: August 22, 2008 10:15:01 AM
For a long time, I had pondered over the mystery and wonder of the sock monkey.  How on earth do a pair of socks somehow morph into a wonky looking monkey?  I just couldn't wrap my little head around it.  Well, I finally took the plunge, and found out how to make a sock monkey of my very own...

Here he is, home on my couch.  He won't give the remote control back.

He's a lucky monkey!  I had to figure out a way to embroider on him, since he didn't much appreciate when I tried to stick him in a hoop.  I figured out a sneaky way though, using the high tech concept of cardboard.  You wedge it in your monkey's tummy to keep the fabric a little bit stretched.  It's not as good as a hoop, but hey, you work with what you got.
85  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Robotbunny - DIY paper killer bunny! on: August 22, 2008 06:20:16 AM
In a good number of my crafting posts on the wepage, you might have noticed the small fanged bunny-like thing in my studio.  He likes to help out with projects from time to time, and occasionally eat my crafting scissors.

As pets go, he's dangerously awesome.  I bet you've thought from time to time, "how awesome it would be to have a killer bunny all my own?" Well, look no further!

Disclaimer: Robobunny not suitable for children under 20, due to Robobunny's tendency to eat them.  Robobunny is used at owners risk: please note the kill setting does not imply a target in particular.  UrbanThreadsKillerrobots.inc takes no responsibility for any Loss of limb or face.  It is highly recommended crafter insures all fingers before assembling product.

Download him here and then download some customizable bunny bling here

You print out robo bunny on a piece of cardstock, and follow the assembly instructions that come with him.  All you need is a scissors, some tape or glue, and two butterfly pins.  Then print out your bunny bling, cut out the bits you like, and glue em on!  So grab your scissors, and mind your fingers.  Now you have a killer roborabbit all your own.
86  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Steampunk tie on: August 18, 2008 07:21:41 AM
Ok, so I don't wear ties, but it seems to me that in general they're very boring.  You can have stripes...or garfield.  Blech.   So I decided to try something new...

This tie was in part inspired by a little guy I have residing in my studio, Cubicle Bob. 

Bob is a financial systems consultant specialist project customer service...trainee.  Bob came with alot of stickers.
Bob always looks bored with his life, and his wardrobe, and it made me want to make Bob and all his cubie drones a more interesting office accessory, inspired by wonderful steampunk sensibilities...

Bob is now a happier office drone.  Yay Bob.

The tie was super easy to embroider on, it's just a matter of opening up the back to hide the embroidery, and securing it down in your hoop.  And then, you have a swank tie.  Ta daaaa.
87  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Cards on: August 12, 2008 12:29:17 PM
I'm not sure whether to put this in the machine embroidery section or here, because it has a bit of machine embroidery, but the rest is handmade...soo...it'll go here for now

It's a fabric covered embroidery embellished card.  You can embroider directly on cardstock, but it seems to have a tendency to punch through, and I like the look of it with fabric on top anyway.  I just spray fixed the fabric onto the card when I finished the embroidery, and then did a few decorative stitches around the edges to secure it on and make it look pretty Smiley  I then hand stitched a little tag for the front, to give it a bit more of a personal touch.  My fanged studio bunny helped with the interior.

To finish the card, I just stitched a seam along the top to secure the written note.  Again, you could just write directly on the cardstock, but I like embellishing Smiley

88  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Little vinyl coin purse on: August 11, 2008 02:23:57 PM
I like vinyl, because it's plastic-y and doesn't fray, and makes a very slick looking project, especially if you're a bit lazy about sewing seams.  It's also super easy to embroider on (unless you have the dreaded "sticking" problem, which I didn't encounter), and really lets the design pop.  Unfortunately most vinyl you find in fabric stores comes in icky shades of boring, but I found a nice roll of blue in the back.  I decided to make a little coin purse out of it...

There's a little pink monkey that lives in my studio that liked it too.  His name is Floyd.  And he's pink.  Pink Floyd.  Yeah, I'm so witty it hurts.  He liked it because it matches Smiley

In order to get the nice wide bottom on this coin purse you have to pinch and sew the edges on the inside, then flip it right side out.  It's simple, I know, but I was stupidly impressed by the results.


The little purse was too small to sew the lining in with my machine, even if I removed the arm, so I did it by hand.  I think it looks kinda cute that way anyway.

Here's the final result.  It's perfect for all my loose coins.
89  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / DIY wall decal on: August 09, 2008 11:33:13 AM
Wall decals seem all the rage these days, and I admit I have a Blik decal up above my own bed.  But the little bugger was expensive!  So I found an easy way to do it myself.

To find good "wall decal" paper, you can look in one of two places.  The Home Depot  near me had large wall stickers called "Wall Pops!" (yeah I know, how exciting) that were basically large square or circle stickers, big enough to cut many-a design out of.  You can also use contact paper!  yeah, that stuff you use to cover your shelves and drawers.  It works pretty well too.  These guys were made with the wall pops stickers..

The birdie design is from the site, I thought it would help spice up my studio.  All it took really was printing out large prints of art, tracing them on the back of wall stickers, and viola!  Sometimes the hardest part in all of it is really just deciding what you want your image to be.

I decided to cut out the birdie twice so one of them would be free to sit on my picture frames.  They liven up my studio nicley Smiley
90  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Journal Cover on: August 09, 2008 11:20:20 AM
This could be a journal cover, or a book cover, or a textbook cover...whatever you want.  I was always supposed to cover my books in school with horrible brown grocery bag paper, which I usually doodled into oblivion and was shredded two weeks in.  I thought a fabric cover would be a heck of a lot nicer...

I used a set of coordinating designs, one on the front and one on the back, to make it all nice and matching.

The journal it's covering up was $1 at Michaels and it had a charmingly nauseous lime green polka dot cover.  Not my fav, to say the least.  
Here's a detail of the front cover embroidery...

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