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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Narwhals Narwhals on: November 03, 2018 04:46:46 PM
Swimming in the ocean, causing a commotion, 'cause they are so awesome!

The middle kid is kind of in love with narwhals. So, he was one for Halloween! Using simply cardboard, coloured paper, elastic bands, some scrap insulating fabric, a yarn cone, duct tape, and hot glue, we have one cool narwhal!
(kind of in rough shape by this time, as he'd been wearing it for 4 hours previous to this pic)



Close up of the narwhal head
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Post-Apocalyptic survivor/fallout survivor on: November 03, 2018 04:37:47 PM
Ok...  I did not do much for this costume lol  But!  I did help.  My 13 year old put this together mostly himself.  He created the plans for the gun, and came up with how it was going to come together, but needed help with the welding (since he's never done that, and that wasn't me either...) He used a few pieces of 2x4 and shaped them a bit with a router, and some wood working tools I don't know the name of, and secured it with copper strap hanger.
Then we went to a "junk Treasure store" and he found the goggles, the mask, and the esso oil can.  The oil can "works" as a secondary filter (the idea here is that his character needed to make a better air filter, and that's what he could find so it's stuffed with whatever filter materials) and it's hooked up to the mask with a piece of old hose. I helped refine the process here and helped to attach the hose.
He stained a (rather nice) shirt with coffee to age it. 
Put it all together, and you've got a really cool costume.




(a close up of the upper half, because I really dig this picture Wink )

3  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 125 ENTRIES / Unicorn! on: November 03, 2018 04:19:14 PM
nearly every little 8 year old girl wants to be a unicorn, right? So I knit my daughter a unicorn outfit.



I used the Velvet Acorn pattern Unice Unicron hood for the hood, and just kind of winged it for the tail.  It's a base of the white yarn, knit into a tail stub with a belt.  I secured it with safety pins.



As it goes in our town, there is very little time for picture taking, so I could only grab these pics while she was out and about with her friends and I met up with her by happenstance.

Also, a bonus pic - all the costumes we made this year (since I can only enter 1, and I choose the unicorn, but I'm proud of the work we did and want to show it off! I'll make posts for the others in the proper section of the forum)

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Much yarn. on: October 23, 2018 09:51:18 AM
1000 yards of lace weight 50/50 silk polwarth blend



This one's going to be mittens that make their way to Germany! 100% Merino, woollen spun and chain plied.

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Proto-Yarn on: August 14, 2018 06:22:22 PM
1- LOTS of something beautiful! Natural brown, from a sheep in Alberta. Much proto-yarn (aka Batts)


2- Many bouncy, silky confetti proto-yarns (again, batts).  Polwarth and silk


3- Rainbow proto-yarn! (batts) Polwarth


6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / its been for-ev-er! on: August 14, 2018 06:13:46 PM
Please forgive if I accidentally get doubles in here!

A giant bobbin of DK weight rainbows!


Oooh, so drapey!


3 ply merino wool. so fall!


A pile of soft singles. /swoon



It's been forever since I've posted!  But I've not forgotten, nor will I ever forget, Craftster!  #CraftsterForLife
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Dyed and felted scarves on: December 20, 2017 11:23:10 AM
Just a few of the scarves i've made recently! I think the 4th one down is my favourite. Which one is your favourite?



8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Legend of Zelda- Link and Fi on: December 10, 2017 09:05:53 PM
so, not the first kid to go as Link, but maybe one of the first to go as Fi, the sword spirit in Skyward Sword... These two made a good pair Smiley



It was definitely a team effort (mostly an attempt on my part to get the kids used to doing it their own damn selves) with my lead on the cutting and sewing - tho they did help some with their tunics.  They each helped create the papier mch pieces (sword and gem) and I painted a pair of tights we had for the Fi costume. 





Everyone knew Link, but most had no idea who Fi was and assumed butterfly or Goddess of some kind.  I guess she's a little obscure.
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Spinzilla 2017! on: October 11, 2017 08:17:46 AM
I did it again!  I participated in Spinzilla, and while I didn't make my goal, I still made a lot of yarn... 5310 yards worth of singles to be exact... Cheesy  (there's only one little bit of plying cred in there)



On my best day I spun 1036 yards, and it's what's on the niddy noddy. I'm going to spin 6 more ounces of it, and ply it all together..

Anywho Cheesy  It was fun!
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Community : a Tapestry done in felt on: October 01, 2017 09:36:14 PM


Up here in the Great White North, on the last weekend in September, communities across the country are encouraged to hold a Culture Days celebration.  Thanks in part to a grant and in part to the wonderful people at the local museum who worked hard at pulling together a whole big shindig, I was able to facilitate this project.  

On Friday I went into the school, and every child (and a few teachers) were introduced to wet felting.  Each of them made their very own small square of felt (taken to the prefelt stage) to be put into one big tapestry.

130 odd pieces of felt


Then, on Saturday, the rest of the community was invited to the hall where I was set up with the felting and the start of the tapestry (along with a bunch of other folks that had other things displayed. There were even folk singers!)  Anyone who wanted to was invited to make their own square to add to it.

A few ladies doing their part!


I managed to get a piece made too, despite the busy day! (an acton shot, because why not!)


When there was about 2 hours left to the day, we wet the whole piece out, and rolled it.  I did get some community participation here too!


I did have to finish it off all the way myself at home, but that part's not so hard when you have a washing machine Wink

This is the finished piece.


It will take a tour around town, and end up in the museum to be displayed for years to come!  Now just to come up with a way to mount it.....

p.s. there will be more details posted to my blog tomorrow with a video I put together today after finishing it.  I'll share that once it's up!
Here's the link to the video of the process! https://youtu.be/okXY2lwl_qs
(gosh, I must be spent... I had to edit twice for poor grammar! lol)
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