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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I want to make this dress... any suggestions for patterns? on: February 12, 2011 11:52:54 PM
So, I was doing my homework on wearable technology when I found this:

I nearly died, it's so cuuute.  The shape of the dress would look great on me, and I'd like to make something like this for summer (minus the color-changing fabric, I don't think that's necessary!)

Anyone know of a similar pattern I could use for it?  It seems fairly simple to make but I suck at making my own patterns...

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / "Bones" Necklaces on: May 25, 2010 05:55:10 PM
I recently bought the first four seasons of Bones (because I don't watch TV on TV) and have been doing mini Bones marathons ever since.  Besides being an absolutely amazing show, Temperance Brennan is always wearing these amazing, beautiful, chunky necklaces.  In case you don't know the show, here's a nice gallery http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonesnecklaces/

I can never find necklaces similar to ones I see other people wearing, and decided I could probably make them myself.  So, I made some!  I haven't made any necklaces that I've liked so I'm really proud of these!!  I still can't decide which one I like best.

Here they are:

I got the pendants at Wal-Mart of all places, they were $3.50 each! Smiley

C&C welcome!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Wedding Dress Livre-Objet/Object Book on: March 11, 2010 11:03:43 PM
I'm so psyched to finally post this - I've been living and breathing this project for 3 weeks and I am SO PROUD of it.  Finally it was due this evening, while I'm glad the stress is over I'm sad that I had to hand it in Sad  My dress form feels naked.

Anyyyyway, I have a bookmaking class as part of BFA in Design, and our second assignment was to make a "livre-objet"/object book.  Essentially, we were instructed to push the boundaries of what defines a book - what is a book, what is considered to be pages, etc.

The topic I decided on is gender roles, and I used examples of more 'traditional' wedding vows contrasted with modern ones, and what each says about their time and place in society.  For this project I chose to work with Christian customs, just because it's what we relate to most.  And, to illustrate the whole thing, I made a wedding dress!  

Onto the pictures!

This is the dress itself.  It was my first time working with satin - what a pain.


Embroidery - I originally planned to hand embroider because I don't have an embroidery machine... then I was informed that my school is equipped with a Viking! :O

The dress has traditional wedding vows - I included only the bride's vows, because those are the most 'shocking' (I don't mean for that to offend anyone.)  It reads:
I take you to be my wedded husband.
I will love, serve, and obey you
as long as we both shall live.

Christ told us that the wife must submit herself
unto her own husband as unto the Lord.
For as Christ is Head of His Church
so is the husband head of his wife.

I submit myself to you.

Annndd here's how I presented the book and topic

As a whole. I made a little "invitation" (it says "I do." which is the name of the book)

Invitation - there's my concept and some modern wedding vows inside


Inside, the dress is wrapped in some white cotton.  My colophon sits on top of the dress:

So that's it!  Tomorrow I'll be submitting it to an exhibition!
Let me know what you think!!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Hand-Embroidery on Satin on: February 16, 2010 03:06:32 PM
Hey everyone Smiley

For a school project in my bookmaking class, I need to make a livre-objet, an object that's a book.  I decided to make a wedding dress with text about the history and significance of wedding dresses hand-embroidered on it (crazy, I know.. but I'm keeping the text to a minimum and the dress VERY simple!)

Anyway, I'm pretty new to embroidery but the only way I see this project working is if I use embroidery for the lettering - any other type of imagine transfer technique would just look awful I think, and won't give the elegant effect I'm going for.  For the dress, I bought this white satin, and I'm not sure how to embroider on it.  I did a few tests but the fabric is really moody.  The embroidery hoop leaves ugly creases (ironing satin is another issue - it ends up wrinkled no matter what) and the fabric moves around quite a bit.  I looked on Google, but since satin stitch is a common type of stitch for hand-embroidery, the keywords satin and embroidery give me nothing!

My question is, is there another way to embroider without a hoop? Or a way to effectively iron satin?  I'm going to have to embroider AFTER the dress is made, since I'm studying graphic design there's a huge emphasis on typography and text placement..

Any other tips before I get started?  The project is due in only 4 weeks (March 11th), and I'm only able to start on Friday or Saturday...  I am crazyyy, I know!

Thanks for any help Smiley
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The Sheen Cardtail, Cardboard Guitar (& too many photos) on: November 23, 2009 10:09:49 AM
For one of my classes, we had to do a workshop in order to get 5 points.  For those whose schedules didn't work with the workshop times, we were given a special project.... make an object on a 1:1 scale out of cardboard.  My boyfriend suggested I make a guitar and I laughed.  A guitar? Who would ever make a guitar out of cardboard? That would be insane!

Apparently, I am insane...

2 weeks, 20+ hot glue sticks and a couple tiny burns later, I present to you... the Sheen Cardtail. (and some photos of my cardboard journey!)

This is the Dean Hardtail I modeled it after:

When I started, I was really excited about it.  I got to about this point, and regretted it:

Traced and rough-cut guitar body front, 2-ply corrugated cardboard.  This cardboard is a %@#$! to cut.

Here's the nicely-cut shape.  I had to make two of these. It was torture.

Countless hot glue sticks later...

Gluing the back on was much harder, I couldn't just slather glue everywhere on the inside... 

Same thing for the neck...  This is all 1-ply corrugated cardboard, the inside of the fret board is reinforced with another layer of 1-ply, with the fluting running in the opposite direction.

The neck-joint was a serious challenge.  It turned out okay but it looks a bit sloppy. (Throughout this process, I had to keep reminding myself, 'it's cardboard, it can't be perfect.')

The almost-final product!!  The headstock is made exactly the same way as the body.

Then add some hardware and a display hook... Voila! Cardboard Guitar goodness.

I had a lot of fun/headaches making this!
Thanks for reading <3
6  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Terry Fox and the Giant Cheque on: September 13, 2009 01:33:48 PM
Today in Montreal was the Terry Fox Run!

This year at work we decided to devote all our Montreal-based fund raising events to give money to the Terry Fox Foundation, and do the run.  We held things like bake sales, an auction, jeans days, etc...  All of these efforts, plus some very generous donations from family, friends and other colleagues, we raised $10,875.00!  The auction alone, which many many many items came from the company (chairs, desks, a fridge, TVs, etc), raised over $2,000!

To celebrate and to present to the team, I made a giant cheque in the company's branding.  The actual printed size is approx. 4 1/2 x 2 feet.  It turned out so nice, and I'm really proud of it!  (I'm a graphic designer, so this is my 'thing'.)

Unfortunately I don't have any pics of the "finished" cheque - this one doesn't have the amount in because I only got the amount today, and my boss took the cheque home. Sad

This is the digital copy:

And some photos of the printed copy:

All in all I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  The pictures don't do it justice, it was impressive looking.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My First Successful Resin Piece on: August 29, 2009 04:17:02 PM
Finally something I'm not ashamed to post!!

The piece is a small Inukshuk - for comparison the squares on my bedspread are 1x1 in.  I made it using Castin Craft Polyester Resin, and coated it with some Eberhard Faber clear coat once it cured.

Here's the model for the mold.  I made it from polymer clay.

and the actual mold itself, which I made out of Siligum silicone. 

The stuff works really well, it even took the slightly textured surface of the clay which I find gives the final product an interesting look.

Overall I'm really happy with it!  I still don't know what to do with it... any ideas?
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Polyester Resin Issue - HELP!! on: August 24, 2009 07:49:20 PM
This probably has been asked before but I can't find anything super specific to what I need.

Three days ago I tried my hand at polyester resin (castin craft).  I did some embedding with different objects and they turned out okay except for 1 detail... the exposed surface (the back) is STILL sticky.  It's been over 72hrs.  Also the front part (that was touching the mold) got some finger prints after I took a few out last night.
Now would be an appropriate time to mention that I used some soap molds and no mold conditioner/release, mainly because craft store sin Montreal pretty much SUCK.  (sorry omer deserres... i can't love you anymore.)  So basically I was unable to get most of the casts out of the molds, but that's not really the issue... they didn't turn out that well anyway and I don't foresee myself using them for other projects.

SO, I bought some siligum (fun!!) and made a couple flexible molds.  That's 1 issue solved.

How do I get rid of the stickiness issue?  The finger prints look terrible...  I really want to know if I did something wrong before I mix some more resin and run into the same problem...  Help!! Sad
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Birds on a Wire on: June 04, 2009 04:38:25 PM
Tomorrow I'm leaving to visit a friend in New Brunswick (16hr train ride from Montreal, QC...), a friend I've known for a good 7 years and have never met in person.  Needless to say I'm really excited!

She recently moved out of her parents' place so I figured a nice housewarming gift would be appropriate... and I decided that buying something would be lame... Sooo, I bought a corkboard, 3 different color fabrics, some fabric paint and plastic sheets to make stencils.  A couple days later, I have this!

I cut the corkboard out of its wood frame (after trying to pry the frame off unsuccessfully), cut it in 4, then covered each piece in fabric.  I drew and/or traced some birds and cut out my stencils, then put some birds randomly and voila!  It was really easy and fun, and the cool thing about the stencil sheets is that I just wash them and I can use them over and over.

Here's the detail of each piece.  They're meant as a set but also can be used separately depending on her corkboard needs.

The backs look like this:

Basically just some hot glued ribbon (hot glue is the heart and soul of this project), glued under and on top for extra durability.  They're really light so I'm sure they'll hold anyway.

I ironed the fabric before gluing it but some returned to their creased state... Anyone know if its safe to iron cork?

Thanks for looking!!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! Stinky Fabric! on: May 18, 2009 03:23:54 PM
Okay so this isn't really about sewing, but it is about fabric...

I recently bought this amazing silk/nylon knit dress, and I looove it.  But, it smells.  No matter what I do, I can't get rid of the smell.  So far, I've had it dry cleaned and a few hours ago I hand-washed it...  It still smells.  It's a musty smell, it came like that but was less noticeable in store I guess.  I think in the past I've had sheets that smelled similar...

The fabric is 78% silk, 19% nylon and 3% spandex.  Putting it in the dryer isn't an option, though I would love to shove it in there with about 20 sheets of Bounce...

Any thoughts on how I can get rid of it?  I paid a lot of money for it and it's such a shame that I'm embarrassed to wear it cause people will think I'm stinky.

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