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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Batik Owl Backpack on: February 22, 2012 07:46:08 AM
For some reason I have been in a crafting slump (seriously, I am closing in on a year soon) but when I saw this backpack on Ebay (http://www.ebay.ca/itm/New-Thai-Large-Handmade-OWL-Patchwork-Backpack-Bag-/260937945458?pt=US_CSA_WH_Handbags&hash=item3cc11d1172) I KNEW THAT I HAD TO MAKE IT! Au revoir crafting slump! Hello new inspiration! Wink

The body of the backpack was really quite easy to make, I just looked at the pictures of the Ebay bag and sketched out a pattern. I lined everything (including the feathers) with a thick felt (for some reason I haven't gotten the hang of sewing cotton batting) to make everything super sturdy. The hardest part I ran into was making the straps. I spent hours making cute little patchwork straps out of the batik fabric and as soon as I sewed them on the backpack and put it on they stretched a ridiculous amount and some seams started to pop :/ (because, as I mentioned, I lined everything with felt the backpack is quite heavy, I'd say at least 3-5 pounds.... Without anything in it! Oops.... Wink ). I then decided to use webbing for the straps. I need this baby to be able to hold quite a bit because I carry a ton of stuff around with me everyday at university (yes, I said university, I am totally going to be the most immature university student ever. And I am okay with that... Wink ).

Here it is laying flat:

I made a drawstring closure so that I can fit a lot of stuff in it (the mouth is just wide enough that my laptop will fit in it):

Here are the super duty straps I mentioned:

And here it is being worn (don't mind the messy background Wink ):

EDIT: Just in case anyone is wanting to make one of these backpacks I used:
-5 fat quarters of batik (I got them on a recent trip to the states from Jo-Anns Fabric and Craft Stores for $1.99/piece- seriously, all of you Americans are super lucky- Batik here in Canada runs at a minimum of $18.99/yard, not to mention the selection at Jo-Anns is AMAZING!)
-1/2 yard of fabric for the exterior of the bag (the light purple)
-1/2 yard for the interior lining of the bag (the light blue fabric with flowers on it)
-1 yard of felt (to interface everything)
-3 yards of webbing
-a handful of stuffing for the eyes/ eyebrows
-and a handful of backpack doohickies (like the thingers to adjust the strap length and whatnot)

C/C always welcome!
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Solid Snake from Metal Gear Poppet on: June 12, 2011 06:46:45 AM

When I received my partners questionnaire in the Poppet Mini Swap and saw that she had requested a poppet of Solid Snake from the Metal Gear video game for her BF my first response was, "Who the heck is Solid Snake?" So I went to find out who he is (me= totally unknowledgeable about anything video game related) and when I saw that (picture below) was Solid Snake, there may have been some minor major freakage on-age going on (ie. "How in the world am I going to make him?" and "What in the world have I gotten myself into?").

(image borrowed from: http://images.wikia.com/metalgear/images/1/1a/SolidSnake.png)

After a couple of days of looking at the picture of Snake some ideas started to form in my head. I originally thought that I would make his body as is and make him a jumpsuit out of grey-ush fabric, but then I remembered that I kinda still suck at making poppet clothing and if I were to make him clothing I know that it wouldn't have been as skin tight as it was called for/ you wouldn't be able to see his abs if I covered them up with clothing (and then what would the point on his having abs be- if you got 'em, flaunt 'em, I figure), therefore I decided to make his body out of the colour of his suit. From there I started to add all of the details out of felt- I kinda feel like I cheated on this- I hot glued them on. I did try to sew them but as I had stuffed him with quilting batting (it was the only thing I had on hand), his body parts, especially his legs were so rock solid that it was near impossible for me to shove a needle through them.  

Here he is in all of his glory (I added pipecleaners in his fingers to make them poseable):

And in detail the front and back of him:

And then I set out to do something about his five o'clock shadow. I will admit that I was totally a nervous wreck in doing this, I was so scared that I would add too much paint, or in dumb places and I would have to restart his head (which I didn't really want to do seeing as I had already sewed each piece of hair on individually).

All in all I am super happy with him (and glad that my partner seems to be too), it was really hard to let him go (even though, as mentioned, I had no idea who this character was Wink ).
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The Poppet Mini Swap Round Three Gallery on: May 24, 2011 05:18:59 PM
The Poppet Mini Swap Round 3 Gallery

Discussion Thread

Sent and Received
Feedback Given
Late with communication
Late without communication, contact me ASAP

amigurl55 >averyg
scarlet_nights > beth8144
meleriffic > puamelia
bellyjewel > pkwj
IsikkahJai > WhiteSheep
brunette_bombshell > WildBird > squire_inaria (brunette_bombshell will send to Wildbird, Wildbird will sent to squire_inaria, squire-inaria will send to brunette_bombshell)
14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / The Poppet Mini Swap Round Three (Sign-up closes May 15th, Send-outs 06/15/2011) on: May 08, 2011 07:26:56 PM

Swap name: The Poppet Mini Swap Round 3
Craftster members who are organizing this swap: averyg
Sign-up date range: Sunday May 8th- Sunday May 15th 5 PM EST
Date to send item by: June 15th, 2011
Limited to a certain number of people? (Optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Age requirement? 16+

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES
***International participants, please take note of this! You MUST keep a record of your postage receipt, if for any reason your package is not received, we will need a copy of this receipt!***

Details of swap:
In this swap you will just be crafting one completed and clothed (if applicable) poppet for your partner. ***Just to clarify, this swap is considered a poppet mini swap in the sense that we are simply about sending a single poppet, as opposed to sending a poppet with supplies and whatnot, as would be required in a larger swap. However, if you would like to make or receive a mini (or smaller sized) poppet, please indicate it in your questionnaire and we will do our best to partner you accordingly*** Check out the poppet along which will help you with any questions in creating your poppet or give you inspiration https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.0. As we would like to keep this swap as fair as possible and not have anyone feel as if they sent more than their partner, please just keep the package to the one completed poppet, unless you discuss swapping more with your partner beforehand!

Things to keep in mind:
1. Flakers will not be tolerated.
2. This swap has a mandatory weekly check in. This means that you must post (at least) once a week in the discussion thread in order to keep both your partner and us, the organizers, in the loop as to how your poppet is progressing and in order to reassure us that you are still alive in the world of poppets. We will be keeping a record of such posts and if you have poor communication, it will be noted in your feedback.
3. If you have not heard from your partner for awhile or notice that your partner has not been active in Craftster for a while, and you are feeling concerned, PM us! Or if for any reason whatsoever you have concerns, feel free to PM us!
4. We will not approve anyone who has multiple feedbacks stating that they have poor communication, have not used a DC#, or is a consistent late sender.
5. Everyone is expected to send on time.  If you are going to be late, you must notify us ASAP. Those who are late and do NOT notify us, will receive negative feedback which will not be removed or corrected until the poppet is sent, we receive a DC# and the package is received.
6.  Posting photos in the gallery is a rule of this swap.  Failure to do so will result in a comment in your feedback. A big part of swapping is posting your goodies in the gallery and acknowledging your partner's work, plus, we want to see all of the new additions to the poppet family! If you do not have access to a camera, please contact your partner and ask if they can take pictures of both packages which they send/receive.
7. If you are an international swapper or sending internationally and are unable to get a DC# you must retain a copy of your shipping receipt. If for any reason your package goes missing and you do not have a copy of the receipt to provide us the organizers, you will have to resend to your partner.

When you send averyg a PM, please label it as Poppet Mini Swap Approval/ Sent/ Received/ etc.

If you want to participate, send this information to the averyg only labeled as The Poppet Mini Swap Round 3: Approval:

Name of swap: Poppet Mini Swap Round 3
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (please break this up line by line like you would write on an envelope)
Would you be willing to ship
1) Out of your country
2) Out of your continent
3) Other
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (yes/no)
-What crafts are you most interested in and what crafts do you feel most comfortable in/ are the most skilful in?
-What type of poppet would you most like to receive from your partner (ie. a specific themed poppet, boobie poppet, mini poppet and so forth)?
-What type of poppet would you most like to make/ feel most comfortable making for your partner (ie. a specific themed poppet, boobie poppet, mini poppet and so forth)?
-Tell us a bit about yourself...  Are there interests or things about yourself which you believe would aid your partner in creating your poppet?
-Do you have any allergies?
-Do you live in a household with any possible allergens?
-Favorite colors:
-Least favorite colors:
-Do you have a wist? If so, please provide it.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

American Canadian International  
1. averyg
2. beth8144
3. puamelia
4. squire_inaria
5. amigurl55
6. scarlet_nights
7. WhiteSheep
8. pkwj
9. bellyjewel
10. IsikkahJai
11. meleriffic
12. WildBird
13. brunette_bombshell

Sent and Received
Feedback Given
Late with communication
Late without communication, contact me ASAP

amigurl55 >averyg
scarlet_nights > beth8144
meleriffic > puamelia
bellyjewel > pkwj
IsikkahJai > WhiteSheep
brunette_bombshell > WildBird > squire_inaria (brunette_bombshell will send to Wildbird, Wildbird will sent to squire_inaria, squire-inaria will send to brunette_bombshell)

15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Poppet Mini Swap Round Three? on: April 29, 2011 07:13:06 PM

I was just wondering if anyone would be interested in participating in a poppet swap. I have organized this swap for the past two years and would love to do it again!

The Poppet Mini Swap Round One thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307049.0
The Poppet Mini Swap Round One gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=310633.0
The Poppet Mini Swap Round Two thread: https://www.craftster.org/%20forum/index.php?topic=345%20805.0
The Poppet Mini Swap Round Two gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=347781.0

Now, to help with any confusion which may arise... This swap is not about strictly swapping smaller sized poppets (unless that it, that is something you and your partner agree on), this swap is all about simply swapping one clothed poppet. Unlike the larger poppet swaps, this swap does not require you to swap any supplies or whatnot.

I was thinking that the sign-up could begin after the "A Plethora of Poppets Swap" is finished, so around mid-May, crafters would have one month to craft, therefore the poppets would go out around mid-June.


16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / (Another) Sweeney Todd Poppet! on: March 01, 2011 05:29:36 PM
I recently had a commission to make a Sweeney Todd Poppet. Now let me tell you this was quite a daunting task because a) I have never seen Sweeney Todd before and really have no knowledge of him/ the film/ play (?) b) Lanikins already made a fantabulous Sweeney Todd poppet and c) his clothes. I literally just learned how to make boys clothes with my Jace (from the "Mortal Instruments") poppet and his clothes were pretty basic, just jeans and a sweater whereas Sweeney would need a collared shirt and whatnot.

Luckily last week I had spring break so I had lots of time to work on him- a good solid 3 days/ 8+ hours a day. I (thankfully) only ran into a few problems when making him (mainly the placement of his head- that always trips me up with poppet making, I always have the heads crooked, lack of chin, and whatnot. I ended up beheading him 3 times until I ended up with this). All in all, I am super proud of how he turned out and I had a really hard time boxing him up and shipping him out.

Here he is in all of his clothing:

And here is a detailed pic of his underclothing. I drafted the pattern for his collared shirt myself (which I never thought in a million years I would do- yay me!):

Another collared shirt picture (can you tell that I am excited about that collared shirt? Wink )...

And a close-up:

And a hair-pic, just because it was epic... Seriously the yarn my mom bought? I fell in love with it:

As always thanks to ghilie for the poppet pattern and craftewoman for the clothing patterns!
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jace and Clary From Cassie Clare's "Mortal Instruments" Series Poppets on: February 19, 2011 05:15:12 PM
When I first came across poppets about two years ago I knew that I had to make poppets of characters from one of my most favourite book series ever, Cassie Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series. Well two years later/ countless poppets later I was finally starting to feel comfortable in my poppet making abilities to attempt making Jace and Clary.

These poppets were lots of firsts for me. Jace was the first boy poppet I have made. This was the first time that I have made individual fingers and put pipecleaners in them (which may look intimidating but isn't as hard as you think it would be), my first time making actual clothes (SQUEE! I have only ever made easy peasy dresses before- and pants? Yeah, I was so afraid to make them for so long but they are actually extremely easy), my first time making humanoid poppets, and my first time painting a poppet (I used acrylic paint and a BBQ skewer to paint the runes on), oh! And my first time using eyelashes.

Here are some reference photos:

Here is Jace and Clary together:

And here is their clothing in more detail:

And a close-up of Clary:

And all of Jace's Runes:

And as always I have to thank ghilie for sharing her fantabulous pattern with us! And I have to thank craftewoman for her wonderful clothing patterns!

18  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloweeny witches! (slightly picture heavy) on: September 27, 2010 01:52:06 PM
I made these gals a few weeks back when I got inspired by the Halloween decorating we started doing at work. They are almost entirely made out of painted canvas (save for their hair which is mohair). I had never tried to sculpt painted canvas before and I really liked the end result because the paint will hold the fabric almost entirely in place (for example their hats). After taking these pictures I ended up attaching some hooks to them to make them little hanging ornaments.

And her witchy nose:

This purple gal is def. my favourite:

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another Rose Tudor Purse! on: September 27, 2010 01:21:53 PM
So I was inspired by Pretty Little Rainbow's recent Tudor Rose Purse post to make my own purse (BTW: you can find the pattern for the purse HERE).

When I first started the purse and had all of the pieces cut out within an hour and both of the flowers assembled within another couple of hours I thought to myself, "wow, this is super easy"... But all of a sudden I hit a brick wall. I found it to be quite difficult to actually assemble the purse portion of the bag and attach the flower to the purse. Because I used felt to interface the entire purse (it took about 15-20 of full size pieces), my purse was really, really thick and consisted of about 20+ layers. I didn't feel comfortable sticking all of that through my sewing machine so I hand stitched the majority of the purse part together and handstitched the flower onto the purse (I should mention that I made the centre of the flower a lot smaller than the pattern called for, maybe 1/2-2/3 of the actual size, I figured that I didn't want all of the hardwork of making the petals/ leaves to be covered up by the centre Cheesy ). The strap (though being a pretty simple part of the bag itself) was another (mini) fiasco just because the fabric that I used frayed majorly and there was hanging bits everywhere (which I tried to burn off to no success), so I attached a piece of black webbing to the strap to hide all of the shoddiness and to prevent the strap from stretching. The pattern called for the centre of the flower to be done using Canadian smocking, but because I was way too intimidated to try that, I just cut and sewed some strips of the fabric up and wove them together, attached them to a circle of the fabric and hand-sewed it onto the purse (at this point the tension in my sewing machine is all messed up and she needs a couple of days to recuperate before I start my next project Wink ).

Anyways, though it did take a bit longer than expected/ the hiccup of my sewing machine throwing a tension tantrum Wink, it all turned out though and I really love it...

This picture shows the colour more realistically than the following picture (think royal purple)...

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / The Ongoing Art Doll Along on: July 24, 2010 06:39:34 AM
Okie dokie, so I have started noticing that art dolls have become pretty popular within the past year or so here on Craftster and other crafting communities and I have also noticed that we don't have an art doll along! And therefore I think we need one! In case you are wondering what an art doll is Wikipedia has nicely defined it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_dolls. I was thinking that this thread could be a place to find inspiration, share your WIPs, ask questions, share your doll making techniques, finished products and whatnot! Anyone is free to join this craft along (the more the merrier!).

Here are some great sites for inspiration and tutorials in crafting your art doll (feel free to PM me with more links to add here, on reply to the thread and I will add them):
(inspiration and tutorials) http://artdollsonly.blogspot.com/http://artdollsonly.blogspot.com/
(fantastical creature patterns) http://www.flickr.com/photos/whymsicallotus/sets/72157600417995081/
(tutorials and tips) http://www.dolldesigns.com/tips.html
(tutorials and tips) http://www.artdolls.info/cat_tutorials.html

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