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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / needle felting questions! on: December 24, 2010 10:07:55 PM

I've recently started needle felting, and I wanted to make some cute little cell phone charms and such. But before I sold them, I want to make sure that they won't fall apart. I felt them very tightly and they are pretty firm to the touch, but is there any way to make sure that they don't fall apart? is there any way I can make the surface of the characters smoother? any other advice? thanks!

Here is what I've recently finished!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: i need advice!! on: March 29, 2010 03:07:11 PM
I think it would be a good idea to find a pattern for a dress or blouse with similar sleeves/neckline. It doesn't have to be a dress since the bottom portion you can just follow the tutorial.
You don't need a mannequin to make clothing - it helps but you can make stuff just as well without one.
Also, take some fabric you don't care about and make a trial dress before the one with your good fabric.

do i make a full size trial dress? or a smaller one?

I agree.  Bodices with sleeves are a whole different animal than those without.  And patterns definitely help get everything the right shape in that area.  And clothes aren't so difficult, they're just bigger.  The trick is to figure out everything you need to do before you begin, so you don't stumble on any surprises or roadblocks that will frustrate you.  Just take your time, and don't be afraid to ask questions!

do you know, by any chance, where i could find a bodice with sleeves like the one i drew?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / i need advice!! on: March 28, 2010 06:20:38 PM
So I found this amazing fabric place, and i fell in love with so many fabrics, i just had to make something with them! the only problem is i've never made any clothing before. i can sew, i've made cage sets for my sugar gliders, bonding pouches for my sugar gliders, and i've made a bunch of plushies. I didn't want to use these nice fabrics in a cage set and have them get peed and pooped all over! and the fabrics aren't good for plushies, so i really wanted to make an outfit. But i've never made clothes.

i wanted to make this:

its just a quick mock up. it is based off of this dress:

if i were to follow the tutorial for this dress, how would i put sleeves in instead?

and is this design really really hard for someone who has never made clothes before? I don't have a mannequin to do it on, so how would i go about starting this? i would need to measure my bust, waist, and hips, right? any other advice? i just need to know how to go about starting this!!

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: sugar glider pattern/help? on: August 09, 2009 09:08:24 AM
That is so cute!

The only thing I would say pattern-wise, being thelittle pattern-drafting nooblet that I am, is that if you want to body to be plump and cute like that, it might be best to make 3 pieces - 2 flank pieces and a third for the tummy.  Are you going to make him jointed?  If not, you could make the side/torso pieces including the limb shapes, and the tummy-tors piece also including the inside of each leg, with extra pieces for bottoms of feet?  But then the paws would stick out sideways... which might not look great... Hmmm...

i was thinking of making the limbs jointed actually... how would I go about doing that? i've never sewn jointed limbs before, only stiff ones.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / sugar glider pattern/help? on: August 08, 2009 11:19:09 PM
ok so i want to take on the daunting task of creating a sugar glider! I love them so much, and i think they are the cutest things everrrr. But unfortunately, I cannot have one/two until I move out of my house... So I figured if I can't have a real one, i should make a fake one!!

I've drawn up some patterns.. but I was wondering if you wonderfully experienced sewers can give me some comments, critiques, opinions, etc.
Some parts, like the face, nose, and legs, i had a hard time creating into a pattern.

so any advice on how to get the face, nose, limbs, fingers and such to be as close to my original sketch would be great!

and this was my original reference :3

thanks so much!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: felt creatures on: March 16, 2009 11:04:23 AM
Qui's button nipples are hilarious, and I love Palthius (the scarf and the ears and the heart button!). Tueday is kinda blurry, but very cute (thinking about using that pattern), and I love all of the eyes!

hahaha thanks. i thought the button nipples were a nice touch. i might add some on some of my other guys. XD

thanks so much!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: felt creatures on: March 15, 2009 10:24:32 PM
aw thanks everyone! i had a lot of fun making them. :]
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / felt creatures on: March 14, 2009 05:59:49 PM
Hello! I'm new! I just joined today, sorry if this is in the wrong spot. I'm excited that i found this place, and I'm here to show some of the stuff i've made.  I just recently got into making plushies and such, so they are all made with basic felt you can buy at any art store. I used acrylic black paint to paint on their eyes. They are all hand sewn.

anyway, here are some pictures. :]

This is Tuesday, and she has poseable limbs. :] not much to say about her besides the fact that she was my real first one that turned out well. XD I based her off of a pattern from http://members.shaw.ca/plushie/moogle/.

this is qui, he likes to fly through the air and likes to eat clouds. He was the second one and i was super proud of him. XD

and this is Palthius. He's my pride and joy, and turned out awesome. Cheesy I sent him to my friend for christmas, and he just loves him. XD
(Palthius can't stand on his own, he's being held up by a phone in the back.)

I hope you like them! I'm in the middle of working on another one. his body has been finished, and he's my first one i made with a sewing machine. The only thing i need to do is make a cloak for him which i'm having trouble figuring out how to make the hood. :[
my next thing i need to learn is how to make them stand up on their own, hahaah.

But I'm excited to be here! thanks for looking! Cheesy
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: photoshoot with my designs awesome pics! on: March 14, 2009 05:56:07 PM
oh wow, i looove that dress.
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: LOTS of Bright, Colourful, & Vivid Things By Monster Kookies! *VERY Pic Heav on: March 14, 2009 05:46:23 PM
hahahah these are so cool. XD I love the bright colors.
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