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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first pinwheel quilt - aka "The Cursing Quilt" on: May 22, 2011 12:48:07 PM
I have worked hard on this quilt for a few months now, and I'm really, really, really glad it's finished. I was beginning to hate this thing.
 Having encountered many problems along the way, I've learnt a few lessons.

1. I should have waited to get batting/wadding from a craftatorium. The Queen was in Dublin at the time and I didn't want to deal with the madness in town so I used the stuffing from a duvet. That stuff gets everywhere.

2. I definitely should have bought more safety pins as I only had a few and these crazy long pins that kept on stabbing me, often in the same place more than once.

3. I do not have the space to be working on projects this big. At all. I do all of my sewing in my bedroom and even if the room is clean, there's no floor space.

4. This goes with no. 3: I don't have a proper sewing area! I'm so insanely jealous of people who have their own crafting room, you lucky craftsters!

 Anyway, I've called this "The Cursing Quilt" due to an unbelievable amount of extremely creative swearing from me, particularly while quilting it. There's 70 pinwheels altogether,each pinwheel is a different fabric and it's backed with fleece. Not exactly a summer quilt but at least it's ready for the winter.
 I apologise in advance if this picture is not good, I'm working off my internet table at the moment.


I hope you like this, any comments appreciated!
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / DOMO KUN! (Giant and Mini) on: March 08, 2011 12:22:02 PM
I've always loved the Domo Kun meme and I would like an army of them for my plans. (World domination, in case you're wondering.) I'm doing well so far!

 Here is a mini Domo Kun, made from felt and most certainly no larger than my hand:

 For the next shot, I've put my phone in for comparison. I realised that without it, it's impossible to tell how bloody huge this thing is. (Mini Domo Kun is in there for a larf.)

 I hope you like them! I had a lot of fun making them Smiley

13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / From scratch: my first top (Blue Girl) on: December 29, 2010 01:23:58 PM
 I got a new fancy sewing machine for Christmas from my darling boyfriend, and it is extremely impressive. For the first time ever, I can sew stretchy fabrics with ease and without using fabric paper and/or stabilizer, woot! After resizing a few tshirts to test out all the different stitches, I managed to make my own top, from scratch! I didn't use a pattern, but I did use a fitting tshirt for the sleeves. The fabric is a stretchy knit and is from a shop in Dublin called Murphy Sheehys.

 I apologise for the quality of photos, my brain always shuts down a lot when I've finished a project  Smiley



 (By the way, in case anyone is wondering about those pants that I'm wearing, my awesome sister got me comic book pants for Christmas. Now I'm entertained no matter what part of my flat I'm in!)
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A patchwork blanket and a bit of a ramble... on: November 08, 2010 01:18:30 PM
So, it turns out that by putting all of our spare change into an empty cassarole dish for a year and a half, my boyfriend and I end up with quite a bit of spendy money! I stared at the 100 in my hand and decided immediately that I was going to spend it ALL on sewing. I've become a lot more obsessed with sewing lately and there was probably a mad gleam in my eyes as I made my way to my favourite craftatorium.
 Once there, I got a whole bundle of things, including a lot of amazing fleece that felt softer than a pile of kittens. I knew I wanted to make a blanket that would cover both myself and my BF but I felt that my material stash was rather lacking when it came to such a big project.
 And then, success! On my travels to a charity shop, I came across a magnificent red and white floral bed cover (and was inverted on the back) that would do the job.
 This is easily the biggest project I've ever worked on and it's not totally finished (I still have quilting left to do, but that's for another time). I spent most of my weekend working on this and my back is aching but it's so worth it to snuggle under it and be incredibly toasty warm!

It's actually so big that I don't have room in my flat to be able to take a full shot of it:

 Best part is? I still have 50 to spend!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Quilted Belt (Thread moved from quilting to clothes) on: March 26, 2010 11:57:20 AM
I was in the wrong board initially!

 I was inspired to try this tutorial out:

I didn't get any before shots, but the belt is a standard canvas belt with 2 D rings. Oh and it was brown and boring. Now it's fun and colourful!

Trying to photograph all the details...

Slightly blurry due to a feverish photographer pretending he's not all that sick (he is.)

 Thanks for looking, let me know what you think!
16  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Anyone having problems trying to use the Search? on: March 06, 2010 06:35:29 AM
Whenever I search for anything on Craftster, it keeps coming up with:

An Error Has Occurred!
Unable to access the search deamon.

(Methinks there's some Philip Pullman fans around here  Grin)

It only started today.
 Is this happening to anyone else, or is it the new server just settling in?
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy embroidery - my first try! on: March 03, 2010 11:49:55 AM
I'm really pleased with how this turned out. Ok, so it's not perfect but considering I only started embroidery yesterday. There's a couple of mistakes but I think I managed to patch them up neatly enough. I also probably did it all wrong but I enjoyed it anyway!

 I basically just made a stencil from the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy movie (which I had plans for spray paint stencilling initially) and tried to stitch it as neatly as I could!

It now proudly resides near my PC monitor!
18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mini models (of a kind!) on: February 20, 2010 06:05:49 AM
Oh my! What's this? Is it a small model that someone spent hours and hours straining their eyes to work on?

Admittedly, no, it's just a trick in Photoshop but funky and deceiving nonetheless! I wanted to know if it worked (as in, that it looked like an actual model), so I showed it to a professional photographer/Photoshop guy, who was baffled that I managed to make something so small. It was totally worth the look on his face when I told him it was a method called tilt shift and it takes about 5 minutes to do in Photohop!

Here's a few more "models"  Grin

Mini Choisey-Le-Roi, Paris

Mini Tractor

Mini climber

Mini Sleeping Man

 If anyone wants to try this for themselves, the finest tutorial is here!
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Digital Art Flyers on: February 19, 2010 08:58:40 AM
(Before I begin, I just want to say that I'm not soliciting for the gig! Just want to show you some digital art!)

I'm part of a new crew starting up around Dublin called Stomp-o-rama (just Stomp for short) and we put on gigs specifically for dubstep and drum 'n' bass acts. Mostly local (Dublin) talent as we're still fairly new and only had our first night last December (a free gig which was in conjunction with a psytrance night). Our second night is coming up in 2 weeks time.

 My boyfriend and I are in charge of making the flyers so we work hard together in order to make them stand out.

 This was the first flyer that we made: (I did the psychedelic side, he did the dubstep side.)

Now, the next flyer is what I've really been wanting to show you because I'm really very, very proud of it. Again, it was myself and the boyfriend collaborating using the fine medium of Photoshop. So far, we've gotten a big thumbs up from our Facebook page and the DJs are begging for big size posters for keepsies!

 So, what do you think? Any C&C muchly appreciated!

(P.S. By the way, my boyfriend is actually playing that night as well, his stage name is Shatterfreak  Smiley so proud of him!)
20  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Posting flyers: is it allowed? on: February 19, 2010 06:28:31 AM
I opened a help desk ticket the other day in regards to this, but I think my internet just went berserk and maybe it was lost in the ethernets. That happens sometimes.

 Ok, so, myself, my better half and a mate of ours are putting on a gig in 2 weeks time. My boyfriend and I made up such a bad ass flyer for it and I want to show it off to Craftster people but I don't know if I can/should. I'm not trying to get people to go to the gig (as I don't know if there's anyone from Dublin here who also likes dubstep and drum 'n' bass and for some reason, I doubt there is), I'm more showing the artistic merit of the flyer.

 Can anyone help me out? Should I post it?
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