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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / tree decorations! merry Christmas craftster ♡ on: December 19, 2013 03:57:50 AM
Hello all!

Ive had a wee break from craftster since the summer as ive been super busy with the shop and real life has taken over. I couldn't however let the year end without sharing some more screen printing with you all.
Hope everyone is well and feeling festive. Ive been struck down with flu but mending it with mulled wine Wink

These are a 2 colour print that ive cut out amd backed with felt. Simple hand drawn designs transfered onto silk screens with photo emulsion

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bed Sheet dresses! on: May 09, 2013 12:28:01 AM
Summer has finally kicked in over here in the UK, so its sundress time! I knocked up a couple of simple batwing style dresses with elasticated waists from old bed covers and sheets I had in my stash. Hope you like them!

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Dinosaur Christmas! on: January 19, 2013 04:32:51 AM
I know I know this is a bit late in the day, you're all probably fed up with Christmas and are trying to move on with the new year but I can't let this one go with out sharing with you guys just cause it was so much fun!

The studio where I go do my printing had a big open day just before the big event and I ran a little stall so you could come and have a go printing your own dinosaur Christmas stocking! (They'd set the main theme of the whole day as dinosaurs)!!

I made the design up on photoshop using good old Nordic knitting patterns and silhouettes of my favourite dinosaurs. This was then printed onto acetate and transferred onto the silk screen using the photo emulsion method. I cut a stocking shaped paper stencil which I attached to the back of the screen with parcel tape to keep it in place.

I used a white plastisol ink, which is oil based to print with as I thought it would be more opaque on the red fabric than using a water based one. It did turn a tiny bit pinker after drying but I think you wouldn't really notice Smiley

I also submitted a design for the have a go tshirt printing. A fun T-Rex with a party hat!

Happy New Year Screen Printers xx
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Parcel Tape Bangles on: January 19, 2013 04:10:02 AM
I work in a Tshirt printers 2 days a week and they get through an unbelievable amount of parcel tape on the screens they use. By the end of each week there are always at least 10 cardboard inners waiting to go in the recycling bin. I decided to start collecting them and find something useful to make.They're such a sturdy structure I'm sure I can find many different uses but to start off with I thought I'd make some bangles!

I started off by modPodging a layer of fabric over the cardboard so it wouldn't show through

I had collected a pile of lace bundles from the local fabric shop a while ago and thought this would be a good use for them.

So using my trusty hot glue gun I mixed it up a bit with each bangle either doing a straight wrap around over the fabric or continuously wrapping the lace around to cover the whole thing.

They were a little big for the wrist so I cut some felt to size and used the glue gun to attach it to the inside of the tube.

What do you reckon? Much better than its destination to the bin i hope Smiley
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hoopla Swap! on: September 23, 2012 12:23:53 PM
I've just started a topic on the image repoduction boards https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=414629.0 about a personal swap that myself and sheepBlue did. She's recieved her parcel so I thought I'd share some extra shots of the embroidery here rather than on the print boards!

I used a mixture of back stitches, split stiches and french knots. They were super fun to do! The space piece is another version of my last one but I printed the lines in purple instead of blue and used much brighter thread colours. I love 1970's design and wanted it to feel psychedelic =)

She send me the most amazing pillowcases and flamingo hoopla too!
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Screen Printing Swap Funtimes! on: September 23, 2012 12:09:22 PM
So now that sheepBlue has received her parcel I can share what I made her Smiley

We are both loving combining stitch and screen printing at the moment so decided to swap a hoopla and an extra gift. I made 2 smaller hoops and a tote bag! I also sent her some screen mesh so she can make more DIY screens at home!

The tote bag is a lion drawing that I put into a repeat on photoshop and then transfered onto a screen using photo emulsion

I used the same photo emulsion technique for the space hoop and mr zebra too!

Its been super fun doing my first swap and I'm totally up for more personal swaps if anyone fancies it!?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rolo Tomassi Tee Recon on: September 16, 2012 01:49:12 AM
My friend gave me a pile of his old band tshirts that he'd finally admitted were too small for him! I decided to try and girly a few of them up, but the Rolo Tomassi one turned out my fav so I thought I'd share Smiley

I basically chopped off both arms, made a lacey one for one side and gathered up the shoulder of the other with a bit of blue bias binding - simple and fun!

hope everyone is having busy crafting weekends too xx
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Alice themed hoopla project! on: September 15, 2012 03:50:48 AM
I've started to make a collection of Alice in Wonderland themed hoopla's. I fancy making a wall art space for them all in the guest bedroom!  Cheesy

I bought the curtains from eBay years ago when I was young and foolish, ignorant to the treasure that I had found. I chopped them up and made some beautiful handbags and purses and am currently left with all the scraps years later. I'm upset with myself that I didn't keep them intact but I'm trying to make the best of it!

I've made a mixture of straight embroidered into pieces and some are appliqued onto other fabrics, depending on the image really. The original screen print is actually really bad and wonky on the alignment (registration - technical term) of the colours, so it was fun to tidy up some of that with the thread  Tongue

I've tried to practise lots of different stitches as I'm still relatively new to embroidering (only started early this year). Would love to hear comments and feedback!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / cat attacked a bridesmaid dress.....HELP!! on: July 09, 2012 05:25:03 AM
Last night the cat went a bit mad and made it into my craft room and got caught up in the plastic that was protecting my friends bridesmaid dress im doing some alterations to.

He's managed to claw a few small holes in the front by the knee. The dress is a knit jersey, i'm in the process of trying to steam the fabric and pull any loose thready bits to the back. Its not looking too bad but I just wondered if anyone has any amazing techniques for this sort of repair?

Panic stations at the mo  Sad
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Inner Space on: July 07, 2012 06:34:02 AM
I thought it would be fun to combine some screen printing with embroidery and this is the result!

I used a mixture of techniques - split stitch, french knots and satin stitch.

know i need to work on keeping my satin stitches neater  Embarrassed

My fav bit is the french knot craters

would love some feedback as I'm still new to this embrodery game Smiley

if you're interested there are more pics on my blog.
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