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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Teesha Moore Patch Journal Cover on: April 05, 2017 01:07:55 PM
I made this journal cover for LadybugsandBumblebees in the most recent Geezer Swap.



I think I underestimated how long one of these babies would take. I felt like I copped out a bit by making the back one big patch, but I just ran out of time to make the front all over again. I tried to make up for it by "TM patching" the leaves on the tree.

Here's the cover:



Some close-ups of the stumpwork bugs:





I used Sew in Love's tutorial for the ladybug and referred to her site often for the dragonfly, too.

The binding edge:



And the back cover:



I completely cheated and used the zig zag stitch on my machine to connect my patches, but I ended up really liking the effect. It helped "flatten" out the whole thing and made it seem more cohesive. I also used a piece of fabric to line the back side of the cover and used elastic on a diagonal sewn to the corners to attach my cover to the journal.

It was a lot of fun to make! Thanks for looking. Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rebel Scum Leia Hoop on: March 04, 2017 05:41:47 AM
After I completed my Eleven hoop I immediately knew I wanted to make something in the same style for myself. I've been on a bit of a Star Wars kick lately (Rogue One was SO GOOD!), and with Carrie Fisher's recent passing, stitching Leia (not in the metal bikini) almost had to be done. After hunting down the perfect image (harder than it seems), I came up with this:



I started with this image, added the banner and printed at high contrast for transfer.



Once I finished stitching the portrait, I still felt like something was missing and added the flowers based this free download.



I attempted to use this tutorial to finish the back, but it did not come out nearly as professional. Don't mind my wonky lines. My new walking foot is still attached to my machine and I was too lazy to switch it out.



Overall I'm really happy with the end result, and it's all for me!!



Thanks for looking. Smiley
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Eleven from Stranger Things on: February 24, 2017 09:55:10 AM
I made this hoop for the Stranger Things Swap, which is totally rocking, by the way.



My partner liked Eleven and the phrase "mouthbreather" from the show. I came across this image on pinterest, and decided to stitch it up.

I printed the image at high contrast and transferred it to my fabric using my light box.



Then I just stitched over my transfer.



Back:



I really enjoyed this project and already have another hoop in this style in the works.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Burned Wooden Spoon on: December 09, 2016 11:24:33 AM
Made for sheepBlue in a recent personal swap, I drew a mandala on the back of a wooden spoon and then traced over it with a wood-burning pen. I added a few polka-dots to the spoon stem as well.



I did do a better job of erasing my pencil lines before sending!

Thanks for looking. Smiley
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Scrap Fabric Necklace on: December 09, 2016 11:21:21 AM
I made this necklace out of fabric scraps that I had in my scrap bin for sheepBlue in a recent personal swap. The main purple piece I dyed several years ago, and the metal bangles and peace sign I received in past bead soup swaps here on Craftster.



sheep likened it to a wearable prayer flag, which I thought was a great way to look at it.

Thanks for looking!
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Rust Dye Scarves with Picture Tutorial on: December 09, 2016 08:21:39 AM
Mr. Road loves to play with metal. As a result, we have quite a stash of metal filings hanging around in our garage. A little while ago, Mr. Road gathered all the metal dust together in a cup so that I could play around with rust dyeing. A personal swap with sheepBlue finally gave me the push I needed to actually use it. Here are the results, and a little walk-through on what I did in case you have a bunch of metal filings of your own at home.

Here's a glimpse at the finished product:



I stared with the following supplies:



-Scarf blanks (from Dharma Trading Co), silk and cotton
-50/50 water and vinegar mixture in a squirt bottle
-Metal shavings/dust in a cup with a measuring spoon
-Metal wire (for shiboir style dyeing)
-Something round to wrap the scarf around (for shibori style dyeing)

I laid out the silk scarf and thoroughly wet it with the 50/50 vinegar and water mixture (kiddo helped with this part):



Then, I sprinkled the metal dust/filings onto the wet scarf. Because this was my first go, I was pretty liberal with the application here. Also, my kid has a heavy hand. Smiley



The whole thing was rolled up around an extra piece of metal piping we had lying around:





Wrapped up with metal wire:





and scrunched together:



I applied a bit more of the vinegar/water mixture to the wrapped up scarf at this point and let it sit for about 12 hours. Here's what it started to look like later that evening:



I was a little worried about leaving it for too long because I've read stories about the metal eating through silk and creating holes in the piece. Unwrapping was a little nerve wracking, but I quickly realized that all was well.

Once unwrapped, the whole scarf was rinsed in cold water and then submerged in a salt bath. I used about a tablespoon of salt in a sink full of water. The salt is supposed to neutralize the rusting reaction that is transferring onto the fabric. However, I have read that this reaction will continue and eventually destroy the fabric. I guess we'll see!

I let the scarf hang to dry, ironed it for a heat set (not sure if this is necessary with rust dye, but old habits die hard), and washed it in the gentle cycle with a textile detergent.

Here is another look at the finished piece. I call this one the saturated scarf. It went to my mom for her birthday.



With the second silk scarf, I tried to be a bit more sparse in my application of metal. I sprinkled "strips" of the dust on to the scarf before wrapping and scrunching just like with the first.



Hanging to dry:



Finished piece:





For the cotton scarf, I decided to try something different. I was inspired by a pin that sheepBlue had on her pinterest. I wet the scarf in the vinegar/water mixture as with the other two scarves, then folded it up and sandwiched canning jar lid inserts in between the layers. A couple clamps kept the lids in place and helped "seal" the fabric against the dye.



Because this wasn't wrapped up and scrunched like the shibori scarves, there was less contact with the fabric and the metal. I let this one set for a few days before rinsing in the salt bath.

After the rust did its thing, I put the whole thing in a tea dye bath (40 tea bags steeped in boiling hot water for 15 minutes prior to dyeing):



An hour later, I rinsed, dried, ironed, and washed the whole scarf. Here's the result:



Close up of one section and the circle resists:



I really love how this one came out, and Mr. Road said it was his favorite thing I've ever dyed. Cheesy

I have lots of metal filings left. Can't wait to play more with this technique. Thanks for looking!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lisa Simpson on: November 07, 2016 07:57:35 AM
My office has a costume contest every year, but I've never seriously participated. I've always put all my Halloween effort into my son's costume (usually at the last minute), so I've never had time to do something for myself.

Not this year! I went as Lisa Simpson!



It was still pretty last minute, however. I picked up some Ponte De Roma Knit Fabric fabric at my local fabric store, but they didn't have the bright orange I needed for Lisa's dress. Without time to shop around, I picked up a bottle of RIT synthetic dye and improvised.



Then came the cutting and sewing. I used this tutorial from the littlest studio.



The pattern and directions were super easy to follow. I think the dress ended up a bit tight to get off and on, but once it was on, it fit pretty perfect.

I purchased some white knee-high socks for my arms and legs and dyed them Simpson yellow, then cut off the foot seam for the arms.



I forgot to take progress pics, but the necklace is a string of wooden beads from my stash that I painted white, and the headband is made from felt with a cardboard core glued to a headband.

I even won second place in the office competition (darn you Black Widow!)!



Thanks for looking! Smiley
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Skull and Butterfly Hoop on: September 06, 2016 06:48:37 AM
I made this for lindyv321 in the most recent IYP swap. I have coveted her embroidery for a while now and she graciously allowed me to experiment with the stumpwork lesson I recently acquired from sheepBlue during the Craftster Canada Meet Up. Lindy likes butterflies and skulls, so I thought I'd combine them for this hoop!



Close up of the stumpwork wings:



I sketched the wings out first using a printed wing inspiration image and a light box to transfer. sheepBlue talked me out of a more intricate version...which is good because filling in the wings took forever. Here's a pic of the transferred pattern and the first step of attaching the wire outline:



I wanted one wing to look like the underside of a wing since it was in profile, so I went with a lighter color scheme to mimic this effect. Here's another progress shot where I started the lighter "underside." Bonus tidbit: the floss covered wire below was from sheepBlue (originally from alwaysinmyroom) and was used to do the butterfly legs.



I thought the wire that I used to outline the wings in my stumpwork would be too thick to push through the fabric, so I cut off the excess after embroidering. I ended up using a very thin background fabric, so this turned out to be problematic when I went to attach the wings to the skull. The wings were too floppy on the hoop at first.

I ended up having to reattach wire to the frame of the wings and using a backing fabric and cardboard to stabilize the wings. A little twirling and gluing a la craftylittlemonkey, and the wings were secure!



I had a lot of fun with this project and obviously have a lot of craftsters to thank for it all coming together.



Thanks for looking!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Rebel, Rebel" Stitched Mandala on: August 15, 2016 07:15:05 AM
I made this hoop for LeapFeetFirst for the Stitched Mandala Swap.



I recently took Alisa Burke's Mandala Magic class online. Other than doodling, drawing is not one of my strong points, so I was excited to put the techniques from the class to the test for this swap. Here's is my original sketch:



I did lose some detail when I transferred the design over to thread and fabric, but I ended up deciding I liked the additional space that was preserved. The middle circle of the design uses the Rebel Alliance symbol from Star Wars (gotta love hidden geekery), and I think it comes through a bit more with the stitched design.

Because I hid the Rebel Alliance symbol in the mandala, I was trying to think of a clever name for most of my stitching time. No appropriate Star Wars quotes came to mind, but the song "Rebel, Rebel" by David Bowie kept getting stuck in my head, so that became the name. Here's a shot of the back with the label:



Though I think the back of the stitching actually looks kind of cool as well:



For a bonus, I drew another mandala on the card I sent along with the hoop:



I want to put mandalas everywhere now! Thanks for looking!
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Weaving Experiment Wall Hanging on: June 27, 2016 10:08:38 AM
I made this little weaving as my offering for the Canada Meet Up White Elephant Swap. I cycled through MANY ideas before settling on this impromptu project.

The twig was picked up randomly from a recent hiking trip and Mr. Road did the hanging wire for me. My son made the small spiral copper pieces strung to the bottom.

I made it with very basic home-made cardboard loom, nothing fancy.



While I'm still not sure it was up to par with some of the other AMAZING projects that were shared at the meet up, I'm happy with this experiment and know it went to a good home. Smiley
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