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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Naruto! on: November 08, 2019 08:15:08 AM
My son is obsessed with Naruto, so of course we had to do a Naruto Halloween!

Here are the pics of the completed costume and the trunk of my car decorated like the Ichiraku Ramen Shop.

I bought two yards of orange fabric and a bunch of yellow felt for this project. The leaf village headband was also purchased as kiddo didn't want to take a chance with such an important element of the costume. Wink

I made the pants based on a pair of joggers my son has. The jacket was initially a fail. I tried to create one from scratch based on a hoodie my son had:

I had too much fabric in the front blue shoulder area and my zipper ended up not disconnecting at the bottom...I was so unhappy with it, I picked out all of my stitches to disconnect the blue section from the orange, cut out the zip, and then just sewed what was left to the hoodie I'd tried to mimic. I cut off the hood, added some batting to the collar and it came together! Whew! I added a piece of red felt to the back with the swirl cut out of HTV via my Cricut.

Now let's talk about the hair! I'm actually really proud of how it came out, lol. I used this doll hair tutorial as inspiration. Mr. Road made a template of my son's head with aluminum foil and duct tape reinforcement. Then I just went to town with hot glue and felt! It came out so cool and really makes the costume.

Here's the only shot I got of him standing in it on actual Halloween. It got a bit rumpled by then, but still held up great.

Thanks for looking!!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Converse on: September 10, 2019 09:23:02 AM
I have been coveting two pairs of rainbow unicorn converse for my twin daughters for fall, but have been successfully resisting! They wear them for such a short period of time, and I already own two awesome pairs of hand-me-down high top converse the exact size they are growing into. So, in an attempt to completely squash my shoe-lust, I got out my needles and floss and stitched all over the pairs I already have. I was rewarded with a "whoa" from my daughters, but they have yet to successfully keep them on their feet. I think it might be a bit warm yet, and they like having their toes free. Smiley

Pair 1:

Pair 2:

Thanks for looking!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 127 ENTRIES / TM Patch Sewing Machine Cover on: September 06, 2019 07:17:58 AM
This was an OWL project for the Harry Potter Craftalong. It was a project that was a long time in the making and I cannot take credit for every stitch. Many patches were received from fellow Craftsters in swaps over the years. I finally got around to stitching them all together (machine zig-zag stitched) and assembling them in a way that mostly covers my machine, lol. I never got around to posting it on the wider world of Craftser, so here's my challenge offering!


Thanks for looking and a big THANKS if you contributed a patch or two to this project. Cheesy
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Our Lady of Perpetual Perfection on: June 21, 2019 11:18:08 AM
Right before the Great British Bake Off swap closed, I went to visit sheepBlue in Michigan. We took a trip to Ann Arbor and perused a lot of fun local shops there. We found so many awesomely cool things, it was hard not to buy it all! But one thing we DIDN'T find was cool GBBO swag.

When sheep and I were ultimately paired in said swap, I KNEW I had to send her a Mary Berry prayer candle (it was one of the things we unsuccessfully searched for). After discovering that my computer skills were not up to the task of digitally rendering Mary Berry as "Our Lady of Perpetual Perfection," I resorted to skills I DID have. Hence, the embroidered prayer candle was born:

Inspiration was taken from here and here.

Some additional photos:

I had so much fun with this project! Thanks for looking. Smiley
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 125 ENTRIES / Dark Voyager (Fortnite) on: November 07, 2018 01:21:54 PM
My son wanted to be Dark Voyager from Fortnite for Halloween this year. While Spirit Halloween and the Internet had the costume available for a ridiculous amount of money, we went the DIY route! I started with a base of black sweatpants and hoodie and with my trusty hot glue gun added felt, fabric, and craft foam elements to create the character. There is also a strip of light up LEDs, but you can't tell they are on in the fall sunlight. We also did a paper mache helmet for this project, complete with flipable visor (made from a painted piece of a milk jug).


Some in progress pics of the helmet:

And inspiration pic for those of you who are lucky enough to NOT have children obsessed with Fortnite:

Thanks for looking! Happy Halloween! Smiley
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Blue Embroidered Mug Rug on: August 07, 2018 07:13:49 AM
I made this for PerfectlyBohemian in the recent Jurassic Park Swap.

I knew I wanted to embroider Blue, the velociraptor from the new movies in the franchise, and I knew she needed some flower accents. I pulled some images of the Internet and combined them to get the arrangement I wanted. This is the image I came up with, then I modified it using the "photocopy" artistic effect in PPT before printing and transferring to my fabric.

Here are some WIP shots of the embroidery before I turned it into a mug rug for PB:

This was my first time stitching woven roses, I love the way they look!

Thanks for looking. Smiley
7  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
8  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
9  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.


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

Thanks for looking! Smiley
10  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
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