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11  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Faux Batik (with tutorial) lots of pics on: January 02, 2012 10:18:02 AM
Hello! Some were interested in the faux batik process that I did on The Duddha. It's really fun and easy. I did this with a group of 7-year-olds with great success, so it's a nice project to do with kids too. It does take a bit of time to do because of drying time between steps.

a demo piece I did with the kids

1) gather what you'll need.
-something to mix paint on
-acrylic paints- even the cheap craft store ones work fine for this
-white cotton fabric- washed and  ironed
-a container big enough to soak your fabric in.
-freezer paper (optional)

2)Using your glue, draw on your design. You can also brush it on. Wherever your glue is, the fabric will be white. I put down a piece of freezer paper under my fabric just so the glue that seeps through won't stick to anything. You can also draw a design on paper, put it under your fabric so you can trace your design with the glue. This is what I did with the kids and it worked well. If in fact your paper does stick to your fabric, it'll come off when you soak it later.

Now you just need to wait for the glue to be completely dry before you proceed. Overnight is a good idea.

3)The fun part. Using VERY watered down acrylics (after all, you are just dying/staining the fabric) begin to paint your fabric as you like.

4)Let this dry completely. Speed it up with your hair dryer if you are excited about seeing your results!

5)Soak in luke warm water for about 20 minutes, until the glue disolves. You can agitate it a bit. I wash mine by hand with a little mild soap too, just to get all the glue off.

6)Let dry and then enjoy your work!

Let me know if you have any questions or if I was unclear.  Smiley I hope if you do this you'll share your results!

12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Smallish Stuffie with a Function Swap! (sign ups closed send by 2/06/12) on: January 02, 2012 08:30:35 AM

lip balm coozie stuffie

Details of the Swap:
If you love beautiful, fun, practical things, then this is the swap for you! In this swap, we'll be transforming a stuffie from being just something cute to look at into something more... a stuffie with a function. After learning a bit about your partner, you will be challenged to create a stuffie for him/her that can in some way "assist" your partner.

Some examples could be:
stuffie needle book holders
stuffie bag, purse, coin holder
stuffie coozie
stuffie pin cushion
The possibilities are endless! You are all super creative people. I really encourage you to chat with your partner once assigned to really get a sense of what that person is like to help you create a functional stuffie that will be enjoyed and appreciated.

To keep it fair for everyone playing, a "smallish" (smallish because we decided tiny might be too tiny for this challenge!) stuffie should be no bigger than about 8 inches in any direction.
Extras are ok too, just make sure you chat with your partner!

Please, no one wants to be flaked upon. If you don't think you will be able to keep up with posting in the thread or creating something awesome for your partner, please reconsider joining. We all want to have a lot of fun!!
If you need to send late or have any other problem, PLEASE PM ME ASAP!!!! We all have busy lives, please don't make mine (or suereal's!) any busier than it needs to be!!

Swap name: One Smallish Stuffie with a Function Swap!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: teachart
Co-Organizer: suereal
Sign-up date range: 1/2/12 until 1/09/12, or until 40 people
Date to send item by: 2/06/12

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 40

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? 16

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES- suereal  Smiley
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: me, teachart!

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Name at least 5 non-crafting activities that you enjoy (reading, movies, sports, etc.)
What types of arts/crafts do you like to do?
Is there a certain room in your house or other space on your life (office, car, etc.) that you think would be improved by a Stuffie with a Function?

What colors, styles, and/or motifs do you like?
Which colors, styles, and/or motifs do you not like?
What animals, characters, objects, etc. do you like? (e.g. wolverines, honey badgers, Elvis, clocks, planets...what ever turns you on!!)

What types of stuffies do you make? (knit, crochet, sewn)
Which would you like to receive?
Any allergies?
Any allergens in your home?
Would you like to do extras if your partner is up for them too?
Any stalking websites we should know about? (wists, pinterest, etc.)
Anything else your partner should know?

Will you promise to post at least once a week in the forum so that we know you are alive (and sewing Smiley)?  (yes/no)
Will you promise to have fun and to craft to the best of your ability? (yes/no)
Will you be daring and try a new technique when inventing this One Smallish Functional Stuffie and share with us what you learned? (Not essential, I just really want you to have fun and take risks!) (yes/no)

I will try my best to match you up by likes, allergies and what not.  Smiley


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Previous tiny stuffie galleries:

Round 1- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=365416.msg4293528#msg4293528
Round 2- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369841.0
Round 3- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373169.0
Round 4- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376106.0
Round 5- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=378948.0
Round 6- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=385704.0
Round 7- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388601.0

And the discussion for this swap in the new ideas board: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=398358.0
Approved Stuffie Makers!
8.Ruby Copperhead
15.Foxy Sam

And we have a gallery! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403272.0
13  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Who says a pair has to match? on: December 31, 2011 07:41:28 AM
My first post in fiber arts!! Woot!!

For christmas this year, I bought myself tools to start needle felting! (It took me three days to get everything I needed to start since I used Michaels 50% off coupons to get supplies and you can only use one a day. The first two days were tough... sitting staring at the needle and then the needle and the felting mat, waiting to get the roving... yes I am thrifty!  Cheesy

This is my first attempt at felting. I used reclaimed felted sweater wool for the mittens.

some closeups:

The backs:

Would love to hear what you guys think! And thank you, needle felters, for all your amazing posts and for inspiring me to try something new  Smiley!
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Duddha on: December 30, 2011 12:03:02 PM
Hi everyone! I wanted to share this piece that I stitched up for sloth003 for the December Birthday Swap.
She mentioned that she liked the movie The Big Lebowski, which I am also a fan of, so I jumped at the opportunity to make a hoop inspired by this.

Searching the internet, I found this rug that I really liked:

To translate that into embroidery, first I "faux batik dyed" some white cotton fabric. (The Duddha image that appears on the  fabric is actually on a piece of paper under the fabric- I was getting ready to trace it on.)

(faux because I didn't use wax or dye- instead gel glue and watered down acrylic paint. You might already know how to do this technique but if anyone is interested I could explain more.)

And here is The Duddha on my wall:


And a sort-of more natural light shot.

Thanks for looking!

Edit: faux batik tutorial can be found here!

15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One tiny stuffie with a function swap on: December 09, 2011 04:06:40 PM
Hi everyone! I made this little guy a while back for a personal swap, and ever since then I thought having a "stuffie with a purpose/function" swap would be a lot of fun.

"What's his purpose?" you might be asking yourself....

He's a lip balm caddy! I sewed a pocket in his head the perfect size of a chapstick. (even silly functions count!!)

I also received this awesomeness from suereal, which I think is also a "stuffie with a function:"

His function?

He's a needle book!! (oh and the little log is a pin cushion  Smiley)

So what do you all think? I was thinking about starting this the beginning of January. It'd be my first time organizing... I'd love a co-organizer to help me out!!

I'd also love to hear ideas for "functional stuffies" everyone!
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Scrappy Cats on: December 04, 2011 04:32:14 PM
Hi everyone!

I wanted to share a couple of kitties I made for the awesome susanab in the tiny stuffy swap.

I rescued several sturdy cardboard looms that were destined for the trash at school. I knew that as soon as I saw them I wanted to use them for this swap. I watched a few youtube videos on cardboard weaving and made this little piece of fabric for kitty's body:

I sewed it into a tube and used that as the body, then attached the rest of his kitty parts.

WELL.... he never made it to my swap partner. We don't know what happened... DC# said the package had been delivered but she never received it. I was so heartbroken! Having a swap package lost was really awful  Angry.

I didn't ask for an angel, because a little voice in my head was telling me that susanab NEEDED THAT SCRAPPY CAT!! Plus, as you swappers know, when your partner gets the package that you made for them and they like it, it feels so awesome!! I didn't want to rob myself of that!! So kitty number 2 was made:

Kitty #2 is a good hunter. He brought a gift with him:

Pleased to announce that package 2 made it to its destination. I'm pretty sure he's well loved  Grin.

Thanks for checking out my post!!

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Amy Debra Shrine! on: September 03, 2011 07:32:34 AM
Hi everyone!

I wanted to share a shadow box that I made for a recent personal swap with the awesome Mingus107. Knowing that she liked
my Amy Debra, I decided to go from there. This is what I came up with:

And a few more pics with different lighting-

We're sure going to miss her at our house, but I know that she is well loved in her new home! Thanks for looking everyone, I'd love to hear what you guys think!
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Monarch Stumpwork on: July 10, 2011 11:48:41 AM
Hi all! I've been a very busy crafter this summer! My latest completed project is this piece of stumpwork embroidery. I picked the subject matter mainly as a technique assignment for myself, this is only my second completed stumpwork piece (my other being this monstrosity.)

And some closeups.

The leaves and berries are padded with a piece of felt underneath them. The berry on the bottom I completed on another piece of fabric, made a running stitch around it, cut it out and pulled the running stitch tight to make a little ball. I then attached it to the main hoop with a couple of stab stitches to add another 3D component to the piece.

And detail of the butterfly.

To make the butterfly wings, I first drew the 4 wing components separately on fabric. I stab stitched thin wire around the wings so that they would keep shape after I cut them out. After completing the filling stitch on the wings, I blanket stitched around the wire.
The body was a fun stitch. I think, it's called a broom loop stitch, but I can double check if anyone is interested. Basically you make loops on top of the fabric secured by tiny stitches, and then when you are finished filling in the area you cut the loops off to make a fluffy pile.

I love embroidery. I took a hoopla swap break because I really wanted to get better at stumpwork so that I would have some new skills to offer swap partners. Completing this project definitely increased my confidence- maybe I'll be back in the realm of hoopla swaps soon Smiley

As always, would love to hear what you guys think!

19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 64 ENTRIES / Amy Debra's New Purpose on: July 07, 2011 10:41:59 AM
My first contest entry Grin!

My sister recently graduated from cosmetology school. She had a couple of practice mannequin heads that she no longer needed, and asked me if I wanted them.

UM, hell yeah I wanted them! I bet all of you reading this would have scooped up a couple of free mannequin heads if they fell into your lap too  Cheesy!
(She was given the one with "Amy" written over the name Debra, we've been calling her "Amy Debra" around my house and the other head my toddler calls "Amy Debra 2")

So they traveled around to different rooms in my house for a while, waiting for me to put them to good use. Well, a good use other than me poking Amy Debra or Amy Debra 2 into the shower on my unsuspecting husband to give him a good creep out.

Then one day it dawned on me: Amy Debra needs to become the keeper of my dangling earrings. This contest was the motivation I needed to use this tute by member erdbeerblau that I've had bookmarked for a while, and the result is an (even creepier?) yet very functional mannequin head.

I think she's quite wonderful. Now to find a useful purpose for Amy Debra 2!

Thanks for looking!

20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Finally Finished my Beatles Teesha Moore Bag!!! (PIC OVERLOAD!!) on: June 15, 2011 12:26:56 PM
I've been working on this bag on and off for a year- and it's finally finished! Confession: my original intention was to make this and give it to my sister-in-law last year for the christmas holiday. BUT... after about 30 hours of working on it, I fell in love with it and decided if I was going to spend so much time on a project I deserve it! After all, how often do us crafty people make things for ourselves?? So as I worked along I incorporated tons of the things I love.

Onto the many Pics! And if we've had the chance to swap- be on the look out for some of the goodies you send me on the bag! It's loaded with swap treasures!  Grin

Shot of the front

I printed out the squirrel on fabric backed with freezer paper, then thought he looked cold so I embroidered a sweater on him Wink
The butterfly pendant (peeking out of the hole on the brown flowery fabric) is from onecrazymom. I know there are also some goodies from Tree27 sewn on there too (The number 9 and others that don't show up too well in the photos).

back of the bag

one side- I used a Jenny Heart pattern for the sexy lady. There's also a bit of thrifted tea towel (3rd from bottom), a Chippy (Check out Tim and Eric!!) and a vintage elephant button from my grandma's collection (all of the buttons came from her collection)

The other side- again, grandma's buttons, Jenny Heart embroidered squares, The little Mexican man came from a tea towel with a hole on it. The bottom square is a maze with a cat and a mouse button from FrankSpinello. There's also a fabric flower from onecrazymom and some star beads from suereal.

See that little mustache pouch? I sewed that on the back of the sexy lady- I call it my stache stash Smiley. I received that it the 44cent swap from runningnaked

And I promised you the Beatles! Here they are!

Printed them on vintage material, again backed by freezer paper. I had to mod podge them because the ink didn't set  Tongue

I also lined the bag; I didn't want my stuff to snag any of the treads. I used a lot of thrifted fabric in the bag- felted sweaters, old clothes that I loved but didn't wear anymore. I had a lot of fun trying new stitches. I must have spent 150+ hours on this bag! I wish I could take close-ups of all the squares for everyone to see (the textures are so nice!), but that would be a bit of an over load! I'm in love with it- what do you guys think???!

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