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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cheery Pillow (First Knitting Project) on: February 17, 2012 01:12:55 PM
I've only recently started knitting, after teaching myself how with no references, and decided to make use of an otherwise untouched stash of yarn in my room.  Since I've been meaning to make my room a little less boring and splash some color into it, I decided on a rainbow pillowcase.

This took me over three months to make, working on and off for days, and I can honestly say that it was the bane of my existence for a while because some of the warn kept getting tangled up.  But it came out better than I expected, considering I don't understand knitting lingo (or crocheting, for that matter XD).  Its a bit of a mixed project, since I started it off by loosely crocheting until I had a chain big enough to fit around a pillow and knitted from that.  I also finished it and closed it around the pillow by crocheting as well.

Most likely will add a yarn fringe to it, since I love that color purple and I didn't have the patience needed to make another stripe.

Critiques welcome, sorry for the sucky photos though!  Peace out!

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Plushload of Projects!! ((IMAGE HEAVY, Watch your toes!)) on: February 17, 2012 12:56:24 PM
Been a bit busy since the last time I actually posted something on here ^^  Between cleaning, job hunting, and looking to get into college, I've done some sewing to calm my nerves and potentially find something I would very much enjoy making.  But since I don't want to spam the forum with all of them in separate topics, I decided to lump everything together to make things a bit easier!!

Minecraft Creeper

Just getting this off my chest now.  I HATE Minecraft.  I tried giving the game a chance, but it just doesn't click with me.  However, that didn't stop me from accepting my brother's request to make him a Creeper.

This little monster was easy to make pattern-wise, but I cannot stress how much I wish that my sewing machine worked.  I found myself growing very tired of it, but this was a combination Christmas and early birthday present for him.  I did, however, learn how to use that plastic canvas stuff my mother had lying in the craft closet and make the yarn eyes for it.

For the longest time, I was tempted to make it a monocle, a mustache, and top hat, just to make this a bit more bearable.  Now that its done, I am relieved and hiding the pattern, in case I should ever have to make one again...which hopefully won't be for a very long time XD

It stands over a foot tall, and is completely handsewn, with plastic pellets in the base for some weight.  I took some artistic liberties with the shape of the legs and body, making them less blocky than the pixelated version, but I am otherwise actually pleased with the result.  According to my brother, it makes a great pillow as well, since I have this nasty habit of overstuffing things.

Pin Cushion Manticore

Just a little project for fun, and to use up some scrap materials.  I adore manticores, and have been desperately at work to make a really good plushie one that I would be proud of.  But until then, I sated my desire by making this adorable miniature one.

This one is actually machine sewed for the body and tail, with the head and fur done by hand (One of the rare moments my machine worked, getting it fixed soon hopefully). It can fit in the palm of one hand, but is a bit bigger than that.  I got the idea to use it as a pincushion since it would fit how I draw manticores, and I'm rather proud of its derpiness.  It also has the same head pattern of my Necromorph doll.

It has two different colored eyes, since I had lost the other blue and I only had a yellow one left.

Mambo Jade

I made this doll over a year ago, but I am very proud of how she came out.  This was another doll pattern I tested, but never really pursued.

I got inspired by Tia Dialma from Pirates of the Carribean, Halloween, and a depiction of a Voodoo goddess (I don't recall which one) I found on deviantART.  She's a pretty weighty doll, mostly due to her yarn 'dreadlocks', and she has trouble keeping her head straight because of them.

She's one of the few clothed dolls I've ever made.  I have a hard time with doll clothes, but she looked odd sitting around naked, so I took an old green flannel shirt and this lovely scarf I got at Salvation Army and made her outfit.  The scarf was enough to make her a bandana and skirt, and she was originally going to have sleeves on her corset, but they didn't look right.  Her fishnet shawl got lost sometime ago.

The charm around her neck is a jade elephant I found in a box of old jewelry my mother gave me.  I didn't have much use for it at the time, but I enjoyed how it looked as opposed to some of the other pieces I found.  Part of me wishes I gave her ears for some earrings, but she looks perfect the way she is!

That's everything for now, but hopefully being on a roll lately will mean more fanciful projects in the near future!  Peace out!

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / CUT OFF THEIR LIMBS!!! on: December 02, 2011 06:42:44 PM
Well, I missed posting something in honor of Halloween, but hopefully this makes up for it!!

I've been wanting to get the games Dead Space and Dead Space 2 for a while now, but since I can't buy it yet I've occupied some spare time just watching game walkthroughs.  I definitely know that I'll enjoy this game, and to show my love for it, I decided to have some fun with a doll pattern I recently came up with.

This is a Necromorph known as the Slasher, and is one of the most common enemies in the game.  They aren't overly powerful, but can be a pain in a large group.

They can also play dead.

Cutting/blowing off their heads doesn't kill them outright, making them honestly more terrifying than a zombie.  In the game, cutting them to pieces with your weapons is the only way to bring them down.

This project took me a little over a day and a half to make.  Its completely handsewn and made of 5 different colors of fleece (three from scraps).  Big arms are button jointed, and the tentacles and intestines are crocheted yarn.  I wanted to use safety or embroidered eyes, but decided not to for this one.
This actually started off as an elf, but I got the idea to make a Necromorph while watching a Dead Space 2 video on YouTube.  And the doll itself is fairly large, standing roughly 12+ inches.

Will definitely be making more Necromorphs in the future, this was too fun!  Thinking of making an Infector, or even a Leaper, but might eventually be convinced to make Isaac Clarke.  Depends on the suit XD

Hope y'all enjoy it!!

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Pricecheck, please!! Or How Much is Reasonable... on: November 01, 2011 09:16:14 AM
Cheesy title hides serious issue.  I've been experimenting with doll patterns the last few months, and I've finally made one that I'm proud of, in both its shape and its relative ease of assembly.  Once I finish her clothing, I will be posting her up one of these days one that hurdle has been tackled.

However, I've been thinking about selling dolls and plushies for a while, if only as something to do at conventions and the like.  My main issue is I'm unfortunately a generous person who doesn't like feeling as if I've ripped someone off.  So, I need help figuring out what a reasonable price is for my work.

My doll stands roughly 12-16 inches tall (alas, no ruler available at this exact moment) and is made of fleece, with wool wet-felted dreadlocks.  The doll is entirely hand sewn and has embroidered eyes.  The pattern is based on one of those old country rag dolls, but with different proportions, and can sit and stand with assistance.  I also am considering offering original stuffed animals

I was thinking perhaps $15 would be a decent base price, since it takes me at least 2-3 days to handsew any sort of plushie, although this is considering the time I take off to do chores and the like.  I want to charge based on materials, and for a customized plushie the price could be upwards of $50 since some materials for the doll's clothing might be expensive. 

These are just my thoughts.  I would appreciate any and all advice from people.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Embroidered vs Buttons/Safety Eyes on: September 22, 2011 12:27:19 PM
Just an honest question, since I really don't have a preference for either at this point.

I've recently been trying to make a doll pattern that I'm happy with, and after spending a lot of free time revamping my original until the only thing that was similar was the number of pattern pieces it had, I finally came up with something that resembles a mix of one of those old country styled dolls one would find in a craft book, with one or two references in the limb shape to ghillie's amazing poppets.  However, I plan on making these for both gifts and selling, so my main issue is what to do for the features.  I love using button eyes, but I find embroidered features to be very charming.  Safety eyes I tend to reserve for stuffed animals, but they're still an option. 

Anyone have any pros/cons for the different options?
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Dark Gypsy Costume: Help Needed!! on: August 08, 2011 01:19:10 PM
I recently heard back from a haunted house I'll be working at this year, and I was cast in the role as a fortune teller, who is to serve as a distraction for a scare that will happen one the foot-path of the particular trail that I will be in.  I was so excited, I immediately began to draw up plans for the entire costume, basing it mostly on Voodoo imagery and Calypso from PotC.

However, I'm trying to think of a good color scheme for the entire thing, one that would still be Roma but with darker undertones.  I don't want it to be primarily black, since the trail is rather dark, but I want to refrain from using bright reds and whites.  The costume itself will consist of a blouse, calf-length skirt, leggings, a cincher, and multiple scarves as belts and a headdress (Think similar to Esmeralda).  Any and all color schemes and fabric suggestions are welcomed!!

EDIT:  I now have the costume sketched out and colored, image below.  My biggest problem now is the patterns.  The top of the costume is a bodice that will be covering most of my chest ((so I have a smaller area that needs makeup work, also I will be outdoors so the less skin the better)) and laces up only on the sides.  Preferably, a pattern for a bodice without boning would be awesome.

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Necklace on: June 19, 2011 07:20:26 PM
Made this as part of a trade with Ludi.

It is one of two necklaces that I sent to her, and is made from can tabs (Monster, soda, and the big green one came off of a can of corn xD) and a reclaimed piece of jewelry I found. 

This one is a wee bit different than most necklaces I've made or worn before.  It has a clasp attached to the charm, and the mere fact that it has a clasp makes it different (most of mine are made to be slipped on).  I am proud that it came out well, despite having been a total bear to keep together (the dangling chain in the second picture fell off and became lost somewhere...), and might make more of them in the future.

Peace out!

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First Bag Ever! on: June 19, 2011 07:09:56 PM
I'm new to the art of bag-making, having only ever modified a backpack or two for school, but I am rather proud of how this came out.  It was made as part of a trade between myself and Ludi.

Sorry for the sideways photo but I hope it gives an idea of how large it is.  The outside was made out of this rather amazing scarf I found at Salvation Army, which had a neat woven pattern in it.  A third of it was cut off for future projects, but the two ends were used here, and lined with some gold colored silky material I found in a box of fabric.

The strap is a reclaimed belt, which otherwise was too small for anyone at home to use.

Entire bag was completely winged.  I didn't use any pattern pieces, nor any tutorials, so a lot of mistakes are easy to see.  But given how large it is, I would love to make a similar bag with a flap or zipper for carrying around my sewing stuff!

Hope you enjoy it Ludi!!

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / What is it? A Whatsit of Course!! on: June 19, 2011 06:20:20 PM

Well, a very curious thing happened!  For several months, I have noticed strange activity in the old garden that came with the house, spying a flash of brown here and there among the roses.  Well, I felt sorry for whatever little critter it could be, so I left behind a little blue scarf over the winter, hoping that whatever it was wouldn't catch a chill.  To my pleasant surprise, it came out one hot day, still wearing the little blue scarf!

The little dear says he himself does not know what he is, so for now he is named Whatsit.  He really did love the little scarf I made him, and rarely takes it off.

He has a special affinity for rose plants, but loves gardening in general.  While not much of a talker, he loves a good story.

Now he resides with Ludi, who provided some wonderful fake fur to make a pair of satyr leggings ((still in the works, unfortunately)).

~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~

Whatsit was a happy pattern drafting accident.  I was attempting to sew a sloth, but when he started coming together, I was amazed at how wonderful something with only three pattern pieces came out (tail, body, and arms/legs).  He is made of 100% handsewn fake fur and fleece, both brushed out to be a bit fuzzier.  His eyes are typical brown safety eyes, and the little blue scarf was my first attempt at knitting.  His front limbs are also button jointed for easy posing.

I hope that Ludi will love him as much as I do.  My brothers cried when I had to send him away, so I promised I'd make a few more eventually.

Peace out!!

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Sculpted Doll Parts = Headaches, Help? on: June 14, 2011 02:39:02 PM
I believe the title really says it all, ladies and gents.  I am trying to sculpt a head, hands, and feet for a project of mine, but so far I am only developing a severe hatred for Sculpey.  I've only ever sculpted with modeling and ceramic clay before, so the uber-softness of the Sculpey is making it very difficult for me to use.  Is there a firmer clay I can use, one that preferably handles like modeling clay?
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