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21  Dr. Seuss-inspired Thing 1 and Thing 2 Batts in Spinning: Completed Projects by schtankylu on: May 11, 2010 05:47:50 AM

Look how fluffy and textured!!

all I used were merino top and blue eyelash yarn!
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22  Making Joyful Noises: bird and elephant infant appliqued shirts in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by schtankylu on: May 11, 2010 05:43:19 AM
Lately I've been buying up really children's items that are in excellent condition. The rule is, before I buy it, I have to have at least a foggy idea of what I will do with it. That way, I won't be a hoarder  Shocked

Make a Joyful Noise! series
Wee purple elephant, size 6-12 mo.

Sweet Tweet Songbird 4T
is listed down below somewhere in this forum, maybe above!

I have some stencil fonts of animal silhouettes. I think it would be great to have a hippo one, maybe an armadillo one, and certainly a pterydactyl (sp?) one.
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23  Spring in the Mountains in Felting: Completed Projects by schtankylu on: May 09, 2010 09:27:26 PM
I made this away from home with just a few bits from my stash. I came up with something pretty nifty, if I do say so myself

The clouds


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24  Sweet Tweet Songbird Applique in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by schtankylu on: May 09, 2010 09:11:08 PM

I had held onto this note fabric forever and couldn't think of what to do with it. I found the perfect solution!
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25  Dutch Bike Ride, Garden Clippings, etc. spring inspired batts in Spinning: Completed Projects by schtankylu on: May 09, 2010 08:00:03 PM
I would so love to go romping around in a giant tulip field. Until then, I will just make art from tulip colorings

Bugs in the flower patch


Garden Clippings

I love carding so much!!!
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26  Batty for Books: Literature Batt Series in Spinning: Completed Projects by schtankylu on: May 09, 2010 07:42:35 PM
I LOVE making batts based on novels, poems, songs, etc.

Wuthering Moor is based on Wuthering Heights. SO much drama in that book. I wanted to capture what an English moor in early spring might look like. Of course, I've never really seen an English moor in person, so I just imagined a gray, drab landscape with pops of color here and there.

This one is called spring is like a perhaps hand, which is one of my favorite e.e. cummings poems (google it to read it and you will fall in love, too)

I have just had the idea to do some batts based on children's books. I have just carded Thing 1 and Thing 2 and toot my own horn that the colors match perfectly--mostly red with some blues mixed in. There are 2 of the batts, of course. Tomorrow I will photograph and weigh them.

I think this fiber artist identity fits me like a glove.
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27  Batts inspired by Roald Dahl's BFG in Spinning: Completed Projects by schtankylu on: May 09, 2010 07:28:28 PM
Roald Dahls The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) was one of my favorite books growing up. I recently, happily, and delightfully rediscovered this whimsical tale. Ive decided to create a few batts named for events in the book.

Golden Phizzwizzard dream batt
Sophie and the BFG go dream catching in Dream Country, excitedly snagging a golden phizzwizard dream that will be giving some little tottler a very happy night when he blows the dreams in their ears while they sleep.

Frobscottle batt
When a thirsty Sophie finds herself in the BFGs cave, he offers her frobscottle, a pale green liquid where the bubbles go down instead of up. Frobscottle is sweet and jumbly and gives the BFG a feeling of absolute ecstasy. It tastes of vanilla and cream, with just the faintest trace of raspberries. Dahl writes, It felt as though hundreds of tiny people were dancing a jig inside her and tickling her with their toes. It was lovely.
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28  Batts inspired by Titania's Bower and Giant Sea Kelp Forest Canopy in Spinning: Completed Projects by schtankylu on: April 08, 2010 08:51:51 AM
I got a used Fancy Kitty drum carder for Valentine's Day. In between teaching and taking a class, as well as raising a 9-month old who just got mobile, I've only been able to card a few batts. I can't exactly have my baby toddling around the drum carder!

I am wildly inspired by literature and nature. All my batts will probably be inspired by things from literature or nature!

Here is my first batt inspired by Titania's Bower from A Midsummer Night's Dream:

Here is my second batt I thought of while watching a show about Giant Sea Kelp Forests. Refer to this picture at this link: http://www.ou.edu/class/pheidole/pr_bullkelpforest.jpg

The ones I haven't photographed yet are based on the vivid tulip colors, one called "Spring is Like a Perhaps Hand" after the poem, and other crazy spring-inspired beauties.

I've already written what my text descriptions will say when I sell them on my new online shop that is still in the works.

I am not sure how much they weigh yet. I also don't know how to spin yarn or weave--YET. Isn't that funny? I am just a batt person right now. The winds will change soon; how can they not?!
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29  Baby Travelocity Gnome in Halloween Costumes by schtankylu on: November 14, 2009 05:21:29 PM
We dressed up my 4 month-old as the Travelocity Lawn Gnome!

I made her little black shoes.The hat was sturdy felt. I glued cotton balls to the beard, and hot glued the beard to the hat. The hat is also hot glued. The belt is Daddy's. I got the pants from the hand-me-down bag, and the sweatshirt from the thrift store (plus she can wear it again).

The costume cost me less than $5 total. It was minimal effort, but SO much fun!
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30  Moonlit misty mountain: Handpainted picture mat in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by schtankylu on: October 11, 2009 06:22:23 PM
I had a 5x7 picture frame with a large plain white mat. My brother's new wife had a birthday and moved to town this weekend, so I decided to paint the mat. They both just moved from the mountains, so I used a pearly white to try to create mist like you'd find in the Great Smoky Mountains of NC/TN bathed in moonlight. If you look closely, you can see 2 figures hiking up the mountain on the left.

I usually don't do things like this, so I had a really fun time painting it.

Thanks for looking!

Just the mat:
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