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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Love Blanket on: February 25, 2012 09:48:03 AM
I had a hard time figuring out where this belonged since I didn't see a weaving section.... But I think blankets go good in homes
This blanket is woven from reclaimed yarns

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: my version of the forest wall on: December 29, 2011 04:18:47 PM
This is super excellent, very well done. Makes me jealous that I can't paint my apartment : /
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ruby Star Ottoman(somewhat image heavy) on: December 29, 2011 04:16:58 PM
That is so cool! Can you tell us a little about the process? It looks so professional, I wouldn't know where to start!
First, I started with an old ottoman that my mom owned. I took it apart, separating the top foam portion from the wood base, and removing the legs.
This ottoman was very old and frankly disgusting(dirty). The foam in side was crumbling and icky so I threw it away.
 I took the fabric that was on the outside and used it as a rough pattern to determine the size of the pieces for the new cover. Then I threw that old fabric away because it was icky!
I bought new foam from Jo anne's(it's pricey but it's not too bad if you use one of their half off coupons). Then I sewed together the cover to go over the foam. The cording around the top isn't necessary, but is a nice detail, I believe. I also put interfacing onto my fabric because it was a heavy cotton, maybe a cotton duck(not sure, I found it as a remnant) but it wasn't upholstery weight so the interfacing made it stronger.
Once the cover is sewn I fitted it over the foam, I also put a little batting in there. Then you can take a thin piece of wood or even cardboard if you must, place it on the bottom of the foam, and stretch the fabric around the bottom, securing it with a staple gun.
The wooden base is also wrapped in fabric and secured with a staple gun. I put some batting in between the fabric and the base to make is squishier.
Then you attach the foam to the wood base.
The inside of the ottoman was basically open. On the old ottoman they had covered it with some crappy interfacing that was all gross, so this time I made a cover for the bottom out of my fabric. It's really just a rectangle with the edges folded over. Then, instead of using the staple gun here, I purchased these tacks(only $2 so they're well worth it) and hammered them into the bottom to attach the bottom cover. Then I put the feet back on
The whole thing only take a couple hours once you have all your supplies. Also, there's a pretty good DIY network video on how to do it, you can google.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ruby Star Ottoman(somewhat image heavy) on: December 29, 2011 04:03:35 PM
beautiful!  I bought a house and the old owner before he passed on was a pretty accomplished upholsterer.  I am left with like 30 some fabrics, most in NEW bolts! and though I don't have a heavy duty sewing machine, I do have a pretty tough husquvarna viking that should be able to handle the fabrics... but I have no experience with upholstering.  Are there good websites you can recommend? or anyone answering this post?  I think you did an incredible job, the bottom looks fantastic.
Even the most basic sewing machine can handle a lot of fabric if you use the correct needle and go slow with it. I would recommend taking your fabric into the sewing store and asking what needle would be best with your fabric and machine. I'm super jealous you got that fabric for free! The process of upholstering the ottoman was very simple, you can google it. There was one tutorial by the DIY network that made it very easy as well. Mine was a bit more complicated because I was using an older ottoman as a starting point, rather than working from scratch. But either way, it's not as hard as it looks. I'll be explaining my process as a reply to another post in here.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ruby Star Ottoman(somewhat image heavy) on: December 29, 2011 01:50:15 AM
I upholstered this ottoman with Melody Miller fabric.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Land, Sea, & Sky Boleros (Image heavy) on: December 02, 2011 02:28:00 AM
Those are so great! I'm totally amazed that you were able to do the printing....that's something that totally escapes me. What a wonderful talent to have!
I learned all of it at school Cheesy But it's all screen printing, a lot of it you can learn how to do at home if you get a silk screen!
7  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Andy cheated on Project Runway! on: December 01, 2011 02:07:50 AM
I've only seen the show once, but I remember some girl winning because she had an "innovative" petal design in her work. The judges said they had never seen anything like it. Since then I've seen quite a few of the same style petal garment in pictures from the 1970's
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Land, Sea, & Sky Boleros (Image heavy) on: November 30, 2011 07:20:14 PM
If you'd like to acquire one that can be arranged ;O
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Land, Sea, & Sky Boleros (Image heavy) on: November 29, 2011 11:31:37 AM
I drafted the pattern for these myself on a dress form. Each bolero features embroidered, hand dyed silk applique, as well as other hand dying and screen printing techniques.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Junior Prom Dress on: October 10, 2011 11:21:04 PM
i'm drooling all over myself. this is gorgeous, AND I WANT YOUR SHOES!! amazing job Smiley i want to make one...
THE SHOES WERE ONLY $16!!!! Can you believe it? I got them off ebay :O They say "delicious" on the inside XD
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