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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A book to help organize my swaps on: November 12, 2018 06:53:19 PM
After many years I came back to Craftster and jump feet first into making ATCs.  So I made this little book so I could keep my swapping straight. 


Book cover.

Side of book showing how the signatures are sewn on ribbons.

This book is really easy to make and has two great attributes.  First you can add or remove signatures because they are sewn separately and added to the ribbons.  The book also can be adjusted so it can hold thicker items.  I did a How To if you want more information. http://ravingsofamadcrafter.blogspot.com/

Thank you for looking, I appreciate opinions,

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chair-ity Project on: June 10, 2017 10:01:27 PM
I haven't been on for a while or crafting much lately but I thought I would share this fun project.  The chair was raffled to raise money for the local library.  The book I used was "Exploring Elizabethan Embroidery" by Dorothy Clarke and designs by Stephanie Powell.  It was a lot of fun to make and the needle weaving was very easy and fast.  I'm planning to make another chair next year using another book in the Elizabethan Embroidery series.

Finished chair.

Closeup of chair seat.

Closeup and how I worked the chair seat at my blog.

Thanks for looking and I appreciate any remarks and suggestions.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fall themed hoopla on: October 26, 2014 01:10:55 PM
In the recent hoopla swap I made my first hoopla.  Taking a water color my mom painted, I scanned and print a portion onto fabric.  Then using a technique called opus plumarium, stitched on large leaf leaving the rest plain.  I thought that the contrast of the flat background and the stitched DMC thread leaf came out beautifully.  I will definitely try this technique again.

Thanks for looking.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lacy Centerpiece Doily on: September 21, 2014 12:53:43 PM
This is for my sister, her birthday is next week.  I thought I would make her a centerpiece for her giant dinning room table.  The table seats 10 for those family dinners.  The design is from a Magic Crochet magazine.  This doily was made with size 10 thread instead of size 30 so it came out 19 inches.  Big enough to see on her table.  The design is more open and lacy then I usually crochet and so it only took 5 days to complete.

Thanks for looking!

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Needlepainted Pansy on: September 20, 2014 05:59:28 AM
I was  just sitting here looking at some photos that I took of past projects and I thought I would share these.  This is lesson 10 from Trish Burr's book "Needle Painting Embroidery, Fresh Ideas For Beginners".  If you have been interested in learning Needle Painting I highly recommend this book.  The author makes these projects easy to stitch by providing easy outlines, color suggestions and in progress photos.  My only complaint is that I spent around $90 in floss because there is very little over lap of floss colors in the projects.  But doing the projects one at a time is affordable.  This embroidery took about 6 hours to stitch and I enjoyed it greatly.  Needle painting is very easy when the colors are already picked out.

Finished pansy.

Back of work.

Thank you for looking!

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Craftster Challenge 102, Spirit Doll on: September 03, 2014 04:09:25 PM
 Recently I went back to https://www.craftster.org/ and got involved to a Spirit Doll Swap.  Here is the gallery for the swap.

Craftster is a great place to find a swap and has a great variety of them to choose from.  I had been wanting to make a doll for a long time and so the swap was a great way to get inspired.  Here are some pictures of the doll I made and represents "Living in the Moment".

Spirit  Doll "Living in the Moment".

Close up of doll.

To start the doll I first folded a piece of paper in half and cut out a paper doll.  It took several tries to get the proportions right I wanted her to have an enormous butt.  I was going for a goddess shape but a bit different.  Once I had a shape I decided on the pedestal leg shape to accentuate the enormous butt.  Then I decided to have separate arms so I could pose them, but that didn't work out.  My partner for the Spirit Doll swap like jewel tones so I decided on a bright red, I wanted to use purple but that would have made the doll darker than I wanted.

So next I marked the body on a piece of red fabric and put it in a q-snap and started to embroider it.  The body was embroidered with two strands of embroidery floss creating a one wrap french knot in a circular spiral pattern.  The circles had a center and then about six French knots around them but I made at least one a different color that started another circle.  So there was a pattern but not an obvious one.  After I cut out and sewed the embroidered pieces I was almost stumped with  the next challenge.  When the doll was stuffed it was too tight to do any soft sculpture on and I didn't like the flat face and butt.  So I created yo-yos out of the red fabric and sewed them to the butt and face and stuffed them so the doll was more dimensional.

Close up of dolls face after applying the yo-yo, embroidered eyes and face.

The yo-yos worked out great but they did leave a seams.  I embroidered the face with matching silk thread and so the nose and mouth are very subtle.  The eyes were outlined with straight stitches and then embroidered with white silk sewing thread.  The eyes are Swarovski crystal montees in blue.  I had some montees in red but they would not show up as well.

Close up of dolls hair in back.

The hair came next.  I sewed several layers of silk ribbon in red and purple, a yellow boucle embroidery thread and red eyelash knitting yarn.  There are also strands of purple size 10 seed beads and size 15 red seed beads on top of the hair.  I wanted the hair to be wild so I spent hours adding more and more to the hair.  Unfortunately I strung so many beads that she is top heavy.

Close up of dolls arm.

So with her face, body and hair done I started working on the arms.  At this point I almost gave up.  It took four tries before I even got this nice an arm.  One try looked like a claw and made her look like a lobster!  I finally settled on this arm and hand embellished it with green rayon Brazilian thread and couched it to the doll with single chain stitch leaves.  Finally using the spider rose technique created lovely yellow silk roses to finish the arms.

Close up of enormous butt.

With the doll almost finished I decided that the butt shouldn't be done in french knots.  I wanted her bottom to stand out so I did a simple running stitch in same colors as I used for the French knots.  The running stitches are also rather randomly made to match with the randomness of the rest of the doll.  

Clothes just didn't work for this doll.  Everything I tried something on her just took away from spontaneity of the doll.  So to dress her up I decided to make her some Ferengi earrings.  unfortunately I didn't get a good picture of the earrings.  The basic difference that makes the earrings "Ferengi" is they are connected to each other with a chain that hangs down like a necklace and has dangles.  These were very simple.  At each ear is a clear crystal cut into a leaf shape with a gold chain connecting them.  It had only one drop a lovely dark amethyst at the middle of the chain.  So with the doll finally finished I sent her to her new home!  I experienced a real challenge making a doll pattern for the first time and working with a woven fabric instead of a knit.  Hopefully there will be another Spirit Doll Swap soon.  In any case I signed up for the County fair and "Art Doll" is one of my entries!

Thank you for looking!

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Day of the Dead Heads on: August 28, 2014 07:15:57 PM
I saw these on Pintrest yesterday and had to try some for myself.  Someone I knew just passed and I was thinking of making the heads part of a shrine to her this coming DOTD.  They are made of felt and I used different stitches to decorate the heads using cotton threads and beads.  Comments are appreciated!

Thanks for looking.

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Silk Ribbon Embroidery Doll Dress on: July 14, 2014 09:51:05 PM
I made this a while back and found the pictures while backing up my hard drive.  This was made from a cotton mans handkerchief that was embroidered from a pattern from a Dover book using silk ribbons.  I folded the handkerchief and draped it around a Barbie doll.  It uses snaps in the back and the rest of the handkerchief is like a train in the back.

Close up of embroidery.

Thanks for looking!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Copper Wire Spiral Bracelet on: July 14, 2014 06:29:11 PM
My niece is just learning to make her own jewelry and so the past couple of days we worked on a Copper Spiral Bracelet.  I can't believe how beautiful it came out.

This was her first time working with wire and I believe that she is very talented.

Thanks for looking!

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Copper, bloodstone and poppy jasper necklace on: July 14, 2014 05:43:58 PM
I won a first place at the County Fair for this necklace.  The beads are poppy jasper and bloodstone.  After wiring the beads together with copper I added a tassel made from copper chain and a bead cap.  The necklace is simple but I think that is why I like it so much.

I appreciate any comments and help.  Thanks for looking!

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