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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / "Yarnoween" Crocheted Costume- Zelda on: August 16, 2014 07:46:43 PM
So for the past two years, I've crocheted my entire Halloween costumes. I finally got pictures from my second (2013) costume, so I thought I'd share!

I was Zelda from "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" this past year. All of the costume is crocheted, save for the following non-yarn elements: tights, shoe soles, bag lining (my blue Hylian Crest banner on my belt is actually a bag), bracelet cores (bracelets not pictured because I'm a doof and forgot them on photoshoot day), and hair ribbons.

I had a lot of fun making and wearing this costume! I do intend to crochet my costume for this year as well, and will be starting on that one shortly, so stay tuned for pictures of it, but in the meantime, here's some more shots of last year's:

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Gravity Falls: Mabel Pines "Sweaterghan"- Now with link to pattern! on: August 04, 2014 04:03:45 PM
EDIT 9/6/2014: Thanks so much for all the love on this, you guys! The pattern for this blanket is now available for free as charts which can be used for knitting, crochet, Tunisian crochet, cross stitch, etc. and can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mabel-pines-sweaterghan

I've been working off and on since January on this blanket, and now it's finally finished! Based on the Disney Channel (now DisneyXD) cartoon "Gravity Falls, each of the 42 8" squares in this blanket are based on sweaters worn by one of the main characters, Mabel Pines. Sweaters featured were worn mostly in season 1; one was worn in the inter-season animated shorts only and one has only appeared in the unaired pilot. The 24"x32" center panel is based on the series' logo. The finished blanket is 50" wide and 75" tall, which makes it officially taller than me by 10", which is absolutely fantastic!

I'm working on a comprehensive pattern and instructions to share sometime in the near future; I'll post that here once I get it done!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Purse from Subway Bag on: March 31, 2014 08:49:45 PM
So back in August, Subway's kids' meals came with Gravity Falls lunch bags. Gravity Falls is pretty much my favorite cartoon in existence, so I bought all six of them on the spot. Then I realized I had no idea what to do with them.

I finally settled on making a lining and strap for each and turning them into purses. Unfortunately, back in August my sewing machine and I didn't get along at all (I'd been putting my sewing machine needle in backwards by accident for TWO YEARS) and so I only had the patience to finish one before I gave up.

Fast-forward to the present: I now get along with my sewing machine, and I've been carrying my Subway-bag-turned-purse for several months and love it, but now it's finally falling apart. So I decide to pull out my machine and one of the other bags and make my second purse, and I thought I'd share it here!

The lining and strap are cut from granny squares- one granny square is a little more than enough for the lining of one bag, and you can make two straps out of a second square (cut in quarters lengthwise).

I couldn't remember if I had meant for the green or the orange to be the strap color (I bought the granny squares for all the bags back when I did the first one), but this is what happened. The orange looked good enough on the outside anyway.

The back, in case anyone was curious.

I think I'll like this one even better than the first- it's deeper, and came with pre-attached velcro, so I didn't have to mess with that! If anyone's interested in a tutorial, let me know, and I can whip one up the next time I make one of these.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dresses from fitted tees- update! on: February 24, 2014 01:12:04 PM
So I'm not a big fan of wearing women's-cut, fitted tees. I hate having to pull them down all the time and I've got just a few too many fat rolls around the belly to ever feel really comfortable in them. That said, I also occasionally find ones I just really like, and can't help but buy them, but then I don't wear them very often. Recently it finally occurred to me that I would like them a lot better as dresses, so I bought some fabric and elastic, sewed some skirts, and attached them.

Here's the first one I did (note the bow-tie applique on the skirt since bow ties are cool):

And here's the one I finished last night:

The Doctor Who one used one yard of fabric, while the Teen Titans one used one and a half yards of black and half a yard of yellow. In both cases the main fabric was cut from selvage to selvage in half-yard increments (two for the blue, three for the black) and sewn together along the selvage sides to create a tube before finishing with a hem and elastic casing. (My mother insists I ought to use gathering stitches instead, but I'd rather just spend the 88 cents on elastic and take the lazy route.) In the case of the Teen Titans dress, the yellow was cut from selvage to selvage into three 6-inch strips which were folded in half before being sewn onto the bottom of the black.

UPDATE 9/5/2014:

The latest addition to my fitted-tee dress collection! This one has a box-pleated skirt and Peter Pan Collar (which was not wide enough; live and learn) made from a repurposed bed sheet.

I do still intend to do a tutorial for the non-pleated ones next time I make one of those, but the pleated one is not getting a tutorial, mainly because I suck at pleating and there are plenty of better tutorials for that out there.
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some digital paintings on: May 11, 2013 04:15:28 PM
I really enjoy drawing digitally, and I just figured out a digital painting style that works for me, so I thought I'd share what I've painted recently!

The characters in both pictures are from James Riley's "Half Upon a Time" books, which are some of my favorite books even though they're written for like elementary schoolers, and I would highly recommend them to anyone who enjoys really fun, funny books. The setting is the fairytale world- the first picture features this universe's version of Sleeping Beauty and her prince, and the second shows the 13th in a long line of Jacks, as well as the girl raised in modern day America who managed to end up in the fairytale world pretty much against her will.

I'll probably update this and add pictures in the future.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tangled Hoopla on: April 29, 2013 07:47:31 PM
Well, I made this ages ago, but I'm finally getting around to posting it! Here's a hoopla I did, inspired by Tangled!

I used a screenshot from the lovely art in the end credits as my pattern. This was my first time doing crayon tinting, and I think it turned out pretty good!

I used 1, 2, and 3 strands of thread at various points to get the various thicknesses. All the outlines were split stitch. Rapunzel's bodice is satin stitch. I'm not entirely sure what you'd call what I did in Flynn's hair- I think I may have been going for a brick stitch or something but it's basically just whatever happened.

Let me know what you think!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery noob needs help with too-small fabric? on: March 10, 2013 08:32:01 PM
Okay, so long story short, I'm very new to embroidery. That really doesn't excuse what happened, because I should have known better regardless, but I'm prefacing this all with that in the vain hope that it will make me look a little less stupid.

Basically what happened is I started out my work planning to work in a 5" hoop. I have a 5" tension hoop, and had started it a little in that, but decided to go get a standard screw-tight hoop (is there some fancy technical name for these?) of the same size so I could finish it and hang it. I had cut my fabric accordingly.

When I went to go get my hoop, all they had was 6" hoops (which actually look a lot better for the design I had planned anyway, because I fail at making a rectangular inspiration picture fit correctly into a circular space) so I got it and finished the embroidery in that. Now, though, I'm wanting to finish the back of the hoop so I can hang it up, and I've only got about a 1/2" of excess fabric at the top and bottom of the hoop (the sides are fine).

Is this going to be too little to nicely finish off? Should I look into gluing the excess fabric onto the hoop rather than sewing a different piece of fabric on the back like I would have liked? Am I just going to have to suck it up and get a smaller hoop?

My apologies for my noobishness on this matter. I really should have cut way more than enough, but I had it in my head "If I cut just enough and no more, I'll have more for later!" and fell into the trap of laziness. This is my first time finishing embroidery to hang in the hoop, too, so I'd really like to be able to make it look nice. Thanks in advance for your advice/help!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first embroidery project! BRAINS on: March 03, 2013 09:26:54 PM
Well, I did my first actual embroidery project this weekend! (I've done embroidery on crocheted dolls and things before, but never embroidery for the sake of embroidery.)

I'm sure the pun has been done plenty before, but it just popped into my head and had to be done. I just freehanded the picture onto the fabric with pencil and stitched over it.

It's far from perfect, but I think it turned out pretty good for my first try! And it was a lot of fun! I've already got my next project planned out.

Here's a close-up of the picture:

I wish I hadn't used a french knot for the period at the end of the sentence. I also wish I had put more stuffing in it. But still, I'm pretty happy!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls (A little pic chubby) on: March 01, 2013 09:42:30 PM
I've been meaning to post this for a couple of days now... I'm still fairly new to craftster (as far as actively participating goes, at least!) and I keep forgetting I can share things here!

Here's the amigurumi I crocheted of Mabel Pines from the Disney Channel cartoon "Gravity Falls." It's one of my favorite shows, and she's my favorite character.

This was an experiment for me, to attempt to produce an amigurumi that looked as close to the character's in-show design as possible. I had a reference picture open at all times to compare the work with. I'm really happy with how she turned out- I think she ended up looking a great deal like her in-show appearance, so I'm calling it a success!

The back of her hair:

She's about 8 1/2" tall, and has poseable legs and arms. Her clothes are removable, so I can make more Mabel Sweaters when I decide to. Her face has embroidered details.

My hope is to eventually make Dipper as well, but it may be a while, as I ran out of my perfect yarn for skin tones and can't find it in stores anymore. I'm still trying to decide whether to break down and order it online or to just find an alternative.

Critique/criticism is welcome! Let me know what you think!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Fluttershy (My Little Pony) on: February 21, 2013 02:26:36 PM

I'm participating in a My Little Pony swap on Ravelry, and I just got done crocheting my partner this little Fluttershy amigurumi!

I used a pattern I found here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/secretly-gnoming-productions/my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-base-pattern/217583144994654 She's made with cotton worsted weight yarn and I used a size C hook.

Here's a close-up of her cutie mark, which I painted on with craft acrylics:

I really enjoy how she turned out! I'm hoping my partner will like her too.
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