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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / From plain to cozy - embellished night shirts on: November 18, 2019 05:59:40 AM
I purchased several oversized long shirt nightshirts. I like a simple item to sleep in. But the shirts were just a bit too plain. I had recently purchased "The Geometry of Hand Sewing" and wanted to try out some stitches. I cut shapes out of old t-shirts and then experimented. Amazing how much my sleep has improved!

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little StudioANF and her trunk of goodies on: July 22, 2019 10:44:51 AM
If you ever wondered what some of the amazing craftsters looked like, check out this gallery:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=458572.0, the recent Craft a Craftster Friend Doll Swap Gallery.

We were to make a doll of our partner and it was so much fun!

Mini @StudioANF immediately started asserting her personality as soon as she had enough parts sewn on. She likes to wear tunics and leggings, dreams about doing housework in her ball gowns but likes to spend the day in her unicorn onesie. But she will settle for a simple summer frock.

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Forest spirit dotee - spirit of trees on: July 08, 2019 10:27:02 AM
I love dotee swaps. Small amazing little dolls with (usually) no arms or legs. Easy to make and embellish. And then I get involved.

This little sweetie was made for the most recent dotee swap. she has a serene face surrounded by lacy lichen (dyed and frayed lace), wrapped with moss (yarn) and embellished with water rounded stones (beads). Her tail is curved in a spiral and has a tail that trails more lichen and moss.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Spirit of Life Art Quilt on: June 05, 2019 12:14:15 PM
Our church is having an art showing based on one of our favorite Unitarian Universalist hymns, "Spirit of Life". Each artist created an art piece base a line in the song. I selected "Roots hold me close". It is an 18 x 24 fabric collage mini art quilt. I submitted today.

What's funny is everything came out of my stash. Even the beads. I have so many little bits of fabric (see, I knew I needed to save those bits) of every size. I even buy fat quarters just for the colors to have on hand. I did use up quite a bit of thread. May have to buy more thread. But I did clear out a good number of bobbins since the back is completely covered.

Spirit of Life

Spirit of Life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind,
rise in the sea;
Move in the hand,
giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close;
wings set me free;
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.
by Carolyn McDade
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hone Onna - a Japanese yokai (legendary creature) - pic heavy on: May 15, 2019 12:13:54 PM
She's a Hone Onna - a Japanese yokai (legendary creature) - here's a link to a cool description: http://yokai.com/honeonna/ and in the latest Art Doll Swap https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=458070.0 my partner, EriChanHime, listed this deceptive little creature as one of her topics.

I was intrigued. She appears beautiful to her lovers, then over time, rots away to a skeletal figure, with her beguiled lovers never noticing. Dangerous and beautiful. I crafted her as half beautiful woman, half skeleton.

I melded two dolls. It's always a little weird cutting off heads and splitting rib cages to create a doll. But I must prevail!

Making her kimono, slippers, mask, lantern, and hair accessories was fun and they came together easily. But her hair was a hair-raising experience. I bow in reverence to anyone who has made a doll wig or rerooted a dolls hair. ARGGGGH. I finally made it by making a wig cap and gluing strips of hair still attached to the wigcap, cut from a cheap child's Wonder Woman wig. I finally got the look I wanted. It's stylable!

The mask is fimo clay, the slippers were from several layers of thin cork glued together with ribbons added, her lantern was made from a small Christmas ornament, plastic gears, beads, and wire. Her kimono was handcrafted pattern and all from stash. Oh, and a porcelain doll arm. The only thing I bought was the doll stand and hair. My stash is getting scary.

I finally got the look I was going for. And my partner loves her! Wins all around.

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ms Musical Raggedy doll on: May 08, 2019 12:19:26 PM
I must have doll fever. I just made up another raggedy doll for my 14-year-old affirmation mentee. She loves music so this doll had musical arms and legs and scores of music and composers on her dress. Piano keys are hiding in her hair.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Squares donated for a get well quilt on: April 15, 2019 11:24:41 AM
I have a distant friend who was in a bad accident. A tree jumped out in front of her! She is recovering, and another friend is making a quilt for her.

I made two 6" squares, and then was asked if I could make a few more. For some reason, I can pop these off as long as I get a good theme going.


Sun Rise

Star Shine

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Happy and fun doll family on: April 15, 2019 11:13:46 AM
I'm going to visit my granddaughter for the first time, she's only 3 1/2 months old, but she gets a new quilt and a couple of dolls.

I made her little sister (purple dress) and big brother (stars on his pants), and one for her adoring auntie so she can play along as well (gray dress). Auntie's is the only one with buttons, the baby's dolls have all sewn on bits.

These dolls are not hard, but I made so many mistakes, backward legs, mismatched arms, wonky sewing. You would not know I have been sewing since I was 11 or 12 years old.

Well, here they are. All from stash. And one of them posing with the quilt.

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / #2 Baby quilt with Robert Kaufman prints on: April 15, 2019 11:06:44 AM
I finished the 2nd baby quilt with Robert Kaufman prints. This one gave me good doses of frustration. Firs, I cut the squares too large and had rip-rip and trim down some squares. Then the off-center pattern made my head as I figured out the piecing. (Remind me again, why do I do my own patterns?). Then I just couldn't get the edge colors right. Finally after more rip-ripping fun. I am done. Whew. I love the result and I get to deliver it the darling granddaughter at the end of the week. She lives alllll the way across the country and I haven't been to see her yet. I may not leave.

I also make a few rag dolls for her. Meet little sister (purple dress) and big brother (stars on his pants), and auntie (gray dress).

And the quilt for the darling grand niece is here. I will get to meet her on this trip too. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457706.0

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Meet Mothera, visiting from a far planet on: March 22, 2019 11:54:55 AM
Mothera is a space fairy moth visiting Earth from a far planet. She has to wear a breathing helmet, but that doesn't stop her from flitting about the edges of the woods at night and exploring night gardens. She glows in the dark to help her find her way. She's very friendly but shy. I hope you get to meet her. P.S. I faked the glow in the dark in PhotoShop. I couldn't get a good picture.

I made Mothera for a recent dotee swap...and what a swap! Take a look! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457621.0

Her head is a styrofoam ball trimmed down and covered with navy fabric and a printed with starts and swirls navy organza. There may be a layer of purple organza in there as well. I tacked down some eyelashy yarn and glued a large flat marble eye in the center. But first I painted a galaxy eye, added several layers of glow in the dark paint and glued it to the back of the marble. It glows eerily at night.

her body is covered the same as the head with a flirty tail. I tacked rows of glow in the dark "yarn" to simulate a space suit.

The wings were from a dollar store with the body peeled off. Layers of paint, more jewels, and several layers of glow in the dark paint finished them off.

I ordered the clear plastic two-part Christmas balls. The tricky part was getting the gluing right with the body all squished up against the helmet. A string run through the head to pull it tight as the helmet/head glue dried, then run through the body and pulled tight to snug it up against the helmet. And LOTS OF GLUE (E6000).

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