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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / ironing the creases out of x-stitch fabric on: July 26, 2012 02:22:55 AM
Is it just me, or is it impossible to fully iron out the creases in cross stitch fabric? Are there any tricks I don't know about?
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / houndstooth panda bear! on: March 02, 2012 03:53:35 PM
Last summer I lost a fox plushie that I've had since my youth, and it's been strangely hard to recover from the loss. I decided finally that I had to move on...and get another plushie. None of the stores had anything that felt right, so I ended up making my own. Smiley

I used this tutorial http://www.howjoyful.com/2010/05/howjoyful-bear-tutorial-and-pattern/ which can be really vague at times, but I managed to finish the bear without having to rip too many seams.  Cheesy
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / sew-along/need help figuring out a pattern on: February 24, 2012 06:24:00 PM
Hey all! I found this really cute teddy bear pattern http://www.howjoyful.com/2010/05/howjoyful-bear-tutorial-and-pattern/ that I've been using to slowly construct a panda bear. I was so proud of myself that I was getting through it without any hitches, but then the person who wrote the pattern changed it up a few days ago to make it clearer, which somehow made it more confusing for me. Anyway, from the comments it appears that a lot of people have issues with it, and I think it would be great if we could have some sort of teddy bear sew-along using this pattern.

Thoughts? I am a total Craftster lurker, and I've never initiated anything before on here, and I feel awkward.  Cheesy
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / red fox mask WIP need opinions! on: December 10, 2010 06:13:55 PM
I was invited to a masquerade for New Years Eve, and I was totally inspired. I spend a few weeks mulling over what I was going to do, then collected the supplies. First, even though I could have easily bought a premade mask at Michaels, none of them really fit my face like I wanted them to. So I bought some of that plaster gauze stuff and made a custom mask.

This is me making fun of the stereotypical Myspace picture.

It took me a while to decide if I would paint a design on it, or if I would cover it with fabric, then glue sequins on. Since the plaster didn't end up very smooth, I opted to cover the whole think with a fleece fabric, and tonight I started gluing on sequins. This is about an hours worth of gluing. I had to stop because the fumes were making me dizzy (and high...).

Anyway, my original plan was to cover the entire thing with sequins. However, I don't think it looks half bad with some of the fleece showing, and now I'm wondering if it would be too gaudy if I covered it all with sequins. Opinions? Ideas? I'd love to hear anything!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / calling all embroiderers! I have a favor to ask :) on: September 14, 2009 06:05:55 PM
So... I'm taking a digital art class, and the first project is to do a self portrait collage. I had planned on doing a combination of nature and crafts, specifically, fabric and embroidery. The idea I have now is that there will be a tree, and the leaves on it will be embroidered leaves, and some other aspects will be embroidered too. I was planning on just grabbing random images from the interwebs since it's far too short notice for me to embroider up something (or maybe I'm just being lazy Cheesy), but I need high resolution images to use otherwise the leaves will either be teeny tiny or pixelated. So I was wondering, do any of you have high res pictures of any of your embroidery, specifically leaves or trees or anything nature-related? :3
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / bunny plushie patterns? on: August 05, 2009 09:18:03 PM
There is a toddler boy out there just waiting for me to make him a plushie bunny. However, I haven't been able to find any patterns that don't scream "EASTER BUNNY!"

Anyone know of any good patterns? Smiley Thanks in advance.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Expressions of Muffin -- I need -your- help! on: June 30, 2009 09:08:47 AM

Backstory: Once upon a time, I painted a sad muffin (http://deruku.deviantart.com/art/Sad-Muffin-34716043). My cousin liked it so much that he printed it out on a iron-on transfer and put it on a shirt (all by himself! I was so proud). Even after a couple years it's still one of his favorite shirts. Lately he's been going through a rough time, so I figured it was time for the muffin to get some different expressions. Which led to this:

Left to right: happy muffin, zombie muffin, cupcake muffin, cat muffin, ninja muffin, dumbfounded muffin, pirate muffin, ecstatic muffin. There is room for one more, who was going to be cowboy muffin, but I decided I wasn't really feeling it. Anyone have any ideas on what the last one can be? My roommate suggested stud muffin, which is hilarious, though I'm not sure how I could make that work.

Also, do you think I should have words next to each muffin saying what they are? I have an intense dislike for embroidering words, so if you do think I should have words, you should also tell me a quick way of getting them on there. Wink (I was seriously thinking of just taking a sharpie to it. This is going to be a wall hanging, so it's not like it'll be washed ever. But a sharpie might look messy. Who knows.)
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / where to display art online on: April 26, 2009 07:46:44 AM
I've been with DeviantArt for years, but I think it's time I start searching for another home because DA is getting on my nerves. Any suggestions?
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / my latest digital paintings! on: September 28, 2008 06:14:56 AM
Hello all, I thought I might share with you my two latest digital paintings, done in Photoshop. There's certainly a theme developing in my artwork, involving women in corsets and nature. I like it.

Any comments or questions would be greatly appreciated! <3
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / stencilling your car? on: September 08, 2008 06:35:17 AM
My car is very boring looking, and I think bumper stickers are rather tacky, so those are out of the question. I was, however, wondering if it would be possible for me to make a stencil and just spray paint the design on. Would this last? I'm assuming the paint would stick around for awhile, since people get really angry when their cars are vandalized with spray paint.

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