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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Descent into madness: Small Mice on: July 05, 2018 09:25:26 AM

I have to admit, although I should be ashamed to do so, that every time I say "thormouse", I imagine myself making the Pun Husky face. I have considered making him a Mjolnir about the same size he is. I figure that if the Thormouse is worthy of wielding Mjolnir, it wouldn't matter what size it was, Thormouse would still be able to lift it, so why not make it just comically huge.
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Descent into madness: Small Mice on: July 05, 2018 07:50:18 AM
A couple of years ago I helped a LYS owner to get ride of some old stock of knitting machines and coned yarn, and consequently I have quite a few cones of basically baby/sport weight yarn. I got bored and was playing with some of it, and found this little pattern:


And then this happened:

I gave him to my kid, who named him Squabbles and pinned him to the shoulder of her brownie sprite costume for Ren Faire. (She has since been promoted to a full fairy, and Squabbles has retired to her fairy house.)

But that all got me thinking, and then this happened:

And then, this:

At which point, I was honestly starting to wonder how my life had taken this turn and where I would wind up.

And then I learned.

It is a thormouse.

The fairy mice are all made with base colors from the knitting machine yarn, and wee wings and skirts from scraps and bits of leftover sock and baby yarns. Thormouse is made from a collection of KnitPicks Palette I bought a while back in a grab bag at Goodwill, that sort of obviously was leftovers from someone else making a plushie of some kind. Except the silver bits that hold on his cape, which are just some random metallic crochet thread of which I also had scraps.
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Iris Flower Skirt on: May 01, 2018 05:40:35 PM
Thank you! It's a labor of love, but honestly, it didn't take long, even including the failed attempt to wire the petals before I decided to use the Worbla. It was actually a successful attwmpt to wire the petals, I just didn't like the way it looked.
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Iris Flower Skirt on: May 01, 2018 07:57:25 AM
My kid is a part of the fae cast at an area Ren Faire this year, and the costume is based around a Granny's Cloak moth and a purple/yellow bearded iris. The entire costume isn't yet finished (faire is a WHOLE FIVE DAYS AWAY...) but the skirt part is basically done, and I am really pleased with how it came out. The rest of the costume is a pair of yellow leggings cut off to just below the knee like a pair of breeches, a mid-purple jerkin/vest and a yellow blouse, wings made of custom-printed chiffon from Spoonflower, and a headpiece with custom-dyed ostrich feathers to look like moth feelers, and I will probably post it when finished.

Here it is from behind. The petals sit one over each hip and one like a bustle.

The front is open so as not to obstruct movement too much. Sitting will require a little getting used to, but shouldn't be too bad.

And here's a little bit about how I got there:
I started with plain white polyester satin because that's what was on sale. I got some RIT DyeMore Synthetic, in yellow and purple, and used a Crock Pot dye bath. (I then also set the color with an iron after thorough rinsing and light wash, but this piece isn't meant to be washed, really, so I also wasn't terribly worried about the dye being colorfast during laundering.

First dye bath was a dip-dye in the purple. (I also dyed a piece of fabric for the waistband and a jerkin/vest.)

Then, a dip-dye in yellow.

Next, I painted each petal with acrylic paint, allowed to dry for 24 hours, and set the paint with an iron. I did not use fabric medium. I wanted to add the bit of stiffness.

I created structures for the upper part of the petals out of Worbla and punched holes in them, sewed a piece of marabou down the center vein of each petal, then stitched the petal to the Worbla using buttons as anchors to prevent stress points.

Then I sewed the petals onto a waistband, again using the buttons as anchors, and the whole thing is further supported by a belt.

All in all, I think it looks quite strikingly realistic.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cross Stitch Shoes on: May 01, 2018 07:17:17 AM
These are so great! I'm so happy you did it!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Leggings Set from Self-Designed Fabric on: March 17, 2018 10:39:23 AM
Cheesy This pattern is so simple and versatile. I almost made the gray shorts into a skirt with under shorts thing, but decided my scrap pieces weren't quite big enough. But yeah, I cut and sewed, including all the modifications, three pair in about 2 hours, and even though I don't have a serger, they are all good and sturdy. Definitely better than store bought.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Leggings Set from Self-Designed Fabric on: March 17, 2018 10:05:45 AM
Thanks. Smiley I'm pretty used to getting dirty looks, or even just quizzical looks, for my sometimes-unconventional crafting (like, I am making kilt hose, yes they are for a man who wears a kilt,) but I didn't think putting stretch lace on the cuff of baby leggings would be quite as controversial as it seemed to the woman I asked...lol

Meanwhile: updated the first post with the rest of the leggings! I'm so happy with how I got three (plus a bonus) pretry different styles out of one pattern.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Leggings Set from Self-Designed Fabric on: March 16, 2018 09:29:33 AM
Thanks! Cheesy I'm really happy with how the fabric came out, and my little grand-niece LOVES the purple alien. She's talking in that sort of shorthand way that toddlers have that really only their mothers understand with regularity, but she's been saying "A-een" since she got the first pair of leggings. Cheesy
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Scarf from 2 shirts with tutorial on: March 15, 2018 10:02:23 AM
This is really nifty! I could see using a fulled sweater, too, for a really warm version.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Leggings Set from Self-Designed Fabric on: March 15, 2018 09:19:59 AM
When I found out my niece was pregnant, I got a wild hair to design some fabric especially for the baby. We worked at a haunted house together some years back, and my niece's character was an alien, so the fabric turned out to be alien/space-themed. I designed a main fabric and then several colorways of a companion fabric (only one of which I ended up liking at all), and had a swatch collection printed from Spoonflower on the organic cotton knit. I also included a swatch of larger-sized individual motifs to use as patches. Once I was happy with the fabric, I had some fat-quarters printed on the same knit, and I'm working through making a number of pairs of leggings and some little matching T-shirts.

The T-shirts are all from Target's spring 2018 stuff, because the colors were nice.
I used the ToddAh baby legging pattern and tutorial here, in size 18mo, with a few changes: http://toddah.net/little-leggings-tutorial-with-free-pattern/

I used fat-quarters, because they had a sale, and there is VERY little left over after cutting. Plus, they'll turn out to be more of a capri-length, which is good for spring, but also was as long as I could make them.

Changes include: I am pretty much limited to working with a zigzag for stretch fabrics; no overlock, and no fancy stretch-stitches or double-needles. I don't prefer the zigzag for visible stitches, but I don't really have the fabric to spare... it's complicated. But in any case, I decided to do self-fabric or contrasting fabric leg bands, using fabric from the swatch sample, instead of using a zigzagged hem. This also helped me get back some of the length I lost due to the fat-quarters. I did use a zigzag on the waistband, but for the most part that bit doesn't get seen. Also on the waistband, because it made me want to break something, I didn't follow the instructions of folding over and ironing 1/4" and then again the width of the elastic, sewing down and making a casing. Instead, I marked 1/4" on my elastic, sewed it to itself, then sewed 1/4" of the fabric onto the elastic, and folded the elastic over until the edge was hidden, then sewed that down. It worked BEAUTIFULLY. A little ironing did away with the small bit of puckering I got.

And here is the first pair of leggings:

As you can probably tell, and it drives me batty, but I have been assured that normal people will not notice, the swatch fabric was slightly different colors from the fat quarter. Grrrr.

And here you can see the direction I'm going with the "suite":

There will be one pair of the companion fabric leggings and two pair of the alien fabric leggings, only with white fabric cuffs, using blank bits from the swatch collection. I really wanted to do one pair with stretchy lace, but the gal at Joann's looked at me like I was a sex-worker, and that she had a very low opinion of sex-workers, when I asked if they carried any lingerie lace... (They don't have any stretch lace in my entire store?!) I really didn't feel like ordering and waiting for any more bits before this stuff got made. My grandniece is just into the size, and will have a lot of good spring weather coming up for which these will be perfect. So no more putting it off. I have gotten confirmation that they fit perfectly with some room to grow, and I will probably get the other two pair and T-shirt done this afternoon!

ETA: the second and third pair!

And, because the scrap pile from my cotton jersey sheet to dolman sleeved blouse was sitting there looking at me as I was cutting the others, I made a bonus little pair of shorts while I was at it.
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