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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Spooky/Fall Tatting on: November 04, 2010 11:48:35 AM
A few Halloween and Fall (or year round, if you're like me) items I've tatted.

Needle Tatted Skull Cameo Pin

My own skull variation, with a Victorian Edging around an oval piece of felt. I have the pattern on my blog here: pieknits.com/blog

More skulls, earrings to be exact!

I modified this pattern a little too.

And my first Celtic Tatting, a little pumpkin I made into a pin.

The pattern is a free PDF here:http://tatting.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/pumpkin1.pdf. I have some mods and more details on my blog.

12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Voodoo Doll & Witch Doctor! on: November 03, 2010 01:47:00 PM

I loved our costumes this year and I made everything we didn't already have and the total cost for both was $15!

My full Voodoo Doll costumes (I'm missing my wrist grass in above photo, oops).
I kept it simple and just winged this without any pattern. The burlap I got 50% off for $1.50/yard. I lined the top with muslin I had on hand. The skirt is a simple half circle skirt. The only closures as simple drawstrings with cotton yarn. I then embroidered the X stitches with some black yarn and drew on the Voodoo VeVe symbols in marker.
Cut out a heart from some red felt and fabric glued it on. For the "pins" I used some knitting needles and inserted a piece of Styrofoam in between the burlap and lining to stab the needles into.

I used left over yarn that I partially felted for some dreadlocks. A grass skirt and wristlets I made from a big bag of craft rafia I got on sale. The skirt has knotted bunches of rafia tied to a waist band. For the wrists I glued down pieces to a braided strand then stitched over them to hold in place. The cowrie shell belt I had gotten at a thrift store for $1 to use for bellydance but ended up working perfect for this too. I also made a little draw string pouch to hand off my belt from the scraps.

I won my company's annual costume contest for the first year!   Cheesy

My husband went as a Witch Doctor/Voodoo Priest (Baron Samedi inspired). For this we already had the suit, the top hat, and even the skeleton t-shirt. Also had the basic cane that had a rounded knob top and the thrifted plastic skull. So to make the staff I cut a hole in the base of the skull and mounted it onto the top of the cane. Then I bought a roll of medical gauze from the dollar store, tea-stained it to off white and tore it up. Next I wrapped this along with string with feathers tied in it around the cane.

The skeleton gloves I also scored at a dollar store for $1. To decorate the hat wrapped it in some red ribbon and added lots of feathers. Also wove several strands of left-over rafia from my costumes to make another band (hard to see in the photos). Added 2 cheap skull necklaces and he also got to use his colored contacts he had gotten awhile back. (And I love getting to do make up!)

We got such great responses from these and had so much fun wearing them!

More details and photos on my blog: www.pieknits.com/blog/2010/11/voodoo_halloween.html

13  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Incognito Mustache with Tutorial link on: October 08, 2010 02:12:22 PM
A little fun with some wool and mostly needle felting!

I made one of these last year for my husbands steampunk costume.

More info on that here

But the original got lost, so what to do but whip up another one and make a tutorial!
I think this would make a funny minimalist Halloween costume by itself, or part of a period piece.

Full tutorial over on my blog!

14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Couple More Tatted Necklaces on: October 05, 2010 10:20:52 AM
I'm so happy with this one!

Pattern from Agasunset.com. Her pattern calls for seven repeats, but mine ended up at five for a choker size when worked in Size 20 thread with #7 fine needle.

I added a lobster clasp and jump ring to each end picots. I did find a little errata- posted on my blog.

And this is my new tatted cameo key pendant.

Another TotusMel pattern (I love her stuff!)

More details on these and all my tatting - www.pieknits.com/blog/tatting/
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mini Fedora Hat on: September 30, 2010 09:36:20 AM
I have a terrible addiction to mini hats!

I love them so though. Quick to make and so much fun to wear!

The free pattern, Mini Felted Fascinator Hats by Chris Wass, has variations for the Fedora, a Bowler and a Yarmulke/Kippah or Fasinator Base. The nice thing about mini hats too when felting is you don't have to worry about size. I add a couple of turquoise feathers and sewed a hair clip to the base.

This was knit with some leftover Lion Brand Lion Wool Solids in #132 Lemongrass, a fantastic funky green. It was perfect to wear to our local Oktoberfest!

Blog post: http://www.pieknits.com/blog/2010/09/mini_fedora.html
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Live Fast Die Pretty (free pattern) on: September 21, 2010 01:42:23 PM
My first cross-stitch of my own design. I'm so happy with it!

I had worked this design up on paper a while ago but only just got to stitching it.

In, what I like to call, it's delightfully overwrought thrift store frame.

I've put the charted pattern up for free on my blog: http://www.pieknits.com/blog
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tatted Jewelry - Updated with resources on: September 15, 2010 09:20:01 AM
I've just started learning needle tatting and loving it! Here are some of my pieces I've completed.

Quadrille Earrings pattern

Fluerette Tatted Necklace pattern

Beaded tatted earrings

Flower pendant pattern by TotusMel

More photos, info and links on my blog - http://pieknits.com/blog/tatting/

Thanks for all the replies and interest everyone! These pieces were all done using the needle tatting technique (using one needle). You can also do these with the traditional shuttle technique.
Here are some great learning resources I've found for either.

http://www.georgiaseitz.com/ Online Tatting classes! TONS of info here, all past years classes archived and available for free
http://www.thisntat.com/lessons.html More lessons
http://totusmel.blogspot.com/ Free patterns and tutorials
http://www.intatters.com/ InTatters forum, great resource

I got my tatting needles from Hobby Lobby for around $12, but less if you have the 40% coupon. You can also get a book there that comes with this needle set. A pretty good deal with the coupon. I like minimal investment for a new craft!
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Quick Ear Cuff on: September 01, 2010 08:32:39 AM

My work won a contract to create video and print tutorials for a major craft store and I got volunteered as the "hand model" to demonstrate techniques. So weee, crafting at work! First series was on jewelry making. In some down time during the photo shoot I started playing around with some scraps and in no time had this little ear cuff. I love it!

It's a simple zigzag pattern in the middle with the end pieces curled however you'd like.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Vintage inspired pillbox hat on: November 04, 2009 08:13:18 AM

I've been really inspired by vintage hats lately. For such relatively small items they can have such an impact on your outfit! So my latest design is a felted cocktail style pillbox hat I've dubbed "Dose". I'm so happy with it!

It had several false starts, mostly to do with my felting ratio being off. Even after reknitting the first felting wasn't quite right. Since it's knit from the top down the top spirals out, so it shrinks when felting more at a bias than width-wise.

I can get two out of one skein so I'm planning several more of these. The decorating with trim part is half the fun! This one is trimmed with a red felt star and several types of feathers with a biot feather curled into a circle.

20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Snake eyed Medusa on: November 03, 2009 02:20:11 PM

(fun with photoshop background)

I *loved* my costume this year! Very happy with how it turned out. I made everything, and the only ready-made item I bought this year was the gold snake coil bracelet.

The Grecian style dress is a folded over rectangle of muslin (bought the 45" width so didn't even have to hem the sides) with the neck hole cut out. The armholes are left open and the sides sewn close leaving the bottom slits open. I then dip dyed the bottom in RIT dye with kelly green, then a dark green, then black. It's belted at the waist with gold cord from the craft store. The shoulders are gathered and pinned.

You can't really see in the photos but also tied gold yarn to the sides of my sandles and criss-crossed it up my legs to make a roman like sandle. I'm also wearing fangs from a previous vampire costume. Those Gorgons are fierce!

Some of my favorite parts was my makeup! (This shot taken before rest of costume on in my oh-so-stylish wig cap). I painted on snake eyes on my eyelids so when I closed my eyes they still looked open. This more than anything freaked people out! People leaped back going "Creepy!" all night, ha- it was fun. The "snake skin" patterning in green was done by pulling fishnet tights over my face and applying the makeup over it. Several tutorials for this on youtube.com.

The wig. It was an inexpensive one from walmart that I took some gold ribbon and made a type of circlet across my forehead and then weaved it into braids that pulled back the hair from my temples. I then sewed lots of plastic snakes into it. And sewed, and sewed. Did it in front of the tv over several nights though so not so bad. (I actually added more snakes after this photo was taken by bobby pinning a few in around my face too).

And a detailed shot of the shoulder closures. I found these roman coin style earrings at a thrift store and cut off the back post and glued on a pin back. Then pinned them through the gathers. (The necklace and earrings I had from my wedding in India, worked great).

I wish I had gotten more photos as this was definitely one of my favorite costumes!
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