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41  Green embroidered brains - and organ shrinky dinks! in Completed Projects by krissykat on: October 03, 2007 07:12:34 PM
I made this for the Zombies Are Love swap. I just embroidered the the brain (freehanded it) onto a piece of commercial felt (of course it had to be green). I stuffed it with some polyfill to make it 3-D, which makes it a dandy pincushion. It's on a sequined elastic wristband, which you can't really see. I had originally intended it as a pincushion, but as I was making it I was thinking that I'd definitely wear it to go out. I guess it's up to my swap partner to decide!

I forgot that the shrinky dinks were going to be mirror images when they were done, so they're backwards. Doesn't matter for some, looks odd for others. There are intestines, hearts, brains, kidneys, severed hands & feet, and zombie heads.

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42  Swirl (sushi) beads and felted soap in Felting: Completed Projects by krissykat on: October 03, 2007 10:03:11 AM
I really like making these. Someday they'll all grow up to be jewelry. I think the ones on the right are still a bit damp in the middle. I'm hoping the peacock blue will brighten up a little when it's completely dry.

As you can see, I used too much pressure too soon when I was rolling the red and black ones, and got a "wrinkle".

And a felted soap!  It's mandarin orange scented, but I put a cherry on it anyway. lol  Not quite dry, so you can still see some suds. The cherries are still kind of 3-D and rounded. I'm interested to see what will happen to them as it gets used.

Thanks for looking!
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43  Rose necklace and a couple of pins in Felting: Completed Projects by krissykat on: October 02, 2007 05:30:42 PM
I dreamed up this necklace awhile ago, and finally got around to making it.  Smiley
The beads are wet felted, the rose is needle felted. I think I'm going to make some more beads so that I can lengthen it a bit, though.
(Sorry for the bad lighting. My laptop is broken, so I don't have any photo editing software to tweak the pictures.) The leaf is green. I think it looks almost black here.


A very simple leaf pin. I'm usually more inspired by chrome, formica, monster movies, stuff like that, so I was a little surprised when I made this. I needle felted it, then wet felted it to finish it, which gave it that great crinkly edge.

And finally my rose pin. It's needle felted in lime green with a black leaf (to match a pair of earrings I had custom made). It's pretty big, roughly 3.5 or 4 inches wide. Actually my second attempt. I tried making a wet felted one, but I wasn't completely happy with how it turned out. The petals are a little fuzzy, but I like the texture.

Comments are always welcome.  Smiley
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44  Re: ZOMBIES ARE LOVE SWAP gallery! in The Swap Gallery by krissykat on: October 02, 2007 03:55:52 PM
I kinda figured it was a booger on the candy nose too. lol

Sadly, the head is a little worse for wear after having been abused in the mail.  Sad At least her eyeballs survived. They were my favorite part.
Before her departure...

I had mixed feelings about sending her away - I liked her, but she was... watching me.  Shocked

I think this is still going to lead to more crafting. All my switchplate covers look like tiny canvases now. Plus I think I need a chainsaw stuffie for myself too.

I'm glad you liked everything!  I had so much fun making it!
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45  Sugar skull ring in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by krissykat on: September 27, 2007 02:10:16 PM
I just got a bunch of these great ring findings and this is my first experiment. The skull is shrink plastic. I thought that colouring it white would get too muddy with all the detail, so I painted the back white after it was baked. It made a really weird effect - if you look closely in the second picture, you can see that the details coloured on the front cast shadows on the white background. Then I decided it needed a little something extra, which to me always means red glitter.

Thanks for looking! Comments welcome.  Smiley
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46  Lamp revamp! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by krissykat on: September 25, 2007 12:59:08 PM
I had been looking for a red spaghetti swag lamp for months. When I saw this one at a thrift shop, I decided that it was close enough and bought it without really giving it much thought.  When I got it home I realised that it really doesn't match anything in my house. (I know the couch and afghan look a little orangey here, but they're red.)


I wasn't sure what to do with it. I thought about spray painting it, but I figured that would turn out horribly. Then I found some spray paint that's meant to simulate stained glass. and it was on sale. I figured it was worth a shot. The lamp wasn't much good to me as it was.

I have to say, I'm delighted with the result:

And lit up, just to show that the colour is actually pretty even.

The finish was ruined on the metal parts so I decided to paint them black. The paint I had was flat finish, so it shows every little scratch and bump on the metal. Roll Eyes But then, nobody's going to see it when it's hung up.

Comments welcome. Smiley
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47  Fur Collar Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by krissykat on: September 18, 2007 11:50:22 AM
No, there's no actual fur involved. It's just styled like a vintage fur collar.

I found this pattern on Caron.com a couple of months ago and fell in love with it. I've been searching for the right yarn ever since, and finally found some on ebay. I checked the gauge (which I seldom do, to be perfectly honest) and it was perfect when I used needles 0.5mm smaller than the pattern called for. Still, it came out huuuuge!

I kind of like it. The size makes it look less like a collar and more like a scarf or a shawl, though.

It's knit in stockinette stitch with crocheted edging. It wasn't the most thrilling knit ever, good for watching tv. Took me the better part of a sleepless night. I used Caron Bliss (appropriately named) in Ruby (the fluorescent lights make it look quite orange). I loved knitting with this stuff, and I'm going to love wearing it. It's sooo soft. I'm glad I didn't settle for another yarn. I've still got about a skein and a half left to play with, too.

Comments are always welcome. Smiley
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48  A wee needle felted sheep in Felting: Completed Projects by krissykat on: September 18, 2007 08:04:59 AM
My mom visited an alpaca farm while she was on holiday this summer and brought me back some fibers for spinning. The alpaca was lovely to spin. She also brought me some wool. All that was marked on the bag it came in was "100% wool. Washed." so I have no idea what breed of sheep it's from or anything. I carded some and tried to spin it and... well, I've never spun steel wool, but I would imagine that it'd be something like that.  Wink  I figured the texture would be fun to felt and play around with...

And it sure makes a cute, fuzzy little sheep. (if I do say so myself)

(Yes, he's smaller than the anatomical heart I posted awhile back.)

He has ears that you can barely see. I decided against giving him eyes. It seemed like only dark ones would suit him and you wouldn't really be able to see him. He can actually stand up on his own, which surprised me.

Comments welcome. Smiley
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49  Cateye glasses sleep mask! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by krissykat on: September 10, 2007 10:22:34 PM
I found this idea in my sketchbook from a couple of months ago and decided I had to make it. The lining is faux leopard fur. It needs to be pressed, but I'm not in an iron kind of mood tonight.

I miss my old rhinestone glasses so I couldn't resist putting some on here. I just hope they don't fall off and wind up in my nose when I'm sleeping or anything.

Comments welcome.  Smiley
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50  Re: My first experiments in wet felting - a rose and some beads. in Felting: Completed Projects by krissykat on: September 10, 2007 04:10:48 AM
One of them slipped and I wound up with about a 3/4" deep puncture wound in my finger.

dang! Sorry to hear about your wounds

but I don't think your rose is a failure
I quite like it!

I'd wear it as a pin or in my hair
Thanks. It was a learning experience in many different ways. lol  "Don't make sharp things sharper" should be obvious, but apparently not for me. The flower's not so bad, it just didn't turn out like I had pictured it. I always find that disappointing. You've probably heard me say that before, though.  Roll Eyes

Your swirly felt jewelry looks amazing. It would go with any kind of clothing; casual because it's not covered in rhinestones or anything, and formal because designer jewelry is just cool. (I'm also partial to neon green and black 'alien colors'.) You make me want to learn how to felt (and this rocks).

How did you get the headpins to not slip out of the earrings?
Thanks so much. Felting is so much fun. I usually warn people that it's totally addictive, though.  Wink  The beads are felted tightly enough that they don't seem to want to slip off at all.

I wanted to make a bracelet too, but I was a couple of beads short so I decided to make some more. As I was layering the roving, I thought I had used too much green. You can imagine my surprise when I cut them and discovered ....

much less green than the first lot. It's like an adventure.  Grin They're actually the same colour, it's just bad lighting. I like the weird lopsided swirls. And my bracelet on the right. (with obligatory eyeball.)
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