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11  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Orchid wall hanging on: February 15, 2008 07:19:03 PM
This is a birthday gift for my mom. She's been keeping orchids for a couple of years now, and she absolutely loves them. She mentioned to me awhile ago that she didn't think one of her plants was going to bloom again.
This was a bit tough to photograph. It's just posted on my bulletin board for now. I'm not sure how to hang it.

It's needle felted and flat felted. It's kind of 3-D. The stem is round (pretty much a single green dread), and the leaf comes out from the stem and hangs down over the edge of the pot. It looks kind of flat in the pictures. I really wasn't going for anatomical accuracy or anything. I wanted to make it more detailed, but didn't really have time. I haven't had much felting time lately, so maybe I'm a little rusty.

Thanks for looking! Comments are always welcome. Smiley

12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Online source for Kevlar thread? on: January 19, 2008 08:09:17 PM
I have a pair of flame retardant coveralls that need some alterations. They're sewn entirely with Kevlar thread. I don't know if it would be really bad, but I don't like the idea of sewing them with regular polyester thread. Can anyone direct me to a website that sells Kevlar thread (that ships to Canada)? I'd love some that I could use with my sewing machine, but I can hand sew them if need be.  Thanks!
13  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Two-headed kitten - Update on pg. 2. (May be disturbing.) on: January 01, 2008 10:54:09 PM
A friend of mine has an odd fascination with two-headed kittens and insists that she wants one. It's a bit of a running joke between us. I'm a little afraid that she'll come home with a taxidermy or one in formaldehyde, so I made her a felted version for her birthday.

I decided not to make him really realistic, more like a stuffed toy. I think he's a little cuter that way. He's about the length of my hand, and a little hard to photograph.

He's all curled up because he'll be in a jar when I give him to her (mostly for protection from her real cats). I think I need a better jar, though.

Comments and questions are welcome. Smiley

I found a much better jar to house him, even if it's a little on the big side.
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ottoman slipcover - hiding drab vinyl with fab leopard print. on: December 29, 2007 03:23:36 PM
I have this old ottoman that I inherited from a great aunt. It's in perfect condition, but the brown vinyl is ugly and horrible to the touch. I was afraid I'd ruin it if I tried to reupholster it, so I made a plush faux leopard fur slipcover.  It's not perfect, but I like it much better. 

One with no flash. The fabric is a bit hard to photograph.

I wasn't happy with my first attempt, so I made it into a matching cat bed. It's not quite the same without the button, but I didn't think it would be nice to sleep on.

Plus a tissue box cover made from some of the scraps.

Comments and questions welcome. Smiley
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / He might be grey, but he's a darn snappy dresser. on: December 23, 2007 03:58:17 PM
I found an old sketch of this little guy today and had an irresistible urge to do some non-Christmas crafting. He's made of cotton broadcloth that I painted with acrylics. I wanted him to be kind of lumpy and rough-looking, so I didn't clip the fabric around the curves, didn't fix any paint smudges, added some pencil lines. You can really only see the ones around his eyes in the pictures.

I just had to give him spats.

Comments are always appreciated. Smiley
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Button earrings and cherry clips on: December 21, 2007 02:37:49 PM
I needed a serious break from getting ready for Christmas, so I decided to make something for myself for a change.

The pistons are my absolute favorite.

There's nothing quite like sparkly cherries to cure a bad case of the bah humbugs.

17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Loads of Resin Pendants on: December 11, 2007 09:00:59 AM
I was playing with resin this weekend. Some turned out great, some not so well. These are just a couple of my favorites.

In a "why didn't I think of this sooner" moment, plastic confetti sold to put in greeting cards. Plus blue cake decorating sugar, and a tonne of silver glitter. Definitely my favorite of the batch. I only have 2 molds this size, I'm definitely going to have to make more for my mom, aunt, grandma. Maybe I'll even get to keep one for myself.  Smiley

Just blue sugar and silver glitter, plus some silver star-shaped glitter.

The pics don't do them justice. They look positively frosty in person.

After seeing so many people do cool stuff with cake sprinkles, I had to try it for myself. Turned out better than I expected.

I put Hello Kitty stickers in a couple. I think they'll be Christmas gifts for my sister and cousin.

Thanks for looking. Smiley
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Possibly the least functional hat ever crocheted? on: December 05, 2007 07:34:06 AM
I sat down to make myself a new winter hat, but somehow wound up with this teeny little beret. It's not going to be much help when I go out in the snow, but I think it's kind of funny.

Part of me wants to wear it out with a black dress and a long cigarette holder, but I don't think I could pull it off. Wink

Comments are always welcome.  Smiley

19  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Flowers and foliage on: December 01, 2007 08:53:36 AM
The product of a sleepless night. I've been trying to do different things, step out of my "comfort zone", all that jazz. Apparently that means lilies and cloche hats...

Wet felted calla lily (lapel pin).

Simplified wet felted lily that I attached to a crocheted cloche.

Wet felted leaf on another crocheted hat. Much less dramatic.

A tiger lily, which will probably become an applique as well.

And a weird little wrist cuff, waiting for some snaps.

Comments welcome.  Smiley
20  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Ring Pincushions on: November 19, 2007 10:10:27 PM
I saw some ring pincushions in the quilting section (I think) of a craft shop and loved the idea. I didn't like that they were plain and looked kind of understuffed (I like firm pincushions). So, like all life's great questions, I decided the solution lay in needle felting. Wink

The hardest part is coming up with a design that I can felt in such a tiny space. I can't wait to get more black roving so that I can make one with cherries.

Comments welcome.  Smiley
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