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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Green embroidered brains - and organ shrinky dinks! 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.

42  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Swirl (sushi) beads and felted soap 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!
43  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Rose necklace and a couple of pins 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
44  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Turning white polka dots red? on: September 28, 2007 06:39:34 AM
I have a skirt that's black with white polka dots, and I've decided that I want it to be black with red polka dots. It's 100% rayon, and the dots are screenprinted onto the fabric.  Is it likely that I could dye the dots with fabric dye?  I think this is going to be a "try it and see" kind of situation, but any suggestions would be helpful!   

(I did briefly consider colouring them with a sharpie - I know someone's thinking it.Wink But they're tiny and it's a circle skirt so there's lots of fabric and I would lose my mind.)
45  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sugar skull ring 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
46  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lamp revamp! 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
47  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fur Collar Scarf 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
48  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / A wee needle felted sheep 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
49  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Anyone have a switchplate template? on: September 13, 2007 07:53:20 PM
I'm trying to resize an image to fit a regular sized switchplate cover. The last time I made one, I had to print out the image a bunch of times before I got it right. I'm pretty sure I saw a template once that would let me get the image the right size & show where the holes for the screws would go. I can't find it now, though. Does anyone have a link to something like that, or some kind of tip for making sure I get the image right on the first try? I don't want to waste all that time and paper.

50  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Choosing the right saw for detailed cuts? on: September 11, 2007 08:23:39 PM
I have a bunch of projects in my sketchbook that I want to try that involve cutting fairly detailed shapes out of wood. My favorite idea includes hot rod style flames - lots of curved lines. (I'll probably try 3/4" thick plywood or something similar.)  The only problem is, I'm not sure what kind of saw I'll need to use. I've tried searching online, but the only woodworking sites I can find online assume a certain amount of knowledge on the subject.

Do I need a scroll saw? Could I use a jigsaw? I've read product reviews about scrolling jigsaws, but I'm not sure what that is or what the difference is.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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