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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Le Gerbe wall mural on: August 12, 2010 10:42:09 PM
When I moved into my first ever unfinished rental house this June with my three housemates, we had no trouble picking out furniture or appliances. Artwork was a different matter, however. We all have different tastes, and I am in particular very picky. Luckily, my housemates let me do this to the big blank wall in our living room:

(outlet in lower left for scale)

It's a copy of Matisse's Le Gerbe:

To make the mural, I drew a grid over a picture of the original, scaled my grid up on colored card stock, cut out each piece with an x-acto knife, and stuck the pieces to the wall with removable poster tape. Hopefully, the poster tape will come off the wall when I move out. You can see that I changed some colors based on the card stock I had available.

Here's the wall before we moved in:

The whole living room (next project: slipcover for the beige sofa):

At an angle:

Close-up to show paper:

I had to cut out a hole for the outlet:

The total cost was less than $20 for the card stock and the poster tape. Now I just have to figure out what to do with our other blank walls.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Astronomy Skirt (with a little astrology!) on: July 15, 2009 09:57:05 AM
I'm starting my physics PhD this year, but I spent the last three years doing astrophysics, so I definitely approve of your skirt. Where did you get the constellation fabric? I haven't seen that before.

I'm sure you're aware of http://equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/st_main.html?catid=122&sid=93LKiA2DlCTcCYH-57109485348.90, but I thought I'd point it out in case you weren't.

What sort of astronomy do you want to do?
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Delftware! on: May 11, 2009 08:22:23 PM
Woah... that's amazing. I could never get my work to look so neat.

I think it would be really cool to do a version inspired by Chinese porcelain in the same color palette.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Matisse Pillow on: February 21, 2009 09:49:16 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone!

I was just wondering, did you use regular embroidery thread, or something thicker? It seems bigger for some reason.
You did a wonderful job. That pillow rocks.  Cheesy

I used thin yarn like the original pillows. Embroidery thread would have taken ages!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Matisse Pillow on: February 07, 2009 09:48:57 AM
The pillow:

My mother is an interior decorator and loves embroidered pillows. She especially likes this one company that makes pillows with chain stitch embroidery in designs reminiscent of artists like Miro or Matisse. These pillows can be a bit pricey, so we have only two of them. I decided to make her another one for her birthday and Christmas (same day).

I had never done any of this sort of embroidery before, so I decided to start early. I began planning the design in August. Matisse is her favorite artist, so at first I was going to do a cut-out style design like one of the pillows we already have. Then, I saw this painting:

It's perfect because it's almost square, and it's definitely more interesting to embroider than abstract shapes. I traced the image onto a grid, made a grid on my pillow fabric, and went from there.

I'm glad I started early, because I ended up finishing the project two weeks after Christmas. I made the design into a pillow cover and sewed a pillow for the inside, too. That way, the cover can be ironed if it gets warped.

Here are some details:

When I finally gave the pillow to my mother, she loved it. She has rearranged the pillows on our couch so that mine gets prime placement. She won't even let anyone sit on it.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fleece dress on: February 07, 2009 09:41:18 AM
That looks really comfy and also stylish (something that's often hard to achieve). I specially like the green stitching. You've inspired me to get back to work on my sweatshirt-fleece dress.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I showcase this amazing fabric ??? on: February 07, 2009 08:10:00 AM
I like your idea for an a-line skirt. When you have a bold fabric that you want to show off, simple lines are definitely best. Just make sure that your cutting layout plays up the fabric's symmetries.
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Victorian Swimwear! on: February 05, 2009 02:31:17 PM
I definitely think that you made the right choice to do something different from your classmates. This is beautiful! Is the outfit two pieces, or is it like a jumpsuit?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Refashioned Cardigans on: February 05, 2009 02:18:50 PM
That's such a good idea! I'm always wearing cardigans over dresses, but I don't like to button them up because then I look like I'm just wearing a skirt. Your version is much more flattering than wearing a loose, unbuttoned cardigan.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Jovani 2009 Prom Dress 40628 on: January 30, 2009 07:09:05 AM
You could use the bodice and midriff from Vogue 7521: http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V7521.htm. You'd just have to widen the cross straps and make a long, a-line skirt with a slit.
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