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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Modified (Decapitated) Stuffed Bunny on: January 06, 2009 09:21:42 PM

Now, before you all think I'm totally insane, I want you to know that a friend commissioned me to make this little guy.  I like the results, but I in no way endorse hurting actual fuzzy bunnies.  Or unfuzzy ones.  Or any critters (or people) for that matter.

So, I started with a cute little beanie bunny my friend gave me. 

He asked me to make it look like the bunny's head had been taken off, and it was all gory inside.  I wanted to make it look somewhat anatomically correct, so there is a spinal column, esophagus, and trachea, along with muscles. 

The toughest part was finding the stitching along the neck, since the material was so thick and fuzzy.  I removed all the stitching, aside from that on the back part of the toy, so it had a sort of "flip-top" head.

I made a tight tube with burgundy upholstery fabric, and wrapped in off-white felt to make a spinal cord with marrow.  Then, I made a brown felt trachea and a pink felt esophagus.  I finished the latter two tubes with a whip stitch in red thread. 

For the muscles, I stitched the three tubes together, and then I stitched red felt to the tubes.  I gathered and folded the red felt into a circle around the tubes, to fit in the neck holes.  I stitched the folds in place with red thread.

After making two of these muscles-and-tube pieces, I inserted them into the bunny, stitching them in place with white thread.

Sorry I don't have any procedural photos, but let me know if you have any questions. 

Thanks for checking out my post.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Knit and sewn felt muskox softie on: January 05, 2008 03:35:48 PM
Just finished this today - first stuffed animal. 
Oh yeah!
#00 dp needles
Fingering weight yarn, cream and brown
Brown and white felt pieces

First, I made the horns (all one piece) out of plasticlay, and then I knit the head on size 00 dp needles out of cream-colored mohair yarn and brown brushed baby alpaca.  Both yarns were fingering weight. 
The horns were attached by looping around the brown yarn and tying them onto the head.  Then, I stuffed the head.

The body is constructed of brown felt, with white felt for legs.  (I used the brown felt because it wouldn't show through the fur as much, and I didn't have very much white felt.)

After sewing on the legs and sewing all the outer body pieces together, I stitched on three rows of yarn (the same as mentioned above).
The bottom row was brown yarn, then cream, then brown again.  The shag was created by looping the yarn around a few times, knotting it, and then securing it to the felt body.  I later went back and cut the loops.
The top row was the trickiest.  I went down the "spine," looping the yarn around three or four times for each knotted section and stitching them down securely. 

When the fur was all attached, I stitched on the felt legs with cream yarn, using a whip stitch. 
I left the belly for the end, so I could stuff it as I went.  The legs were a little tricky, so I used a cotton swab to stuff the stuffing into the tiny legs.
The fur stuck out pretty crazily, so I had to stitch it down with yarn.  I lifted a few pieces of yarn from the top layer so they would cover up each stitch.

For finishing, I brushed the yarn/fur down with a hairbrush (a lot), and then I trimmed it so it was even.
Here it is!

Love some feedback if you have it. 
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First cupcake! Includes images and tutorial on: December 04, 2007 10:52:38 PM
Here's a cupcake I made.

It's my first foray into the world of knit foods, so any feedback is most welcome!

I sort of made the pattern up as I went along, and I was inspired by many of the things I saw here:  http://softiescentral.typepad.com/blog/cupcake_wars/index.html
I have attempted to provide a tutorial, if anyone is interesting in making one of these little guys.  It took me about a day.  Please let me know if you have any questions!

I don't have an exact pattern, but I can provide a brief outline of the techniques I used:
I used 4dp needles, size 4 or 5.

I cast on 6 st
Row 1&2:  K2, add 1
Row 3 (until I made the base as large as I wanted), knit 3, add 1 all the way around.
When I finished the base to an appropriate size (about 2.5 - 3 inches), I used crossed stitch ribbing:
Row 1: Cross 2 RK, P1 all the way to end of row, repeat every other row
Row 2: K2, P1 all the way to end of row, repeat every other row

I did this until the cup was as tall as I wanted, then I knit one row all the way around.
For the cup top, I used a picot hem to make it look more like a paper cup.
Picot hem:  K 2tog, yo, repeat to end of row
Next row: knit all the way around
To finish the picot hem, I folded on the picot hem row and stitched it down with yarn of the same color. Don't do this part until the "cake" part is finished.

Cake section.
I just switched to a brown color yarn and knit 3 rows, then decreased 1 st every 3 sts for one row.
After that, I knit 2 more rows, then decreased by the same amount as before.
From there, I knit one more row, then took the yarn end and ran it through the knit loops with a yarn needle to finish off the cake. 

Top section
Knit with 4 dp needles, size 00
Pink frosting
Here I just knit until I had a length about 4 or five inches long.
I knit for 5 or 6 rows, then began to decrease 1 st every 4 sts or so. 
I decreased for a couple rows.

Whipped Cream

Cast on 3 sts
k1, add 1.
Repeat for 5 or 6 rows.  This is hard to do on such small needles, but it creates the great wavy effect.

Cast on 10 sts or so.
Knit for 2-3 rows.
Then, k3, add 1 for one row
Knit for 2 rows
K3, decrease 1 for one row
Knit for 2 rows
Knit 3, decrease 1 for two rows, lace yarn end through loops with needle.

Putting it together:
Stuff the cherry and take yarn end through center to create dimple, lace through whipped cream and frosting, tie off with yarn ends from whipped cream and frosting.
Stuff cupcake bottom, take yarn end through center of cup up out of top of bottom section to make bottom more flat.  See the crappy diagram, below:

Tie off yarn end from bottom with yarn ends from top.
Stitch on top with pink yarn and yarn needle.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Soft, Cheap, and Easy (yarns for afghans?) on: September 16, 2007 08:43:20 PM
I'm going to be knitting up my first afghan, but I don't know what yarn to use.
Each square is charted out (yes, it's going to be complicated!), and there are going to be 168 squares, where each square is 44x42 sts.  Needless to say, I would prefer a finer yarn, since an afghan knitted with those dimensions in worsted would fit a queen-sized bed, give or take.
I've been looking at fingering/sock or maybe a finer dk weight, and I would really prefer for it to be soft.  And cheap!  And come in a lot of colors.  A tall order, I guess.
Any suggestions?  I'm dubious about acrylic, since it always feels kinda weird and scratchy.  Microfiber?  Nylon?  Maybe a blend.  I don't know. 
Thanks for your help!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Lampshade from Science Experiment Film on: August 24, 2007 10:09:10 PM
Here's a revamped lighting fixture in my bathroom:

We had this boring light fixture in our bathroom - it was just a sheet of cheap, translucent plastic between us and some bare light bulbs.  It's mounted to our aluminum medicine cabinet and sort of juts out on top.

I was lucky enough to find some strips of b&w film headed for the garbage at my local college.  The images are of a science experiment involving lights and newts.  Very cool:

I removed the plastic sheeting from the metal frame (it's removable for easy replacement of lightbulbs) and arranged the filmstrips on top with some good ol' packing tape.  I had to do a bit of cutting and trimming, but the strips all fit amazingly well. 

I overlapped the film when possible (there were some blank frames on the ends) to minimize the lines that holes that showed up from cutting up the film.  It turned out pretty nice, and it diffuses the light in a pleasant way.  The only problem is that the heat from the light bulbs caused bits of film to disintegrate. 

Thanks for letting me share!
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Neon Green Cardigan! on: April 12, 2004 10:26:38 PM
Yes!  It's a neon green cardigan!!!  The very color presented here.  The knit is really chunky with fat yarn - sorry I don't know the specs.  The cut is square, with long, chunky sleeves.  Goes down to my waist - not close fitting at all.  There are some chunky knit buttons as well.  All told, it's about 20"x36", plus the sleeves.
So yeah, any suggestions?  I already have plenty of legwarmers and purses - my original ideas for it.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / microfiche wallet on: February 23, 2004 10:44:18 PM
Not quite a handbag, but close enough...
This is my first actual craft posting, so let me know what you think!
I suppose you could make this with any sort of transparencies - x-rays, overheads, etc.
This is a wallet I made out of microfiche (love those excellent graphics!) - the little black squares are actually tiny negatives of government documents.  (The pictures don't really do it justice, I think. Tongue)

I got the microfiche from a friend who worked at the library and they were getting rid of old stuff.  (The documents themselves aren't very provacative or top secret or anything.)
The construction was pretty simple - I needed to cut six pieces of microfiche:
2 for the outer cover of the money pocket  
2 for the inner cover of the money pocket
2 for the card pocket (the extra flap in the picture)
The card pocket folds over half of the money pocket and keeps the cards and money from falling out!  Cheesy
The two pieces for the outer cover were wider and longer than the two inner pieces, as you can see by the pictures, just like a regular wallet.  

This also makes it easier to fold over the card pocket flap.
Since the microfiche isn't super-flexible like fabric or leather, I had to cut the inner cover pieces slightly smaller than the outer, so when the wallet was folded closed there was less bulk for the outer cover to wrap around and it would fold up nice and neat.   Because of this, the wallet doesn't open all the way, but it works just fine.
I just used electrical tape to bind all the edges, starting with the inner seams of the money pocket as shown, then adding the two pieces for the card pocket to the top of the outer cover:

The inner side of the card pocket (the top microfiche section in the previous picture) is slighly shorter than the outer side, so that there's less bulk and it folds up tighter.
I "seamed" up the sides of the card pocket, then I finished off all the edges by folding over lengths of electrical tape to make them look nice.
Here is the finished product all folded up:

Probably won't last too long, but it's fun for now.
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / linkmail scraps! on: February 19, 2004 03:19:33 PM
I found this neat stuff,
similar to the metal link purses of the early 1900-1920's.  

There's not too much of it (the triangle measures 17" on the top, 13" on either side), so I was thinking of making a little purse out of it, but I am open to any compelling suggestions.
Thanks.   Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Cutting/drilling CDs? on: February 18, 2004 05:19:49 PM
Hi everyone.  
What's the best way to cut CD's without breaking them?  Can I drill holes in them?
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