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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Photo into stencil for scarf (to replace stolen one) on: August 20, 2006 04:26:37 PM
So, back in December I posted this lovely gift that I made for my best friend: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=65841.msg621846#msg621846.

She's the lead singer for Saving Jane, and during one show, between sets, some teenage girl with no morals climbed up on stage and stole this scarf off of her microphone stand. Somehow, security was never able to catch this person.

Marti was pretty upset about it, as was I, for sentimental reasons. SO...I turned a photo of us into a stencil and attached (iron-on fabric) a poem about friendship.

It's the first time I've tried to make a stencil out of a photo. I used PaintShop Pro and adjusted the Threshold settings. Worked pretty well, but not with every photo. I guess it depends.

I'm mailing this to her tomorrow, so I hope she likes the replacement!

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Freebie tote bag into flower-ific wonder on: August 20, 2006 07:50:21 AM
One of my co-workers had me transform this tote bag she got from a conference. I covered up the logo on the front pocket with a cool polka dot pattern I found on a napkin at Target and made stencils from old botany-book-looking flower stencils (some from stencilry, some from Google images search). I thought the mod polka dots were a nice contrast to the old-fashioned flower images.

The last time I attached fabric to a front tote pocket it was a b!tch to sew, so this time I brushed on E-6000 glue around the edges. That stuff holds! I don't think you can wash it, though. I used it on the back of the single polka dots, too.

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / 'Daily Show' onesie for baby gift on: July 22, 2006 02:27:47 PM
My friend and her husband are NUTS about Jon Stewart and 'The Daily Show', so I thought this stenciled onesie would be the perfect gift for their soon-to-be-born baby boy.

I know he'll grow out of it in about, oh, 8 minutes, but it'll sure make a statement. Smiley

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / There's a horse on my cardigan on: June 13, 2006 07:17:19 AM
On a subconscious level I think that the return of Deadwood on HBO pointed me toward the horse idea, but nonetheless I think it turned out rather well. Took me longer than I expected to cut the stencil, and once placed on the shirt (wrap cardigan on sale at Old Navy for, I kid you not, $3.47!), it took even longer to cut away all the bridges. BUT, as we all well know..Time spent crafting is time well spent!

5  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Rock Star Pillowcase and Craftster Purse on: May 16, 2006 05:46:25 PM
I made this pillowcase for my best friend Marti (of Saving Jane). She said it's been hard to make her bunk on the tour bus look cute, so I thought this would aid in her mission. She was diggin the "SJ" I stitched on the record sleeve. Smiley  It's folded but fits a standard pillow. (Used the Rock 'n Roll Sublime Stitching patterns.)

Found this scrap of hot pink courduroy ay JoAnn's and had to buy it. Wasn't sure what I was going to do with it and then *epiphany!*....Craftster purse! (Used the Craftopia Sublime Stitching patterns.)

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Purse with bird on branch (multi-color stencil) on: February 05, 2006 07:03:59 AM
So, I sort of "cheated" and only did one layer, meaning that I thought it would be easy to color each leaf individually...it certainly was not. Even my tiny brush was too big. It worked out in the end, but it probably would have been easier to do this in multiple layers.

Anyhoo, Lillian Vernon had these bags on sale and I needed a birthday gift, so...ta da! The birthday girl had given me this broken necklace of hers, so I wrapped it around the tassle and attached it with a few stitches (after this pic was taken).

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / headphones + palazzo pants = comfy and cool on: January 15, 2006 06:00:19 PM
I found this pair of comfy palazzo pants for SIX DOLLARS and they were just begging to be stenciled.

The image is from the Stencilry site, though I swear I'm trying to branch out. I am so Photoshop illiterate that I really like to find images "ready to stencil."

8  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / There's a kitty in my pocket! on: January 10, 2006 05:34:29 PM

9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Aerosmith zip-up jacket on: January 09, 2006 07:28:01 PM
This is yet again another present for my rock star buddy, Marti. I swear, I HAVE to give away the stuff I make or there would just be too much of it around the house. Anyhoo, she's the worldest biggest Aerosmith fan, so I think she's going to like it.

The stencils took FOREVER to cut out, especially the word "Aerosmith" in the logo, but it was worth it. The little patch on the front is a piece of old T-shirt in the shape of the Aerosmith wings that I sewed on.

I'll post the stencils in a bit. I swear. The logo I had to split onto two 8.5 X 11 sheets of freezer paper to get it the size I wanted. Piecing them together was a challenge.

Stage 1: The glittery gold logo (looks flat yellow here, but it's got some sparkle to it)

Step 2: Painting Mr. Tyler

Front detail:

Back detail...all done:

Back of the jacket on so you can see how it will lay:
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / In Dylan We Trust (Bob purse) on: January 02, 2006 02:38:02 PM
I want to add more to this. Maybe more embroidery? Dunno, but wanted to show y'all anyway.


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