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21  Anteaters and Belugas! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bleachrainbow on: July 12, 2008 08:24:49 PM
Picked up some super soft knit fabric at Jo-Mar and decided to have some fun and screen print some animals on them. I print with thickened dye, not ink or pigment, so it stays nice and flexible and soft.

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22  Modell's Remix and some dye-print-sew bedsheet action in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bleachrainbow on: June 12, 2008 12:40:24 PM
The local Modell's (sporting goods store) here in Philly had a big sale on some enormous t-shirts with really awesome prints on them. I just had to pick up these two sneaker ones to remake. Even if it does blow my whole all-recycled material theme~!

Blue sneakers! The blue sleeves/band are from a blue thrift store polo, the rest of which went to make another shirt that I don't have a picture of right now.

Close up--I'm finally getting used to the serger~

On me--sorry I look awkward, I don't wear girly things, I just make them!

Tan Sneakers!

The tan and cream fabric is from a recycled knit bedsheet I used for scarves and bandanas, and a thrift store t-shirt.

I even covered the buttons~

And I don't know if this is still recycled, since I was essentially using the sheet as fabric, but here's a skirt that I hand-dyed and printed.

I even dyed the top, the rest of that went towards a bodice for another dress.
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23  Ketchup and Mustard Top in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bleachrainbow on: June 02, 2008 08:22:03 PM
So even through I'm currently enslaved in both a summer job and an internship with an opera company, I'm still trying to bust out some cute stuff this summer. This shirt was made with two plain ol' t-shirts I found at the thrift store. The colors are too good together!

I've just handed it off to my partner-in-crime to applique little ketchup and mustard bottles on it~!
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24  "Horns" Quilted Armor and Hood in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bleachrainbow on: May 29, 2008 01:30:22 PM
This was probably my favorite piece so far this year. It was my final project for Projects class--we had to make an object that could be a relic. So I made this set of quilted armor for a young boy with horns.

Sorry if the pictures are a little odd, they are scans of slides that my professor took for me.

All of the textural quilting and cording on the panels is hand done, except for the shoulders and sleeve, which are machine stitched.

Keeping this thing pure white in our studio was almost impossible.  Undecided
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25  Double Cloth and Warp Painting in Weaving: Completed Projects by bleachrainbow on: May 19, 2008 09:45:05 PM
I took Intro to Color and the Loom this semester, and while I still absolutely suck at dressing a loom, I'm rather happy with two of my projects (the other was tapestry-based and did not end well at all)

A double-weave pick-up piece, based on a sketch that I had scanned in and turned into a pixel-drawing. Unfortunately, I had made it 2X as wide on the computer to compensate for the fact that it's 2 passes for every line, but with the way it wove, it was more like 4X as long, so I had to keep skipping 'lines'

The light-to-dark effect isn't the photo--it fades throughout the 2 yards of cloth and the plaid 'explodes' and diffuses.

And my warp painting--I was shooting for a gradated plaid, and I think it came out pretty spot on, even if my warp dyed a totally different color than my weft (all the yarns for both these pieces were hand dyed~)
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26  Embroidered Jellyfish Bubble Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bleachrainbow on: April 14, 2008 06:32:55 PM
This is probably my most intense piece I've done this far in school. The embroidery is based off of an art noveau wallpaper print. It took between 50-60 hours. I was still embroidering the top until 1 o'clock in the morning the day it was due~! The construction of the garment got left until 1-6 AM, haha. But I still love it. It's getting juried tomorrow for an exhibit/sale, so wish me luck!

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27  Clam Shell Jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bleachrainbow on: February 23, 2008 09:25:21 PM
The assignment here was to take an organic object from Reading Terminal Market and abstract it. I choose a plain ol' clam shell because I was drawn to the texture and the concentric rings.

Anyway, here's my abstraction, it's heavy linen with silk machine embroidery and slot seams. The circular patterns are continous lines around the whole garment, they had to be sewn after the whole shell was constructed. The embroidery and slot seams also match up and form continuous circles. The lining is a very soft, almost terry-like knit, that is quilted to look like the guts of a clam. There's a pearl appliqued in the center, you can't see it in these shots, sadly.

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28  Decoy Heart Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by bleachrainbow on: February 11, 2008 12:46:47 PM
Bag I made last semester, I just now got my photo back for it.

Made of various scraps, armature wire, string, and zippers.

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29  Multi-Purpose Ultra-Neon Skee-Ball Ski-Suit in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bleachrainbow on: February 11, 2008 12:27:17 PM
I finally got the pictures back from this! It was my final project last semester--to make a completely over the top garment for the Philadelphia Flower Show. Despite only having 2.5 weeks to make it, I was one of a few sophomores to get into the show, so hurray! If any craftsters are going, my piece will be up Monday and Tuesday of the show!

Anyway, my piece is an all-terrain ski suit that doubles as a game of skee-ball off the slopes. It's made of some serious mystery fabric, and the main dress is stuffed with anything and everything I could get my hands on. (there's even a few balls of yarn shoved in there) At it's thickest, it's about 5 inches across, and it weighs about 15 pounds. It comes with a shift dress, short leggings, tights, a dickey and a hat. Woo!

(It was really hard to jump in!)

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30  Portrait: Hazel and Jack in Needlework: Completed Projects by bleachrainbow on: January 21, 2008 03:49:08 PM
Since Jacob was received so well, here's the next one in my series of portraits. I used to do a lot of illustration and wanted to do comics, so I have a lot of characters kicking around in my head, I'm thinking of doing a portrait for each, and then making quilted frames for them and joining them together into a wall hanging or quilt.

So here's Hazel the Jackalope Farmer and baby Jack.

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