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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Don't blink...it's a Weeping Angel poppet on: February 22, 2011 10:53:42 PM
My partner received today, so I can finally share the poppet I made for the Doctor Who round 5 swap.  Grin

I saw her in my garden...at first I thought she was a statue, but then I blinked...and she moved!

I used ghillie's wonderful poppet pattern, with a few modifications.  She's made from grey Alova suede and her dress is a "stone" look fabric that was a lucky find (I was looking for a different fabric and found this tucked in the back of the fabric store).

Trying to get her hair to look like the Angels' was probably the hardest part--I went through lots of trial and error and cutting and fiddling trying to get it to look right.  But in the end, I'm proud of how it turned out.  Her wings are quilted to give texture and shape.  Fitting her dress over the wings was another interesting experience...

It was a lot of fun making her and I'm very proud of how she turned out.  I just hope she behaves herself in her new home...  Grin
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tribbles have invaded my condo! (with pattern) on: September 06, 2010 10:20:16 PM
It all started with one...sitting there, so innocent and fuzzy.  But then they started multiplying...

So, yeah, I spent my weekend sewing tribbles--14 at last count.  We're having a Star Trek themed party (yes, I am that geeky) and I decided it would be fun if everyone got a tribble as a party favor.  Grin 

I created the pattern based on David Gerrold's description of the original pattern they used for the episode, which is essentially an elongated figure-8 folded in halve to make fuzzy oval.  It's ridiculously easy to sew up, and can be resized to make a tribble of whatever size you desire. 

Basically, get yourself some fun fur in browns, greys, or white (Joann had a bunch, I guess because Halloween is coming up?) and cut out your pattern.  Fold it in half and sew, leaving a 2"-ish gap at the top.  Turn and fill with stuffing and then sew up your opening.  I did mine on the machine, but you could just as easily hand sew them.  Use a wire brush to tease up the fur into a wild hair-do, and voila, a tribble of your own.

If you want a more detailed step by step photo tutorial, you can take a peek here: http://www.thenerdette.com/?p=321

Just be careful, when you're dealing with tribbles, things can get out of hand quickly...  Grin Shocked

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Cyberman shirt--first time using freezer paper stencils on: July 01, 2010 11:22:51 PM
So I needed something to wear to a Doctor Who finale viewing party (yes, I am *that* geeky  Wink) and had been wanting to try freezer paper stencils for awhile...and this is the result.  The picture doesn't really show it, but I used a metallic silver paint and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.  I think I'm hooked--already full of ideas for the next stencils I want to make!  Grin

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The blackwork project that wouldn't die... on: April 13, 2010 11:42:47 PM
This was one of those projects that I started (oh, about 3 years ago), quickly became bored and annoyed by it, stashed it away and then promptly forgot about it.  When I moved a year ago, I found it and went "oh! I should finish this finally!", started stitch and then got bored and stashed it away.  Wink

Anyway, I found it again about a month ago, and this time I was determined to finish the darn thing.  So, here it is--a blackwork square, stitched in black silk embroidery thread on 32 count evenweave.  The pattern is based on a 16th century German pattern.  It's been finished, framed and hung...no longer lurking in the back of my closet taunting me with it's unfinishedness.  Smiley

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / You are an enemy of the Daleks, you will be...embroidered? on: March 14, 2010 01:33:28 PM
I've been on a big cross stitch kick lately, and decided I had to do a Doctor Who themed piece.  After working on it off and on for a month, I'm finally finished with my Daleks.

Worked on 14ct aida, adapted from a crochet chart by meredee (found here: http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m19/meredee/tardis/dalek_pattern.jpg) and the lettering is from a vintage pattern book.

Uh oh, who's that lurking in the picture here?

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