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1  When Twitter was Down... in Needlework: Completed Projects by Inara on: June 20, 2010 10:52:09 PM
The other night when Twitter was over capacity, I ended up being hit with the inspiration to embroider a fail!whale of my very own:

Mostly backstitch, with split stitch for the ropes. I only did two of the birds rather than the usual half-dozen or so, because it's on a small scrap of muslin in a 4-inch (10 cm) hoop, and it would have gotten a mite crowded/I would have completely lost it.
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2  Re: Cute-n-Creepy Swap of Doom!! in The Swap Gallery by Inara on: April 13, 2010 10:53:59 PM
Kaishabackwards is having a bit of an internet drought, and asked me to post this on her behalf:

(sorry, Twitpic will only allow thumbnail linking)
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3  Who ya gonna call? in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Inara on: April 13, 2010 10:40:03 PM
I've been meaning to make myself a set of Ghostbuster amigurumis for the longest time, and I finally got started in on them!

I made Egon by modifying the http://www.suncatchereyes.net/LittleEmo.html pattern from Suncatcher Eyes to make him a bit taller.  I hand-embroidered the name badge, then realized my sewing machine can do letters, and I made his glasses by hand out of wire.  All of his hair is French knots, with another layer of French knots over the top for height.

I'm still deciding if I should try to crochet his proton pack, or sew one out of felt (maybe incorporating some LEDs!), but I think that can wait until I make the others...well, Ray at least...I only *really* needed plushies of Egon and Ray.
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4  I have officially played too much Psychonauts in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Inara on: September 29, 2009 12:19:03 PM
So, for those who haven't played Psychonauts, psychoportals are little doors that you slap on people's foreheads to enter their minds. For those who have played Psychonauts, prepare to go 'squeeeeeee!'.

This is specifically based on the portal that Raz uses in the game ('borrowed' from Agent Nein). It's all painted freehand - I thought about using tape to get all of my lines and color blocks perfectly straight, but that really wouldn't fit with the art style of the game.

Also, my husband is intrigued by the concept of a cat door on a psychoportal.
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5  Re: Comics and Graphic Novels Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Inara on: July 15, 2009 09:16:00 PM
I came home from mailing kaishabackwards' package today to find mine waiting to be opened!

From left to right, an awesome reversible Rumor (Umbrella Academy) pillow (it's done in reverse applique, and in the inverse colors on the other side! Kaisha is evidently possessed of some kind of amazing scissor-fu), matching Scrabble tile pendant (sitting on the pillow), sound effect band-aids (which I am ridiculously excited about - I mean, I once managed to accidentally slice my foot open playing chess, first aid supplies are always a winner), and a freaking sweet Rorschach totebag (my husband's been eyeing it up all evening...)

Love love love all my stuff, hope you like yours!
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6  Re: Comics and Graphic Novels Swap Signups: CLOSED in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Inara on: July 12, 2009 12:30:08 AM
I've got just about everything done (I thought the send-out was the 11th for some reason, so I'd been in high crafting gear), but there's a couple of things I need to put the finishing touches on, and one thing that I think I'll take the opportunity to re-do (it came out *okay*, but not exactly the way I wanted...)
I've been teasing kaishabackwards like mad over Twitter as I craft, and I thought I'd share something from the 'rejected idea file' (all three pages of it - seriously, I had a ludicrous amount of ideas for this swap) with everyone else to spread the joy  Grin:

Roger the Homunculus says:

Poor non-anatomically-correct Roger...
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7  Re: Venture Brothers! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Inara on: June 05, 2009 10:11:06 AM
So I got home from work yesterday to find my package from CartoonJunkie waiting for me, but since I'd gotten off work a bit late, I had no time to open it before I had to change and leave the house again.  By the time I finally got home after midnight, I was so exhausted that I decided to just go straight to bed (since I was confident it would be awesome and I'd immediately need to take pictures and show everyone).

As you can see, my confidence was not misplaced:

I just can't believe the detail on this - his face is embroidered, and the cape unfastens with a snap! I had to wake my husband up to show him as soon as I opened the box this morning, and I'm really happy our game night got moved to tonight, because I don't think I could wait until next week to show him off to others.  Thank you so much, CartoonJunkie!!!!

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8  Gathered elastic-waist skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Inara on: April 28, 2009 03:08:38 PM
I found pjhamel's elastic-waist tutorial the other day (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=300252.msg3429214#msg3429214), and realized that it was very similar to the construction of a favorite skirt that I've been trying to find a pattern for, so thought I'd try it out last night.  I kinda messed up on my math and cut each side the entire measurement of my waist instead of just half, so I decided to just wing it and I gathered it and made a separate waistband.  Hooray for the first piece of clothing I've ever made without a pattern to cut out! (thanks, pjhamel!)

Front and back:

Close-up of waistband and gathers:

I originally was just intending to make it to wear around the house, see how things worked out, so I cut it so that the selvage was the bottom edge and I wouldn't need to hem it, but it turned out so cute (and the fabric far less sheer than I thought) that I think I'll give it a proper hem so I can wear it out in public. Next stop - trying to add pockets!
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9  Re: Nintendo/Videogame stitchalong? in Needlework: Stitchalongs by Inara on: April 07, 2009 09:57:11 PM
Finally got some time to work on my embroidery again - not sure where my cross-stitch project I originally posted went off to when I moved, but I'm almost done with a Portal-themed tea towel.  Anyone else been working on anything lately?

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10  Happy Cup in Needlework: Completed Projects by Inara on: February 15, 2009 12:09:54 AM
I really got in the mood for embroidery last night, so I pulled out some muslin, copied a pic from my sketchbook, and away I went:

Only took about three hours all told, though that was in 15-30 minute increments.  My first time using Anchor floss, too.  I think I've found a new favorite brand - it's really smooth, and separated out into strands without having to use my teeth and a second pair of hands.

I'm sure he'll look much better once he's washed and pressed (I lost my disappearing ink marker, so I just traced him in pencil). I'm thinking he's destined for a small frame in the kitchen, though he might end up being a present.
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