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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Haruki Murakami swap? on: February 13, 2011 03:10:10 PM
Hey there! I just completed my first swap and had an idea for a swap I would love to do (obviously I couldn't organise one yet as I need to have completed another swap before I do but I am just posting to see if anyone would be interested or wanted to organise this swap idea)

I LOVE the author Haruki Murakami, his work has changed the way I view life, myself and others around me.. I recently thought of using inspiration from Murakami's books to create lovely handmade things such as embroideries, wall hangings or teatowels with Murakami excerpts.. or other things.. the list is endless! I am not sure if this kind of thing is too niche.. but I would be interested to see what people think!

Katy xx
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I have discovered an almost endless supply of embroidery patterns! on: November 24, 2010 01:36:38 PM
So!.. My boyfriend has his friend over here in Leeds, visiting from the States. My boyfriend and his friend are both tattooists and while he is here visiting he is going to do me a crafty scissor tattoo!

To say thanks, I decided to make a cool wall hung embroidery for him, and this is when I discovered an almost endless supply of embroidery patterns.. alas, I cannot share a link though... as they are actually my boyfriends old line drawings for tattoos!

I don't know why I didn't think of it before.. every tattoo he does has to have a line drawing so he can make a carbon skin transfer for his tattooing guideline.. these line drawings translate into embroidery PERFECTLY and as my fella kees all his line drawings 'just in case', I have a LOT to get stuck into!

Without further ado.. here is the proof!

I decided to keep the embroidery in the hoop rather than in a frame.

You may be able to tell, I used 3 strands on all the colour and 2 strands on the black as I think it looks generally heavier anyway. I used mainly backstitch for a nice simple, non fussy look with the odd french knot and satin stitch thrown in.

This is how I finished the back, I am not mad on that fabric as I think it's gotten too popular but I had it, and it fits the tattoo theme perfectly, I glued some nice braiding on top of all the straggly bits which also glued the two hoops together which is a bonus!

Close up of the little message I messily embroidered last minute!

Hope you like it! I will be doing loads more from now on! I already spied an amazing sugar skull line drawing he did for a girls tattoo a while ago!

Katy xx

PS: If anything looks wonky I would like to point out that my boyfriend isn't a crap tattooist.. just my stitching messed up his design haha! If anyone wants to know what studio my boyfriend works at just drop me a PM.

PPS: I saved all these to my computer the right way up but every single time I upload with photobucket, It flips them onto their side... so sorry!!

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Blythe dress test on: July 25, 2010 09:30:15 AM
Hey all, so I recently returned from Japan, where I was on holiday with my partner and our friends Fil and Sasha.. another couple. Whilst I was there I had every intention of buying myself a cute doll to bring home, but I blew my money and couldn't get one. Sasha, however, was lucky and nabbed herself an adorable Blythe doll with bright pink hair in Akihabara, the toy district! We had been fabric shopping in Nippori and got some awesome kawaii fabrics, and today Sasha messaged me to mention she would LOVE to make her Blythe dolly something out of some of the fabric we bought there. With this in mind, I decided to do a test run of a pattern I found online in some spare fabric I have.

It was a simple pattern to follow, and once I have bought my own Blythe I think it would be super easy to make new patterns and designs.

So without further ado, here it is!

Pretty plain and simple, but it is only a test run, so we don't ruin our beautiful kawaii fabrics!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Some cakes i made a while ago.. on: May 22, 2010 03:20:39 AM
heres some cakes i made last year...

my Pacman cupcakes

My cherry picnic cupcakes, including green coconut for grass!

zelda cakes!

pink cherry cakes with vanilla sugar and pink irredescent sprinkles!

1 up cakes

simple pink with sprinkles
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / NEW!! pics of burlesque costumes on: May 12, 2010 04:00:45 AM
Hey guys, so heres some pics of my most recent burlesque costumes.. i'm currently working on two more aswell so they should be up soon!

Katy xx

My Hillbilly Highway act...

the back of the shirt i embellished
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pasties and knickers

the boots i crystallized (dunno if you can see it)

Golden Tiki Goddess..
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gold skirt, pasties and headdress

6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / PICS!! of my amazing jungle book themed burlesque outfit on: September 02, 2009 02:22:53 PM
all lovingly hand made by me! i will let the pictures do the talking and if you have any Qs just ask away....

this is how it all starts

removal of cloak, showing how fabric moves

close up of underwear

full length

how i use the feather bustle to conceal myself

after removal of corset

removing banana skirt


unfortunately there are no pictures of the pasties on me, i think the photographer was boobie shy!

in all i made:

undies (hand dyed and hand decorated bought cotton undies)

banana skirt (using ribon, polystyrene bananas, gold spray and lots of glitter)

feather bustle (using about 5 doubled over feather boas)



mini crown

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / superduper easiest crafting i have done... very kitsch! on: July 01, 2009 03:35:05 PM
so i bought a bag today thats looks like a TV for FIVE POUNDS!!!! its huge and awesomely kitsch!

The telly screen was black but had clear plastic sewn over it so i assumed you would be able to put our own pics in it.. got home and realised you cant... its just a pointless peice of plastic sewn over the telly bit... hmm maybe not so pointless?.... seriously this took me seconds.. a quick score across the top of the plastic in a accidentally-not-so-inconspicious-but-what-the-hell area and i could slide in a picture of my most favouritist thing ever...

waddya think?.. its interchangable... i would say i seriously upped the functionality and design of this bag!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how can i make a quick and cute capelet out of voile? on: June 28, 2009 12:01:53 PM
so i bought this super lovely voile with black cats on about 3 halloweens ago and always had the intention of making a cute little capelet with it.. but i dont have a clue where to start.. any suggestions? x

(sorry the pic is upside down) its actually black see through, the silver under is my bedsheet
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 2nd day of my recon rampage (pic obese) on: June 28, 2009 11:57:45 AM
so its day 2 of my recon weekend... you may ave already seen the 2 posts relating to yesterdays leg of this little journey.

so today i popped into town to visit my friend who works at Claire Accessories.. and i swung by Primark and grabbed some plain tees and some adorable kids tees and a normal top i just wanted.. It all came to 10.53

And heres what i've got..

using a method i accidentally discovered last night making my casino top, i made this tattoo top/dress! awesome!

i also made a matching headscarf (pictured below) and an ipod sock but i don't have a pic of that.

Next up i made a sugar skulls top using the same method, this is slightly different though and has a straight neckline across the front...

Its another tie up the back jobbie.

Then i went to town on my kids tops... im not too please with the blue one.. it looks lazy.

and for fun, a shot of everyting made this weekend... minus the blue top which was sat on my dummy.

comments most apprciated
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / CASINO top!! finally got rid of an old top and used my beloved casino fabric! on: June 27, 2009 03:49:45 PM
SOOOOOOO...... i have had this amazing casino print fabric for YEARS! and i have never been able to cut it or think of anything amazing to do with it, i knew i wanted to mke something to wear since its sooo super awesome.. so today whilst reconning some other tops i found an ugly long sleeved Primark fiasco. It was misshapen and hung from the boobs even though it was meant to be fitted...

sooo... i mde it into a plain black halter.. then i was going to stencil a skullcandy logo onto it but my charming housemate stole my stencil and he wont tell me where it is.. then i was going to put patches on it but couldnt find any good ones in my collection.. THEN i was going to make my own patches out of random printed fabric i have... but i found my beloved CASINO fabric and before i knew it i had created this piece of awesomeness...

excuse what looks like incredibly wonky arms and boobs.. i was stood funny! please note the pink isnt the top, its my bra... i like to wear stuff tight and showing off my bra.

The back of the top is slashes and tied to tighten it but i dont have a pic of that.

then i swiftly whipped up a matching headband tie...

excuse my shit hair

lemme know what you thinks!!!
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