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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old folding chair to new pretty chair on: December 23, 2010 01:43:45 PM
Hello, craftsters!

I found this old folding chair in my parents' garage and decided to give reupholstering a try.


Luckily, the little back part popped right out and the cushion unscrewed.

I traced around the cushion with newspaper and added a couple inches seam allowances.

I got a staple gun and stapled the fabric around the new cushion.

Finished cushion.

Finished back.

Then I sanded and painted the chair frame brown instead of the black.

Finished chair!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mid-Term Review on: October 19, 2009 12:44:35 PM
I had my mid-term review for figure drawing this morning, and although my drawings were horrible, I feel the need to share my progress with someone, preferably someone who actually appreciates art. I love my friends, but they just say it looks good, which is nice but not necessarily helpful. Anyway, we had to provide 3 gesture drawings and 10 sustained drawings. I didn't take pictures of all of them, but they pretty much look the same.

I like this gesture.

This was my very first day back drawing. I have major major proportion issues.

I didn't think this one was half bad until we had to critique these and my friend Victoria said, "Don't be afraid to draw nipples, Essence."

Then we started doing head studies. I have the issue of making the model look like Barbie. I forgot what my teacher called it.

We decided that this is my second strongest one. I ended up at an awkward angle, and I started my drawing too low. Then I moved it up, and it was way to high.

We put Post-its on these and walked around rating each other on a scale of 1-4. I had an average of a 2.5. I'm having another problem of not using a full range of values.

I officially gave up on pan pastel this day because I think it just adds to my problem with value by making everything middle gray. My teacher said to stop doing the dark halo thing and just fill up the page.

My favorite and my strongest drawing. I actually filled up the page! We also determined that I should just draw the model from awkward angles since those were my two strongest, but she said the arms were still wooden.

Comments? Criticism? I need to get better so I can get into the fashion design program!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Hands! IMG heavy on: October 19, 2009 12:30:35 PM
In my figure drawing studio, we had to draw our hands in various positions using American Sign Language. We were supposed to do our initials and the year we were born. Usually we have to use conte crayon or pan pastel to do our work, but she extended this project to any black medium. I used watercolor pencil and watercolor.

I finished mine in the hallway because my roommate was sleeping (She's a chemistry major, so sleep is rare and I let her have it.  Grin)

The back of the B just looked cool.

But I took pics of it the next day, and they dried waaaay lighter. It looked like I didn't do any shadowing.








I wasn't born in 1930, we couldn't use the same number twice, and I was born in 1990. I just liked the way the 3 looked.
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Have you ever put a thong on a pig? (Don't look, CartoonJunkie!) on: September 25, 2009 05:28:46 PM
Although the preview slides will probably ruin this. I hope this is the right board. I just decorated a pre-made ceramic pig from Hobby Lobby...

I joined a Pink, Shiny, Girly Swap and my partner, CartoonJunkie, said she likes show girls. I had decorated a piggy bank for my last swap partner also (but way less cute) and decided to decorate another one for my new partner. I love it so much! I miss it. CartoonJunkie better take good care of her.

The thong is my favorite part!

It's uneven, but whatever.

The headdress is pretty cute too.

Aerial view.

It took from about 8PM to 1:00 AM (I watched Project Runway, Chelsea Lately, and The Colbert Report during.  Grin) I think I'm going to make another because it's too darn cute! Questions, comments, suggestions?
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I've decided that since it's stuffed... on: May 14, 2009 05:28:45 PM
it's a toy!

In my 3D design class, we had a unit over fabric and sewing. We could either a) cover an object in fabric, b) make fabric food, or c) make a "rigid object" from fabric. I chose to make the one thing I've always wanted!

That's right, a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I've also always wanted it to be hot pink, although during the research portion of this assignment I discovered that they only make light pink or red.

For unit three, we had to make a video with something we made in it or a kinetic sculpture. I chose the video and did a stop motion of my mixer making cupcakes.

Close up of bowl and delicious cupcakes that I also made. The only thing I had real trouble with was the bowl. I could not make anything with a bowl shape, so I gave up and covered one of my cereal bowls.

I've decided that I must really like cupcakes because I made about 4 dozen for this video.  Smiley


6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Charcoal Drawings on: February 27, 2009 06:49:38 PM
I'm a first year art student.  Grin I originally planned on being an English major, then switched to fashion design. I am in over my head. I guess I just imagined that art would be easier (not because it's less difficult, but because I like it more.), but I am learning that I know nothing. It's wonderful! Anyway, the fashion portfolio was due today, and I'm terribly nervous. I just wanted to show some drawings because I think that's my weakest point.

My example of a still life, my first charcoal drawing from drawing 1! We were learning additive/subtractive methods, I think.

And then, in drawing 2, I decided to stick with charcoal because it's very forgiving, and this was my example of two point perspective. I hate two point perspective, for the record. I cannot get those vanishing points right. And the shadows are wrong for the birdhouse because I left out several objects that made different shadows. We only had to have three objects in two point and one incline. Smiley

Any pointers? Tips? Tricks? Comments? Help the poor girl who only wants to sew!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / At Least in My Mind Dress on: January 11, 2009 07:35:38 PM
So, I dubbed this the 'At Least in My Mind Dress' because I bought the Simplicity 3673 pattern with the intention of making view C and being awesome and retro.

Instead, I used this zig-zaggy knit fabric I bought on sale at JoAnn's even though the pattern recommends using wovens.

The fabric reminded me of Missoni. I thought it'd be cool and chic.

I like it best with a belt.

Closeup of bust. They recommended using wovens for a reason. It was hell trying to make darts with that stretchy fabric. Sorry it's so shiny, trust me though, they're weird looking. And the belt loops are stretching out already.

I didn't have to hem it though, the fabric already had this nice lace-ish stuff around the edge.

Cute? Tacky as I think it is in retrospect? Comments? Critiscism?

I'm going to use the leftover fabric to fulfill the original purpose of this fabric, and I plan on making view C and redoing view B as soon as I get a good deal on 6-7 yards of black fabric. Let's call this one practice.  Grin
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Terribly Late Little Red Riding Hood Costume on: December 15, 2008 12:30:16 PM
Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in a village near the forest.  Whenever, she went out, the little girl wore a red riding cloak, so everyone in the village called her Little Red Riding Hood.

One morning, Little Red Riding Hood asked her mother if she could go to visit her grandmother as it had been awhile since they'd seen each other.

"That's a good idea," her mother said.  So they packed a nice basket for Little Red Riding Hood to take to her grandmother.

When the basket was ready, the little girl put on her red cloak and kissed her mother goodbye.

"Remember, go straight to Grandma's house," her mother cautioned.  "Don't dawdle along the way and please don't talk to strangers!  The woods are dangerous."

"Don't worry, mommy," said Little Red Riding Hood, "I'll be careful."

But when Little Red Riding Hood noticed some lovely flowers in the woods, she forgot her promise to her mother.  She picked a few, watched the butterflies flit about for awhile, listened to the frogs croaking and then picked a few more. 

Little Red Riding Hood was enjoying the warm summer day so much, that she didn't notice a dark shadow approaching out of the forest behind her...

Suddenly, the wolf appeared beside her.

"What are you doing out here, little girl?" the wolf asked in a voice as friendly as he could muster.

"I'm on my way to see my Grandma who lives through the forest, near the brook,"...

I used Simplicity pattern 3618. Also, I forgot that I moved to a dorm room with no hammer, so I couldn't do the grommets on the vest. And of course, I waited until Oct. 30th to figure that out.  Undecided

The cape was the only part that really told what I was. It's also the part I love the most. I used velvet, which was really expensive, but whatever.

Next year, my friends and I want to do theme costumes and go as a group. Any suggestions for a group of 8-10 people?

Comments? Questions?
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Sarah Palin Stencilled Shirt on: September 26, 2008 06:32:00 PM
I go to a very liberal school, so I see all these Barack Obama shirts all the time. But I love Sarah Palin! So I made a Palin shirt for my friend Julian, who also loves her.

On to pics (they're crappy cell pics until I buy batteries):

That's right! VPILF. I know the letters are crooked, but forgive me, my ironing board is miniature and was balancing on the edge of my desk. My sewing machine takes up a lot of room.

Can you tell it's her? I made the stencil using the picture from her website, one of the tutorials here, I don't remember which, and fabric markers. It bled a little bit, but I think it adds to the cuteness.

On Julian. He wore it the day after I gave it to him. He loves it. I love him.

Crappy action shots!

Comments/criticism? Not about Palin, just the shirt. Julian says I should make one with McCain on the front and 'PILF', but no, because I wouldn't.
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Octopus: An Elegy on: March 17, 2008 12:58:16 PM
I have a story for everything. My boyfriend gave me yarn and crochet hooks for Christmas.  Grin
So, I decided for Valentine's Day I'd make him an octopus from PepperKitty's tutorial, https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=114316.msg1092363;topicseen#msg1092363.
Then, on February 13th. He broke up with me.  Cry
So, I gave the octopus I spent a week slaving over to my friend Larke. Tongue She appreciates it more anyways.
Enough story! On to the octopus!

He gets points for buying me pretty yarn.

I thought it would be a boy, so I named it Maurice.

But after I finished it looked like a girl, so I gave it a little pink bow. Her name was still Maurice.

Back! I think Larke named her Laurel? One of her legs ended up being sewn a little bit below the other seven, so she looks a little gimpy. Can you tell?
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