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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Japanese Daruma Wall Hanging on: November 08, 2006 02:58:30 PM
Hi Everyone - it has been a while since I've posted.  I've been through a lot of life changes, including a divorce, a move from South Florida to the San Francisco Bay Area and the death of my beloved cat, Oni the day after I moved.  I used to post about her with great fondness.  I've started to pull my life together again and my crafty mojo is starting to return.  Thank-goodness!  Smiley

Anyhow, a few weeks or so ago I was helping my boyfriend go through his closet sorting out clothing for keeping, donation or tossing. We came across a rather beaten up black t-shirt with a crinkly looking Daruma print on it. It was about to go in the toss/donate pile when I thought about using it to create a wall hanging - so my boyfriend gave it to me. I cut the Daruma out and put it aside until I had time to work with it.

I had ideas of using some of the vintage indigo fabric I had to create a wall hanging and had a perfect long, but narrow piece of indigo with raw edges that would work well. I was determined to not use my sewing machine and hand sew the entire thing to keep with the hand crafted and rustic feel. I cut the fabric into three even pieces and spent a few hours carefully hand stitching it making sure the raw edges showed. By the time I was finished - my hands were dark blue from the indigo dye - so I decided to soak the body of the fabric overnight to try and remove some of the excess dye. In the morning - the water was pitch er, blue... and when the fabric dried - it dried with a fantastic crinkled texture. I decided to keep the writing on the back of the wall hanging - mainly because I had no idea what it said - but also I felt the solid white of it at the front would detract from the Daruma too much.

I then hand stitched the Daruma on and the asanoha fabric at the top and voila! I'm quite happy with how it turned out and I especially love the fact that it is not 100% perfect. I fought against my natural urges to make sure I measured everything so it was completely even and worked with flow of the fabric instead. I also like the subtle hint of the writing showing through to the front. It now hangs above one of the windows in our house.

Another View

I think this is quite possibly the first thing I've actually sat down and sewn just for myself - rather than for PuchiMaiko and I'm glad I spent the many hours hand sewing it. I put a lot of love into making this, and I think it shows.
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Frida Kahlo - it has been a while on: August 14, 2006 11:01:20 PM
Wow - it has been a while since I've posted last.  I've been through the theft of all my items along with currently going through a divorce...but today I received the fantastic news that I became a full permanent resident of the USA...so I guess this year is turning out to be a mix of bad but with tons of good thrown in to balance it out.  Phew! Smiley  I lost my crafting mojo for quite some time after the theft - but I've felt it slowly coming back over the last couple of months.  It feels great to be back.

This weekend I'll be performing in a Gay variety show here in South Florida.  I performed last year - and was a stage hand the year before.  I guess the group I perform with is the "token straight group" ;P  It is always an absolute riot.  You don't know what funny is until you have to be backstage with tons of drag queens.  Boy oh boy.

Anyhow - I am playing Frida Kahlo.  A rather drunk Frida, at that.  I had to come up with a suitable costume for her and try to make myself look as much like her as I could.  I had a skirt I purchased from a thrift store a few months ago - and I could vision it as a part of a Frida outfit...so I did some research and decided to make the classic shapeless Frida blouse using very similar colours and a long white petticoat underneath to add length to the skirt and give more of an authentic look.

I know it isn't perfect - but I'm quite satisfied with how the blouse came out Smiley

Here are some photos from the practice the other night:

Portrait with Unibrow

And unibrow all gone

3  Florida / Florida: South / South Florida's Craft Commandos - WE WANT YOU! on: December 19, 2005 12:06:31 PM


Calling all craft commandos stationed in S. Fla!

Do YOU craft up a storm just because?
Do YOU support independent designers?
Do YOU shun conventional and granny crafts?
Do YOU rise up against mass consumerism and commercialism?

Did you answer YES to the above questions?


Enlist in the South Florida Craft Commandos Today!

South Florida's Craft Commandos caters to both those craftsters that reside in the South Florida region who want a place to meet other like minded commandos and for those who wish to be involved with the Miami Craft Mafia, but do not currently qualify for membership.

This is a general discussion group - so please feel free to talk about all aspects of your arts and crafts, show off your work, ask questions or even talk business if you wish!

Eventually, we hope that we can band together and have Craft Commandos hit-and-run raid gatherings, potlucks and workshops. Similar to a Stitch n' Bitch... but incorporating all sorts of other crafty activities.

So come along and enlist - you know you want to!  GO GO GO!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Road to Recovery - Kitschy Owl Wristlet Clutch on: December 10, 2005 02:44:36 PM
Well since all my PuchiMaiko items were stolen (you can read about it here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=66973.0) I now have the long road to re-building ALL of my stock.  Ahhh.  Fun!

So I decided to kick-start today with making a cute wristlet.  I've been wanting to make one of these for months.  Do you think the size is okay - or should I make it bigger or smaller?

It fits my purse, passport, make-up and some miscellaneous items in there.  The zipper opening is 9 inches.

Now - back to sewing like a bat out of hell! *flops*
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / PuchiMaiko Theft. on: December 09, 2005 06:02:53 PM
I am saddened to say that upon returning home from a craft show last night - I had all of my PuchiMaiko items stolen (nearly $3,000 worth) from the back of the vehicle when we made a brief stop. This occured in downtown Miami on the corner of NE 3rd St and N Miami Avenue in front of the WallFlower Gallery.

I have created a small webpage that lists ALL of the stolen items. I would really appreciate it if everyone can keep an eye out to make sure none of my items appear on ebay or consignment shops when they shouldn't. I don't sell my items anywhere else other than on puchimaiko.com - so if any of these items are for sale elsewhere...they are stolen goods.

I have filed a report with the Miami Police - hopefully I'll be lucky enough to have the items turned in. I doubt it however.  I've pretty much come to terms with the fact I'll most likely never see these items again.

The list of stolen items is here:

If you'd like to read more about what happened - I have written in my journal:

Let this be a VERY important lesson for ALL craftsers. No matter how secure you think your items are...if you have a strange gut feeling about leavign them - DON'T LEAVE THEM! Go home first to unload THEN do what other errands you need to do. I learnt the hard way, unfortunately.

Now - I have to chain myself to my sewing machine and re-make everything.  Good thing I enjoy sewing, eh? Tongue

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New Kanzashi on: December 07, 2005 03:02:17 PM
It has been a while since I posted kanzashi Tongue  I hope you are not all sick of them!

I am just posting a select few of my favourite that I made last week. As always - they are made from vintage kimono fabric:








If you are going to ask me how I make them - do a search on craftster using the word "Kanzashi".  There are tons of tutorials and information Smiley
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Owl Keyring and others on: December 07, 2005 10:36:45 AM
I've gathered quite a large pile of tiny pieces of kimono fabric left over from other projects and I have been trying to think of a way to use some of these pieces up.  I decided to make some keyrings - they are the perfect size for most of my tiny pieces.  The keyrings measure 3.25 x 1.75 inches.

Here is a selection of my favourites:

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 5 New Patchwork Bags on: December 06, 2005 08:34:43 PM
I was busy last week making some new patchwork bags based on the design of the previous one I made.

I'm really quite happy with these and I'm trying to decide if I can drag myself away from my uber gothiness of wearing/using black to make a bright coloured one for myself Tongue

They measure 16 inches wide by 8 inches deep and are all made from vintage kimono fabrics.  The 2nd red one is made from vintage cottons.

Back of Bag

Back of Bag

Back of Bag

Back of Bag

Back of Bag
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Blue Monkey on: November 27, 2005 02:00:13 PM
While I was making this monkey - I had the tune to the song "Blue Monday" by New Order stuck in my head:

How does it feel, To stitch me like you do
When you lay your hands upon me, And jab that needle in

I thought I was mistaken, I thought my tail was on
Tell me how do I swing, Tell me now how do I swing

Those who came before me, Never lived through their construction
From the draft until completion, I'm the first to make it though

And I still find it so hard, To say what I need to say
Will you put my eyes and mouth on, Just so I can see today

I see a machine in the distance, I fear for my safety
If it wasnt for your reasurance, Id be a monkey in a scrap heap today

And I thought I was mistaken, And I thought my tail was on
Tell me how do I swing, Tell me now how should I swing

Now I lay here waiting

I thought I asked you to finish me, While I laid here on your work bench
Tell me how does it feel, When you forget my appendage

Of course - I ended up sewing the tail on Tongue



I used vintage Japanese kimono cottons for the body and felt for the face Smiley
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hemp Leaf Bunny on: November 27, 2005 01:54:35 PM
Now that I have your attention...  Cheesy

The fabric pattern on this bunny is a traditional Japanese pattern called ASANOHA - which is an abstract hemp/flax leaf design Smiley

I think my cat has a new friend Smiley



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