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1  Re: Fairy tales, Folklore & Fairies gallery of gorgeousness! in The Swap Gallery by Sommer on: April 20, 2008 10:36:30 AM
I received my package from coldbrains4 yesterday!  In it I found:

A choker with interchangable pendants:

An adorable tiny knit leprechaun hat, it's so cute!

Purple Armwarmers

I love the color, and they fit really well, too!

Faery Stationery and Stickers


So much fun - I've never had horns before!  I think I shall have to wear them next time I go out to the goth club Smiley

And finally - for some reason I couldn't get a very good picture of this, they kept turning out all washed-out and pale, but it is red in person... a Red Riding Hood cloak to wear to Renaissance Fairs!  This is especially cool since I've been wanting a summery cloak for the Fair, and it'll go well with the outfit I wear.  It's about hip-length.

Thank you so much, coldbrains4!  I love it Smiley
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2  Re: Forest Friends Round 2 Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by Sommer on: February 28, 2008 03:43:09 PM
I got my package from bettykate today!  I'm really pleased with it.

In a pretty box decorated with fairies, ferns and flowers, I found...

Cozy fieldmouse slippers!  Aren't they cute, with their surprised eyes?  They've got posable tails, too!

A sturdy bag decorated with owls in love!

Lovely blue and purple (my favorite colors) wristwarmers/mitts:

A blank book decorated with Edward Gorey art (the photo's not great so you can't see, but it's "B is for Basil, assaulted by bears" hence the forest tie-in Smiley )

Extras!  A jar of stars, some tea (much appreciated by my sore throat!), and a grow-your-own hermit crab!

I love my stuff, thank you so much, bettykate!
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3  Re: Delirium (from Neil Gaiman's Sandman series) poppet in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Sommer on: February 25, 2008 01:25:45 PM
Here's a more extensive tutorial on the fishnets.  I'm not sure how great my explaining skills are (it makes sense to me, that's all I know!) so if there are any further questions, don't hesitate to ask.


Take your completed, but not attached, poppet leg.  Insert your needle, threaded with the thread you are using for the fishnet, at a point along the back leg seam.  This, your starting point, is represented by the RED dot in the picture.

Now, on the front leg seam, locate the point that is horizontally across from your starting point.  This is represented by the little BLACK mark in the picture.  From this point, go up the leg along the front seam.  Find a point along the front seam which will create the angle you want the strands of the fishnet at - the angle you'll get is the RED line in the picture, and the point which gives you this angle is the BLUE dot in the picture. 

At the blue dot, insert your needle, taking up the smallest amount of fabric you can.  Pull the thread so it is tight against the side of the leg. 

Now, insert your needle back at your starting point on the back leg seam.  Again, pull the thread so it is tight against the side of the leg.

Repeat this process again, a little ways up the leg.  (The BLACK line in the picture is the line you just did.)  Ideally, you want to make sure that the thread is going at about the same angle every time you do this (so that the lines are parallel, or close to it) - so make sure that the distance between the points on the back seam and the points on the front seam are the same.

When you have done this all up and down the entire leg, you'll have something that looks like this:

When you've reached this point, you're going to repeat the whole thing, but now, you start at the back seam and go to a point DOWN on the front seam, where before you went UP along the front seam.

At the back seam, insert your needle at the point of one of the "V"s formed by the threads you've already done.  Again, this is represented by the RED dot in the picture.  Now, on the front seam, locate the point that is horizontally across from your starting point, the little BLACK line in the picture.  Before, you would go up the front seam a certain amount from the horizontal-point.  Here, you're going to go down from the horizontal-point the same amount - this is represented, as before, by a BLUE dot. 

But, you can't just use that point.  You need to meet the "^" made by your previous threads, so choose whichever of those "^" is closest to the angle you need.  (See the picture - in this case, I would probably make the angle a little smaller, and connect to the "^" just above the blue dot, so I end up using the GREEN line.)

As before, repeat, trying to keep your lines as close to parallel as you can.


- I find it's easier to get a good angle if you start in the middle of the leg, and work up from there, then down from there, than it is to start at the hip and work down, or to start at the toe and work up.

- To get the look of holes/tears in the fishnets - first, figure out where your "blue dot" point on the front seam is.  Now, proceed as if you were going to insert the needle at that point, but instead, insert it in the side of the leg, before the seam.  You want your insertion point to be along the line that you would have gotten if you had put the needle in at the blue dot point - parallel to the other lines.  Resurface - again, along the line that you would have gotten if you hadn't put in a tear - whenever you want the tear to stop, and proceed as usual.

- When you're over the button in the thigh, it's probably a good idea to run your threads under the surface of the fabric (like in the tear/hole method described above) so the threads from the fishnets don't snag against the body once the leg is attached.

- As with the poppet herself, leave your thread ends long and lose them inside her, rather than cutting them off.

- Unfortunately, I can't offer any tips on how to handle the toes of the fishnets, since mine didn't have any.
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4  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by Sommer on: February 23, 2008 10:56:17 AM
I wasn't able to comment while I was working on this poppet, since she was for a swap - but my partner's received so here she is.  She's Delirium, from Neil Gaiman's Sandman series.  I made some minor modifications (hands and feet instead of paws, different ears).  She's my first poppet.  It was a lot of fun working on this project; I look forward to making another one.  Thanks so much for sharing this pattern, Ghilie!

Here's her thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229405.0
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5  Delirium (from Neil Gaiman's Sandman series) poppet - with Fishnets tutorial in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Sommer on: February 23, 2008 10:53:52 AM
I made this for the Neil Gaiman swap, from the Poppet pattern Ghilie has generously shared with Craftster (thanks!).  I made some minor modifications (hands and feet instead of paws, different ears).  She's my first poppet.  It was a lot of fun working on this project; I look forward to making another one.

Her earrings and hair detail (it's short and blonde/yellow on one side, dyed and long on the other)

Her fishnets

Fishnets tutorial, page 3

ETA: For those who don't know who Delirium is - here's a Wikipedia entry about her.  I based this on how she looks in Brief Lives, though - it's somewhat similar but not identical to the picture on the Wikipedia page.
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6  Re: Neil Gaiman Gallery of Wonders! in The Swap Gallery by Sommer on: February 23, 2008 09:25:53 AM
Ooohhh I just Wisted the back of that hoodie!  So cool : )

Isn't it?  The hoodie's my favorite thing I got, I think...


caffinated_tulip hasn't had a chance to post the ones she took yet, so here are pictures of what I sent her:

A Delirium poppet (modified from the pattern Ghilie has generously shared with Craftster) accompanied by Barnabas

A journal/blank book, inspired by Delirium's realm

And an Endless sigil gallery bracelet

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7  Re: Neil Gaiman Gallery of Wonders! in The Swap Gallery by Sommer on: February 22, 2008 03:06:25 PM
I got my package from caffinated_tulip today!  She sent me:

A pair of gorgeously-painted Dream pillowcases:

A zig-zaggy scarf:

A blank book for recording inspirations and ideas, with a Neil Gaiman quote on the front:

And an Endless hoodie!


Endless sigils, details - they're all just right:

It's all lovely, thank you! Smiley
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8  Two-Headed Baby Goat in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Sommer on: January 08, 2008 04:03:23 PM
I made this two-headed baby goat for a friend who lives on the other side of the country, so I haven't seen him in a very long time.  It will be sad to see him go, but I know my friend will make a good home for him Smiley

He's made of what I guess is supposed to be fake fur, but it's very short fibers, so its texture is almost like fleece.  Details like the horns are felt.
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9  Sleeping nude girl (probably NSFW) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Sommer on: December 18, 2007 12:41:24 PM

Full image, probably NSFW:

This is my second attempt at anything remotely realistic with polyclay.  The face is still crude, the proportions are definitely not right in a lot of places, and I kinda wish I hadn't used a finish (matte was nowhere near as matte as I'd hoped, should have tested it first), but she's still a considerable improvement over her pajamaed predecessor, who she's kind of a rethinking/replacement of:

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10  The Hideous Deep-Sea Anglerfish! **Tutorial added** in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Sommer on: December 14, 2007 06:33:51 PM
At 21, my foolish brother thinks he really doesn't need any more stuffed animals.  In fact, he thinks he should have stopped receiving them about ten years ago.  Obviously he is so very wrong, so my mother and I make a point of giving him a weird or cool stuffed animal every year.  For this year, I've made a deep-sea anglerfish for him.

The stitching on the fins and the bead at the end of his tentacle-thing glow in the dark, just like a real anglerfish, which uses its glowing to lure food.

I wish the teeth were straighter, but other than that, I'm fairly happy with him.  Plus, an anglerfish is one of the few animals I have actually never seen available as a stuffie commercially, so this is probably the only way my brother could get one, which is kinda cool.

***Pattern added: here***
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