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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Goldenrod question on: August 22, 2010 07:44:04 AM
Hi, all!

We have a metric buttload of goldenrod on the property, but nothing to use it on.  Can I pick and freeze the flowers for later use, or will freezing ruin them?
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First and maybe only quilt on: March 07, 2010 12:35:09 PM
I got my courage to actually make a quilt from looking at the Gees Bend quilts

I cut up a bunch of thrift store worsted wool trousers and a couple suit jackets and sewed them into strips.

Some I nudged into green and pumpkin and gold

and even some purple with koolaid dye. 

It uses a yardsaled wool blanket as batting.

This was begun in October 2009, and expresses my feelings of the season.  It was finished in January, in time to be a birthday present to myself, and in time to keep us warm during this real cold blast of a winter we've had this year.

It's certainly inexpert, having all kinds of puckers and wrinkles and what have you.  It even ate the sewing machine.  But it's fierce, and it's mine.  Smiley
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Eraser-carved 1990 self-portrait on: January 22, 2010 05:57:53 PM
Used myself as the subject of my first "portrait" eraser carving.  Partly because, well, I like myself!  Grin

Also because if I screwed it up, it wouldn't offend the subject.

While the lines are true, the colors aren't.  I'd scanned it in, then jimmied with the colors in Photoshop to make it a little more interesting to me.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Woolen Wrap/Shawl from Trousers on: February 11, 2008 11:04:54 AM
I'd been wanting a little wrap/shawl that might look better with skirts and dresses than the casual jackets I have, so off to the thrift store I went.

I picked up four pair of trousers in worsted wool, ripped out the seams and linings, then washed them hot and rinsed cold so they'd shrink/felt as much as they were going to.

Each leg yields a single stripe, so one pair of trousers makes two stripes.  It's eight stripes sewed together, then doubled over for warmth and stitched closed.

It gives about the same coverage as a jacket.  It can be draped, or pinned with a brooch to keep your hands free.

It resists water, and can be hooded over your head to keep you warm and somewhat dry.  As it's pre-shrunk, it's machine washable.

I wish I'd found wool trousers in somewhat brighter colors, but it will do.  Smiley

The brooch is from MollyChicken's pattern: http://mollychicken.blogs.com/my_weblog/2005/12/last_minute_thi.html

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Psychedelic Chickenman Poppet--fun with color on: February 11, 2008 08:54:56 AM

Sorry about the less-than-ideal photography.  This one's thighs are a little smaller than the last one I made, anyway.

I'm having fun with "creature-type" poppets because I don't have to fool with hair or clothing for them, though I did give him a tie.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Heartbreak of Scoliosis and Post-Holiday Thigh Poppet (img heavy) on: February 01, 2008 08:45:59 AM

If by any chance you don't already know, this is from the pattern in the Poppet craftalong, found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.0  It will be a present for my nephew's 4th birthday tomorrow.

Used a glove on the head:

so I wouldn't have to fool with hair.

I love that the design of the legs and feet allows it to stand!

This was a very easy and well-written pattern for such neat results!  I've made simpler dolls that caused me lots of frustration, while this pattern generated none.

That said, I did make mistakes--the primary one in using a stretchier fabric for the legs than for the body, but that's okay, he'll look like my side of the family.  Grin

The other main error was not getting the hips quite matching, so he's got a little scoliosis going on.  I don't think the nephew will care.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Nevermind! was: Dachshund pattern printout help? on: December 04, 2007 08:04:48 AM

I back-and-forthed the images through a couple of Adobe programs and, after killing several trees' worth of paper, got them to print at a uniform size.

It probably helped that I don't have enough repurposed material to do the project at 100%, so reduced it all to 70%.

Anyway, once the week or so of swearing and struggle is finished, I'll post a picture of the result.   Wink

Original message:
Has anyone made the dachshund pattern here and gotten the pattern pieces to print out right?


If I print them directly from the screen, the head part only prints at 71%, while the back seems to print at 100%.  Sad

If I save the images and print them from software like Irfanview, the head is better, but the back is still wider by an inch, and they are supposed to match, exactly.

If I use Irfanview to scale them down so they're both 80%, they do not print to scale, they're skewed, thinner, but just as long, even though I'm asking the program to maintain scale.

Has anybody else had this problem?  If so, was there a simple way to resolve it?
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jointed Baby Bug on: May 02, 2007 05:11:57 PM
Just in time for Mother's Day.

I'm kind of ambivalent about children.  I gave this a baby body and praying mantis head.  It was supposed to look rather fierce.


But it obviously didn't turn out that way.

Wouldn't be complete without a little bug butt.

It's happy bug baby.

9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Jointed Baby Bug (img heavy) on: May 02, 2007 05:02:55 PM
Just in time for Mother's Day.

I'm kind of ambivalent about children.  I gave this a baby body and praying mantis head.  It was supposed to look rather fierce.

But it obviously didn't turn out that way.

Wouldn't be complete without a little bug butt.

It's happy.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Non-stereotypical rag doll (IMG heavy) on: April 10, 2007 06:26:03 PM
I created this pattern for my niece's sixth birthday.  Then a few people who saw that wanted one, and I made some more.  I'm finally one ahead:

She kind of looks like Eric Cartman's mother as a little girl, but I don't think I'll tell any little kids that.

Standard "I love you" disclaimer:

I love these shoes:

I like how the doll can appear to be a range of ages, and how her face can appear to have a range of expressions--it's not forced into any extreme.

My niece loves her dolly and plays with her a lot, even though she was the first I made and full of mistakes.  She doesn't know that, though.
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