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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pants to skirt to bag recon! on: February 19, 2008 12:45:26 PM
Once upon a time, I thought I'd convert some pants that were too big into a skirt, thinking I had nothing to lose.  They came out fine, but were still too big, so I let them sit around in my closet to waste away.  One day, I was struck with the idea that I wanted to stencil my favorite childhood tree onto something, and I was reminded of the long-forgotten skirt.  I wouldn't want to stencil something I can't wear, I thought.  So, I recycled the skirt yet again into a bag to carry to school.  I made it around August and only just got around to taking pictures.

The tree is supposed to be a type of Japanese maple (one reason I waited so long to post this, Japanese maples have been a trendy craft theme and I didn't want to impose any more on the board!)  The embroidery says "I can't imagine real flowers," from the e.e. cummings poem "in a middle of a room."  The bag's lopsided in this picture because a very large notebook is currently residing inside.

I misjudged the amount of space I needed at the bottom of skirt when I was embroidering it, so the word "flowers" is really on the bottom of the bag. Oh well.  Undecided

A closeup of the tree stencil.  When I ironed the fabric paint, it made the denim around it a little dingy.  Anyone ever have a similar problem with Jaquard?  It seems to be awful every time I use it.  You can't tell in real life at all, though, especially with the sequins obscuring it.  The camera just decided to be unflattering. Tongue

Pencil holding pocket.  I never got around to washing the pen marks off from where I marked to sew.  Again, oh well!

The lining.  I think you can make out a coffee stain.

Action shot!

I should have taken pictures when I first made it, but it's been so full of stuff that I never wanted to empty it.  Sorry it's dingy!  It's gotten plenty of love this semester.  I love it a lot!  There's even a secret pocket in the lining because I didn't sew up the zipper.

Thanks for looking!  Comments appreciated!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / [obese] stuff for a swap: AMANDA TAGUE STAY AWAY on: February 04, 2008 10:26:07 AM
I don't even know if she comes here a lot, but Tague, if you're reading this, you're a big poopy face unless you've already received.  Sorry about the picture quality.  My digital camera is at least five years old.

I made this whole series of fabric buttons and decided just to give the ones with couples, the tiger-bear-thing and the duck.  I don't know what she's even going to do with THAT many similar looking buttons, but I hope she loves them because I think they're precious.

More fabric covered buttons.

A button shaped like Illinois and the obligatory smiling fruit.  (In retrospect, I should have taken a better picture of the IL. Shucks.)

Some hair bows and a flower hair clip.  They don't look that weird really.  It's just the hair clip making them lean.

A necklace made from a pretty obsolete mini recorder tape and a heart button.

Finally, the envelope.  It's just two pieces of card stock sewn together:



Thanks for looking!  Comments welcome (duh.)  I'm really excited for her to get it! (:
3  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / paul smith shirts? on: September 01, 2007 07:59:08 PM


and this



does anyone have a suggestion of how to wing these or know of patterns?  the second looks more doable for my experience, i think.

thaaaaanks in advance!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / another silly political pinata on: August 13, 2007 10:54:02 PM
I had pictures of the creation process, but i accidentally deleted them from my phone.  The entire pinata is made out of cardboard and streamers (which, fyi, are apparently not vegan.  i didn't know this until after i had purchased them.  Embarrassed)

It's a pun!  Get it? (We live in NC)

The letters are cut out of colored duct tape.

And my darling BF attacking it blindly:

I love making pinatas for "grown-ups."  (even if they don't appreciate them as much as children.)

<3 heather
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / jean scrap headband *updated with flower thing* on: April 05, 2007 08:17:18 PM
i made this headband out of scraps from a jeans-to-skirt recon!  i hate having the whole legs of pants left and nothing to use them for.

i'm not so sure about the buttons, because they mess up the pattern of scrunchy parts that i have going throughout (i don't think you can tell from the pictures, but it just gives the denim a scrunched look so it doesn't lay flat.)  i might replace it with a denim flower but i've never made a really successful cloth flower so we'll see.

comments, etc appreciated!
6  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / weaving with multiple sclorosis? (question for my mom, by weaving n00b) on: March 31, 2007 11:14:59 PM
My mother used to be very into weaving, but she was diagnosed with multiple sclorosis and using her looms hurts her legs too much.  she's already sold one of her looms, and i'm encouraging her to keep the one that she still has (she doesn't want to sell it, either.)  i ask her from time to time why she doesn't try to weave, or do something to make the peddles easier to push, but i don't know a lot about it.  she said that she can still weave some of the easier patterns that don't require using so many peddles (i'm sure there's a technical term for that) but that they're too boring.  really, i don't know what i'm even asking, but i would like to help her somehow.  it really makes her sad that she doesn't weave anymore, she had been weaving for years, used to teach lessons, etc.  selling her small loom was difficult for her, and i want to help her preserve her passion somehow.  i've suggested knitting, and she said that she should try to start that up again too, so i'm going to get her some knitting stuff with my first pay check from my first job (omg!)

but yeah, sorry for the disorganization of this post.  i just wondered if anybody else has dealt with this, and has any suggestions for me.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / anarchy heart pinata (image heeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaavy) on: January 18, 2007 10:20:29 AM
I made this over the summer for our collective's 1 year anniversary and just never posted it.  Had some help from friends with the paper mache so it wouldn't be so tedious.  Here are some pictures of the destruction!

more pictures here (: http://www.ibiblio.org/greens/projects/acre/photos/ACRe%20anniversary/index.html
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / revamped 80s princess dress (punk rock prom O:) on: December 18, 2006 06:02:02 PM
it's not much, but i was pretty excited about it.  it's absolutely absurd -- i NEVER dress this fashion punk, ever.  i had to pull those boots out of the closet after a four year nap and i still haven't gotten the eyeliner off.  anywho, i got the dress at the salvation army and just bunched the skirt, added the lace / mock corset, and made a quick tulle petticoat to go underneath.  it was a pretty fun time.



also, because i'm proud of him:

my boyfriend made himself a moustache out of craft fur!

the show was pretty dank, too.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / potato head necklace, button / "I AM LOVED" earrings *new pics* on: June 28, 2006 11:46:35 PM
these are more or less my first feats with jewelry as far as anything metal is concerned.  bear with me!

i forgot to take a picture of the I AM LOVED ones before i wrapped them!  oops.

but yeah, i still don't know how i feel about it yet.  i think my little sisters have mrs potato heads and i might try to steal the lips from them to replace the eyes later.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / what to do with sheet music? on: May 23, 2006 10:34:13 AM
I have an excessive amount of copies of sheet music, and usually just use them to make cards or collages.  Any suggestions for what I can do with them instead? 
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