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21  Nintendo and Flight of the Conchords = t-shirt inspiration in Stenciling: Completed Projects by bethanyjoyce on: January 15, 2009 12:00:35 AM
sort of new to stenciling here, and I usually post stuff in the sewing boards as I stencil on clothes I altered. Anyways, here are two t-shirts I stenciled to give as gifts recently:

First, for a Flight of the Conchords fan, I made this:

Oh yeah it's business time! Pretty basic, I think the font is pretty darn close to the one in the music video.

Then, for my brother the video game fan, an old school homage:

I swear I found this on stencilry.org but I can never find the same thing twice on that Web site. I've seen other people use this stencil but I think the red is a fun touch. Cutting out all the details and doing two colors was a pain though, so I probably won't be doing this one again any time soon.

Both of these gifts were hits, by the way. Too bad I don't have as much time to stencil when school is in full swing.
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22  beer cozy: now with more "beer"! in Knitting: Completed Projects by bethanyjoyce on: November 20, 2008 02:30:49 PM
I've been meaning to make one of these for ages, despite my dislike for double pointed needles.
Of course, I couldn't just make a plain one I had to chart the word "beer" on it! It's too big to read all at once, of course, so here it is in two parts:



 I used the pattern from the  "Knitting Pretty" book as a guide, but basically if you do a gauge swatch and measure your bottle you'd get the same thing. I used the chart at www.knit1mag.com for the letters.

I know charting in the round is sort of a no-go usually, but the shape and size of the letters in "beer" and the small diameter somehow made it possible. It's not exactly even, as you can  see, and the cozy turned out a little tall because I wanted to complete the "b," but it's no biggie to me.
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23  my first sweater! (chunky blue raglan style) in Knitting: Completed Projects by bethanyjoyce on: November 16, 2008 01:38:18 PM
I've been knitting on and off for five years, and I finally did it I made a whole sweater!

in progress shot

(I actually finished it back in early October but didn't get around to blocking it until this weekend.)

I used Galway chunky yarn (100 % wool) from Plymouth yarn, basically because it was a) a color I liked and b) $6 a skein in a yarn shop where most stuff was more like $10 and up.

I've always been intimidated by sweaters, especially ones knit in several pieces  I started a few but never finished (sleeves=daunting). So I went for the most basic pattern I could find: it's the one sweater pattern in the book "Knitting Pretty."

Things I liked about this pattern:
 it's written without knitting abbreviations so novice sweater knitters like me have less chance of screwing up
 it's a raglan knit on circular needles (my favorite!) so I could try it on as I went
 it's a simple pattern so I could read stuff on my computer while making it

Things I didn't like:
 it's sort of shapeless I made the small and I had still to add side shaping based on a tutorial from craftster
 the arms the directions are a little confusing and I have small arms to begin with (maybe a more experienced knitter has tips for decreasing the arms size without messing up the shape?)

The only adjustments I made were the side shaping and some extra length, especially in the arms, and I still had plenty of yarn left.

Anyway, thanks for looking!
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24  mustard tee into giraffe stenciled tank top in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bethanyjoyce on: November 05, 2008 11:53:40 PM
I made this tank top this summer, but never posted it because I was using the same stencil for a swap item and didn't want to spoil the surprise!

So here's the "before" tee loved the color and how soft it is, but the size was meh:

I reconned it using one of the Generation T projects on tie-top tanks as a guideline (I renewed that book as many times as possible this summer)...it actually fits better than it looks here, since I fixed it up under the arms...
then I needed a good test subject for my first ever stencil, so it turned into this:

close up of the stencil:

the best part is that the mustard colored shirt is the perfect shade for this guy!

EDIT: I know this isn't a stencil forum, but to give credit, I got this stencil pattern from Stencilry.org and used its tutorial on freezer paper as a guide for how to put it on the shirt.
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25  dirty or clean? sugar or flour? everything needs a label! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by bethanyjoyce on: October 18, 2008 10:16:17 PM
So before I got swamped with schoolwork this fall I decided to make some nifty labels for things around the house. Yay!

First was a magnet for the dishwasher it's my first place with a dishwasher and we already had one of those oops-I-mixed-dirty-dishes-with-clean moments.

Now we just flip the magnet from this side....


to this one...

dirty! (it's much more legible in real life)

Just alphabet stamps, paper scraps, a magnet and a laminating machine (my roommate has one!), this was pretty quick.

Second were the labels for my baking supplies. Ok so in reality I don't confuse sugar with flour (or with brown sugar for that matter) but I had squirted out too much fabric paint for a giraffe stencil and so I used the cut off sleeves from the shirt I had just reconned, my alphabet stencils and some extra freezer paper to whip up these guys...

the sleeves were a bit wonky in shape but they were almost the perfect size for my canisters I did a minor sewing adjustment for the small one, but that's it.

I don't know why labeling household things is so fun, but it is. Remember those handheld label writers that you could get from Radio Shack in the 80s? I loved those things!
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26  Re: Davis crafters? in California: North by bethanyjoyce on: September 23, 2008 09:29:30 PM
Good call I'll have this felted owl bag (I didn't make it though, I received it in the owl swap):

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27  Re: The Pick n Choose Theme Swap Rd2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bethanyjoyce on: September 14, 2008 01:54:18 PM
 I finally got home to receive my package and I love it! DaisyTattoo did an awesome job. here are the pics:

Everything altogether

Spiral journal for my book theme

A cute set of coasters for my map theme, already put to good use this morning with our coffee mugs

A beautiful needle roll with fall colors to go with the autumn tree theme I have been needing one forever and this one is perfect! Also already in use

A fascinator for my 20s fashion theme! I had to hide this from my cat right away, her eyes got so big when she saw it. Yeah, this is an awkward self timer photo of me modeling it.

An Amelie stenciled shirt for my Amelie theme! This has got to be the coolest stencil ever, great job!

Thank you for everything, this swap was so fun  Smiley
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28  lefty scissors hands! (recon tee with scissors stencil) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bethanyjoyce on: September 05, 2008 01:06:52 AM
So I've been experimenting with stencils for a craft swap and I had some leftover paint, so I made a tee in homage to my lefty-ness. Behold the scissors shirt:

 Those are my old school lefty scissors from grade school. Whenever we did a craft project in school, and we had to use the school scissors, I had to search high and low for the one left-handed pair. If those scissors were lost, I was out of luck. So I got my own.

Close-up of the stencil.  It's little wonky because I was in a hurry, as my paint was drying up. I used a sponge brush on this one, but I think I'll stick with stencil brushes unless it's a super thin fabric.

 The tank is an reconned Gap tee, but this is my favorite shape I've done so far I have "Generation T" checked out from the library so I've been experimenting, but simple is sometimes the right thing.

Er, I mean, the LEFT thing.  Smiley

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29  End-of-summer halter top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bethanyjoyce on: September 02, 2008 01:20:11 PM
So I haven't sewn from a pattern in a long time, and I've always avoided making tops that aren't stretchy because I find them so difficult to fit to my shape. However, I found this material in a thrift store grab bag and I was determined to make it into a top by the end of the summer.

Of course, I ended up putting it off until the very end of August but I finally made it! (Ignore the wrinkles, I packed it for a Labor Day weekend trip to San Francisco and haven't re-ironed it)

the front

the back, meh

with twisted traps

I used Simplicity 9688, a pattern I'd had forever in my stash but never used. I was just a little short on fabric, so the back pattern doesn't quite line up, and I couldn't find my zipper foot, so that was a challenge. I still don't think it fits as well as it could, even though adding darts at the bust helped.

Comments welcome  Smiley
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30  decorating on the uber cheap in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by bethanyjoyce on: August 15, 2008 12:18:22 AM
Just moved into a new flat and used what money I had to buy a decent couch, so I have been sprucing it up in a super thrifty fashion. I have the additional challenge of not being able to do anything to the walls no paint, no tape, no holes of any kind. So I have to put up things creatively.

It's not super exciting, I realize, compared to some other posts, but I am happy with it.

first the nicely shaped but ugly colored headboard I found for free a few blocks away (before):

And after a few coats of paint in my new room. Doesn't actually connect to the frame, but meh, no biggie. (I did not make the quilt, but I love it!)

Then, in the living room, I used clear picture hanging line to put up these two maps, both of the local area (sewing area underneath)

And finally the kitchen nook, minus a lot of the dishes, which is made more homey with a plant and two framed artworks (the sunflowers painted for me by my grandmother)

Total cost was about $12 (including two paint brushes). Thanks for looking!
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