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1  Re: Spirograph Hat and Patches (picture heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by gypsysoul3 on: April 14, 2006 01:16:14 PM
well, i (finally) finished the hat--just in time to bring it along on our trip to maui tomorrow--

i tried forever to get a smaller spirograph in the center of the larger on in the front, but the white seamstress tracing paper just wouldn't work (i think there was a ridge or seam in the hat that was keeping the white tracing paper stuff from showing up)

anyway, so i fell back on something i do quite a bit: i made a patch. i embroidered a small spirograph onto a piece of black fabric, then cut it out and used both a "heat and bond" type of thing to fuse it to the hat, and i also put a few stitches to help secure it. (i think the edges of the fabric, which i left alone, will eventually fray, and i'm cool with that).

ok, so here it is, bad lighting and all:

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2  Spirograph Hat and Patches (picture heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by gypsysoul3 on: March 14, 2006 07:00:50 PM
A long while back I bought a brown fatigue hat to replace the camo hat I usually wear.
My problem was that I wanted to embellish itwith embroidery--a bit, but wasnt sure how. So, I came up with some ideas and emailed a bunch of friends to get their input. My friend Christine suggested I do something with Spriographs. So, I busted out the trusty Spirograph maker (my little Hasbro drawing toy) and got to work making designs. Eventually I came up with this:
(please ignore the cat hairs on the hat! Smiley ).

Front: Its not totally complete, as I want to put a smaller design in the center of this larger one, but havent had time.


The back has a random design b/c I liked it too much to un-do it.


This is an early version, but as you can see I ended up pulling these out, because it seemed to be too much and I didnt like the colors. But, since I was experimenting it was no big deal:

Then, for my friend who inspired this whole thing, I made some simple spirograph patches, which she apparently has the perfect purse to sew them to:

 and some close ups:

Basically all I did was make the design with my Spirograph (the toy) and then trace it onto the hat and fabric with colored seamstress/embroidery tracing paper. Then, went to work. I love how it turned out, and think everything I own will now have an embroidered spirograph design on it!!

(for more about spirographs (and more complex designs) go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirograph)

   ~~BEkki (@ www.pinkbird.net)

feel free to move this to a different section, I wasn't sure if it should go here, or with clothing/accessories.

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3  Re: Scrabble Gamepiece Bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gypsysoul3 on: January 21, 2006 03:16:57 PM
i had the same problem someone mentioned about the tiles cracking when i drilled them lengthwise...so, instead i drilled 2 holes, one on either side, and connected them with jump rings.

(sorry if the picture is huge, i just took it directly from my website... Smiley  )

it's called, "and sometimes y" b/c i think that's funny. Wink

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4  Re: 2005 Completed Costumes Scrapbook (completed projects with pictures go here) in Halloween Costumes by gypsysoul3 on: November 15, 2005 10:26:19 AM
i'm a bit late too...though i have to post pix, b/c i didn't get to wear my costume too much...
i was the tooth fairy. i made a tu-tu (sp??), and a sequined outlined tooth for my top, i made jewelry from toothbrushes, floss, and those metal coin belly dancing charms. i even made a tooth shaped purse. (none of which show up well in the pictures).

i wanted to wear the wig (since my hair is normally blond) but all my friends insisted the toothfairy is a blond--which i guess is particularly why i wanted to wear the wig!

(i live in hawaii, which is why it seems to sunny for halloween--i wish we had more seasonal changes...i miss crispy colorful leaves underfoot on halloween!)
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5  Re: Mix Tape Hoodie! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gypsysoul3 on: August 26, 2005 01:22:34 AM
so, i really love this picture...and i love to mix tape.....so i printed it out and made it an embroidery pattern. I made a few embroidered tape patches, and finally got around to making a tank top, inspired by your hoodie and the threadless one....

i embroidered the tape onto fabric, and basically made it into a patch, then, "splatter painted" (only the top half of) the tank top, then sewed on the patch.

the picture is bad b/c i had to use my phone...but you get the idea.

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6  Re: totally simple starfish bathroom art in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by gypsysoul3 on: August 24, 2005 04:14:04 PM
i love it...
i did something similar about 2 years ago...i bought these sand dollars from one of those cheesey beach-souvenier shops on the gulf coast, and did the same thing you did, i painted the frame's cardboard teal and distressed it. and painted the frame light yellow and distressed it. i have mine in my living room...i was afraid the cardboard would warp in the bathroom b/c of the steam--do you have that problem?

kinda a bad picture b/c i took it w/ my cell phone:

great minds think alike. hee.hee.
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7  Re: How do I make my home pictures look professional? in Crafty Business Discussion by gypsysoul3 on: July 31, 2005 06:10:32 PM
for my pictures i've had to rig up all kindsa lights and stuff to get the lighting just right....then, i decided to take it outside. the natural ighting outside on a sunny days has really helped. just a thought.
though, i am selling jewelry, so it may be a bit different. i've also found setting my digital camera on "macro" for close up pix works awesome.

i like to get creative and hang my pieces around randomly...
for example:

taken outside.

erasing the background seems like a good idea too. i've never tried it though.
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8  Re: baby gift for ex-Phishheads in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by gypsysoul3 on: April 19, 2005 01:38:39 PM
i had a similar issue, actually...as i am a "phishhead," and had a friend having a baby.
she had a girl, and i live in hawaii, so i just took pink aloha ("hawaiian") print fabric and appliqued it onto a plain white baby onesie.
you could take this idea farther by appliquing trees, fish, grateful dead bears, etc in a more "hippie" fabric onto a baby onesie.

this is what i did, it took no time at all, and my friend loved it! she;ll be the only baby on the block w/ this one-of-a-kind onesie!

another idea is to make one of those "baby slings"--they have a better sounding name, but i don't know what it is. it's like a hammock thing you tie around your body to carry your baby (maybe tie-dyed or earth tones). 
or a patchwork/corduroy hippie-ish diaper bag?

just a few ideas. good luck!!
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9  Re: Felt Bird Luggage Tags--and a Horseshoe one, too.... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by gypsysoul3 on: March 05, 2005 09:14:38 AM
sequins are easy, if you use a bead or charm to hold them in place (b/c of the hole in the center)
thats what i did, i ran the thread through the sequin, through a seed bead, then out through the bead, and back through the sequin. (if these seems confusing, i may have time later to draw a little picture).
i've also seem people use just sequins to do an entire picture, like a butterfly, out of only sequins, then you just arrange the sequins and sew over, under, etc.

i hope this enlarged picture helps.

sometimes the beads will stand on end othertimes, they lay flat--like in the picture.

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10  Clock Hand Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by gypsysoul3 on: March 04, 2005 09:08:50 PM
So, i came across these really pretty, ornate clock hands, and decided to make them into fancy dangle-y earrings:

i really like them because there seems to be something so unexpected about them.
but, at the same time, i don't really wear gold, so i may just end up selling them.
perhaps i can find pretty silver clock hands.

create a great day!!!
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