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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / homemade stuffed kitsune (Japanese fox spirit) on: December 09, 2008 11:37:17 AM
hi, Craftsters! It's been a LONG time.

So, I made this for my friend for her birthday. She wants kids someday, so I told her I would start learning to make stuffed animals now, so that her kids could have a whole menagerie of homemade toys one day. She has a moose, a squirrel (moose and squirrel, get it? haha) and a kitsune now.

This kitsune is made from recycled fulled wool double knit fabric (the salmon coloured parts), leftover corduroy (the ivory), leather scraps and buttons taken from an old sweater I turned into rags (the eyes), and wool roving that I needle-felted to its paws, ears, tails, and chest for shading and/or fluffiness. Pattern is my own design.

I took these pictures before I made it a little navy blue cardigan, like a fisherman's sweater, out of an old sweater of my own that my boyfriend put in the wash (and shrank).

like it? =)

I needle felted a little heart tattoo on its bum!

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / leather + sterling bullion on: August 15, 2008 09:11:39 PM
I had this cut piece of leather that I'd stiffened with resin left over (it was a practice piece to test my ideas about resin and leather) from the Gorgeous Choker Swap, and I really wanted to use it. Then I came up with the idea of using up some of my sterling silver wire by making bullion. I played around with it for a while and came up with this, which uses up some spare freshwater pearls and a bit of silver chain that I'd been saving for just the right project.

What do you think? Boyfriend says it's strange, but I think I like it. The drapey silver loops make me think of a chandelier, you know? I would love to hear what YOU think. Wearable? Wonderful? Weird?

the toggle closure is on the side, in the front. I thought it looked neat there. Here's a picture of it on me, but I took it in a mirror, so it's reversed! =)

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / leather + resin = I basically made vinyl on: July 25, 2008 11:15:06 AM
A project for the Gorgeous Choker Swap. My partner's received, so I thought I'd post. Made of leather (repurposed from a thrift store leather jacket) brushed with resin to stiffen it. So, I basically made vinyl. Whoops. So much for using natural materials, I guess.

questions welcome, comments/feedback always appreciated!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / upside down cupcake wrapper (recycling, ruffles, and YOU) on: April 05, 2008 11:11:06 AM
my fella says the skirt looks like an upside down cupcake wrapper. I haven't decided if I'll keep this yet, rock it in summer, swap it, give it away, I dunno. But here it is: my experiment in ruffles and recycling.

Dress buttons up the back with self-buttons (on the pink panel, at the top of the skirt I used tiny white buttons). Neckline is surplice (meaning that part of the navy crosses over the other side), and the straps are just long ties, so it's adjustable. SKirt is a basic A-line skirt, and then I put 4 gores (or triangles, with the wide part at the bottom) into it to give it more flare/room. The ruffles were all randomly pinned by hand - I had to sew ruffles on to the skirt one layer at a time.

there's one more pic below (of the back, which I'm quite happy with), so scroll down if you just want to see it. If you're curious, here's what it's made of (the recycled details), working by identifiable colour/section:

navy: WAS a beautiful silk twill button-up shirt that was my mother's and became mine. It was too short for my frame, but I loved how soft it was, so I wore it anyway. That's also why I couldn't give it up, even though I hadn't worn it in years. It is lined in silk, a dark tye-dye that was an old shirt of Cassidy's that he relinquished some time ago.

pink: WAS an FCUK shirt that I bought at Buffalo. It was a pullover, rather tight on the shoulders and too loose through the rest of the body, and (of course) too short for my frame. I bought it because I loved the fabric (the grey is delicate webby embroidery), and couldn't get rid of it for the same reason. I had enough fabric to line the back with the same, but in the front, I had to make do with something else. So the front is lined with orange linen, a large scrap left over from a skirt I made last summer ("solstice skirt" - it's posted on here somewhere).

skirt: now, you can't see it, but the structure under all the ruffles is baby-blue 100% cotton jersey, scraps leftover from a blouse I made a couple years ago.The blue ruffles are cotton voile that I dyed blue and used in a costume years ago. I retired the costume (also years ago) and cut the voile off for reuse. I tea-dyed it to tone down the blue. The brown ruffles ARE new fabric: a bit 3 oz thai silk chiffon that I tea-dyed with the blue to soften the colour. (Incidentally, the tea-dying was also a process of recycling/using what you have: I used the last half of a box of tea that I wasn't going to drink because something about it gave me headaches.) The ivory = a bit of nylon stretch mesh. Also new. Pretty much purchased for this kind of play/experimentation.

what do you think? I'm not sure what I'll do with this and would LOVE to have some feedback to help with the decision-making process!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "dahling!"- Tallulah Bankhead tee on: March 16, 2008 05:17:18 PM
Alright, I honestly don't know where to put this sucker, so correct me if I'm wrong. I discovered the wicked cool site of Natalie Alabama Chanin (former of Project Alabama) earlier this year, and was totally excited to see INSTRUCTIONS for the incredible reverse-applique-tees they do.

I had a friend with a birthday coming up, and I like to make her original and interesting things whenever I can, so I decided to try this out. I chose Tallulah (who made "DAH-ling!" famous back in the day. Google her, she's a crazy big diva, very fun, very nuts) because this friend did a presentation on Tallulah in a seminar we had together, and it was a lot of fun - to give and to hear/see. I also looked up Tallulah's autograph and kind of morphed it onto a curve and added it to my shirt. I used corally-pink thread for the reverse applique, but added some other stitching in plum to do fine details that the reverse applique isn't well-suited to. I didn't paint on my design, so I am going to fray-check all these edges before I give it to her.

What do you think? I'd love to hear! =)


zoomed out, for a sense of scale:

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / navy wool jumper/dress on: December 20, 2007 11:32:00 PM
navy wool suiting I got on the cheap at fabric.com. Washed & dried three times on high heat to full/shrink (result: washable wool, plus nubby organic texture, woo!). Designed and drafted the pattern, lined the skirt part (not the yoke) with microfiber T-shirt knit in light celadon. It pulls on. And it's so comfy I feel like I should sleep in it. Embroidered the hem, yoke seam, and neckline with palestrina knots in pale blue.

whatcha think?
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / flamboyant rose hair ornament on: December 19, 2007 12:57:54 PM
This is made primarily out of recycled materials, but since I bought the "rose" (a white velvet poinsetta) new before I tore it apart, painted, and reconstructed it, I thought this should go here. This was totally inspired by Louise Black's stuff on etsy, which I love but, sadly, cannot afford.

I can't wait to wear this spring with the sailor-y/preppy bright stripes I am seeing in shops already.

I put more information about how I did it on my craft blog. You can check it out here if you want to know more:
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / leather covered pearls on: September 04, 2007 09:59:18 PM
I kind of think Natalia Barili is the bomb, even if her leather-covered bone pendant kind of creeps me out. And I really love her leather-covered pearl necklace (see it in september Lucky, in the "best new designers" section, or just google her), but I'm a grad student, which means I don't exactly have $300 for a new necklace.

instead, I had some salvaged leather from a skirt (that I got in swap), an old, two-strand fake-pearl necklace from my 8th grade graduation, leather needles, and black thread. I cut the necklace apart and restrung the beads for this, and after quite a bit of tiny stitching, voila!:

I've been wearing it with the bow (that covers the clasp salvaged from the original necklace) on the side. It's too cute not to show off!

what do you think? =)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / cashmere/wool autumn jacket on: August 25, 2007 11:04:47 PM
totally inspired by the cover of the august anthropologie catalogue. Only I decided not to do the pockets, cos I just couldn't make them look good. And the similarity between the buttons was entirely accidental.

So my brother gave me this fabric (80% wool/20% cashmere, nice heavy coating) for my birthday and it's taken me forever to put it to good use, but I finally did! This jacket is double-breasted, but entirely unlined. I thought it would be nice when I just need something to cut the elements. No pockets (maybe I'll change that if it gets too inconvenient?), but I love it. I am tall with long long arms, and it took some fiddling, but it FITS. Hooray!

here we are!

a close-up of the buttons. I think they are very neat!

What do you think? I would really love to get some feedback/comments on this? =) thanks for looking! =)
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / cherries and cream blouse (big pics, sorry!) on: July 25, 2007 08:16:37 PM
so I've had this white cotton eyelet forever, just waiting for the perfect summer project to put it into. So here we are: I designed this top and drafted the pattern a couple weeks ago, but all the hand-sewn bias took forever.

details: blouse is unlined, except for lined yoke. Top part of yoke is sheer ivory net, and bottom has stitching detail and (flat, not corded) piping. Everything is trimmed with 1/4-inch bias that I made from some red printed cotton. It has a shirt-tail hem, and oh yeah - it ties in the back at the neck. =)



on. weird angle, I know. =)

whaddya think? you like?
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