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141  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: NEWBIES ONLY Round 7 (SIGNUPS 12/27-01/13; SENDOUTS approx on the 02/04) on: December 27, 2007 11:57:57 PM
Hello, I've just submitted my application. I've just come back to the US after studying abroad in China for seven months. I'm REALLY looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and start craftin' away. I've lurked and posted here for just about a year and this is really my absolute favorite website. I probably would've joined a swap sooner if I hadn't been away. I've gotten so many great ideas from all you brilliant craftsters! I hope to learn about more about swapping so I can participate without acting like an exasperating noob. (there really are an awful lot of rules to this!)
142  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Eat Yer Heart Out on: August 10, 2006 12:20:11 PM
nice work--kilts are awesome.
143  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: There's no Depression here... on: August 10, 2006 12:12:27 PM
truly fabulous, both of you.  Smiley
144  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Super Mario Felt Stuffie! **Now featuring Luigi*** on: July 17, 2006 12:34:40 PM
too awesome!!!
145  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / sock monkeys, my new favorite pastime. on: July 17, 2006 12:23:48 PM
ah, sock monkeys. easy to make, and too freakin' cute. here are two that i've made recently:

this first one scares my cat; i can't figure out why. everytime he sees it he freezes and then runs from the room. it's a nice ally to have around when i'm trying to eat cereal and the cat is hoping for his share.

and here it is with my favorite book:

and here is one i made for my sister's birthday, the socks were kind of weird, and it's a much smaller monkey. i must say that i love the toe-hair, hee hee:

146  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / marx brothers t-shirts! on: July 17, 2006 12:15:00 PM
the marx bro's are my favorite comedians/actors. i got a box set earlier this summer right after i had surgery on my foot and was stuck in the house. they made my recovery period much more tolerable, and i decided to honor them with some t-shirts. i'm thinking about selling some of them on etsy and at a locally owned clothing store in my home town.

Here's my good friend modelling one of the shirts:

i had quite a few problems working out the photo emulsion process as i've only done this a few times before. the first two times i attempted it there were burned areas that prevented the ink from going through, much to my frustration, but i finally worked it out to prevent too much burning. although a few delicately painted on spots of remover were needed before it was truly ready for printing.
i hope you like it. any comments/suggestions are most welcome.
147  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: yarrr! jaunty hooded nautical tee on: July 13, 2006 11:09:38 AM
wow!!! i love sailor-themed anything, and this is tops!
148  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Holmes Hat *Now with Tute* on: June 30, 2006 08:17:38 PM
Here is the first hat I've ever made, finished today. It was supposed to be shaped like a baseball cap but it took on a sherlock holmes -sorta shape and I think I like that just as much. There is a leather button on the top but I'm not sure if you can see it in any of the pictures. The inside is lined with the same paisley you see along the rim, and it's lined with batting to make it warm (definitely more for a chilly london evening than midday in the sun).

It was fun and easy to make, and I think I might make more to sell in different colors once I perfect my technique, since I'm out of work and out of money...

and on the creator:

I hope you all like it.


Here is a tutorial with pictures and captions to explain.

1. cut out four symmetrical shapes in the fabric you would like for the outside, plus four in a fabric for the inside, plus four of poly or cotton batting. The bottom length of each should be equal to the circumfrence of your head divided by four.

2. Using the brim of another hat you are fond of, trace and cut a brim made of something stiff. I used two layers of cross-stitch backing. Now cut out two pieces of fabric that are an inch or two wider all the way around.

I used fabric glue to fold under and fasten the material to the underside. Then I folded the piece of fabric to be used on top in on itself and glued the underside of the folded piece along the outside edge of the brim. I left the inside edge open to put batting inside and so that I could attach the brim to the hat.

3. Next I sewed all of the four outside pieces plus batting together and [separately] the inside pieces together to make two beanie-type hats.

4. This part is difficult to explain and do, even though the rest of the hat was simple: To get the edge [paisley on my hat] to show on the outside and to keep the hems invisible, I had to sew the two outside edges together on the inside of the hat so that I could pull the two pieces to the outside and have a bubble or push the paisley piece inside and show the pattern inside the hat. The picture I drew is supposed to be a cross-section. The hardest part was the last quarter of this process, and it definitely requires some handsewing.

5. Phew! Now that that part is over, all you need to do is arrange the brim and sew it into place inside the hat, then attach a button. The white dotted lines show where I stitched.

I hope this adequately explains the process. It's much easier and quicker than it sounds from my rambling.

oh god for some awful reason, photobucket is making the tute too blurry to understand the words. this is soooooo annoying.
149  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Groucho Marx stencil <3 on: June 26, 2006 10:08:59 PM
i plan on stencilling it to as many surfaces as I can, but this white t-shirt is a good start... Wink
150  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: cat pillows - tutorial added, sort of! on: June 26, 2006 05:43:29 PM
wowzers!! I love it! I also have a, erhm, full-figured cat who is somewhat infamous. What a great idea, and it came out perfectly!
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