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1  Darling, your christmas present took a BIT longer... in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by krtek on: January 07, 2009 09:41:25 AM
Hi folks!

I would like to show you what I made for my boyfriend for Christmas. We are both fans of Disney's "Tron" movie and he mentioned one time that he would like a Bit of his own. If you don't know it, the Bit is a character from the movie that can only answer yes and no and changes shapes. You can see it quite good in this short youtube clip.

So, I made a Bit! It's made from simple cotton fabric in three colors and can be turned inside out to reveal all three states.

The states are all geometric shapes, the yellow "Yes" is a simple Octahedron, the red "No" is the second stellation of the Icosahedron (I never heard of it before either Wink) and the blue neutral state is a compound of dodecahedron and icosahedron. I think it's not blue but white in the movie and it's just the blue lighting, but it seems more recognizable in blue. Alas, I didn't get the right shade of blue fabric, the one I used is too dark.

I found plans online for the blue and yellow forms, the red one I made myself. It consists of 32 individual spikes and took some time to figure out, draw and put together. Only just yesterday I found plans for papermodels of all three states (here if you're interested). Now I feel a little like an idiot because I did an extensive search and did not come across them but I'm also a little proud that I was able to do it on my own.

I made templates for each shape, drew them onto Vlieseline (fusible interfacing) and then started to stitch along each and every edge. It took some time, especially the red part, but I finished the whole thing just before Christmas. Aside from the time pressure it was a lot of fun sewing something so geometric. Maybe it's just the math nerd in me Wink

The blue one has two openings where the red and yellow parts are attached. This way it can be turned to each state while the other two are hidden inside. The spikes are quite wrinkly from stuffing them inside but I don't know how I could iron this thing.  Cheesy

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2  Three Owls in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by krtek on: May 17, 2008 02:46:19 PM
Hallo everyone Smiley

I made these three little owls, they are small bags (what do you call them in English? Pouches?) for cosmetics, pens or whatever.
They are made completely from scraps and materials I already had around. When I was sorting my fabric scraps I found that I have way to many to make just one owl, so in the end I made three of them. One dark, one light and one multicolored. I thought of them being Night, Day and Dream, but I'm not sure which would be which, so its up to everyone to decide themselves.

They all have a zipper and a lining and some embroidery details. I'm going to make some more, they just take a couple of hours to make and I have a lot of fun combining the different textures and colors. And they are in a way poetic, at least to me.

I hope you like them Smiley
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3  A Koi Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by krtek on: April 12, 2008 02:38:02 PM
Hello everyone! Smiley

I made this bag a few days ago and I'm so in love with it, I just had to show it. Wink

It's a koi, similar in design to the "Fancy Fish Handbag" by Ghee's, but I made the pattern for my fish myself.

I started by quilting the polka-dot fabric to look a bit like scales. The finns (Is that the right word? English is not my native language Wink) are quilted, too.
Then i made the "frame" for his mouth from heavy wire (sorry, no picture of the construction). It keeps shut with elastic loops and buttons/beads (his eyes/nostrils Grin). And a lot of hand-sewing, seam-ripping and re-sewing later...

.. he looks like he's smiling Smiley

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4  Hamburg Ahoi! in CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES by krtek on: March 04, 2008 05:28:55 AM
Hello everyone!
This is my first challenge entry, so I'm a bit nervous Wink English is not my native language and I apologise for any mistake I may make.
Let's start with a picture of what I did because everyone wants pictures, right?

I've had the idea for my project in mind for some time and when this challenge came about I knew I had to participate. I never even had to think hard about the place I live or how I could work its features into a project. It all came together naturally and I think it fits this challenge's theme perfectly.
I have lived in Hamburg, Germany for 6 years now. Hamburg is Germany's second-largest city and located at a river close to the North Sea. Hamburg Harbour is the second-largest port in Europe. The city's official name is "Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg" (referring to the ancient European trading association, the Hanse). So of course seafaring (i had to look that word up Wink) and trade have always been important around here.

Hamburg is a beautiful city, I immediately fell in love with it when I first moved here. It's got a city center with two lakes which looks a bit like Venice,
it's got a beach where one can spend the day watching the container ships moving up and down the river Elbe. It's a great place to live and it has this maritime flair which I love.
Of course my challenge project had to incorporate this spirit.
I have this German Navy coat which basically was okay as it was. Still, it could do with a little something to make it more "me" and more unique as well.
(This is what it looks like from the front, in case you are interested)

I've had the idea of designing a traditional sailor's tattoo with seagulls instead of swallows (because seagulls are everywhere around here) for a while but
did not approach it until this challenge. To start with I had a hard time with the seagulls. They were supposed to resemble typical tattoo-swallows while still being recognizable as seagulls (and not doves). In the end I drew a whole tattoo design around them. The tattoo includes quite a few other elements each of which stands for something. And it's quite suitable for a navy jacket, isn't it?

I embroidered and appliqued it on the back of the jacket. I'm still thinking about adding more to the sleeves. It's like having a real tattoo, I think. Once you started there is no stopping. Wink

The anchor of course means home, coming home, staying. The small stars and the cross at the top are taken from Hamburg's coat of arms. The nautical stars in red and green are coloured according to the position lights on a ship. Red is portside (left) and green is starboard (right). And the heart is for love, needless to say. I added the waves to give it more background. I thought about adding clouds as well but decided against it.

Here are some pictures of the work in progress:

So, I hope you like my contribution. Even if nothing more comes from this challenge I am glad to have this piece done (which would have taken a lot longer if it wasn't for the deadline). It makes me happy. Smiley
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