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1  Origami Bookmark Dolls in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jofre146 on: August 06, 2006 10:21:20 AM
Is anyone else fascinated by these:

I think they're called shiori ningyo in Japanese. I kept finding them in second hand stores and was intrigued. I started making them without any real instructions on how to do so, just copying what I'd found.
Recently I got a book on them, but the book is in Japaense so it's a little hard to follow, but not impossible.
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2  Re: Pets or weird people doing weird things to your craft.... in Stitch And BOTCH by jofre146 on: August 06, 2006 08:37:01 AM
Here is my cat Jynx helping me by holding down a few yards of fabric that might have otherwise floated off into the ethernet...

or so she seemed to think. She often supervises when I'm crafting.
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3  Re: Freeform lace scarves in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jofre146 on: August 05, 2006 11:51:42 AM
I used a freeform lace scarf kit made by Mokuba, the Japanese ribbon company. The kit is comprised of two pieces of stabilizer, one is see through (for the top) and the other is papery and sticky. Both are water soluble. Mokuba puts out two scarf kits - one with all the directions, stabilizers and yarns, etc. and one with only the stabilizers (alot cheaper). Since I had read about this technique before and I wanted to choose my own ribbons and yarns, I chose the kit sans directions.

I've seen in various stores that Sulky also makes water soluble stabilizers that can be used instead - the price of all the necessary "ingredients" is comparable if you opt for that. I think you have to buy some fabric adhesive if you use the Sulky stabilizer, since the stabilizer isn't sticky and the ribbons and bits won't stay in place if you don't. Make sure you get the water-soluble adhesive spray if you do use it. I've since ordered a bunch of pieces of water-soluble stabilizer from someone on the internet (can't remember who...) and have made two scarves for friends from that. I don't have pictures of them because my friends live in the Netherlands, and I don't!

My finished scarves are 50 inches by 8 inches. They are composed of bits and pieces of silk embroidery ribbons, eyelash yarns, regular sewing thread and other yarns and ribbons. I used up a bunch of hand dyed silk embroidery ribbons I had made long ago and had never gotten around to using.

You could get creative and use other stuff besides ribbons, like those little fabric yo-yo's or bits of plastic, or old credit cards or whatever. As long as you can "lock" the little items in place, you should be able to do it.

I consider these scarves sewn items since you must lock all the ribbons and yarns together by machine, sewing a grid pattern over everything.

What you do is lay down the big piece of water soluble interfacing, with the sticky side up. You are going to stick all the ribbons and yarns, etc. onto this sticky surface.

First lay down an outer border of ribbon - one that goes all the way around the border of the scarf. This is  important because it sets the boundaries of the scarf, and is the first surface you will actually sew. You don't have to lay out an outer border but it gives you a frame of reference.

Once that is in place, you get creative and place all your yarns and ribbons on top of that.

When you are satisfied with the freeform patterns of ribbon and yarn that will inevitably emerge, you then place the see-through sheet of soluble stabilizer on top of the ribbons - this piece of stabilizer isn't sticky, but will adhere to the sticky stabilizer underneath all the ribbons. You can go ahead and pin through all layers with quilters pins, just to make sure everything stays in place.

Here you are seeing the backside of the scarf with the papery stabilizer and a grid sewn in 1 inch blocks.

After that, you sew a 1 inch grid through all the layers, this will "lock" all the ribbons together.
Finally, you dunk the whole mess in water and rinse out the stabilizers - this takes several rinses, and hang your masterpiece out to dry.
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4  Freeform lace scarves in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jofre146 on: August 05, 2006 09:16:43 AM
Here are a couple of "freeform" lace scarves I made with a bunch of ribbons and dissolvable fabric stabilizer on my sewing machine:

It's a pretty easy technique if anyone's interested. I keep thinking of using this technique to make fairy wings or the front panel of an Elizabethan costume, or maybe lace sleeves for a funky renaissance dress...
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5  Micro-macrame necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by jofre146 on: August 05, 2006 09:10:46 AM
I make a lot of micro-macrame stuff, here's one of my necklaces:

 and here are a few watchbands:

I started doing micro-macrame about 3 years ago - I just figured if it could be done on a large scale (like plant holders and owls) I could do it on a really small scale. Apparently, it used to be known as a lace form before it became popular in the 60's.
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6  Re: make your own souvenir craftalong in Craftalongs by jofre146 on: August 04, 2006 12:46:30 PM
Here they be:

I won an auction on eBay for about 20 of those tiny trolls (they were hairless) so I made their hair out of strands of yarns and glued them in place. They also had little holes on their foreheads for attaching to chains I suppose, so I glued crystals or pearls on their "third eye" areas. The mermaid tails were made from sparkly holographic swim suit material.
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7  Re: make your own souvenir craftalong in Craftalongs by jofre146 on: August 04, 2006 12:37:17 PM
Every year I get together with friends for a weekend in a European city where we shop for fabrics. And each year I make a souvenir indicative of the city we're in and give one to each person present... This year it was London, so my Norwegian friend and I made tweed teapot pincushions:

The year before it was mermaid trolls, since we were in Copenhagen (I'll post a picture later)

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