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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Eco-Friendly Bamboo Slouchy Hat! on: October 31, 2010 05:17:50 PM
I recently discovered bamboospun (the brand) yarn. Mmm, 77% bamboo. It is very soft and snuggly, not to mention eco-friendly! So, I present to you my very simple super slouchy bamboo hat! Made up as I went, no pattern.

The design is simple, just a rib and double crochet, partly because the yarn is too chunky to properly do any decorative stitching with, and because the hat is for function (mostly), not decoration.

Close up of the rib (*proud*) and beautifulness of the yarn.

I'm pretty sure I need to go buy skeins in every color of this now, because it is so amazing.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Hello Kitty (Fabric) Soft Cover Journal ! on: October 17, 2010 12:57:32 PM
I made another soft cover journal, this time for my 8 yr old sister. She saw mine and declared that she must have one, so I got her hello kitty fabric and whipped this up today. This one has sketchbook weight paper for drawing, since she is an aspiring artist "just like her sister." Tongue 4 signatures of 5 pages each for a total of 80 pages.

Pics! (Hello Kitty lovers turn away!)

Inside cover, with her name (which she requested). I messed up on this one; the thread ripped the paper so I had to ghetto-ly repair it with tape which you can kinda see in the picture. But I don't think she cares.

Back cover with nifty "special stuff" storage pocket.

The mint green stitching.

Whatcha think?
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Soft Cover Coptic Stitch Book on: October 14, 2010 04:13:08 PM
After looking for a good tutorial, I finally taught myself coptic stitch.

I've been dying to do an altered book, but after attempting a few pages, I discovered to my dismay that the pages were too thin to hold up to being glued together, watercolored, and other wet media. After thinking about it for a while I figured I would make an empty sketchbook and use it to make a visual art journal which will enable me to do pretty much the same thing I wanted to do with my altered journal attempt anyway.

I used 98lb mixed media paper which will hold up to anything I'm pretty sure. 5 signatures of 5 pages each for a total of 100 pages. Cover is bristol board folded in half with scrapbook paper added. I used embroidery thread that was gradient colored so it would provide interesting color changes over the stitching. (If you have never done coptic stitch before, don't be like me and forget to buy beeswax. You can do it without it, but it def. would help keep silly knots out of the thread and save you an hour.)

And now! Behold my first coptic stitch bound book! (sorry for crap pics)

Inside the cover:


And a closeup of my stitching which took 3 hours because I messed up once and was determined to have perfect stitches:

I think I did good. What do you think?

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Costume on: February 27, 2010 07:33:33 PM
Hello all. I am going to A-Kon 21 this year in June, and I have bravely (or perhaps foolishly?) decided to make my costume. I am going to cosplay as Sakura from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, specifically her cherry blossom costume. This specific scan is a little darker than the real image (I have the artbook). I've done some investigating and come across several rather good versions of this costume here, here, and here. I have several questions regarding how I should go about making this costume, because I want to make it really well...

1. Material suggestions? I want to use something that suits the costume but is not cheap - no thin shiny satin or flimsy fabric.
2. How should I make the costume - as one whole dress, or two parts, what?
3. How to make the sleeves? These are my biggest concern. If you notice, it is a puffy bell-shape at the top, going down into a large flared end, but there is another sleeve underneath. I don't know if is one entire sleeve or two parts. I don't know how to make a puffy sleeve, much less make one that has puffy tops and then continues out (like long sleeves you know?).
4. How should I attach the bells? If you also notice these are all attached to small triangles of fabric. I don't want those to be flimsy (I assume maybe I should reinforce them with interfacing perhaps?) but I'm not sure how to attach the bells to it.
5. Also, if anyone can provide information on how to do the trim, that would be helpful. (Is it bias tape or what?)

I don't want to seem like a n00b, I just want to make sure I have as much information in my hands as I can before I start the costume. I want to make it well and do Sakura justice ^_^ Thanks for any help!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cardboard Wiimote on: November 24, 2009 08:44:41 PM
Upon seeing the lovely cardboard guitar posted by sheena.lee, I remembered about my cardboard wiimote I had to make for Design II at the beginning of this semester. I didn't know what board to post it under, but now I do!  Grin

The concept behind this was "cross section/layering" and I think I did an ok job.

Sorry for suckish pictures, these were taken a while back in the design room in a hurry.

Nunchuck plugin:

Soooo hard to cut out!! >_<;;

Sensor bar:

The power button was made by cutting a circle out of the top cardboard piece and then placing a circle shape inside that... if you understand how I just explained that.

Battery cover:

If you can't tell, the B button was layered like the body of the wiimote was, in a kind of 'stairstep' way. It was hard >_>;  and the battery cover was made by cutting slits out of the cardboard pieces.

This was all made roughly to scale... I think it's about 3 or 4 times bigger than a normal wiimote... I don't remember my exact measurements.

Thanks for looking!!  Grin
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Hina's ATC gallery - UPDATE 11/03/09 - img fat, nudity, swap spoilers on: November 01, 2009 11:18:37 AM
I've recently joined the ATC craze and made a bunch. I'm in the ongoing ATC swap (which has been loads of fun  Cheesy) so I'm thoroughly addicted now!

Here are the ATCs I have currently made! (Warning, vintage nudity ahead ^^)

This one's my favorite... made from a vintage Japanese schoolboy photo... I thought he was cute Tongue

This one seems to be missing something...

Creepy Halloween one.

This one was hard because I couldn't figure out what else to put into the background... but I thought the chick was pretty so...

LOL this one makes me laugh  Cheesy

I love this one ^^

I've seen this image used a lot in ATCs ....  Undecided

"A muffin is just an ugly cupcake."

I made this one for my boyfriend. Unfortunately my sad excuse of a scanner cut off the side Undecided

And then this was an ATC set I made for FicklePegasus in the Oct Ongoing ATC Swap.

Phew! Lots of images. I'm still new at ATCs, but I'll be making tons more and updating! Thanks for viewing!

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Spooky Little House - Slightly Pic Chunky on: October 18, 2009 06:45:19 AM
So I was browsing the galleries for the chunky house swap, and I got inspired... And I made my own little house, in honor of Halloween. I call it my "little spooky weird house," although it's a little more weird than spooky  Cheesy  Oh, and this is my first chunky house!

On to pictures! I tried to take semi-artistic photos... but there's hardly more you can do with a tiny little Kodak Easy Share.

The front!

I dyed the sheet music background with this tea/coffee mixture... it was made with spiced chai tea so the house smelled good for the longest time  Cheesy

With the window flaps open:

Spooky residents!

I love the expression on the cat's face  Cheesy


Spooky children and the key to the house... but who's going to go after it when it's a haunted place?


The ghost woman who lives in the house. I named her Nell.

And her companion ghost friend, the headless knight.

I keep thinking about adding more to the hanging headless skeleton side... should I? Thoughts? Suggestions?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lil Red Dress on: September 13, 2009 09:13:37 AM
So I fell in love with this jersey knit fabric they had at Hancock's. It has this neato print and it's red, one of my favorite colors. Being that a special occasion is coming up soon, I decided to make a dress.

Front. I've yet to hem the bottom of the dress >_>;;

Back .

Front detail! You can probably see that strange mistake I made under the bust......

Please excuse the hair and face! Oh and can you believe this is my first dress??  Cheesy Comments and constructive crit welcome!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Hyde. on: February 17, 2009 03:45:17 PM
So, not too long ago I decided to get back into my old habit of drawing in pencil. A bit strange when you get used to coloring with Copics... nevertheless, I tackled drawing my favorite Japanese artist, Hyde, lead singer of L'Arc~en~Ciel.

His lips look funny, but other than that I am satisfied with it.

<3 <3 hyde <3 <3
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 2 iPod cozies on: March 26, 2008 08:07:10 PM
Today I made these two iPod cozies. (I apologize for the horrible cell phone pictures yet again. >_>;Wink

This one is a very very very very late Christmas gift for my best friend. The colors are not that weird looking in the pictures.



This next one was for myself, it was a pain in the @$$ to make. After many failed attempts and hours at making this dumb thing, it finally came out all right. I made it from some super cute fabric I bought a week ago, it has different colored ice cream cones all over it and some cherries. The front and back of the cozy have foam squeezed in between the fabric to keep my Aristotle (my iPod) cozy and comfy. <3



Both have snap clasps to keep the iPod inside, and the 2nd cozy has an opening at the bottom to hook up the USB cord.

They were a lot of fun to make. <3 <3
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