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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Girl, cloud & soda pop cushions - image heavy on: May 20, 2007 08:29:55 AM
Today I'm sick.  I've got a touch of the flu, so I locked myself away in my sewing room and came up with these lovely cushions.  I just wanted to share them with you all.  xox

The first two I tried were a couple of days ago and I wanted them to be shaped.  The first one is called Mandy. She is machine stitched on calico.  The second one is Sally. She is applique and machine stitching with fabric paint detail.

Then I wanted to do something bigger then the first two.  This one is called Sandy.  She is fabric crayon on calico, appliqued to an apple print cotton fabric.  The trees are felt and suede applique with button details.  Oh - and she has a metallic flower in her hair. Smiley  She is the size of a standard pillowcase.

Kara is another one I created.  She is created with machine stitching on calico appliqued onto a bright circle print fabric.

The next one I've called "Taking the cloud for a walk".  It was completely machine stitched from my imagination.

The last one is called "Who took a bit out of my soda pop-pop?"  It is applique of felt and textured fabric wallpaper on a bright cotton print.

So, what do you think?
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Illustrations on Patterned Paper - Image Heavy on: May 09, 2007 10:03:10 AM
Lately I've been working on images drawn straight onto textured wallpaper.  I've mixed up the experiment a little further with these illustrations I've created this past week.  I wanted to try and keep the wallpaper effect but considering the huge cost of printed wallpaper, I've used printed scrapbooking paper instead.

My girls were all created over various nights, and I'm quite please they stayed similar to another.  The mediums are ink and coloured pencil with a little bit of chinagraph, marker or collage.  I hope you like them! xox

Ali J
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / An ode to the veronica's on: April 27, 2007 10:09:41 AM
This was inspired by a picture of one of The Veronica's.  I used a graphite 4b pencil on graph paper.

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Charcoal and Pencil Studies on: April 24, 2007 06:40:01 AM
These are a few different studies I've been working on.  These are pencil,

The next one is of a glass swan.  I was trying to attempt capturing the opacity of it.

This one is a mixed media work of charcoal, conte, ink and paper.  It is a part of a project I am working on where I have a book (my subject is Diving) and I am recreating it into an item of art using the subject as the influence.

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Large mixed media 'quiet sombre girl' illustration on: April 24, 2007 06:28:44 AM
While I'm still drawing figures, I decided to do a mixed media illustration.  This is marker and acrylic paint on cardboard.

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Girl Illustrations on Wallpaper on: April 24, 2007 06:26:14 AM
I wanted to be different and try some different surfaces to illustrate on and I found some textured wallpaper that I collected years ago.  I'm really happy with how these images turned out.  These works are done in marker.

I want to keep working this way for a while, and maybe do some prints of my favourite peices to sell.  It's something I'm looking at as a long term goal.  For the moment I'm just having fun.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cute Girl Illustrations on: April 24, 2007 06:19:01 AM
I just wanted to share some of my cute girl illustrations that I have been working on this week.  I've just suddenly got the bug, and I just keep creating... Smiley

I know my photo skills need to improve (I don't have a scanner) to show them at their best quality.  What do you think?

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / 3 Great Button Cuffs - From Red, Black and Blue Vintage Buttons on: March 04, 2007 09:06:26 PM
I was inspired by a picture I saw when surfing the net and I decided to raid my button supplies.   Lucky me - I had sorted out the colours only a few days earlier!

Basically I cut pieces of elastic to length and then sewed on buttons.  The black one was mostly machine sewn, and then the remainder was hand sewn.  The pink and the blue were completely hand sewn.  They were time consuming, but great fun as I sat in front of the TV and had a Star Trek marathon.  Smiley  I'm going to add more buttons to the red one when I find some more.  The black one was my favourite because I left the threads hanging off, and it adds a great element to the item.

The only problem was that they were incredibly hard to photograph.  Too close and they went out of focus, too far and they lost the colour.  So what I've done is I've stacked the button cuffs on top of one another.  Oh, and I'm wearing the black one.  Smiley

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Oven Mitt to Super Cute I Love Muffins Clutch on: March 04, 2007 08:54:14 PM
I made this a few weeks ago, but only just got photo editing software on my computer to be able to post this.  (My images were always super huge.)

I don't have a before picture because I forgot.  But this was an oven mitt.  I cut it to size, sewed up the sides and added a button closure at the front.  I love it.  It is just below A4 in size so it has plenty of room for all the essentials.

This is the clutch -

This is the clutch open -

Here is some of the fabric detail -

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bright Citrus 60's inspired Circle Tablecloth Skirt on: March 04, 2007 08:13:29 PM
Hi all.

Well I finally fixed my sewing machine, and I decided to finish off a project that I've been itching to try for a few weeks now.  

This skirt was made from a bright citrus round tablecloth and an old worn out brown skirt.  I cut a whole in the middle of the tablecloth a little bigger then I wanted so that when I connected it to the waistband it would gather.  I accidentally cut the fabric on the waistband so I added some fabric detail and then decided that the skirt needed a little more to it.  I raided my button supply and attached 3 super cute buttons to match the skirt.  

The skirt can be worn up at the waist, or lower down on the hips due to the elasticity of the waistband.

Here is the action shot -

Here is the skirt on a hanger -

Last of all here is a close up of the button detail -

So, what do you think?
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