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31  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Hot night out? You need a PYROMANIAC HAT! on: October 03, 2008 05:46:58 AM
Ok..well I decided to do this challenge to fill in time. I walked down to the local shops. My budget was around $18 Australian ($15 US) but I wanted to keep the price low, because I'm poor.

I knew I wanted to do some sort of headgear, but beyond that I had no idea.
My items:

I bought...
- 1 kitkat (for personal sustenance, it's not my food item)
- 2 pairs XL black pantyhose
- 1 box of benino peppermint tea (my food item - my Mum hates this brand, it's weak and awful!)
- cotton twine
- a small face towel
- 10 boxes of matches (they cost $2..bargain)
- coffee filters.
All in all this was around $15.70...
Went home and began my EVIL PLANS.
First, I started brewing the tea to dye some string and my coffee filters.

But then, disaster struck! The coffee filters were unbleached, meaning they were brown! The peppermint tea was not going to have much of an effect. So..I cheated (forgive me...)
I got a couple of bags of rosehip tea and brewed them as well. Hey, they're not the main point of my project.

I put the string and some old sheet fabric into the steaming brews. The one on the left is the peppermint and has half the packet of teabags in it Tongue The kitchen smelled very intriguing after all of this teamaking.
While I was doing this I added a smoky flavour to some of my coffee filters and some sheet fabric.

I also fiddled around with my stockings

Then I started weaving the matches together with my string.

I made this fetching flower out of matches, coffee filters, the wrapper from the matchboxes and burnt fabric.

OK, after this, I sort of ran out of in progress shots. Basically, I cut the main body of the hat out of the face towel, and stitched these pleated dyed coffee filters around the edge. I also sewed on my bands of interwoven matches, and ruffles made of tea dyed fabric, burnt fabric and my kitkat wrapper. I disguised the edge of the hat with a stocking leg ruffle, and sewed the other leg inside it, to help keep the hat on.

I don't think it was completely finished in that photo.

Detail of the woven matches

coffee filter ruffles

I was trying to cultivate some sort of mysterious "I have no face" thing with the stockings, but..well, let's just say it didn't work. So I gave up trying to take photos of the hat on me, and put it on my soft toy tiger Jaga.

Ok, so it was finished. But I still had this little match doo-hickey that I hadn't used in the hat. So I decided to burn it.

Aww yeah.

And what about all those charred coffee filters and sheet fabric? Well, I suppose I could just burn them.

I still have heaps of matches left too!
Well, I hope you like my pyromaniac hat!
32  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Evil eyed bird embroidery on: September 27, 2008 02:55:58 PM
Well OK, I love the eye of providence, but I'm not religious at all so I wouldn't want people to get the wrong idea by me wearing a masonic symbol.
I was making a skirt covered in yellow and green scraps, and decided to embroider this bird on it. With an ocular twist...

Ahhhh isn't it evil?
In fact, I'm so keen on the eye that I want to make a skirt covered with eyes. Although that'd be REALLY weird.

Freehanded pattern, made up directly on the fabric (I sketched it out first with laundry marker..I'll probably get one of those vanishing textas some time but they are a little expensive.)
33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Psychedelic tailcoat and parrot pants on: September 20, 2008 05:44:20 AM
Let's just say..I don't make ordinary clothes. I can buy those, what's the point?
First, my fabtastic tailcoat - my own pattern and a slightly dodgy one at that (I know the fit isn't perfect, but hey, it's my first tailored jacket, I think I did OK Smiley. Made out of a curtain fabric remnant from my Oma's 80s curtains, velvet scraps and corduroy scraps.

The artsy shot:

Now, the parrot pants. I had a LOT of fabric scraps left over from t shirt recons, in a few different colours. I bleached some, dyed some and I had even more colours. So I made these ridiculous rainbow parrot pants with hand painted lace (bit scratchy but oh well)
They are useless but "avant guarde" maybe Smiley

The waistband is this gorgeous spandex/stretchy fabric I got from the thrift store for $1. I love it so much. I don't have much more, I think I'll make a pair of gloves (I don't want to wreck it though!)

The belt cost $2. So did the t shirt (new.)
I am so cheap Cheesy

Hope you like them.
34  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Forget flying close to the sun, Fish Icarus had OTHER problems! on: September 18, 2008 03:05:29 AM
I think I am much better at drawing/painting than sewing.

I used to put stuff on Threadless.com all the time, but I got discouraged because none of my stuff got printed. However, I think I've gotten MUCH better, and so has Threadless (8 colours instead of 4, belt printing, new effect inks, etc etc)
Also, they had a Threadless Loves Drawing, where the prize is a cintiq graphics tablet and $2000 and $500 of store credit! I want to get it so much!

Anyway, if you have a Threadless account, I'd love it if you voted for my design. It's based off a drawing.
And it's here.

If you can't be bothered to click, here's what the picture looks like:

And here's how I made it:

Hope you like it!
35  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Crane wings and steam - first proper freehand embroidery! on: August 26, 2008 02:30:53 AM
So yeah, I learned a whole bunch of new stitches (chain, and slip stitch - god, I can't believe I was doing running stitch back and forth before!)
I embroidered some psychedelic steam swirls on the cuff of a tailcoat I am making:

And..this took ages, but I embroidered two wings on a jacket yoke (The jacket hasn't been sewn yet, I figured it would be much easier to embroider the fabric before it was cut, so I could stretch it in my hoop, which is one of those HUGE ones...)

They're crane wings. And they're both different because I couldn't be bothered embroidering the same design twice. I made up the pattern myself based on photos (for the crane feathery wing) and a reference picture (for the x-ray wing)
Wing bones based on this picture:

The feathery wing:

The x-ray wing:

To give you a little perspective, each bone is about 2-3 mm wide
And the wings are about 5 inches long (13 cm)
36  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Newbie Knitter can't fathom the jargon! on: August 12, 2008 01:18:51 AM
OK! Well I know what P and K means..but I really don't understand knitting patterns. What does DPN mean? Why does knitting make my brain hurt like this? It would be much easier to get into if it wasn't so HARD.... Sad
Can you tell me a few of the basic knitting terms that I'll encounter, and what they mean?
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / sock yarn - what ply? on: August 10, 2008 05:15:01 AM
weeeelll I want to knit socks. Not ridiculously thin silky ones (I get cold feet, and I'm a beginner knitter), but at the same time not so chunky that I can't get my shoes on.
I have some sock needles in size 2. And the only wool I can find is these bales of sock stuff, but it is a) not pure wool, b) already dyed in random colours - I'd like to dye my own, and really expensive! $13 a ball :O
So..I'm just wondering, what ply would you use to knit socks? Any tips? The ball of sock yarn said that it would make a pair, but HOW LONG? :O

About how much wool would you need, and how do you get both socks the same? Same stripe matching or whatever isn't too concerning for me..but it'll be funky if they're not the same length...

Your comments are appreciated. There's a tutorial for knitting socks on wikihow - is knitting socks too hard? Would you suggest something else? (I've knitted scarves before...and I know how to knit basic cables - nothing on the round before)
38  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Bright feathers and wool! FOOD COLOUR FTW! on: August 09, 2008 03:18:53 PM
Gah, I HATE vinegar. It smells disgusting, I hate the taste, etc etc.
OK. Well, I dyed the wool to make legwarmers (there aren't many pictures of the wool, but I had great fun making up heaps of different colour combos), and I also dyed a whole bunch of feathers.

the legwarmers all knitted up (most of the bright colours are food dyed)

the feathers. They are cockatoo, peewee and chicken feathers, with food dye (see how the chicken ones still show brown through the colour?)
It's quite hard to get subtle colours with the food dye, but I'm starting to work out the ratios and colour mixes I need (I use queens food colouring, which comes in bottles so you need a syringe to measure the dye out, or just pour it out and hope for the best - no droppers - I have red, green, pink, blue (which is a bright cyan colour like printer's standard blue) and yellow.)

Some of the wool and feathers.
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rainbow cable knit legwarmers! on: August 09, 2008 02:59:04 PM
This is the first time I've tried cable before!
I did reverse cables, regular ones and ones that twisted both ways (I realise sometimes I forgot which ways the cables were going but I don't mind.)

I don't know how to knit on the round yet (I'm a beginner knitter, this is the first thing I've done that wasn't a scarf!) so I just sewed these together at the back. I realise I didn't decrease the stitches, but it doesn't bother me.
Some of the wool was left over stuff (inherited stash and from the thrift store for cheap), and some of it was white wool that I dyed with food colouring. Woohoo!
so...do you have any links to anything that teaches me how to knit on the round easily? I'm not a good knitter! Although luckily I am far past the wonky tension dropped stitches stage Cheesy
Here are some in progress photos:

it started to get a bit crazy at this point:
40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Amazing red button down miniskirt with ruffle, pleat and piping madness! on: August 09, 2008 02:43:38 PM
OK. So I was sorting through my fabric one day and I had all these scrappy bits...just enough to make a project, and I'd bought all this red fabric last year (no idea why) and just didn't know what to do with it!
Not to mention all this dyed turquoise stuff. I also got a bunch of lace from the thrift store and the fabric store.
So I made a really fun skirt.

It has: turquoise, gold and white lace (I dyed the coloured stuff with acrylic and textile medium), white piping on the pockets, turquoise and pink (bleached red fabric) pleats on the back, a turquoise ruffle on the front, and a pinecone embroidered on the right pocket (phew! Deep breath.)
No one can say I was subtle!

view of the back. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of the embroidery, but it's not really the best so you aren't missing much Tongue
I also made the armwarmers and legwarmers, and dyed all the feathers in my hair with food colour (they are cockatoo, magpie/peewee and chicken feathers)

Ok! I'll see if I can get a photo of the embroidery later.
I had a lot of fun taking pictures of this (my friend is the photographer), but it WAS freezing that day so my legs were quite cold....
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