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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / daft punk helmets t-shirt :D on: March 26, 2011 09:20:59 AM
here is a shirt i made from a stencil of daft punk's helmets from their alive tour. i think it came out really cool! unfortunately the stencil bled a little, but i still like it.

i mixed red and orange to try and make the color of the LED lights. please let me know what you think!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / drawstring pouch with pockets for jewelry on: December 22, 2010 07:23:22 AM
hello all! i made 4 of these for presents. all the fabric is reclaimed but i only have a before picture of the velvet. it was my halloween costume. the paisley inside fabric is from a scarf, the dark red satin-ish material is from a sheet set. the plastic circles for the base were cut from some packaging.

there are 8 pockets inside

i was surprised that these fabrics matched so well. they've been in my stash for a while.

thanks for looking! please comment Smiley
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / death from above 1979 stencil - 8 big pics on: June 04, 2010 10:31:56 AM
hello all! i used freezer paper to recreate the death from above 1979 album art on a t-shirt. i took pictures of the process, sort of. i am really proud of it and it is probably my most detailed stencil.

this is the finished image! i am so proud of it!

first i traced the image onto freezer paper using a pencil and laying the freezer paper on top of my laptop screen. Smiley this is the ridiculous way of doing it since i don't have a printer.

then i started cutting out the pieces, carefully remembering which pieces to save and which were going to be painted and therefore could be thrown away.

then i ironed the pieces onto the shirt. OMG this was a pain. i did not use the bridge technique because there would be tons of bridges and i sometimes forget to fill a few in. i just carefully positioned all the pieces, using the picture i traced as a guide, onto the shirt and ironed them down making sure not to move the iron fast before the wax was melted.

JEEZ. i agreed to make this shirt for a  friend, and i never realized that an elephant's trunk had so much DETAIL in it. i made sure to iron the paper down for a whiiile to ensure the wax was completely sealed to the shirt.

i put paint on the whole thing, using very light layers and letting each one dry before doing the next. i use a sponge brush and dab it up and down, not with strokes.

then i pulled off the freezer paper when everything was dry! there are some spots that could use more paint, but i opted for less because i was worried it would bleed under the freezer paper. sometimes i use too much paint and it saturates the paper and ruins the seal between wax and shirt. then the paint goes under the edge and gives sloppy lines.

using freezer paper to stencil on fabric is so easy, i love it. please comment!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 8-pocket tote bag! on: April 17, 2010 12:53:40 PM
hello all! i just finished this tote bag yesterday. well almost finished. i am going to use it a bit with my school books before i put in the buttons for the loop closures on the interior pockets.

the fabric is an upholstery-almost weight with a stain resistant treatment! i really like it. there are 6 pockets on the outside. i wish i'd made them a bit deeper but oh well. i squared the corners a la the jordy style bag. these are also the first time i've put a lot of effort into the straps! i am quite proud of them.

the middle pockets are pleated; later i may add some velcro to those

i didn't have a lining fabric that i really loved so i was going to put a strip of the body fabric around the top of the lining, and then i decided to also use some in-seam pockets! there are some ribbon loops so later i can put in buttons to keep them closed.

it is about the size of... hmm, a few oversize books? Cheesy i am very happy with how it turned out!

please leave me some comments! Smiley
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / body pillow cover et al for my dorm room :) on: January 27, 2010 12:31:28 PM
hello all! i live in an on-campus apartment. my room is teeny and very bland, all white walls etc. so i made a giant poster using this online program, the rasterbator http://homokaasu.org/rasterbator/ it is for the band ratatat, if you like electronica Smiley i also made a pillowcase for my body pillow. it is my favorite fabric ever! i backed it with a solid, navy blue airline blanket :/ i don't know why my family had an airline blanket?? and from a flannel sheet i made a regular size pillow case and some curtains. for the curtains i used the old hem form the sheet as the rod casing. i thought it was pretty clever. here are the pics! please comment Smiley

my favorite fabric Cheesy it is stain guarded too, home decor weight. so nice!
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / applique hylian shield on: January 11, 2010 12:44:03 PM
hello all! does applique count as image reproduction? i wasn't sure but since i tried to reproduce the image of the hylian shield from the zelda series as exactly as i could, i'm going to post this project here.

my boyfriend likes zelda.. of course. so for his birthday i picked up a dark green shrit from michael's and then went through my fabric stash to make an applique of link's shield.

i made a mistake in using lots of jersey because it stretched weirdly. i also tried to stabilize the shapes before sewing by using hot glue, which was a mistake because when i ironed it to get out the stretchy bumpiness, the glue melted through!!  Angry

but i'm pretty happy with it anyway, he really liked it  Grin

hot glue spots, booooo

i wish i hadn't warped the triforce!!

thanks for looking and please comment!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / paper bauble/decoration + tut link on: November 11, 2009 01:26:41 PM
hello all! i saw a tutorial for a paper christmas bauble. when i was using stumbleupon and decided to try it. the only cardstock i had was one of those bed bath & beyond coupons that they mail out.

next time i'll use shorter strips so the stars are more apparent. but it looks pretty cool anyway. here is the tutorial: http://christmas.newarchaeology.com/homemade_christmas_baubles.php

if you try this, make sure yr cardstock doesnt have any folds in it! mine did Sad so my circles had a point in em that made it look weird in some spots

8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / blue meanie from yellow submarine! on: October 01, 2009 01:01:14 PM
edit 2012 ------ the finished pics are below ish, about 5 posts Cheesy

hello all! this halloween i want to be the blue meanie from yellow submarine. i am REALLY excited. here are some pictures of him.

i want to make a puffy dress out of dark blue velour. think PUFFY coat style, but on a dress. i will wear a light blue long sleeve shirt under it because i don't feel like making the dress with sleeves. i think i will get some long acrylic nails and paint them baby blue.

i have a pair of boots that i can spray paint. 1 blue 1 purple! and red felt for the spurs. i want to get a pair of red leggings/opaque tights and paint the yellow and orange stripes on the sides.

im gonna make the floppy ears out of felt and wire and attach em to a headband. i have to get some black face paint for the eye mask.

i don't know if i want to go all out and paint myself blue.. i may just do the BRIGHT RED lipstick only. i'm not sure!

lastly, if i have time i might make a purse in the shape of the evil glove:

does anyone have any more ideas??

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / bermuda shorts with stretchy waistband on: August 19, 2009 01:11:14 PM
hello all! these shorts, i made a month ago, but i didn't like the waistband so they sat in my room for a while. today i changed it and added a button closure. they are made from a burlap-ish fabric because i was testing out a pattern i made using a pair of jeans, but i wish i had used a nicer fabric because this stuff wrinkles SO easily and collects lint like crazy. the waistband is some old knit polyester. i'm pretty proud of the zipper fly. i practiced them a lot this summer.

i think this pic makes my butt look so weird lol

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pleated mini skirt with cool 80s fabric on: August 19, 2009 06:59:55 AM
hello all! i made this skirt in high school for a fashion show, and recently i took it in to fit me, though i will probably never wear it. the cotton is a great print i found at a thrift store. it is a simple skirt. a thick waistband (i used the selvage) with darts, and a pleated skirt. i topstitched the pleats today.

the pattern is so busy, you might be fooled into thinking i used an invisible zip, buuut it isn't! i don't even know how to do invisible zips!

this is the back. isn't the fabric awesome? i like it a lot, but the skirt is actually too short for my tastes so i may give it away who knows
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