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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hemp Crazy - I can't stop! on: February 22, 2008 03:51:30 PM
Last night I had to spend a lot of time on the couch to let my ankle heal up, and just went crazy with the hemp.
I got these fantastic beads from a friend, they're sunlight reactive. Here's a pic of them in the sun, the rest are what they look like indoors.

Two black hemp anklets, one curly, one flat.

This necklace also has a little polymer clay bead I made

Modeled by my Aesthetics Director, Xerxes P Fluffington.

This one's plain with these cute glass flower beads. I like how they sit sideways.

Modeled by my Quality Control Inspector, Zip "Zippy" Zipperman

A big fat boy necklace, it's quite long. The beads are glass, I love the stripes.

Thanks for looking.
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ice cream bag and two wristlets on: February 21, 2008 01:12:06 PM

Yummy ice cream bag, a cheerful little purse with a hand-sculpted ice cream toggle.

Sculpey is not edible.

Clean white striped cotton lining and zipper.

Green flowery wristlet with super-soft flannelet lining and applique, zipper closure. I think this came out a little wonky, I should have used interfacing on the green cotton.

Buggy wristlet, super-soft flannelet with cotton lining. I love this fabric!

With a bright red zipper.

Under inspection...

Approved! My boss is a tough guy to work for.

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hot Dog Bag on: February 14, 2008 11:57:57 AM

I made a few little toggles out of Sculpey, this is the first of a series.

Ketchup red, mustard yellow, and relish green!

Can I get some honest feedback on this? It was an experimental design, there are some flaws I'm aware of,and some mistakes I won't be making in the next one, but I need to know where to make the improvements.
Did it make you hungry?   Tongue
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Stains to trees on: February 14, 2008 12:44:18 AM
So I got this shirt second hand, and I loved the colour and the way it fit, but it had a few stains on it. I've decided to practice applique, so I covered up the stains with trees. I don't have before pics, just try to imagine it plain. It's all hand sewn. It took me a couple weeks of off-and-on sewing, and I finally finished it!
Now I just need somewhere to wear it....

Thanks for looking Smiley
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Man Bag on: February 03, 2008 05:02:15 PM
So there is no doubt your bag is indeed a man-bag and not a purse...

Plain black with pale grey/blue lining.

Adjustable strap with zippered pouch inside.

I think I want to make a girl one too, same but in pink with a girl shape.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Men's Shirts on: January 29, 2008 02:52:41 PM
Here are two men's shirts I decorated. I made one more for a friend's birthday, but I didn't get a picture of it. I will soon!

I bought a package of cookie cutters from the secondhand store, and this gingerbread man one was a little bent, but it made it look like he was dancing. I thought it was adorable.

Scotty dogs!


I had so much fun with this I picked up two more shirts. Any ideas?

17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Nokonoko madness! on: January 12, 2008 08:40:59 AM

I made this for a friend who did a lovely job cutting my hair. It's hard to sew with a broken ankle, so this took me forever.

Inside pocket

The circle on the front is a pocket.
There are more circles on the back but I couldn't get a good picture of them. They're not pockets, just decorative.

Thanks for looking Smiley
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Happy Circus Elephant on: December 08, 2007 02:56:56 PM

Close up of fabric and lining:

Vintage fabric bag on commission from a friend for a friend of hers. Converts from a shoulder bag to a backpack and has a zippered pocket inside. I think I should add a button and a loop. Turned out just the right size (textbook), very comfy and nice and straight. My mistakes are becoming less and less obvious all the time. I've improved structural integrity as well. Got to get started on the many more projects I need to finished. I sprained my ankle a couple of weeks ago, and it's still bothering me. Bit hard to use a treadle machine without my feet (not to mention all the getting up and down etc), so it's pushed all my projects back but hope to be posting a lot more here very soon. I hope she likes it!
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pestilent Elephant on: November 07, 2007 10:12:40 PM

It converts from a shoulder bag to a backpack. Observe my mad photoshopping skills! The background was really dark, you couldn't see it clearly. Five minutes of photoshop was easier than retaking the picture.

Here it is as a backpack. Going to make the next one slightly smaller.

The loop on the back. There's D-rings on the side, you take the strap out and run it through the loop for a backpack.

Funky vintage button closure.

A little while ago, Fabric Mountain became insane and unbearable. I had to do something. Here's my sewing room before:

You can't quite see all the bags full stuffed between the dresser (also stuffed) and the suitcases. My inspector doesn't seem to mind, but I do think she was displeased. I had to make her a new bed.

And after:

The trunk is still full of stuff, but the other suitcases I've emptied of fabric and organized other things in them (patterns, notions, etc). I love that room again, I can do things I'd never dreamed of, like walk and work and breathe.
Thanks for looking Smiley
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Backpack/Shoulder bag !Now with handy video! on: October 17, 2007 06:33:04 AM
The bags I've been using are the experimental first ones, and the other night when I got home from work, my bag fell apart. I couldn't put off making myself one any longer, so here it is.

I needed a bag I could put on my back as I bike to work, but also one that was comfortable and convenient to wear, because I have to drag it around with me all day at work.
So here it is as a backpack:

Modeled by my lovely roommate.

And thanks to this loop in the back (which went on crooked but I had no time to change but you can't really see it anyway)

and these D-rings on the side (you can kind of see the seam binding I used inside),

it turns into this:

This is the clasp inside. The loop is made of the seam binding. The colours are a little richer in real life, but the camera picks up the texture a lot more. The green is more of an army green.

Here are the applique. I was given a roll of this glue paper called Heat n' Bond or some such thing, and finally put it to use. I don't know how long it'll last, we'll see.

I traced the shapes from some cookie/fruit cutters I have. The adorable bird on the mushroom is from the Nokonoko Flower fabric I've been obsessed with lately. As I am working with teenagers, I know they won't be able to separate painfully cute Japanese birds from the obvious drug reference. As that's not an image I want to project, I restrained from using it as the lining of the bag (though I've been wanting to use this spotted stuff forever), but I couldn't resist putting it on there somewhere. </end ramble>

Thanks for looking Smiley
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