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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: ToyBox Tuesday 5/18/10 on: May 19, 2010 08:13:12 AM
Thanks guys! I love making softies. It's like 3d fabric sculpture.

Is that a doxie in your avatar? I have 2 myself Smiley.

Yes that is Ziggy Stardust my mini doxie, official craft inspector! He just turned 1 year old and he weighs about 8 lbs. He's very cute!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: What do you call a group of octopi? on: May 18, 2010 11:26:51 PM
Thanks for all the loverly comments everyone. I think I can manage a tute... mayhaps on Thursday? Wait and see!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: ToyBox Tuesday 5/18/10 on: May 18, 2010 11:20:26 PM
Hi Guys! everything is sooo cute! I love the amigurumi mug. Seriously, if everything in the world could just have a cute face on it, there would be world peace.

Here's my contribution!

a wee elephant! He's a bit lopsided 'cuz I sewed his feets on unevenly. I think it makes him cuter

tickle tickle! you can see his green satin feet. (which were a PAIN to sew!)

Yay toys!!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / What do you call a group of octopi? on: May 17, 2010 09:31:32 PM
A school? A pod? A bunch?

Regardless, here they are.

The feet above belong to this little lady.

here she is sitting on my craft table.

she has button eyes and the suckers on her tentacles are also buttons which I sewed on by hand!(the longest part of construction)

and her bottom (oh my!)

from the tip of one arm to the tip of the other, she's around 23" long

The purple dude is the first octopus I made. He's a little simpler than the others, but I learned a lot about the construction from him.

And the blue dude!

his little face. At my Joann's they had a TON of buttons on clearance one day so I bought sooomany of those metal ones that I have to think up projects to use them on!


aaaand the bottom. He's about the same length as the pink one, only his head is slightly larger.

Thanks for looking! let me know what you think!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Another week, Another bunch of Kanzashi! (pic monstrosity) on: May 13, 2010 08:17:31 AM
thanks for the kind words everyone!

One says use thin fabric and starch the heck out of it, another does not mention starch, and uses what looks like thicker fabrics.

Then there is the glue or stitch question. Do you glue the petals, then stitch the flower? Glue all of it? Stitch all of it?

Well, I don't use any fabric starch, just a regular iron. The most important fold is the initial diagonal fold so I guess if you wanted a really crisp line you could use spray starch. It also might be useful if you use a fabric that doesn't hold a crease. I have used all kinds of fabric to make these from heavy weight upholstery and suitings to light weight silk and even a stretch netting once.

 I fold each petal and string it directly onto the thread that will form the flower later. The only time I use glue is to glue a circle of fabric on  the back. I have heard of using glue to stick the petals together but usually only when they are made of vinyl or leather or some other material that is not needle friendly.

I would say if you're just starting out, the quilting section of the fabric store is your friend. Fat quarters are inexpensive, are fabrics that are easy to work with, and come in any color you could want!

One of these days, I'll get myself together enough to make a tutorial myself.  Smiley
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Another week, Another bunch of Kanzashi! (pic monstrosity) on: May 12, 2010 04:36:45 PM
I can't stop! I'm at that point now where I'm ordering findings wholesale so I'll have something to attach the flowers to. I think I know what everyone's getting for Christmas this year. LOL

A 2 color brooch. I think this one turned out OK, but I do have a few of the 2 color blooms that look stupid. I think picking colors from the same part of the color wheel looks best.

This one's a hair pick. For the center I glued a rhinestone on top of a button.

and we're starting with the rings. I think it's my favorite thing to do with these guys. the center is a sequin with a seed bead in the hole.

this pic is kinda of blurry but the center is 3 tiny gold sequins

maybe it's my monitor but this ring actually looks more teal in person than green. the center is a gold sequin with a bunch of seed beads in it

YELLOW!! I love the yellow ones. The center is made of a bundle of butter yellow floral stamen

we're getting really crazy on this one. 2 different color petals AND 2 different shapes. the center is a rhinestone inside of a large sequin

this kind is made by layering 2 pieces of fabric on top of each other and then folding them up so the outside is one color and the inside is another. Center is a rhinestone inside a sequin.

simple teal, the center is a yellow rhinestone.

 a little orange hair pin. Stacked buttons in the center

burgundy daisy! button center (obviously  Tongue)

burgundy hair pin with pointed petals, wood bead center.

beige brooch with an ornate metal button center. The fabric this guy is made out of is a little thinner that the rest. hence, the wonky folds. I still like it, though

happy flower print brooch! There's something satisfying about a flower made out of floral fabric. It's like everything comes full circle.... Yay orange button!!

this one's a ring. Winter white floral stamen in the center.

this one's made of purple satin (oooooh!) with a golden plastic button center. I made a brooch out of this same material for my partner in the Quick and Easy swap.

Aaaaaaand one more ring. 2 colors again pointy leafs of 2 different sizes. sequin and seed bead center.

Whew! That was a lot of kanzashi! I think I need a snack now....I'm going to go get a cookie. C&C welcome.

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kanzashi Accessory Explosion ( Pic explody) on: May 12, 2010 04:15:25 PM
Awwww. You guys! I really appreciate all the positive mojo! I'll be posting some new stuff....right now I guess! Kiss
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / One Hour Camera Case on: May 12, 2010 04:12:16 PM
Hi everyone! This is my first post on this board so be gentle with me.

I was sitting around this afternoon, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer when I decided I needed a case for my digital camera. I started playing around with some scraps and by the end of the episode. I had this!

The inside fabric is the pre-quilted kind so it gave the case some cushion without me having to actually quilt anything  Wink

Side view. The black stuff is leftover wide elastic from another project, the trickiest part of the whole project was getting the elastic in evenly. ( sorry it's kind of blurry)

from the top. I recently found my buttonhole foot so the buttonhole is actually even. Weird, right?

and this is what it looks like all closed up! I was going to take and action shot and then I realized that it might be kind of hard considering my camera cannot be in two places at once!  Roll Eyes

C & C welcome.
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 05/11/10 - We have 200,000 members! on: May 11, 2010 07:04:27 PM
huzzah! huzzah! what a milestone!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kanzashi Accessory Explosion ( Pic explody) on: May 07, 2010 08:01:38 AM
These are beautiful!!! How do you do it?

Thank You!!!

Tsunami Kanzashi is kind of like origami but with fabric. First, I cut out a bunch of squares from whatever material I want to use. Then I fold it into the petal shape, sew a bunch of petals together to form the flower and then stick whatever accessory I want to make onto the back. I've made earrings, brooches, hairthings, rings, hair elastics, even a lampshade!. These flowers can pretty much go on anything.
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