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1  Science Tea Towel Part Deux: Bat in Needlework: Completed Projects by HenriettaPussyCat on: December 15, 2007 06:04:19 PM
Hey yall,

Sorry it's taken me so long to continue my science series.  My move and new job situation has been disastrous, plus it's xmas, blah blah blah... here it is.

My new neighbor rehabilitates bats and I think they are cute as hell.  I wanted to do a bat embroidery and make it more wildlife biology than gothic (nothin wrong with gothic, just not what I was going for).  So I used soft colors and gave him a big sappy eye.

P.S. This is a pallid bat.
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2  Jellyfish Tea Towel in Needlework: Completed Projects by HenriettaPussyCat on: November 08, 2007 12:17:13 PM
Hey yall!  I embroidered a tea towel.  This is based on an Ernst Haeckel jellyfish drawing.  I plan on making a series of sciencey designs.

What do you think?

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3  Re: Mola quilt: WARNING may cause seizures in Quilting: Completed Projects by HenriettaPussyCat on: November 07, 2007 05:10:36 AM
Sure!  First I made 7 blocks that were more or less square.  5 of these I actually planned out fairly carefully by photographing my fabric and trying out different combos in photoshop.  I was originally planning a quilt that was much more blocky:

This was pretty time consuming so eventually I bagged it and made a couple more blocks just by laying out bits of fabric next to each other.  I tried to make things as uneven and crooked as possible.  After I made seven blocks, I felt like I had run out of attractive combinations, or my gnat-like attention span wandered away, one or the other.  I realized I wasn't going to be able to fill out the whole quilt with square blocks without losing my friggin mind. 

At that point I started laying out the blocks on the bed in a random arrangement and filling in the blank spots with folded fabric (I never cut fabric until I was sure about its placement).  I worked on one smallish section at a time - you can kinda make out some larger rectangles in the final quilt.  When I got a good layout, I took a photo and printed it out so I could remember what I had decided on.  Towards the end my choices were obviously limited by whatever scraps I had left over.

Update!  The quilt is now actually truly finished for reals!  I'm just trying to figure out how to photograph the whole damn thing!
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4  Re: Mola quilt: WARNING may cause seizures in Quilting: Completed Projects by HenriettaPussyCat on: October 03, 2007 11:19:22 AM
I was wondering if you made all the mola's yourself? and could we pleasehave closeup?  Smiley They look really interesting to make.

Ooh, I hope I didn't give the wrong impression.  I did NOT make the molas.  Oh hell no.  They are amazing pieces of work made by artisans in Panama.  I bought half of them on a stop over in Panama, and the other half on Ebay.  I could never in a million years do that.  Here's a closeup of my favorite one.

My apologies to everyone who was impressed thinking that I made the molas. The molas are done by reverse applique and embroidery.  I only "framed" the molas in blue, pink, orange and green, and built up the rest of the quilt around them.
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5  Mola quilt: FINISHED FOR REALS!! New pics! in Quilting: Completed Projects by HenriettaPussyCat on: October 02, 2007 01:16:04 PM
Many years ago I saw a quilt on the internet made from molas: these are very elaborately appliqued squares indigenous women in Panama create and wear.  I got the bright idea that I'd make a quilt using molas some day.  Well here it is.  What I didn't realize when I started, was that this quilt was going to require a lot of bright colors.  I like bright colors, but not necessarily all of them at once.  I plowed ahead and made the top a couple of years ago, but then got busy with school and put it away:

(Pic's a little wonky in the middle cause it's two pics photoshopped together.)

This fall I decided it was time to finish it, but since piecing it together is the funnest part, I decided to piece together the other side as well.  In contrast to the highly precise and calculated top, I went very experimental and freehand, inspired by Gees Bend quilts and the crazy square quilt posted on craftster recently.  I honestly don't know if it was a success or not, but I thought I would share the results anyway.  If for nothing else as a warning: this is what happens when you don't plan a quilt:

I think it might have worked better if the colors were more, um, subdued.  At least it's a two sided quilt.  I tell you what, I have a whole new respect for those Gees Bend women.

** I finally finished the quilt with black and purple borders plus a few more little color squares.  I quilted the whole thing first on the machine in a sort of # design to stabilize it, then I hand quilted around the animals.  It could maybe use more quilting but enough already! 
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6  Re: eco-craftalong in Craftalongs by HenriettaPussyCat on: May 25, 2007 01:55:30 PM
I've been making reusable pads too and experimenting with my own design.  I wanted the surface change-ability of the luna pads but without the rick-rack on top that might get, um, dirty.  

So I made some with snap attachments.  I like them a LOT.  I can wear one set of wings all day and switch out the top pad whenever needed.  I call them Happy Snaps and was thinking about selling them, but it seems the market is pretty saturated and most of my friends use 'pons anyway.  So I'm throwing my design out to the craftsters.

I also tried making one with a single snap attachment in the center (to save on snaps) but I really didn't like it as much.

Please excuse my ratty edges (I don't have a serger) and my boring red flannel.  
Hey, a prom dress it ain't.
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7  Re: Butterick 6582 Retro Butterick '60 in Sewing Pattern Reviews by HenriettaPussyCat on: April 16, 2007 03:15:19 PM
I made this dress too!  I did the full skirted version and made a jankety petticoat for it out of a silk skirt, taffeta and some netting.  It's not a super full, authentic petticoat but it does make the dress fill out and swish nicely.

It was an easy pattern but I was not super satisfied with the neckline which came out very flat on my dress.  If I made it again, I would alter it so that the left shoulder piece actually crossed under the right side all the way down to the waist.  I think this would make it fit and drape better and look more like a wrapped top.  I also think it looks better in a shiny, silky fabric.

P.S.  That's not my head.
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8  Fifties style dress with $10 quick and easy petticoat. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by HenriettaPussyCat on: April 15, 2007 06:19:31 PM
I made this dress from a Retro Butterick pattern #6582 but it languished in my closet for a year because it needed a petticoat.  I couldn't bring myself to spring $60 for a new one and the patterns for proper crinolines were too intimidating.  Finally with an approaching wedding and a donated blue silk dress I was inspired to try.

The petticoat consists of a blue silk skirt cut from a 1980's Nancy Reagan style wrap-around dress.  I sewed up the edges of the wrap dress and sewed on a button closure so it would hang at just the right length.  I bought one yard of peacock colored taffeta and two yards of teal netting.  The taffeta I cut into two lengths 18" x 45" and sewed them end to end to form a loop.  I hemmed one edge and gathered the other.

The netting I cut lengthwise into three strips, each two yards long.  The netting strips were deliberately too wide because I wanted an extra margin to hang below everything at a length I would determine later.  I sewed the three netting strips end to end creating a loop much longer than the taffeta loop.  I then gathered up the netting and the taffeta to roughly the same circumference as the skirt where they would attach.  I pinned them upside down onto the silk skirt and sewed them on.  The line of attachment came out a leeetle jankety due to all the slippery fabrics and my haphazard pinning technique. Many cursewords, unstitching and restitching ensued.  After all layers were more or less evenly attached, I topstiched them all to make the petticoat hang a little flatter.

It's not a pretty sight on its own but I love it under my dress.  It's just the right amount of poof and flash around my ankles.
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