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11  Stencil-ready Damask Motif to share in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by skullseamstress on: May 25, 2010 02:52:36 PM

I found this damask pattern in the wild, snapped it with my cell phone, converted it into a vector file in Illustrator, and now I share it with you! I am so tickled with this, I've been searching for a good stencil-able Damask pattern for so long!

The download for the .ai or .svg vector versions can be found here, through my blog: http://guildmistress.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/pefect-stencil-damask/

larger image versions here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickrsy/4640284314/sizes/o/

Enjoy, Craftsters!
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12  Re: Chandelier out of paperclips! Swap Item! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by skullseamstress on: May 20, 2010 09:02:40 PM
Good question, here's how I did it, - my swap partner claims it arrived ok! =D

And a tiny vid to illustrate:

It's not all that, I'm really surprised that it arrived without getting mangled. I started to have serious doubts, (after I had already shipped it, of course.  Augh!)
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13  Chandelier out of paperclips! Swap Item! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by skullseamstress on: May 20, 2010 07:54:20 PM

This was made from dollar store wire and dollar store paperclips, as it was part of the Dollar Store swap!

I learned how to do it via ReDesignTechnologies on etsy. So I can't offer a tutorial. =)   But I can say that it's a lot easier than I expected, and I actually enjoyed it! I have a history of working in bindery at a print shop and not losing my mind, though, so perhaps I'm not the best test of that ; )

The wire I got at the dollar store was too wimpy, so I decided to braid it for extra strength. It's still too wimpy, IMO, but I had to obey the rules, and them's "Dollar store stuff only!"  If I do this again, I'll use either actual reclaimed lamp armatures, or wire from hangers.  But it turned out pretty ok, considering! It'll hold a round shape, and that's all that really counts. =)

This links to a short video of me putting it together:

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14  Re: Dollar Store Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by skullseamstress on: May 20, 2010 06:42:47 PM
You have NO IDEA how incredinervous I was that the paperclips would tangle irrevocably horribad in transit!  So glad it survived! (although, these are pics from before, lol. It wasn't too tangley, was it?)

I actually had quite a bit of fun making it, the tutorial is available on etsy from a store called "ReDesignTechnologies"  (so I won't be talking about the actual method, heh.)

I'll probably post another post somewhere else in repurposed housewares or something.  EDIT: Here's the post   https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=348117.0

YEY I'm so glad you like it! =D

Oh! Pics of receipts / Materials!

Here's the stuff I used: Paperclips, and the wire from some chincy dollar store hanging kits:

(Edit: I checked with my partner beforehand that me sending one large item would be agreeable!)
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15  Re: Homemade Laundry Soap ** With Tute! ** (picture heavy) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by skullseamstress on: May 12, 2010 03:10:11 PM

SWEET just made up my first batch today!


HOLY WOW Washing Soda is hard to find in my area! (Olympia, WA). I finally found it at the Tumwater Ace Hardware. Borax I found at the local Food Co-op in bulk. I can't believe the driving around, searching, phone calling, Even checking at a local Compounding Pharmacy (They did have it, but not without a note from my doctor, and then it was apparently pharmacy grade stuff, and cost $45/lb OUCH) before I found it at the hardware store.  WHEW, crazy, but so worth it!

My concentrate never achieved viscosity during mixing. I mean, It was thicker than plain water, but not much at all. Probably won't be a problem, though, other people seem to have noticed this as well! EDIT: It gelled up real nice after letting it sit overnight!

I used a plain unscented bar of soap, and the whole process had no smell at all! Very nice.

I plan to use it in liquid form, diluting it in milk jugs, and adding EO at that time. I'm a crazy one, so I plan to use a different EO every time I refill, for variety! Current plans include Peppermint, Grapefruit and Anise!

I'm not skin-sensitive  to a very great degree, so the main reason I'm doing this is for Scent-variety, thriftiness, and craftiness, in that order!  

Hubby and I both cannot WAIT for subtly peppermint-scented clothing, WOOT!

Thank you so much for this awesome tute!  I also noticed it on Facebook! Thanks for the Facebook page! <3

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16  Some Iron Man 2 love: Stark Industries Tee in Stenciling: Completed Projects by skullseamstress on: May 10, 2010 10:24:04 PM

YEEEEEY I LOVED Iron Man 2! Robert Downey Jr. at his most delicious: Tony Stark is a Fawks!  Ok, ok ok, so here's some geeky fangirl shirtage for you:  Stark Industries Tee with a power core "shining through"!

This was done with a freezer paper stencil cut out by hand with a hobby knife, and using el cheapo brand acrylic paint mixed with a bit of Textile Medium to help soften the paint and make it last longer on a washable garment. Two coats on the white, one coat on the blue.

Fun times! Tee heeeee


Check it out, - I could totally be a "Stark Girl" at the Stark Expo, AMIRITE?!

Lol, thanks for lookin'! ^_^

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17  "Bring It" Owl multi-level-stencil Shirt! Swap item! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by skullseamstress on: May 07, 2010 11:21:10 PM
Hey hey! I wanted to take my bleach stenciling to the next level for my swap partner, this is the first time I've tried a multi-pass! It was interesting to try to wrap my brain around it at first, but now I'm looking forward to trying this technique again!

I started off with a cool design, (I did NOT design the owl, haha, my skills lie mainly in execution, not design, sadly) and set it up in illustrator, in layers, with transparencies stacked up to help me visualize.

Then came the vector cutting on my digital cutter (oh how I depend on that dear thing) and some more visualization to make sure I was doing it right, before the setup on the shirt, masking, and actual passes of airbrushed bleach began. This is the most complicated stencil to date that I've done! Lots of little bits to keep track of, lol!

So basically, I put some stencils on the shirt, airbrushed bleach, Let dry. Repeat 4 times with slightly different stencil layers. whew!

Ok, without further preamble, THE PICTURES!

This links to the short video on flickr:

This links again to flickr for a short video of the stencil removal: (eee!)

This was so much fun to make, I'm so glad I entered the swap, so my fabulous swap pal could drive and inspire me to do this! Thanks, sweetyetevil!

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18  Re: T-shirt Time! SU by 6pm 4/25!, Send by 5/29 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by skullseamstress on: May 06, 2010 11:18:58 AM

Woo hoo, I think the first sender may have been me! I haven't been keeping up with this thread, figuring there wasn't much going on, WRONG! hahaha, I've been missing out! First time swap newbie mistake!

I'm very excited about my partner getting her stuff, probably monday or tuesday! west coast to great lakes area, shouldn't be too bad, eh? I had a small box, took it to the post, and WOW shipping prices have gone up so much in the past few years! The nice lady there said I should try the small priority mail flat rate envelope, slit open my box, and re-folded the shirts and the letter to try to make them fit. Looking at the shirts and the envelope, I was thinking "there is NO way." but I didn't want to be rude, so I let her try.  Well, lemme tell ya, she is a MIRACLE WORKER, she MADE them fit, and saved me like 6 dollars! I was so shocked. Thank you post lady!

I'm super proud of one of the shirts, I tried a new technique that expanded upon my usual one, and it turned out SO RAD if i do say so meself.  >_>   The other shirt is more "normal" but cute. 

Can't wait for you to see themmmmm, sweetyetevil!


OK..I made a great tee for my partner last night...OMG I have hand cramps and it took me 5 hours to make the patern and cut it out..My poor exacto blade had to be changed too LOL...I LOVE IT OMG too bad I cant reuse the pattern but I dont think I will ever cut it out again..OUCH

Oh man, I hear ya! I feel so blessed to have my cutter machine! I has a Silhouette Digital Craft Cutter from QuicKutz, it was around $200 and I got it maybe 3 years ago. (I understand that since then, QuicKutz and the Silhouette product have split, but both still exist!)

I was doing research on a digital cutter that I would be able to make it cut out whatever I wanted from my computer, and this one was it! At that time, It would only do my bidding if I had a mac with Adobe Illustrator on it, which I luckily did, (hubby is a designer)! Perhaps there is more software compatibility now, I'm not sure, but WOW, I loves it so much. Take these snowflakes for example:


I did a lot of work in Illustrator with the vectorization of those but no work at all CUTTING THEM OUT. /swoon!!!

I use my cutter for t-shirt stencils, it's the bomb! I have not yet tried to cut freezer paper with it, but I should. Right now, I cut light cardstock and spray Spray Glue on the back of it, then stick it to the tee. Works for the kind of stenciling I do, which is using an airbrush and bleach.  I can also make neat cut-outs for my friends who do greeting cards and scrapbooking. ^_^

Anywhooooo, enough blabbering, Can't wait to see everyone's fabulous tees, you guys RAWK! =D =D

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19  Batman: The Dark Knight (That went on FOREVERS) Tea Towel in Needlework: Completed Projects by skullseamstress on: April 27, 2010 11:43:15 PM
AUUUGH It's done!

Iiiiiiiiii don't think I'm going to do any more embroidery as an evening craft project (which means I can't do any other projects until it's finished). Embroidery will hereby and henceforth be in the form of "As I can" projects that live in a bag, and I take with me to boring events!

I don't like to get involved in several crafting projects at once, I find that inevitably, some of them never get finished. So I'm trying to keep to just one at a time, for now. This project took far longer than I'd thought, probably because it had so many little fill-in portions.

I'm not overly pleased with the craftsmanship, but in *general*, I think it's pretty awesome that I have a batman towel for drying my dishes. ^_^

Here it is woot!

Here's the incredimessy reverse side, which of course, I'll be seeing all the time. =P

Two heroes, out to save the world!

It's all back stitch, or satin stitch.

I got the pattern from the Batman: The Animated Series' Writer's Guide, which is a MUST-READ for any true B:TAS fan. It's available here! http://www.worldsfinestonline.com/WF/batman/btas/backstage/wbible/writersguide.pdf Lots of good pics and really neat notes that made the show what it is. I stayed up till 2am reading it one night. Squeee!

Thanks for looking, and YEY I can work on my t-shirt swap now!
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20  LET'S GET DANGEROUS! in Needlework: Completed Projects by skullseamstress on: April 22, 2010 12:27:40 AM
When there's trouble, you call D.W.!

I embroidered this years ago, but left off one vest button, and it was stashed away for so long... Found it today (Score!) and finished that last button. 

YESSS A Darkwing Duck tea towel! Also found my stash of blank tea towels, so look for more 90's cartoon goodness hopefully soon!

This is my first post in Needlework, HAI GUYS! ^_^  I'm active in the clothing & Knit/crochet areas, but I'm getting into embroidery too!

Wow this pic is dark. >_<

Thanks for lookin'!
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