Posts Tagged ‘crafty stuff’

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Embossed aluminum colored with markers.  


Felted Soaps

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Did you notice the recent Anthropologie catalog had felted soaps for $14 each? You want to make some of your own for gifts? Well here is what you do: You need a bar of soap, I like glycerin soap for these but other kinds of soap work well too, roving and pantyhose. I cut the […]


Remember the edge crocheted pillow cases your grandmother used to make…

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Isn’t this a fantastic modern take on those lovely linens of yesteryear. I love this pillow, Cassie at You Go Girl, has created a fantastic tutorial on how to make this perfect scallop crochet edging. She also has a tutorial on making the pillow case too. I want to make one of these pillow cases, […]


Painted Peltex Pod Form

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Stitched painted Peltex, embossed aluminum and wool felt. I was curious what the surface of Peltex would look like painted. This is the non fusible kind. I painted one side green and the other side purple, orange and metallic gold with textile paints.The surface came out slightly porous looking, not smooth and flat like painting […]


Making Felted Balls

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To make the ornaments shown in Quilting Arts Gifts, you need to make felted wool balls or you can buy pre-felted balls from the Artgirlz or Quilting Arts. I like to make felted balls myself because I can have fun playing with colors and shapes. How to make the felted balls is explained in the […]


Blue Vessel

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After making the first vessel I realized that I needed to change a few things in the construction process. I used a fused hinge method to put the base on this new vessel. This was the method I used making the Dream Houses. It made construction much easier with less bending of the panels when […]


Vessels

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For sometime I have wanted to try making some vessels. I have several ideas I want to explore. Besides trying different shapes, I of course want to include metal. I suppose it would have made sense to make one without adding metal first to try and work out the logistics of how to put one […]


More Fiesta Ornaments

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Finished Fiesta Ornaments

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During open studios I sewed the metal on several ornaments, I have been slowly finishing the rest up.This is the ornament I made for the Quilting Arts TV segment. So there will be a pattern and directions on the website when ever the episode is released.These are 3 1/2 inches square. I will post the […]


Making art should be beautiful…

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I had an idea a couple weeks ago to create a workshop for making a mixed media art apron to be worn when ever one is being creative and working with messy stuff. Because the whole surface of the apron is covered with paint it is extremely durable and can be wiped clean. I used […]


Tote

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I made this tote from some collaged and painted fabric that I made. It is the same technique I used for making the fabric for the houses. There will be an article on making this fabric in the April/May Cloth Paper Scissors.


Painted panel

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My daughter Nina came across some discarded ceiling fan blades by the recycling bin on our building and brought them home, thinking they might be fun to paint. Before painting, the blades had to be sanded since they were painted most likely with oil based paint. Not having any transfer paper on hand, I made […]


Oh, the weather outside is frightful…

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The wind is howling up to 60 mph winds and it is 15 degrees. That means a wind chill varying from -8 to 4 above zero F. brrrrrrrr….


New Houses

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I just finished two more houses with a sea life theme.I always like to put something inside for the person who looks in the door. This one has open doors like I made on a few of the fiesta ornaments.This one has a flat decorative door.With a goldfish inside.Each one is different.If you are interested […]


Fiesta of Ornaments

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Now that you have all rushed out to pick up your copies of Quilting Arts gifts, I can show you all the ornaments that I made that did not fit in the magazine. These were so fun to make. I made 19 while I was designing them to be used with the article, I kept […]


Ornaments again

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These have turned into the best portable project. Everything I need fits in a couple baggies. Yesterday, while at my kids teen gathering at the local coffeehouse I stitched three of these. I made one while sitting at a doctors appointment and a few more watching tv with the family. The wool is wonderful to […]


Creche and more ornaments

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Following up several other blogsters that have been showing their creches, this is the creche I made with my daughter about 12 years ago when she was 4. We made it out of sculpy. Here’s a few mored felted ball ornaments.


Felted ball ornaments

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These ornaments were made from felted balls that were leftover from last years felted ball ornaments. This year I cut out wool felt shapes and sewed them on with embroidery floss.


Needlecases

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Yesterday we made wool felt needlecases for when we take our sewing on the go. This one is mine.And this one is Nina’s for the ultimate in goth crafting.


200 Origami Butterflies

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My son was hired by Chuck over at Aiko’s Art Materials, a japanese paper store here in Chicago, to fold 200 origami butterflies. Chuck is going to attach them to his business cards and hand them out at a scientific illustrators convention. Ty folded all these butterflies in four weeks from two sided origami paper […]


Felted balls

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Since I can’t work on any quilt projects right now I have been knitting a lot and now making felted beaded christmas ornaments. They are lots of fun to make, they feel so nice and are fun to stitch into. I would really like to start stitching with some embroidery floss on some but i […]


Making felted balls

Jen asked how to make the felted balls. First you order some gorgeous wool roving from somewhere like Outback Fibers. Roll up little balls of roving adding thin layers of diffferent colors you like to the outside. Be sure to spread the fibers out into very thin layers crossing each at 90 degrees. Sometimes I […]