Monday, January 11, 2010

NEON Scarflets

Another Christmas Present!! These scarflets were made for my second youngest sister 'J'. She was the only one of the three that was excited about posing for pictures to go on my blog. So I apologize for the picture overload, but they are too good and funny to leave out!

I found neon scarfs made out of cotton. They were just basically a long piece of neon cotton sewn lengthwise in half. I got them for 50p each. BARGAIN!!! I started by taking out the seams that had them sewn in half. I did something a bit different for each scarf.

For the yellow one, I cut the newly reclaimed fabric lengthwise and tied the ends to make a big loop, about 8 feet circumfrence. I did this numerous times (I can't remember how many). When I had a bunch I doubled them onto themselves (so they were about 4 feet in circumfrence), so it appeared I had twice as many loops. Then took another long inch wide piece of fabric, and tied it around the end where the knots were to hold them together.

Here is Jessica modelling the yellow one in the lovely morning glow of Christmas morning. Here she is wearing it doubled.
For the pink one, I started by taking out the long seam that halved the material, same as the first one. For the strips I cut them width-wise; creating shorter inch-wide strips. These shorter strips were much stetchier. I knotted a bunch of them together to create one long strip. After I had an uber long strip, I wraped it around and around to make a 4 foot circumfrence. I took another strip and tied it around where the loose ends were to secure it.

Here she is modelling the pink one doubled. It has a different textrue than the yellow.
Here is the pink one left long.
And now we just got silly and kept taking picture....

Chuncky Beaded Chain-link

This is yet another Christmas present. This one was for my youngest sister. I was told by the second youngest sister (I have 3!) that she wanted something fashionable for Christmas. I don't consider myself very fashionable, ( I have a sense of style that is my own) but I tried. This is the beaded chain-link necklace that I made.

Recently I have been experimenting with beads, and I somehow managed to bead in a tube, so I connected little tubes of beads to create the chain. I then bought black ribbon to tie it around, and put big beads on either end of the connection points between the chains and the ribbon. (The beads were originally brown, but I painted them black with black nail polish so they had a shiny gloss to them). I kinda like the chunky chain look. I think it looks retro, yet fashionable!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Flight of Conchords T-shirt

This next gift was also made for the same sister 'L'. She is a fan of Flight of the Conchords. So I decided to embroider the back of a t-shirt for her. I got the idea from someone's post on Craftster where they embroidered the profiles of the two main characters, Bret and Jemaine on a tea towel.
I was very pleased because when she opened it, she was very pleased with it and asked where I got it from. Which I was then able to tell her I made it myself, which she could hardly believe.

Anyways here it is.... so you can see the orientation of the picture on the t-shirt

And a close up of embroidery itself....

Monday, January 4, 2010

Very Very hungry Xmas Present

Ok, this is first of the posting of the Christmas presents. I recently was unemployed, so knowing that I did not have extra cash to spend, I started making my three sisters their Christmas presents back in September. Some of them didn't get done until minutes before wrapping, but that's besides the point.
I have three sisters, so I decided to make each of the something that they could wear. This post will be about what I made my older sister 'L'. I found her incredibly easy to craft for, because I know she appreciates the handmade quality and uniqueness of crafted goods.

So lo and behold.
The Very Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace.
Made from Polymers Clay and with Love

She is a Kindergarten teacher, and loves children's books. so I thought this appropriate, and it was!