I am so excited that I'm done(except for the horns and I need a little more practice before adding those), this is my first finished knitted item(I'm not counting washcloths and scarves). I feel like I've learned a lot - increasing, decreasing, the mattress stitch, picking up stitches and the kitchener stitch! I really am thankful that I found knittinghelp.com the videos really made the difference for me.BTW I used size 8 needles and Caron simply soft yarn and this pattern as inspiration.
Since it is only a half apron I thought it would be a good one to start with.
I made a practice one with an old sheet and some random bias tape. I had added some width to the original apron and I ended up having to take it in.
This is my first finished apron, it still needs some tweaking(it is still a bit wide and I have not decided what sort of pockets I'm going to add).
Here's a detail of the tie and waistband, I made the ties wider than the band and then gathered them to fit. I like the bow in the back to be kind of poofy.
And here's a detail of the ruffle and the bias binding. I made my own bias tape for the first time and I think it turned out really nice. I may add a large pocket across the center in the striped fabric and some bows at the top of the ruffle. I will be photographing some of the others aprons soon, I just need to find a model, my great-grandmother was a very petite woman and I just don't do them justice.
The images are fantastic I recommend this seller to anyone who is interested in royalty free images for crafting. I was also excited to see that there are a variety of images including pin ups, holidays, birds, butterflies, trees, Japanese wood blocks, mermaids and many others.
Cutting the pieces was easy enough. I really like tutorials with pictures, I am a visual learner. The pants went together quickly, I would say that a person with average sewing experience would be able to make these in an afternoon. I added in panels on the sides to make the legs large enough. I also decided to make mine into shorts, this particular shirt was kind of short and hit me right at the knee, not a good look for me.Obviously this is the front of the pants, they are very comfy. I am not going to hem the legs, I like the raw edge look. The next time I make these I will start out with two coordinating shirts, I like having a little extra fabric to play with and I think it would make the finished pants more interesting. I think using the same fabric that I added on the side to make a band around the bottoms of the legs would be cute. I will be keeping my eyes open for interesting, super large shirts during the yard sale season, I need some new lounge pants.
I'm not really the blue flower type, so I painted them white, I can't have any of that pattern showing through. It took two coats of cheap acrylic craft paint, spray paint would also work, but it was a bit too cold for that.
I they started applying old pattern tissue with modge podge. I just randomly tore off pieces and slapped them on. I was careful to not add too many layers on the edges of the box.After several layers of tissue I varnished the box and this is the finished box. Much better and it only took a few old patterns, I think this really improved them. It also made the boxes sturdier. I love modge podge.
Here are some before shrinking. I really like to use shading to give the charms extra detailing. I punch holes in them before shrinking with a small hole punch. I made these in microsoft word using premade shape templates, changing the coloring and shading, and adding text.Here they are after shrinking, notice how some of them are darker, those were printed without using the draft setting. There are also some that I hand colored on the bottom. To get smooth edges I used a round 1" craft punch to make some and the rest I cut out with very sharp scissors.Here's a detail showing the difference between draft(left) and regular(right). The regular printing makes the ink bleed slightly making some of the charms difficult to read. To finish them I color the edges with a paint pen or sharpie marker and then I coat the back with diamond glaze to keep them from scratching. I like using them for labeling my jewelry and purses because they can be easily removed and I can color coordinate them to each piece.
Here they are separated and being re-knitted, I am still hoping to finish this before July. I have been learning how to knit from the Stitch and Bitch book and from videos on KnittingHelp.com.
For more detailed instructions for working with polymer clay I highly recommend The Glass Attic.
Here's the finished beads. I think that they look like cocoons. I cut the purple strip in half before shrinking it. This project went really fast.
I think that making lines or random dots is the way to go as more complicated designs are lost in the rolling and shrinking. If you want to make a coordinating set you could color the plastic before cutting it apart. I would also like to mention that to get the shapes even the beads should be rotated and the pliers should be stuck into both ends while melting or the beads tend to curve like crescent rolls. The paint pens worked well and give a more opaque look, but if you overheat the beads the color "burns" off the edges, I actually liked this look. Sharpies gave a more transparent look and the color selection is a lot better. This was just my first try and I will be making more of these beads. I really like how they turned out and I also like recycling. Now I just need some more colors of sharpie markers!
I really like how it looks so far and now I just need to get the zipper and lining installed. I've looked around on the Internet and I haven't found anything quite like this but I did find this tutorial for a totally crocheted one on craftster and I also found this little crocheted wristy purse. I like the look of the crochet, but I want the tabs to be more visible. When I get this figured out I will post the finished product.
There are so many talented people and wonderful items available on etsy and I haven't even touched the tip of the iceburg.
The dragonfly shirt.
And the silk top and velvet shrug.
You can see more pictures and read her comments here. I had a great time with this round and am looking forward to the next one.