Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

How to sew on a button

For those of you wanting to know the proper way to sew on a button. First part they are show casing street artists and its very cool. Towards the end is the button part. There's some cursing-it doesn't bleeping bother me ; ) - but just warning you.

Blind Hem Stitch

from ThreadBanger

Graffiti Lace

Another Thread Banger video on how to make graffiti lace. As always, when she's done there's extra footage of other things not related to the diy of the graffiti lace.

Serger Help

Just a quick tutorial on what is a serger and how to thread it from Thread Banger. After they are finished with the serger there are non serger related items so the whole video is not just the serger.

Camouflage Hat by Patty

New Item listed this past week. Camouflage Knitted hat at Patty's Place. Made by mom-nice warm hat for that special guy. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17323061

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Pinwheel Patchwork quilt

Back of Quilt-click on picture for better view Pinwheel Pattern-My own pattern-click on picture for better view Now I don't make quilts hardly. Just around Xmas as gifts but not the fancy ones. This I made about 6 years ago using scraps. The scraps came from many fabrics that I had used previously to sew my kids clothes. I did end up buying a few pieces of fabric to finish it, including the backing. Can't you see all the cartoon characters on there from Harry Potter, Winnie the Pooh, Blue's Clue, Clifford, Snoopy, Superman, etc. Well you can't just trash the lovely left over pieces. So I ended up making this. I also included photos on fabric for the top blocks. My kids pictures are at the top which you might not be able to see. I cut the fabric out with scissors. I know its a no no for quilters but you know my kids(especially a baby) safety is more important. Want to make one? Here's a link on how to do pinwheel quilts@ http://quilting.about.com/od/blockofthemonth/ss/frame_pinwheel_3.htm

What I am working on

I almost finished this belly dance fringe belt. I just had left over yarn and felt like making one. Now I am debating to keep it or sell it. I'm looking to make a belly dance item(probably a skirt) with these pieces of fabric. I'm thinking a skirt with my brocade stash added. This necklace is for me but I have a lot more things to add to it -perhaps even polymer clay beads.

Lots of new stuff

I couldn't pass these necklaces up that I found at Goodwill for 98 cents. They are going on my next belly dance Bra. I gave in and bought some fabric at Joanns. Clearance of course.

Patchwork skirt

Skirt made by Crafty Intentions-more photos @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftyintentions/sets/72157606362468688/detail/ This skirt is absolutely stunning gorgeous. I love it and I already started on something like this but not all the colors again since I made something similar before. Just looking at this skirt makes me smile. Could you imagine buying all those luscious fabrics??? This was made by Crafty Intentions and she does have an etsy store @ http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5872773

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Easy Xmas Gifts

Need to start on Xmas projects? I'll try to post a project at least once a week to get you started. Make your items this year and make them for the closest people to you who will appreciate it. If your not a diy-and usually buy your items then try to shop at www.etsy.com for handmade items, shop while you sit in your pjs, unique gifts and supporting your local artists. Back to the Xmas project. Use multicolor yarn for a great Scarf. Easy Single Crochet Scarf http://crochet.about.com/library/blbegscarf.htm Want to buy it instead-Mine is double crochet http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5450178&section_id=5668343

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Catwoman

You can see the animated version of these @ www.geocities.com/clarkent188/Catwoman_animat... I made a costume like this a while ago. This is Jim Balent's version of the Catwoman costume that was in the comics until a couple or more years ago. I like this costume better than the lastest one with the goggles and zipper front. Oh , I thought Deb you would get a kick out of this since I told you about my bull whip and that other conversation about it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Diy Skirts

Past skirts I've made and sold.

Dances of the World

Guatemala

Dances of the World

Ethiopia

Dances of the World

Estonia

Dances of the World

Eritrea

Dances of the World

Equatorial Guinea

Dances of the World

El Salavador

Dances of the World

Egypt

Dances of the World

Ecuador

Dances of the World

East Timor

Friday, November 7, 2008

Irish Penny Headpiece


Project Level-Intermediate to Advance
 Project List-
1.Irish Pennies
2.Copper Chain
3.Split Copper Rings 8mm

I started this piece after I finished drilling the coins for my coin bra. I made this drilling holes in my coins.previous blog on drilling coins@from blog from tribe-http://people.tribe.net/erikaschiquis/blog/e3548950-5725-4cbc-92d8-e6db989fc830
I connected them with the split rings. I had one chain that goes around my head and two chains at the top to make it sturdier. On the chains I added a few coins here and there to balance the look.
Here's a pic of me wearing it@
for tribe (since your only allowed one pic on the blog)

I bought my Irish Coins at Velvet Peacock Designs

Where to buy coins-list on the bottom that says where to buy coins@

erika's chiquis blog
http://erikaschiquis.blogspot.com/2008/10/copper-coin-bra.html

Vendors of Coin Headpieces
 Flying Skirts www.flyingskirts.com/catalog/accessories.shtml
Tribal Souk www.tribalsouk.com/index.php?cPath=61
Cost Less Costumes http://www.costlesscostumes.com/
The Red Camel http://theredcamel.tripod.com/JHeadpiece.htm
Uber Kuchi http://stores.ebay.com/Uber-Kuchi_Head-Pieces_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZQ2d1QQfsubZ455009010QQftidZ2QQtZkm
Tribal Bazaar http://www.tribalbazaar.com/headdresses.html

Past Costumes-Wario, Jack Sparrow, Yoshi and NightCrawler

This was a costume I made for my son, Erik, last year-Wario
Erik again with this 2005-Nightcrawler
Sean for 2006-Jack Sparrow- or Baby Jack Sparrow
2006-Erik has Yoshi
I don't put pictures of my kids up but since they are in costume and you can't really see their face -I figured I show you pictures of the costumes I made in the past.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Dracula(Van Helsing)Costume Part 4

I finished the coat and the vest. I had them done for Halloween and will show a pic of all the items together. I used that see through thread for the gold trim. I'm glad this got done in time. My son was so very happy to see it done.