Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Duo-color big bow with wire curlies!

So after I did the first one I thought it would be cool to do another version with the top color being shorter.
So on this one, I started with one piece about 10-12 in folded in half long ways (white), and two pieces the same length stuck to to each other (black)

I decided to do a zigzag design on both

In and out stitches, pull tight to crinkle!

For some reason it ended having a very big hole in the center, so a button was necessary.

I put three long pieces through the two holes, making 6 all together.

The curling part is pretty fun, sometimes painful, I've just best using whatever is handy, but you can use just about anything, I've been favoring this chopstick, it's the perfect size.  Just wind it around till you get to the base.

Do the same thing for all pieces, then arrange the way you want, oh also backing and a clippy or headband and you're done!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Duo-color duct tape bow!

Before I start I just noticed this yesterday and felt I needed to share.
I have Old Navy flip flops in just about every color they make it seems like, and I like to coordinate my outfits.  When I come home I just take them off wherever it feels right, and this is no joke how this happened, I feel like a crazy shoe lady!

So this is pretty much exactly like the other ones, but with two pieces so you can actually see the two different colors.
I started with two pieces about 12 in, which actually could've been shorter but worked out fine.

Fold them both in half long ways.

Get your needle loaded with similar color thread, and put the two together, folded sides at the top, begin sewing at the opposite side.

Same old thing, in and out stitches!

Pull tight to begin crinkling.

Arrange the way you want it, I put a couple of dots of glue to keep it in place.

Glue your backing to the duct tape, clip to your backing!

Choose something for your center, I've been wanting to use this one for a while, this didn't turn out exactly like I pictured it, but still pretty cute!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bows yo!

So...it was bow night at Holl-E's tonight!

Another bow ring, I love this one!

Furry flower ring!

The other bows I made tonight, love them all, love the crazy African fabric ones

Close up of paint splatter duct tape with curlies and beads, inspired by Hollie!
Wanted to try some curlies in a ribbon one, Awes!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Necklaces and Bows and Tie-Dye OH MY!

Had a nice April 20th, went to see 11KINGS12 play an open mic night, went to hang at Hatchet Hollie's place of residence for a few, good times, even if we did have to endure lame-o video games.

So I was in an extra crafty mood today, I got up at 8 o'clock and haven't even had a nap!

Made some new guitar pick pendants 

 Here's the backs, on the green one, I tried using only one pick and I used 1 less set of links.

I made a bunch of bows!  The Duct tape ones I made last Thursday but I finished them today and all the others are just ribbon which I haven't tried till now, thanks to Hollace, it's exactly the same process as the duct tape one, just with ribbon, I love them!

I made this one by accident and decided it should be a ring, I used elastic and felt to attach, and glued the rhinestone thing in the center!

So I got a lot of compliments on my shirts and a couple of requests :)
These were supposed to be Blue, Green, and Grey, I couldn't find grey dye so I figured just a little black dye would work (WRONG!)  It looks more navy blue or even purple than anything, but I still like it, also I did a little different design on this one.

On this one, I ran out of green dye and it was very light, so I thought I could add a tiny bit of black, which went a really long way and made it this olivey green color, which I'm not that upset about, I thought it was gonna be bad but when I opened them up and washed them out, it was still pretty fantastic!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tie-dye Results!

So I was so excited that when I woke up I immediately rinsed out my shirts, there is no way I could've waited any longer, maybe next time I will to see if it really makes a difference.  I started with the panties since I cared least about them, if a lot of dye washed away, I was gonna give it another day.  Things went well, I didn't think to take pictures till after that one but I did the same thing to all of them.  So that was all the confidence I needed to rinse my shirts.

 Probably doing it outside might be better but my bathtub is stained anyways and it worked out fine, I have one of those detachable shower heads.  So I started by rinsing with cold water for a minute while it was still bundled up.

 I took the rubber bands off and rinsed till the water was clear, I little out a little squeal of joy when I saw this, the colors were a lot more vibrant wet.  I debated about hanging them outside or tossing them in the dryer, the next batch I'll hang but I thought it might rain anyways and figured the dryer probably wouldn't be much different, any thoughts on this?
 So I'm glad I decided the heart should be on the back, it's not much of a heart really, but you get the point, and I'm excited about them.
This is what this is what the front turned out like, see what I mean.
Oh so excited about this one, I'm wearing it now, again, it's a lot lighter than when I rinsed it, maybe the dye wasn't dark enough?  Is it because I dried in the dryer?  I'm still very happy overall, also, any cleaning suggestions, should I handwash a few times before throwing in with other clothes?
This one was last minute, I had dye left that I couldn't bare to just pour down the drain, It looked very Mardi Gras after I dyed it, I'm pretty happy with it also, I spun this one and rubber banded the same way except I started spinning over to the side.  I did a spiral design instead of the pie pieces with 3 colors instead of 4, I really can't distinguish a big difference in overall design of the 2 methods, and they're both pretty easy.  So those are my results, I'm pretty pleased with myself, I thought it could be disasterous, but turned out pretty nice, oh except that 2nd shirt ended up having a small tear where the sleeve is attached, I don't recall it being there before, but it was just those cheap hane shirts so maybe that's why.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tie-Dye Virgin!

So I maybe did tie dye once in 4th grade but mostly with the teachers help, and I saw this tutorial on Vitamin C the other day for tie-dye in a jar and it looked pretty amazing, I'm deff gonna be trying that.  While I'm searching for the right size jars, I purchased some white T-shirts and I've had some fabric dye for a while that I've been needing to use, so I decided I could do some regular tie-dye.  So I watched a few vids on youtube (Wolfechos was pretty amazing)  and got started.  I prewashed yesterday planning on actually doing it after, but time got away from me and I just went ahead and put it off for today.  I just poured some vinegar in on a small cycle in my machine, I read a lot of different prewash instructions, all pretty conflicting, but most say not to use detergent on the first wash, and I had some vinegar and figured it wouldn't hurt, but it does seem pretty important that you do prewash your fabric.
Rubber Gloves
Powder fabric dye, and I suppose you could you liquid also, I'm not sure, this is Dylon, I don't know much about it, it was given to me, but it's from Hobby Lobby
Squeeze bottles, one per color is ideal but I made do with 2
Rubber bands, different sizes
White cotton things, I used 2 shirts and some panties :)
Washable marker (optional)

So pretty much everything has said to prepare your dye first, I started with blue and red, there weren't mixing instructions for bottles so I just kinda went with my gut and eyeballed it, about a 1/4 a packet of dye with a cup of warm water and 1 TBS of salt, hopefully it turns out alright.

I HATE WHITE PANTIES!  These came in one of those 6 packs you know and have been living in the back of my underwear drawer till an occasion such as this came about.  Also, they've never been worn, I feel I should say that, lol.

I saw something on how to make a heart deisgn, so I thought the panties would be good for that, I'm not sure if it will be on both sides, but I deff wanted it on the back.  You need to fold in the middle and use a washable marker to draw a half heart.

So you go on the line you drew and start accordian folding, you know in and out.

Once you fold to the other end of the line, it should make a semi-straight line.

Rubber band over the line.

I just did a few more rubber bands all the way down.

I only ever knew of a couple of different way to tie-dye, I'm glad I researched before hand.  This is a spinning one, you should have a flat surface you can walk around, I used a TV tray table (whatever you call them).

Where you start is where the middle of the design will be I'm pretty sure, I started first off to the side.

So you pinch and start walking around the table, making spirally type folds.
Mine doesn't look as great as others, but it's my first time, I'm sure it gets easier, I actually started over in the center on this one.

I tried to rubber band around the outside of my bundle but it just wasn't working out so I did it like this, which I'm pretty sure serves the same purpose.  Time to dye, don't forget your gloves!
I dyed in the sink, not the best idea, but again, trial and error.  This is the panties, it was hard to take pictures as I went, but you get the idea. 

I went ahead and used the red and blue first on the shirt, I'm pretty sure you can do pretty much anything as far as pattern goes, on this on I decided on pie pieces.  After, I flipped and did the other side, trying to do the same thing.  I had a lot of each left so I mixed them, hoping for a pretty purple.

The purple looks kinda like a melted grape popsicle, I'm ok with that, lol, I also did yellow, flip and finish up the other side.  These colors look promising, I'm pretty excited.

The guy I got most of the tips from says to bag them for a few days to let them set up, I don't think I can wait that long, but at least 24 hrs for sure.  Stay tuned for the results!

Also, on a completely unrelated note, look at this tiny tiny cup, it was smoothie sample Friday at Mcdonalds, the smoothie sucked (strawberry banana, but this cup made me all kinds of happy!