Saturday, November 25, 2006

Amy, The Many Blessings Angel FREE Doll Pattern by Kerry Seymour



Amy The Many Blessings Angel
8 ½" long by 5 ½" sitting angel doll.
© Kerry Seymour 2003

Supplies:

scrap of muslin large enough for head, hands and feet
1/4 yard cotton fabric for body ( will make at least two)
scrap satin type fabric
poly fiber fil
poly plastic pellets
freezer paper
pinking shears
two- Wimpole Street 3 “ heart doilies
hand sewing needle and matching thread
acrylic paints, gel pens, color pencils your choice
( I used black, blue, white, pink and red acrylic paint
and a brown and red gel pen, and red color pencil)
paint brushes
hemostat
Grip glue
spray sealer
1/8" wired metallic ribbon
gold cord 1/8" wide
2" x 3 ½" wired ribbon
raw wool curls (Cloth Doll Supply)

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You need: one front body cut on fold-one back body cut on fold-two hands sewn on doubled fabric and two feet sewn on doubled fabric. The body is pattern pieces and the head, hands and feet are templates. The body pieces use an 1/8" seam allowance which is included. I always use freezer paper even for pattern pieces, so that is what I’ll be referring to in the instructions.

Body: Transfer all pattern and templates pieces to freezer paper, and cut out. Place body front and back pieces on fold of fabric RST, press and cut out around freezer paper. Remove freezer paper. Sew the darts in the body back, press downward. Clip the neck, hands and feet openings with pinking shears or turn under 1/4" either way is fine. Pin the body back over the body front, matching the crotch first, then the shoulders, underarms, foot and arm openings. You may have to adjust slightly to fit. Sew shoulder seam, side and underarm seams and then the crotch seam. Trim seams, clip the crotch and under the arms. Turn RSO , press and set aside.

Hands, Feet and Head: Press the hand and foot templates to the wrong side of doubled fabric and sew around the hand and foot making two of each, leaving open where indicated on template. Remove template and trim close to stitching and turn RSO. Press the head template tothe wrong side of doubled fabric RST and stitch, leaving the top of the head open. Remove template and trim close to stitching. Turn head RSO.

With hemostat stuff the hands and feet all to within ½" of the opening, with needle and thread hand gather the opening shut about 1/4" from the opening on both the hands and the feet.

With hemostat and fiber fil stuff the head and neck firmly to within ½" from the top. Finger press the raw edges 1/4" to the inside and with needle and doubled thread hand gather the opening shut. Before fastening off add more fiber fil to round and fil in the head. Pull up gathers and tie off securely.

Painting the face: you can paint the face now or wait until the head is attached to the body. Use the face diagram included if you wish. Painting instructions are not included. I’ll be happy to offer help with painting if you need it. After painting spray with sealer to protect and seal the paint.

Attaching arms and legs : First gather the lower edge of a leg about 1/4" from the pinked edge. Leave the thread and needle attached. Insert the un-stuffed upper portion of a foot into the opening, pin to hold, pull up the gathers around the foot and with same thread re-gather around the leg catching in the upper foot as you go. Pull up gathers and tie off securely. Repeat for other foot and both of the hands.

Filling the body: Stuff the lower legs about 1" from pinked edge with fiber fil. Add poly pellets filling up to the darts on the body back. Stuff the rest of her body with fiber fil, including her arms. Do not over stuff or she won’t sit prettily.

Hand gather 1/4" from the neck edge. Insert the neck into the gathered opening, pin to hold and pull up the gathers. Gather around again catching in the neck securely as you do, secure the thread and tie off.

Hair: Spread a thin layer of Grip glue over the back , top and side of head where you’ll be adding hair. Take small bundles of the wool hair and with needle and matching thread randomly sew to the dolls head, it doesn’t take much maybe 5 small bundles. This raw wool curly hair is great and very soft.

Wings: Lay one heart over the other one lining up the embroidered holes, run a length of gold cord through the holes and tie into a bow. Center the wings over Amy’s back and tack in place.

Bag: Make a freezer paper template of the Many Blessings bag. Press to the wrong side of double fabric RST. having the bottom of the bag on the fold of the fabric, sew both side edges, leave the top open. Print Many Blessings on the front of the bag with a gel pen. Fill the bag with fiber fil and tie with a length of gold cord.

Tack Amy’s hands together in front of her with a few stitches using a needle and thread. Place the bag in Amy’s arms.

Finishing: Tie and make bows around each wrist, feet and neck using the 1/8" metallic ribbon. Use the 2" x 3 ½" wired ribbon as her hair bow: Pinch the piece together in the center and with the metallic ribbon tie around the center to hold and then tie into a bow. Glue the bow to the top of her head using Grip glue. Use a straight pin to hold until the glue dries.


Copyright © 2006 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Kerry Seymour of Attic Rose Creations at http://atticrosecreations.com and "Attic Rose Creations" blog. Kerry is a doll artist, doll maker and doll pattern designer. Kerry makes cloth dolls, polymer clay babies, clay gourds, and reborn vinyl babies. 

Crazy Quilted Postcards FREE Tutorial by Catherine of Calidore's Garden Ramblings Blog

Crazy Quilted Postcards FREE Tutorial by Catherine of "Calidore's Garden Ramblings" Blog - Posted August 3, 2006

I have a confession to make - I never thought I would end up making a fabric postcard. I have now changed my mind and have discovered they can be deceptively easy if you follow a few simple steps.

My first faltering steps were guided by Maureen C. at Kenmaurs Corner (Maureen was so patient with my strange questions...lol) and now I feel confident enough to offer this tutorial on how I make them. Everyone is different and you may like to do a search of the internet as I'm sure there are plenty of others who also offer their version of constructing a postcard. Thanks should also go to Sandie at Abeautifulcraft - for giving me what can only be described as a very large hint that I should do a tutorial on them. Thanks girls.

Crazy Quilted Fabric Postcard

You don't need a great deal of equipment or materials to make a postcard. Certainly you aren't going to have to remortage your house in order to make them - which is probably a blessing since the interest rates are rising - yet again. Simple things from around your home are enough, plus plenty of ideas.

Ingredients
* Cardboard - I cut out a reasonable size, then cut a "window" in this peice the size of my finished postcard. 4 x 6 inches is the general size I use. This is handy when "auditioning" fabrics and trims you may want to use plus marking the size of the postcard on your fabric.
* Base fabric - this is what you sew your fancy fabrics onto. It provides - a base for your work. This needs to be at least two inches larger than the finished size of the the postcard - I often make it larger again.
* Fancy fabrics - for your naked cq block.
* Print of something. This is entirely up to you. I like to use a print of something significant for the person I am sending the card to, but you can just use fabrics and embroidery. Sandies tutorial for printing on fabric is a wonderful place to get started.
* Backing Fabric - this is where your message etc will be written It needs to be at least 1 inch larger than the finished postcard.* Paper backed vilene. The stuff you use for applique (Visoflex I think it is called - but don't quote me on that.)
* Stiff Vilene (or vilene with a stiffy if you want to be a bit rude...lol.) This can basically stand up by itself if propped against something, without sagging. It is still able to be sewn through however - defeats the purpose if you can't.




Step 1
Draw the size of the postcard onto your base fabric. This is where the cardboard template with the window cut out of it comes in handy. Speeds things up and you already know it is square and the right size. You can see where I have already done that in the first photo. Now sew exactly on that line. It doesn't have to be matching thread (contrasting is often easier to see) - you won't see it in the final product. The reason will become clear soon. Audition your fabrics and print if you want to use one - in other words move them around until you like where they are all sitting or should that be lying...lol. The template comes in handy here too in that you can see exactly what the fabrics and their arrangement will look like in the final product. Just look inside the square. See easy so far.




Step 2
The fabrics are all sewn down in to their final positions. Now turn your naked block over (base fabric uppermost) and making sure the fabrics are all flat and not puckered - sew exactly on the line on the base fabric you sewed just before. When you turn your postcard over (so now the right side or the pretty side is up) you can see exactly where the edges of your postcard are. It saves a lot of heartache in the end when you realise you may have done your best work on the part that is to be cut off.




Step 3
This is the fun part. Use your cardboard template to create a window on your postcard - trial different laces, ribbons or whatever else you want to use. It helps to get your eye in and I find invaluable if I'm not sure if something will work. For example the ribbon in the left top hand corner. It wasn't right, but without the template it looked fine.




Step 4
Embellish the postcard as you want. Remember there are no rules and this is where you can really let your hair down and enjoy trialling new techniques or supplies - after all it is your postcard and you can do what you want.




Step 5
Now for the slightly harder stuff - in other words read carefully.You will need the paper backed vilene - which should be cut slightly larger (I go for 1/2 inch larger all round) than the size of the post card. Use the spare peice of cardboard from the "window" you cut from the template as a guide. Iron this onto the back of the crazy quilted block. Do it lightly and carefully - a folded towel put down underneath it will act as a cushion so your lovely work isn't flattened. Do not pull the paper off at this stage.Now you will need the stiff vilene (also cut at least 1/2 inch all round larger than the postcard). The stiff vilene that I use has the glue on it all ready - not sure if that is the case for all of this type of vilene but I will assume so. This is ironed onto the backing fabric.I can hear you asking - why is she making these larger than we need. Simple - if you make a mistake and iron something on slightly crooked - you still have enough fabric and vilene to cover the postcard. Much better than coming up short, having to pull everything off or having to start again from scratch.




Now being careful, pull off the paper from the vilene that is ironed to the front of the post card. Being fairly careful, align the cqed front with the back, vilene together and iron carefully. Basically you are making a sandwich. If you aren't sure - you should have CQed top, vilene, stiff vilene, backing fabric.

Step 6
When your post card is finally ironed together and you are happy with it, then, and only then, do you trim it to its final size.




Step 6A
As you can see I trim it to just a thread or two outside the sewn line. I find this way any little peices of fabric that haven't been embroidered or embellished are held down and don't pucker up when sewing around the edges.




Step 7
I use a larger needle when I sew around the edges of the post card. It has to go through not only several layers of fabric, but two lots of vilene as well - one of which is thick. A jeans needle is ideal. I use a satin stitch or other fancy stitch to "seal" the edges. I'm not sure if you can see it, but I always seem to get "whiskers" from the fabrics that stick out. I just trim these off carefully - trying very hard not to cut my stitching. I don't know if it is my machine, the stitches I choose, the thread (in this case it was a varigated cotton machine embroidery thread) or just me but I always get these whiskers. Drives me nuts, but I'm learning to live with it - after all I'm not a machine and these aren't a commercial item.




Step 8
Now, and only now, you can write the details on the back of the card. I don't do any writing until the whole thing is finished because I am notorious for ironing things on slightly crooked. Again - another thing that drives me insane, but that's me. I figure if I have gone to all this trouble then to stuff it up at the last stage is a major hair pulling event.




I hope all this is helpful and I haven't bored you silly by now. Any questions please ask and I will do my best to answer them.PS Sorry I never thought of saying how I post these until Jo asked. (Slapping hand here) While I know many of these postcards can just be sent through the mail (after being hand cancelled) I prefer to post my cqed postcards in a padded bag. I use a lot of beads in my work (got to have that sparkle....vbg) and a lot of silk ribbon (well if you've got it, you have to play with it) and I am always worried that something would happen to it while in the mail. I bought really small padded bags for less than $1.00 Aust and postage was only $1.00 so they are very cheap to send. I know it isn't quite the same as receiving a stamped postcard, but I'm willing to compromise for the sake of my work arriving intact.

Copyright © 2006 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Catherine of "Calidore's Garden Ramblings" Blog.

Catherine's Bio - "Catherine is a full-time Wife and Mum of three who loves nothing better than spending time creating beautiful things whether it be in her sewing room, garden or kitchen."

Turning Tiny Fingers FREE Tutorial by Kerry Seymour



Turning Tiny Fingers FREE Tutorial by Kerry Seymour


I hope someone finds help with this tutorial!



Stitch around your arm template using a very small stitch, I use a "1" or less on my stitch length dial. Try to take at least 2 stitches between each finger. I always square off the tips of my fingers, seems to give them a rounder look when turned. Yes that is pencil mark you see, it isn't as bad as it appears but still it shouldn't be there. Bad, Bad Me!



Here I have the arms cut from the fabric, I left a seam allowance of about 1/8"



Here I have cut between the fingers. I could not get a real close view with my camera, but what you need to do is cut in deep between each finger right to the seam allowance. Clip the seam at the top of the fingers very close also.



I've inserted a tube into this thumb to check for the best fit and also this will help me see if there is more I have to trim from the tip.



Ready to turn those fingers? You will need two tubes, one smaller then the other. The larger tube will be inserted into a finger and the smaller tube will be used on the outside of the finger.



Place the smaller tube on the outside right over the seam
at the tip of the finger.



Here you can see the small tube on the outside, the larger tube is inserted into a finger. What your going to do is roll the fabric up and over the smaller tube with the larger tube. Wet your fingers if you need to for better grip.



Woo Hoo! Two more to go! A common misunderstanding: You are not actually going to push the finger into the inserted larger tube, you are rolling the fabric of the finger up and over the smaller tube on the outside of the finger.



All finger turned! Wasn't that easy!



After the fingers have been turned it is time to turn the whole hand to the outside. I use a hemostat to reach in and grab the fingers. Be careful when doing this not to tug and make sure you have a good grip on the fabric. Pull the hand to the outside and straighten the fingers by inserting one of the tubes inside each finger.



Two lovely hands! How about inserting the pipe cleaners?



You'll need 10 pipe cleaners each folded in half, a hemostat and either masking tape or floral tape.



Guide each folded end of a pipe cleaner into a finger using the hemostat.



For my arm I will keep the total length of pipe cleaner so I have wrapped the entire length of pipe cleaner with masking tape. Wrap from the wrist to the length desired. You may need wire cutters to trim off any excess pipe cleaner that you won't need.



TA DA! You did it!

Copyright © 2006 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Kerry Seymour of Attic Rose Creations at http://atticrosecreations.com and "Attic Rose Creations" blog. Kerry is a doll artist, doll maker and doll pattern designer. Kerry makes cloth dolls, polymer clay babies, clay gourds, and reborn vinyl babies.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

FREE Graphics by Denise Bailey

Snowman & Stacking Boxes - Free Graphics 10/28/2006

These are made by me by using vectors in PSP, please feel free to use for your own personal use. Images may not be offered for download nor sold. Please give KKL Graphics credit and link back to http://kklgraphics.blogspot.com/ .


Copyright © 2006 - All Rights Reserved — KKL Graphics - Created By Denise Bailey


Sleepy Teddy & Extreme Prim - Free graphics 10/23/2006

I made these today, please feel free to use for your own personal use. Images may not be offered for download nor sold. Please give KKL Graphics credit and link back to http://kklgraphics.blogspot.com/ .


Copyright © 2006 - All Rights Reserved — KKL Graphics - Created By Denise Bailey


'Lil Angel Graphic - Free graphic 10/12/2006

Here's a cute 'Lil Angel for your personal use. Please do not offer as download or claim as your own. Please give KKL Graphics credit and link back to http://kklgraphics.blogspot.com/ .


Copyright © 2006 - All Rights Reserved — KKL Graphics - Created By Denise Bailey


*Free* Raggedy & Pumpkins Graphic 10/4/2006

I realized this evening that I didn't have any Halloween siggies to post in my forums so made this Raggedy & Pumpkins graphic.

Copyright © 2006 - All Rights Reserved — KKL Graphics - Created By Denise Bailey



Copyright © 2006 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Denise Bailey (aka NeeNee) who is a 54 year old mom & grandma who has been crafting for over 34 years for myself and family but only in the last 2 years have been actively crafting for profit via craft shows, eBay and an EZshoppe. My 'specialties' are primitives, country and folkart creations.I also love to create graphics. I was interested in drawing since I was very young, taking art classes all through high school. I always thought I'd go to an art school after graduation, but instead I got married and started a family. Six years ago, I purchased my first computer, and found PSP. I've been hooked since and have taught myself to make my own graphics using PSP's vector & nodes tool. My website is: KKL Primitives .  My Blogs are: The Krazy Kraft Lady and Menopausal Monster .

Simmer Potpourri by Tina Columbus

Simmer potpourri is a great way to fill your home with the wonderful scents of the Fall and the Holidays. Special potpourri simmer pots are sold, but you don't need one, all you need is a regular kitchen cooking pot. Just fill it with 1 quart of water and you can choose from an array of wonderful dried herbs, spices, and fruits to mix together and add to your pot. Simmer the mixture on your stove top for several hours and the pleasant aroma will waft through your home. As the potpourri simmers, add more water as needed. Simmer potpourri is also a great way to make your kitchen smell nice after you cook foods with particularly heavy unpleasant odors such as fish or garlic.

You can make great fragrant combinations according to your liking. Below are some examples of what you can add to your simmer pot.

-Orange slices

-Apple slices

-Lemon slices

-Lime slices

-Citrus peel

-Cloves

-Cinnamon Sticks

-Allspice

-Nutmeg

-Bay leaves

-Mint

-Chamomile

-Lemon verbena

-Lavender

-Rose petals

-Pine needles

-Star anise



Copyright © 2006 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Tina Columbus of TC Fragrance Crafts. Tina is a professional crafter who owns and operates her own shop selling handcrafted fragrant products such as candles, soap, potpourri, and more.

Dried Fruit by Tina Columbus

Dried fruit slices and peels are a great way to give your home a country prim look. They are fragrant and can be added to potpourri blends, fixins blends, wreaths, swags. They also make pretty and fragrant gift package decorations. When they are placed around candles, especially bakery candles, they give a nice country prim look.

The pic above is of an orange fixins blend. It combines dried orange slices and orange peels with fragrant spices like cinnamon sticks, allspice, and cloves. The look and smell is very seasonal and makes a great addition to country prim home decor.

The easiest way to dry fruit slices is to use a dehydrator. If you do not have a dehydrator, you can use the standard oven method.

To dry apple slices using the oven method, core your apples and slice them about 1/4 inch thick. In order to prevent them from oxidizing and turning brown during the process, dip the slices into a solution of 2 cups lemon juice and 3 tablespoons salt. Make sure the slices are well soaked for about 15 minutes. After you remove them, pat them dry with paper towels and place them on cookie sheets and dry for about 6 hours at 150 degrees. Keep the oven door slightly ajar to ensure good air circulation. Turn the slices when they start to curl.

For oranges, slice them about 1/4 inch thick and gently squeeze out as much of the moisture as possible without squeezing and misshaping the slices. Then place the slices on a cookie sheet and dry for about 6 hours at 150 degrees. As with the apples, keep the oven door slighty ajar for air circulation.


Copyright © 2006 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Tina Columbus of TC Fragrance Crafts. Tina is a professional crafter who owns and operates her own shop selling handcrafted fragrant products such as candles, soap, potpourri, and more.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Recycled Craft - Crafty Ideas To Recycle Tins And Cans by Liza Schmitt

Recycled Craft - Crafty Ideas To Recycle Tins And Cans
By: Liza Schmitt

Recycled craft ideas are a great and inexpensive way to make use of items commonly found in your home.

Here are a few fun ideas for recycled tins and cans:

Pretty Picnic Flower Pots
If you’re having a picnic party theme at home, get a few medium sized tins that would suit having a few freshly picked flowers in them. Near the top, make two holes on opposite sides – probably best to ask your dad, husband or brother to help! Thread some pretty ribbon through and tie it at the top, this will be used to hang the tin from the branches of trees or the rafters of your patio. Go into your garden and pick a few pretty fresh flowers and some foliage, and pop them into the tins with some water. If you have the time and creativity, you could also glue some pretty fabric to the tins, or spray paint them in the color/s of your theme.

Pen and Pencil Holders
Everyone will ask you where you got them! Choose the size or sizes that suit you, then decorate the tins on the outside – you could glue fabric around and finish with a trim of pretty cord at the top, or spray paint them the color you choose.

Gift Containers
Here again you can use any size or shape that fits the gift. Simply wrap it with colored cellophane paper and tie together at the top with a pretty ribbon.

Candle Holders
These are lovely for an evening function, to line a path or down a staircase outside. Try find some low tins or cans, tie a pretty ribbon/bow around each one, and use a tealight candle or other low candle inside.

Waste Paper Baskets
Using the same suggestions above, either cover them with some pretty fabric and finish off with a trim of cord or feathers, or simply spray paint to the color you want.

Craft Supply Containers
Label them with the contents they’re going to hold. You can even get quite creative – instead of storing them in a cupboard or shelf unit (which would probably be more difficult to get to) keep them on top of a spare desk or dresser, but dress them up first! You can wrap them with pretty leftover pieces of fabric, even rope, or spray paint them to the color/s you prefer.

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Heirloom Decorating by Rachel Paxton

Heirloom Decorating
By: Rachel Paxton

I love to surround myself with things from the past. To me "heirloom" doesn't necessarily mean something really old, because memories are always in the making, and displaying a family keepsake can be treasured whether it's from last year or fifty years ago.

It's easy to tastefully decorate your home with family heirlooms. Why not put them on display rather than locking them away?

I have many crocheted afghans that started taking up a lot of storage space. When we moved to our new home we had room for our cedar chest off to one side of the living room and I filled the chest with all of the blankets. This also keeps them from being scattered all over the living room. We take one out at a time and just fold it up and put it back in the cedar chest when we're done using it.

I love to decorate with family photos. Our home has a long hallway where I can display a lot of photographs. Instead of randomly arranging pictures I decided to go with themes. I bought a large collage picture fame and arranged all of our family camping photos in it. Another smaller collage displays pictures of our daughter opening up her presents at Christmas throughout the years. My, how she's grown!

I've also scattered picture frames throughout our home. Black and white photos of generations past are displayed on the piano and china hutch. I don't know about you, but I love looking at other people's family photos. Ours are definitely a topic of conversation for visiting guests.

I love needlework. I have on display needlework that was done by my mother, my mother-in-law, and myself, and these masterpieces make a great addition to any room of the home. I'm partial myself to wedding samplers. It doesn't seem like many people take the time to make these anymore. I made one for my husband and myself that I hope to someday pass on to my children. Birth samplers are also really great and something your children will surely cherish someday. The counted cross stitch project I'm currently working on will probably take me 5 years to complete, but someday it will grace the wall above our piano.

I like to incorporate children's artwork wherever possible. My favorite is a poem my daughter wrote and illustrated. One year she made several and gave them away as Christmas gifts to family members.

Our family has a lot of books that have been handed down as many as four generations. Those books are displayed on shelves in our entertainment center in the living room. My heirloom cookbooks I keep in a small bookshelf between the kitchen and the dining room. Instead of just filling the shelves with cookbooks, I alternated shelves, arranging my favorite knick knacks in between.

One heirloom I haven't found a place for are hand-embroidered tea towels that have been in our family for many years. I've read that you can make them into kitchen curtains. I'm going to have to give that a try!

Look through your family treasures and see what you can dig up. You never know what you might find--like a flower your grandmother dried and framed! And remember, it's never too late to create new family heirlooms. Your family will treasure them someday.

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Originally published Suite 101. Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For easy do-it-yourself home decorating ideas for busy moms, visit http://www.frugal-home-decor.com/.

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