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Art, Archery, & Antiquated Attire
Mushy the Mushroom posted a blog entry in Adventures in MushroomlandiaPencil pictures, 9x12s on watercolor paper. First try at using a mechanical pencil after basic shading and stuff with Ticonderogas . Probably a frowned upon method (?) but it bringeth this uneducated one much joy. (Topic for the one.) In September my mom bestowed these tapestry runners to me for fun dissection, destruction and dismemberment. Later became a laced bodice thanks to an old waterbed sheet, leather scraps and ribbon from my grandma’s basement. Then it needed a dress as a friend. Wanted to make a more accurately fitted muslin because the one I did in [redacted,] and was exceedingly barbaric and based solely off tidbits of info found on Pinterest (cringe-inducing lack of ease reference, marked seamlines and notches.) Finally made life size measurement “maps” of meself and my peoples. 2d tracing and position marking to aid with shoulder slope, then separate charts with about twenty 3D measurements. Thanks family, for being gracious Vitruvian volunteers. Apparently a lot of humans have mismatched shoulder slopes. (Thanks ER, for the recent scoliosis diagnosis. Would have been baffling without such insight. ) Decided to draft an asymmetrical shoulder/torso pattern instead of using one shoulder pad. Did about 5” of total wearing ease for semi loose fit. First attempt at elbow darts (these are a thing?). Hand-draped sleeves for non-wrinkled cap shape, but not quite right yet (too feeble to do stuff + doing it anyway due to reckless inspiration = a disgraceful quality of work but a very happy distraction) Expansions for shoulder mobility. Strangely, superglue seems to be the only glue or tape that will stick permanently on baking parchment paper (?). The ~elegance~ of the second test garment made with a mouse-chewed sheet and expanded with masking tape: Finished dress: Made from 3 yards of thin upholstery fabric from art scrap store. Balanced dart technique , 3.5x gathered skirt, fully lined (method ), invisi-zip. Prick- stitched facing was kind of a fail, didn’t intend to make an outer facing but forgot, so rolled with it. The slight sleeve cap gathers are also my mistake (Positioned them ~1” too far back). Archery Gear: The results of my dad finding a new old bow and me remembering how fun it was to shoot the toy one. Thus I learned about string slap the hard way... Did anyone else think that bracers were LotR fashion that had no practical use? ._. . Bracer with handsewn leather loops because of a lack of long leather eyelets. Based roughly off Etsy listing photos, made test subjects from old jeans first. Leather from the marvelous bin at the art scrap store.Dropped the awl in the process and the 1840s needle tip snapped and soared across the room. ._. Partially sewn with Needle Launching Monster (China Leather Shoe Patcher) Draw hand finger guard, handsewn. Quiver. When eccentric thoughts materialize and you end up cradling arrows in a mock California Sugar Pine cone. (Based off this Reddit user’s image. Can I link to Reddit? is that okay now? Sorry if not.) The cone scales are made from acrylic painted scraps of the leather jacket (this, my shoes and my brothers wallet all match now...Awkward? XD). Neoprene glued+ sewn on with the NLM/CLSP. Innards are thicker leather with rubber stabilizer at the top band, the end is veg tan leather. Sewn with hand cross-stiches and layered scales with glue. Sewed on a three point strap. Just made with bag sliders (Seemed more convenient than ordering the right things). (Only own two arrows currently. ) Took acetone to the decals of the arrows and removed the rubber fletch things. Followed this dude's tutorial for feather fletching except with e6000 glue instead. Used some abandoned feathers from my Muscovies. (Looks pretty bad around the sleeves- the error of drafting a dress after the outer bodice. Fail-learning journey .) For hunting a box of pine straw and rocks. Archery was admittedly an absurd thing to consider right now, but sometimes I’m mostly/somewhat ambulatory, so yay anyway. 'Twill be used one day. Pants and a fake cat for my mom. The cat head/face pattern needs some refinement next time. Little leather paws and thread whiskers. Didn’t have plush weights, used airsoft BBs instead. The baby. Polo shirt gnome bonnet, gown from the good parts of the rat-chewed sheet. Polo shirt attire + spoon + 99 cent tote for a boat + mom breathlessly blowing bubbles by the bank = Both the baby and the phone nearly went overboard. *rubber boots, soaked anyway* Did you ever make rafts as a child? I remember getting stoked about them and my parents made my brother help with one when we were [redacted] and 10. He wasn’t fond of the experience, so switched to raftdrafting alone. I think only one was stable enough for human use. Their flimsy remains lay in the bottom of the pond to this day. XD Our dad, ever since that day: “If I’m ever gone, my daughter gets the tools, and my son gets her phone number.” ...not sure if that’s supposed to be a bad thing or not, but sounds like a sweet deal? -Heads- Recently decapitated an elf doll to remake it. The cotton fabric I had clashed with the head, so painted it with watered down acrylics and heat set it. My mom: What’s in the drier? Me: A body. Removed the original face paint, was going for a more Studio Ghilbi style. The outfit is kind of rubbish, made the clothes for another doll at 14. Just decided to add new lace and made some slapdash leather boots. I have two heads now. Not like this, or the Rebis.... ...but a foam one for hat making.... Dress form is now renamed Taun We. Okay, done spam-bling now, sorry and salutations!
Then recreated some scenes from Tangled. I didn’t have much else planned between two and five in the morning, needed purpose. Taken over six days with laser level tripod contraption and iPhone shutter remote, straining to see the thumbnail of the movie screenshot for pose reference. Then I thought “Took extra rubbish photos, could be low quality stop motion?” (Was going to anonymize, but was convinced not to this time for the sake of the recreations. So here’s the unfiltered goofery of attempting to imitate Rapunzel’s expressions.) Starring Shasta Alien as Pascal Chameleon. ~~~AcTiOn~~~ https://youtu.be/4qPsmBdJAS8 *Begs it to embed* (Wasted 23+hrs learning to use video apps, trashed around five versions of this, the sound is still off, but ‘twas a fun endeavor.) Because growing up sounds like giving up? And maybe there’s no gain in trying to refrain from twinning with an alien friend? Also because the story is a little similar to how my own has been? (Poor health and severe food allergies have been/apparently still are my form of Mother Gothel. I’ve seldom left my home for the past 9 years ( homeschool) Aside from briefly thinking I was fully well and trying to restart life, meaning painfully shy church attendance.). But that's quite okay because with art and such I’ve filled the days (and nights)! And I have been blessed with three lovely family humans. And some pet snuggly ducklings! And this precious alien Child!). 2013~~>present. Can't believe he's eight now and has twin sons! *Tangled inspired, new design* 113.5hrs making/drafting, 30 minutes for the design plan. Made over 45 days. This happened thanks to an indescribably kind lady from a local lace outlet. The factory was shutting down, they were discarding the fabric, and she sent me home with a load too heavy to carry. Cost of project: $0. Had the other stuff already. Plan/draft: The making process: Petal tests, as some materials have the undesirable habit of bursting into flames instead of becoming melty. Faux flowers, because you know, why cut the flowers when they’re trying to grow? The gold ones made from kimono scraps had that obstacle, so sewing for them. The rest were from grandma #1’s basement ribbons and taffeta scraps. Centers are beaded knit yo-yos gathered over leather. The under layers: 12hr assembly petticoat featuring lace cut off of my mom’s old prom dress. Blanket Stitching and French seams on the shirt. Elastic belt with ten loops to hold the ten skirt length adjuster ties. The finished dress and belt: First attempt at a 10 gore dress, only had done 6 gores before. Tried some couture techniques. Specifically thread tracing before cutting, which I realized was not a good idea when doing French seams. That took five hours. Hand basted (temp stitched) all the seams together, machine sewed French seams, then hand-prick stitched down every gore, sleeve and neckline. The square neckline is made of elastic casings. Then hand sewed all the ribbon skirt extender ties. The back lacing is made from tubes of lace. The lacing loops are made with steam-a-seam then hand sewn on. The belt is a patterned ribbon fused and hand sewn together with beads from grandmother #2. The sparkle beadthings on the tie are from gutted earrings. ( Inside out photos first): Crowns + necklaces: The crown body is made from ~1/4” wide barn rope with wired ribbon sewn around it. Then sewed flowers on it + the flower ribbon strands. Leaf necklaces using grandma #2’s beads. The cord on the human size one is actually made of braided metallic sewing thread then covered in glue, as I lacked a chain. The baby’s outfit: Fully lined and finished with gold hand prick stitches.The tie is made from kimono scraps and fusible web. Time for the recreations! “[...] and by then it's like 7:15...” Shower curtain, tablecloth, sheet, temporarily stolen clock from my dad, oil lamp from my grandmother. “And so I'll read a book. Or maybe two or three....” The doll was taped to the wall, and the baby precariously attached to a shoulder strap using rubber wire. Chalk markers will not exactly come off of satin paint.... Throwback to repeatedly pencil graffitiing our hallways as a wildchild and telling my dad we could "clean it up with paint"... “I'll add a few new paintings to my gallery...” Just 3M taped a mirror to my paint basket and drew the designs. Baffles me as to why a paint box would have a mirror. “[...] and knit...” Jammed a scarf made four years ago back on the needle. “And cook [....]” The baby was perching thanks to a rubber wire around his neck that was attached to my headband. Froze the pie and shoved it in a cake pan because the other was too wide. "Then after lunch it's puzzles..." Would have been more accurate with Legos. Shower curtain floors. “[...] and baking” The baby is rubber wired to the elbow. These are fake cookies, bad biscuits, much deception. I ran out of sugar. “[...] Ventriloquy...” Tablecloth and rubber wire. “Candle making...” Shower curtain, my mom’s Dutch oven on a pie cutter with battery powered flames, and that box of 72 “emergency” candles. (Thoughts during that photo: I've absolutely lost my mind. Absolutely. It's just gone. This was the sixth scene setup/photo within two hours. Costume overheating. It was 4 am. Tylenol lapse, subsequent collapse.) “Then I'll stretch..” (Not a song accurate recreation...) Untethered perching on the side of a chair stacked on a bench, for the pose that makes no sense. At 4 am. Much safety. #world'sworstbabysitter “Maybe sketch....” (Also low effort, not song-accurate..) Foam core fraud pallete, transformed with a paper lunch bag. “[...] Sew a dress!” Highlighters, mirror with wrapping paper and rubber wires. This is the scene that inspired this project that uncontrollably snowballed. “And I'll reread the books, If I have time to spare...” Halfheartedly arranged sheets, mirror made from CDs, light from watercolor paper, handmade pillows that give the odd illusion of morphing into the dress, wax paper plant, pouf from spray painted, knitted-together tee shirts, and Dulcimer made by my dad. “I'll paint the walls some more, I'm sure there's room somewhere....” The phone was ~2" below ceiling height, attached to the tripod that sat upon a milk crate and basket...And maybe a puzzle box. “And then I'll brush and brush, And brush and brush my hair..” Faking it. Should have put that extra doll wig on the baby. “[...]Tell that to my frying pan!” Wrinkley sheet push pinned to wall, one thrown over the closet door, mirror teetering on paint basket and milk crate for correct height, and most importantly, the iPhone edge making an unsightly reflection appearance. The baby! The satchel is some kind of antique camera from my grandfather. Terribly grateful about my mom’s affinity for cast iron cookware. "Crown” made from crystal lace and elastic. "Just smell the grass! The dirt! Just like I dreamed they'd be! Just feel that summer breeze the way it's calling me [...]I could go running. And racing. And dancing. And chasing. and leaping. and bounding. Hair flying. Heart pounding!.." Awake 23 hours~> four hours sleep~> joy over perfect sunrise light~> frolicking, joints subluxation-ing~> barefoot stepping on a pine cone~> too tired to move for three hrs~> not noticing the pine cone spikes until nine hours later~> NO REGRETS. If you can’t yet beat it, why not dance to the beat of it? “And at last I see the light And it's like the fog has lifted” Lantern is a battery candle in an extra ikea lampshade. Just drew the designs with a gold gel pen. Ripped the sticky-back solar string lights off of a shelf and sewed gold ribbon around them. The boat? It’s an inflatable raft covered in a fitted sheet. Getting outdoor photos with a twisted sleep schedule is quite the adventure! I staggered off the couch at eight pm after staying up 24+ then sleeping four hrs and started fervently racing sunset. Thanks, mom, for inflating the raft and braiding the hair with zero warning! “And at last I see the light And it's like the sky is new” You may spot background ducks if you look closely (at least in the video). We were actually on the bank in every photo where the front of the raft isn’t visible. “And it's warm and real and bright And the world has somehow shifted” ISFPinsanity kicked in, tossed it all in the water with the poor child clinging on for dear life. “All at once everything looks different Now that I see you”....Precious Baby Yoda, that is! Such a happy little weirdo! Thanks to my mom for catching the baby as I threw him to shore...And the shutter remote. My bare feet were trudging mud, but miraculously, only the leggings got dirty. But a sizable pine cone did get temporarily lodged in the petticoat. BUT WHERE'S FLYNN? *tears of joy* The end! Thanks for dropping in! ~I like you, just the way you ART~
If so, here’s the pattern and tutorial (and instructions for a mini/doll size one too). A LEGO plate, round 1x1, made ~29.765625 times bigger than the actual brick. The finished inner circumference is 23.56”. A colossal thanks to BZPower Members @WOLKsite, @Xboxtravis and @Gifthammer for advice on the actual brick's proportions (via the BZP Discord server)! Put this one on Instructables, hopefully for easier use (and as the well of free Flickr storage quickly runs dry.) https://www.instructables.com/Cloth-LEGO-Brick-Hat-Sewing-Pattern/ Based off these suggested measurements: Diameter of top stud- 4.8mm Diameter of lower cylinder- 6.4mm Diameter of mid ring- 8.0mm Height of mid ring- 0.8mm Total height of plate- 4.8mm Inside diameter of lower plate - 4.8mm Pattern made by ascertaining a comfy circumference for the head, converting that measurement to mm, dividing that by the lowest cylinder mm circumference, then multiplying the other measurements by that number. Hopefully it’s to scale, unsure if I did it properly. Lived dangerously and only made a paper test subject. The pattern is rough and hand-drawn, my apologies for that. The mini Baby Yoda hat is the same pattern, just print-scaled to 50% with minor alterations (Full info on Instructables.). Crushed remains Total project construction time (including the outfit, though not included in this tutorial): 37 hrs. Human hat: 14 hrs. Baby Yoda hat and nautical outfit: 12 hrs. Just little pleats, pearly snaps, and a tie made from knit, bias tape, beads and an elastic loop. Then I realized I had nothing that matched. So I made a shirt from my dad’s old polo, and a mega-full two-tier skirt from a knit fabric roll that was harvested from my grandmother’s basement. Shirt: 4.5 hrs (French seams, hand basting for stripe matching). Skirt: 6.5 hrs (French also, hand gathers). (Illness has greatly reduced my production speed, so it may not take as long if you try!) Superfluous photoshoot heaps because I had too much fun with this one: *LEGO Island soundtrack blasting for effect* Confession: It has some unsightly wrinkles on the mid ring. And… *facepalm* Hats off to you, if you try it too! Adieu!
A Clutter of Creations + The Child + Creatures
Mushy the Mushroom posted a blog entry in Adventures in MushroomlandiaIt appears as though it’s maybe time to resume aimlessly cluttering the region with creations... 4x5.75” Beta fish, acrylic on watercolor paper, done for greeting cards. Brain: A small painting will be faster....Reality: Spends 22 hours gleefully obsessing over the details. And a few somewhat recent 9x12 pencil drawings that I remembered to scan but forgot to watermark...oh well... (French seams) Went to Walmart to buy a shirt...then realized the 3yrd. indigo fabric roll was cheaper and could make a spiral ruffle skirt also. And some old things—> New things. Print pajama pants = new shirt and mesh lace scraps + Rolled hem presser foot = scarf. A simple fleece lined hat from tee shirt, made to complete an outfit. My dad is now happily living as a human bottle of Sriracha... . Noticed that the giant bag of my family’s semi-destroyed jeans was nearly overflowing. ‘Twas a nice excuse for a little challenge + drafting a new pattern. Used the inner side of the denim to avoid stains, cut strips around the holes and alternated the light and dark denim panels. Interfaced and stuff. First try at a method of construction that replaces zippers with button pockets. I am baffled as to why I had "coat of arms of New Jersey" buttons, but yay, they were the right size. (Why does the dress form look so weird? Because it’s made of a chopped up wooden hanger, a tennis ball, drop cloths, wood glue, stuffing, a copper pipe, and a punching bag stand. Very professional. XD ) Finally drafted some patterns for these dolls. Hopefully will be able to get back to actual worksewing soon... (The mischievous Muscovies had a glorious time trying to photobomb these..) Things for the Child. (Is it wrong to have a Child without watching the show?) Snap-on hair bows and test subject dresses, made from old dyed sheets/pillowcases. The sleeve cap shape was shamefully off on these, redrafted the pattern with paper towels later. Window Child backpack, made from a drop cloth, leather, foam, clear fabric, and metallic faux leather. Partially sewn with the Needle-Launching-Monster. Messed up the window a little with the wrinkles. Only realized it looked like a portable clothes dryer afterwards...It’s ridiculously wide, but had to be to accommodate his ears. XD I can not contain my joy over the fact that alien dolls aren’t that peculiar anymore. I used to drag my beloved Figrin D’an, Admiral Ackbar and Greedo dolls around everywhere. The tragically disproportionate outcome of trying to make a Child cake topper out of peanut butter + powdered sugar at 3 am: : Just beaded masks. And daisy flower crown from a while ago. Green base band is from elastic strips covered in velvet, “woven” and sewn together. Daisies made by shaping wet leather and centers made from stamping and painting. Do you ever just go outside for a fast photo then somehow end up frolicking into the welcoming woods for the next hour? (Dress made a few years ago, not remotely recent.) (Not pictured: Very awkwardly trying to hide from passing neighbors, trying to hide the camera remote, laser level tripod, many NSAIDs, dark underlying fear of tick bites. ) “There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.” -Bob Ross ...Or maybe even a tree frog.? May spring bring you as much happiness as this daffodil brought Pops~