Recent Posts by painted maru
I literally just started my very first sweater as well. I'm a crocheter. I've been scared for too long so I personally decided to just wing it and I'm making it up as I go. I looked at some patterns and then decided fuck it. If I botch it too much, it can always be frogged. I also opted to just do it because this first one has to be a serious learning experience, so I'm just diving in and figuring it out as it happens. Haha. I've also opted to just do a simple oversized sweater. I'm making 2 squares/rectangles for the torso. hemming them up the sides and on top of the shoulders, and probably a fancy boarder on the waist hem. And I'm thinking just long rectangles for sleeves with a ribbed cuff.
So I say just go for it! Or snag a pattern and follow along. Once you tackle the first one, you'll feel so empowered and wonder why you were scared!
I don't know where you live, but in California (where I am) and many other states you are required to have a state Seller's Permit. Granted, most of the time no one on Etsy or other places check or require a copy or anything. But technically, you are not legally allowed to sell without a Seller's Permit. They are free to get. You just have to fill out a form. And you pay taxes once a year on your sales. It literally takes 5 minutes or less to do these taxes online.
You do not need insurance.
I would get a spool of crochet cotton thread (more bang for your money), cut it into the length you need, and then braid it around a rope or something. Then it would have the thickness you need without having to rely on a ridiculous amount of thread to fill that core area. Best of luck!
I do plushie commissions, but I usually do them for around $45. It all depends on the detail level. Lowest I could go would be $25, and that would be that all of the clothes are glued on instead of sewn and most details are simplified. The image attached is my most recent commission that I did of Liara from Mass Effect, about a month ago.
However, if you'd like to take a crack it yourself, I do have a very basic plushie tutorial for free here. http://paintedmaru.deviantart.com/art/plushie-tutorial-101580574
I think they can be a very fun adventure and I highly recommend giving it a go. But let me know if you'd like to talk more about a commission. I'm also willing to help answer any questions you may have if you decide to make one yourself.
Best of luck!
Oh! These are adorable! If I had a horse or a friend with a horse, I'd have to make these. Ffffff.
I did see 2 free patterns.
This one is earless. http://www.nordicmart.com/shopexd.asp?id=1126&bc=no
And this one. It's in 2 languages. http://theknittingcowgirl.wordpress.com/2009/05/30/cuffia-antimosche-a-cap-against-flies/
I hope these help!
From what I've read about acrylics and from my washing experiences, I'd say no. My crocheted projects have not shrunk, but I was a gentle handwasher. And any machine made knits or crochets, they've never shrunk on me, even when I just throw them in the washer and dryer.
Out of the markers I've tried, definitely Sharpies. Just make sure to let them dry before handling them or they can smear everywhere. Other markers I've used seem to never dry. I also really love using Prisma Pencils on shrink plastic. It fills in so solidly and had great color. Usually I line with a fine Sharpie and color with the Prisma pencils. I believe I've used Sakura Micron Pens.
Best of luck!
I'm not too much help because whenever this happens to me, I don't really know what I'm doing. But play with the tension of your machine on some scrap fabric of the same amount of layers and such as your piece is. When I sew fleece and felt, I tend to use a medium to long stitch. A short stitch feels like it's just perforating the fabric and creating a future blow out, in my opinion. Also, your bobbin does need to be wound really smooth and with even tension. Sometimes I just wind a new bobbin when I don't know what else to do and then everything is fine and dandy. And make sure you have nice thread. If you can break it with your fingers, than it's definitely going to suck and break a lot. So make sure you are using a strong enough thread for the fleece/felt. I've had my thread break more with fleece than many other fabrics I use.
Best of luck!~
In regards to buying a pattern....If you have a Joann's Fabric Store nearby, check out their weekly ads. They have $1 pattern sales very often of patterns by Simplicity, Butterick, McCall's, and Vogue, but Vogue patterns usually only get down to like $5. And when they have these sales, it includes any pattern by the brand on sale. I usually go to town with my pattern purchasing.
Please forgive the painfully ugly trackpad drawn sketch. I hope it makes sense too.
I'd sew the white portion onto a piece of black that will be the front half of him. Then I'd cut an identical black piece (the dotted lines in the drawing) and sew around while sewing his wings into this seam as well. Then follow that by sewing a circle onto the bottom. And of course, it's always easier to sew the face on before closing the plush.
You might have to play with the body pieces a little to get them to make a fat enough plush, but it can be done. Plus, if you use fleece instead of felt, you'd probably get a smoother, more rounded shape when it's stuffed. Fleece has more stretch to it where felt barely has any.
Another way you could do it, but it wouldn't be as clean and smooth would be to sew a tube out of black for his body and then gather the top in to make the top of his head. That could have a cute homemade vibe if you are into that.
When I learned to crochet, I started with scarves since they are a simple shape and were functional when I finished them. Plus, by the time I finished one scarf, I was great at that stitch. I know a lot of people that worked on simple beanies when they started crocheting as well. Working in the round totally eluded me for a very long time until I attempted one amigurumi and it just clicked. Whenever I've taught someone to crochet, I've always had them work on a scarf and after a few rows they had it down.
If you haven't joined yet, you should definitely join ravelry.com. Amazing pattern resource site as well as being riddled full of very helpful people. And of course keep up the youtube video watching. Whenever I encounter a stitch I've never done before, I always seek out a video.
And I'm always willing to help out if you have a question. Best of luck~
Dude, I'm such a herpderp. I've been passed the Blick stores so many times and always just assumed they were normal list price kind of art stores. So, thank you very much for saying you order through them. I can't wait to go frolic and froth in their store now. I found they carry the silicone and bronze powder that I've been eying online but avoiding because of shipping fees. And they do have the canson paper for $7 something for the 10x12.
And all of this online talk about Hobby Lobby that I see from nearly every crafter makes me wish there was one near me.
Yeah, the Canson paper isn't thick like bristol. It's a nice thickness but not really ATC kind of thick, I guess. I think that reinforcing it with some other paper would be good. You could always cut the reinforcement just a little bigger so it makes a kind of frame/border look.
I'm glad I could help. You could try out doing some marker and colored pencil layering. I love doing some accents with Prisma pencils over the markers, when I'm not too lazy to go get them out. Fffffff.
Definitely buy some of the Canson paper. I bought it to make a book with for someone as a gift and I used the leftover paper I had and fell in love. I was always just being too cheap to splurge on nice paper.
And I'm not sure if their shipping is good or a rip off since this place is close to me, but I adore shopping through the Art Supply Warehouse because their prices are very nice to my wallet. http://www.artsupplywarehouse.com/ They had Prismamarkers on special the other week for $2 each or if you spent $50+, you got $10 off. I have an art seizure in that store every time I go.
I've definitely had them bleed through the paper. They hold of fairly well on the Canson. You can see the bleed on the back very brightly, but they don't usually get on the next page unless I really work heavy in one spot.
I hope you enjoy the paper and find something that works great for your art!
I use Prismamarkers as well, but I don't have the brush tips, just the standard large and small tips. When I'm working in a larger area that could easily end up being streaky, I usually color in one direction and work as fast as I can. It's kind of like the marker soaks the paper a bit so I find it's best to get that base flat layer down as quickly as possible. And I don't pick up my marker much because if I do, it overlaps and makes a darker spot than if I just keep going and maybe cross over a bit. However, if you want to attain flat, one colored sections that are larger, markers just aren't the way to go. They always have gradients in them due to their overlapping and just how markers are laid down. I personally enjoy they're "imperfectness". I have seen markers used beautifully for art nouveau styled work, so just keep playing around with them. Also, certain colors lay down beautifully and then some others don't.
In regards to textures, I like to lay down a base color first then layer it up with more colors for the textures/shadows/etc. I like to work with very light or sheer colors so it builds. Also, I've found that colors like "violet mist" when layered, actually kind of suck color out of the base color, so I love how it reacts with other colors. "Cool grey 20%" sucks color out too. I used to use the "colorless blender" but I ended deciding that it didn't really cooperate with me, but I know some people that swear by that thing.
I've found it's a lot of trial and error and just finding what works for you in a way that you like. I really can't say that enough. I just scribble about with them and happened over things that I'm now somewhat dependent on so to speak. And working with a limited pallet does wonders as well. You really have to figure out ways to layer odd colors to make a color that you don't have. Doing that made me think about my markers in a completely new way while I was making chibis for a convention a little ago. Don't give up. I never thought I'd be coloring with markers the way I currently am.
Also, paper makes a HUUUGE difference. If I use them on basic printer paper, they bleed like crazy. I know a lot of people that love using them on smooth bristol, but sometimes I feel like that sucks my color in too fast and I have less optimal working time for blending and such. I personally LOVE the Canson XL mixed media. http://www.utrechtart.com/Canson-XL-Mixed-Media-Paper-Pad--Spiral--60-heavyweight-98lb-160gsm-sheets-MP57470-i1009801.utrecht This paper holds every kind of media that I like working with great. I've been watercoloring in it lately and still love it. With markers, it really lets me lay down a lot of colors in concentrated spots without a lot of bleeding while still feeling really workable in a way that bristol doesn't feel for me.
Sharpies seem to always be streaky in my opinion. I love them, but I avoid them for large areas.
Best of luck! I hope something I rambled about helps.
I absolutely ADORE the Brother CP7500. I could gush about it for hours. http://www.amazon.com/Brother-CP-7500-Computerized-Sewing-Machine/dp/B0039YOVSG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349267245&sr=8-1&keywords=brother+cp+7500
I just did a massive hunt back in July for a new sewing machine and this one definitely shined from all of the reviews that I read and in regards to a good quality machine for a price i could afford. It has lots of fancy and practical stitches. And the tension with this thing has been a dream. Not one gnarled mess, and I've sewn on a wide variety of fabrics with it without one problem. So I'm in love with the beast.
I'm assuming you're in the UK, but I did find out that by ordering through Walmart, you get over $25 worth of extra accessories for the exact same price, so why the hell not. I doubt that helps you but perhaps you can find an some place offering a similar deal.
Best of luck~
I just bought two 50's dress patterns by Butterick from Joann's for $1 each. There were around 10 different dresses, but sadly most of them were out of stock in my size at that moment, which sometimes happens when patterns are on sale.
Watch the weekly sales flyers for Joann's. They have $1-2 pattern sales by brand all the time. Also, I totally recommend just going to Joann's and planting yourself at the pattern book table and just flipping through each brand's book and writing down which ones you like. I always collect pattern numbers then wait until the brand I want is on sale for $1.
And personally, I've had horrible luck with Burda patterns. I recently bought one of their patterns and was more frustrated, and pissed off, with their lack of instructions than I have ever been with any other sewing pattern.
As for making a wig, I can only think of making a yarn wig at home. You can crochet/knit a beanie or buy a blue beanie that is crocheted/knit and then knot collections of yarn through the holes in the beanie. You could search for a tutorial on making hair on an amigurumi.
If you're looking to purchase a wig, definitely do not buy a cheap wig from a Halloween/party store. I worked at Party City for far too long, and I know that every single one of those wigs is a piece of crap not worth your money. And you look like a fool wearing them.
I 100% recommend http://www.cosplayanimewigs.com/ from personal experience with them. It did take almost a month for my wig to arrive but it is so soft and just pretty. I was definitely surprised that what I got was so nice for how affordable they are. I've also recommended this site to a few other people as well and everyone of them has said that the wig exceeded their expectations.
You can also find a ton of great wigs on eBay. Just shop around. In the least, buy a wig that has lace insets, has adjustable straps if possible, and is made of kanekalon. I never buy a wig that simply says "synthetic". I just assume it's a shitty as a Party City wig.
And if it's too shiny, you can use a little bit of baby powder on it to unshine it. But don't smother it or it will look dusty and clumpy, unless you're going that route.
Best of luck.