I’ve been working on my knight puppet. He is now a collection of arms, legs, knee and elbow pads, and what will soon be pantaloons.
12-12-14 Knight

His arms look really weird at the moment, but the elbow pads will help when I assemble him.


More hanging project storage

The past month has been craaazy for me, and I haven’t really been crafting much.  However, I did manage to finish up all the bags I wanted to make for my hanging project storage system.  Before it looked like this.  Now it looks like this:

Craft Wall UpdateA little eclectic, but much less plastic, which I’m quite happy with.  The three center bags were made following these tutorials: brown bag, blue and white bag, blue-green bag.

I liked all three patterns a lot, but I discovered that if you’re going to be hanging your bag, drawstrings are not a good idea as the bag hangs too low.  I also wanted larger bags for larger projects, so I came up with my own design based on scaled-up versions of my favorite features of the aforementioned patterns (both outer bags — the left one has interfacing while the right one does not, which is why they look a bit different).

As for what I have in the bags, from left to right:

Dragon projectA dragon puppet from a kit I’ve been working on for ages.  I’d like to have it and it’s matching knight puppet done by Christmas, but I rarely think to work on it, so I’m hoping that having it on the wall will help.

Headband projectA knitted lace headband that just needs a few finishing touches (namely connecting it into a circle) before being photographed and listed in my Etsy shop.  My camera was not cooperating today, so it doesn’t really show, but the yarn is sparkly gold.

Socks projectSupplies for a pair of cabled, knee-high socks for me. As you can see, I’ve barely started them, and already I need to rip back since I realized my calculations were off…

Washcloth projectAbout a fifth of a cotton dishcloth with a dragon pattern.  I have quite a bit of cotton yarn that I’ve been wondering how to use, and a lot of people seem to use it for dishcloths.  I’ve never used it for that before, so I’m testing it out (with my white since I’d like to know how much it stains as well as how good it is at cleaning).

The last bag has a couple of greeting cards that need a few finishing touches before being listed in my Etsy shop.  No photo at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll have one later.

So far this method of storage has worked really well for me — I actually finished all my mending that I’d been putting off for ages yesterday so I had room for another project!

Mr. Rex

In order to kick off this blog, I’m showing off a project I finally finished after working on it off and on for over two years.

My grandmother gave my family a number of craft kits years ago that I’ve been gradually working my way through.  This particular kit was for a 20 inch tall soft-sculpture Tyrannosaurus rex, designed by Michelle Lipson in 1976.  Slightly scary to think that the fabric is probably older than I am!

Printed fabricAs you can see, the pre-printed fabric that came in the kit was huge.  That’s a queen-sized bed it’s lying on!  This was back in June 2011.



Part of the reason this project took me so long was that for a large part of it, I was hand sewing everything.  Once I decided to buy a sewing machine in January 2013, the rest started to come together much faster.

Rex04Mid stuffing.  It’s Einstein Rex!

Rex05Here he is!

Rex06All finished, in August 2013.

Rex07I think he came out pretty cool — I love the detailed print on his face.

Rex08His tiny arms are so cute!  (They were such a pain to turn and stuff, though!)

Rex09I think my favorite part is his back feet, though.  They came out amazingly well — I was really worried about being able to turn the claws, but they came out way better than I’d hoped.

I’m so glad I finally finished this project and I can’t believe it actually took me more than two years!  Of course, now I have to find a spot for a 20″ T. rex somewhere in my apartment….

Anyone else finish a crazy long project recently, or am I the only one who lets stuff drag on this long?