Archive for April, 2010

Hoodie Update + Applique

hehe, late update, as usual… but I finally sewed up the hood lining, so have completed the base for the hoodie!

It was supposed to be Sandshrew, but I couldn’t find the right colors at Jo-Ann’s or at Britex, so for now it’ll just be Girafarig/giraffe. 🙂


  • Fit could be improved – narrow body a bit more, neckline is too large, add curves into side. shoulders too wide.
  • For attaching hood, measure enough allowances for both sides (always has to be MORE than 10/8)
  • Try different method for closing lining? Slipstitch makes it look a little puckered?
  • Remember to put pocket on BEFORE attaching waistband!

I cut and pinned some spots, and tried to applique to the side of the hoodie, but failed. I was using embroidery thread and needle, trying to do a satin stitch. It’s hard to pass the needle through all the layers of fabric, especially since the embroidery floss is much thicker, and the polar fleece is quite tight. I kept shredding the cut flannel piece when trying to sew through it. Maybe my technique is wrong, but this approach hasn’t really been working for me.  I think that I’ll have to postpone finishing, until I go back home, and then I can use the sewing machine to attach the spots then.

Anyways, with that in some resources for applique:


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random cards

For my mom and my aunt’s birthdays. They’re twins! So awesome. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I LOVE YOU!

Mostly, I tried to use the paper left over from other random projects, so making these is pretty simple – just matching and arranging the pieces.

mom card
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I like this one the most: unified feeling and bright color scheme. I love doing this kind of lettering too – so flowy feeling. Should work on making sure edges are smooth and coloring is even.

aunt card
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This one is more randomly thrown together, so it kind of feels like elements are clashing – decorative versus geometric style. Interior and text work need work. Also, a tip: DO NOT use glue on vellum paper. Even after it dries, the glue markings will show through like this. I suppose double stick tape would be the best option.

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Glassblowing Workshop

This past Saturday, I went to the introductory glassblowing workshop that I’d signed up for last month! It was a very interesting experience, not really what I had expected, but definitely worth it! Mainly during the workshop, we just practiced basic glassblowing techniques, and just made random baubles, nothing really of substance. I’d love to sign up for the actual beginning glass blowing class now, and keep practicing and try to do something actually of substance, but I don’t know if I’ll have enough time for that this quarter. (gosh, so many things that I would love to try, but I don’t know when/if I’ll be able to get around to them.)

I woke up late, since the post-Fusion celebration was the night before, but I made it to the class on time! There were around 7 students, who strangely were all older white male students. The instructor, Clay Logan, was so awesome! He knows a lot about glassblowing, is really passionate about his craft, and is really helpful with teaching. Sometimes he gets caught up in talking to the students about glassblowing and things, so the person who’s actually working doesn’t always get his full attention. Anyways, I think that he tries his best, and is excellent at doing demos. He teaches all of the workshops and the Intermediate level for glassblowing classes.

At the beginning of class, he did a demo on making a simple glass cup. Seeing the form slowly emerge from just a lump of molten glass is simply amazing. Just by watching him, the whole process seems so facile.

Well, our first project was a practice on marking the necklines, and our second project was on actually using the pipe to blow a bubble shape.  I haven’t picked up the pieces after annealing yet, so I’ll leave it to your imagination for the pictures. (haha, don’t be too disappointed when I actually edit with photos later;;)

To keep the form centered on the pipe/stick, you sort of have to figure out how fast to turn it, how to hold it, when to reheat. I found it a bit difficult, but it was fun like a challenge to see how close you can come, how well you can do. I think the only part that I really disliked about the process was the heat in having to get the material out of the furnace. I’m not sure if I was handling it right, but it’s really hot! I sort of burnt my hand, maybe because it was too close to the heat coming off of the furnace. The skin on the side of my hand turned red and sensitive, and it really hurt! Now, it’s back to normal, so I don’t know what that was.

Clay showed us some of his other works later on into the class, and it was just so amazing to think that this person right here, made this thing, right here in my hands. One piece was a glass cup, swirled with transparent red, orange, and yellow. Another piece was a swirled goblet, with different colorings for the cup, stem, and base. I loved the swirling texture on both. There’s also a whole science behind interface of color mixing, which sounds really interesting to figure out how it works. Wish that I had taken pictures of his stuff.

Anyways, overall, the workshop was definitely a good experience, and I’d definitely recommend other people to try it out!

P.S. HEY, check out KunFusion’s performance at Fusion XI!  😀

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Spinner Cards

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For David’s 21st. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I love popups – all the work and thought that goes into engineering something like that makes them seem so special. I think that Robert Sabuda is  one of the most amazing popup artists today. I’m sure that most people have seen his work in bookshops or stationary stores. For this card, I had really wanted to do something like the tornado that actually twists open and spins in his work for Frank L. Baum’s Wizard of Oz book:

I found another example of this spinning mechanism in a popup card by aiai_pop-ups, here.) So amazing! Sadly, I didn’t bring the Oz book with me to school, and I didn’t have enough time to figure out the mechanism.

Anyways, just made a simple card, with an easy twirling motion! Construction should be pretty easy and self-explanatory, but a few things to keep in mind: make sure the hole isn’t cut too closely to the sides, check paper thickness/stability, remember to match the thread color, (work on glue skills)!

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and ah, sorry, no action shots…

As a bonus, here are some other resources for spinner cards that I came across in my search for Robert Sabuda’s string and skewer method:

Popup Spinner: This card is just awesome. No idea how to tie it into any specific concepts/occasion, but I SO want to try and make this, just to see it work.

This would have been the wrong type of motion for this card, but WOW. This is amazing! I want to try doing this for something.

Ah, so similar, but not exactly what I wanted. It definitely helps to solidify ideas on how Sabuda’s would work though. Could have tried it this time, but time constraints….

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