jueves, 25 de agosto de 2011

Tutorial Carrera de autos

Y esta vez les toca a los niños. Un tutorial un poco mas complicado, pero el resultado es fantástico.

For a while now, I wondered if this tutorial would ever get published.  Not only did this take a solid week of crafting effort to complete, but this tutorial has been a doozie!  It’s taken several late-late nights (yes, even later than usual!), but it’s finally here!
Today I want to share Little Man’s new favorite place to play: 

For all you glue-gun lovers, this fun car mat is 100% no-sew!
And this was created just for Little Man!  As I was working on this, he started calling this his car MAP.  So I took his advice.  I turned this into a semi-realistic map of the streets near our home.  PLUS Little Man is very, very visual.  He thrives on logos, so he selected dozens of logos that would be used on this car map.
I’m happy to say that this car map/mat is very realistic.

I love this mat is HUGE, but it rolls up easily like a sleeping bag.  Perfect for easy storage!

In just 2 short days, the car mat has provided hours of entertainment.  So much entertainment that we never want to get out of our pajamas! :)

And it’s perfect for his little imagination!
Now on with the tutorial…

I am lucky to have ridiculous amounts of felt.  Ever since making Little Man’s quiet book last summer, I have quite the collection.  I am always looking for ways to use felt.

I chose to use a dark green for the background.  I cut a VERY large piece that is approximately 54″ x 73″.  It’s so large that it’s difficult to photograph the entire thing!

I started by hot gluing ribbon around all 4 edges of the mat so I would have nice finished edges.  Can’t go wrong wit polk-a-dots.

I cut long strips of road pieces out of black felt that were about 3 inches thick, and hot glued the yellow dashed on.  Then I went to work cutting out buildings and scenes!  I placed everything on the mat before hot-gluing.  I labeled things with sticky notes as I went along.
(You have no idea how many times Little Man wanted to “play” a little prematurely, and disrupted my map layout!  I guess this explains why I chose to continue work on this so late at night while he was sleeping!)

After days of cutting and laying everything out, I went to work hot gluing eveything on the mat.  Can you believe this mess?!  I had to chuckle around 3 AM when I took a look at the big fat mess I had created.  Very unlike me.  But so worth it!

Remember all those logos that Little Man selected as his favorites??  Well, I measured the buildings and sized the logos in a Word document.  Then I printed them on fabric transfer paper that you can buy at your local office store.

I followed the instructions on the package to peel off the backing and iron the logos on to the buildings.  (Note:  I discovered the hard way that ironing over the spots I had used hot glue was NOT a great idea!  Oopsey Daisy!  You may want to iron the logos on the buildings before gluing them on the mat to avoid my messy mistakes!)

Not too shabby.  Costco was the most important building on our entire car mat.  Costco is more exciting than Disney Land at our house! :)

I also ironed on a picture of our family to put on our house!
There is A LOT on this car mat.  But here are a few of our favorite spots:  (Click to enlarge)

Some of our favorite shops from the mall; a construction zone; a park and swimming pool; Little Man’s favorite gas station and car wash.

Our red-brick church; our local lake; Little Man’s favorite Southwest airplane; Denver’s airport along with runways, parking, etc.  (This way Little Man can play with his cars AND airplanes on the same mat!)

Do you think we shop too much?!
McDonald’s; Target & the pet store; our favorite shopping centre including frozen yogurt; our lovely house!
Whew!  And that’s only the beginning…
This is an entire little town that Little Man can relate to personally!

So after days of asking Little Man to tiptoe around my hard work, he woke up Sunday morning.  I was still recovering from staying up until 3 AM, but he came leaping down the stairs!  He played for hours, bed-head and all!  He was SO excited!

Even Lightning McQueen is enjoying our complimentary services at the Hilton Hotel.

Yes indeed. So even though I went through 3 glue guns and this tutorial took 6 hours to write, it was all worth it because…
The car mat is actually being played with at this very moment. Totally and completely worth the work for all the fun he’s having.
Have a happy day!

Mezcla de colores y su resultado (pretest para salvar dinero, tiempo y esfuerzo)

 Muchas amigas prefieren comenzar su proyecto y diseñar en el momento, convinando colores y creando de forma más relajada y expontanea.   
Este proceso es super entretenido, porque creas con el corazón, te encantas con la idea de crear algo mágico y estás expectante con el resultado.

Pero luego el resultado no siempre era el que soñabamos o esperabamos y el resultado termina siendo la no venta de tu trabajo y con consecuencia la perdda de mucho material y tiempo.

Para que esto no te pase recuerda que existe el PRETEST
  • Que consiste en crear una muestra pequeña de tu futuro proyecto en grande.
  • Donde puedes utilizar nuevos materiales para ver cuanto se demora en fieltrar, como se adhieren y que se necesita para adherir las nuevas lanas, telas, etc.
  • Aquí puedes soñar, reunir y mezclar divertos materiales, colores, probar nuevas texturas, chequear una nueva técnica que viste en internet o en un libro y que no estas tan segura que a ti te de un buen resultado.
  • Puedes aplicar vapor, agua fria, agua caliente, poner jabon, poner aceite, etc.  utilizar todas las técnicas que se recomiendan en internet y saber cual es la que te acomoda más a ti.
  • Puedes aprender a jugar con poco y luego las muestras las puedes reutilizar !!!
En otras palabras el pretest es una muestra de la creación que tienes en tu mente, con la salvedad que esta te ayudará a ver con anticipación si esa mezcla que tanto añoras resulta o no sin tener que perder mucho dinero en materiales si te lanzas a un gran proyecto.
Lo mejor es que esto te permite tener una idea clara de lo que viene a futuro para ti y ahorrar tiempo y dinero.

Luego todas las muestras las puedes reunir en una sola tela y quedará una manta maravillosa o un abrigo increible o un bolso o cubre computador fantastico o simplemente un hermoso regalo para una ocasión especial o tambien puedes reservarla en tu cuaderno de muestras con toda la recopilación de la información que ahí tienes.

Buena suerte en tu proyecto y espero ver esas muestras por aquí !!!

lunes, 22 de agosto de 2011

Fieltro agujado

Miren que maravilla estas esculturas en fieltro agujado.

Son del artista Kay Petal ( )

Li'l Willie Nelson Needle Felted Wool Art Doll

Original Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Art Doll - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

The Beatles - Needle Felted Wool Art Dolls - Sculptural Needle Felting by Kay Petal

Originales no?

Un beso.

viernes, 19 de agosto de 2011

Tutorial Flores en fieltro

Hola chicas, hoy les traigo un tutorial precioso para hacer flores con fieltro. Si bien el tutorial esta en ingles, las fotos son muy graficas, lo pueden entender sin leerlo.

felt dahlia brooch 

This Mother's Day, make something beautiful for Mom. Wondering about what to make Mom for Mother's Day? I've been thinking about traditional gifts like flower corsages and lockets, and I decided to combine the two. This felt dahlia pin has a secret pocket in the back that can hold a picture or message for your favorite mom.

You'll need:
- scissors
- Fabri-tac adhesive
- two sheets craft felt, one for the flower and one in a contrasting color for the back
- needle and thread
- brooch pin (available in the beading section of craft stores)
- a bit of thin cardboard (a cereal box from your recycling bin will be perfect for this)

dahlia felt brooch 

Also helpful, if you have them:
- pinking sheers
- a rotary cutter, mat and ruler
- a sewing machine

dahlia felt brooch 

We'll be cutting out a bunch individual petals, and above I show what I think is the most efficient way to divide up your sheet of felt. First cut a 3.25 inch diameter circle from your flower color felt. (Do this first to make sure you don't leave yourself too small a scrap at the end.) Then cut three 1.5 inch strips, two 1.25 inch strips and one 1 inch strip of felt. In the contrasting color (here, the green), cut a 2 inch diameter circle and a 1.25 inch square. Cut a small indent into the square.

Finally, cut a 2 inch diameter circle from your cardboard.

felt dahlia brooch 

Now cut your flower color strips into 1.5, 1.25 and 1 inch squares respectively. If you need more petals you can use the bit of leftover felt to cut more squares. I ended up needing fifteen 1.5 inch petals, thirteen 1.25 inch petals and nine 1 inch petals, you might find you need more or fewer to fill in the flower. To form the petals cut each square into a rounded petal shape, with a wide base and a pointed tip as shown above. Put dots of glue in the lower corners and fold each side over so that they meet in the middle.

felt dahlia brooch 

This is the most frustrating part of the project -- the glue can take a while to set and if you don't hold the petal shapes in place they will pop open. I found this to be true for both the wool felt and the polyester felt I tested. I made a few versions using felt from various sources and found the higher quality wool felt to be a bit thicker, which meant that it took longer to set, but the colors were richer so I was willing to wait. I used a heavy stainless steel skillet to hold my folded petals down while they dried, as shown above. Luckily, the Fabri-tac adhesive won't bond to the metal of the skillet, so you don't have to worry about petals stuck to your pan.

felt dahlia brooch 

While the petals are setting you can prepare the back of the flower. Glue the cardboard circle to the center of the 3.25 inch flower color felt circle. Then dab glue on the overhanging part of the felt and fold it over the edges of the cardboard, wrapping it around to the back. You might need to put a saucepan on top to weigh it down while it sets. This will be the base for the petals, and the folded edges on the back will be covered by your contrasting felt circle at the very end.

Now grab your contrasting felt square and circle. Position the square at the bottom of the circle and stitch it around three sides to make a small pocket that opens to the side, leaving enough room at the top of the circle to attach the pin. You can put a few small dabs of glue on the pin before you hand stitch it into place at the top of the circle. I used contrasting thread that matched my flower, but you can use whatever thread color you'd like.

felt dahlia brooch 

When the petals are set, it's time to glue them to the flower color base. Glue the 1.5 inch petals around the edge of the base, positioning them in about 1/4 inch. As you work be sure to snug the base of the petals as close together side by side as you can; the more you can fit on the base, the more dramatic the results. Next, glue a row of the 1.25 inch petals about 1/4 inch further in towards the center of your pin. Do the same with the 1 inch petals, leaving about a 1 inch circle in the middle.

felt dahlia brooch 

To finish the center of the flower cut a 1 inch circle from the remaining flower color felt using the pinking sheers, or cut a wavy edge with scissors. Also use the pinking sheers to cut a thin strip from the felt; you can cut two strips if you think you'll need them. Glue down the small circle in the center of your flower to cover the ends of the smallest petals. Then curl the thin strip into a tight spiral and glue that to the very center.

dahlia felt brooch 

All that is left to do is to glue the contrasting colored backing to the back of the flower, covering the back of the cardboard, and find a picture -- or write a little note -- small enough to slip into the secret pocket. Then wrap it up and present it to Mom!

dahlia flower brooch 

Espero que les guste, un beso a todas.