Archive for March, 2010

The second vintage costume.

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Cat Costume

It’s a cat costume.  Made the same as the first costume.  Any one have a idea of value, age, history?

FrontInside costumeNice detail of the hand sewing.HatHat



So what do you guys think? 

I need your help with two old costumes.

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

For twenty years I have held on to two vintage children’s costumes.  I bought them at a street fair in my town.  The lady told me she got them somewhere in the south, meaning the American South.  She said they where old but didn’t know how old.  To me they feel like they’re from the 1940’s.  They are dance or pageant costumes, not Halloween costumes.  They fit a very small child, like a 3 year old.  They are in mint condition.   I am showing you only one costume and will post the other one tomorrow.

Here is what I want to know,  how old are they?  What were they for?  Are they valuable (I purchased them at least 20 years ago for about $18.00 each)?  Part of me wants to sell them, but part of me loves them.  So, how should I display them.  I am not a big time house cleaner so I don’t want to have to dust them. 

Complete Costume

Bottoms, front

Bottoms, back

Top, front

Top, inside

Arm pieces

Detail, with tulle and sequins

Head piece

It’s hard to tell , but the head piece is, when worn, looks like a head scarf with fake oranges the dangle from the top.  Attached to the head piece are two metal rings (middle, left in photo) that when the head piece is worn look like hoop earrings. Plain satin pieces hang in the back and are meant to be tied to give the head piece a scarf effect.

Octo-Bunny! April’s Free Embroidery Pattern

Friday, March 26th, 2010

  The Octo-Bunny.  With so many request for bunny and octopus patterns could you blame my brain for wanting to meld the two creatures together?   So now the unholy combination exists!  For you crafting enjoyment I present the Octo-Bunny.

Click on the Octo-Bunny for the full size pattern.

Alice and the White Rabbit

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

  I just saw Tim Burton’s Alice and Wonderland.  I really liked it.  More than I thought I would.  It inspired my to create my own Alice.

You can find this print at The Doom Girls:


Black Cat

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

  The Black Cat.  It’s more than a costume, it’s a lifestyle statement.

Now in my Etsy store:

The Tiger Quilt

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

   The Tiger quilt is a small quilt.  It’s only 18″x18″.

  You might recognise the tiger from The Doom Girl print I designed.

  The quilt is unusual for a few reasons.  First, I didn’t have any design planned for this quilt. I just figured it out as a went.  Second, even though I knew what the tiger should look like, I just randomly cut out shapes to create the tiger.  Look closely at the Tiger.  He is in sections.  The sections are oddly shaped.  Third,  the fabric that the tiger is appliqued onto has a crooked grain.  This was okay for a little area around the tiger, but I didn’t want it for the whole background.  So I cut out the tiger with a wide border, then appliqued the whole thing to another piece background fabric.  Fourth,  The line created by the tiger panel being applique onto the new background fabric gave me the idea to put a little pennant banner surrounding the whole tiger.

  Here is the whole quilt.  I like the loose design, the funky tiger, the texture of the border area and that it is small and was easy to work on.

Lines that divide. Sometimes.

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

  In general, people that craft are one of the most accepting and giving of all the creative communities.  But, with quilters there can be divisions.  Some Art Quilters don’t understand the precise corner matching of the Tradition or Kit Quilters.  Some Machine Quilters don’t understand why Hand Quilters would want to spend hours and hours, months and months creating a quilt.

Quilters of a different style from you often will ask why you quilt the way you do. Your answer tends to cause their heads to tilt like a confused dog. I have found that if you give your quilting technique an official title people back off, because it’s official for gosh sakes!

Here is my list of quilting types and their official titles:

1. Traditional Quilt Crafts Person – TQC Person carries the heavy load of keeping the historic form of quilting alive.  They save traditional quilting from dying out.  It’s a burden they must bare for the sake of everyone.

2. Kit Quilters – Kit quilters not only use kits but love magazines that have quilt tutorials.  Their job is to honor quilt designers by creating their quilts using precision and superb color matching. 

3. Machine Quilter – The quilting culture is a living culture.  Machine Quilters are wise to the fact that their ancestors jumped at the chance to use sewing machines to piece their quilts.  They nod to the past with their precise corner matching and the fact that they can finish a king size quilt in a month without the need of a quilting bee.  Their ancestors would be proud.

4. Hand Quilters – Modern hand quilters practice the semi religious form of self flagellation by stitching everything with needle and thread. To appease the ancient gods of craftiness the hand quilter keeps sewing even when faced with a mean case of carpel tunnel, a bible bump and the beginning symptoms of arthritis. 

5.  Art Quilter – Art quilters use the craft of quilting as a form of self expression.  Weird themes, imagery, colors and materials form the bases for the art quilters artistic voice.  The art quilter is more interested in self expression than perfect stitches.  Art quilters tend to not be able to match corners if their life depended on it. 

6.  Folk Art Quilter– Folk Art Quilters are very close to Art Quilters.  What makes a Folk Art Quilter is simplistic expressive designs and the inability to make even stitches.  Flaws are acceptable, they’re Folk Artists for goodness sakes. 

7.  Outsider Quilter – Have you have ever felt the urge to create a quilt out of tires and bubble gum? Then you know where Outsider Quilters are coming from.  An Outsider Quilter often thinks like this, “Lets see, I don’t have any fabric, needles or thread to create a quilt with, but I wouldn’t want to use those materials anyways because I have a perfectly good jar of peanut butter and a whole bale of barbwire to work with.”  Outsider Quilters are often unaware that other quilters don’t think of kitty litter as being a good batting.

8.  Contemporary Avant Garde Quilter – Same as Outsider Quilter but with an education.

9. Visionary Quilter – Have you ever been quilting with a mouth full of M&M’s and sneezed, only to have the spray from your sneeze create a image on your quilt that looks like Jesus?  If you have then you are a Visionary Quilt artist.  You are also always under the distinct feeling that it’s not you that is guiding your quilting, but God.

Let’s face it, the lines of quilting types are often blurred.  There are Hand Quilters that can match corners and might add a bit a tree bark to their quilts.  There are Traditional Quilters that that will periodically use a machine to quilt their quilts.  What’s great about quilting is the many techniques to explore, the appreciation of  textiles (whether it’s fabric, wood, steel or otherwise), the concept of quilting, the room for play, experimenting and the fulfillment of the need to create. 

I guess what I am trying to say is that all creation is great and if it makes you happy that’s all that counts.

Tiffany and Her Kitty

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

  Tiffany has a new kitty and huge cat food bills.

New print: