View Full Version : The "My Latest Project" thread

03-02-2011, 07:30 PM
Tell us about and/or show us, your latest handi-work. I have a bunch of "turn-junk-into-art" projects around my house. I'll show them to you and tell you about them. But I want to see yours too!

I get so much inspiration from other people's work.

03-02-2011, 07:38 PM
Here's the before picture.

it's an old transom window from my sister's very cool old house. It wasn't really functional anymore so it sat in her damp basement for a decade. You can see it had about 5 layers of ugly paint (but beautiful stained-glass panes around the edge. The center glass is 40 inches long and 10 inches wide.


after some back-breaking paint-stripping, sanding, and a wonderful day of picture taking, we have this.

I'll show you the photo shoot pics and the pics I took between before and after if you're interested in either of those processes.



03-02-2011, 09:49 PM
This isn't my project but...



My hubs loves to scratch build all sorts of stuff.

My project is the garden out back and trying get my studio up and working again.

03-02-2011, 10:06 PM
That is so cool! :)

03-03-2011, 07:05 AM
I'll have to wait until the weekend to take a picture of the latest project, as it's at work.

For some reason the linky thing on top here just doesn't want to work for me today. If I can get it working, I'll post pics of the last two just completed.



03-03-2011, 05:27 PM
I've got a crochet project currently on the hook. I'll have to take some pics when I get home. :) This seems like the beginning of a beautiful thread!

03-03-2011, 05:32 PM
Okay, just have to say that TARDIS is so cool. I want one :)

Sad Soup-eating Girl
03-04-2011, 01:55 AM
My last night in Brussels, during which we celebrated my BFF's 22nd b-day, and during which I made up with my other BFF, ended without a decent group shot (we were all too damn drunk). So now I'm working on something to replace a photo. I think it captures the mood well. Puke Man is the birthday-child, and that giggling baby face is the one I made up with, and yeah, that's me in a Desigual dress that doesn't quite cover my double-Ds. And then some more friends, most of which I hardly know.


03-04-2011, 07:16 AM
Oooh, new section!

I don't have pics of my latest project, which was for another writer, but I mostly do things with my own custom pressed pennies, so here's an example. :)


03-05-2011, 02:16 AM
This thread is making me want to, you know, do stuff!

Maryn, big on plans, short on action

03-05-2011, 08:37 AM
Thought some of our history buffs might enjoy these. If I ever get it finished, it'll be a medieval overskirt. Different images on each panel.




03-09-2011, 10:26 AM
Most of the stuff I've done lately has been for other people, so here's maybe one of the last things I did for myself.

All hail sharpie! (And Dover coloring books, <3!)


03-13-2011, 12:41 AM
Ooh, I like that. If you hadn't mentioned sharpies, I'd have thought it was redwork embroidery.

What's the background material? Looks like parchment.

03-13-2011, 01:47 AM
Ooh, I like that. If you hadn't mentioned sharpies, I'd have thought it was redwork embroidery.

What's the background material? Looks like parchment.

Thanks :) It's on a natural-color saa parasol. I have several parasols and wanted to try decorating one myself. Ran out of steam before doing the mehndi designs in the background that I'd originally intended, but I like it still. Two colors of sharpie to get the henna color: Marigold and Burgundy.

03-14-2011, 01:41 AM
You guys are all so creative. I love drawing and painting. But haven't done it in awhile. Would love to get into pottery and jewelry making. This is motivating me to get back into art.

03-16-2011, 05:13 AM
I'd love to get into jewelry making myself, but I don't think I have a sense of pattern/design. Things tend to come out asymmetrical when I'm finished with it :)

03-16-2011, 08:42 PM
Ohhh, that's incredibly cool! Did you paint the images yourself or find the fabric pre-printed someplace?

03-16-2011, 09:29 PM
I just bought a netbook with the idea in mind that it would help me get more writing done outside the house. Instead I've taken it in my head that I need to make a case to put it in. This photo's a bit outdated, but it gets the general idea across:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5018/5520564075_df949063e1.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysticpenguin/5520564075/)
DSC_7948 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysticpenguin/5520564075/) by Emily Penguin (http://www.flickr.com/people/mysticpenguin/), on Flickr

03-21-2011, 08:37 AM
I love knitting :) I recently started doing origami again, and this isn't the 8 - 11 yo origami. The designs I have are made by professional origami artists and they all have crazy-ass multiple folds and creases that will cause your head to spin.

03-23-2011, 02:26 AM
My sister wanted a custom-sized painting for her new office, and she wanted it to look like a Kinkade - detailed, containing some plants and architecture, dramatic lighting. After some research and discussion we settled on an interior view of a greenhouse/conservatory. Here's the current version of the painting - I'm in the middle of doing the vines. The ones in the blue bowls are black eyed susan vines, the ones in the terracotta pots are clematis. Next will be two urns flanking the door with hibiscus in them, then the bottom part will have a stream, a footbridge, a weeping cherry tree, and more flowers in boxes. Comments/suggestions welcome. :)


A.R. Starr
04-09-2011, 05:36 PM
I'm working on a patchwork backpack for myself, because my university backpack is to big for day-to-day general use, and my smaller leather backpack is wearing out. No pictures yet, but it's bright and colourful with a brown suede lining.

Sooo close to being finished too.

04-12-2011, 10:21 AM
We're thinking of getting a new mattress (king sized!) and I have a leftover panel from a bifold door I got on clearance for another project.

I think I'm going to try my hand at upholstering it for a padded headboard. It's hollowcore, so it will be light enough even with the padding to hang on the apartment walls.

Of course, the discount stores always have pretty wood tile placemats like these for cheap, too...


I could always paint the door panel and cover it with those. Hrm.

05-06-2011, 12:57 AM
I'm entering this scarf in the Calgary Stampede art show. Took about 170 hours to do.


05-12-2011, 04:11 PM
Ah, the multiple talents of writers. Could study this section all night!

05-17-2011, 04:39 PM
All of these are amazing! Multi-talented people here!

I just recently got a magnifier with a light (my old eyes, they aren't what they used to be!) and so I can pick up my hand-craft interests again.

[is now fired up to start my projects]

05-22-2011, 09:41 PM
This thread is making me want to, you know, do stuff!

Yup yup yup. Some real neat stuff here. I want everything.

06-23-2011, 10:56 AM

Just finished this one. Don't know why it won't resize down. The image on Photobucket is resized down to the smallest I could.

07-18-2011, 07:58 AM

Just an update on the magpie scarf.

08-22-2011, 12:18 AM
I'm so envious of everybody's projects! I'm working on something fairly simple right now. I tried knitting, but couldn't get into it- so right now I'm making a book with a bunch of miniature collages in it.

08-26-2011, 08:16 AM
Will there be pictures in the future?

Good news for me: a local gift shop is going to give my scarves a chance at the Christmas crowd, so I guess I'd better get my needle working double time.

11-29-2011, 11:00 AM
Got an email a couple of weeks ago from the Calgary Stampede inviting me to enter a minimum of 6 items in their 2012 Western Art Sale. It's still subject to judging as I'm competing for space with international artists, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

The only problem is the deadline. Instead of the end of April, the deadline for this one is January 5. (I guess they need more time as they have to make up sale catalogues.) There's no way I can do 6 quality needlework items in that time. Although I've done lots of things since the last Stampede, they haven't been western in nature, and that's one of the biggest criteria.

Instead, I've decided to do some painted shawls, again using native birds as subjects. And here's the first.


12-01-2011, 01:33 PM
I've started dabbling in all kinds of sewing, including making historical clothes. My latest project, that I just finished, is an 18th century pocket (which you tied around your waist under your skirt, and a slit in the side of the skirt allowed you to reach inside and get out stuff). I did some extremely iffy cross-stitching on it: http://www.deaddukes.blogspot.com/2011/12/sewing-update-pocket-finished.html

Next project is an 18th century shift (I've made a few before, but I'm taking a little greater care this time) and remaking some old clothes into something a little more chic. I'm on a 40s/50s roll at the moment so I have plenty to do (especially since I splurged on a bunch of vintage patterns the other day).

12-02-2011, 01:45 AM
Aren't vintage patterns great? I recently splurged on a vintage hat pattern. Haven't done anything with it yet, but sooner or later...

12-02-2011, 10:11 PM
I bought several hat patterns. We can race each other on who gets one done first. ;)

12-06-2011, 10:50 PM
Won't even be thinking about it until mid-February or so. Will you be posting pictures?

12-07-2011, 12:10 PM
I fixed up a pair of old kitchen towels (http://deaddukes.blogspot.com/2011/12/sewing-update-cross-stiches-on-gingham.html). Mended, resew and cross-stitched them.


12-07-2011, 12:11 PM
Won't even be thinking about it until mid-February or so. Will you be posting pictures?

If I do it. Will probably not get started before Feb either!

12-22-2011, 09:34 PM
Okay, not so sure this counts as a project, but I'm really proud of my chicken feet :D




12-22-2011, 09:35 PM
those are great! :)

12-23-2011, 10:22 AM
So many neat things here.

Love the feet....lol

12-27-2011, 09:52 PM
Very cool :D

I'll take photos of the hats I made for the boys and the afghan I'm still working on for B's dad. Needs to be my next blog post so I'll just link to that.

Loving everyone's work.

12-29-2011, 08:41 PM
Okay so did a post on the hats (http://wp.me/pCGdv-j1) I made for the boys this Christmas.

12-30-2011, 02:55 PM
Those are cute. The second one is a lmao one. :poke:

He plans to grow into it....right?

12-30-2011, 07:13 PM
Those are cute. The second one is a lmao one. :poke:

He plans to grow into it....right?

I hope so. Still have no idea what happened. :( same yarn, same pattern, no stitches picked up... *sigh*

But was fun to make.

01-28-2012, 11:43 PM
Everyone has such beautiful work. :)

We joined my best friend and her family back home for a primitive Rendezvous over labor day weekend. I had a little less than a year to get the bare minimum supplies and make our costumes.

My daughter's ribbon dress was my first attempt. It's not period correct, but because it was a child's costume, they let it slide.

I realized it would be easier if I had a dress form. Since I couldn't afford to buy one, I made one with cling wrap, duct tape, and newspaper.

The dress form helped a lot when I had to make my dresses.

It gets cold up in the mountains, and a flimsy cotton ribbon dress wasn't going to cut it. My daughter's full outfit. (the dog chased her and yanked her leggings down a minute after I took the picture :roll:)

My crew.

01-29-2012, 03:32 AM
Learning how to use my sewing machine for the cloth costumes was fun, but the accessories made by hand are my favorite. I love digging through the scrap box at Tandy leather, and finding all sorts of interesting raw edges to add the extra primitive touch.

Belts, chokers, and a beaded necklace.

Belt pouch.

I pieced together a quiver, but it took longer to bead that little row of "lazy stitch" beads on the trim than it did to make the actual quiver.

Quiver finished, and ready for action.

02-01-2012, 11:12 PM
Very cool. Though not really sure why the first ribbon dress wouldn't have worked. I used to go to a lot of Pow-Wow's a few years ago. Some of those ribbon dresses are just beautiful.

You did some wonderful work. :D

02-03-2012, 10:02 AM
Lovin' all the work. We're a talented bunch on here.

Just finishing up lining my western shawls - all seven of them. Had to take a brief aside to whip up a quartet of 1925 flapper dresses for next weekend's performance.

02-03-2012, 10:07 AM
Nice leatherwork! I went to Pow-Wows in the Four Corners as a kid, SCA gatherings and Lewis & Clark recreations as a young adult. The details make the outfit.

Here's my project of the last week: a right-angle-weave double collar linked by 2-hole dichroic glass spacers. I have to attend an opening at a Latino art gallery next weekend, and wanted something very colorful and vaguely Mayan to wear. I'm happy with the result, but it was a beast to finish.

Hint: Safety pins are a really great way to anchor spacer beads along both support chains,while laying out any kind of broadcollar!


02-03-2012, 08:03 PM
Very nice and does have a Mayan kind of flair. and I love dichorics, you have hundreds of possibilities with them.

I've got an itching to work with my beads, but have to finish an afghan first.