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Golden Egg story...



A model for golden egg story, made for my daughter's school project.










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Banded yoke top/frock tutorial

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Take a basic draft for top.

Measure the shoulder, here it is 2.5 inches. Mark a band around the neck with the width 2.5 inches as shown in the picture. Cut the band, this is the yoke and the other part is the body. Preserve the body part we need it later.


TO MAKE THE YOKE

FIGURE-A  (click to view larger) Fold the yoke as shown in the picture. Keep the yoke on fold(4 layers, this will result 2 yoke pieces). Mark it with 1/4 inch seam allowance. Cut it. This should result an oval as in the picture FIGURE-B (Click to view larger) Keep the pieces such that right sides faces each other and stitch along the outer edge as in the picture. After stitch the outer edge, the yoke band looks as in picture 2 Make  some  cuts along the outer edge. Turn the band to the …

This little tree is the Queen of the forest

This week  they are celebrating  children's day   in my daughter's school.  This tree costume is for the fancy dress competition . 
 In the top I have used two different shades of brown for the body and sleeve. I painted with fabric colors to make it look like the trunk of the tree.


Then I stitched the top. For the pant I managed with the brown color tracksuit.

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In this I made a mistake, you can notice one side is very thin than the other. when I fix this in her face to check whether it fits, it break down. The thermocol is not very flexible.Then I made the other one with cardboard and chart paper. It will be easy to paint in the chart than the cardboard. So I pasted the chart over the cardboard.

 and painted with fabric colors, outlined it with black.


I also attached a cord behind it, so that it can be  tied  around the head and hands.

update:
I am linking this to Artsy-Craftsy Jan-2011

Terracotta jewellery making and baking - Tutorial

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 One lady in a television program said to bake it in microwave oven. Hey... I have a microwave.  So I made a jhumki  and pendant and  baked it in microwave... but it was a disaster, it busted. Then I keep on searching the net and finally got one tutorial.
This time I kept the designs very simple since I am not sure about the out come. I don't want to waste my efforts. But  it was a success. It really worked and I made my first terracotta jewellery set.
 Thanks for the person who shared this. I can not find that link now but the tutorial in this link also uses same technique. You can go here and check for the tutorial Edited: All details about making, baking and painting terracotta jewellery is here....
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