…and we’re back!

First let me apologize for the long break I’ve taken from updating this blog. At the end of last year my life kind of fell apart and I’ve been slowly putting the pieces back together. I spent several months dealing with severe illness and then the passing of my mother in December. It’s been a very long to get back to my life and my business. I’m not all the way there yet but hopefully I will get there someday. Right now I’m just here, doing the best that I can for today. I have a few exciting projects I’m starting this year. One of which is me getting back into cosplay! I will be attending Phoenix ComicCon this year with some friends as the main characters from Final Fantasy X, the first FF game I’ve ever finished!

Thanks for reading! See ya soon!
Angela
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Reblog: Free Steampunk Mustache Wallpaper for March

 

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We thought we would offer another FREE wallpaper design to celebrate March and our latest Steampunk Alphabet collection. This design was made by our talented artist Danielle! She helped design the Steampunk Alphabet and decided it was too much fun not to create a snarky poster out of it (and other crazy things like THIS).

So without further ado, we present the Urban Threads School of Mustaches free downloadable poster! Because knowing your steampunk mustaches from one another is an important life skill ;)

As a special treat, we have it available as a letter size poster print that you can print out and stick on your wall too! Click the image below to get that poster print.

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Also available in the usual formats for your computer desktop, iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, or Android phone, just click the buttons below to download and load onto your device. Don’t fret if you have a different kind of phone or device, one of these is sure to work :)

~Enjoy!

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Loving that alphabet and all things Steampunk? Don’t forget they’re all ON sale now through Sunday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m., Central time.

Free Steampunk Mustache Wallpaper for March
Niamh
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:00:29 GMT

ReBlog:DIY palm gloves

</a>I like fingerless palm gloves, but I have a hard time finding them. Most of the mass produced gloves/ armwarmers are too long, too tight, or bad fabric. So I started making my own. I’ve made several pairs, and now that I think I have the kinks worked out, I want to share this easy how-to with you.
Need: Needle, good shears, microfiber socks or any stretchy sock that fits over your hand, matching thread.
I used plain 99 cent socks from the local thrift store, but you could use tiedye, stripes, or unicorn farts and bunnies if you so desire. This is a good reuse of socks that wear holes in the heel or toe, because that part gets cut off any way.
Start by triming off the anckle part of the sock right at the heel. As you can see, the formed heel will limit where you cut at, but you want to get as close to the heel as you can to ensure a good length to the glove.

Turn the tube inside out and slide it onto the fingers of your off hand with the raw end towards your wrist. Turn down about 1/2 inch of the raw edge. This will be the new seam that lay across your knuckles. Using a whip stitch, work your way around the raw edge. Run the needle at a right angle to the raw edge. This way the threads will lay diagonally on the under or ‘wrong’ side (which is currently facing you), but will lay straight on the right side. If you keep the threads straight, they should blend in with the knit of the sock (which is why I had to use white thread for the demo, the threads blended in -too- well).

Wrong side

Right side
Now slide the sock onto your hand. You can try to with the new hem and the old hem towards the fingers to see if it makes a difference, but whichever you choose, make sure you have both socks the same direction before cutting the thumb hole! With the sock on, mark the place where your thumb sticks out the most. Cut a TINY HOLE at this spot. Socks are stretchy, and it only takes a few cut threads to open up to a thumb sized hole. I wanted most of my thumb base to show too, so my hole is the size of the cap of a marker (smaller than an American dime). If you want just your thumb, and not the base, to show, you will want to make a SMALLER HOLE.
Position the tube so that it sits where you want (close to the knuckles? over the knuckles? across mid palm?) mine is set to go over the knuckles. Cut the spot directly over your thumb knuckle.

This spot. the one the skizzors are pointing at.

Same spot, without sock.

Carefully put the wrong side out sock on your fingers again (be gentle as runs may occur) and fold back the raw edge so that it lay on the wrong side (you will have to fold it back as you sew) and start a whip stitch around the edge in the same way as you did for the cuff. You can run a running stitch around the hole first to hold the edge where you want it, but in my experience the running stitch will have to be removed to allow the sock to stretch around your thumb.

Wrong side

Right side
Tie the ends off and you’re good to go! This would be a good time to point out how much of my thumb sticks out of that TINY HOLE I cut earlier. Like I said, socks is stretchy.

Oh, and why to do with the rest of the sock? Make a big hair tie!
I removed the toe and heel seam, folded the resulting tube in half with right side out, tri-folded it with the raw edges in the middle and added a couple knotted whip stitches about every inch to hold the ends together. Or you could just roll the tube from one end to the other (like how pantyhose roll up when you’re taking them off) and leave the raw edge to fray naturally. I was kinda suprised at how good of a hair tie it is.

DIY palm gloves
Fri, 04 Sep 2009 18:46:34 GMT

Pants hanger stabilizer organizer

I was trying to find a way to organize my embroidery stablizer and noticed that all the cardboard tubes are the same size. At first i thought maybe they would fit in paper towel holders and i could just hang a few on the wall. However i have limited wall space so that wouldnt be practical. Then it hit me, in my closet was a pants hanger holding all the pants that dont fit me. Viola! Stabilizer organizer! Now just to figure out where to put it.

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First project-Tailored Shirt

Our first project in my clothing construction class was a tailor shirt with a two piece collar and front panel. I must admit this class is a little below my skill level, I already know 90% of what she teaches us. The reason I’m taking it is one; to get back into the good graces of the financial aid department. Two; to have someone holding me accountable for my work. With a teacher there to judge your work and make you re-do the mistakes your less likely to just say fuck it when it comes to little things or to by-pass certain steps because you know they’ll notice. I just need someone to make me relate to doing it right the first time instead of my attitude of “oh well you won’t see that cause it’s on the inside”.

Here is the pattern I used and the finished garment. I still have a few fit issues to take care of with this shirt. I made a few adjustments but I am having some fit issues in the bust and in the abdomen area. The bust is too loose and the ab is too tight. After I fix the fit issue on the garment I have to go in and fix them on the pattern so I can then have a basic shirt pattern to work from. Another issue I found was the shoulder is too long and makes me look a little boxy. I’m not sure how to fix this on the garment itself without messing up the sleeve. Also I really don’t want to take the sleeve out again. Other than that I think it came out pretty good.

DON’T LET YOUR CAT EAT THREAD!!!

I spent all day yesterday at the vets because my youngest cat Havok ate a thread so long it was caught on his tongue and went all the way into his colon! He would have died if they hadn’t performed surgery to remove it. I left my machine threaded the other day and when I came back in the room he had gotten a hold of it and had pulled it all over the room. This is something he’s done before. I didn’t really think anything of it, I was just mad he’d messed with my thread again. Then he started throwing up and acting lethargic. After a day of that I took him to the vet and sure enough there was the thread anchored to his tongue. His surgery is costing me about $2500, this is an expensive lesson to learn not to mention a scary one. I’m definitely putting my thread away now. This is a warning for those of you with animals, please keep your thread, pins, and other notions out of reach. It’s not worth loosing your pet or having a huge bill to pay. 

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WARNING THIS IS GROSS: Here is the thread that came out of Havok. 

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