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ROBIN HOOD HAT

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One of my Burning Man camp-mates called me up and said “My production company needs a hat replicated, and we need it in two days!” and I said “OK,” and so I made a Robin Hood hat.

But maybe a little more context first? Stan Lee did a photoshoot in which he dressed up as Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood, as a promotion for World of Heroes that would be on display in ArcLight Theaters (You can see my friend Paul on the floor behind Stan in the video).

stan lee

They wanted to display some artifacts from the shoot in selected theaters, but the original hat was only a rental and could not go on tour. So it was my job to create a replica that would be on display.

Robin Hood hat, made by Julianne

I was on a serious time crunch, and the only felt I could find was nylon. I tried tinting the fabric in brown dye, which totally didn’t work. Color correction was shelved for later. As a starting point, I used this tutorial to make a sample, and tweaked the pattern from there.

In order to recreate the structure of the blocked hat, I made the hat double layered, and fused the two pieces of felt together with iron-on bonding paper. I added fabric glue to the inside of the crown as a sizing, and then gave the entire hat a wash of watered down acrylic paint to make the color more accurate.

Robin Hood hat, made by Julianne

Even though my hat was only made for display, it will probably go to Stan Lee when the campaign is over. Neato!

Robin Hood hat, made by Julianne

This project was a fun and challenging mix of sewing and craft skills. I wasn’t really sure how I would make it when I started, but I was confident every step of the way. I made the deadline, I got the check, and this project was a total success!

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ZIPPERPALOOZA

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My friends Maria and Patrick of Adorn and Conquer are finally opening their own store in New Orleans! They are also carrying pieces by many artists and makers, including yours truly. The first merchandise order I shipped out was all zipper bags – 27 of them!

zipper bags, made by Julianne

They are almost entirely scrap fabrics, lovingly saved for years. Every bag is lined, most have a loop for attaching a clip or wearing around the wrist.

zipper bags, made by Julianne

You know I’m usually about getting as many different colors onto one piece as possible, but I totally love these all-green bags. They each have both of the above fabrics (one on each side) and even the lining and zippers are green. I hope at least one of them gets used for some stylish stoner’s smoking kit.

zipper bags, made by Julianne

zipper bags, made by Julianne

These embroidered fabrics were saved by my step-sister-in-law Ilaan (who also provided the fabric for my sofa, psychedelic bathrobe, and Miimii dress). They were such tiny scraps! These bags are backed with solid fabrics.

zipper bags, made by Julianne

You’re never too old for a fabulous pencil case! zipper bags, made by Julianne

I totally gasped when I found this amazing blacklight sequin fabric. It’s just too perfect! I look forward to making a few fabulous pieces from this. Any suggestions?

zipper bags, made by Julianne

I made them in so many different shapes and sizes, which was dictated by the individual remnants. They’re each the perfect size for something! I envisioned the smaller bags as the perfect wrapping for a jewelry gift.

zipper bags, made by Julianne

Y’all know how I’m a sucker for projects that use up those wonderful little scraps. On one hand, I try to resist hanging on to “someday could be” materials. Sure, someday it could be used for whatever project I have in mind, but it’s more likely that stuff will just clutter up my life until eventually I get so frustrated that I just want it gone. On the other hand, I love using up every bit of possibility, and some fabrics are too special to let go, not matter how small the pieces are.

I’ll also have turbans and a special new shirt design in the store, but that’s for a special post. Congratulations to Adorn and Conquer on this exciting milestone!

 

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PAINTED COOLER

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This cooler was once solid black, with a Harley Davidson logo on the front. Could you possibly imagine me carrying that to a party? So off came the logo, on went the paint, a damnit all if I didn’t have to replace the zipper! Luckily I had a big pink one handy. The cooler was free, the paint and zipper were in my stash.

painted cooler, made by JulianneClearly we are always ready for a party with this thing! A corkscrew / bottle opener lives in the front pocket. We fill it with ice packs and it does a pretty good job with temperature control.

painted cooler, made by JulianneThe original purpose of this cooler was for Burning Man, to carry on my bike or on our art car, the Sensatron. Since 2013, it’s also come on numerous trips around, and was perfect for bike riding at the beach for Independence Day.

painted cooler, made by Julianne

painted cooler, made by Julianne It’s a little worn after accompanying us on so many adventures, but still looks good.

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BACK IN THE SADDLE

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In the past 6 months, we’ve only spent 3 weeks at home. We’re in Los Angeles for a week, then it’s up to Monterey for the month of May. I’m unpacking from one trip while packing for another, and oh yeah, working. I delayed starting on costumes for a magic show to make this little case, because I simply had to have a new bag for my markers.

vinyl bag, made by Juliannevinyl bag, made by JulianneIt’s so nice to be back with my stash again! All the materials came from the deep recesses of my fabled fabric cabinet. Even I’m surprised at how much I had stashed in there.

vinyl bag, made by Juliannevinyl bag, made by Julianne

These are my cheapie markers, used for sketching out designs. The Prismacolors stay in their special box.vinyl bag, made by JulianneThis was just a warm-up project, but I’m still super pleased with how it turned out. Little bags for organizing and packing, who doesn’t love that?

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CRAFTSTER: Best of 2013

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Craftster Best of 2013

I just got word that I’m featured in Craftster’s Best of 2013 – this is the third time since 2010 that I’ve been included in the round-up! This time it’s for my painted chandelier, which makes me extra glad that I finally got around to painting that thing!

In each category, the 10 most popular projects are singled out, and from there 5 are selected for the final list. I made the list in 2010 with a post and video on how to make dandelion wine, and in 2012 my rainbow wedding boots were honored.

You can see the full collection on Craftster (I’m in the “Home Sweet Home” section). You can see my chandelier on Crafster, or see the original post from last January on this blog.

rainbow painted chandelier, made by Julianne

 

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EARWINGS

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I love these gorgeous faux-gauge wooden earrings from Sanskrit Dream, but since the natural wood color was close to my hair, they tended to blend it. So I painted them.

Before:

feather earrings, made by Julianne

After:

feather earrings, made by Julianne

The idea is “psychedelic rainbow peacock” so they fit in real nice with my wardrobe. I like that although they look like wings, they are vegan–no feathers, or bones (which is often used for this style earring). I wear them backwards by the way, inserting the post from behind.

I painted them with acrylics, with no primer or sealant. They really stand out now, and I absolutely love them!

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