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Lazy Days

7 Dec

Today I decided to share some of the other projects I’ve been working on over the last year or so. These don’t have tutorials because they were done before this blog was conceived, but it should give you a little insight into the types of things you can expect in the future.

The painting below was done a while ago, but it’s one of my favourites. I realize I’m not amazing at painting, and I actually don’t really like working with acrylics, anyway, but I’m rather pleased with this one.

TemptationAnother thing I do, and I do this semi-professionally, is design and make clothing. I specialize in latex, and I’ve even been lucky enough to show my new collection during Boston Fashion Week at the Emerging Trends show back in September. Random clothing and accessories are one thing I tend to do quite often, and I will be more than happy to post some tutorials about making latex clothing.kimberley_crawford9Okay, just one more thing to share. This is something else that I do semi-professionally in my city. I absolutely love taking photos. It’s my escape from the real world. I spend countless hours planning and setting up a lot of my creative shoots, and aside from posting the results, I’ll also post some tutorials about how to make some of the things that I make for each shoot. This photo is from a shoot I did with local model Tara Lee back in October.
IMG_9426awmsmallThis is just a taste of what is to come as this blog progresses. It’s quite a mix of mediums and styles, I know, but that’s just how my mind works.

If you want to see more of my photography you can check out Fake Believe Photography’s Facebook page.

For more information about my fashion, check out the Kimberley Crawford fan page.

To see more artwork (and a random mix of photos, crafts and clothing I’ve made over the last few years), check out my deviantART account.

DON’T feel pressured to go check out these sites if you don’t want to. The links are just there for if you are interested in seeing more.

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DIY Felt and Button Crown

28 Nov

Alright, so first official blog post! This one will be fairly short as I didn’t take any photos of the process. (I’ll make up for it, I promise!) This was something I did last week to use as a prop for a family portrait photo shoot I did for some clients. It was super easy to do, although it did take some time and patience. And, if I do say so myself, I think it turned out pretty cute!

What you’ll need:

  • felt fabric (cut into strips between 3 and 5 inches wide – depending on how tall you want your crown)
  • buttons (any will do)
  • needle
  • thread (to match your felt)
  • scissors
  • fabric square (or a book corner or anything else with a nice square corner)
  • marker, pen, writing utensil in general

Time from start to finish: About 3 hours, but I spent most of that time beading the lower edge.

Step 1:

Cut your felt into strips of your desired width. Make sure it’s also long enough to wrap around your head. For mine, I had to sew two lengths together to make it long enough.

Step 2:

Layer up your felt. You can glue it together, or use double sided tape, even, to keep the pieces in place. You will want two pieces of felt sandwiched together for more structure – one layer is a bit too flimsy to keep its shape.

Step 3:

Trace triangles along the top of the strips with your marker using your square (or book) as a guide. Try to make the triangles match up from one side to the other. This will make it easier when you sew the ends together. When you’re done tracing, cut along the lines.

Step 4:

The next thing you will need to do (if you haven’t glued the felt layers together) is sew along the bottom of the strips to keep the inside and outside layers from coming apart. You can also sew along the top edges as well, although I chose not to. I hand sewed mine, but if you have a sewing machine, it will go a lot faster.

Step 5:

Start decorating! I used buttons and glass beads to decorate mine, but you can use pretty much anything – rhinestones, feathers, ribbon, cut-out felt shapes, sparkle glue, seashells, etc. The possibilities really are endless.

If you’ve used this tutorial to create your very own felt crown, I’d love to see photos! Feel free to send me the results of your adventure.