Welcome! This is ChasingTheFrill's craft blog. Here you'll find progress and finished photos, drawings and other art, food, and sometimes cats.

Friday, October 24, 2014

KiguKids and Machine Sewing

Yes. Machine Sewing, something I don't often do. Now, normally the KiguKids are completely done by hand, needle and thread, but I was feeling lazy. I thought, if it could save time and help me make more, maybe I could just machine sew them. Zigzag stitch the edges to make it similar to the regular dolls, that'll be good enough, right? WRONG. So wrong. Keep reading and I'll tell you about it.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Wallets, wallets, wallets.

Wallets! Or card cases. Not quite coin purses since they don't seal completely. Don't want change falling out everywhere. I haven't tested them for that sort of thing though, so maybe coins could work...I'll revisit that subject later.

Anyway, wallets/card cases! Cute, simple, and actually useful! Not to say hair accessories, pins, and stuff aren't useful, but this is something that's actually used. In two (or was it three?) days, I made five wallets.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Feverworm Review

Last month I made a small order from Feverworm. I'd seen their work pop up a few times in the Artist Alley and Draw threads on /cgl/ and was absolutely smitten! I love the coloring style and eye sparkles. As soon as I saw the phone straps of Red and Alice, I immediately bought them. Impulsive, sure, since I haven't collected phone charms in a long time, but no regrets! NONE!
I was surprised to see more included in the package besides a business card. There's even a cute little doodle on the printout.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Return of the Bunny Mufflers! And prints!

Chasing the Frill is doing bunny mufflers again! It's been a long time since I've made them, but I've started to miss them and despite it being 90-105 degrees F here, it's slowly, but surely(!) cooling down that maybe I'll be able to wear my personal bunny again. I'm sure it's a lot cooler and more fall like elsewhere, which means (hopefully) people may want a cute bunny to cuddle up with?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Monster Hat Emporium Review

I'm trying to be more involved in the Artist Alley community, getting and giving feedback, things like that. As I became a regular, something really caught my attention. Terrifying monsters. As scarves. Hairy, fangy, and with a bunch of eyes. Monster Hat Emporium is a creator of creatures both cute and creepy. While her bug-monster scarves weird me out (their faces are too spider like for me), the rest of Grue's stuff was just the right amount of spooky for me! I asked if she'd want to do a swap and after a few weeks of me being forgetful, finally got things rolling.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bunny Blue

Picked up hand-sewing again and made a bunny. Inspired by The Tiny Tea Party, I made my own pattern and had a go at a teacup rabbit. I don't have minky, so flannel was the closest I could get to the softer parts like the top of the head, ears, and back. While not even being close to the same beautiful quality as her work, I had fun making it.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pink Dragon Friend

I mentioned in the previous post that animal ice cream cones were a million times easier than making full plush. I meant it. This little dragon took me two days to make. To me, that's way too long for something this small. I mean, sure, there were some distractions along the way, but still. At least it turned out cute.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ice Cream

Ice cream, because it's a hot summer. The original ice cream bunny I made was pretty well received so I made a panda fairly recently. Animal ice cream is a million times easier than making a full plush, so why not make more? I went into my stash and found a cute pastel yarn and got to work!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Blue and Black Bats

Continuing from the Pink Bats post that featured a little blue bat, bigger blue bats came into the making in the same style as the pink. The blue and grey matched well enough to keep the same color scheme as before, but I swapped the light blue for a darker yarn on the bow at the neck.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Floating Cat Heads!

Happy Birthday to my friend Sarah~!
We had a little party for her this past saturday that was Sailor Moon themed, so I prettied up the packaging for the kitty pins appropriately.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Bats and Pink Strawberries

I only have one size of plastic packaging that I bought with simple bows in mind. Not going to stop me from putting other products in them before shipping them out to clients. The spring strawberry bow is pretty crammed in there, but it fit and closed!
I sold the original baby bat at the monthly lolita swapmeet, but left the listing in the shop as I had already started making another. I made a few changes though.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

KiguKids Red Twins + Mini

After finalizing the kigukid design, it was time to make some for the shop! Again, I dug through my fabric stash and found some oriental patterned stuff that came in a pack. Since there were two red types, making twins sounded like a cute idea

Thursday, May 29, 2014

KiguKids Prototypes

After the previous dolly mishap, I tried another approach. I used the same face idea because that was the only thing I liked about the other doll. Unfortunately I didn't get other progress pictures of the first two prototypes, but I got a few of the third and final one.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Twin Bow Sets + Necklaces

More stock made for the picnic/swap. Sadly, nothing sold, but that just means more for the online shop! I used most of what was left of the pink and white mokomoko yarn. There's still a teeny bit left that I'm unsure what to do with at the moment. I knitted 4 sets of hairpins, 2 pink and 2 white.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pastel Fluff Bows

Nothing gets me fired up to make stuff like having an opportunity to sell in person. I was invited to a cosplay swapmeet/picnic last weekend and decided that I needed to have more variety in my stuff. I'd bought this yarn a while ago and only really used it for accents like on the fluff phone straps or making fluff balls. It's way easier to knit fluffy yarn because I don't have to worry about missing stitches. However, my knitting skills are extremely limited, so I made what I usually make! BOWS!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Dolly Disaster

I got a new set of handsewing needles, which included embroidery needles. The time had come to actually embroider for real since I'd had these three hoops for a while now. I planned out a doll with an embroidered face and went from there. It looked okay in the beginning, aside from the puckering. I used scrap fabric that's too thin and had to fold it over so that the thread wouldn't show through in the back.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MokoMoko Animals

I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier on the weekend it came out. Highly recommend. Before the movie, my friends and I shopped around the area. I don't live anywhere near where we saw it, so it was a bit more exciting and interesting for me. On impulse I bought more fluffy yarn, something I have a love/hate relationship with. It's cute, it's soft, but damn is it hard to see stitches when working with it. This is a little different since it's not fluffy all around but closer to eye-lash type yarn. I got it in 2 colors, white and pink.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Strawberry Bows

Pink strawberries and minty bows are totally spring colors. At the last monthly lolita swapmeet I heard a girl comment that the red/brown strawberry bow was cute but mori, or something to that effect. I sold the other pastel one at the meetup before, so after that it seemed like a good idea to make more of the pink strawberries. It's seasonal and even though most of the girls that showed up to that meet up were wearing black (including myself) there are still others strongly into sweet !

Monday, April 7, 2014

"Jude" by DROPS Design

Another Christmas craft, this time for Lolita Secret Santa. This was made using a part of this DROPS Design pattern. I liked the look of the center with the rose and such and made a small shoulder pouch instead of a backpack. The creamy yellow fabric is what I used for lining.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Strawberry Cake Cover

I'm back! With old stuff! This is something I made for my sister for Christmas. My dad got us 7in tablets and I'd seen my sister with cutesy cases and stuff so it seemed like a good idea.The idea was a cake, yellow with strawberry and cream on the inside.