CNC router – block printing blocks – Ottoman Crescent

Doing the detailed pass on the CNC router for the Ottoman crescent design

Doing the detailed pass on the CNC router for the Ottoman crescent design

If you’ve been following my blog for a few months at least, you’ll know that I’ve been spending a good deal of time exploring the different tools and machines that the Maker Space has available. In early February I finished my first project – a set of three block printing blocks (based off a 12th century design) and liked the process so much, as it was finishing… I was already designing a few more potential blocks – including this one, based off an Ottoman Empire Crescent.

I started out at the Tie Dye Travels Etsy store (aka Cat Man Do Designs woodcuts by Grav Weldon) to look for design inspiration. While I didn’t copy this design exactly, I was inspired by a crescent shown here as a solo block, as well as here as a “Adorned Crescent Triplet with Cintamani” (the three little dots).

Grav is using a laser cutter now for his wood blocks, and is able to get a lot more detail than I was able to get with the CNC router (at least in a reasonable time frame… I could have had a bit more detail if I had done the whole thing with a MUCH smaller bit… but that would have taken 3x the amount of time!)
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Round griffin machine embroidery

Griffin Machine Embroidery

Griffin Machine Embroidery

Yes… today I have yet another piece of machine embroidery… that I don’t know how I’m going to use yet.

This design is based on artwork by a fantastic illustrator I follow on Instagram – Design_Fiskrart – though I took a few liberties of my own while referencing their work. Of course the original design is theirs, and I am not sure what they based it on since they don’t list their inspiration/source, and don’t post in English.

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Mushroom embroidery

Machine Embroidered Mushrooms

Machine Embroidered Mushrooms

Yep… it’s time for more creepy-spooky-goth embroidery from the Maker Space’s embroidery machine!

Today I’m showing off another (mostly) recent project, a trio of lovely little mushrooms.

This design started it’s life as a much more complex image in clipart, which I then tweaked and altered in Adobe Photoshop to make this cute little grouping complete with a few rocks and blades of grass. I wanted to keep the same aesthetic as the other pieces I did, so I stitched it on black cotton rather than white cotton – though obviously the stalks of the mushrooms (and the little dots on their caps) would be white – had I done this on white fabric and let it show through…

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Bats embroidered doll shirt

Embroidered bats on wet-look spandex - to make doll t-shirts!

Embroidered bats on wet-look spandex – to make doll t-shirts!

I’ve made a number of doll sized items over the years, for a friend who collects dolls. Recently I made a dachshund embroidered doll t-shirt (and embroidered yardage to make a second) along with a ghost embroidered one which I blogged about earlier.  However, that wasn’t the end of my doll-size embroidery project… I also made this one with bats on it for her too!

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CNC router – block printing blocks – Ottoman Carnation

CNC cut Ottoman Carnation

CNC cut Ottoman Carnation

If you’ve been following my blog for a few months at least, you’ll know that I’ve been spending a good deal of time exploring the different tools and machines that the Maker Space has available. In early February I finished my first project – a set of three block printing blocks (based off a 12th century design) and liked the process so much, as it was finishing… I was already designing a few more potential blocks – including this one, based off an Ottoman Empire Carnation.

I started out at the Tie Dye Travels Etsy store (aka Cat Man Do Designs woodcuts by Grav Weldon) to look for design inspiration. They have a carnation like this one, listed as a 15/16th century Ottoman design.  I have a number of their blocks, and they’re awesome, but I really thought this would make a great design to try to make myself – so it’s similar… but not quite the same.
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