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Next Rok

Postby Chris » Sat, Feb 17 2007, 10:45 PM

OK, started another Rokkaku tonight, one that involved a bit more applique....

I started out by finding a GREAT (in my mind anyway :rotfl ) pic of Brian Griffin, and making a transparency. And then putting my new overhead projector to use. :mrgreen:

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And then tracing the image on the first layer of black ripstop. I think I may have made life difficult by starting with the black, but hey.... :shock:

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Re: Next Rok

Postby Babbman » Sat, Feb 17 2007, 10:56 PM

:rotfl

that's gonna be great...

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Re: Next Rok

Postby Mike » Sun, Feb 18 2007, 08:33 AM

By drawing on the black, you'll be sewing on the top and you don't have to remember to reverse your drawing as you do when you draw on the white, bottom layer. Should work just fine. I don't bother to erase my lines when appliquéing from the back, but from the front, you might want to. Of course, being the perfectionist that you are, I'm sure yoiu erase from the back too. :-D

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Re: Next Rok

Postby Chris » Sun, Feb 18 2007, 05:43 PM

Applique is not qiute done, but I had to take a break, my back is killing me!

ImageHere is the back of the sail, less the words.







ImageThis is my machine being force fed :wink:







ImageThis is the almost finished sail, I couldn't wait to post it! :mrgreen:
The sewing is way easier than the cutting(as you can tell by the blue tape :x )
I was suprised how much the colors change when on top of each other. :shock:








I'll post a pic of the finished applique when it's done. Now it's time for rest, I feel a cold coming on. :doc:
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Re: Next Rok

Postby Babbman » Sun, Feb 18 2007, 07:18 PM

Chris... that looks great!


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Re: Next Rok

Postby Frodos Majik » Sun, Feb 18 2007, 11:45 PM

You sure you are not going to be a teacher out at MAKR? Looks great!! :up:
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Re: Next Rok

Postby Chris » Mon, Feb 19 2007, 02:16 PM

Oh boy, did a cold come on! :shock: I'm laid up here at home with 101.5 temp... :x: It's been a while since I've been sick.

Anyhow, once I get my body rested up, I will continue on the Rok. I pick up a great tip on kitebuilder when doing applique. After I cut through the wrong portion of the sail, I suddenly remembered it....

Use a seam ripper! I poke a small hole (carefully!!) and stick the ball end of the ripper into the fabric, and just go to town! I still have to use my small scissors for the small parts, but the ripper works GREAT. :mrblue:

Thanks for the compliments guys :oops:
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Re: Next Rok

Postby Jim Foster » Mon, Feb 19 2007, 02:49 PM

Chris

A tip we picked up from Rod Milburn, is to sew a penny into each section of an applique on top of the layer you want to keep to make it easy to cut through only the layer you want to cut.

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Re: Next Rok

Postby Chris » Mon, Feb 19 2007, 08:41 PM

Applique finished! Now just to fix the hole in the sail :x

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Re: Next Rok

Postby Babbman » Mon, Feb 19 2007, 08:52 PM

and you were worried about the letters?

awesome!


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Re: Next Rok

Postby Jim Foster » Mon, Feb 19 2007, 10:28 PM

Chris

That looks really good. How cute.

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Re: Next Rok

Postby Frodos Majik » Mon, Feb 19 2007, 11:27 PM

SWEET!!
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Re: Next Rok

Postby Chris » Tue, Feb 20 2007, 09:32 PM

Put the sail together tonight, just have to do the final hemming and whatnot.

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I think I REALLY like this black ripstop! :shock:


BTW, any tips on what to wash the basting spray off with? It's not terribly sticky, but enough to pick up loads of dust and dirt.
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Re: Next Rok

Postby Mike » Wed, Feb 21 2007, 09:37 AM

Man, that's excellent work Chris!
The only thing I've found to get the sticky off is with a goo-gone sort of thing.

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Postby kiteguy » Thu, Feb 22 2007, 03:06 AM

Paint thinner does a credible job as well. Cheaper, anyway. :-)
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Re: Next Rok

Postby Mike » Thu, Feb 22 2007, 08:43 AM

oh yeah, that too, thanks kiteguy.
In either case just a little on a rag or paper towel does it.

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Re: Next Rok

Postby Draftnik » Thu, Feb 22 2007, 09:17 AM

Great kite!
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Re: Next Rok

Postby SkyWalker » Thu, Feb 22 2007, 11:12 AM

Goo Gone & paint thinner don't degrade the fabric's coating at all?? (Nice rok Chris!!!!)

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Mike wrote:Man, that's excellent work Chris!
The only thing I've found to get the sticky off is with a goo-gone sort of thing.

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Re: Next Rok

Postby Chris » Thu, Feb 22 2007, 07:42 PM

Thanks for the "props" :mrgreen: I was worried about chemicals too, but that was before I saw that the basting spray I used contains acetone! :shock:
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Re: Next Rok

Postby Chris » Fri, May 18 2007, 09:27 PM

Three months later....it's done :shock:
took me a whole hour and a half tonight to finish it up. It will debut in Woodrige tommorrow!

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BTW all...have a great time in Grand Haven :up: :up: Make IKE proud :up: :up:
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