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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Sesame Street Wall Hanging on: August 12, 2013 03:42:32 AM
Sesame Street Math Hanging

Materials Used:
Paper
Coloring pages
Tape
Colored pencils

I used a large piece of paper and taped it to the door with packing tape. I printed coloring pages offline and hand colored them in using colored pencils. I cut them to fit the cards that were going to be in them. I taped the pictures to the large piece of paper using the packing tape straight on top of them. I left a small row untapped at the top of each picture so I could put the cards in the pockets.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dalek Pincushion and Psychic Paper needle book Tutorial on: August 12, 2013 03:28:14 AM
Dalek Pincushion Tutorial

Materials Used:
Felt, black and brown
Embroidery thread
Needles
Pins
Fiberfill

I used the paper pattern from gfoyle on deviantart to make my Dalek pincushion. I cut out the paper pattern and pinned it to pieces of felt. I did not cut the tabs out of the felt. I did cut the large pieces to go in between the body but did not end up using them. I only used the bottom piece. I cut those out and then embroider the designs straight through the paper onto the felt. I then carefully cut and pulled the pieces of paper off.

I stitched the top piece to the middle piece and then closed up the back. I stitched the large bottom piece around the middle piece and then closed it up the back. I closed the head up by folding the pieces over and stitching through them.

I attached the bottom of the Dalek and stitched up until I had a small hole. I stuffed the Dalek with fiberfill and closed the hole.

I pushed pins in all around the Dalek and used three colored ones for his arms and eye stalk.

Psychic Paper Needle book Tutorial

Material Used:
Felt, black and white
Embroidery thread

I traced around a small book I received from the bank to get the right size and shape of the book.

I cut out the cover and then cut out the three inside sheets (this doubles and becomes six).

I used a running stich up the binding of the book to attach the three sheets. I trimmed the white pages a little to make them smaller than the outside.

Links:
http://gfoyle.deviantart.com/art/Paper-comic-style-Dalek-pt2-157975459
http://gfoyle.deviantart.com/art/Paper-comic-style-Dalek-pt1-157975040

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Art Journals on: August 12, 2013 02:56:25 AM
Craftster means to me:

Inspiration, Ideas, Encouragement, and Community. I created an art journal to keep track of all my ideas and inspiration and then I created one to give away.

Using inspiration from the internet (I just typed in art journals and looked at the pictures.) I took a black and white composition notebook and played with it.

Materials Used:
Composition notebooks
Mod Podge
Martha Stewart magazines
Old calendars
Tissue paper
Wax paper

I used Mod Podge to glue three sheets of the notebook together at a time, on some of the top sheets I then glued down pages from magazines. I put pieces of wax paper in between each set of three so that I could do multiple pages at a time. I covered the outside covers but left the insides because I always loved filling out that information when I was a kid.

I recommend only doing a few sets of pages at a time, the Mod Podge takes a while to dry in the binding.  You will use a lot of Mod Podge, I went through an entire large bottle.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Green Arrow Quiver for Crochet Hooks on: July 31, 2013 09:22:32 PM
Green Arrows Quiver

A quiver to hold your crochet hooks or knitting needles.

Pick a fabric for your crochet hook holder, fold the edges and stich them under. Choose how big you want your pockets to be and stitch them up.

I used a duck cloth canvas for the outside of the quiver and edged it with bias tape.

Stich the inside holder to the outside of the quiver using at least 4 seams, I stitched over seams that were already on the holder.

On the outside of the quiver I turned the stitch lines into arrows using paint.

Create two caps out of pleather. I rolled the quiver up and measured the lids based on the size of the quiver roll. Attach a strap of the pleather to each cap to make the handle.

I used grommets to hold the roll together and laced it up with purple ribbon. I attached three snaps each cap and the roll to make the caps attach better.

Things I would have done different:

Use a piece of interfacing between materials to give it some stability and a piece of Velcro to close the quiver would be easier than the grommets.

Good luck!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Romance Quotes Notecards Tutorial on: June 30, 2013 06:01:22 PM
Romance Quote Notecards

Materials:
Ivory 5.25 x 7.25 note cards from JoAnns
Printer
Computer

Steps:

Open blank document in Word

Set the View at 125%

Keep the page margins at Top/Bottom 1.25 and Left/Right 1

Turn Orientation to Landscape

Draw a Text Box on the right side of the page, the size of the text box should be positioned in between the numbers on the left side of the page.

The top should have two dots, the number 1, and six more dots, the bottom should have one dot, the number 7, and six more dots.

Center the text in the text box.

Use different fonts, sizes, and colors throughout the quote to highlight words and emotions. 

Use one card as a test card when printing to be sure that your text fits in the assigned space. I print over and over with different colors until its just right. Then I save the document as a master template for the future.

 
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Doctor Who Fingerless Gloves-Adult Size Tutorial on: June 16, 2013 11:12:24 AM
Using Crochet in Colors pattern as a template I modified it to create my 10th/11th Doctor Who themed gloves.

Fingerless Glove Pattern-Adult

Staring Round: 25 Foundation Double Crochet Row

Rounds 2-4: Chain 3, Double Crochet each row

Round 6:
Right Mitt (thumb opening): Chain 3, Double Crochet in next stitch, Chain 9, skip next 3 stitches. Double Crochet rest of the way around.

Left Mitt (thumb opening): Chain 3, Double Crochet around to the last 3 stitches, chain 9, skip last 3 stitches and join to first double crochet of round.

Both mitts

NOTE: From rounds 7-12, use two decreases in each round where needed, I like to put them near the thumbhole to tighten the wrist area.

Round 7: Chain 3, Double Crochet
Round 8: Chain 3, Double Crochet with two decreases
Round 9: Chain 3, Double Crochet

Rounds 10-12: Chain 3, Double Crochet each row with two decreases

Round 13: Chain 3, Double Crochet

NOTE: If you want the gloves to be longer than wrist length, after round 13 keep going with double crochet rounds until you are happy with the length.

Round 14: Chain 4, Triple Crochet

Finish the glove by weaving in all ends.

Bow Pattern

Starting Round: Chain 20, leave a decent tail
Rounds 2-4: half double crochet

Finish, leave a decent tail

Weave both tails upper and lower to the center of the patch and then wrap them around the center to make the bow tie. Knot them on the back and leave the tails.

Attach the bow ties to the glove using the tails to wrap through the glove and knot them.

Done!

Stitches and Links:

Original Pattern:
http://crochetincolor.blogspot.com/2011/10/colorful-stripey-fingerless-mitts.html?m=1

Foundation Double Crochet:
http://www.crochetme.com/glossary/foundation-double-crochet-fdc.aspx

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGPkRHF0rUw

Decrease stitch explained: [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 2 times, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook- 1 stitch decreased.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Doctor Who Fingerless Gloves-Child Size Tutorial on: June 16, 2013 11:08:46 AM
Using Crochet in Colors pattern as a template I modified it to create my 10th/11th Doctor Who themed gloves.

Fingerless Glove Pattern-Child

Staring Round: 20 Foundation Double Crochet Row

Round 2: Chain 3, Double Crochet

Round 3:
Right Mitt (thumb opening): Chain 3, Double Crochet in next stitch, Chain 6, skip next 3 stitches. Double Crochet rest of the way around.

Left Mitt (thumb opening): Chain 3, Double Crochet around to the last 3 stitches, chain 6, skip last 3 stitches and join to first double crochet of round.

Both mitts

NOTE: From rounds, use two decreases in each round where needed, I like to put them near the thumbhole to tighten the wrist area.

Round 4: Chain 3, Double Crochet
Rounds 5-6: Chain 3, Double Crochet with two decreases

NOTE: If you want the gloves to be longer than wrist length, after round 6 keep going with double crochet rounds until you are happy with the length.

Round 7: Chain 4, Triple Crochet

Finish the glove by weaving in all ends.

Bow Pattern

Starting Round: Chain 10, leave a decent tail
Rounds 2-4: half double crochet

Finish, leave a decent tail

Weave both tails upper and lower to the center of the patch and then wrap them around the center to make the bow tie. Knot them on the back and leave the tails.

Attach the bow ties to the glove using the tails to wrap through the glove and knot them.

Done!

Stitches and Links:

Original Pattern:
http://crochetincolor.blogspot.com/2011/10/colorful-stripey-fingerless-mitts.html?m=1

Foundation Double Crochet:
http://www.crochetme.com/glossary/foundation-double-crochet-fdc.aspx

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGPkRHF0rUw

Decrease stitch explained: [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 2 times, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook- 1 stitch decreased


8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Doctor Who Bow Tie Tutorial on: June 16, 2013 11:07:49 AM
This bow tie pattern is very simple and easy to adapt.

Bow ties are cool

Starting Round: Chain 15, leave a decent tail
Rounds 2-8: Chain 2, half double crochet

Finish, leave a decent tail

Weave both tails upper and lower to the center of the patch and then wrap them around the center to make the bow tie. Knot them on the back and tuck in the tails.

Done!

Notes

As you can see from the attached photo this pattern is easy to adapt. I made bow ties using a starting chain of 10 to a starting chain of 20, I went from 4 rows to 8 rows. The size of yarn/hook that you use will make a big difference in the size of your bow ties.


9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Izzy Costume from Jake and the Neverland Pirates on: May 31, 2013 07:39:25 PM
I created a costume based on Izzy from Jake and the Neverland Pirates for my daughter for her friends birthday party.

I found the boots and had the pants.

For the shirt I used Simplicity pattern 1669 and created the top of the dress. I followed the instructions and it was pretty simple. I then hemmed the bottom of the shirt instead of continuing with attaching the skirt. Note: cut the pieces for the bodice longer and forgo using the middle strip. I ended up with a seam in the middle of my shirt because I didn't do this.

I used Metallic White Puffy paint to make the swirls along the edges of the shirt and the head scarf.  

For the  head scarf I used a long piece of the same pink fabric (Jo Ann's pink cotton). I hemmed the edges and then decorated it. I put it on her head and tied it.

The bag is a simple piece of yellow cotton with a rock in it for weight. I didn't hem it. I used a piece of leather cord and double tied it around the bag and then knotted it around her neck.

Please ask any questions.

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Making your own metal charms on: March 14, 2013 01:29:05 PM
Hello

I want to learn how to make/find someone to make custom metal charms for a charm bracelet. I have seen some tutorials online but they are kind of confusing. I would really appreciate it if anyone could help me figure this out.

Thanks!
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