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41  Re: Christmas Ornament Swap Rnd 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by keeperrox on: November 26, 2007 12:22:17 PM
Here are my ornaments from Muria (sorry it took so long to post them!).



Such a cute little Christmas tree with such a sad little story.  This tree DID have an angel on top of it, but it broke off in transit.  Any ideas on how to glue it back on?  Crazy glue didn't work. Sad



I can't wait to see this dainty beauty on the tree, when it's all lit up. It's going to sparkle wonderfully!!!
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42  Re: Christmas Ornament Swap Rnd 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by keeperrox on: November 17, 2007 09:31:48 AM
Here are the great ornaments I've receive this past week from my partners:

From funthreads:





2 fabulous photo ormanents for my pups!  I need to get some pictures printed of them to put in there.  I love the paw print fabric.  Absolutely perfect!

From Ezri_B:

Front


Back


Isn't this an adorable quilted ornament!  I love the combination of fabrics she used.

And finally, from pibbgirl:





Love the knit wreath!  It looks very old-timey to me.  The snowflake is very cute too.

Thanks ladies!  I love them all!!!
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43  Re: Christmas Ornament Swap Rnd 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by keeperrox on: November 10, 2007 05:20:33 AM
I'm finally getting a chance to post the ornaments that ollieorange sent.  Daylight Savings Time is really putting a crimp into my picture taking.  By the time I get home from work, it's way too dark!

Anyway, on to the goods:

Here are both of my ornaments, the same cute felted ball that others received, but mine has Christmas trees on it!  Not bad for her first time needle felting, huh?  I also received a pretty blue, green, and clear icicle.  It's so delicate and absolutely adorable!



Close ups:





If you notice, the garland around the tree and the wavy wire around the icicle match.  Thank you ollieorange, I love them both!
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44  What am I doing wrong? Pics included... in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by keeperrox on: October 11, 2007 05:26:10 PM
Okay, so I taught myself to knit on Saturday.  I can cast on, knit, purl, and bind off fine.  I decided for my first project, I would attempt this scarf:

(click image for link)

Not too difficult.  Just a simple ribbed pattern; k1 p1, and slip the first stitch knitwise from row 2 on.  Fine.  No problem.

However, my edges are totally loose and loopy.  My actual ribbed part looks fine and I'm quite happy with it considering I've been doing this less than a week (although tips and pointers are more than welcomed).  At first I thought I wasn't getting the first and last stitch of the row tight enough.  So I started over, making sure I was pulling the first and last stitches tight.  It didn't make a difference. At. All.  Pictured below is my 3rd and latest attempt:









Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong?  I'm trying to get those first and last stitches as tight as I can, so I am at a loss.  TIA!
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45  Re: Christmas Ornament swap in The Swap Gallery by keeperrox on: September 09, 2007 08:38:49 PM
Oh Kibbi, I'm so glad you got them and that you like them.  Cheesy  Here are two pictures to show the Christmas tree that I etched on this set of ornaments (the reverse are the same paper as I sent to funthreads and are pictured as well):



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46  3 Simple Skirts in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by keeperrox on: September 02, 2007 08:19:05 AM
Instead of back-to-school shopping this year (I'm a teacher), I decided I would spend some of that money on fabric and attempt to make some clothing. To preserve my sanity, I decided to stick with skirts, since they are incredibly easy. 

This first one I made a while ago.  It has a dark grey, stretch twill waistband, and the skirt itself is a light grey pointelle jersey.  The hemline isn't really as funky as it looks.  I didn't finish the hem, so it hasn't rolled the same all the way around.  No biggie, as it's not a very dressy skirt.  I probably won't wear this to teach, but I did wear it for one of our in-service days.



This one I wore the first day I had my students.  It's an A-line wrap, and it overlaps in back and ties in front.







And this is my "School Spirit" skirt, as our colors are red and black.  It's an A-line with a drawstring waistband and a black circle pocket.  Both the pocket and the hemline are lined with black ric-rac.





The grey jersey skirt was kind of my own design.  The other two were made using Sew What!  All comments welcome! 
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47  Re: Alternative Guestbook Ideas in Weddings and Bridal Showers by keeperrox on: August 31, 2007 04:34:35 PM
We got married (and honeymooned) on the Outer Banks.  Instead of a traditional guestbook, we purchased a book of Outer Banks photography. On every other page there was either a large white frame around the picture, or a complete white page with the title of the photograph on the opposing page.  The book now sits on the coffee table in the living room.  It's out all the time, which I think fits the "functionality" requirement  you were looking for. 









Some wrote a little.



Other's wrote a lot.



And some pages are still blank.

I'm sure you could find a similar book, maybe of your honeymoon location, or maybe just a favorite place.
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48  Re: Christmas Ornament swap in The Swap Gallery by keeperrox on: August 31, 2007 10:31:48 AM
I received one of my ornaments today from funthreads!  It's an adorable felt reindeer with a jingle bell inside and a cute present charm dangling off the bottom.  I'll come back and post a picture later if someone doesn't beat me to it (don't know if we all received the same one or not).

ETA:  Here is the adorable ornament:



P.S. At first my husband wouldn't believe me that this was not store bought, that's how well made it is!  Thank you so much again, funthreads!!
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49  Re: First Skirt Ever! Whatcha think? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by keeperrox on: July 23, 2007 02:57:53 PM
about the waist band it happens to everyone because craft-people arent usually math people. There is something out there that says they waist is about 4 times the the length of the hole you should cut. That is very wrong. Circumference= PI x Rsquared In other words if your waist was 42in that is C. Then you have Pi So 42= 3.14x Rsquared.
But I am a craft person and do not know the answer to that math problem. But I am sure a calculator does.

I did find the radius using "math", though. 

C= 2pir
My circumference, or length of my waistband was 47.5, so:

47.5 = 2pir
47.5/2pi = r
r = 7.5598598
I used 7.5 for my measurement.

And then I measured and cut like this (dark blue are the folded edges, light blue are the open edges, the red straight lines are my measurements, and the red curved lines are my cutting lines):



Your maths is correct, the circumference of a circle is equal to 2 times pi times r.  The amount of seam allowance will effect the circle circumference, even if it's only 1 cm it will change the actual circumference by a bit. You need to cut the circle so that the stitching line is 42 inches.

I think the issue is the the jersey has stretched when you've gone to attach it to the skirt, knits are notorious for this type of bad behaviour.

The grain of the fabric (the way it runs) is the issue with the back seam. Because the skirt is circular you may be sewing on the bias (cross grain) of the knit and this is going to throw things off kilter.

Okay, so you posted while I was typing the above, and now I'm even more confused!  Cheesy

I pinned the waistband around me and cut it first.  I measured that piece and and that's where I got the 47.5 for the circumference from.  If I did the math correctly, why then, when I went to cut using the above diagram, did it not work?  I mean, this wasn't an inch or two off.  It was almost a foot (11.5 inches) off!
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50  First Skirt Ever! Whatcha think? plus Circle Skirt Discussion in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by keeperrox on: July 23, 2007 01:15:04 PM
Okay, so I've never made a clothing item before.  I was digging through my very meager stash and found a random piece of black, white, and silver 2-way stretch fabric about 9-10 inches wide and 60 inches long and a huge piece of light blue jersey.  I am flying to Colorado for a wedding later this week and I wanted a comfortable, yet presentable skirt for traveling.

I ordered Sew What! (along with Sew U) a week ago, but Amazon still hasn't shipped it!!! Angry  However, I wanted it NOW!

I turned the striped fabric into the waist band and the jersey into a circle skirt.  Here is the outcome:


Front


Back

I like it and I will definitely wear it for the trip.  However, there are definitely some problems and I was hoping I could get some suggestions.

Problem #1

I thought I understood how to cut out a circle skirt.  I measured the waist band and got 47 inches.  I did some rusty geometery and came up with a radius of approx. 7.5 inches.  So, I folded my fabric panel in quarters, measured 7.5 inches down from the corner on each edge and a couple of places in between and then cut out the quarter circle.  Cutting the bottom edge was not a problem.

However, when I opened it up, it ended up being almost 11.5 inches too big around the center hole.  What did I do wrong?


This also leads me to:

Problem #2

I attached the back of the waistband to the fabric and cut off the extra width.  This was actually a good thing, because when I folded the fabric over I was able to sew a straight line instead of a tube, but I digress.  When I sewed up the seam, it doesn't lay nicely.  I thought maybe I didn't sew it straight (even though I CAN sew a straight line), but I double checked and it is straight.

Here is the skirt with the seam at the back, which is how I intended to wear it:



Here is the skirt with the seam at the side, which is how it looks a little better, but I don't want to wear it that way:







I would like to make more of these, because it is super comfy, yet nice enough to wear to work (I'm a teacher).  However, I would like to know how to fix these problems before I buy more fabric and start cutting.

Phew!  If you made it this far, I thank you.  If you answer any of my questions, I offer you my first born child.
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