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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first crocheted thing (a hat) on: January 25, 2008 10:50:24 AM
As a Christmas present to myself, I taught myself to crochet! I practiced all the basic stitches using the "Happy Hooker" book on the long car ride to and from my mum-in-law's. Then I wasn't sure what to do next, but when I saw the article on improvising your own hat in Craft:05 I thought, ok, I'll give it try...Even tho it looks, I think, like a first hat, I'm kinda thrilled with how it turned out----and my daughter likes it, so it's pretty cool to have a hat she'll wear with out fussing. I had no idea crochet would be so instantly gratifying---so the addiction sets in...


2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / square skirt, and peasant top on: September 18, 2007 12:45:36 PM
A new (to me anyway) type of twirly skirt, and the famous peasant top ala vegbee.



I loved following that tutorial! Honestly, I really couldn't tell from looking at it how it all came together into the top, but I just set my laptop next to my computer and did as told, and it worked. What a pleasant surprise. My dd is apparently now the same size more or less as Vegbee's was when the tute was done, which helped because I didn't have to mess with changing the measurements.



Here she is ready to twirl. Unfortunately I made the skirt a bit too short---fine with leggings, bit immodest without---and I don't have enough of the fabric for a do-over.



Here's how the skirt looks flat. I followed the directions in Denhartog and Camp's Sew What! Skirts, and it was, as you might guess from looking at it, very very easy. WAY quicker to do than the tiered twirly skirts, and still pretty darn twirly. And if you used ready-made bias type for the waist band, you'd be done practically before you started.

I think I might play around with this skirt type some more. I wonder how it would look with a ruffle along the edges? Or maybe with two squares layered together...?

Thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / twirly skirt t-dress on: September 08, 2007 01:56:13 AM
My first posted project, I'm so excited.





The top used to be a onesie, which got too short for her so fast she hardly ever got to wear it. I like the way it turned out, but next time I'd make a separate skirt that can be combined with other things.

Thanks for the inspiration, Vegbee and all you other twirly skirt makers, and thanks for looking.
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / craft attack on: August 20, 2007 10:16:49 PM
Hi all,

Sometimes my hands (and brain) feel all fidgety and I just have to make something! It's a craft attack---I'm guessing you know what I mean.

I ran across craftster the other day while I was looking on line for some ideas for making dresses for my small daughter. I was totally inspired by all the different things I saw, totally sucked in---I'm already experiencing the crackster effect, thinking I'll check in and look around for 10 minutes and suddenly it's two hrs later. But anyway, I did get inspired and have finished a small dress, which I will post pix of as soon as possible.

Sewing clothes is pretty new for me, I've been quilting for a while so I have the  equipment, but using commercial patterns never seemed to appeal. So I'm thrilled by all the improvisation and tutes and such, so much more fun to do, and the results are so much more fun too.

I've tried a bunch of different crafts, including weaving, ceramics and papier mache, and I think I'd like to learn to knit, although that seems like it would be a big time commitment. I've also been thinking about silk screening lately for some reason. who knows where craftster might lead me.

I was also really pleased to see from this intro forum that craftster has members from all over the place. Right now I live in the Boston area, Craftster home base it looks like, but I've had chances to travel, so global craft connections seem extra exciting.

Thanks for having me, it's good to be here!
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