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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Friendship bracelet problem (what is this, third grade?) on: March 05, 2009 07:35:49 AM
So I've taken to friendship bracelets probably 10-15 years too late. I'm enjoying it, though.

Anyhoo, here's my problem. I'm kind of working my way through a couple basic patterns in the process of getting the swing of things... and I'm stuck on a criss-cross style.

See? The 3 rows of 3 knots kind of lean to the right (or to the left if I switch the knot type - I've tried messing around with a few different ways to no avail) and doesn't correct itself once I move on to the next step.

I'm working from this lovely website (http://www.steffe.se/fb/step_by_step.php) and, more specifically, this lovely step-by-step (http://www.steffe.se/fb/pdf/patterns/squares.pdf)... and as you can see, it's Step 9 that is giving me problems.

Can anyone offer any pointers, tips, solutions, or even patterns or methods alternate to the one used on the site?

Thanks in advance!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Rotary Cutters and/or Pinking Shears on: December 29, 2008 03:49:29 AM
Hey guys. So, with my holiday money, I'm planning to invest in a few much-longed-for sewing tools. I'd really like a rotary cutter and a pair of pinking shears. My question is... do I really need both? It seems they're both good for cutting fabric cleanly so it won't fray, be jagged, or choppy at the ends. What do you think? And also, could you suggest which brand or model for either that you like best?

Thanks in advance!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mmmm sushi! on: August 27, 2008 03:58:36 PM

I stitched this up into a patch for a bag I made.



 It's mostly straight stitch and satin stitch, with a couple french knots on the Salmon Roe, woven straight stitch for the nori. On the tuna and whitefish, you can see that I stitched in curves to make it look like the threads in the meat. On the tamagoyaki (Japanese egg cake -- the yellow one!), you can see the implied ridges. The rice is made with seed stitchesI'm pretty happy with how it turned out and I like how the green fabric makes it look.. I don't know, like sickly but in a good way? lol.

Here's a shot of the bag in action!



Itadakimasu!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scrap Granny Square Afghan... Oooh the colors! on: April 24, 2008 08:25:57 AM
Wooo! Finally, after all this time, my first post! Thank you, digicam gods!

Anywho, I don't know if you guys experience this too, but every year, right after the December holidays, I just get so antsy. Why? All December, my hands were busy busy busy making gifts nonstop. And now that the gifting is over... must...continue...crochet!! Can't stop!

LOL So something like this usually happens. In addition to a couple skeins of black and white for border, these lil grannies are the remains of my holiday gifting yarn hoard.

Here's a shot of the pre-assembly layout process. Funny story: see how the edges on them are all rounded? Learning experience! I soon after went completely insane, ripped the edging out of ALL of them, and redid them with a couple added chains to make the corners sharper. *sigh* commitment, y'all.


And here's the finished product! It feels a little... De Stijl to me.


And of course, the customary dog-on-the-new-afghan pic. Hi Ruby!


Thanks for looking!
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / All my babies have horrible faces!! on: May 22, 2007 08:29:09 PM
I'm relatively new to crocheting. I learned only a few months ago, although I've been doing it non-stop ever since. So far, my favorite creations are plushies, animals, toy, etc.

Problem is, I am terrible at putting faces on the little guys.

My method as of now is some doubled-over embroidery thread. It always winds up lopsided or just generally crappy.

Any tips or links to help me? Tongue
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / SUPER SANTA 911!!! Suggestions of all kinds desperately needed!! on: November 01, 2005 10:46:11 AM
Ok. I'm insane. Every year I have a HUGE December party and have all my friends over, and I present them all with special personalized gifts. But this year, I am just STUMPED for what to make!

Year before last, I made them little rag dolls that looked like each of them.

Last year I made fat kitties, just how Merwing makes (I'm such a thief   Embarrassed), all personalized to each of them. They always turn out so very perfect.

I'm don't know if I want to do toys AGAIN this year, but I really feel like I should because they open up so many more spaces for personalization and also it'd go along with the theme (I'm like Hallmark, I have an annual series. Ack!)

I just really don't know what to do. I got into bookbinding. I thought of making everyone journals. But that's a little more bland than previous years, plus there's people I've already given books to. And if I make toys, what kind? I'm so stumped.

ANY kind of suggestion, I would just love. Just say anything, anything could get my mind jogging. Also, don't even consider the work load. I always manage to make it all work.

Thanks in advance, all you marvelous creative people.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / SUPER SANTA 911!!! Suggestions of all kinds desperately needed!! on: October 30, 2005 09:31:45 PM
Ok. I'm insane. Every year I have a HUGE December party and have all my friends over, and I present them all with special personalized gifts. But this year, I am just STUMPED for what to make!

Year before last, I made them little rag dolls that looked like each of them.

Last year I made fat kitties, just how Merwing makes (I'm such a thief  Embarrassed ), all personalized to each of them. They always turn out so very perfect.

I'm don't know if I want to do toys AGAIN this year, but I really feel like I should because they open up so many more spaces for personalization and also it'd go along with the theme (I'm like Hallmark, I have an annual series. Ack!)

I just really don't know what to do. I got into bookbinding. I thought of making everyone journals. But that's a little more bland than previous years, plus there's people I've already given books to. And if I make toys, what kind? I'm so stumped.

ANY kind of suggestion, I would just love. Just say anything, anything could get my mind jogging. Also, don't even consider the work load. I always manage to make it all work.

Thanks in advance, all you marvelous creative people.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / I need a little support here!!! on: July 17, 2005 02:08:42 AM
When I look at all the fabulous fabric remnants I've pulled out of the remnants bin at the Wal-Mart craft section (aren't remnants bins like glorious wonderlands of magic?!), I notice that I have so many pretty patterns and such, but they're all very very weak, thin cotton or polyester. The looks would be fabulous for a bag, but how can I make them stronger?

I've tried just using interfacing in the past. It's worked somewhat, in some cases, but it definitely won't hold up for me, since I carry a giant sketchbook around with me all the time.

I think what I have in mind is to put a very firm supportive stuff between the exterior and the lining, or make a kind of double exterior and put it in the middle... if that makes sense.

What comes to mind is like a thin, yet strong, plastic. Something you could bend, but not tear... I searched all around the craft section for ideas. Template plastic came to mind. I also thought of cutting up a supercheap, thin binder plastic? And I also thought of a kind of cardboard.

I think you get the ideal. Something that would give it a skeleton, make it strong. Has anyone had experience with this, maybe know of what materials would be best, and maybe how to apply them and handle them?

Thanks in advance! Kiss
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / HEEELP!!! My sad purse dilemma... on: January 20, 2005 02:09:49 AM
Ok I have a purse. Sort of. It's like a briefcase purse. It's super sweet, it's got like all your standard big purse space, PLUS this side that has an area made especially to put file folders and notebooks and stuff. And that's why I love it so much. It's great for taking to class and I can also carry around my sketchbook with me all the time without cramming it into a little thing or having it sticking out and ready to fall to the ground.

Now here's the problem. The purse is made of vinyl. Really gummy vinyl too. It's starting to come apart, in a way. The strap broke off, which is usually the first thing to go anyway. And I tried sewing it back on but the thread just cut through the vinyl. So I've stitched the strap back on with embroidery floss and that seems to be holding it together for the time being. But I'm so scared (and embarrassed that I give this much of a damn) that it's going to give really soon and be unrepairable and... I'll lose the handiest bag ever.

So does anyone have any tips or ideas for how I can repair it?

Also, if anyone knows of a way to make one with similar fantastic features, that would rule also.

Thanks for all help in advance!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Alternative Pillow Stuffing? on: October 06, 2004 09:06:25 PM
Anyone know any thing good to use to stuff a pillow besides poly-fil?

I remember making a pillow when I was little and used shredded and bunched scrap fabric. It worked fine, but the pillow was very lumpy. Anyone have any ideas?
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