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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Holiday Helpers Gallery on: October 17, 2009 10:31:56 AM
Here's our gallery thread, I can't believe that we need one this soon!  Good crafting all, and thank you for being patient with my heinous and exploding life!
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Holiday Helpers Swap ((Crafting, Gallery Thread is Up)) on: August 18, 2009 10:38:01 AM
Holiday Helpers Swap

Required information
Swap name:  Holiday Helpers Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  HandsyMalone
Sign-up date range:  8/18/2009-9/3/2009
Date to send item by:  11/13/2009

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country?

Age requirement?  13 as usual

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: Yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: Yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: No, just the one
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: Absolutely

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: Yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: Yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: Yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: Yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: Yes, no negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: Yes
- Participant lives in the United States: No
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: If applicable
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: If applicable

Details of swap:
This is a swap to help those of us who have people in our lives who are hard to craft for or hard to buy gifts for.  I, personally, have a few people in my life that I love but who are hard to make things for.  I figured that I can't be the only one, so this idea was born.  This swap is open to international swappers.
This swap will have a long crafting period, since I'm aware that we all have lives and other people to craft for.  There will be a minimum of 7 points per package, as well as 3 people from your partner's questionnaire.
I know that postage can be a bit of a bear, particularly at this time of the year, so I have a few reccomendations:
1.  Use flat rate if you are shipping within your country if it is available
2.  If not, try to use an envelope, as they generally tend to be cheaper.
3.  Sometimes an actual package carrier (FedEx, UPS, DHL etc) will be cheaper than your postal carrier, so check into it!

Swappers will be matched on as many of the following criteria as possible:
1. Country
2. Holiday/Religion
3. Crafted Item requests
4. Willingness or not for larger packages

Keep an eye on this, since as needs arise, I may be adding things here.

When you fill out your questionnaire, be as detailed as possible.  You'll need to provide us with at LEAST 3 people that you need gifts for, as well as details about them.  The more details you can give us, the better your gifts are likely to be.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.
Once we've all been partnered up, we'll do a weekly check-in here.  If you've not heard from your partner, or not seen your partner here, please PM me and let me know, I'll do what I can to track them down.
The key to this being a fantastic swap is being in communication with your partner, so don't be shy, talk to them either here or via their preferred method!


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

About your Hard to Craft for Loved ones
What Holiday(s) will you be needing gifts for?:
Tell us all you can about the people you need/want gifts for (likes, dislikes, colors, fibers, their allergies, basic information like that, the more details the better):

About You
What crafts can YOU do?:
What can you NOT do?:
Do you have an objection for crafting for a holiday that is different from yours?:
Allergens in your home:
Preferred method of contact (email, PM, facebook etc):
Anything elses you're just dying to share?



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


**********************************************************************
Swappers

1. ccswch
2. nikimac
3. Troublet
4. ragdollpirate
5. HandsyMalone
6. rockon
**********************************************************************

Partners

ccswch (sent, received)  <==>  rockon (sent, received)

nikimac (sent, received) <==>Troublet (sent, received)

ragdollpirate (dropped from the swap) <==> HandsyMalone (Negative-did not send[/colo])

*******************************


Gallery thread is located here.  Thanks again for your patience, I really do appreciate it!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Poppet Hair Tutorial using Saran/Nylon Doll Hair **Work in Progress** on: July 28, 2009 11:28:39 AM
A while back, I was looking for a way to make hair for my poppet that didn't use yarn.  In case you weren't aware, I needed a way to do short straight hair, and I wasn't able to figure out how to do so with yarn.  No one seemed to know how to go about doing this with 'traditional' doll hair, so I figured that I would be the guinea pig/researcher and figure out a way to do it.

That having been said, I did finally manage to figure out *A* way to do this.  I'm not saying it's the best method, just that it's the way that I'm doing it right now.  Knowing me, I'll figure out a faster 'easier' way at some point.  However, for now, this is how I'm doing it.  It is working well.

Words of Caution:
**I've not finished this head, so this is a tutorial-in-progress.  I have enough done that I'm confident that you bright people can figure out the rest of the process.  When I make it to the next step, I'll post more instructions about parts, styling, cutting etc.

**This is NOT A FAST METHOD.  I'm not kidding.  I don't reccomend this for your first poppet, or for a comission poppet that you've got a deadline for, at least until you get proficient at it.

**Read the whole thing before you get started.  I've made a LOT of mistakes in the process of figuring this out and I'd be sick to think that any of you made the same mistakes I did.

**This sort of hair is bought in hanks, the lengths vary depending on what you're doing (sounds vague, I know, but check out the sites that I've provided links to, I promise it will make more sense)

Ok, now that my warnings are out of the way, on to the instructions!

1.  Get your poppet pieces sewn, stuffed and ready to go.  Do NOT attach the head to the body, but get the nose and eyes done and the head stuffed.

2.  Measure your baby's head around where you think you want their hairline to be.  This is VERY important, do NOT skip this.  Cheesy

3.  According to one of the sites that I looked at while figuring this out, you need about an inch of hair hank to do an inch of doll head.  This is a rule for Barbies and the like, but I feel that it works for poppets as well.  You'll need to have an idea of how long you want the hair to be.  It works like this:
      Poppet A's head is 7" around.  I want hair for her that will be WHEN STYLED about 4" long.  To be safe, I'll say I need 5" of hair, that way I can cut and style as I see fit.  That means I'll need about 35" inches of hair to do her head.  Does that make sense?

4.  Once you've figured out your estimate of how much hair you'll need, find a good supplier.  I recommend either Dolly Hair or Restore Doll.  You'll notice that there are options for hair, for the most part it is up to you which style you choose, if you're going to bake it for any reason, you'll need to get Nylon or it will shrivel like a mad thing.  There are a LOT of color option, and most places will blend two or more together for you. 

5.  Now you wait for them to deliver your hair Wink

6.  Once you've got your hair in your hot little hands, you'll need to gather supplies.  Gather the following:


In this photo, you'll see a glass, a zip-top bag full of water and hair, a cup of coffee (no, not optional Wink), a needle (a use a doll needle) and a tiny crochet hook.  You do not have to have the hook, but it can make life easier.

7.  This is where I'm of two minds about this process.  I cut all my hair before I even started.  I'm not sure that is the best way to do it, but it's not going to mess you up if you go that route.  However, if you over ordered hair, then I'd really reccomend cutting it as you need it so you don't waste any on the off chance that you've got too much.

8.  Take your cut to legnth hair and put it in a bag of water.  Trust me, you'll thank me and you later.  You can also use a bowl of water if that's easier for you.


9.  Reach in your water and grab yourself a chunk.

You'll see in this photo that there is a LOT of free hair making this chunk not sleek, that's ok, we'll fix that.

10.  Grab the hair lightly at the most 'clean' end and strip off the extra hair like such.

Put that extra in your glass for use later.

11.  Most chunks of hair will try to break into smaller pieces on their own.  Pull off one of those smaller pieces.


These smaller pieces usually pull clean as long as you don't think too much about it Wink


12.  That smaller piece will also split into smaller pieces.  This is where this method shows that it was designed by Handsy.  I don't count the hairs in each group.  I found that if I do this, I want to stick a straw in my eye.  Through a LOT of trial and error I discovered that you need to have a group of hair for each plug that is about the same width as your needle, otherwise it won't stay in place. 
Here's what it looks like when you split it into these plugs:

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Saran/Nylon Doll hair styling question on: July 09, 2009 03:08:11 PM
My current project involves a hair style that is supposed to be short and spiky and/or like a messy pixie cut.  I KNOW I can't get the results I want with yarn, so I broke down and got Saran hair, the kind that goes into Barbies/My Little Ponies etc.  My question is this, how on earth do I go about styling?  I know that, when I get to the NEXT project, I'll be doing curls, and the site that I bought the hair from says that I can pin it and dip it in boiling water for 10 seconds to "set" it.  To achieve THIS look, however, I'm at a loss.  If I was going to do it on REAL hair, I'd break out the flat iron/curling iron/hair glue/etc and make it happen, no problem.  Is the methodology similar?  Any ideas?  Heat setting on LOW?  Oh sweet baby Buddha don't use heat?  Hairspray it for Jesus?  HELP!!!  Please??

When I figure this out, I'll let you know how I did it Wink
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Rosalie from Twilight as Poppet...Now with more photos for your pleasure (6/20) on: June 19, 2009 07:27:05 PM
Or How I Learned to Measure
Or Why I Haven't Been Able to Sleep for 5 days

Cheesy

So, I started planning this poppet while making my last one, which was my first.  Smiley  I've learned a LOT about poppets and myself while doing this.  First of all, felt IS acceptable for poppet making, just cut the tail pattern wider than normal and all is fine and dandy.  Second, I really need to stop estimating everything and just measure.  I swear I made her shirt combination 4 times.  And finally, I do NOT like poppet shoes.  Cheesy  That is why she is barefoot, her shoes are still in progress, I WILL finish them tomorrow, I just can't do any more right now.

Anyway, here she is, in all her poppety, big haired glory, poppet does Rosalie.  Rather, Rosalie does poppet, Rosalie is very snobby and wouldn't deign to be mimicked by a mere poppet/mortal Wink  God how I love to hate this character!  Anyway, I actually really like how she turned out, hand painted her eyes, which I'm really proud of.  Cheesy

On to her beauty shots Wink







She wants you to know that SHE did not pick her photo location, nor does she approve of my mess. *sigh*  Brat that she is.  And she is insistent that I post pictures of her tomorrow with her shoes on, since she finds bare feet unseemly.  Wink  I promise I will get some better shots, fix Her Majesty's shoes and hair (I noticed that her bangs are a bit wonky) and put a few shots up tomorrow that are more to her liking.  Wink


Edit:::
Here are the results from her photo shoot and her visit to the shoe store (aka my sewing table)  Let me know what you think!

Rosalie takes over my yard


Rosalie, Jungle Warrior Wink


Keeping an eye out for mortals so our secret isn't known


Getting some exercise and keeping watch


Silly mortals, they never look up


Where did she go? I can tell she came this way
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Thought for a Holiday Swap... on: June 18, 2009 05:10:58 PM
I don't know if anyone has done something like this before, but I had an idea the other day and thought I'd bounce it off y'all.  Smiley

I've got people on my holiday gift list that  I'm either not confident enough to craft for (my grandmother for example) or I just have no clue what to do for them (my grandfather).  Has anyone thought of doing a swap where you don't make things for your partner, but rather you make gifts for them to give?

The way I was thinking it could work would be to have people give a list of the people that they need crafted gifts for and then have the partners make about 5 or 6 items that would suit.  Or something like that.  Cheesy 

Anyone interested/have another idea/know of a swap that is a 'tradition' that fits this?
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / First Poppet ever! on: June 07, 2009 08:04:05 AM
Ok, so I dove in and made a poppet.  *tries to catch breath*  It took a while, probably because I wasn't sure of the process and all that.  I'm not happy with her clothes, I lost my patience yesterday (trying to quit smoking and my 4 year old, who's visiting, was being whiny and naggy) and just sort of threw something together so she wasn't naked.  LOL!  Anyway, I made the wig according to the flicr tutorial listed on the poppet main page.  It's stranded yarn latchhooked on to a crocheted cap.  I think next time, I'll do one less round and use a magic ring for the top of the crown, so it lays a little more flat.  I made eyelids according to the tut I found here, and it made me crazy!  Then I realized that felt was reccomended and wanted to smack my head into the wall for having wasted 4 hours!  Lol!  Oh, and the eyes are 12mm clear acrylic that I painted myself to get the right look.  So, here we go!  Let me know what you think/ask stuff/give advice/constructive criticism/etc.  I've already got the fabric for at least 2 more, planning on getting started on the next one today.  Cheesy  (Oh and I apologize for the clutter on my sewing table and the size of the photos, I need to figure out how to adjust the size on my phone Smiley)

Here we go with photos.  I named her "Maleah" it's Hawai'ian for "sea of bitterness", lol!








8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for vintage or vintage style pants? on: April 02, 2009 07:23:41 AM
I'm looking for something very specific, and I'm hoping that I don't have to draft it from scratch, I just don't have the focus for that right now.

Ok, what I want is the following:

wide/straight leg (basically straight down from the hip)
high waist (up to my ribcage)
closes on the side (zipper/button)

I'm perfectly ok with having to adjust a pattern for width since most of my vintage patterns need to be taken up a size.

Thanks! Cheesy
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 4 hats, a hook cozy and some slippers... ((IMG heavy)) on: January 21, 2009 10:18:05 AM
So....
*hears crickets*
Yeah, this is my first project post here, despite having been busily working away on my crafts for quite some time.  *sigh* 
I've been making hats lately, and sold 2 just before the holidays.  Here are 4 of them:



This is my own pattern, and the band in interchangeable.  Cheesy



This is actually the same pattern with a smaller hook and no brim.  This was made almost exclusively in the ER while waiting for my roommate to be checked out and discharged.


[imghttp://paradoxpark.com/images/crafts/hat3-2.jpg[/img]http://This is from a vintage pattern I found on the 'net somewhere.  I should be able to dredge it up if someone wants/needs it.  The flower on here was an orchid pattern also from the internet, and also easily located in my links if anyone wants/needs it.




This is an edit of a yarncat pattern, with a passion flower pattern from online.  As with the last pattern, I am willing to figure out the links if needed/wanted.




This is a ravelry pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-hook-caddy.  I joined a make from your queue group and am having a great time!



These are also a ravelry pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hexagon-boot-slippers.  I made these, also from my queue.  I like how they turned out, except for the oddness of the sole.  Has anyone else made these, I'd love some advice about getting the sole to fit right.  My over-foot part was not as long as the sole, when made completely according to the pattern.  Is it maybe my guage/tension?

Anyway, thoughts, C/C and all that are more than welcome!!  Oh, and my lovely 'model' is Joeliene, aka "The Head of Doom" LOL!!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn Substitution Problem on: May 28, 2008 10:07:56 AM
I have a pattern that calls for Plymouth Handpaint Wool that will be felted. I looked on the Plymouth website to see if I could find out what guage it is (bulky, super bulky etc) and I cant seem to find it. I have a few wool options in my stash, but I am unsure what to do. Does anyone have any idea what weight that original yarn is? The pattern says to knit it on 17s (holy snarkies those are like telephone poles after 1s) but I since it is felted, Im not sure if they relate to the yarn. The guage is 7.5 sts and 10 rows to 4, I can make it happen with either of my options, but Im worried about the gap between sts, you know? Ugh, Im rambling. Smiley Thanks!

-Leigh
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