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81  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Can I "reshape" this warped sandal? on: September 30, 2010 06:03:22 PM
I got this pair of Teva sandals for free, and one fits perfectly! But the other... seems like it got warped somehow, I have no idea how. So I was wondering if anyone knew if I could somehow fix this problem? It's not very major, just the toe part that curls upward making them basically unwearable. Maybe I can heat them up gently and reshape them? Anyone done this before? The footbed seems like some kind of sturdy foam with a rubbery tread attached.

Thanks for your ideas!
82  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Raspberry beret (my first crochet stumblings) on: September 29, 2010 01:20:42 PM


froggmamma sent me an awesome package that included a crochet hook, yarn, and the book I Taught Myself to Crochet. In retrospect, I probably should have picked an easier project to start out with, like a dishcloth, or a scarf, but I didn't want a dishcloth or a scarf! I wanted a hat!



To be honest, I started out to make a completely different hat with instructions here on craftster, but I then realized I had no idea what I was doing and went with whatever came out.



It's all half double crochet (which still makes no sense to me as a name, by the way) because that's what the original pattern called for, with some increasing and some decreasing and much ripping out of rounds.



Thanks for looking!
83  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Are... are those... clip-on tentacles? on: September 29, 2010 12:22:14 PM


Why yes they are! I don't have pierced ears, but after making a pair for my partner in the cephalopod swap I decided that wouldn't stop me from wearing some.



Yay! And here's the first pair I made:



I like both shapes, and I think I'd like to experiment with this much more!
84  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled calendar envelopes with matching cards on: September 22, 2010 02:53:02 PM


Inspired by this post, I turned a used calendar into stationary! I'm so glad I saw that post, because I've been saving calendars for ever and hadn't done anything with them. So I'm sure there are more sets to come!

(clickable if any of them strike your fancy Smiley)

Since my envelope template (read: the little envelope I ripped apart) didn't take up the whole calendar page, I used some leftover bits to make the medallions for the cards.



A very satisfying project all said!
85  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Variations on the tea wallet on: September 21, 2010 12:52:22 PM


This tutorial from Is It Naptime Yet? is really fantastic and comprehensive. I've put a few small spins on it just to give y'all more work because it's too easy!

Here we have it in patchwork, with applique, and with embroidery, all with a different effect.



I think these little wallets are the perfect stocking stuffer or anytime gift!

86  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Blue Wrap Project - help bring medications to developing countries on: September 16, 2010 03:13:44 PM
I thought I'd point this out to craftsters - info in their words and links below.



BLUE WRAP is a fabric used to wrap surgical supplies for sterilization in U.S. hospitals. Most of it is not recycled!

PARTNERS FOR WORLD HEALTH is collecting BlueWrap and giving it to artists, colleges, & high schools, & challenging them to create works of art from it. The emphasis is on wearable art, to be sold at a Project Runway event in December. However, PWH has a HUGE supply of BlueWrap & encourages you to be innovative & not limited to clothing.

All money raised will be used to buy medications for distribution in developing countries. email bluewapproject@gmail for more info...

Please contact us to get the materials of varying weights and shades of blue you need for a garment, accessory or object you will create and design predominantly from blue wrap material.
Some works selected for their high levels of innovation, craftsmanship and use of blue wrap will be considered for a fashion show event
at the Portland Museum of Art Dec 2nd. Other articles created will be exhibited locally. Sales from the proceeds of these garments and items will be used to purchase and deliver medicines for Third World countries.

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Wrap-Project/142099495831691
Website: http://www.partnersforworldhealth.org/
87  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / What to do with old markers? Weave a jar! (Short tute) on: September 13, 2010 12:10:58 PM


I've been going through old boxes of things I never use, and there were bunches of markers that had gone dry, or that had the tips worn off them. I gathered up some of the thin ones and used ribbon to bind them into this neat desk storage jar!



It's great for holding tall things that won't sit well in my pens jar, like my 18" ruler.

So here's how you do it! You'll need markers of relatively the same height (I used 23. Make sure you have an odd number or the weave won't work right!), lots o' ribbon, hot glue, and a base. I used the metal lid from an old peanut butter jar.
Set up your markers in the base by dabbing a blob of hot glue on the bottom of a marker and pressing it down on the lid for a few seconds. The markers will look crazy at this point, but they'll even out once you start the weave.



Glue the end of the ribbon to the base of a marker and begin weaving 'round and 'round and 'round. If you run out of ribbon, like I did, you can tie on another piece and keep going.



My strategy for the weave was: make sure the ribbon isn't twisted, then grasp it with both hands, a few inches apart. Bring your hands together, making the length of ribbon in between into a loop. Slide the loop onto the marker behind which you want it to go and pull it down all the way. Then pull the end until it snugs up. I had to mold the markers a bit as I went, to make sure they weren't sticking to far out or in, but it was a fairly simple process all said!
After I'd secured the end at the top when I'd run out of marker, I squeezed some Elmer's glue into the spaces at the bottom, to give it a bit of extra stability. I would have preferred something stronger, but we work with what we have!

88  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Run Away With the Circus! *angel found* thanks! on: September 02, 2010 10:08:55 PM
amymisha needs a great replacement partner since her original partner cannot complete the swap! I need someone to craft a circus-themed package of six points.

NOTE: Preference will be given to people who would be able to use the things she has already crafted (things for a fire performer, like wick covers), though please do apply even if you couldn't use those types of things. I'm going to leave the call open all weekend and give the slot to the crafter who best fits the bill; this is not first come first serve! (If I can do that... can I do that?)

Here's an extract from her questionnaire to let you know what she's interested in:

What skills have you practiced? I do mostly hooping, from regular hooping to twins (just learning, to led and fire. I also am starting to learn fire fans. I am going to be restarting bellydancing soon. I took a class at Wildfire in contact juggling but I am not very good, also fleshing
What crafts do you do or would you be willing to try? sewing, embroidery, bath and body stuff (including a killer burn balm that my friends get a steady supply of!)
Name a few things that you would love to receive in this swap: Maybe some graduated eating torches? Like itty bitty baby ones, working their way up to bigger? Hoop covers for my colapsible hoops, wick covers, surprises!

amymisha is located in the USA.

Swap thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350381.0
89  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Huge color wheel (my first quilt!) on: August 25, 2010 11:56:23 AM
I'm quite proud of this! It's based off of the pattern in Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts, but seeing as I only had access to it for a few days it's not exactly what they say to do. Also, it's huge!



I used different colored threads for the quilting, depending on where the lines were radiating. I also hand-stitched a little circle of fabric and batting to the center to disguise the messy intersection.



Here's the back (it's not actually lopsided, just hanging oddly):



Close up of the binding (I used this tutorial):



And a size reference!



This was pretty fun to make, even though I messed up quite a bit and there are many imperfections. Comments welcome!
90  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Four new Ts to two better shirts on: August 22, 2010 02:54:35 PM
First up we have this orange and white number, with one line of orange top stitching at the collar and two on the bottom. I can't believe I had that exact color of thread!



I sort of half-assed a pattern for the general size and the sleeves from another shirt that fits me. I started out with these two XLs, the white one that British Airlines gave me when they delayed my flight and the turtle one from a festival my friends have every summer. I used the original hems for the sleeves and the bottom, which made it easier.



This second one I didn't even pretend to use a pattern. All seams are outside and all edges are left raw.



Margaret Mead quote on the back...



This picture shows the side seams - I added strips of black on the red and vice versa.



Made from two shirts my grandfather gave me that fit, but were boring.



I have plenty of scraps left from both projects, mostly of black and white. Comments welcome!
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