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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 14, 2014 04:52:01 AM
J_Kieviet that's a good decision. I've been slowly donating craft supplies. I figured, my home is not a landfill, it's better someone else has a chance to use those materials.

I've been patching my sons pants lately. I'm not sure if that counts as proper destaching, but I'll post you a picture later. I use a pair of pants to cut patches for others, so maybe it counts Smiley
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 09, 2014 10:09:14 PM
Cute star beads! Like the hole placement especially. Looks like the beads will hang so much better than the commercial ones. How did you get them so precise?

Actually I hardly remember making these, it was such a long time ago But I think I had some kind of stamp or cutter that made the stars (I needed star shaped holes in a flat piece of clay). Then I poked through them with a wooden skewer. That's the only place the hole could be, because when the stars were still wet they would have lost their shape complitely if I'd tried to place the hole symmetrically (like I wanted). And the rest is just me being me I have high standards Cheesy some call it OCD. If I'm making something small and precise, then that's exactly what I make. Other times I just throw stuff together and declare it a finished product (like the handmade papers).
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a name for a knitting technique on: August 09, 2014 10:01:07 PM
SUch simple solutions Cheesy I need to try these at some point.
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 09, 2014 11:47:49 AM
Just long enough to comfortably reach around my neck, so they might work on a child too Smiley There's a fourth one too, but I ran out of dark coloured clasps. I'll need to make a list and wait a while before I dare go into the bead store again Cheesy They sell clasps individually, but somehow I end up spending 40 euros every time I go there.
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a name for a knitting technique on: August 09, 2014 09:50:12 AM
Thanks for the tip Smiley This sounds interesting! I don't want holes, but maybe there's a way to use this to develop something for my needs.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 09, 2014 06:45:52 AM
I'm back with yet another decade long project Cheesy

Years ago I dabbled at pottery and made some project that resulted with tiny clay stars. I fell in love with those and decided to try to make beads from them. It was a risk, but they worked! The holes I'd made stayed open. I painted the stars and did nothing with them. Fast forward ten years (at least) and here they are Smiley

27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 06, 2014 10:16:07 PM
Cota tinctoria here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cota_tinctoria

Washing soda is used for removing lignin and some other things from the plants. The plants brake down to fiber easier and they will last time and light better (think of bad quality newspaper, it's full of lignin). Or something I'm not a chemist either and it's been years since I read about the theory of papermaking. Here is a better explanation of things http://maybabcock.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/phragmites-australis-can-be-made-into-paper/

Sadly the finished paper doesn't really smell (Also a good thing Grin), but during the process the orange smell was delightful Smiley

Now, how long are they going to be in your stash before you use them? Grin

Cheesy Good question! The orange papers I'm going to use for cards this X-mas and I think will need to use some of the other batch too. The flawed papers I was thinking to give to a friend who swaps a lot and the rest Cheesy My best bet is that I'll try to sell them. I have this funny idea that I'll learn the routine to make paper from all the fruit peels and rinds and sell them to buy more yummu fruits for us to eat Smiley \o/ I'm not sure I'll ever get there though.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 06, 2014 09:05:35 AM
Some serious destashing this time.

I made paper with orange peels that I dried last year with the idea that I'll use them for papermaking right away...

The other batch is made with Cota tinctoria I saved ten years ago when I attended a course on dyeing Tongue And yes I meant to use them right away  Grin

So happy it's not taking up space in my freezer any more \o/ And it made such lovely paper Smiley The orange peel didn't work as well as I'd hoped. I'll have to use some washing soda next time I try.
The paper pulp is made of a batch of old important papers that needed to be shredded. Didn't really manage to even make a dent in that stash Tongue
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 05, 2014 03:12:03 AM
Oh, I like the garden whimsies! I've been trying to come up with reusable party decorations and this is an awesome idea. Now I know what to do with my bead stash Smiley
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a name for a knitting technique on: July 31, 2014 02:52:21 AM
Thanks Alexus1325 for your answer, you gave me a lot of ideas for search words. However the techniques you mention don't seem to be what I'm looking for. I read through your mitten pattern (Love it! Must try!) but I didn't see where you leave stitches waiting.

If I understood correctly "leaving live stitches" refers to a cast on method. What I want is to leave stithces waiting at the selvedge in a way that isn't decreasing. So the search is still on!
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