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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Creating A Submarine Plush Pattern on: June 05, 2012 01:39:48 PM
I'm trying to come up with a submarine plush/pillow. I can't decide/figure out how to go about this. I figure if I split it into two panels it will look a bit flat. I'm not quite sure how many pieces I should make just for the body alone. Should it be two top halves and a bottom panel like some of the whale patterns I've seen but without the tail? Or should I try to do something like a ball pattern with six different slices? So basically in other people's experience and opinion...

1. How many slices or pattern pieces should the body of the submarine be?
2. Should they be equal sizes or different.
3. If I made it two pieces would enough stuffing making it more perfectly round?

I'm wanting it to look something like this.
http://www.cutelittlefactory.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/yellow-submarine.jpg

I have some experience creating plushies but nothing this three dimensional and I've been mostly crocheting for the past couple years, but I'm determined to get back to work with sewing. Thanks a ton.
And I'm wanting this to be rather large maybe about 12 - 18'' and I'm making it out of fleece.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Adding a zipper to crochet? on: August 05, 2009 01:32:50 PM
http://www.selectyarn.com/web%20pages/inside_book/crochetSummerKomono_discription.html

Just click on the picture to "look inside" and its the first picture after the cover.

So I was looking around on a site that sells japanese crochet and knit books to see if there was something that interests me or such, and I found this adorable Bear Pencil Pouch that looks like it would be easy enough to make. Just a head, arms and legs, and I figure a piece folded in half and the edges sewn together after  putting the zipper on. But how would you put a zipper onto crochet? Has anyone whos done this before have any tips or could they tell me how to do it?
I tryed it once before with a clutch I made but I couldn't reallly get it to stay.
What thread to use? Or Hand sewn or what? o..O

And while I'm here does anyone have site that has chart patterns? >..< I've gotten really interested in doing charts now. :3 Any of them? Ones from other countries or such. Or somethings.
Thanks in advance. :3
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Cushions around crochet hooks? And Sore Finger. on: August 04, 2009 01:01:02 PM
This is more of a two part question. And I'm usually more of a lurker/commenter and I've never made a forum on craftster so forgive me if I'm doing something wrong. XD

Lately when I crochet I find that my thumb on my right hand gets soar. Like right below the nail. I figure from pressing too hard on the hook? But I read somewhere that they suggested putting cushions on the hook. Well there are those little pencil cushions that they sell but does anyone have any quick and easy alternative that I could easily make?

And on my left pointer figure where my yarn usually rests, if I've been crocheting for a good amount of time the yarn begins to irritate my finger. I get that this is obviously because its cheap acrylic which I use alot because of its availability and such. But does anyone have a solution to help this. Like a way to cover up the finger but while still leaving my actual finger print area still exposed for gripping and such (I'm so going blank on a technical term for that part of the finger XP)

Thanks in advance for help if anyone has any ideas. :3
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