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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / backpack on: April 11, 2011 04:23:53 PM
Hey! I took a weaving class this winter and had the opportunity to make something. I decided to make a backpack, since place mats and dishcloths are boring. I decided to make a striped warp and use grey for the weft. i used a thicker cotton as the weft because I wanted it to go quickly, so due to limited colors i had to do a grey weft and make the warp colorful, rather than the other way around. The straps are the sampler I made at the beginning to lean different patterns and how to change color etc.
here it is:

and the back:

Thanks!
2  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / weaving job at camp on: January 29, 2011 06:45:00 AM
Hi Craftsters! I recently got a job teaching weaving at a summer camp. The camp has several broken floor looms, but I think one still works. I will be working with girls aged 7 to 16, and my plan is to have the floor loom set up while the kids work on a smaller craft and have them come one at a time to try out the loom. My question for you is: what will the kids be weaving on the loom? I was thinking of making one big thing that contributes to the camp, like a tapestry (there are a few hanging up already) but I am not a very experienced weaver and I think a tapestry is a little beyond me, not to mention the seven year olds who will be helping. The only other thing I can think of is a rug, but there isn't really anywhere to put it, and I'm not sure having everyone's dirty feet walking all over it is what I want to happen to all the kids' work. So does anyone have any ideas for a big project that will be easy enough for kids to make but still useful for a camp?
Thanks!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How to make silly bandz? on: November 07, 2010 06:21:52 AM
I have a friend who wants a Pikachu silly band (for those of you who don't know these are: http://www.sillybandz.com/) as this would just about complete her life. But alas, they do not exist. Since Christmas is coming up I was hoping I could make her a pikachu silly band. My two thoughts on how to do this are:
1) Buy a bunch of silly bands and cut them up and piece together the parts into a pikachu shape,then either melt or glue them together.
2) Acquire a piece of stretchy plastic of a similar material to silly bandz and cut the shape out.
It would have to be maybe 4 by 4 inches at least, and stretchy. I just can't think of what I could possibly use. This is where you come in. Do you know of any stretchy sheet of material that would be suitable? If so,where can I get it? and if not, do you think melting silly bandz together would work? I was thinking I could heat the two ends with a lighter, stick them together and sort of squish the ends with my fingers, like how one would put a polyurethane bracelet on? And if this doesn't work, what kind of glue would you suggest?
Thank you!!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Egyptian patterned dress on: September 13, 2010 04:57:38 PM
Hey! So I made a dress, though technically it's not a dress, it just looks like one. The fabric is woven, and has Egyptian themes printed on it, like papayrus and hieroglyphs.The bodice is actually just a strip of fabric tied around me artfully, and I'm wearing a skirt made of the same fabric. The sash hides where they meet. the sash is navy blue, but it's kind of hard to tell. And I'm very sorry but I don't know how to rotate my pictures, or for that matter, how to make them bigger.
here it is:

and the whole dress:

Thanks!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / New Blue Hat on: April 04, 2010 12:10:49 PM
Hi! My friend gave me some wool that she spun herself for my birthday, and I decided to knit a hat. It's got cables, and there's seed stitch in between the cables. And the wool is super soft, so it's really comfy.
Here it is:


And from the top:


Close up:


if anyone wants a pattern let me know!
Thanks!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / helmet hoodie on: January 27, 2010 05:51:49 PM
Hi! I watched the threadbanger video on how to make a helmet hoodie and i thought I'd give it a try. I changed a few things, color-wise, but it's pretty similar. here it is:

close up of the hood- you can see the dinosaur lining.

on me:

think i should wear it like this? I do.


thanks for looking!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / waldo, squirtle and a piano on: December 17, 2009 08:02:35 AM
Hi! There are my Christmas presents to my brothers.
The first is squirtle, a pretty awesome pokemon. I wasn't sure which was my brother's favourite one, so i just went for squirtle, because who doesn't like squirtle?


This one is for my very musical brother


and this was for my little brother, who i'm hoping likes where's waldo?


Thanks for looking!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / older brother's christmas present? on: December 11, 2009 02:08:52 PM
Hi! I have an older brother who is 22. He's tall, athletic, plays volleyball. He's currently doing a master's degree in geology and he's in (at least) 3 bands. He likes indie music, especially Canadian indie music, and he plays the banjo, guitar, piano and drums. His favorite musicians are Mother Mother and Sufjan Stevens. Last year I knitted him a pair of thrum mittens which turned out huge (they looked like boxing gloves) and he loved them. This year I wanted to stencil something onto a t-shirt, since we'll be in Australia for Christmas and t-shirts are much more useful there than mittens. But I'm completely at loss as to what to put onto the shirt. I'm not a very experienced stenciler, so simple designs are great. I am looking for a basic picture to do with not too many colors. For my other brothers i am planning on doing a pokemon and where's waldo, so hopefully that will give you a sense of what I'm looking for.
any suggestions are much appreciated!
thanks!
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / old quilting fabric? on: December 06, 2009 08:12:14 AM
My mum recently gave me a bag full of some fabric she bought to make a quilt. I'm not interested in quilting, so I'm not sure what to do with it all. There is abut 1 yard of a lot of different (mostly floral) fabrics, and some fabrics have partners that have opposite colour schemes. It's all woven fabric, which had turned out to be a pain in my attempt at making shorts, because I'm used to things I wear being stretchy.
Any ideas are appreciated!
thanks!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / sunshine and flowers :) on: December 05, 2009 11:30:11 AM
Hello! I did this last summer, and never even thought to post it until now. It is very simple, and mostly buttons, so I'm hoping this is the right place to post it.
here it is:

close up of the flowers:

and the sun:

 
Thanks for looking!
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