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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Sock Monkey! With tutorial.. on: February 20, 2013 01:45:55 PM
Good job on the tute! They are always such fun for the big and little ones.
Where do you find the red heel socks these days?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Welted Fingerless Gloves on: January 18, 2013 06:03:53 PM
Lovely! That's a great pattern!
I just  bought a pattern from ETSY, they are a little different, but I like the shaping on your cuffs!
Thanks for showing!
How can I get the pattern?
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Meet Bobina! on: August 28, 2012 04:50:52 PM
Bobina is a spin-off work from Bobo- "the knitted clown doll pattern."
I followed the basic instructions, and made her instead of him.
She's made with 100% wool yarn, and is about 23 inches tall.
I'm working on the original clown doll right now... Bobo. Grin

Here's the original pattern photo:
Thanks for looking!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: An Elfin Cupcake Doll on: August 28, 2012 04:40:42 PM
 I Love her!  The eyes are perfect! And~ I  really like the way the sweater fits.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: 6 mini collages & the perfect storm on: June 20, 2012 02:04:27 AM
So Inspiring! Did you leave any in my neighborhood?  Wink
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! on: June 19, 2012 02:34:29 AM
 I Love your monkey, katara! That reminds me-
I made a digital Christmas card from a photo of the original sock monkey pattern! My Publisher file was laid out like this, and fits perfectly to cut apart. I may go back and insert a light background behind the text to get the text to pop up.
 Here it is:

I also finished a tallit bag. It is gold metallic embroidery on royal blue velvet. Haven't photographed the finished bag yet, but I'll get it done before sending off.
There are 3 layers of stitching. I took photos of the process too.

Thanks to an old craft book scan on etsy, I found a secret! They use 2 layers of organdy to stitch on velvet. The top layer is stitched on with the design drawn on. I used metallic gold ink on black chiffon, then basted another layer on the back. All 3 layers go in the hoop. The organza layer on top is cut away and the threads pulled out after the first  layer of trace stitching  and a layer of fill in cotton is done.
First do a trace stitch, to keep drawing in place.Then, go over the work with gold cotton floss, filling in design. Cut away and remove top chiffon or organza, leaving layer on back of velvet. This stays in permanently. You can trim away excess later.  Finally, a layer of chain and satin stitches is used. I used DMC floss in the chunky hank. The fine floss was too thin. I split the floss in half- into 3-strand sections. Do not cut any longer than 14 inch pieces, and use thread wax. It is very important to wax metallic floss. It will not dull it. Try it! You will find stitching with metallic floss so much easier!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: ACK!! Beside myself! Lost a new listing because Etsy logged me out! on: June 19, 2012 01:54:53 AM
 I always edit all my photos ahead of time. Keep the ones you are planning to use in a folder that you can find quickly, like on your desktop. Once you are finished with that group, store them in your Albums, to get them out of the way. In case of patterns scans, I just delete them. Once they are up on Etsy, I can re-use them from there. I never delete photos of things I make.
  I only just learned how to copy and edit a listing to create a new one.
Another helpful tip is to Save As draft, then go back and work on it. You have to get at least one picture, and fill in all the blanks, even if you only use a"borrowed from something else" photo, type in one tag, and a quick line in the description. Hit the button to post, you will see options to save as draft. That way, you will have more time to work on the details.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Selling PDF files-scans of vintage knitting and crochet patterns on: June 19, 2012 01:38:19 AM
 I just came across a shop on Etsy that is full of vintage 40's to 80s knitting and crochet PDF files.
They are claiming to own the "copyright" from these, but are labeled with names like Vogue, etc. I believe this is completely illegal- I have posted a knitting pattern photo here on craftster, just as a project, but never the entire pattern- let alone selling it! It is my understanding a work needs to be 82 years old to be public domain.
  Is is not true that one must sell the Original pattern and mail it- not send an electronic copy?
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 75 ENTRIES / Re: Piano hinge book on: June 04, 2012 07:25:34 PM
Thanks for posting this! I'm going to have to make one- just happen to have lots of skewers in my stash!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: FAKE FLOWERS ARE NOT CHEAPER: A message to brides from a floral insider on: May 27, 2012 12:08:27 AM
 I was raised under foot of a mother who was wedding florist. There is no substitute for real flowers.  
real flowers deserve to be a priority! I agree with this writer. The only place silk flowers are cheap is at the dollar store-and they usually look it!
   Be realistic in your expectations. You can cut back on your dress, I know. I sell and make wedding gowns. There are so many shops desperate to sell a dress, you can get a great dress at a great price if you look. The money saved on your dress can be put to better use, like your flowers and
other things.
   Don't be afraid to make other things that can be put away in advance.
Like invites. Make them. Save a chunk of change.
   Look for ivy and other greens growing in non-private areas.
If you are doing your own flowers, make sure they are done as late as possible. If you don't have a cooler, they won't make it thru the day if they are not fresh. That's why you should not buy them from a retail store, like the supermarket.
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