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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 45 ENTRIES / Re: Fresh Apple Chairs! on: December 02, 2009 09:49:26 AM
Nice job!  I am an admitted piping snob and would not have thought you could do that nicely without a zipper foot.  It makes the project.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Scrabble Afghan on: October 12, 2009 05:41:09 PM
Be sure and post your friend's reaction.  That is such an amazing gift. 
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Handmade Mini-book of Crows on: October 08, 2009 03:15:14 PM
That is really lovely.

My favorite band, Augie March from Australia, uses a lot of bird imagery and I have been thinking about using some of the lyrics or a graphic rendering of them in crafts, mainly sewing. 

Your book is really inspirational, although the execution is beyond anything I could imagine doing.  Very, very nicely done.
4  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: IDEA: Tokyo Jacket Crochetalong? on: October 08, 2009 09:32:39 AM
Wow - I thought I wanted to do this until I looked at the instruction sheet and it seems overwhelming.

I am mainly a knitter, and while I am confident enough in crochet to think I can figure out the stitches, I don't have lots of experience in crochet garment construction.  OK, now that I think about it, I have none - I've done blankets, shawls, tote bags, etc.  But I have the yarn and would love to make at least the body part of this as a vest.

I need an expert crocheter's advice on this.  Is this totally unrealistic to do for a first garment? 

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: did you say you wanted more bags? (too many pics) on: October 07, 2009 07:25:33 AM
These are really nice.  What did you use for the bottom?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Pink Mug Cozy on: October 01, 2009 12:51:07 PM
I would like to make something similar for a friend and really like this one, but would like it to fit a range of coffee cup sizes.  Is there any stretch to it longwise or would you need to plan it for one cup?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Ribbed Baby Jacket - link to FREE pattern!! on: October 01, 2009 12:27:14 PM
Very nice.  I love the placket and bet the style would look good on my "baby" - although she is 15.  I wonder if the sleeve seam would be too heavy for a larger size?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Black cat purse made from an old bra on: September 30, 2009 05:35:28 PM
I made this out of a thrift store bra.  It was a strapless bra so the top side was relatively straight across.  I used a seam ripper to separate the cups from the rest of the bra, and I took the underwire out of one side.  

I carefully matched the cups, then put a zipper on the upper edge.  I then sewed the two cups together with a straight stitch along the edge.  I then free-hand embroidered the cat face with fleece scraps and old buttons, then attached a rick-rack strap.  I made it up as I went along, so I wanted to sew first, but this is not very efficient - if you have a clear vision of what you want, embroider first.  

The picture makes the bra look a little glossy, but I took a poll among friends and no one could immediately identify it as a bra.  I am giving it to a little girl so I didn't want it to be too obvious!  

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