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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Beginner Question -- Please Help Define on: September 01, 2007 06:14:33 PM
OK, so I just started crocheting. Like earlier this week. But I whipped through all the exercises in "Happy Hooker" and am feeling pretty comfortable.

I'm starting on a free Beginner shawl pattern from lionbrand.com and am having problems with figuring out what they mean in the directions. Rows 1 and 2 make sense and went without a hitch. It's in Row 3 that the confusing term comes into play.

Here are the directions. The part I'm having a hard time understanding is bolded. If somebody can help me decipher, I'd appreciate it.

Row 1 Chain 4, half-double crochet in first chain to form ring 1 space made; turn.

Row 2 Chain 4, (counts as half-double crochet, chain 2), half-double crochet in ring, chain 2, half-double crochet in ring 2 spaces made; turn.

Row 3 Chain 4, half-double crochet in first chain-2 space, chain 2, half-double crochet in next chain-2 space, chain 2, half-double crochet in 2nd chain of beginning chain-4 3 spaces made; turn.

Here's the pattern I'm working on:


Any help is much appreciated.

22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Shop the SUPPLY Swap Round 4 Discussion on: September 01, 2007 09:38:03 AM
Here you go.
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler Clutch (Free Pattern) on: August 10, 2007 11:56:07 AM
I love clutch purses and have a bunch of vintage ones. Unfortunately, vintage ones didn't take into account all those modern day necessities (cell phone, voice recorder, iPod) and are often too small for my needs.

So, I decided to make one for myself using the free Amy Butler clutch pattern:


I made a couple of adjustments. The pattern calls for a middle layer of canvas and heavy interfacing to give it more structure. Since the outer fabric is a vintage canvas I got in the Shop the SUPPLIES Swap, I skipped this step and just used heavy interfacing on the lining. It could probably used a little more support, so next time I'll probably interface the canvas too. Or, I'll do the canvas/interfacing step if I use regular cotton.

The lining is just a simple black-and-white cotton print.

This is my first time using and Amy Butler pattern and all-in-all I'm really happy with how it turned out. The instructions were easy to follow, things worked like they should and it came together very quickly.

So, yeah, now I have a clutch purse that's the perfect size. Plus, I love the added detail of how the tab doubles as a handle in the back.
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 'Hey Baby, What's Your Sign?' Totebags on: June 10, 2007 10:04:53 PM
OK, I made these for the current round of Shop the Swap using an applique pattern from the late '60s. I'm just immensely pleased that I actually did them all and didn't get bored and quit halfway through.

They're 14-inch square black cotton totebags, and the appliques use felt and embroidery and buttons and trim and yarn and jewels ...

The photos are all thumbnails, so go ahead and click to get a larger image:

25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / 5 By 5 -- It's Hip To Be Square -- Swap Gallery on: April 29, 2007 04:49:20 PM
Post 'em when you get 'em.
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / My First Paper Piecing and Question on: April 22, 2007 07:48:44 PM
My mother threw down the gauntlet last week and said she doesn't think I have the patience for paper piecing. Of course, this made me say "I'll show her."

I studied several tutorials on the Web and here's my first 6-inch square:

My first couple of attempts failed because, well, I was impatient and didn't take my time, but once I got into the flow it went really well and was a lot of fun. However, since I was just doing this one to get the basic technique down I didn't pay a bit of attention to the grain of the fabric, thus, this one is totally wonky if you stretch it any direction. Which brings me to my question:

It seems to me the best course of action in the future is to iron on a light interface to my fabric beforehand next time so that I don't have to worry about the grain, etc. Has anyone else done this when working with paper piecing. How did it turn out? Did it make things too bulky?

27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / 5 By 5 -- It's Hip To Be Square -- Swap (SIGN UPS CLOSED; MAIL BY 5/21) on: April 16, 2007 01:44:29 PM
Swap name: 5 By 5 -- It's Hip To Be Square -- Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: GatsbyGirl

Sign-up date range: Monday, April 16 to Sunday, April 29

Date to send item by: Monday, May 21

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 25

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

All ages allowed? Yes

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES


This here is a one item, one item only swap. The key is that the primary design area must be 5 inches by 5 inches. NOT 4 by 4, NOT 6 by 6. 5 by 5. The item must also be ready for display/use when it arrives at its new home. Other than that, you can do whatever you want. Embroidery? Sure. Watercolor? You bet. Collage? Mixed media? Yes, yes. Mosaic? Fused glass?  Uh-huh, we'd love to see it. All that and more. The 5 by 5 element can be just that: say a painting, or a drawing. OR it can be part of something larger -- a t-shirt, a notebook, a totebag, a pillow, a scarf, a box -- as long as the central element is a ("a" as in singular, no creating multiple ones) 5-inch by 5-inch square.

Note: While the idea for this swap was inspired by Faith on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer's" little catchphrase, the items do NOT have to have anything to do with said show.


I will be giving feedback in the following way:

   -  great swapper: for those who follow all the rules
   -  good/poor communication: where applicable
   -  sent late/early: where applicable
   -  no DC number: failed to comply with the rule about using a delivery confirmation number for packages within your own country
   -  didn't post pictures: failed to post pictures of what they received without an adequate explanation to their partner. If you can't post pictures tell your partner BEFORE they send.


Name of Swap: 5 By 5 Swap
Craftster Username:
Email Address:
Your Real Name:
Mailing Address, Including the Country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Likes (no promises, but it may help inspire, or at least help me partner):

Also remember to consult the Swap Info Guide and Swap Etiquette to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Package Sent
Package Received
Late With Communication
Late Without Communication
Feedback Given


GatsbyGirl ---> arimethia
arimethia ---> GatsbyGirl

Queen of Fools ---> j_en
j_en ---> Queen of Fools

Duckie ---> skitterflex
skitterflex ---> Duckie

retro-redux ---> mini
mini ---> retro-redux

susanab ---> march
march ---> susanab

ClarinetCutie ---> JennyBear
JennyBear ---> ClarinetCutie

Haylie ---> oldprin
oldprin ---> Haylie

laurenhunt ---> Hetobeto
Hetobeto ---> laurenhunt

sharre ---> hertrigger
hertrigger ---> sharre

zombiekilla ---> jesa
jesa ---> nightlight
nightlight ---> zombiekilla


28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Blind Swap -- Clean Out Your Craft Room -- With a Twist on: April 06, 2007 06:58:51 PM
So, I'm cleaning out my craft room and realize that I have accumulated a lot of stuff that I need to get rid of. However, some of this stuff I have received in swaps. It's not bad stuff -- it's just things that I no longer use/have room for or supplies like pieces of fabric, etc. that aren't quite my taste. Like many of you, I have a hard (nearly impossible) time discarding things that I know my partners put time and effort in putting together.

Would anyone be interested in basically a Fill a Flat Rate Box Swap, but making it so that you could also include items from swaps? Not shoddy pieces. Just those that are in need of a change of scenery.

The key would be that there would NOT be a gallery to spare anyone who might take it the wrong way (Hey, in theory I'm fine with people passing along what I crafted for them. However, not sure I want to stumble across it on the boards). I think there should also be an agreement that these items would not be forwarded on again after this to save something from becoming the craftster equivalent of a fruitcake that gets passed around and around until it makes its way back to its previous owner.

Any takers?
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "5 By 5" Swap? on: February 19, 2007 12:43:01 PM
Remember on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" when Faith used to say that things were "5 by 5," meaning that it was all squared away?

Well, that expression popped into my mind this weekend and I thought, "Hmmm ... that might make a good swap."

Here's what I'm thinking: you would craft for your partner one thing that would fit into a 5 inch by 5 inch frame, or on a 5 inch by 5 inch finished canvas. It could be collage, needlework, painting, you name it, as long as it fit in those dimensions.

30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Vintage Stuffed Kitties on: February 10, 2007 05:55:16 PM
OK, these are my first attempts as stuffed toys:

They're kitty cats, even though their heads look more like lambs.

I did the black one first on Thursday night, entirely by hand:

I then thought, "Hey, I wonder if this could be done faster on the machine" which I tried with the white on Friday.

It was faster, but even though I think this one photographs well, the black one is actually better.
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