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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / When/how to count time for prep-work? on: August 25, 2016 08:31:49 AM
I have had ideas of making beaded cord bracelets to list on my Etsy shop for a while now.  I am pretty quick at making the cord, but stringing on the beads takes forever.  Say it only takes me an hour to make the cord (I could be wrong, it has been a while since I timed myself working on one) but it will take me 4 or 5 hours laying out the beads and stringing them in the correct order.  While I would love to get paid for all of my time, I just took a $35 dollar seed bead bracelet and turned something that I would charge over $100 for.  I have a feeling that unless I use crystals that people would rather pay closer to the $35.
How do I handle this?
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: What is the Best Stretch Cord for Stone Beads? on: August 24, 2016 07:33:21 PM
I like to use the kind that can be found in the sewing section.  It has a few strands of elastic encased in a thread woven tube.  When a few strands on the inside break the bracelet will sag, but the tube will help it to hold together.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Beaded Cording: Kumihimo vs Crochet on: August 24, 2016 07:31:03 PM
I used to mess around with making all kinds of beaded ropes.  I liked doing the actual crocheting, but hated having to lay out my pattern and string on all the beads(and hope I didn't mess it up) so I tried kumihimo.  I like how you can string some on at a time but I find it harder to visualize what colors should go on which strand and I don't like how you have to finish the ends more than in the crochet.

Since I seem to be all about seeing the bad sides of both, I wanted to hear from other people which one they liked better and why.  Maybe get some tips and tricks on either to help me.
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Baby Surprise Knit-a-Long on: December 08, 2015 07:31:49 PM
My mom has wanted to make a Baby Surprise Jacket (Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern) for a while now.  She was too nervous to make it on her own, so I said I would make one too.  Then I got the idea to make it a knit-a-long.  I posted it to the Ravelry group I go to on Mon nights and a few of the people there also are joining in.
I thought it would be fun to post here since the more the merrier.

Though we (my mom and I) cast on for it on Mon, I figure the time frame would be all of December.  Cast on when you get to it and can be done before midnight Dec 31st.
Sorry for the late post, but I hope some more people can join us.
Also, let me know if it is okay to post your progression pictures on my blog.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Please help me find this yarn. on: December 05, 2015 11:13:21 AM




I do a lot of charity knitting and we get a lot of mystery yarn donated. I got the yarn pictured and really like it. I don't think it is Noro because it is a pretty sturdy yarn. I know it has wool to some degree in it.
The color on the outside not shown is a grey blue color.

I really want to get more, but first I need to know who to throw money at. Thanks for any guesses!!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to twist on: March 11, 2015 07:19:01 PM
Instead of taking all the groups and twirling them together, try dividing them into sections and laying each section over each other in one direction.

For example, you would divide the whole thing into 2 or 3 groups on a table.  Then you would take the left most group and move it over the top of the other one(two).  Then you would take the one that is now the left most and lay it over the others.

I drew a pic to try and see if that would help to make any sense.  You aren't twisting the groups, just laying one on top of the others, but since they are all being moved in the same direction it will make it look twisted.


7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can't seem to find 1.75" rings anywhere. on: March 11, 2015 07:08:01 PM
Here is an update: I looked on Home Depot's website and found rings that might work.  I went in and could not find them.  Another look on my phone showed that they were online only. Duh >.<

I looked around Jo Anns for various things.  I found some that might work, but they are on the heavier side.  This wouldn't be a bad thing for a pendant, but it might not work for earrings.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Can't seem to find 1.75" rings anywhere. on: March 11, 2015 07:18:30 AM
I found a kit on Etsy and used their idea as inspiration for something of my own.  I tried the idea I had with stuff I had laying around and it worked pretty well.
However, I don't really like the look of the finished piece with the things I had on hand because the top of the earring circle has a fairly noticeable connector.
I have been looking for plain rings, they don't have to be solid, they could be like a jump ring that are about 1.75" across.  I know I can make my own and I have asked The Ring Lord about making them for me, but I would rather spend most of my time/money on the inner sections.

Here are my samples from what I had on hand to give you an idea of what I am making.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: wow on: February 22, 2015 04:56:18 PM
Even the "ugly" backs are super impressive!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / I would love some advice on embroidery machines, more details below. on: February 22, 2015 04:55:15 PM
So I have finally convinced the hubby to cosplay with me.  Of course he picks something with a ton of embroidery from Trinity Blood.
Since we don't know how often we will actually use it I was hoping to get something that was a few hundred dollars, not a few thousand.  I might someday upgrade, but for now we don't need anything too fancy.
From my searches online it seems that both Janome or Brother make the most popular ones.  I would love to hear opinions on either to see which might be best for my intentions.
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