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1  Re: A way to avoid having to weave in ends in Crochet: Completed Projects by Vampberry on: September 16, 2015 05:44:15 AM
Thank you for your comments Smiley I'm glad that the technique will be useful to other people too.

I finished the face scrubbies quickly and now they are ready to use. If I had to weave in the ends they would probably sit in my "almost finished" pile until Christmas or something...

I made a test bookmark to see if I could avoid weaving in the ends with less square projects too and it worked! You have to crochet over the yarn loop on the last rows and every time you turn the work, leave a bit of the yarn loop shoving so that you can pull the end in one row at a time. If that explanation was not very clear, please tell so and I'll take a picture of finishing the next bookmark.

Here's the horribly purple test bookmark (I apologize to the people who think purple is a lovely colour. I'm sure it can be a lovely colour (if it's far away from me, preferably in a dark box in a cellar somewhere)) The picture does not make justice to just how purple it actually is. I'll probably inflict this one on someone as a Christmas gift:

Please tell me if my pictures are too dark, I think the brightness settings on the monitor I'm using at the moment are blinding so I may edit the pictures darker than I should.
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2  A way to avoid having to weave in ends in Crochet: Completed Projects by Vampberry on: September 04, 2015 06:34:50 AM
Laziness is the mother of invention. I decided I needed a new batch of face scrubbers but then I realised that each small crocheted square would come with a tail I would have to weave in afterwards.

I dislike weaving in ends so after the first square

I thought that there had to be a way to make small squares without having to do the annoying task on weaving in ends on each of them. If everybody else already had a way to do this, shame on you for not sharing the information with me Wink

My high tech solution is this:

You crochet over the loop on the last row:

Then after you have finished the square, you take the tail and put its end through the loop:

You pull the tail through with the loop:

And you have a nice square without having to spend any time weaving in pesky ends:

Hope this is helpful for anyone who dislikes weaving in ends  as much as I do Smiley

The face scrubbers I've finished so far:
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3  Toilet paper roll animals in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Vampberry on: February 16, 2013 04:44:37 PM
I've been collecting empty toilet paper rolls for my garden, but my stash tends to diminish every time I have kids over. Toilet paper rolls really are excellent entertainment for children (and adults Grin). Give kids empty toilet paper rolls, scissors and some coloured pencils and they are happily creative for quite a while.

Owls made by my niece (she made bunnies and other animals too, but I don't have a picture of them, so you only get to see the owls.);

Off course I have to join them in demolishing my garden supplies:

I made this one from two rolls without glue. Now it sits on the kitchen table keeping an eye on the fruit bowl.

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4  Reclaiming my creativity one page at a time in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Vampberry on: November 06, 2011 03:14:38 PM
I had ongoing mixed media poetry journals for years. I filled up several and really enjoyed it. But life happened and I forgot about it for ten years. Now my sketchbook-habit has gone away, my drawing tablet is gathering dust and my creative streak is hiding in a cellar. So I decided I needed something with no rules. Something I could ruin if I wanted to. Something that I could play with and it wouldn't matter if the end result was horrible and the whole thing had no discernible point to other people. And perhaps I'll even stick to it if I post about it here every now and then...

So here are two spreads:

Spread 14

This needs some suitable sneaky piece of text, but I haven't found it yet. And I want the sepia Micron Pigma pens for this. Finally got a reason to order them Wink

Made with:
- coffee
- watersoluble crayons and pencils
- used post it notes as stencils

Gimp wanted to play with it and I liked this version Smiley

Spread 4

This is the only finished spread at the moment.

Made with:
- newspaper clippings
- cd label pieces I used on the previous page and was too lazy to cut so I just folded them on this page
- watersoluble crayons, watersoluble pencil bits that were left over from sharpening them
- black Micron Pigma pens
- used a plastic lacy table cloth as a stencil

The lace pattern shows up much better if the colours are inverted.

Thank you for looking Smiley
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5  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Vampberry on: January 06, 2011 03:48:33 AM
My destashing is going slow. I had this sweater:

It's acrylic, had serged seams but I liked the colours. I started crocheting tiny granny squares out of it in December but that wasn't going anywhere so when I found a beautiful linen stitch on Ravelry I decided to make a scarf. The original on Ravelry was much more elegant Cheesy

The yarn is thin. The knitting needles I'm using are smaller than 2 mm (that's the smallest size my knitting pin gauge knows) and I have to knot the yarn as I go so it's not a quick project. But I like the linen stitch and the way the colours blend together.

There's one problem. I don't know if anyone will ever want to wear this. I may be spending a lot of time on a scarf that nobody will want in the end. And it isn't really making even a small dent on my stash..
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6  Re: Coptic embroidery and other things To Do in CHALLENGE 35 ENTRIES by Vampberry on: February 06, 2009 12:03:53 AM
Thank you Smiley

If anyone wants to try to embroider a book spine here's what I did:

1. Pressed all the pages under a book so I could get a surface I could draw on. (There's probably a better technique for this)
2. Drew flowers on the spine (tried to make them look like the flowers in the cover).
3. Poked holes in every signature trying to follow the drawing.
4. Did the binding trying to follow the drawing.

Things I would do differently:

Make a copy of the drawing on paper so it would be easier to decipher where to poke holes and where to sew. Drawing on the spine looks fine until you take the signatures apart and try to decipher what the markings mean. That's why the flowers are somewhat wonky:

If you're patient and used just a single paper in a signature you might be able to do more complicated patterns. I want to try blackwork next Smiley
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7  Coptic embroidery and other things To Do in CHALLENGE 35 ENTRIES by Vampberry on: February 04, 2009 01:08:40 PM
This is the first time I enter something in a challenge.

My resolution: to actually get something done this year (I'm a born procrastinator). And to get better at coptic binding.

I started with one journal to hold my ToDo-list. But using only one journal proved inadequate so I made some more. Now there are ten Grin. Each holds a different category (well, the sketchbook doesn't hold ToDo-lists, but it's part of my resolution anyway).

The categories:

1. Work (covers: envelopes)
2. Ideas (covers: envelopes)
3. Crafts (covers: envelopes)
4. Housework (covers: house insurance advertisements and a Bugs Life sticker)
5. Things I want to do that are good for me but I never get around to (This is the shiny golden one!)
6. Errands (covers: bank advertisement)
7. Christmas (covers: Christmas gift box)
8. Etsy (covers: cardboard coloring picture)
9. Garden plot (covers: envelope and a garden magazine sticker)
10. Sketchbook (covers: printer paper package)

The notebook pages are made from scrap paper and used envelopes. Click the thumbnails to see the covers (save the Etsy notebook), an example of the pages and some close-ups:

In the Etsy notebook I wanted to see if I could embroider a picture on the spine. I like the result but the technique needs some work.

My notebook ToDo-lists work. As long as I keep them in sight and don't bury them under a pile of paper on my desk... And I'm getting better at coptic binding. This was one of the first I made:

This is the last:
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8  PDF (A4) testers needed (update: testers found. Thanks!) in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by Vampberry on: January 22, 2009 08:23:11 AM

PM me if you're interested in testing these printables:


Mainly I want to know whether they print out ok on different printers.

Thanks Smiley
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9  Fleece blankets in Needlework: Completed Projects by Vampberry on: December 14, 2008 09:12:42 AM
Got two Christmas gifts done. I bought 2 fleece blankets and embroidered names on them. I've never embroidered on fleece before and sadly it shows Sad.

I used a hoop with both. I traced the first name on tissue paper and basted it on the fleece.

The second one I traced with running stitches. I had hoped the result would be better but it actually was worse.

Embroidering through the paper was a bother and getting the running stitches out wasn't fun either. Next time I'm going to buy a transfer pen and some stabiliser.
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10  Wedding card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Vampberry on: August 22, 2008 03:02:01 PM
A wedding card I made with whatever materials I could find around. So it's made mostly from cardboard and recycled wrapping paper.

The font inside is Freebooter Script. The flower border I constructed using the flowers of the font on the outside. Inkscape is a wonderful thing to play with.

Outside font is Romantique Initials. It was the first time I tried transferring an image with tape. I'm definitely going to try it again Smiley

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