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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to make a sturdy FRAME BACKING? on: July 07, 2005 02:14:29 PM
Do you mean a picture frame?  Mat board would be a good solution.  Look for an archival quality, high cotton-content board and it should be fairly sturdy.  And you can pick your color.

Your local craft supply store (Michaels, JoAnns, Hobby Lobby) with a framing section can help you out.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Cookie Monster Please? on: July 07, 2005 02:12:00 PM
Found a bunch via Google!

http://images.google.com/images?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLD,GGLD:2004-34,GGLD:en&q=%22cookie+monster%22
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Stuffies for my monkey on: July 07, 2005 01:52:40 PM
The pattern from Sewing Stars was quite easy to use.  It's pretty much just put the pieces together and sew.  I played around with the pieces a bit to figure out how they fit together, but it was only a few minutes.  Remember the dashed lines mean to place that part of the pattern on a fold (so as to get the whole piece), the arrows need to follow the grain of the cloth, and when putting pieces together the letters match up.

If you look closely at the kitty, you'll notice the head is huge compared to the body.  When I printed the pattern, I didn't print the pages at 100% like I should have, but had the "crop and zoom to fit" option checked.  So, the pattern for the head is about 150% of what it should be.  That made for interesting stitching when I put it all together, but not too bad.

Besides, I like the way it looks.  I'm working on a smaller version of the rabbit in the pattern and its head should be the right size.  I think it'll still be cute, though.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting Vs. Crochet: which would you recommend? on: July 07, 2005 11:47:19 AM
I'm a leftie and I taught myself how to crochet and to knit.  Learning how to knit was easier for me because I learned by reading text descriptions of the hand monvements and not looking at pictures.  Learning how to crochet was harder because I couldn't find good descriptions and had to use step-by-step pictures (of right-handed crocheters).

Now that I understand how to do both, I mostly crochet.

By the way, I still don't know if I knit Continental or English.  I'm guessing I really don't do either because I figured out what worked best for me.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffies for my monkey on: July 07, 2005 11:13:42 AM
I began making stuffies after finding the pattern that Sewing Stars offered.  Then I kept going with the Web Goddess sock monkey tutorial.  I'm not sure what I'll do for the next, but I'm keeping an eye out.  (Arigumi has my interest right now...)

Without further ado, here's the kitty:



and Media Mono (with the monkey, of course):



In case it's not clear, "Media Mono" is the sock monkey's Spanish name, and the monkey is my daughter.  Since this picture, Media Mono had a nose job.  I have pictures past nose job, but didn't want to bog things down too much.

kevl
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: crocheted box?? on: June 28, 2005 02:38:37 PM
It looks kind of like the box is a bunch of granny squares.  Perhaps it was six panels/squares that were stitched together to form a cube and then painted with the epoxy so that it was "starched".  I'd guess that the crocheting was done first and then the epoxy was added to hold its shape after being blocked.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Help!! Need info on Dremel on: June 28, 2005 02:35:40 PM
I bought my wife a Dremel as a "gift" and have since used it more than she has.  It's corded, and of the type where you hold the entire thing in your hand to use it.  I'd recommend a corded one for the power, but try and get one with a flexible shaft so that you don't have to hold the whole thing (i.e. spinning motor) but can just use the tool at the end of the shaft.  Less fatigue and easier to move around.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Decorations for Casts/Crutches on: June 14, 2005 10:08:04 AM
A guy I went to school with painted his arm cast in 7th grade.  He had broken one of the bones in his lower arm, so he took his x-ray and painted the broken bone (and unbroken one) on his cast.  It looked really cool and it saved him the trouble of constantly explaining what exactly was broken.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Hot dog bun on: June 02, 2005 01:35:26 PM
Could you "hold" the bun folded with some stitches run down the inside of the seam?   Kinda like a gather or pleat?  You might try sewing (by hand) the two interior layers of fabric together about 1/4" (5mm) above the seam where it folds.  Don't make a tight seam, but just enough to keep the pieces closer together.

Maybe?  Good luck.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felting Intarsia on: June 02, 2005 01:02:19 PM
I checked Knit One Felt Two out from my local library once and if I remember correctly it said the floaters would be fine through the felting process.  It did recommend checking every once in a while to make sure they weren't getting tangled or pulling, but said that it shouldn't.

Of course, with the felting concept, I guess you could trim them afterwards and not have to worry about it.

(Horton as intarsia would felt well.  He's not necessarily full of minute details...)
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